St. Armands Circle holds traffic program

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a pedestrian traffic management program for St. Armands Circle. The traffic program’s goal is to document and measure the effectiveness of controlling and metering pedestrians at the crosswalks in regards to improving vehicular traffic and pedestrian flow around the circle.

Uniformed and trained Pedestrian Traffic Managers (PTM’s) will stand at the curb of selected crosswalks and meter pedestrian activity. The PTM’s will periodically hold back pedestrians from entering the crosswalk in order to create gaps for vehicles to exit the circle freely. After a short time, PTM’s will step out and stop the vehicles, while allowing queued pedestrians to enter the crosswalk. Once pedestrians are safely through the crosswalk, the PTM’s will step back onto the curb so they can hold back pedestrians again. In this regard, the PTM’s will act more similarly to crossing guards and will reduce conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles. PTM’s will be on site from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays starting March 9 and ending Sunday, April 3, 2016.
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2 Responses for “St. Armands Circle holds traffic program”

  1. L says:

    One way in, one way out. Joys of life on a barrier island. Always complaining about something (Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Heat, Beach Erosion, Bridge Openings, Traffic, Peacocks, Overdevelopment, Lack of good Restaurants, Snowbirds, Tourists, Grand Prix Boats, Under-grounding, Lack of Shopping, Medical Facilities, Long Drive to Sarasota, etc.) With most residents retired and an average age of around seventy either move or have some patience;

  2. Evan Fletcher says:

    I certainly hope these PTMs are truly trying to facilitate vehicle traffic rather than merely facilitating stopping automobile traffic for pedestrians. After my recent 45 minute four mile “drive” to St. Armand’s Circle (followed by a 30 minute “drive” to cross the Ringling Bridge) I observed a group of 4 people cross when a PTM stopped all vehicles. After the 4 had crossed the waiting vehicles were briefly waved on, but immediately, as a couple approached the intersection to cross, the PTM stopped the traffic for the 2 pedestrians. Certainly appears to be more of a pedestrian facilitator rather than a vehicular facilitator.

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