Mysterious islands in the street
May 17, 2012 3:49 PM Subscribe
What is the purpose of very small median strips close to the sidewalk near an intersection?
posted by bad grammar to Travel & Transportation around Washington, DC (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
With warm weather in my area, sidewalk repairs and improvements are going apace, and the local news hasn't caught up.
What is the purpose of a very small median strip or island, about 12-18 inches wide and 3-4 feet long, near an intersection of a main road and side street?
There is not enough space between this median and the curb for any car or bus. These medians have just been installed at two intersections that I know of. Is it for bicyclists, though I haven't found any exact parallels on Google Images? Or is it intended to slow traffic on a busy street? What are these medians called?