Daily, I observe a large number of small children and schoolchildren who walk to schools from Ward 1 neighborhoods. There are no practical, safe alternate routes to walk to schools, churches, the post office, municipal buildongs, city hall, etc., from neighborhoods in Ward 1. The visibility is poor for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians alike on sharp, short turns (like 42nd Ave. And Decatur, back to Crittenden). I wpuld agree with many others in Ward 1 neighborhoods that too many strips pf roadways are high-risk zones for interactions between vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists.
This is a good idea because it will cut down on congestion and problems with parking spaces behind the Yes! and Busboys, which is horrendous even in the best weather. People who commute to work on bicycle will continue to bike when the trails have been cleared.
This should be a no-brainer. There's already a big-a** parking lot behind these business. Make people use these parking spaces. [Ask any driver of a The Bus or Metro bus if this isn't a good idea.] Maybe the city can provide other incentives for the business owners along Hamilton to open up their back doors to customers in cars, while keeping an attractive storefront on Hamilton for pedestrians and bicyclists. The new auto parts store facing Queen's Chapel has led the way in showing how a different configuration would work
Vehicle access to Edward M. Felegy Elementary parking lot from Nicholson St before the start of next school year. During school drop off time (~7:30am) parents park and double park in the no stopping zones on Nicholson St to let their children out in order to enter the school. This blocks the entire roadway- sometimes in both directions- and causes other cars to swerve around them. Children and adults frequently cross outside of the crosswalk, which makes this situation all the more dangerous. I'm very worried that a child or adult will be injured and hoping that adding vehicle access to the school's parking lot could help prevent such a tragedy before it occurs. At the minimum, a crossing guard, school official, or police officer should be posted here at this busy time to ensure traffic laws are followed and students are able to enter school safely.
I would like to know were the amazingly, galactically stupid moronic idiot(s) that decided there needed to be islands constructed in the middle of Queens Chapel Road to, presumably, make it exponentially more dangerous and difficult for those of us that live on the west side to enter northbound traffic at any given time, especially in the morning and the evening. Aside from being a GARGANTUAN waste of taxpayer funds, it seems, to me, to create a huge legal liability for Hyattsville, or whoever came up with the idea, to compromise the safety of the west side citizens.
Let's Create the City of Hyattsville Circulator-Connector Shuttle
Lets work on replacing the inherently small crape myrtle trees along the north face of Hamilton Street (W. Hyattsville's Main St) and install native seasonal canopy trees (ie. Acer rubrum / Red Maple) along the north and south sides (and median if needed) to enhance the streetscape appeal. Its a very low-cost task with a positive return.
The intersection of Queens Chapel and Nicholson is a nightmare for drivers and pedestrians. Confusion causes dangerous and costly accidents as well as congestion on both roads. A traffic light is necessary to organize the volume of traffic at this intersection and make it safe for everyone.
I would like to see a traffic study conducted at the intersection of 410 (E-W Highway) and Queens Chapel. Cars that are driving west on 410 (E-W Highway) and that are turning right (north) onto Queens Chapel Road have a "no turn on red" sign, yet this sign is very seldom obeyed. When pedestrians are crossing 410 (I do this daily), cars are often continuing to make a right turn on red while pedestrians are in the crosswalk. I would like to propose that we conduct a traffic study to get this documented and evaluate options to make the intersection safer for pedestrians. One idea would be to Install a red arrow light to better communicate "no right turn" for traffic driving west on 410 and turning right onto Queens Chapel northbound. I also wonder if the "No turn on red" sign is placed visibly enough. When the sun is setting at the end of the day, visibility is compromised and the sign is harder to see. Thank you!