Coolidge Road Complete Streets Project
Road Diet Update
Due to the pandemic, we had to place the evaluation process on pause because of the State "Stay Home" executive orders and the schools being shut down. We also wanted to ensure that the traffic metrics would be properly measured when remote work decreased and individuals were traveling more frequently to their vocation again and schools were back in session.
We have a tentative restart date for the evaluation process to begin again in May.
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 work on the DDA website 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 for measuring the success of the project.
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 are 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.