Clarendon Elementary School Safe Routes to School Project
Caltrans awarded the Clarendon Elementary School Safe Routes to School Project to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Parking and Traffic Division in 2007 to help improve the main intersection crossing in front of the school.
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Caltrans awarded the Clarendon Elementary School Safe Routes to School Project to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Parking and Traffic Division in 2007 to help improve the main intersection crossing in front of the school. The project was related to the recent improvements on Clarendon Avenue back in 2007 where a new sidewalk was constructed and a new sidewalk extension (bulb-out) was constructed at Panorama Drive. In addition, the SFMTA traffic calmed the street by removing a lane in each direction to reduce the high speeds that were common on the street. The agency would also pursue funding to construct a traffic signal at the Clarendon Avenue/Panorama Drive intersection to complete the planned traffic safety measures at this school.
This Safe Routes to School project emphasized the crossing on Clarendon Avenue at Panorama Drive where children and parents cross the street despite a nearby pedestrian overpass. A traffic signal would help children and parents cross the street at street level in front of the school instead of walking about 250 feet south to the bridge. While using the bridge was encouraged, pedestrians did not like having to walk so far out of the way to reach Panorama Drive, which was only 120 feet from the school entrance. This prompted the SFMTA to find ways to improve the pedestrian safety at street level. A crosswalk and pedestrian refuge were constructed, but a traffic signal was needed to make these safety improvements better. This project funded the construction of a traffic signal at the intersection of Clarendon Avenue at Panorama Drive to complete the pedestrian safety vision at this intersection.
Overall, these improvements were well received by the school and neighborhood and should help the walking environment to the school from the surrounding neighborhoods.