Sunday, February 15, 2009

New York & Michigan Street transformations

These plans were on display at the annual meeting of the Near East Side Community Organization. Thoughts?


thundermutt said...

This would work better if the streets remain one-way.

thundermutt said...

Since Michigan is wider over its whole length, it's probably the one that should lose a lane to the multi-use path. The stretch from Highland to Arsenal on New York would be problematic.

The Urbanophile said...

Who drew these up? I it an official neighborhood proposal?

bhorg said...

While it looks nice I'd prefer regular old bike lanes to keep a city feel.. It would be nice if they did something like this in Irvington on one side of Washington St.

thundermutt said...

Washington carries twice the traffic of Mich/NY and can hardly afford to lose a lane, bhorg. Michigan can afford it, and it would greatly benefit the neighborhood's self-directed rebuilding effort.

Also, I hadn't had enough coffee when first commenting. I would also add that the bulb-outs would be fine at minor streets but at the major intersections they wouldn't work.

Traffic-calming is fine. Traffic-choking is bad.

One operating change that should be made in conjunction with this configuration change: drop the light timing to 30-31 mph from 35-37 from LaSalle into the Mile Square.

Idyllic Indy said...

These were produced by the NESCO Transportation Committee in pursuit of implementing recommendations in the Near East Side GINI Quality of Life Plan, which include conversion of New York & Michigan Streets to two-way traffic, as well as improving the streetscape appearance and pedestrian and bicyclist experience.

I'm not sure exactly what is proposed, but Irvington is raising funds to do streetscape improvements along Washington Street already.

The suggestion of changing the traffic signal timing is good.