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“Exstreet” Makeover Edition: DDOT Tries to Get Park Place Bike Lane Right

July 21, 2011

For nearly a year, DDOT has been struggling with integrating the south-bound Park Place bike lane into the intersection at the southern end of the street.  Its initial September 2010 design caused great confusion with area drivers who constantly drove through the bike lane and made it completely unsafe.  Recognizing the failure of the design, the next solution was the addition of an incoherent sign in late May of this year. At that time it was obvious to all that DDOT’s failure was of epic proportions.

Now, DDOT has gone back to the drawing board and started over. They have removed the unhelpful sign, removed many of the original markings, and redirected traffic yet again.

See the progression of the make over of the street below. Hopefully this solution will be more intuitive for drivers and increase the safety of neighbors, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Can you notice all the differences in the photos below?

Thursday July 14, 2011, afternoon

Saturday July 16, 2011, morning

Saturday July 16, 2011, afternoon

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New Bike Lane/Traffic Pattern on Southern Park Place

September 29, 2010

Looking north over Park Place and Columbia Road from Michigan Avenue overpass. New markings are clearly visible

I’ve actually been meaning to write about this for a little over a week, so forgive my tardiness. For those that don’t drive too often, or travel to the base of Park Place so you can swing around on Warder and head east on Columbia Road, you may not have noticed this yet.

At the end of August/beginning of September, DDOT completely repaved Park Place below Kenyon Street, including Columbia Road and continuing around the curve to the Warder/Harvard area. I’ve been informed that this was necessary to repair damage sustained in last winter’s snow removal efforts.

The area where Park Place loops into Harvard and Warder Streets. The lane crossing the bike lane leads to Warder and Columbia Road

DDOT was a little slow to remark the pavement leaving what was a three lane road with no guidance to drivers. This was unsettling. As you can see from the accompanying photographs, the markings are now in (and have been for a little while now).

Rather than maintaining the existing traffic pattern, the new lanes have been reduced to two lanes of through traffic, a bike lane, and one dedicated lane leading to Columbia Road. The biggest problem with this new pattern isn’t that its there, in the long run, this may turn out to be a good thing. The problem is that there isn’t any signage alerting drivers of the change, leaving them to discover it when they have already committed themselves to the wrong lane or a terminating lane.

Currently its confusing and dangerous. I’ve seen many drivers caught off guard by the new pattern and driving in the bike lanes. I guess the bottom line is for everyone traveling through the section to be cautions until everyone has had a chance to become familiar with the road once again.

Same area of Park Place and Columbia Road back in January with original traffic pattern

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