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Montbello Safer Streets Online Meeting

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    Welcome


    Thank you for your participation in our online engagement to make safety and mobility improvements on Montbello’s roadways! Reviewing and providing your input should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. We look forward to receiving your input and continuing to work with you throughout the project.

    How to navigate

    • Click on the arrows on the right side of your screen.
    • Use the navigation bar at the left of your screen to revisit any part of the meeting.
    • After you complete the online meeting, we invite you to take our survey so we can learn more about your experience with Montbello's roadways.

    Project Overview

    Safer Streets overview map Click on the image above to enlarge.

    This project includes four roadways in Montbello, as shown in the map. The primary objective of this project is improved safety for all roadway users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers with special attention to the needs of the elderly, children, and disabled individuals.

    Three of the roadways are of similar layout and size:

    • 1 Andrews Dr
    • 2 E 51st Ave/Gateway Ave
    • 3 Uvalda St

    Therefore...

    • 4 Crown Blvd has different design considerations. Proposed designs for this street are discussed later in the meeting.

    How We Got Here

    Collage of planning graphics Click on the image above to enlarge.

    In 2019, the Far Northeast Area Plan was adopted after an 18 month community conversation. This planning process identified major safety and mobility concerns on roadways in Montbello. The Plan also highlighted specific roadways where the community wants bicycle and pedestrian focused facilities to be prioritized. The current project focuses on several of these roadways to address safety needs for all users.

    Safety Issues

    The project team collected and reviewed current roadway use (annual average daily traffic [AADT]) and crash data from the last five years. This data tells a story of real safety issues for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicle drivers when navigated these roadways. The causes, locations, and roadway users involved in these crashes help inform what design improvements can help.

    This map shows all crashes on these roadways over the last five years.

    Average Annual Daily Traffic shown on map Click on the image above to enlarge. Map legend

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    Crash Analysis 1 What does this crash data tell us?

    Safety Issues - Pedestrians

    This map shows crashes involving pedestrians on these roadways over the last five years. Many of these crashes were adjacent to schools. Several involved children crossing the street. Studies show that slowing vehicle speeds, clear markings for each roadway user (e.g. bike lanes, crosswalks), and shorter crossings work best to improve pedestrian safety.

    Locations of pedestrian involved crashes Click on the image above to enlarge. Map legend

    Legend

    Crash Analysis 2

    Several of these crashes may be the result of the Double Threat.

    What is a Double Threat?

    Safety Issues - Bicyclists

    This map shows crashes involving bicyclists on these roadways over the last five years. A dedicated space for bicyclists, through striped or protected bike lanes help cars and bicyclists know where to be on the road and improve safety for all users.

    Locations of bicycle involved crashes Click on the image above to enlarge. Map legend

    Legend

    Crash Analysis 3 What is a protected bike lane?

    Detailed Crash Data

    Did you know?

    T-bone crash image

    Most crashes on these roads have been FRONT TO SIDE (also called T-bone), which is often the result of confusing intersections. Intersections better defined with on-street signage can help.

    Rear End crash image

    Other crashes are FRONT TO REAR, which is often the result of speeding and reckless driving. Fewer lanes (to avoid reckless passing) and narrowing lanes can help.

    Detailed Crash Data

    Click on the graphs below view crash history data.

    Andrews Dr

    Andrews Drive Crash Detail

    51st Ave

    51st Ave Crash Detail

    Uvalda St

    Uvalda Street Crash Data

    Crown Blvd

    Crown Blvd Crash Data

    Solutions for Safer Streets

    Make the street easy to use.

    Make the street easy to use

    Reduce the complexity of the roadway and intersections in the eyes of all travelers. A safer city street will trade the long, indirect crosswalks and confusing right-of-way at intersections for shorter crossings and create clear spaces designated for moving vehicles, parked vehicles, bike riders, and pedestrians.

    Slow speeds.

    Slow speeds

    Slowing traffic saves lives. Slower speeds are encouraged by fewer number of lanes, narrower lanes, signage and enforcement.

    Quality over quantity.

    Quality over quantity

    Historically, engineers have given cars as much space as possible. Since then, we have learned that more lanes can lead to more safety issues and can cause more congestion rather than less. A jumble of un-designated lanes can cause driver confusion, crashes and congestion. Removing lanes to can actually improve traffic flow.

    Utilize roadway network.

    Utilize roadway network

    Expanding the area of traffic analysis of the broader street network can make it clear what design and size is appropriate on an individual street for safety and traffic flow. Work being completed on streets around Montbello, such as I-70, 56th Ave, and Pena Blvd, is expected to divert non local traffic from Montbello’s local streets in the next few years.

