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Walk Bike Ppt Bazeley San Francisco, California School Safety


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School Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvement presentation given at the 2007 California Walk & Bike Conference at UC Davis. Area of focus: San Francisco

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Walk Bike Ppt Bazeley San Francisco, California School Safety

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Pedestrians: Have Rights and Expectations for a Safe Journey
  3. 3. Growing Safety Concerns: Techno-inattention, Panhandling, Jaywalking, Health/Age/Vision
  4. 4. Vulnerability to Traffic Accidents <ul><li>K-12 School Children </li></ul><ul><li>Children Ages 5-17 </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors 55 and up </li></ul><ul><li>The Disabled </li></ul><ul><li>Our Community </li></ul><ul><li>Tourists and Visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Note: GPS accident mapping tool usage (SFCTA_ K-12 schools) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Parents/PTA/Community Ask San Francisco for Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvements
  6. 6. Three E’s of Safety: Engineering, Education, Enforcement Engineering: Design Enhancements
  7. 7. School Site Improvements Bold/Yellow School LADDER crosswalks
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. New Technologies: Communicate and Educate 24/7 OLD PED Signal Countdown
  10. 10. Regional Pedestrian Safety: Educational and Safety PSA Programs
  11. 11. Enforcement: Active/Passive SF School Adult Crossing Guards Parking-Traffic Control Officers SFPD-Traffic Unit
  12. 12. Pedestrian & School Site Audits <ul><li>Purpose of Pedestrian and School “Safe Routes” Audits </li></ul><ul><li>Generate concern about school and community pedestrian safety and walkability issues </li></ul><ul><li>Channel concern into commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Structure commitment into a realistic plan action </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition that “safety” impacts our health, our environment, and local business </li></ul><ul><li>To improve “Our Quality of Life” </li></ul><ul><li>Help transform problem awareness into a commitment to solutions… </li></ul>
  13. 13. PTA Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Survey Results – SFUSD K-12 Sites <ul><li>99% Unsafe school site traffic conditions, double parking or loading zone </li></ul><ul><li>92% Cannot pull safely outside of traffic flow to unload/pick-up children. </li></ul><ul><li>94% Loading Zones need to be reconfigured for drop-offs and pick-ups </li></ul><ul><li>75% No agreement and compliance by parents for safe drop-offs and pick-ups. </li></ul><ul><li>75% Crosswalk non-existent or lacking crossing signs or yellow markings </li></ul><ul><li>79% Children and adults frequently crossing outside of marked crosswalks </li></ul><ul><li>49% Adult crossing guards needed due to traffic volume, speed, or congestion </li></ul><ul><li>75% No regular site personnel monitoring parent drop-offs and pick-ups </li></ul><ul><li>98% New (FYG) signs for school awareness, speed control, school crossing </li></ul><ul><li>92% Signs missing, damaged or requiring repair </li></ul><ul><li>98% Bus loading curb paint, bus lane lines, or “SLOW SCHOOL XING” marking </li></ul><ul><li>75% Lack of adequate stop signs/signal timing at school intersection crossings </li></ul><ul><li>94% Need police or DPT to patrol, monitor and enforce site traffic safety </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  14. 14. “ Safe Routes To School” community Audits/Workshops should include: <ul><li>Cross section of Community PTA, School Officials, Government Agencies, Elected Officials, Business. </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible Community meeting room </li></ul><ul><li>Slide Presentations of examples of “good and bad” pedestrian design </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion of the community’s vision for reducing “Barriers to Pedestrian Safety and Walkability” </li></ul><ul><li>A 60-90 minute area walking tour </li></ul><ul><li>Regroup to discuss & develop through consensus an Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Organize Priorities and Funding Sources for starting community and local officials implementation process </li></ul>PARENTS
  15. 15. Form A Safe Routes To School Team Organizing A School Site Safety Committee: <ul><li>Team/Committee members: </li></ul><ul><li>Principal or Assistant Principal </li></ul><ul><li>PTA/PTSA Members: 3-4 </li></ul><ul><li>(Parents, Teachers, Students) </li></ul><ul><li>School Health/Counselor Staff </li></ul><ul><li>School Transport Director/Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Neighborhood Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Local Traffic Engineer/TAC </li></ul><ul><li>Police /Traffic Safety </li></ul><ul><li>School Crossing Guard ES/MS </li></ul><ul><li>Bike/PED CAC member </li></ul><ul><li>County/Local Public Transit Staff </li></ul>
  16. 16. Mapping and Observing School Site Safety Committee: Tasks <ul><li>Prepare The Base Maps </li></ul><ul><li>1.) School Neighborhood Map </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School District + School Site Location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roads, Paths/Sidewalks, Transit Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Walk-Zone” & “Transit Stops” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residential-After School Sites/Parks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2.) School Site Map </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loading Zones – Bus/Auto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drop-off and Pick-up Areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Entrance/Exits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major Intersections, Road configurations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic Signs, Signals, Crossings, School Signs </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. School Site Traffic Pattern: Analysis Diagram and Parent Drop-off Plan
  18. 18. Safe Routes Site Plan Presidio Middle School SF
  19. 19. School Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvement Resolution – CA PTA <ul><li>Resolved 1: Creation of School Safety Committees </li></ul><ul><li>Resolved 2: Work with local agencies and school communities to increase traffic and pedestrian safety for children, improving safe routes to and from schools </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Resolved 4: Policy makers in partnership with schools and community organizations to create a safer environment for all </li></ul><ul><li>Resolved 5: Advocate for increasing traffic fines (Double Fine Zone) in locally designated problematic school zones </li></ul>
  20. 20. Three levels for intervention: SITE SPECIFIC Retrofit existing problem areas with new design & technology PROJECT CONCEPT Interject safety issues into current project planning, pedestrian plan, infrastructure design and TOD’s POLICY Influence policy, legislative law, local ordnances, funding priorities, methodology, guidelines (MUTCD)
  21. 21. Street/School Site/Intersection Citywide, Business and Transit Corridors State, Regional MPO, Cities, Neighborhoods Influence policies, practices, plans, programs and funding processes Eliminate problems with new design solutions and ITS technologies Interject safety and design solutions into current or future project plans Vital Impact Areas for Implementing Sustainable Improvement POLICY DESIGN PLANNING
  22. 22. Project Benefits: Safer Communities Workshops, School/Community Audits, Building Active Partnerships BE INVOLVED BE INOVATIVE
  23. 23. Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Active, Walk & Bike---or Skate