Should Margate go on a road diet? Mayor Becker and Commissioners Amodeo and Blumberg want to know.
A Margate road diet would reduce 4 lanes into 2. It would also allow for a turning lane. Bike lanes would be on each side of the street.
The video above from VOX explains why road diets are implemented, and how planners survey the feasibility of a lane reconfiguration.
A Margate road diet would be a good way to reduce speeding and accidents while improving traffic flow.
A road diet is planned for Atlantic Ave in Margate.
A little paint to reconfigure the lanes and Margate summer traffic will calm down and be safer? That’s what a ‘road diet’ is designed to do, and Margate is ready to move forward with the idea.
Margate City Commissioners want input from property owners and local business owners, before they move forward with the public safety project.
Two online meetings to obtain public feedback:
- 1:30p. Tues, Dec. 15
- 6p. Wed, Dec. 16
The presentation will provide information regarding design, benefits, and traffic impacts of proposed changes on Atlantic Avenue.
Summertime traffic congestion along the shore has been a major issue for decades. Over time, roads were widened, often to 4 lanes or more of traffic. This did nothing to alleviate the growing challenges.
Extra traffic lanes don’t reduce congestion, but they do increase the chances of accidents and injury.
Some full-time shore residents despise the idea of road diets. ‘How dare you slow down my 10 minute ride to work. Damn shoobies.‘
I’m currently doing an internship for my city’s department of transportation, and the most things we are working on are road diets, bike lanes, and complete streets. It seems really complex but its actually one of most fascinating and simple systems to implement.
Margate was awarded a $273,642 grant for the $400k project.