    Existing Conditions

    Existing Conditions Cross Section
    Existing Conditions Map Click on the images above to enlarge.

    Safety & Mobility Features

    • Two vehicle travel lanes - highest capacity of vehicles
    • On-street parking - maintains vehicle parking throughout

    Trade-offs

    • No dedicated bike lane - lower safety and comfort for bicyclists
    • Two vehicle travel lanes
      • Two travel lanes plus a rarely used parking lane encourages higher vehicle speeds, lowering safety for all users
      • Double Threat for crossing at intersections, lowering safety for pedestrians
    • Long pedestrian crossing distances - distance to cross in conflict with vehicles is long, which is challenging for the elderly and disabled

    Option A

    The project team has developed two possible designs to construct on the canal streets. Consistency of design across all the canal streets is important, but there some flexibility to mix-and-match (eg Option A on Andrews Dr and Option B on 51st Ave).

    Option A Cross Section
    Option A Map Click on the images above to enlarge.

    Safety & Mobility Features

    • Two vehicle travel lanes - highest capacity of vehicles
    • Dedicated bike lane - increased safety and comfort for bicyclists
    • A protected bike lane with narrow buffer and vertical flex posts - increased safety and comfort for bicyclists
    What is a protected bike lane?
    • Small intersection improvements - limiting confusion for all users

    Trade-offs

    • Two vehicle travel lanes - Double Threat for crossing at intersections, lowering safety for pedestrians
    What is a Double Threat?
    • Long pedestrian crossing distances - distance to cross in conflict with vehicles is long, which is challenging for the elderly and disabled
    • No on-street parking - vehicles must park elsewhere

    Option B

    The project team has developed two possible designs to construct on the canal streets. Consistency of design across all the canal streets is important, but there some flexibility to mix-and-match (eg Option A on Andrews Dr and Option B on 51st Ave).

    Option B Cross Section
    Option B Map Click on the images above to enlarge.

    Safety & Mobility Features

    • Dedicated bike lake - increased safety and comfort for bicyclists
    • Wide buffer zone between bike lane and travel lane - increased safety and comfort for bicyclists
    • One vehicle travel lane
      • Eliminates Double Threat
      • Allows for major intersection improvements
      • Reduced vehicle speeds
    • Pockets of parking - on-street parking available in high-use areas and parking protected buffer for bicyclists
    What is a parking protected bicycle lane?

    Trade-offs

    • One vehicle travel lane - possible vehicle delays of 1-20 seconds
    • Pockets of parking - on-street parking available in high-use areas

    Primary Design Options Identified

    Each option has benefits and trade-offs. Thinking about the project objective to enhance safety, please share your thoughts on which design options you prefer and why.

    Options Overview Click on the image above to enlarge.

    Conventional and Buffered Bike Lanes for Crown Blvd

    Turn your attention to Crown Blvd now. The proposed design for Crown Blvd will add a conventional bike lane on some blocks and a buffered bike lane on others. Buffered bike lanes are safer for bicyclists but will require the removal of some on-street parking.

    Conventional Bike Lane

    Conventional Bike Lane

    A conventional bike lane utilizes a single stripe to separate the bicyclist designated area from vehicles.

    Buffered Bike Lane

    Buffered Bike Lane

    A buffered bike lane takes up more space but provides a wider separation between the bicyclist and moving vehicles.

    Proposed Design for Crown Blvd

    The proposed design for Crown Blvd incorporates a mix of conventional bike lane adjacent to the parking lane and selected sections of buffered bike lane without a parking lane. It also includes improvements at intersections and mid-block crossings.

    Detailed Layout Exhibits - Crown Blvd

    Click on the image below to open a PDF map of a particular section of Crown Blvd. Answer a one-question survey below.

    McGlone Academy Section

    McGlone Academy Section

    Albrook Dr to Auckland Ct

    Montbello Central Park Section

    Montbello Central Park Section

    Andrews Dr & Crown Blvd Intersection

    Montbello High School West Section

    Montbello High School West Section

    E 50th Ave to 51t Ave

    Escalante Section

    Escalante Section

    Blackhawk Way/52nd Ave to Maxwell Pl

    56th Section

    56th Section

    Crystal Way to E 56th Ave

    Crown Blvd Legend Click on the image above to enlarge.

    Next Steps

    Jan-March:engagement; April-May: digital engagement; May-June:prerred alternative open house; Sept-Oct: installation of improvements on 51st/Gateway/Crown Blvd; 2021-22: installation of improvements on Andrews/Uvalda Click on the image above to enlarge.

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