Public meeting – Wednesday, October 18
from 5:30–7 p.m. at the Aquaplex (1702 N Fourth St.)
The City of Flagstaff has enlisted a consultant to produce designs for street improvements along the east side of Butler near 4th Street.
Please see project page here.
Please see Project Presentation here.
Most notable are some very concerning concepts for the intersection at Butler and 4th.
Even after repeated conversations amongst the Council, City Staff, consultants, and the public about “right-sizing” and prioritizing bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure in order to induce some transportation mode-shift in our community by making bicycling and walking safer and more enjoyable, the Project Team’s Preferred option is for a 2 lane traffic circle with channelized right turn lanes.
It is important to note that this intersection is immediately proximate to three schools, a city park and several residential neighborhoods. Large intersections that encourage higher-speed vehicle traffic and that are challenging for bicyclists and pedestrians to negotiate are antithetical to livable communities and safe travel for vulnerable road users.
This option is enormous in scale and, even by the consultants’ own scoring matrix, relegates bicyclists and pedestrians to second-class status in favor of moving extremely large numbers of cars, (perhaps more than the intersection will reasonably see on a daily basis).
Among the recommended options, the “6×6 Signalized Intersection” is the best, but we are curious if smaller options were even considered.
- PLEASE ATTEND THE PUBLIC MEETING!
- Please suggest at least an analysis of a smaller, right-sized intersection that also prioritizes bicyclist and pedestrian safety and usability.