Eyes on the Street: Small Touches Make for Safer Windsor Terrace Crossing

New paint and flexible posts made this traffic island at Prospect Park Southwest into a place pedestrians might actually stop mid-crossing.

An enthused Windsor Terrace resident sends this photo of an upgraded intersection at the corner of Prospect Park Southwest, Terrace Place, and Windsor Place. Over the last week, DOT has touched up what was once a widely-disregarded traffic island comprised of faded white paint. Now the island has been repainted with a high-visibility surface and surrounded with flexible posts for added definition.

The geometry of the intersection hasn’t changed, but the quality of walking here sure has. Our tipster says cars used to whip around the corner when turning left from Prospect Park Southwest at the complicated three-way intersection; with the improvements to the island, pedestrians can cross much more comfortably. An image of what the intersection used to look like is below:

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  • J

    Pretty cool and certainly affordable. I must say, though, that while the overall geometry hasn’t changed, the island appears to have been extended into the roadway a bit, which makes it appear to be a good bit bigger. This also narrows the travel lane closest to the island, slowing traffic. This is really smart.

    That said, these really need to be built out to be truly effective. While this is a good start, those pylons will get knocked over eventually and the paint will fade. Concrete, however, will not.

  • Mark Walker

    What is the advantage of flexible posts over car-stopping bollards? Is it just cost? Forgive me if this seems like a negative reaction to something very good — I’m just curious.

  • carma

    @m_walker:disqus 
    Im thinking the flex posts offer this as an advantage; the flexible option.  can more easily be removed, plus, im sure its a lot cheaper.
    how much can a piece of hard plastic cost anyways.

    funny, cause one of my buddies lives right on the corner of this pic

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