For people on foot and on bike the "Quiet Zone" projects have been a little mixed.
12th and Chemeketa seems to work just fine, much better than I expected, but 12th and Mill is still counter-intuitive, complicated, messy, and even unsafe. It turns you into a darting and unpredictable "urban deer." If good design makes the desired actions seem "natural," then the work at 12th and Mill is a broad failure for people on foot and on bike (it seems to work ok for those in cars).
|Original concept for 12th and Mill contained a crosswalk|
|The jumble at 12th and Mill - crosswalk deleted|
So. What to do?
SESNA meets on Tuesday the 23rd, and they'll be talking about the rehab of the Baggage Depot as well as this crossing.
The agenda listing is brief, so it's hard to know who is driving the conversation and what outcome is imagined. At least on paper, the Baggage Depot has a third phase concerned with circulation for those on foot and on bike, and hopefully they are thinking about this vital connectivity with the Promenade. But I worry that under the guise of "improved safety" the intersection and crossing would get restricted and screwed up even more.
|Busted Post and Mount in Median on 12th at Mill|
Separately, in the median refuge on 12th at Mill, you may remember the busted post and mount from last summer. Plainly a car had crashed in to it.
The whole configuration here just seems like it needs a substantial round of refinement and adjustment, unfortunately.
|McGilchrist at the SSA Office:|
40mph, no sidewalks - but watch out for pedestrians!
SESNA meets Tuesday the 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Capital Park Wesleyan Church, 410 19th St SE.
Update, Feb 24th
A reader sends in the concept that was presented at the meeting.
|White text, black text, black arrows added|
It looks like it "flows" pretty well if you're on foot and, working out the bike movements, I think that it works well heading southbound (east or west) off of the Promenade, and rates at least "OK" heading east from 12th and then north onto the Promenade.
That looks like a promising first draft.
What do you think?