Originally Posted by SAonFire
I realize that there is similar, but older information, posted elsewhere so I decided to post this updated stuff here. (What I found particularly interesting was the pdf file provided by one of the folks commenting on the story. I also liked his or her idea of closing down one lane of Commerce, to vehicular traffic, in order to widen the sidewalk for better pedestrian flow as well as a bike lane).
Wow, this nt82 person sounds like a really smart person with some great ideas.
It's true though; every time I walk along Commerce, I feel like I'm going to get sucked under a bus or if I get a bit clutsy, that I might trip and fall in the street and not get up in time to avoid getting hit by one of the cars or oversized SUV's going 45+mph.
People need to feel safe, and if that means losing a lane which is underutilized anyways, or adding a barrier (parked cars) or widening the sidewalk and adding additional clearance with a bike lane, then so be it.
Heck, I'd go big with it; widen the sidewalk, put 4-6 trees along Commerce for some shade (since the awning is getting removed) and a bike lane for extra clearance. It turns to 4 lanes after that corner anyway (at Alamo) and with a bit of realigning by cutting the small triangle near the ToF, the 4 lanes east of Alamo can align with the 4 lanes west of it.
Also, I think that the "bus" lane is pretty narrow (as you can see in this pic below) anyways, and over by Fogo de Chao, there's only 4 lanes for the Marriott RW loading areas. If you realign from the garage entrance (make it a "enter only" lane) you'd only be losing a lane for a little over 100 yards (maybe). Plus, you could get a bit more room in front of St. Joseph's for pedestrians, especially on the weekends when there are wedding party's and such standing out front.
Instead of that, you could have something like this...
It just creates a better (and safer) pedestrian experience.