Here are some other ideas for what streets should ideally look like, based on comments from elderly pedestrians:
- The street should be as flat as possible, with minimal convexity for drainage and a smooth transition from the curb to the street.
- Large streets would have wide median refuge areas with benches. Refuges should be as large as possible and contain such things as plantings and shelters.
- All bus stops near senior centers would have shelters and benches.
- Drivers would be prohibited from turning during the first 10 seconds of a traffic signal phase. This time is needed by seniors to ascend the curb and begin a safe crossing unobstructed by turning vehicles.
- Drivers would be required to stop 15 feet before a junction. This would require moving the stop bar back away from the crosswalk and placing a tactile surface on the stop bar. To further protect elderly pedestrians, where appropriate, the crosswalks would be built up or "raised" to line up with the curb. The addition of a raised crosswalk forces drivers to reduce their speed at the intersection.
- On busy commercial streets and bus routes, all curbs would be extended into the crosswalk to create better views for pedestrians and drivers.
- On streets where there is more space than is needed to move traffic, the street would be put on a "road diet," that is lanes or parts of lanes would be reclaimed for wider sidewalks, planted medians, and/or bicycle lanes.