MULTI-MODAL SIGNAL DESIGN
Improved intersection performance for people walking, biking and driving
The District of Saanich commissioned Opus to provide enabling investigation and signal timing plans for a new cycling crossing on the Lochside Regional Trail at McKenzie Avenue and Borden Street.
The new crossing is on McKenzie Avenue, the busiest road in Saanich, BC. The road experiences significant levels of congestion throughout the day and the project intersection experiences high vehicle turning volumes due to the adjacent schools and public works yard.
To deliver a protected cycle crossing that minimized network delays, Opus developed traffic signal timing and coordination plans for four intersections on McKenzie Avenue for the morning, afternoon and weekend time periods. Multiple signal phase options were tested for the protected bike phase to determine the optimal phasing and best level of service for all modes.
The final signal timing plans provided a fully protected bike signal phase for the Lochside Trail, improved pedestrian signal phases at all four intersections, and reduced travel times for people driving. Opus leveraged its integrated knowledge of traffic operations, road safety, active transportation, and international bikeway design guidelines to create a street that works for all residents and road users.