This is an update on the progress of two temporary traffic circles that were put up by the city of Phoenix in the Ahwautkee area. See original story for background.
The circle at Equestrian Trail and Apaloosa Drive will become permanent, and design is underway and a public meeting was held in early October, 2010. See AFN story.
Some good news is indicating the Equestian circle is having the desired effect: “Wilcoxon said that since the temporary roundabout was installed in July 2009, speeding has dropped significantly, from 21.7 percent of vehicles observed by city staff to only 1.7 percent”.
The circle at 36th and Coconino did not enough (or any, according to the news article) support, and so the temporary stuff was removed in September (or maybe October) 2010 and that is that. My own take on this is that since practically no one lives on 36th Street, this circle had no “champion”, and thus it withered.
I have some concerns in the way it is now striped at the intersection of 36th and Coconino. I am not sure if this is the final striping plan or what.
Striping on 36th Street at Coconino
Southbound; is fairly straightforward:
The bike lane stripes (there are two stripes because the bike lane is set away from the curb) just ends pretty far, maybe 500′ from the intersection. The stripes should be extended most of the way to the intersection and some hash markings placed, see this example from Knox Rd which has a similar layout of bike lane moved away from the curb.
Northbound, however is more complicated:
Because of the bend in 36th street, a right turn only lane was created — I presume to improve sight lines for traffic emerging from Coconino. This is all well and good but it leaves a bit of a mess for bicyclists who are hoping to use the bike lane.
So, the bike lane ends… the left hand bike lane stripe goes on to become the divider between the through lane, and the newly created right turn only lane.
Legally riding cyclists would or should merge into the through lane, and take the lane (block traffic) until clear of the intersection with Coconino. The through lane is quite clearly narrow; as can be seen in the southbound picture with the garbage truck.
It seems to me that there is enough room to make the through lane wide, by shrinking the right turn only lane which appears to be at least 12 feet wide. In other words move the divider line between the through and right turn lane two feet to the right.
The way it is now is encourages cyclists to ride illegally through the right turn only lane.