If you come throughout a brief phase of asphalt that carves up the sidewalk so drivers can take turns quicker — that’s a slip lane, and it’s very harmful for pedestrians. Slip lanes don’t belong in cities.
Since slip lanes serve no objective besides to shave a number of seconds off automobile journeys, they’re simple to transform to pedestrian house. And plenty of cities are doing simply that. Impressed by this picture of a slip lane elimination from Streetsblog Chicago’s John Greenfield, we requested readers to ship in pictures of slip lane conversion initiatives from their cities, and we received submissions from throughout the nation.
Right here’s a take a look at what folks despatched us.
23rd and South, Philadelphia
This plaza in Philly is made out of non permanent supplies however has been in place for a number of years. The town intends to construct out a everlasting model, Plan Philly reviews, that may present extra shade.
Capitol Mall, Sacramento
You possibly can see the place the asphalt has been crammed in to create a pleasant steady sidewalk and a landscaped buffer. Due to Paul Supawanich for bringing it to our consideration.
Silver Lake Triangle Plaza, Los Angeles
LADOT’s “Individuals Road” program dramatically modified this quick block utilizing simply planters and paint (through Carter Rubin).
Olive and Denny Method, Seattle
Perhaps the nation’s most well-known slip lane conversion is in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The town requested residents to assist redesign the house and the Pac Man idea received.
Congress and Barton Springs, Austin
The town of Austin is at present testing out a public plaza at this location with non permanent supplies. The plan is to construct out a everlasting mission if public suggestions is optimistic following the one-year pilot.
Franklin Road, New York
What was a driving shortcut is now a bike-share station with a road mural from NYC DOT’s City Artwork program. The town positioned huge rocks on each ends preserve drivers out. Low-cost, easy, fast, beautiful.
Braddock Highway, Alexandria, Virginia
Cyclists can nonetheless use this slip lane however motorists can not. Now about the remainder of this highway…
Stevens Road and Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis
This slip lane was transformed as a part of the Indianapolis Cultural Path mission, displaying as soon as once more how bike infrastructure could make streets safer for pedestrians as effectively.
Boulevard Daniel-Johnson, Laval, Quebec (outdoors Montreal)
This submission from Bartek Komorowski illustrates how slip lane conversions could make a giant distinction in a extra suburban setting.