Coolidge Road Complete Streets Project
Road Diet Update - 4/15/2021
The Coolidge Complete Streets Project was delayed in 2020 due to the decreased traffic related to virtual schooling and work from home requirements. Traffic patterns and volumes would not reflect normal activity, so we paused the evaluation process. Our goal in this project is to continue gathering reliable and accurate data to make the best decision possible for the future design of the Coolidge Road corridor. We also wanted to ensure traffic volumes would be properly measured when individuals were traveling more frequently again and schools were back in session.
Now, with Berkley School District returning to full, in-person learning along with, steady traffic patterns beginning to emerge as people make long term decisions on whether to return to their place of employment, the City is working to resume the evaluation process and traffic data collection to measure its current effects on safety and functionality of the Coolidge Road pilot design. We have a tentative date to begin this process in May.
During the measurement process, you will see traffic counters along Coolidge, Kipling, Kenmore, Berkley, and Beverly. These counters will be placed in the same locations as the March 2019 baseline studies to make as direct a comparison as possible.
Is It Too Soon?
Possibly, yes. School traffic has normalized but there are still statewide regulations on working from home which have recently been extended for six months. When these are lifted, it is reasonable to expect another shift in traffic patterns as companies and business owners make decisions on the future of their workforce. There is no denying that the effect of the pandemic has yet to be fully realized. The decision to move forward with traffic counts was not easy but the data is important to the decision-making process.
See full updated from the City Manager here.
What is the Coolidge Road Diet?
The Coolidge Highway Complete Streets Initiative involves a 24-month evaluation period to determine if re-striping Coolidge between 11 Mile and 12 Mile from four lanes to three will improve traffic flow and make the road safer and friendlier for pedestrians and bicyclists. Part of the study incorporates a 12-month review of the eight safety metrics that are part of the Coolidge Road Right-Sizing and Safety Corridor Metrics Matrix. The Berkley Downtown Development Authority is financing the project and can provide more details about the project at www.downtownberkley.com.
Current Challenges to Drivers and Pedestrians with Coolidge
The current configuration of Coolidge between 11 Mile and 12 Mile was designed to allow vehicles to travel from one destination to another. Despite being built for the purpose it does not excel at it. Some of the potential problems with the Coolidge design include:
- Drivers in the interior lanes experience stop-and-go traffic movement while waiting for cars ahead of them to complete a left turn.
- Drivers attempting to reach a destination along the corridor find it difficult to make a left turn across two lanes of traffic.
- There were 80 accidents recorded between 2014 and 2016. Assuming just two vehicles per accident, that is 160 drivers in a short span. In 2017, there were an additional 37 crashes along Coolidge, 13 crashes South of Catalpa, and 24 crashes North of Catalpa.
- The design of the road creates blind spots for drivers and pedestrians, making new crosswalks difficult to install and causing pedestrians to walk a quarter-mile before crossing at an intersection. With limited crossings, pedestrians often attempt to cross all four lanes of traffic illegally and dangerously.
Wondering how the Coolidge Road Diet is being measured?
Click here to download the comprehensive metrics matrix that will be used to measure the project's success (updated 4/15/2021 to account for pandemic delays).
Click here to read how removing lanes from a busy street can actually make traffic better.
The Data Is In!
To view the six-month presentation on the Road Diet
Check out the latest six-month raw data report on the Complete Streets Initiative
We Want to Hear from You!
Got feedback on the Coolidge Road Diet? Send us your comments about the plan to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also download the Communications Strategy showing tactics that have been implemented.
Click here to read the comments that have been received as of August 12, 2019.
Multi-Community Bike Trail System
An important element of the Coolidge Highway Road Diet is the bike lanes which will run in both directions from 11 Mile to 12 Mile. These lanes are intended to become a part of a proposed multi-community bike system that includes Huntington Woods and Oak Park. Below you will find a map showing how the three communities plan to develop an integrated bike system, along with informative material on bike/driver safety.
Understanding Bike Lanes
Click here for "What Every Driver Should Know About Bike Lanes."
Click here to read "What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know."
Click here to read "What Every Young Michigan Bicyclist Must Know."
Need a quick refresher on the proper hand signals while you're biking in traffic?
Check out the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments graphic below. You can also learn more at www.walkbikedrivesafe.org.