Title 176b83b51c0f9baf5d60f10178040cff98d2a32a945ba8d4cb618412e6bc1740

Project:

John Yehall Chin Safe Routes to School

Checklist:

John Yehall Chin Safe Routes to School   

Name:
John Yehall Chin Safe Routes to School
    
Description:
Construct curb extensions and a raised crosswalk to improve pedestrian safety near John Yehall Chin Elementary School (350 Broadway Street).
    
Status:
Approved
    
Project:
John Yehall Chin Safe Routes to School
    
Location:
San Francisco
    
Contact Name:
Rachel Alonso
    
Contact Email:
rachel.alonso@sfdpw.org
    
Contact Phone:
4155544139
    
Contact Address:

1155 Market Street, 4th floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

    
1a: What bicycle and pedestrian accommodations are currently included on the facility or on facilities it intersects or crosses? Please check all that apply.
    
Class I bicycle paths
Class II bicycle lanes
Class III bicycle routes
Class IV bikeways
Bicycle boxes
Raised separated bikeways
Bicycle Boulevards
Bicycle parking
Sidewalks on one side or both sides of street
Marked crosswalks
Protected intersection
Painted conflict zones
Narrow unpaved path
Pedestrian-actuated traffic signals or routine pedestrian cycle
Bulb-outs
Bicycle actuated traffic signals or routine bicyclist cycle
High visibility crosswalks
Pedestrian-level lighting
ADA-compliant ramps
Traffic signal push buttons
Refuge islands on roadways
Transit shelter
Wide curb lanes
Right turn only lanes
Transit vehicle stops
Pedestrian countdown signals
Way-finding or directional signage
None

     
: Other
    
Frequent crosswalks

     
: Please provide specifics of any items checked above.
    
Current conditions include adequate pedestrian facilities according to current state and federal standards. Sidwalks are present throughout the project area on both sides of the street, often overflowing with pedestrians due to the high demand from people who live, work, and visit in the area. There are frequent crosswalks, mostly standard style demarcated with a single paid of parallel line without the up-to-date continental striping for better visibility. Most crossing are equipped with curb ramps and pedestrian count down signals, tho the ramps are not always up to current guidelines even if they meet minimum standards. High ridership transit lines service the area serving many peoples' mode of transportation to, from, and through the area. Transit stops and shelters are present throughout the area. Many of the corridors near or adjacent to project locations are pedestrian high injury corridors and are often heavily congested with pedestrians. This suggests a need for improvements that go beyond minimum standards in order to increase safety and comfort for pedestrians.

     
1b: If there are no existing pedestrian or bicycle facilities, how far from the proposed project are the closest parallel bikeways and walkways?
    
0-1/4 mile
1/4 mile to 1/2 mile
1/2 mile to 1 mile
1+ mile

     
1c: Please indicate needed pedestrian, bicycle, or transit improvements in the project area that staff or the public have identified
    
Improved lighting
sidewalks
Improve intersections
Mid-block crossings
Accommodations for the elderly or disabled or school age children
School age children
Transit shelters
ADA facilities
Widened curb lanes
Bicycle parking
Traffic signals responsive to bicycles
Shorter vehicular traffic signal cycles
Addressing choke points or gaps in pedestrian or bicycle
RR crossings
Bike racks on busses
Widened or better-lit under crossings
Removed slip lanes
Right turn only lanes
None

     
: Other
    
Choke Points

     
1d: Please describe the overall context of the project area:
    
The project area is located north of the Financial District of San Francisco. The residential and employment density within the school neighborhood is among the highest in the city with 54 percent of students living within a mile of the school, demonstrating that the school has high potential for walk and bicycling. In addition, one third of students travel to Chin Elementary from more remote southeastern neighborhoods of San Francisco. An express bus route, which accommodates many of these students, stops at Kearny Street and Nottingham Place, approximately 900 feet from the school.

     
1e: What existing challenges could the proposed project improve for bicycle, pedestrian, or transit travel in the vicinity of the proposed project?
    
Unresponsive signals to bicycles
Lack of bicycle parking
Freeway on-off ramps
Narrow curb lanes
Choke points
RR crossings
No bike racks on buses
Wide roadway crossings
Long signal cycles which require pedestrians to wait long periods of time
Short signal crossing times
Narrow undercrossings, overcrossings
Slip lanes
Sidewalk obstruction or missing sidewalk
Pedestrian-level lighting
Lack of ADA compliant facilities
Lack of Transit vehicle stops

     
: Other
    

     
2a: What trip generators (existing and future) are in the vicinity of the proposed project that might attract walking or bicycling customers, employees, students, visitors or others?
    
Educational institutions
Transit stations
Senior centers
High-density land uses
Downtowns
Shopping areas
Medical centers
Major public venues
Government buildings
Parks

     
: Other
    

     
3a: Have you considered collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians along the route of the facility?
    
Yes

     
: If so, please provide the number of collisions and describe the outcomes of each:
    
According to SWITRS data, between 2008-2012 there were a total of 322 injury collisions within a 1/4 mile of the school. Of the 322 injury collisions, 61 involved pedestrians, 51 occurred during school hours and 27 injuries were of severe or fatal nature. Based on 2015 student demographics, 35% of the sudent population lives less than 1/2 mile from the school, making walking a viable choice for mode of transportation. Given the amount of students living close to the school, it is important to have walking routes as safe as possible. One of the project locations, the intersection of Bush Street and Kearny Street, ranks within the top 1 percent of pedestrian volumes in the city of San Francisco based on the SFMTA pedestrian volume model. The intersection of Kearny and Jackson also ranks in the top 10 percent. Crowded corners at intersections can pose a barrier to pedestrian travel and encourage unsafe pedestrian behavior such as walking in the street. Field work at these locations confirmed that such behaviors do occur and this project will directly address and mitigate these issues.

