San Francisco Community and Monroe Elementary School Safe Routes to School Project

Project Overview

Caltrans awarded the San Francisco Community and Monroe Elementary Schools Safe Routes to School Project to the San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) in 2004 to help improve several intersection crossings around the school and upgrade some traffic signals surrounding the school.

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Project Details

Caltrans awarded the San Francisco Community and Monroe Elementary Schools Safe Routes to School Project to the San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) in 2004 to help improve several intersection crossings around the school and upgrade some traffic signals surrounding the school. The plan was borne out of one of the first neighborhood traffic calming projects in San Francisco - The Excelsior Traffic Calming Project. Neighbors got together to look at the entire area between Silver Avenue, Mission Street, Geneva Avenue and MacLaren Park to plan out how to improve traffic safety in the area. The area around these 2 schools was identified as one of areas of concern. The bulb-outs and traffic signal improvements were constructed to address these concerns and have been well received by the schools and neighborhood

In addition, Excelsior Avenue, which fronts both schools, was scheduled to be repaved at the same time as this project. The Department of Public Works and DPT worked together to coordinate both efforts which greatly improved the street condition for all users of Excelsior Avenue. Improvements to the school area included:

  • New gateway treatment on Excelsior Avenue and London Street helps alert drivers they are entering a school zone. They also help reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and make them more visible to drivers.
  • New gateway treatment on Excelsior Avenue and Madrid Street helps alert drivers they are entering a school zone. They also help reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and make them more visible to drivers.
  • New sidewalk extensions (bulb-outs) at Excelsior Avenue and Paris Street
  • New pedestrian signals and 12 inch signal heads at Excelsior Avenue and Mission Street give more information to pedestrians regarding how much time they have to cross the street. The larger signal lenses improve visibility to drivers so they don’t run red lights.

Overall, the schools enjoyed these improvements and like how they helped create a better walking environment to the school from the surrounding neighborhoods. The project was completed in 2007.

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