jman111 wrote:I'm not convinced the impact on businesses will be negative.
... So the businesses on Sherman are primarly geared towards serving commuters.
This proposal will dramatically lower the number of commuters on Sherman, by design, and the majority of those businesses will be gone within a year.
Balancing through traffic, local access and neighborhood livability requires commuters to yield some
percentage and that means redesigning Madison's arteries to serve a range of purposes. Most studies show better bike access and ped-friendly streetscapes INCREASE retail activity. While some of these studies are set in old, urban downtown retail districts all of Madison's arterials will transition in that direction over the long haul.
Madison's tendency to go only half-way in redesigning these corridors, essentially blurring the difference, may be problematic. For example, wide commercial corridors -- 2-lane each way routes with yellow-striped middle-Left-turn-lanes and no bike lanes -- are most accident-prone. I.e., commuter routes. By not going whole-hog, a redesign might not capture all the benefits of traffic-calming or multi-modal goals.
Other conclusions you've jumped to may not hold: 'Losing a lane' doesn't tend to reduce through-traffic down at all in this scenario. With left turns out of the left-hand through-lane, traffic isn't likely to back up and then stop-start as everybody tries to switch to the right lane to get around the driver signaling a left. Net smoother flow, assuming right turns don't come to a full stop before making their move.
Plus, slower average speeds (but not through-put) give drivers a chance to see the retail establishments they normally fly right by--and if they can see your business, they'll stop and shop more often.