Street Design: Road Medians

Front Street between Jarvis and Church has an about 3-meter-wide median dividing the east and west-bound lanes.  The median has trees planted along it and plenty of space for people to wait mid-crossing.  This section seems to encourage jay-walking (in a good way) and makes the street feel safer.  While there are a few streets around the city that have a similar feature (the beautiful median on University Avenue, a little one on Yonge, south of College), I believe the city will benefit from adding more.

In fact, there are multiple studies showing benefits of street medians and pedestrian safety islands.

Medians and Pedestrian Crossing Islands in Urban and Suburban Areas

SF Better Streets

Walksteps.org

 

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