More bike, less car coming to Washington Ave.; restriping plan to be unveiled tonight

UPDATE: Here is the complete, final restriping plan (opens a large pdf in your browser).

After more than a year of study, the City Planning Commission is set to unveil a proposed reconfiguration of Washington Avenue at a meeting tonight.

City Planner Jeannette Brugger said restriping the road surface will create three car lanes, “with the exception of Broad Street and approaches,” back-in angled parking and bike lanes the entire length of Washington Avenue from Columbus Boulevard to Grays Ferry Avenue. A few blocks will have parallel parking where space is restricted.

Brugger said that the final renderings won’t be released until the meeting, but she noted that the city decided on something similar to two of the options that were presented at a meeting in October:

Washington restriping - above 4th
4th to 7th Street, and 11th to Grays Ferry

Notice the greenery and seating? Not sure if that's part of the immediate plans
Columbus to 4th. Notice the greenery and seating? Not sure if that’s part of the immediate plans

Another element will be to shrink the pedestrian crossing distance at key intersections by installing “painted bump-outs.”

Washington restriping - intersection

Brugger said that the Streets Department has budgeted for the striping and that a representative from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities will speak at the meeting about the timeline for the project.

To see a pdf of the full presentation from October, click here. The meeting is tonight Tuesday, March 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Grace & Peace Community Church, 1701 Washington Ave.

8 thoughts on “More bike, less car coming to Washington Ave.; restriping plan to be unveiled tonight

  • March 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Please stop with the ugly bump-outs!!! Why has this city become so bump-out obsessed? They work well some times.. But other times, like the travesty that surrounds the corners of the Melrose Diner, do nothing but JAM the hell out of traffic! That dirt island they put there is even worse!!! Making turns at these corners become less fluid because you have a narrower turning lane.. You come out of the Melrose parking lot from the north side and try to make a turn, you have to come all the way out to do it.. Now if there is a SEPTA bus stopped at the corner, FORGET IT! You’re stuck!!!

    I like these bump-outs when used properly… But if it clogs arteries, its just a mess.. Please try driving through the intersection at Snyder and Passyunk before you marry yourself to the idea that these bump-outs are always good…

    BTW… It has NOT helped pedestrian crossing in this area either, which was the main selling point for putting them in…


    • March 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      As a frequent West Passyunk Avenue pedestrian, I love the bump-outs. Why are you driving to the diner?

      The ‘dirt island’ will be filled with plants soon. Cheer up.

      • March 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

        I completely agree with Drive-byCurmudgeon. I frequently walk up and down West Passyunk and the bump outs make a world of a difference. That specific intersection that ProvWitout mentioned used to be hell to cross on foot.

        • March 22, 2014 at 6:16 am

          It sucks. And what about if you are just driving through? You guys are so inconsiderate… You can’t ignore the fact that people still do like to drive… We do walk or take bikes more than before… But the great American love affair with the car is not going away… Make it difficult to drive everywhere… See what happens…

  • March 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Can’t wait for construction.

  • March 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Is it me or isn’t it easier to pull into angeled parking rather than back into it. I hate that they are doing this in different areas.

  • March 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Oh good, a mixed stretch of commercial and residential, lets go down from 2 lanes to 1 lane each way. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I ask all of you to drive up and down Washington during the day and see how many trucks drive through here (semi trucks, and delivery box trucks… which double park usually by the way). Then ask yourself if you welcome this. I’m all for bike lanes and safe pedestrian walkways, but taking away an extra lane of traffic in each direction is not going to help.

    • March 22, 2014 at 6:19 am

      Yeah they’re forcing the issue too much… Way too much… They are absolutely bike lane and bump out crazy… Its like a fever… I can’t believe people think these bike lanes have made it better… Before, if you were on a bike, you had to use common sense and be careful.. You’re in the street after all… People have become so dumb that we literally need to put arrows on the ground to show them where to walk.. What absurdity…

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