Next week the City will be holding a community meeting to talk about the recommended design for the Gibbons Neighborhood on the East End. This has been somewhat of an on-going process where this strange little intersection has gotten a lot of attention from the Department of Public Works and at least five different designs to calm the intersection that is unfortunately wide which — apparently — leads to people doing donuts and going too fast through the neighborhood.
It is interesting that despite the four other design alternatives all centering around a large traffic circle, which makes perfect sense for that intersection, the eventual design is some over engineered weirdly designed faux intersection with a strange side arterial and strangely placed crosswalks:
It seems like the biggest problem with that particular intersection is the width of Gibbons off Lincoln, narrowing the street would solve a lot of the problems without the overly engineered design that appears to be what the City would like to put there.
The other day John Knox White tweeted this quickie draft of how the City could narrow the street without necessitating all the sign clutter and lane demarcations:
Of course you have to imagine all the black as some sort of hardscape or parklet which would add a lot of possible interesting landscape to the area. The narrowing of the street would force drivers to slow down and you could probably have a three way stop, as opposed to a four way stop in order to keep traffic moving on Gibbons if necessary.
Although personally, I think the area is rather ideal for a traffic circle because of the lack of a traditional intersection, that way no one has to stop, but rather yield into the circle. The approach into a circle tends to make drivers more careful and thereby calming the intersection. Although it appears that the traffic circle options done by the City were way overworked as well and overly fussy.
The meeting is on Tuesday night at Edison School if anyone is interested.