BetterBlocks Philly Traffic Calming Strategies
Chicanes are curb extensions installed away from an intersection to create a narrow two-lane gap or a single lane. Chicanes shift traffic alternately from side to side of the street to create an S-shaped path of travel. The extra turns reduce vehicular speeds and provide opportunities for vegetative plantings, stormwater management, and streetscape beautification.
Come and see a chicane demonstrated in person on Webster Street!
A Bump-out is a curb extension that protrudes into the street either mid-block or at an intersection, creating a new curb some distance from the existing curb. They prevent parking at intersection corners, provide a pedestrian safety benefit by reducing the street crossing distance, and when located at crosswalks, they improve the visibility of pedestrians to motorists.
Numerous street corners throughout the site will include bump-outs.
The trend of opening short-term sales spaces in otherwise vacant or underutilized commercial properties is an innovative way for local businesses to create awareness of their brand/product while also contributing to neighborhood revitalization efforts. These small and temporary shops can also create a commercial destination for the community and boost economic development agendas.
A Pop-up Storefront will be located at 1701 and 1801 Christian Street. Check out our calendar for more info on the events and exhibits on display in both spaces!
A Parklet is a curb extension that typically occupies the width of a parallel parking spot and is designed to provide a public place for citizens where the existing sidewalk width is not large enough to accommodate vibrant street life activities. People can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the city around them, as parklets are often equipped with seating, vegetated planters, artwork, and/or bicycle parking.
Visit our parklet outside the pop-up store on 1701 Christian Street!
Mid-block Pedestrian Crossings are locations between intersections where a marked crosswalk has been provided. They are often installed to provide more frequent crossing opportunities and may be added near major pedestrian destinations, such as schools, where people might otherwise cross at unmarked locations.
Better Blocks Philly will activate mid-block crossings on Christian Street and Catharine Street during Design Philadelphia.
To consider the potential safety hazards associated with the impact of vehicles and increased traffic with respect to drop off and pickup of children, designated loading zones are implemented. Time-restricted parking for caregivers is located convenient to the main entrance so to avoid double parking and dangerous j-walking. Additionally, street trees create a physical buffer between pedestrians and the active vehicular right-of way, act as a visual buffer that slows speeding traffic, and provide an enhanced greening aesthetic.
A loading zone adjacent to the mid-block crossing on Christian Street will allow safe drop off and pickup for visitors to the YMCA.
Here are some of our initial sketches and ideas!