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HILLCROFT TRANSIT CENTER METROPOLITAN
TRANSIT AUTHORITY OF HARRIS COUNTY
(METRO), HOUSTON, TX, USA
Universal Accessibility Improvements
METRO, in coordination with a local consultant, identified the accessibility,
pedestrian, and bicycle safety issues within the Hillcroft Transit
Center in Houston, TX, USA based on an independent review by a
Registered Accessibility Specialist.
The team conducted multiple field visits during the typical
peak hours to identify pedestrian traffic patterns within the transit
center. These visits helped to identify the gaps in existing pedestrian
signage, crosswalk striping, and general safety issues. The team also
obtained slope measurements of existing wheelchair ramps, identified
the deficient ramps per ADA/Texas Department of Licensing
(TDLR) requirements, observed sidewalk conditions, and verified the
cross slopes. The deficient conditions were documented with adequate
pictures and coordinated among the team, and the remedial
actions were discussed and agreed upon.
Incorporating METRO's Universal Accessibility principles (which
exceed ADA requirements) into the facility's improvements, drawings
were prepared showing the redesign of wheelchair ramps, including
the addition of truncated domes. The work also included redesign of
a parking lot section near the bus bays to include adequate number
of accessible parking spots with wheel stops, appropriate signage,
and pavement markings meeting the ADA/TDLR requirements. The
existing signage for the bus stops was also updated to include braille
on the signpost at the minimum suggested height. Design included
bicycle racks and a bicycle repair station within the bus facility.
Additionally, METRO collaborated with multiple agencies to
obtain permits for designing and installing wayfinding signs on all
the major approach roadways to the Transit Center.
CITY OF LACAKAWANNA, NY, USA
Temporary Pop-Up Protected
Bikeway Project
GObike Buffalo and the City of Lackawanna, NY, USA have partnered
to design and install a two-way protected bikeway on Ridge Road
as part of effort to engage residents, businesses and street users in
the principals of walkability and bikeabilty. The project is expected
to remain in place for about two years while community input and
community awareness adapt and assimilate to the change in travel
patterns. The City of Lackawanna has been experiencing decline in its
business district and feels that truck traffic has imparted a significant
detriment the community's quality of life. They reached out to
GObike Buffalo, a Buffalo, NY-based active transportation advocacy
organization, for assistance with bringing about healthy change.
The city authorized GObike Buffalo in August 2020 to proceed
with design and implementation of the cycle track option to Electric
Avenue. The city also included the addition of traditional five-foot
(1.5 meter) bicycle lanes on South Park Avenue between McKinley
Avenue in the City of Buffalo and Ridge Road. Bicycle lanes exist
on McKinley Parkway and on South Park Avenue north of McKinley
Avenue. This provided desired connectivity to adjacent bicycle
facilities and South Park which is an Olmstead designed legacy park
which hosts the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden. In addition,
Erie County just completed the installation of the Shoreline Trail
along the west side of Fuhrmann Boulevard which provides connectivity
to the regional bicycle network. Twenty-one driveways and nine
minor intersections cross the cycle track's 1.24 mile-length (2 kilometers).
Continental style crosswalks and stop bars were installed at all
intersection legs. A parking lane/travel edgeline was added along the
south side of Ridge Road and edgelines were added on excessively
wide minor intersections. GObike designed the project using Remix, a
Software as a Service (SaaS) tool.
East end cycle track terminus at Ridge Road and Electric Avenue. (Signage
not installed yet). Parking lane exists opposite intersection approach.
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