Would improving the transit, pedestrian, and bicycling conditions on Forest Avenue result in automobile delay and diversion into adjacent neighborhoods?
Generally, improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists can be accomplished without adversely impacting automobile traffic. Providing safe and appealing alternative travel choices can reduce the demand for peak-hour travel in cars - the principal cause of daily congestion.

One of the measures we will use to assess possible changes to Forest Avenue is to prevent or minimize the potential for diversion onto neighborhood streets. Furthermore, pending improvements to traffic signal coordination along Forest Avenue related to this study are very likely to improve the flow of traffic, reducing the delay that causes people to divert into adjacent neighborhoods today.

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1. Would improving the transit, pedestrian, and bicycling conditions on Forest Avenue result in automobile delay and diversion into adjacent neighborhoods?
2. Wouldn’t directing pedestrians and bicycles to other destinations such as the path on Baxter Boulevard be more appropriate than making Forest Avenue friendlier to these modes of travel?
3. Is this study revisiting the proposal to increase residential density in the R-3 and R-5 zones adjacent to Forest Avenue?
4. How does this study interface with the work that Maine Department of Transportation is doing to improve the I-295 Exit 6 interchange?