Vision Zero Davidson Updates

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Last Updated January 26, 2024

  • The Town Board of Commissioners (BOC) committed to the Vision Zero initiative and adopted its framework for eliminating pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries when they passed a resolution on 10/26/21.
  • The Town of Davidson adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan in June 2023.
  • Town staff participates in an annual North Carolina Vision Zero Leadership Conference for continuing education, best practices, and regional coordination.
  • The town installed dynamic LED message boards downtown facing the vehicle right turn lane indicating “No Right on Red” when a pedestrian has received a walk signal and is in the crosswalk. When there is not a pedestrian in the crosswalk, the message board will be dark, and drivers will be able to turn right on red. The new LED signage provides a prominent alert to drivers turning right at the following intersections:
    1. -Main/Concord
    2. -Griffith/Main
    3. -Main/Chairman Blake/South
  • Town Ordinance 70.46 established Pedestrian Safety Zones at the Circles @30 and downtown areas. Pedestrian Safety Zones are intended for all within the zone to practice behaviors that promote predictability and encourage mutual responsibility and respect where drivers, walkers, and cyclists share space. These zones require pedestrians to use crosswalks and prohibit bicycles and other transportation devices from using sidewalks. 
    • As part of the public information campaign for this newly designated area, banners and sidewalk stickers were installed around town as part of the Stop Look Wait, Keep our Crossings Safe initiative. These messages indicate the Pedestrian Safety Zone areas and are designed with attention grabbing colors and imagery to remind road users to be aware of their surroundings and utilize crosswalks. 
  • A midblock crosswalk was installed on Main Street between Davidson-Concord and Chairman Blake. RRFBs (Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons) were also installed at that crosswalk.
  • Davidson Police are committed to on-going education and enforcement about Vision Zero and overall pedestrian safety. Most recently, they have increased foot patrol on Main Street, visiting with, giving warnings, and citing pedestrians and motorists when jaywalking, failure to yield, and other violations occur, and conducting audits of school zones to consider changes to signage, speed limits, and other considerations that impact overall safety. 
  • HAWK Signals (High Intensity Activated Crosswalks) were installed at the River Run/Narrow Passage Greenway Crossing on East Rocky River Road and at both roundabouts at the Circles@30.
  • Additional stop signs were installed, creating all way stops, at the intersections of:
    •  South St. and Cathey St.
    •  Jetton Street and Park Drive
    •  East Rocky River Rd and Shearer Rd. which also had stop ahead warning signs and pavement markings installed.
  • One pedestrian path was constructed, connecting Dogwood Ln to Conroy Ave.
  • The Town has put aside $400,000 in funding for pedestrian improvements on the Potts, Sloan, Beaty Connector via the CIP.
    • Improvements include a raised intersection/crosswalk at Catawba/Potts, and a HAWK signal at the Griffith St. roundabout)
  • The recommended Capital Improvement Plan for FY2023-2027 includes significant investments geared toward pedestrian safety.
    1. A newly established sidewalk program was designed to address the decrease in the demand for smaller infill projects, and the increased demand for modernization and larger, more expensive, complicated projects.
    2. The $150,000 that was traditionally funded in the annual operating budget for small infill sidewalks now lives in the five-year CIP. This funding will address small infill opportunities and existing sidewalks that need to be modernized and brought up to present day standards.
    3. Five-year sidewalk plan totaling $2.7 million was established to address the larger sidewalk projects.
    4. $1.5 million for pedestrian safety improvements and enhancements
    5. $8.6 million in the current CIP is going to fund pedestrian improvements and greenway projects. This is a combination of GO bond dollars, Community Investment Fund dollars and grant funds.
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