Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Looking for improved Lane Markings within the City of Dunwoody

I placed a call into Public Works on this and they will review the issue on Perimeter Center East.

Though the video above is not related to new paving, the high quality - reflective thremoplastic striping that is suppose to be laid down after the city paving project is complete is taking too much longer than I or many residents anticipated.  As several residents are well aware, I have already had numerous conversations with Dunwoody Public Works Director, Mr. Michael Smith about the subject and he assures me that the striping sub-contractor to the paving company will be doing a quality job in the very near future.  Adding to the confusion, what you already see in some places is the temporary faded striping that goes down prior to the good stuff.

This restriping will include the replacement of all crosswalks previously in place.

Question: would you see value in using these reflective lane and side line markers on our dark two lane roads?  I know on rainy nights I value having them available but I am unsure of the initial cost and on going maintenance expenses.  Might be worth looking into getting a price quote?


SDOC Publishing Internet Solutions said...

I'd see more value if the new striping was coupled with a comprehensive driver/biker/pedestrian education to the daytime population regarding "the rules of the road" and enforcement of same for all users,, including bikers and pedestrians.

Technology and paint are great. But there are too many people who don't equate that with having to take action - like applying the break or walking between the lines after the light turns green.

SDOC Publishing Internet Solutions said...

break = brakes. Need more coffee....

Anonymous said...

John Going out on a rainy night on a bicycle on a two lane Dunwoody street with the hurried and stressed Dunwoody drivers does not seem to be a wise idea. Better not rely only on striping. Better not tell your insurance carrier.

But I do agree that it would be useful to better publicize rules and rights of the road for motorist and cyclists.

Colleen O'Casey said...

Good input SDOC, and if I may add, it is Basic Pedestrian Skills 101 that one should have learned from their Mommas and Das or their teachers is that pedestrians should walk on the LEFT side of a street that does not have sidewalks.

On my own walks, I observe very few adults do this in Dunwooody. They just strut themselves, their stroller, and their walking toddlers on the right hand side of the street. This is a very dangerous activity and not something you want to be teaching your children as they cannot observe the approaching traffic if they walk on the right side of the road.

Colleen O'Casey said...

And bicycles do NOT have the right of way on sidewalks. In fact, bicycles shouldn't even be on sidewalks!