Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System
Parking restrictions at intersections may provide help pedestrians to safely cross the street by providing them with a clearer view of oncoming vehicles.
Source: Peter Lagerwey 2012
Removing a parking space from the roadway can help improve pedestrian and motorist sightlines through an intersection. Removing a parking space on the approach into an intersection may provide help pedestrians to safely cross the street by providing them with a clearer view of oncoming vehicles. However, it may also be important to provide physical roadway measures to prevent motorists from parking on the sidewalk or in areas intended for pedestrians to walk.
Removing a parking space also frees up roadway space for other uses. Curb extensions can also improve sightlines and shorten the distance that pedestrians need to cross a roadway. The extra sidewalk space that is gained from curb extensions can be used for sidewalk furniture or bicycle parking. Alternatively, curb extensions can also provide opportunities for “green infrastructure” elements, such as storm water infiltration and street trees. If curb extensions are out of the budget range, vertical delineators can work to prevent motorists from parking vehicles too close to a crosswalk.
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