Since incorporation, the City has routinely received concerns from residents regarding safety along Old Auburn Road. Concerns include excessive vehicle speeds, lack of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, safe crossings, increased congestion and a history of collisions.
In 2011, the city adopted a Complete Streets standard (see Question 3 for info on Complete Streets) for all roadways in the community. This policy is intended to provide safe movement for all roadway users including people walking, riding a bicycle, or driving a car.
In 2016, as part of the Pedestrian Master Plan, the city surveyed residents about their concerns related to walking within the city. Approximately 69% of survey respondents indicated they would like to see pedestrian improvements in their neighborhood. 62% of respondents indicated they would walk more if there were better sidewalks and crosswalks. In addition, over 50% of respondents did not feel safe from cars while walking.
When the city adopted the Pedestrian Master Plan, the Old Auburn Road corridor was identified as a Focus Area due to the importance of the corridor, the lack of infrastructure, and the number of collisions.
The focus area identified a variety of safety concerns for pedestrians and vehicles along this corridor that needed to be addressed in more detail. The Pedestrian Master Plan identified a need for wider separated sidewalks as well as a variety of other safety improvements; however, acknowledged, a more robust design and planning effort was necessary.