-Consider a bicycle left turn lane
and/or "bike box" northbound at Market.
· The multiuse path should be visual distinguished from the motorized vehicular traffic lanes with a different style of pavement, or at least paint. It should also be protected with a raised median.
· I like the idea of a dedicated, wide, pedestrian/bike path that is separated from the traffic with some kind of low, vertical divider. This seems safest for all the kids and walking/biking people that use the bridge. Typical bike lanes feel narrow and I think discourge some people from biking, especially across bridges that feel tight and congested anyway.
· Higher railing. Wider ped path. Bike lane.
· Consider wide multi-use paths on each side separated from car traffic rather than sidewalks and bike lanes.
· Bike lanes are a must! I bike to and from work every day and sharing the lane with large vehicles and buses is just not practical.
· (see above).
· Dedicated bike lanes in both directions, and wider/safer/more pleasant sidewalks. A planted median seems like a waste of space.
Increase pedestrian safety by
removing Left turn into Graves St. when heading South on the bridge. Likewise prohibit Left turn from Graves St.
onto bridge (heading South). This would
allow for a pedestrian island in the middle of the bridge where the current
pedestrian crossing at Graves St. is.
9th St (bridge) is currently too wide for safe pedestrian crossing.
· A safety divider separating the pedestrian section from the cars would be a good idea.
· A railing, versus spaced posts, to divide the pedestrians from the automobiles seems safer for the children crossing.
· Make the bridge one vehicular lane in each direction, and use the rest of the space to create a dynamic bicylce and pedestrian zone, separated from the vehicular traffic by plantings and other design devices.
· A flashing light in the crosswalk at Spudnuts crossing is soooooo needed. People honk and try to run you over in that crosswalk.
Keep them out of auto traffic. Limit the pedestrian crosswalks to only
places where there are traffic lights.
Crosswalks that exist without being tied into the traffic light system
and overall traffic flow- pedestrians using those crosswalks impede the flow of
traffic, causing backups and congestion during peak auto usage hours.
· Could a pedestrain easement be placed on a lower level? Seperating pedestrians from cars and integrating into the mall at different locations. By beefing up pillar weight capacity & adding a pedestrain layer below the span.
· You can ride on the sidewalk, it's only a few 100ft and you can stop and let others pass.
Please make sure the railings
opposite the road are higher. I have
seen kids numerous times climb and crouch on the railings in quite a dangerous
I live in Belmont and frequently
walk downtown with some or all of my 4 children. I have been doing this walk
with children for 10 years and it still makes me nervous. My children often
have scooters or bikes with them and will zoom ahead of me on the sidewalk. The
cars are very close to the children when they drive by. I am always concerned
that one of my children will wreck on their bike or scooter as they are
crossing the bridge and fall off the curb into traffic. With all of that said,
I would love to see some kind of barrier between the sidewalks on either side
and the lanes of cars that would prevent pedestrians from falling off the curb
directly into traffic. In addition, a higher rail on the outside of the bridge
would be welcomed. I think if there was a safer crossing of the bridge, more
parents would enjoy walking downtown and feel comfortable letting
age-appropriate children walk or ride downtown on their own.
i am 12 years old and i walk
downtown with my friends a lot and i think that having a barrier and maybe a
crosswalk to cross from on side to the other would make it a safer and more
enjoyable walk downtown
· In order for bicycle commuters to adequately use the bridge the bike lanes need to be on each side of the road and set up in such a way so bicycles are safe to make left turns onto Market as well as go straight through the intersection. A shared bike/pedestrian lane will not work for those commuting by bicycle and will result in the bikes back in traffic as they are now (option C.)
· --Ideally incorporate a network of safe sidewalks/trails that extend from the bridge/downtown mall all the way down Avon Street to the Albemarle subdivisions (Mill Creek, Lakeside Apts, etc), the future Biscuit Run State Park, and the Saunders-Monticello Trails. (How incredible would it be to be able to safely bike/jog/hike all the way from the downtown mall, to the future state park, and on to Monticello?!)
Suggestion Three: I prefer a design with two lanes in each
direction, with on-road bike facilities in each direction, and a sidewalk ONLY
on the West side of the bridge.
· Make wider sidewalks with a higher curb to shield people from cards. Also find a way to reduce speeds on the bridge.
I just want to do anything possible
to encourage walking and biking on the bridge.
· increase separation between vehicle traffic and pedestrians. pedestrians should not be made to feel that they need to get off the bridge as quickly as possible for their safety - allow for a leisurely stroll and enjoy the view.
I heard of ideas of having only one
pedestrian walkway. Please still have the west and east pedestrian walkway when
you built a new bridge. I understand that the west walkway has more usage,
however for those of us who use the east side, it will be a great inconvenience
to have to cross the bridge twice in order to get to my destination. This also
poses additional risks of having to cross the bridge twice. We should all learn
to share a walkway, giving space to strollers, wheelcahirs and dogs on the
walkways, I don't see a need for an extra wide walkway, this will only make us
less interactive as residents. Bicyclist should be allowed to share the walkway
with pedestrian, this is common in other countries I have visited.
