AP Giannini Middle and Sunset Elementary Safe Routes to School

Project Overview

Construction begins on Ortega Street and 37th Ave

In 2011, the SFMTA Sustainable Streets Division received a grant for the AP Giannini Middle and Sunset Elementary Safe Routes to School project, This project aims to improve safety and comfort for children, parents and community members walking and biking to Sunset Elementary School and AP Giannini Middle School.

The SFMTA worked with the school parents and staff as well as the residential community to develop a street design to address traffic safety concerns for children and parents traveling to and from school.

The collaboration resulted in a street design which includes new crosswalks, sidewalk bulbouts and bicycle lanes. This improved street design will be constructed in 2014.

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Project Details

In 2011, the SFMTA Sustainable Streets Division received a grant for the AP Giannini Middle and Sunset Elementary Safe Routes to School project; this project aims to improve safety for children, parents and community members walking and biking to Sunset Elementary School and AP Giannini Middle School. The project seeks to address community concerns for traffic safety which include:

  • Drivers making abrupt, midblock U-turns
  • Long distance for people walking across Ortega Street
  • Drivers failing to yield to pedestrians
  • High traffic speeds on overly-wide lanes on Ortega Street

Based on these specific concerns, the SFMTA worked with the school parents and staff as well as the residential community to develop a street design to improve conditions for children and parents traveling to and from school.

Design

The collaboration resulted in a street design which includes the following:

  • Narrow traffic lanes along Ortega Street to standard width
    • 20th Ave. to Lower Great Highway: Bicycle lanes in both directions will be added to provide a more safe and comfortable space to travel by bike. The bike lanes will also discourage speeding by narrowing general traffic lanes.
    • 37th to 41st avenues: New pedestrian refuge islands on Ortega St at 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st avenues will make it easier to cross Ortega.
  • Crosswalk enhancements:
    • At Ortega and 37th Ave., sidewalk bulbouts will be constructed to reduce the distance to cross Ortega and improve visibility at that crossing
    • The unmarked crosswalks at 38th and 40th avenues will be painted
    • Accessible curb ramps will be added at all crossings on Ortega between 37th and 41st avenues

Illustrations of the final design can be found under Documents & Reports.

Construction

Construction of these improvements will take six months to complete and will begin in the first half of 2014.

These improvements will build upon our ongoing traffic calming efforts on Ortega Street. In 2013, the SFMTA installed four speed humps and three concrete islands on Ortega Street adjacent to the Sunset Reservoir. These measures address some of the traffic safety concerns of area residents by discouraging travel above the speed limit.

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