We got a press release from SDOT yesterday detailing the performance results after Stone Way was narrowed up in Fremont/Wallingford. There was much controversy at the time that project was proposed in 2006, with area businesses and residents fearing long backups and more congestion.
But two years after the project was completed, the city has data that shows the reduction to two lanes from four was a big success:
- Motor vehicles now travel at speeds nearer the legal limit;
- Total collisions dropped 14 percent with injury collisions down 33 percent;
- Pedestrian collisions declined significantly;
- Bike trips increased 35 percent but collisions per bicycle trip have declined; and
- Volumes show the roadway still easily accommodates motor vehicle traffic.
Could this be a model for our own 23rd Avenue?
According to city data, Stone Way served 15,200 vehicles per day in 2008. That compares to 15,100 vehicles per day on 23rd Avenue here in the Central District (last measured in 2006).
That would appear to suggest that it’s an option. Stay tuned for more data next year when the city studies adding off-peak parking to 23rd.