· For the sake of safety, would there be anyway to separate the bike path and pedestrian walkways from the flow of traffic?
· A protected walkway that has a guard rail or chain link fence to protect walkers from traffic would be wonderful. This bridge is very important to people who work downtown. We need to keep pedestrian access going.
· For pedestrian safety on a bridge, I think it's important to have a significantly raised sidewalk, more so than in other areas. And significantly higher than in your current design (side view with elevations). If a car was to lose control and veer onto the sidewalk, there is no where to go but into the street or over the railing. I believe in your current design, you are already planning to extend the height of the railings, which I think will also help. In a strong wind, for example, or if one was to temporarily lose their balance, there is some danger of someone falling over the currently installed railing.
· Railing between the road and sidewalk.
· Bike access should be on grade from all connecting intersections/streets. Do not share bike access w/ pedestrians. Bikes are more likely to get hit by cars when entering road from sidewalk than when on road all the time.
· I believe that roundabouts ought to be considered at the adjacent intersections. Pedestrian counts strongly suggest that pedestrian travel should be routed along the west side of the bridge, where the Downtown Mall access is. It would be very helpful if adjacent land were redeveloped to front on the bridge, creating an attractive pedestrian landscape that extends the Mall.
· A curb divider between the bike lane and roadway.
· I like Design C
· I live in Belmont and a walkover/crossover over the tracks to the Downtown Mall (extended) would cut pedestrian traffic on the BB enormously and be a much safer alternative for all concerned. Thanks.
bicycle lanes on both sides, along
with sidewalks is supreme.
· Please include dedicated bike lanes for both north and southbound traffic lanes. This is a very heavily used biking area. Can we put bike bollards on the bridge cut-out adjacent to the pavilion? This would let bicyclists lock of their bikes before descending to the downtown mall.
· PLEASE do not have a combined bike/pedestrian path. Sidewalks AND bike lanes can and should be accommodated on this bridge. Keep the bike lanes separate for the pedestrians' safety and to make biking across the bridge quicker and easier.
· The bigger the better -- as a recently former resident of Graves Street, I used to walk over the Belmont Bridge twice a day and consistently felt over-exposed to the cars racing past. I would love to see a wider sidewalk, the inclusion of a bike lane, and the installation of flashing pedestrian crosswalk lights at the intersection of 9th/Avon and Monticello Ave (near the Bridge PAI).
· I walk across the bridge all the time (I live in North Belmont). I would ride my bike more if there was a separate bike lane.
· Just that we need both bike and pedestrians lanes on each side of the bridge
· I think bicycle lanes on each side of the road would be ideal. I ride my bike to work using the belmont bridge and currently cars going north will get in the left lane to go around me. This is fine unless there is a lot of traffic, in which case I get squeezed in between a vehicle and the sidewalk.
· additional development of vertical stair access from both sides and both ends of the bridge should be considered. In particular, stair access at the pavilion/ transit center should be considered, especailly as an alternate route when access through public space is denied due to paid/private events going on at the pavilion. Please consider the incorporation of all special design elements, materials to be focused on the pedestrian areas of the bridge where they will be of value and appreciated and not for the vehicular.
· Maybe an area or two that would provide shade (covered area over benches) to protect from the summer sun.
· This bridge is as much about pedestrians as it is about cars. I would have no trouble sacrificing a lane of traffic to provide wider sidewalks and good separation between the sidewalk and road. It would be great to have trees planted between the sidewalk and roadway.
· bikes one side pedestrians on other
Please provide some barrier between
pedestrians and traffic on the west side of the bridge. While this will add
some element of physical safety, it will go even further in adding a sense of
psychological safety and make walking across the bridge much more pleasant. It
is a highly traversed bridge, and the barrier - nothing monumental, just a
small division - will made a world of difference in the trip.
· A design with pedestrians and cyclists in mind should have designated walks and lanes in each direction. Option C is not a good one, as cycling lanes and sidewalks are not present on both sides.
I don't know if my suggestion is
"additional" or not, because I can't read the text on the ideas above. I can't see any notation that bike lanes have
been included in the plans. Bike lanes
are a must for this busy corridor between Belmont and Garrett and Downtown. I used to ride my bike to work over that
bridge and I still see people riding bikes across it. It would be much safer with a designated
· Sidewalk at least on the west side so folks can get to and from the Pavilion without having to cross traffic in the middle of the bridge.
· seperate, divided bike lanes. lighted crosswalks, divider in middle of travel lanes on bridge.
· A bike lane should be added for traveling in both directions by bike and it should be completely separate from any foot traffic or vehicle traffic. The bike lanes aught to be at least four foot in width for each direction.
