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E. 29th Street Corridor Study

 29th St Traffic Operations & Safety Review Open House

When:  March 7, 2018 | 5 - 7PM
Where: Boundary Elementary School 750 26th Street East, North Vancouver

The City and the District of North Vancouver are working in identifying ways to improve safety along East 29th Street.

Potential options to address these issues will be presented at this Open House for feedback.

We are working with the District of North Vancouver to identify ways to improve safety along E. 29th Street.

The area we are studying is the stretch between Lonsdale Avenue and Lynn Valley Road, and we are looking at all the ways people move through this corridor: walking, cycling, transit, and driving.


Work we have done so far

We surveyed the public (October, 2016), and commissioned a technical study (completed in September, 2017) to gather information about safety and other concerns.

The information on this page summarizes what we heard from the survey and what we uncovered during the technical study, and provides an overview of the areas along E. 29th Street where there are  safety or other concerns.

Early in February 2018, we will update this page with potential solutions to the issues identified, and ask you to share your thoughts on those solutions.

 

What we heard from residents during our consultation in October 2016



 

Themes emerging from the consultation and study

 

Walking
  • Limited marked crosswalks, uncomfortable to cross at some locations (especially the hill)
  • Some gaps in the sidewalk network
  • Skewed and wide side street intersections at six locations
Cycling
  • No dedicated on-street bike accommodation (narrow, shared lanes only)
  • Minimal bike route signage
  • Uncomfortable for people to bike to and from the Tempe Crescent cycling route (crossing E. 29th Street) to bypass the hill
Driving

The posted speed limit is 50 km/h. Higher speeds were observed.

Driveways
  • Limited sight lines  (hedges, parked cars)
  • Reverse-out conflicts
  • Inconsistent driveway drop design (pedestrian risk)
Street name signs
  • Placement
  • Inconsistent size
  • Inconsistent design
Parking
  • Parking near Lonsdale Road and Lynn Valley Road is well used
  • Parking in the central section of the corridor is generally underutilized

 

Specific areas along the E. 29th Street corridor with challenges

Using both the feedback from residents, and the results from the technical study, we have identified the areas of E. 29th Street with the most significant challenges.

 

Lonsdale Avenue: Driveway access issues, recorded rear-end crashes

Collisions -- Rear-end crashes are the most recorded type of collision at this intersection.

Driveway access -- Access management has been identified as an issue.

St. Georges Avenue: Sight lines, pavement markings

Sight lines -- There are limited sight lines in the northwest corner of this intersection that require people driving south on St. Georges Avenue to move into the intersection in order to see oncoming E. 29th Street traffic.

Pavement markings -- St. Georges Avenue on the north side of E. 29th Street has a steep grade and inadequate pavement markings, which can be challenging for people who are walking.

Tempe Crescent (West): Cycling safety

Cycling Safety --Tempe Crescent is the designated cycling route and bypass for the E. 29th Street hill. It is challenging for northbound cyclists to turn west onto E. 29th Street from Tempe Crescent.

Skewed intersection -- The skewed angle of this intersection and its wide throat makes crossing and turning difficult for all users.

Regent Avenue: Sight lines, missing sidewalks

Sight lines -- Crossing or turning at this intersection can be uncomfortable due to steep grades and vertical curves.

Missing sidewalk -- The lack of sidewalk on the north side of E. 29th Street west of Regent Avenue (to St. Kilda Avenue) is challenging for pedestrians.

Princess Avenue / Brand Street: Challenges for pedestrians, sight line issues

Pedestrian comfort -- The lack of sidewalk and adequate paving markings on the north side of E. 29th Street east of Princess Avenue may be challenging for pedestrians.

Sight lines -- Due to topography and vegetation, drivers encroach into the intersection before they are able to cross or turn.

Tempe Crescent (East): Skewed intersection, cycling safety

Skewed intersection -- The skewed angle of this intersection and its wide throat makes crossing and turning difficult for all users.

Cycling safety -- Tempe Crescent is the designated cycling route and bypass for the E. 29th Street hill. It is challenging for westbound cyclists to turn onto E. 29th Street from Tempe Crescent.

Royal Avenue: Left turn issue

Left-turn issue Turning left at this intersection is difficult for drivers.

 

Possible solutions

There are a number of road right-of-way treatments that we could use to resolve some of these issues.

CROSSING UPGRADES | could include lighting, signage, road markings, and other elements to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

 

CURB EXTENSIONS | shorten the crossing distance, and may slow down traffic

 

LEFT-TURN BAYS | provide storage room for vehicles waiting to turn without disrupting the flow of through traffic

 

PEDESTRIAN REFUGE | or island shortens the crossing distance for pedestrians and may slow down traffic

 

BIKE LANES | allow exclusive road space for cyclists. Segregation of modes increases safety for vulnerable users.

 

Intersection RE-ALIGNMENT | reduces the crossing distance for pedestrians and improves the sight lines for drivers

 

SIDEWALKS | on both sides of the street provide a safe and comfortable place for pedestrians

 

TRIMMING VEGETATION AND REMOVING OBSTACLES | improves sight lines at key intersections

 

Other tools that will help guide our decisions around E. 29th Street

While we will rely on the input received through the survey and the results of the technical study, there are overarching strategies and policies that will be used to address the issues along E. 29th Street.

See Official Community Plan
See Transportation Plan
See Bicycle Master Plan

 

Next steps

Join us for an Open House March 7, 5-7pm at Boundary Elementary School.

We will update this page prior to the open house with proposed solutions to the problems identified, and ask you to share your thoughts on those solutions.

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