Extra separation between people walking and cars not only makes for a more pleasant pedestrian experience – it’s safer, too. If a nearby driver fails to pay attention, the treed planting strip makes injury far less likely than walking right ‘beside the road’.
Apparent street width
With trees planted alongside each road instead of sidewalks, roads feel less wide, despite being the same size, reducing the ‘natural speed’ with which cars drive.
Cars routed to back
With the majority of residents arriving home and turning down rear lanes to park into their garage, front streetscapes carry less daily traffic making roads safer for children wandering the community.
While reducing conflicts between people and vehicles is important, avoiding them altogether can make a dramatic difference, especially for children. Alpine Park’s interconnected green court system allows residents to walk throughout the community entirely off-street.
Used throughout the community, bump-outs increase safety for people in the community by shortening distances needed to cross roadways, increase pedestrian visibility, and encourage vehicles making a turn to slow down.
Couplet entry road
Despite offering higher vehicle flow capacity than typical roadways, couplet designs like Alpine Park’s 152 Avenue also shorten distances to cross for people walking and results in fewer intersection conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles.
Traditional roadways (A) require full light cycles and can back up previous intersections. Pedestrians crossing the wider spans have a lower quality experience and are at higher risk. These create a significant barrier between the neighbourhood north and south of the road.
Median barrier roadways (B) attempt to prevent backup of smaller intersections stopping vehicles from crossing and provide pedestrians – particularly mobility challenged ones – with a dedicated safe stopping point mid-crossing, but the experience remains underwhelming.
Couplet roadways (C) provide space of value on three areas of the roadway; north, south, and within the middle of the couplet. Crossings are kept shorter and made more pleasant for pedestrians, and vehicles do not have to queue in order to turn, keeping traffic flowing more readily.
Eyes on the street
With nearly all of the homes in Alpine Park featuring garages in the back as opposed to attached to the front, people are more aware what is going on in the community in front of them. Neighbours recognize when someone looks suspicious, and front doors are more visible.
Homes in Alpine Park feature James Hardie or stucco siding, greatly reducing the likelihood of ignition during a fire. Plus, with many homes offering rear detached garages, hazardous materials can be stored separate from your home, reducing risk to occupants.
With a permeable grid road layout and no dead-end cul-du-sacs or crescents hindering intuitive navigation, people simply get around easier. More importantly, emergency services do too. In the case of road closures or other challenges, rerouting is seamless and anyone in need of fire, ambulance, or police service can get help quickly.
With so many pedestrian-oriented spaces to enjoy ‘off the street’, nighttime safety requires more than just street lights. Thoughtful bollard lighting extends the usable time residents can safely enjoy their public park spaces well into the evening and is one additional peace of mind.