Delaware Park is a treasure to the Buffalo community and it is imperative that our wishes are met. We consider our requests not only reasonable, but necessary for the improvement of our shared space. All of the following requests can and should be measured, as a way of defining the success of the Scajaquada project.
What We Want
Safer Vehicular Traffic
Reduction in Speed
Reducing speed has a number of beneficial impacts on road safety: including but not limited to increased peripheral vision, reduction in fatal accidents, shorter stopping distance, etc. Learn more.
Fewer Daily Vehicles
Fewer vehicles mean safer streets. By reducing speed limits, implementing traffic calming measures, and improve usability for all forms of transportation, dangerous vehicular traffic can be reduced immensely.
Contrary to popular belief, narrower lanes actually make roads safer. Narrow lanes have many benefits: drivers tend to drive slower, pedestrians have shorter crosswalks, and space is simply used more efficiently. Learn more.
Increased Access to the Park
Shorter crosswalks are safer because they minimize conflict areas between pedestrians and vehicles. Shorter crosswalks can be achieved in a number of ways: bumpouts, shorter lane widths, or adding Areas of Refuge. Learn more.
More Crosswalk Locations
More crosswalks means safer streets. Why? By allowing pedestrians more opportunity walk cross streets in highly visible crosswalk, they are less likely to cross the street in an unmarked area. Adding crosswalks also improves access and usability to a street.
Improved Quality of Life
Improved Air Quality
Motor vehicle emissions contribute to ambient levels of air toxics known or suspected as human or animal carcinogens. Exposures to air toxins can also cause noncancerous health effects, such as neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive and/or immune system damage.
Increased Native Foliage
Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals.
Greater Separation Between Park & Roadway
Creating greater separation between the roadway by means of planting trees, foliage, and by simply reducing the size of the road makes the park a more enjoyable and pleasant place to be. An enjoyable park experience contributes heavily to the livability and the vibrancy of a community.
Improved Multi-Modal Transportation
Separated Bike Lanes
Implementing helps more than just cyclists. Bicycle lanes cost significantly less to maintain, they reduce traffic along roadways, they boost the value surrounding neighborhoods, and much more. Learn more.