Gaines Street features several unique amenities designed to increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Below is information about several of these features.
Shared Road for Cyclists
Gaines Street is a shared row, meaning cyclists and motorists share the same travel lane. Because Gaines Street is a very narrow corridor and because on-street parking can create the potential for serious collisions between car doors and cyclists, the City chose not to place a traditional bike lane adjacent to the on-street parking.
Back-In Angle Parking
Back-in angle parking is a safer type of angled parking. Instead of pulling into the parking spot head first, back-in angle parking spaces allow motorists to back in to a parking spot. This method is safer that traditional parking because it allows motorists to make eye contact with oncoming traffic when exiting the parking space. Learn more about this amenity through DRVN 850.
Mid-Block Pedestrian Crossings
Mid-block crossings are marked crosswalks placed between intersections. They look similar to intersection crosswalks, but they have several design features to increase safety, including pedestrian islands and flashing lights. Motorists should be alert for pedestrians using these crosswalks and must stop behind the yield lines when a pedestrian is present and has activated the signal. Learn more about this amenity through DRVN 850.
Roundabout at Gaines Street
and Woodward Avenue
As part of the project, a roundabout was constructed at the intersection of Gaines Street and Woodward Avenue. Traffic flows counter-clockwise around the central island, which features Declaration, a steel and glass sculpture. Roundabouts reduce speeds through intersections, making them safer for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Learn more about this amenity through DRVN 850.