Kansas City, MO
Best Practice Highlight: Reshaping an Intersection
In analyzing the site, the primary safety challenges were found to be cars speeding and making sharp turns, and long distances for people to walk across the street. The design narrowed the travel lanes and implemented curb extensions bordered by planters, boulders, and bollards to slow traffic and make crossing the street safer for pedestrians. Crosswalk length was cut in half, turn paths were more clearly delineated for drivers, and two stop signs were added.
- The average speed at the intersection has dropped by 45%, and the most dangerous, illegal speeds have been eliminated.
- Crosswalks have been shortened by 52%, making it faster for pedestrians to cross the street.
- The percentage of pedestrians who report feeling “very safe” at the intersection has increased from 23% to 63%.