Published on December 17, 2008
School Safety Improvement Project - San Francisco Grassroots Advocacy Making it Happen! Roger Bazeley, M.S.T.M., M.S.I.D., C.T.S.M. DesignStrategy-USA, Transportation Consultants
Pedestrians: Have Rights and Expectations for a Safe Journey
Growing Safety Concerns: Techno-inattention, Panhandling, Jaywalking, Health/Age/Vision
Vulnerability to Traffic Accidents K-12 School Children Children Ages 5-17 Seniors 55 and up The Disabled Our Community Tourists and Visitors Note: GPS accident mapping tool usage (SFCTA_ K-12 schools)
Parents/PTA/Community Ask San Francisco for Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Three E’s of Safety: Engineering, Education, Enforcement Engineering: Design Enhancements
School Site Improvements Bold/Yellow School LADDER crosswalks
School Zone/Site: New Technology FYG Signs, Signals/Traffic Control Devices School/PED Zone Driver FYG LED Speed Feedback Signs (3M) Embedded Strobe pavement lights Crosswalks and School Zones
New Technologies: Communicate and Educate 24/7 Countdown OLD PED Signal
: Educational and Safety PSA Programs
Enforcement: Active/Passive SF School Adult Parking-Traffic SFPD-Traffic Unit Crossing Guards Control Officers
Pedestrian & School Site Audits Purpose of Pedestrian and School “Safe Routes” Audits Generate concern about school and community pedestrian safety and walkability issues Channel concern into commitment Structure commitment into a realistic plan action Recognition that “safety” impacts our health, our environment, and local business To improve “Our Quality of Life” Help transform problem awareness into a commitment to solutions…
PTA Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Survey Results – SFUSD K-12 Sites 99% Unsafe school site traffic conditions, double parking or loading zone 92% Cannot pull safely outside of traffic flow to unload/pick-up children. 94% Loading Zones need to be reconfigured for drop-offs and pick-ups 75% No agreement and compliance by parents for safe drop-offs and pick-ups. 75% Crosswalk non-existent or lacking crossing signs or yellow markings 79% Children and adults frequently crossing outside of marked crosswalks 49% Adult crossing guards needed due to traffic volume, speed, or congestion 75% No regular site personnel monitoring parent drop-offs and pick-ups 98% New (FYG) signs for school awareness, speed control, school crossing 92% Signs missing, damaged or requiring repair 98% Bus loading curb paint, bus lane lines, or “SLOW SCHOOL XING” marking 75% Lack of adequate stop signs/signal timing at school intersection crossings 94% Need police or DPT to patrol, monitor and enforce site traffic safety 72% No School Site Traffic Safety Program: School Parents/PTA interest in a PTA Traffic Safety Workshop, Safe Routes To and From School/Transit Plan
“Safe Routes To School” community Audits/Workshops should include: Cross section of Community PTA, School Officials, Government Agencies, Elected Officials, Business. Accessible Community meeting room Slide Presentations of examples of “good and bad” pedestrian design Discussion of the community’s vision for reducing “Barriers to Pedestrian Safety and Walkability” A 60-90 minute area walking tour Regroup to discuss & develop through consensus an Action Plan Organize Priorities and Funding PARENTS Sources for starting community and local officials implementation process
Form A Safe Routes To School Team Organizing A School Site Safety Committee: Team/Committee members: Principal or Assistant Principal PTA/PTSA Members: 3-4 (Parents, Teachers, Students) School Health/Counselor Staff School Transport Director/Staff Neighborhood Organization Local Traffic Engineer/TAC Police /Traffic Safety School Crossing Guard ES/MS Bike/PED CAC member County/Local Public Transit Staff
Mapping and Observing School Site Safety Committee: Tasks Prepare The Base Maps 1.) School Neighborhood Map – School District + School Site Location – Roads, Paths/Sidewalks, Transit Systems – “Walk-Zone” & “Transit Stops” – Residential-After School Sites/Parks 2.) School Site Map – Loading Zones – Bus/Auto – Drop-off and Pick-up Areas – Student Entrance/Exits – Major Intersections, Road configurations – Traffic Signs, Signals, Crossings, School Signs
School Site Traffic Pattern: Analysis Diagram and Parent Drop-off Plan
Safe Routes Site Plan Presidio Middle School SF
School Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvement Resolution – CA PTA Resolved 1: Creation of School Safety Committees Resolved 2: Work with local agencies and school communities to increase traffic and pedestrian safety for children, improving safe routes to and from schools Resolved 3: Urges state and local policy makers to implement systematic and uniform improvements in traffic signs, pavement markings and control devices, with the latest technology – and educational and enforcement programs Resolved 4: Policy makers in partnership with schools and community organizations to create a safer environment for all Resolved 5: Advocate for increasing traffic fines (Double Fine Zone) in locally designated problematic school zones
Three levels for intervention: POLICY Influence policy, PROJECT legislative law, CONCEPT SITE SPECIFIC local ordnances, Interject safety Retrofit existing funding priorities, issues into current problem areas methodology, project planning, with new design guidelines pedestrian plan, & technology (MUTCD) infrastructure design and TOD’s
Vital Impact Areas for Implementing Sustainable Improvement State, Regional MPO, Citywide, Business and Street/School Cities, Neighborhoods Transit Corridors Site/Intersection POLICY PLANNING DESIGN Influence policies, Interject safety and Eliminate problems practices, plans, design solutions into with new design programs and current or future solutions and ITS funding processes project plans technologies
Project Benefits: Safer Communities Workshops, School/Community Audits, Building Active Partnerships D BE VE IN OL O VA NV TI I VE BE
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