Media Borough Traffic Calming Plan
Media Borough, Delaware County, PA
TPD recently completed a borough-wide Traffic Calming Plan for Media Borough. The Team employed several innovative engagement tactics to gather public input in addition to the traditional Public Meeting approach. A pop-up table was manned at the Media Open Streets event to promote the Traffic Calming Plan and engage with Borough residents. An online Wiki-Mapping website was created so the public could draw points and lines on a map under several categories and share their comments as to where their concerns lie regarding traffic within the Borough, as well as places, areas and intersections that they like or think are effective. This mapping exercise generated almost 300 responses.
The steering committee also conducted a walking audit during the PM peak hour during one fall afternoon to observe traffic patterns and driver behavior along focus corridors of the Borough. Finally, a Mentimeter survey was utilized in which the steering committee members were polled on their opinions of various traffic calming devices and techniques. These technology-based engagement techniques can be important tools to utilize on future projects with the uncertain future of public gatherings in this age of COVID-19 and social distancing practices. This resulted in a Comprehensive Plan, including multimodal features to aid Media Borough in mitigating many traffic calming concerns, as well as a guide for the implementation of future improvements.
Detailed conceptual drawings were provided as part of the plan for several corridors throughout Media in addition to a radical redesign of Baltimore Avenue, and the development of a neighborhood greenway along Jefferson Street. These detailed drawings are complimented by a wide array of education, encouragement and enforcement strategies, as well as appropriate traffic calming techniques to apply throughout the neighborhood streets of the Borough. Several pop-up projects to temporarily demonstrate the effectiveness of traffic calming devices and help increase public awareness were identified, as well as areas for the Borough to engage residents through street art and neighborhood programs. In addition, a comprehensive review of Borough code was completed identifying areas that could be strengthened or revised to provide for better future transportation improvements.
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