· Both directions of traffic should support safe bicycle passage and separate pedestrian passage. Appropriate bicycle lanes beyond the bridge (which may be outside the scope of this project) are necessary to truly provide safe cycling and prevent the bridge bicycle lanes from being another random spot in the patchwork of bicycle accommodation in Charlottesville.
As a frequent biker from the Mill
Creek area to the Pantops area, I would love to see proper bicycle lanes put in
place. While it wouldn't be a huge inconvenience to only have a lane on just
one side (Option C), I would be concerned that space would run out during
Pavilion events when pedestrians are known to crowd the sidewalk area on that
· Wonder why you don't have pedestrian on West side and cyclists oon east side...most folks walk on that side.
· I would recommend some sort of railing/plantings to block and protect the sidewalk/pedestrian/bike area from the vehicle lanes. Right now it feels a bit dangerous as children are running along that sidewalk and cars are coming right at them.
· See below...
· Let the designers do this, I am not a designer or architect.
· use plain zebra striping at crosswalks so there’s no doubt what they’re there for. Fix the pedestrian signals at Market St and Levy/Garrett so they activate automatically with green lights rather than making us wait an entire light cycle for a ‘walk’ sign. Long term, provide at-grade pedestrian x-ings over RR tracks btwn Belmont and E Market.
· I'm concerned shared bike+ped path would be too slow for bike commuters, and it means the bikers have to cross back and forth over the busy street to get to the path. Bike lanes each way is more encouraging to bikers.
please make improvements to the
cross walk at the Monticello Road/Spudnuts crossing including signage and
flashing cross walk lights such as at other locations near the mall. Many people cross here rather than at the
traffic light at Garrett.
· How about a study of bike traffic over the bridge? I couldn't help but notice that no such study was included in the preparation of these materials.
· Possibly have a section for those who want to sit on benches and then have a section for those "moving" across the bridge at a faster pace.
Green-light demand button for
bicycles at nearby intersections.
· These two modes of circulation should not have to share a common lane - bikes on the road, people on side walks. You need a buffer between pedestrians and vehicles. The bridge should become more of an urban landscape.
Please provide a nice, inviting,
pedestrian stair to street level at Water Street and Avon St. Ideally this stair should be accessible from
either side of the bridge so pedestrians are not tempted to cross the street. Best if they could be X-shaped, converging
under the bridge so that they could be used as a way to cross the street under
the bridge, especially at the Water Street side, where many pedestrians from
the Belmont side need to cross to enter the mall/pavilion.
· street over tunnels other sculpted bridge(s) over street
· As a cyclist and pedestrian, I prefer the options with bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. Also, it would be great to add easier pedestrian access to Water Street, particularly since the transit station is right there. Perhaps this could be combined with one of the pocket parks?
· It is important to have safe access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. It may be advisable to create a separate pedestrian/bicycle bridge at another location in addition to having routes across the bridge.
_Regarding MMM’s aerial photographs
with the 3 lane option overlays:
· I prefer bike lanes to be on the road and not on the sidewalk or linked within the pedestrian experience.
· just do what you can when you can. again, absolutely delighted that the city adopted a plan for "complete streets". i know money is tight, buildings do not move just because you ask them to, etc.. just keeping it in mind is key. i appreciate my city government, i really do.
· A bike lane that is separate from both the pedestrian lane and car lanes.
· have it and have it be a pleasure to walk across this thing.
· Make pedestrian crossing from Graves Street (in front of Spudnuts) over Avon Street safer by adding blink lights or similar feature to highlight crossing.
· As noted above, something that encourages biking and walking would be great. I walk, many people bike and unless there is ample bike lane room the two, unfortunately don't go together. I hate to be walking along the sidewalk and having to step aside for a bicycle coming the other way or having the bicyclist have to jump the sidewalk to avoid me..or having the bicyclist suddently come up from behind and around me...but the streets in Belmont are narrow (horse and buggy style) and yet everyone (myself sometimes included) drives.
We must accommodate both. I am not
convinced we need pedestrian or bike lanes on both sides. If there is only one
pedestrian lane put it on west side closer to: mall, majority of businesses,
pavilion and add a stair down Water Street.
· Barrier between bike and auto along with raised median.
· Please, a bike lane! Please! That's lit or has reflectors or something!
Alternative "C" is
unacceptable to me as a cyclist. We just had this past spring a fatal accident
in the city due in part to a commuting cyclist riding off a sidewalk as if they
were in traffic; two-way sidepaths do not have commonly understood right-of-way
rules other than those for pedestrians. At a time when local bike advocates are
trying to encourage cyclists to ride safely in traffic, having the city
introduce a maze of pedestrian facilities with pedestrian right-of-way rules,
which are claimed to also be for bike use, is highly counterproductive.
· It would be good to truly separate the space for pedestrians from the space for cars. This could be done by adding a railing on the street edge of the sidewalk. It would make it safer for kids and more pleasant for all pedestrians.
· Easy access connection to the bus terminal
Maintain pedestrian access to mall
when pavilion is in use.