In theory.- Drivers always have to slow down. No speeding through straight ahead on a green light. This is especially beneficial during off-peak times.
- They are much safer. Crashes are at slow speeds and vehicles are always going the same direction.
I wouldn't say no waiting...especially at this location. Drivers in roundabouts often feel weary of stopping, even to let pedestrians go, so for pedestrians I think roundabouts tend to be worse at this size. You end up having to force yourself into the street to force a car to stop.- Pedestrians and bicyclists crossing ALWAYS have the right of way. No waiting.
I have yet to understand the logic behind why they removed a quite nice planted median to draw on a giant yellow hatched area... It looked quite nice:Get the jackhammers out and plant some trees in that massive hatched area
They extended the sidewalks on both sides of Court Street (left and right in your link), and the probably needed to demo everything that was in the median to do so. While the new painted area is roughly the same shape, it's much smaller in size. I agree that it would be great to not have a giant, unused expanse of asphalt though. My guesses as to why:
In 2002 I was cut off by a City of Boston truck who pulled out of the BHA from the left — and I went over the handlebars at that EXACT spot! Braked so hard my front wheel made a mobius strip! Scuffed me up real good. I didn’t ride too much after that.
Heavens forbid we think about pedestrian LOSall correct in the above post. The idea (right or wrong) was to shorten the crossings (through the wider sidewalks) and have 1 stage pedestrian crossings (the previous signal timings was 2 stages to get across, legally). Putting a raised median back in would encourage peds to jaywalk and cross in 2 stages. Of course, this being Boston, people still use the pavement marking gore as their 'protection' and do this anyway.
Nothing like increasing cycle lengths and pedestrian delay in one go...Heavens forbid we think about pedestrian LOS
I took advantage of the nice morning to leave early and detour through the new downtown protected lanes. Overall, very nice, just a couple of things that need adjustment.If you do live near downtown and ride a bike I would recommend checking out the new lanes around the Common and the garden. I've been down there a few times this week and they're great. Flexposts are in and the markings are near complete. Still a few more bits to finish but it's night and day compared to a few weeks ago when there were lines everywhere and cars everywhere.