     
: If so, what resources have you consulted?
    
The project is designed upon a basis of robust data analyses from various sources. We have consulted the SF department of Public Health and SF Municipal Transportation Agency High-Injury Corridor Maps and Data, information the SF Pedestrian Safety Task Force, and have done detailed and thorough examinations of the data and what they suggest through other projects at the MTA such as WalkFirst in order to reach agency goals such as Vision Zero. Data and community input show that many improvements can be made to ensure a safer and more pedestrian friendly environment that can improve the quality of life for those who live, work, and visit the area. It is the hope that the improvements will create a vibrant pedestrian atmosphere and make the stress and sidewalks safer and more pleasant to walk on.

     
4a: Do any adopted plans call for the development of bicycle or pedestrian facilities on, crossing or adjacent to the proposed facility/project?
    
City or town bicycle plan
Countywide bicycle plan
City or town pedestrian plan
Countywide pedestrian plan
Combined bicycle and pedestrian plan
ADA transition plan
General plan
Specific plan
Regional transportation Plan
Sales tax expenditure plan
Station area access plan
No plans

     
: Other
    

     
: Is the proposed project consistent with these plans?
    
Yes

     
5a: Do any local, statewide or federal policies call for incorporating bicycle and/or pedestrian facilities into this project?
    
Caltrans Deputy Directive 64
Caltrans Highway Design Manual (Chapter 1000)
ACR 211
MUTCD 2003
MUTCD California supplement
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)
MTC Pedestrian Districts Study
None
more

     
: Other
    
SB 375: Sustainable Communities Assemble Bill 1358 (2008 Legislated Complete Streets Bill) SF Transit First Policy SF Vision Zero policy

     
: If so, have the policies been followed?
    
Yes

     
5b: N/A
    
No

     
5c: If this project includes a bicycle and/or pedestrian facility, which applicable design standards or guidelines have been followed?
    
AASHTO bicycle and pedestrian design guides
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
Caltrans Design Information Bulletin 89
Caltrans Highway Design Manual
Caltrans California MUTCD
Caltrans Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities in California
FHWA MUTCD
ITE Designing Urban Walkable Thoroughfares
NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
N/A - no bicycle or pedestrian facilities included
None

     
6a: What comments have been made regarding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations at BPAC, stakeholder, or public meetings at which the proposed project has been discussed?
    
Public outreach efforts included meetings, workshops, discussions, and web-based tools with the Chin Elementary school community, neighborhood groups, advocacy groups, the disabled community and countless other stakeholders. Outreach comments and recommendations to the MTA included those such as a desire for increased enforcement and re-timing loading zone restriction. The community showed general support and enthusiasm for improving pedestrian facilities. Participants in 2014 focus group generally felt that pedestrian investments should be focused where safety improvements are most urgently needed, and curb extensions were a popular treatment type.

     
: How have you responded to comments received?
    
Based on the feedback, Public Works tried to choose intersections that either had a close proximity to the school, were on a high injury corridor, or located close to transit. Curb extensions or raised crosswalks are the treatments for the selected intersections SFMTA staff took a speed survey on Broadway and determined that speeding is occurring. Staff plan to use local funds to build a speed feedback sign that encourages drivers to slow. At the time of the comment regarding the construction schedule, construction was orginally slated for 2018, but will now be 2019. As for the project locations, the site constraints for locations nearest the school would render this project infeasible. City staff are exploring other pedestrian safety improvements closer to the school site that may be supported through local funds.

     
7a: What accommodations, if any, are included for bicyclists and pedestrians in the proposed project design?
    
Class I bicycle paths
Class II bicycle lanes
Class III bicycle routes
Class IV bikeways
Bicycle boxes
Raised separated bikeways
Bicycle Boulevards
Bicycle parking
Sidewalks on one side or both sides of street
Widened sidewalks
Marked crosswalks
Protected intersection
Painted conflict zones
Narrow unpaved path
Pedestrian-actuated traffic signals or routine pedestrian cycle
Bulb-out
Bicycle actuated traffic signals or routine bicyclist cycle
High visibility crosswalks
Pedestrian-level lighting
ADA-compliant ramps
Traffic signal push buttons
Refuge islands on roadways
Transit shelters
Wide curb lanes
Right turn only lanes
Transit vehicle stops
Pedestrian countdown signals
Way-finding or directional signage
None

     
: Other
    
Curb extensions and bus bulbs

     
8a: Will the proposed project remove an existing bicycle or pedestrian facility or block or hinder bicycle or pedestrian movement?
    
No

     
: If yes, please describe situation in detail.
    

     
8b: If the proposed project incorporates neither bicycle nor pedestrian facilities, or if the proposed project would hinder bicycle or pedestrian travel, list reasons why the project cannot be re-designed to accommodate these facilities.
    

     
: Was a road diet or car parking removal considered?
    
No

     
: What would be the cost of the added bicycle and/or pedestrian facility?
    

     
: If the proposed project incorporates bicycle or pedestrian improvements, what proportion is the bicycle and/or pedestrian facility of the total project cost?
    
100

     
: If right-of-way challenges are the reason for the hindrance, please explain the analysis that led to this conclusion.
    
N/A

     
9a: How will access for bicyclists and pedestrians be maintained during project construction?
    
Alternative signed bicycle route
Alternative signed pedestrian route
Separated pedestrian pathway
Other

     
: Other
    

     
10a: What agency will be responsible for ongoing maintenance of the facility?
    
San Francisco Public Works

     
10b: How will ongoing maintenance be budgeted?
    
Annual capital and operating budgets