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Driveways

DrivewayDriveway means that portion of street, alley, or private property which provides access to, but not within, an off-street parking facility from a curb cut. Portions of the area defined as a driveway may also be defined as a sidewalk. Driveways may provide inconsistencies in the pedestrian environment by creating a potential conflict point between a pedestrian and a vehicle. Driveway aprons should be placed outside of the sidewalk so that a level surface remains for the pedestrian to travel along.

Driveway design should consider the visibility of the pedestrian and the vehicle. In addition, the turning movement of the vehicle should be assessed to encourage a slower turning speed in and out of the property. The frequency and width of driveways along the street should be considered for areas with high pedestrian activity. Some commercial and downtown areas encourage vehicle access from the adjacent alley to reduce the number of driveways along the roadway.

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