Comments for “New Carrollton Interim Pedestrian Safety Improvements”

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  1. Stringio

    Added September 16 2010

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  2. Stringio

    Added April 01 2010

    Please add a speed bump prior to the crosswalk across Ellin Road linking the IRS with metro. This is a very scary crosswalk as drivers have no concern that a crosswalk exists.

  3. Stringio

    Added April 01 2010

    Please add a speed bump prior to the crosswalk across Ellin Road linking the IRS with metro. This is a very scary crosswalk as drivers have no concern that a crosswalk exists.

  4. Stringio

    Added March 25 2010

    Great tool, especially for folks who cannot attend workshops/meetings! Annapolis road/450 is virtually unwalkable. The intersection at Route 450 and Harkins Road is dangerous for peds/bikes to cross (w/peds heading east-west along 450/Annapolis Road). Sidewalk width is limited to one pedestrian/bicyclist on Harkins Road heading south towards Metro station from Route 450. No connectivity between north and south sides of station for cyclists unless they disembark and walk their bike down steps and through the underpass at Metro faregates. There should be easements/ROW on Metro and GSA/IRS property to allow for nonmotorized pathways that are safe for pedestrians/bicyclists linking users from 85th Avenue, Harkins Road, Garden City Drive, Ellin Road and Pennsy Drive. No sidewalk on "Metro station" side of Garden City Drive heading east towards the office park. Employees in that office park might be more inclined to take Metro, MARC or the future Purple Line to work if the quarter-mile walk from transit was safer. The existing sidewalks on Garden City Drive are narrow and not well lit, while passing auto traffic moves between 35 and 45 MPH. Also the south sidewalk running east-west along Garden City Drive has vegetation and tree growth coming up to the narrow walkway; sufficient lighting may also be needed. No doubt would-be pedestrians are discouraged from accessing the south side of Garden City Drive because of security concerns (they have a blind side where the woods encroach on the sidewalk). Another pedestrian/cyclist conflict point is the south side of the Metro station between the two parking structures and also the pathway closest to the south entrance/exit heading east. There are no direct sightlines to Garden City Drive and the scale of the parking structures is daunting, not to mention the wind tunnel effect in winter (e.g. cold). A pedestrian/cyclist is forced to travel the longer distance "around" both garages, in a straight path between Garden City Drive and the Metro stationn entrance. Most simply would not feel safe taking the existing shortcut sidewalks where the garages are.

    No painted crosswalks or "slow-down" flashing lights on Garden City Drive for peds/cyclists to cross into the station entrance area.

    Purple Line on the north side should account for increased ped/bike mode share accessing station.

    Would like for the TLC study to compare access of the IRS footbridge by pedestrians at peak periods versus pedestrians who choose to access IRS at street-level.

    Sidewalks on north and south side of Metro station are narrow and force peds/bikes onto bus access lanes or onto the surface park-and-ride lots on both sides of station.

  5. Stringio

    Added March 25 2010

    Great tool, especially for folks who cannot attend workshops/meetings! Annapolis road/450 is virtually unwalkable. The intersection at Route 450 and Harkins Road is dangerous for peds/bikes to cross (w/peds heading east-west along 450/Annapolis Road). Sidewalk width is limited to one pedestrian/bicyclist on Harkins Road heading south towards Metro station from Route 450. No connectivity between north and south sides of station for cyclists unless they disembark and walk their bike down steps and through the underpass at Metro faregates. There should be easements/ROW on Metro and GSA/IRS property to allow for nonmotorized pathways that are safe for pedestrians/bicyclists linking users from 85th Avenue, Harkins Road, Garden City Drive, Ellin Road and Pennsy Drive. No sidewalk on "Metro station" side of Garden City Drive heading east towards the office park. Employees in that office park might be more inclined to take Metro, MARC or the future Purple Line to work if the quarter-mile walk from transit was safer. The existing sidewalks on Garden City Drive are narrow and not well lit, while passing auto traffic moves between 35 and 45 MPH. Also the south sidewalk running east-west along Garden City Drive has vegetation and tree growth coming up to the narrow walkway; sufficient lighting may also be needed. No doubt would-be pedestrians are discouraged from accessing the south side of Garden City Drive because of security concerns (they have a blind side where the woods encroach on the sidewalk). Another pedestrian/cyclist conflict point is the south side of the Metro station between the two parking structures and also the pathway closest to the south entrance/exit heading east. There are no direct sightlines to Garden City Drive and the scale of the parking structures is daunting, not to mention the wind tunnel effect in winter (e.g. cold). A pedestrian/cyclist is forced to travel the longer distance "around" both garages, in a straight path between Garden City Drive and the Metro stationn entrance. Most simply would not feel safe taking the existing shortcut sidewalks where the garages are.

    No painted crosswalks or "slow-down" flashing lights on Garden City Drive for peds/cyclists to cross into the station entrance area.

    Purple Line on the north side should account for increased ped/bike mode share accessing station.

    Would like for the TLC study to compare access of the IRS footbridge by pedestrians at peak periods versus pedestrians who choose to access IRS at street-level.

    Sidewalks on north and south side of Metro station are narrow and force peds/bikes onto bus access lanes or onto the surface park-and-ride lots on both sides of station.

  6. Stringio

    Added March 24 2010

    WMATA buses queue on Ellin which is real problem.

  7. Stringio

    Added March 24 2010

    People have been mugged walking to and from the metro early in the morning and late at night. Very dark and plenty of places for people to hide.

  8. Stringio

    Added March 24 2010

    Cars speed on Ellin Road and it is tough for people to cross Ellin Road and use the park at West Lanham Hills.

  9. Stringio

    Added March 24 2010

    It is really tough to walk to the station. There is no direct route.

  10. Stringio

    Added March 19 2010

    I often see pedestrians walking along Veterans Parkway and crossing as they get close to Ellin Road. Sidewalks along 410 and a pedestrian crossing at Ellin Road could help. Although it is private property, there are several peole from the Bellemeade area who come around the noise wall in order to get to the Metro.

  11. Stringio

    Added March 09 2010

    Based on my observations of this intersection(Rt. 450 and Harkins Rd.) it is a dangerous area for both pedestrians and drivers. I have seen pedestrians attempting to make it across the street in time to catch a Metro bus. A lot of times, especially during rush hour it becomes difficult to cross the street, as drivers are focused on
    "making it through a light" and putting pedestrians in danger.

    I would recommend that conditions be re-evaluated in this particular area, as this is a highly congested area off of Route 450.

  12. Stringio

    Added January 23 2010

    This is a test comment so show how public comments will display on the map.

    Thanks!