Public Comment Sought: Improving Health & Safety at Western Blvd. Crossing
Students, faculty, and employees at North Carolina State University and those that travel through the area are invited to share input on a planning and design study along Western Boulevard from Varsity Drive to Pullen Road. The goal of the Western Blvd. Crossing Study is to improve traveling conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
The study will analyze how travelers cross Western Boulevard, measure perceived safety along the corridor, and study trip patterns through the area. The 12-month research and planning process will result in a design concept aimed at improving safety and enhancing the identity of North Carolina State University.
A unique, interactive community involvement app, CycleTracks, is available through November. Those interested in contributing to the planning process can download the free app to track movement from home to destination and provide the study with information including route preference, crossing locations, and barriers to travel. The app tracks both pedestrian and bicycle movement, and even works when riding the bus.
The North Carolina Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization in collaboration with North Carolina State University and the City of Raleigh also will offer an internet-based survey throughout the duration of the study to provide on-line access to the project team and updates on the planning process.