The 1.5-mile segment of 11th street from Shepherd to Michaux is currently in the design phase. Based off of community support and a preliminary feasibility assessment, the 11th street project will advance into detailed study and design. Preliminary designs will include safety treatments along the project corridor, such as the pedestrian refuge island at 11th and Nicholson. The project team will continue to share information with the community, including the preliminary designs, and collect input throughout this process.
In addition to being identified in the Houston Bike Plan, the 11th Street Bikeway proposal aims to improve safety for people driving, biking, and walking in the Heights area.
One solution to improve safety for all road users is to convert 11th Street from its existing four-lane configuration to that of a two-lane configuration with a center turn lane. How does this make it safer?
Check out this video to learn more about a 4-to-3 lane conversion and the safety benefits it can provide, such as
Assigning a lane for left-turning vehicles
Reducing vehicle conflicts, such as rear-end collisions, broadside collisions, and side-swipes
Slowing vehicle speeds with only one travel lane in each direction
Maintaining traffic flow without adding to congestion (check out our traffic model of 11th below!)
Granting people who walk and bike to cross fewer lanes of vehicle traffic in each direction
Designating a comfortable space for people biking on the street
Implementing pedestrian refuge islands (may also be known as pedestrian safety islands, pedestrian crossing islands, or median refuge islands)
Give people walking and biking the opportunity to wait for clear crossing in a protected refuge
Can be especially useful at tricky intersections, like that of 11th and Nicholson