[wsmac] Re: Letter of Support for Crosswalk Parking Setbacks

  • From: Discover Downtown Westbrook <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wsmac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:11:08 -0400

Hi all, hope you don't mind me jumping in here!

Thanks Carson and Dennis for your notes.

We are working on in-person outreach to the directly affected business, and have also sent an email to our full list of businesses. For directly affected businesses, there are only 7 and we already know of one who has specifically requested no parking in front of his business to the city prior to this initiative.

Dennis, thank you for noting the Edwards Block issue, as I had not thought of that. I was looking at parking spots specifically, but of course, that is not actually a parking spot, but a delivery location. As such, it isn't in our purview for this 'no parking' effort, but should definitely be addressed some other way. I will be sure to chat with the committee about it, and ask the city if there are any written policies in this location.



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On 7/23/2019 1:55 PM, Dennis Marrotte wrote:


This is a revolutionary proposal, that I agree with. But, we may encounter opposition from some businesses.

One Location with a Pedestrian Activated Crosswalk is on the West bound side of Main Street, in front of the west end of the Edwards  Block, at the Intersection with Bridge Street. This can be 2 Problems at certain times, for Pedestrian Safety and for Motorists driving West on Main Street, when a Tractor Trailer making deliveries to Portland Pie, parks along the Curb on Main Street, in front of Portland Pie, with a Ramp installed at the opened rear doors of the Trailer.
This blocks the West bound Right Turn for Main to Bridge Street as well as Blocking the Visual Line of Sight for Pedestrians wanting to cross Main Street towards the CVS side. Along with backing up Westbound Traffic.   I do not know if The Discover Downtown Committee and / or the City with Portland Pie, have a written agreement Policy on WHEN they can have a Tractor Trailer make a Delivery on certain Days and Times of the Week.

That is One Crosswalk Location I have witnessed umpteen problems with , and the Tractor Trailer parallel parking in a travel and Right Turn Lane exacerbates the Safety Margin and Visual Line of Sight for Pedestrians.

Thank You John,
Dennis Marrotte

On Jul 23, 2019 1:15 PM, "John Brooking" <johnbrooking4@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:johnbrooking4@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:


       Discover Downtown Westbrook's Design Committee is requesting
    that the City of Westbrook modify its ordinance and design
    practice to prohibit onstreet parking within 20 feet of any
    crosswalk. They have asked our committee to provide a letter of
    support that they can include in their request. Below is a
    proposed draft that I have written for this purpose. Please
    respond with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.
    The request needs to be submitted by Friday. (Note that "whether"
    is unfortunately misspelled in the FHWA source document I found,
    so for accuracy I kept the mispelling but notated it with the
    standard "[sic]" notation, meaning the error is in the source
    document <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sic>.)

    To Whom It May Concern,

    This letter from the Westbrook Safe Mobility and Access Committee
    (WSMAC) is written in support of an initiative by the Design team
    of Discover Downtown Westbrook to improve pedestrian safety in
    Westbrook by 1) changing the Westbrook Code of Ordinance so that
    no parking is allowed within 20 feet of a crosswalk and 2)
    implementing that change in the downtown area. These improvements
    are consistent with the MaineDOT Guidelines on Crosswalks
    which also "highly recommends" that municipalities create an
    ordinance consistent with this policy. That is exactly what this
    initiative seeks to do.

    In additional, crosswalk setbacks have long been recommended by
    national guidance organizations such as the Federal Highway
    Administration and the American Association of State Highway and
    Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The FWHA includes the 20 foot
    crosswalk setback requirement in this document

        The primary documents for determining curb parking
        restrictions are the Uniform Vehicle Code (UVC) and Model
        Traffic Ordinance. The standard for most local jurisdictions
        state the "No person shall:

          * Stop, stand or park a vehicle:
              o on a sidewalk;
              o within an intersection:
              o on a crosswalk
          * Stand or park a vehicle, weather/[sic]
            <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sic>/ occupied or not,
            except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or
              o within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
              o within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing
                signal, Stop sign, Yield sign or traffic-control
                signal located at the side of a roadway."

    Many of us on this committee have experienced numerous close calls
    while using crosswalks in Westbrook. Some of us have been hit in a
    crosswalk, or know someone else who has. While of course actual
    crash causes can vary, we understand the general importance of
    good sightlines as an important prerequisite for safety in any
    street situation. Therefore we believe that the proposed changes
    to ensure the consistent creation of good sightlines will help to
    increase pedestrian safety in Westbrook.

    In summary, WSMAC supports this proposal of the DDW Design
    Committee and looks forward to seeing it implemented in a timely
    manner. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

    Westbrook Safe Mobility and Access Committee
    John Brooking, LeeLee Prince, co-chairs

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