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Edgewater Drive Before & After Re-Striping Results

Project Abstract

"The previous 4-lane configuration of Edgewater Drive [20,000 ADT] did not provide sufficient room for wider sidewalks, bicycle lanes, streetscape and other [neighborhood improvement plan] tasks. The [plan] identified that the only way to eventually have wider more walkable sidewalks and a more pedestrian friendly commercial district was to eliminate one vehicle lane... This change would immediately allow for wider parallel parking and bike lanes along Edgewater Drive. The concept had been successfully implemented in other cities with positive results including less speeding, reduced crash rates and increased bicycle and pedestrian activity."



"Edgewater Drive is a north-south roadway that carries approximately 20,000 Average Daily Trips. The roadway serves as College Park's Main Street while accommodating some through traffic... The previous 4-lane configuration of Edgewater Drive did not provide sufficient room for wider sidewalks, bicycle lanes, streetscape and other [neighborhood plan] tasks. The [plan] identified that the only way to eventually have wider, more walkable sidewalks and a more pedestrian friendly commercial district was to eliminate one vehicle lane. The FDOT had budgeted for Edgewater Drive to be resurfaced in 2001/02. [The neighborhood association] formally requested the City pursue looking at re-striping of Edgewater Drive from 4 lanes to 3 while it was being resurfaced. This change would immediately allow for wider parallel parking and bike lanes along Edgewater Drive. The concept had been successfully implemented in other cities with positive results including less speeding, reduced crash rates and increased bicycle and pedestrian activity... A series of Before-and-After Evaluations were conducted in order to assess the project's impact. Evaluation were completed in addition to the Measures of Effectiveness that were established at the beginning of the study."
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