Posted tagged ‘pedestrian safety’

New Crosswalk and Sidewalks Connect Neighborhood to Washington Hospital Center

November 3, 2017

Workers adjusting timing on crosswalk signals at new crosswalk.

I had the opportunity to check out the new crosswalk and sidewalk that now connects Park View with the Washington Hospital Center yesterday. I was happy to see a crew adjusting the timing on the crosswalk signals that allow pedestrians to cross Irving Street to get to the hospitals. It was also good to see a new sidewalk has been installed that will allow pedestrians to walk  south from the intersection to Michigan Avenue, and thus to Children’s Hospital.

All of this work is part of the improvements identified during the Crosstown Multimodal Study, which also resulted in the Barnes Dance at 14th and Irving.

Below are photos of the new sidewalk skirting the hospital center.

New Crosswalks Signs Installed on New Hampshire at Otis Place, NW

May 25, 2017

Yesterday new signs were installed for the HAWK light at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Otis Place, NW. Unlike a traditional stoplight, at this intersection pedestrians push the button to activate flashing lights, which in turn are intended to stop traffic so that the pedestrians can cross the street. However, cars frequently do not stop for the flashing lights.

As you can see from the photos, the new signs include a stop sign graphic, include the phrase “DC Law”, and have a separate sign below the flashing lights that states “Up to $250 fine”. This is a significant upgrade from the old signs installed in August 2010 which merely indicated that there was a crosswalk.

Time will tell if the new signs increase the number of vehicles that stop for pedestrians, but I’m happy to see DDOT is aware of the need to improve safety at this intersection.

Checking Out Pedestrian Safety in the Neighborhood

May 10, 2017

Yesterday, the Washington Post ran an article that included a map showing the worst D.C. intersections for pedestrians. I found it interesting, particularly when looking at the intersections in our area. A glance at the map quickly shows that the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Park Road is a location with a high incident rate. In fact, in looking at the entire map, two of the worst intersections for pedestrians are located in Ward 1. In addition to the intersection of Georgia and Park Rd (ranked #8) is the intersection of 14th and U Street (ranked #4)

(Click on map for citywide interactive version).

One thing that is really useful in the map is how each intersection with a dot shows the related statistical data. So going back to the Georgia and Park Rd example, you can click on the dot and see the injuries, crashes, fatalities, and overall danger index.

(Detail from pedestrian safety map showing statistics for intersection of Georgia and Park Rd, NW)

Lane Markings Added to New Crosswalk Median at Georgia and Newton

November 11, 2014

I heard from several residents after the new crosswalk median was installed at Georgia Avenue and Newton Street at the end of October. The chief concern was that the median encroached into the southbound traffic lanes causing a lane shift that was difficult to see. I brought this to DDOT’s attention, and while I don’t know if this was already planned or in response to my advocacy, a crew came out on Friday, November 7th, to paint new lane markings alerting drivers to the new traffic pattern. You can see the new markings below.

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(Above and below — View of Georgia Avenue toward the south at the intersection of Newton Place, NW)

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