9 THINGS THAT MAKE PARK AVENUE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER STREETS IN WATERLOO

comments Comments Off on 9 THINGS THAT MAKE PARK AVENUE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER STREETS IN WATERLOO
By , August 18, 2017 11:12 am

20 MPH SPEED LIMIT:  A Lower speed limit is good for at least 2 things. 1) When bikes and cars run at closer speeds there is less chance of an accident. 2) The accident will be less severe. Accidents are still more dangerous for bicycles. Everyone must be careful and mind the cyclists.

PARKING PROTECTED BIKE LANE: Bicycles ride close to the curb. Cars will park between the bicycle lane and  automobile traffic. Parked cars put a distance between the bike and the moving cars.

PARKING IS NOT NEXT TO THE CURB: Parking is not next to the curb. After a driver parks his car he has to cross the bicycle path to reach the sidewalk.  He has to watch out for bicyclists.  Same is true when the driver goes back to his car.

BICYCLE LANE ENDS CLOSE TO THE INTERSECTIONS: Bikers should be extra careful when approaching an intersection. Bicyclists might either cross paths with cars or share the road with cars.

RIGHT TURN LANE FOR CARS: To make sure that right turning cars don’t have a cyclist on their right, an exclusive right turn pocket for the cars is created.  This reduces the likelihood of a right hook car-bicycle crash. There is a new conflict point between cars and bicycles where the cars change lanes.

CARS YIELD TO BIKES WHEN TURNING RIGHT:  At the end of the bike lane right turning cars must yield to cyclists.

SHIFTING CENTER LINE: The center lines shift through some intersections. The chicane in alignment will help the drivers drive at or below the speed limit.

BUFFER STRIP: There is a buffer strip between the bike lane, parked cars and moving cars.

SHARROW: This is where the bicyclists share the road with cars. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as the drivers.

ON PARK AVENUE THE CAR IS NO LONGER KING

comments Comments Off on ON PARK AVENUE THE CAR IS NO LONGER KING
By , August 17, 2017 3:23 pm

Park Avenue is transforming to an equal opportunity roadway for cars and bicyclists.  Driving on the newly remodeled Park Avenue and navigating through the pavement markings can have a striking effect. Waterloo is entering a new era. As days go by the unfamiliar marks on the pavement start to become a familiar scene. It all makes sense now, where the bicycles drive, where the cars park, and how fast one should be driving. The visitors will definitely notice the change. At first they might struggle a little bit to figure out where to park their cars. In the end it is all good. Hopefully they will take our message of progress to their home towns. The bike lanes are installed with some safety features. It is always up to the cyclist and the driver to be very careful when they drive or ride along this street. Bicycling is inherently dangerous as the slightest crash can cause injuries.

 

Link to University Avenue Project Updates

comments Comments Off on Link to University Avenue Project Updates
By , April 7, 2017 10:45 am

Click here for University Avenue updates.

 

March 1-15, 2017 Quiz Winners

comments Comments Off on March 1-15, 2017 Quiz Winners
By , March 21, 2017 2:12 pm

Congratulations to:

Kalib R. Highland Elementary
Lily M kittrell  elementary
Elma K kittrell  elementary

February 16, 2017- February 28, 2017 Online Quiz Winners

comments Comments Off on February 16, 2017- February 28, 2017 Online Quiz Winners
By , March 7, 2017 2:36 pm

Congratulations to our winners:

Olivia

S.

   Fred Becker Elementary School

Anthony

J.

   Fred Becker Elementary School

February 1- February 15 Online Quiz Winners

comments Comments Off on February 1- February 15 Online Quiz Winners
By , February 20, 2017 2:54 pm

Congratulations to:

Mitchell D. Hansen Elementary
Kiersten B. Kittrell Elementary
Jackson M. Kittrell Elementary
Kelis H. Lincoln Elementary
Elizabeth J. Lowell Elementary
Kalib R. Highland Elementary

January 2017 Online Traffic Safety Quiz Winners

comments Comments Off on January 2017 Online Traffic Safety Quiz Winners
By , February 3, 2017 9:38 am
Paul S Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence
Kadeyn V Highland
Mayah B Highland
Lani P Kingsley
Benjamin R Kingsley
Rykyn D Kingsley
Damien D Kingsley
Ethan P kittrell  elementary
Amiah N kittrell  elementary
John E kittrell  elementary
Lily M kittrell  elementary
Elma K kittrell  elementary
Shydia W kittrell  elementary
Te’ajah S Lincoln Elementary
Teaghan C Lincoln Elementary
Jaay F Lincoln Elementary
Reagan C Lincoln Elementary
Aidin B Lou Henry
Jashayla C Lowell Elementary
Kirk B Orange Elementary
Emma H Orange Elementary
Esma K Orange Elementary
Hayley A Orange Elementary
Ava W Orange Elementary
Dexter B Poyner Elementary
Gabryella V Poyner Elementary
James H Poyner Elementary

Kids Can Win Prizes: Second Traffic Safety Quiz for Children

comments Comments Off on Kids Can Win Prizes: Second Traffic Safety Quiz for Children
By , January 18, 2017 11:40 am

Through a grants from Iowa DOT and donations from safety conscious public and private local entities the 2nd round of Children Traffic Safety Quiz is online. Children can re-take the quiz until they answer all the questions correctly. Each month names will be drawn and prizes will be given away.  Special thanks to the following supporters:

Bermuda 6027 University Ave, Suite 100, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Grout Museum District 503 South St., Waterloo IA 50701
KT’s Indoor Inflatable Park 3175 W. Airline Hwy, Waterloo IA 50703
Phelps Youth Pavilion 225 Commercial St., Waterloo IA 50701
Thorp Family Fun 2720 Lackland Dr., Waterloo IA 50702
Waterloo Leisure Services 300 Jefferson St., Waterloo IA 50701

How Big is the Alcohol-Driving Problem?

comments Comments Off on How Big is the Alcohol-Driving Problem?
By , December 21, 2016 11:14 am

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports nearly one-third of traffic related deaths in the United States is due to alcohol-impaired driving. Holiday season is here and the threat of increased  alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries is looming again. There are ways that we can reduce this suffering or stop it from happening. I am sure everybody knows how to do it but will we act on it?

Fatal Crash Involving a Car with Autopilot

comments Comments Off on Fatal Crash Involving a Car with Autopilot
By , July 1, 2016 8:14 am

Here is a link to an article about death of a driver in a crash. The other vehicle was on autopilot. While still under investigation, preliminary data show the computer was at fault.