T&E COMMITTEE #4
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
G?Glenn Orlin, Deputy Council Administrator
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Worksession: Bill 33-13, Streets and Roads - Urban Road Standards and
Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Bill 33-13, Streets and Roads - Urban Road Standards and Pedestrian Safety
Improvements, sponsored by Councilmembers Berliner and Riemer, was introduced on
December 10,2013 (see introduced bill, ©1-7). Bill 33-13 would limit the width of travel lanes,
turning lanes, and parking lanes, as well as the size of intersection curb radii in urban areas.
Under the Bill as introduced, curb extensions (also called sidewalk bulb-outs) would be required
in many cases where a road in an urban area is reconstructed. The Bill as introduced also would
set target speeds at which vehicles should operate in specific contexts, to provide both for
mobility for motor vehicles and a safe environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The introduced Bill would require certain road improvements to include a sufficient
pedestrian refuge area, direct developers building road improvements to add curb ramps where
appropriate, and require curb ramps to be built in accordance with federal ADA Best Practices.
The public hearing was held on January 23, 2014. The testimony and later correspondence
expressed general support for the Bill's objectives. However, testimony
divided between those
who advocated guidelines that would allow engineers to craft case-by-case solutions (see ©8-14),
and those who supported setting certain specific standards in the law and leaving the rest for the
guidelines (see ©IS-26).
Working Group The bill's co-sponsors convened a working group of staff from the
Council, Planning Department, and the County Departments of Transportation (DOT), Fire &
Rescue Services (DFRS) and Permitting Services (DPS) (see sponsors' memo, ©27-28). The group
met four times during October, and it was assisted by Toole Design, a planning
to DOT which has considerable experience in developing complete streets standards and guidelines.
From the outset the group's purpose was to explore these issues in detail, but not necessarily