Originally Posted by Elbownian
The 6-9 months per block pace certainly is discouraging, and I honestly haven't been all that impressed with the completed segments.
I know the development is primarily aimed at beautification, but is there any plan in place to optimize the traffic controls along 13th for pedestrians and cyclists? I've walked the full length from MacLeod to 14th St, and it's a terrible corridor in its present state. The only intersection where 13th Ave has right-of-way is 6th St W (a T-intersection). There's four intersections with full traffic lights (MacLeod N/S, 4th W, 5th W) and three with activated pedestrian lights on the north side only (makes the south side a bit useless). Otherwise, you're faced with free-flowing N-S traffic at every crossing - a bit daunting with the number of drivers here that don't seem to recognize intersections without marked crosswalks as a legitimate pedestrian crossing.
I walk this stretch almost daily and I've never really had these issues. All un-controlled intersections have pretty low volumes on the N/S roads. The lights actually pretty reasonable wait times for traveling down 13th. 13th doesn't have the right of way, but I wouldn't call it a terrible route.
But your right that setting the priority for 13th would be nice, especially if they consider it a major cycling route. Traffic calming on the N/S roads would go a long way and if done with planters would add a nice touch to the project.