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Lancaster, PA

Making an intersection easier to navigate

The Project

Residents of the Cabbage Hill neighborhood identified a busy five-way intersection – often used as a cut-through by motorists – as confusing and uninviting to pedestrians and bikers. By introducing artful safety redesigns to the intersection – including shortening crosswalks by 55%, adding over 3,600 square feet of new pedestrian space, narrowing vehicular lanes, and adding a needed stop sign – the City created a public space that is easier to safely navigate, with car traffic reduced by 27% and bike ridership increased by 12%. Through an extensive community engagement process, the City of Lancaster amplified local voices and facilitated conversations that shaped the intersection redesign and artistic direction.

  • The average speed at the intersection has dropped by 20%.
  • The rate of drivers yielding to pedestrians with the right of way increased by 10%.
  • Bike ridership has increased by 12%.

“Neighbors strongly advocated for changes in the intersection that would align with community needs and desires. The result was a space created by and for the community that added art, safer pedestrian crossing areas, stops signs to slow traffic and additional parking.” 

Jake Thorsen, SoWe Neighborhood Director

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Cabbage Hill

Number of Intersections


Installation Dates

September 11-18, 2021

Lead Partners

City of Lancaster Public Art


Two Dudes Painting Co.

Lead Artists

Fern Dannis

Peter Barber


H&C COLORTOP Water-Based Solid Color Concrete Stain

Square Footage of Artwork



Design & Community Engagement: $5,000

Labor: $5,695

Supplies: $2,000

Maintenance: $3,000





Best Practice Highlight: Community Engagement Platform

To facilitate their Asphalt Art Initiative project, the City of Lancaster made use of their online community engagement platform, Engage Lancaster, with which residents were already familiar and comfortable using. Through the platform, they released multiple surveys and design drafts at each milestone along the design and installation process, allowing community members to actively inform the final product. The team also posted survey results and infographics, making the public feedback received readily accessible to all. Finally, 100 residents volunteered through the platform to help paint the intersection and celebrate the completion of the project they helped design and implement.

For inspiration and tips for the creation of art on roadways and public places, download the Bloomberg Associates Asphalt Art Guide which features successful plaza and roadway art activations around the world, as well as key steps for developing such projects.

Asphalt Art Guide