Greening Of Ellsworth – Report – Main Street
Greening Of Ellsworth
Report By: College Of The Atlantic
Report Date: 6-8-2018
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Main Street Focus
In this post we’ll be focusing on the topic of Main Street.
Example Of What Main Street Could Be.
Below is an image of downtown Hamburg, New York, with complete streets, which looks and functions similarly to Main Street in downtown Ellsworth. Hamburg has a high volume of traffic, about 20,000 cars per day. (Data from New York state’s DOT website shows an average estimate of 11,000 Cars Per Day**) , and they chose to reconstruct their road to make it safer for cyclists. They reduced the size of their travel lanes and added 4 foot wide safety lanes (That can be used by cyclists*). After the reconstruction, traffic-related accidents dropped by 66%. Ellsworth’s Main Street is the same width as Hamburg’s – showing the potential for improvements in downtown Ellsworth. (Ellsworth sees anywhere from 14,200 vehicles to 20,200***)
Potential Street Trees
Below is an image of Main Street from a pedestrian point of view. The lower left photo shows the existing conditions of Main Street, while on the right is the same street with the proposed trees. Landscape Architect, Ericka Duym created these images for the Canopy for Ellsworth Workshop on April 16th, 2018.
The development of complete streets in Ellsworth would make the existing streets safer and more enjoyable to use. Complete streets are designed to be safe for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles. Some of the key design elements of complete streets are bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks with pedestrian refuge islands, and traffic calming features.
There are alternative types of crosswalks that last longer and are more visible than typical painted white stripe crosswalks. Stamped asphalt crosswalks create a difference in color and texture between the road and the crosswalk and last longer before requiring maintenance. Crosswalk murals don’t necessarily last longer than painted white stripe crosswalks, but they are highly visible and are a way to engage in community art and create vibrant crosswalks with unique community character. Repainting of crosswalk murals each spring would be a great community activity for Ellsworth.
*** Ellsworth Main St Car Data Provided By Steve Fuller Assistant City Planner.
** Data Provided By Steve Fuller Assistant City Planner: Both the CNU article and data from New York state’s DOT website show the correct figure is approximately around 11,000 Cars A Day.
* Updated Data Provided By Steve Fuller Assistant City Planner: The minimum width of a bike lane should be 1.5 meters (5 feet) against a curb or adjacent to a parking lane.