Wonk Walk 2013: Crosswalk Crusade!
Monday, October 21, 5:15pm - 6:45pm. Meet at 5:15, walk at 5:30!
Lancaster Engineering World Headquarters
Notes: Meet on the west sidewalk of SW 4th Ave between Stark and Oak
By: Brian Davis & Kirk PaulsenJoin a great gang of transportation geeks as we think about how to take back our streets for walkers at the most logical starting point: Crosswalks! During this unadulterated ped-infrastructure wonk-out, we'll look at the devil in the details, discussing and experiencing what makes a walking environment great, and what makes it, um...less than great.
We'll contrast auto-centric 4th Avenue to transit-centric 5th Avenue and look at the difference one mere block makes, thinking about the ways land uses and things like dual-turning lanes and curb cuts for parking garages affect walkability. We'll also find ourselves magically transported (via our own feet) to the park blocks, comparing notes on crossing the exact same street at the exact same intersection in a marked crosswalk versus an unmarked one. We'll look at some of downtown's more pedestrian-unfriendly intersections, and brainstorm ways to make them better. The walk will end a few blocks away from the starting location at Tugboat Brewing for discussion, choir-preaching, and whatever other sorts of debauchery may arise.
For a preview of the route and some of the attractions we'll focus on, check out this map: http://goo.gl/maps/KArf1
If you are a user of the Facebook, RSVP to our event and invite friends using this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/240068666148823/
We hope to see you there!