Neighborhood Congestion Studies – Study # 1 Preliminary Findings and Recommendations. Technical Meeting June 1, 2010. Outline. Introduction Overview: study area, objectives Recommendations Six recommendations: summary, drawings Each recommendation in detail
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June 1, 2010
As a large urban institution, AUB should be a responsible neighbor. This is the idea behind the Neighborhood Initiative.
Through research and outreach activities, the Neighborhood Initiative works to improve the quality of life (greenness, affordability, walkability, …) in the area of Beirut nearest campus.
Congestion is one the major problems threatening the quality of life in the neighborhood.
The Neighborhood Initiative is supporting practical studies that recommend solutions to the problem of congestion in its many dimensions.
Improving pedestrian safety on Bliss Street
Improving flow of traffic on Bliss Street
Making pedestrian environment more pleasant
1. Add four pedestrian crosswalks
2. Block pedestrians from crossing at the Main Gate
3. Establish drop-off / pick-up areas involving AUB wall modification
4. Establish delivery zones for businesses
5. Remove parking lane and encourage parking in existing lots
6. Widen sidewalks
Vehicular traffic counts
Physical road network attributes
Pedestrian counts (including pick-ups / drop-offs at AUB gates)
AUB all-student/employee travel surveys
AUB student/employee GPS survey
Data from Ras Beirut residents Well-being Survey
Business managers and customers surveys
Pedestrian-vehicle conflict at Main Gate crossing
Establish two delivery zones on Bliss Street, between Abdel Aziz and Jeanne d’Arc Streets, accommodating one van each
Provide motorcycle parking in these zones
Sidewalks narrow or unpleasant for pedestrians
Enforcement and Responsibilities for Implementation affecting various stakeholders in the neighborhood:
* Traffic Police and Vehicle Registration and Traffic Management Authority
Next Steps affecting various stakeholders in the neighborhood:
Appendix 1: Data / Recommendations affecting various stakeholders in the neighborhood:
Passenger drop-offs (morning peak hour; 7-8 AM)
Passenger pick-ups (afternoon peak hour 4:30-5:30 PM)
Appendix 2: Maps affecting various stakeholders in the neighborhood: