So we realize that to date this blog is pretty depressing, however as awareness grows the education and enforcement efforts are being stepped up. Bike Delaware however cautions that there is more to do. Expanding the tool box of solutions is the next step to addressing the problem.
Tools to Address the hot spots
Check out http://www.crashstat.org a project of Transportation Alternatives in New York. This project created maps of bicycle pedestrian crash locations and trends throughout the city. This could be a useful tool especially if related crash data is linked to the maps.
If you analyze the crash data with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Analysis Tool (PBCAT) you can focus on site specific problems and propose counter measures such as putting in a bike box, installing a traffic island (pedestrian refuge), warning signs or creating a an bicycle/pedestrian only phase at a traffic signal.
Identify Crash Countermeasures
* Map the crash reports in GIS
* Identify the hot spots (multiple crashes or fatalities)
* Use the PBCAT software to identify recommendations for countermeasures
* Public service anouncements for motorists and bicyclists on the local tourism channel and TV Stations
* Bicycle Ambassadors – A cyclist to cyclist education program, perfected in Chicago
* Increase bicycle safety efforts by offering short mostly on-road courses (Think of it as an instructor supervised D Ride with a 45 minute safety presentation)
* Aggresive driver hotline
* Bike patrols on Route 1
* Red Light Cameras
* Safety blitzes for motorists and cyclists
* Prosecute offenders especially hit and run drivers
Long Term Engineering Solutions
* Complete the Junction and Breakwater Trail, add appropriate lighting and improve signage
* Sign and improve an alternate on road route on the west side of Route 1 (Plantation Road, Warrington Rd, Old Landing, Airport Road)
* Adding community connector trails through Camelot and Sea Aire to extend the route to the Rehoboth Park and Ride
* Consult with nationally recognized Bicycle and Pedestrian consultants to review the proposed bike and pedestrian improvements coinciding with the widening of Route 1.
* DELDOT needs to adopt a complete streets policy, to prevent future development from endangering the ability to bike or walk.