BREED AND SHERIDAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
BUILDING BETTER STREETS
The goal of this SRTS project to create a network of “neighborhood-friendly streets” and increase the safety and comfort of people walking and bicycling in the neighborhood and on the routes to school. LADOT, in partnership with Councilmember Huizar, was awarded $5 million in Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funds from the California Department of Transportation Active Transportation Program to implement improvements in the project area from Wabash to 8th Streets and from Soto to St. Louis Streets.
Information for the SRTS Breed- Sheridan Project:
Vision Zero Los Angles is an initiative to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2025. Vision Zero and its partnering program, Safe Routes to School, seek to direct safety improvements to communities with most need. The Vision Zero High Injury Network (HIN) identifies the 6% of our city’s total street miles which account for 65% of fatal and severe injury collisions involving people walking.
In this neighborhood, Soto Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue are part of the HIN. Also, collisions of people walking and bicycling in this neighborhood are 2.5 times the citywide average. In the past five years, there have been 44 collision-related injuries (including 2 fatalities) involving pedestrians and bicyclists along Soto Street between Wabash Avenue and 8th Street. Safety measures funded by a grant from the Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP) seek to reduce collisions by:
- Calming traffic on Soto and neighborhood streets
- Increasing safety on walking and bicycle routes
- Reducing speeds
- Increasing visibility of people walking and bicycling
Community input helped inform the development of safety treatments within the project area of Wabash Avenue and 8th Street, and Soto and St. Louis Streets.
High Visibility Crosswalks clearly define the pedestrian space and help deter vehicles from moving into the crosswalk.School Safety Zones reduce the speed limit to 15 mph when children are present on residential streets during the pre- and post-school bell times. Reduced speed signs are posted within 500’ of school boundaries.Lead Pedestrian Interval provides a 3 to 7 second head start for people crossing the street, before a vehicle gets a green light. This head start enhances the visibility of people in the intersection, reinforcing their right-of-way over turning vehicles.Mini Roundabouts are placed at partially controlled intersections to help lower vehicle speeds and minimize bicycle and vehicle conflicts on residential streets.Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons are activated by people at uncontrolled intersections or mid-block crossings on multi-lane, high volume roads.Curb Extensions/Bulb-outs are installed at intersections or mid-blocks to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians and improve their visibility to people driving.Bike Boxes are designated areas in front of vehicles where bicycles can line up during a red light. Vehicles must line up behind the white stop line at the end of the colored bike box marked on the street. No right turns on red and separate signal phases may be incorporated into the intersection design.Bike Loop Detectors are installed within the road to trigger a traffic signal change at intersections. These pavement markings indicate where bicyclists should stop in order to change the traffic signal without having to push a button on the side of the road.A section of Soto is being converted from an existing four lane undivided roadway to a three-lane road with two through lanes, a center left turn lane and two striped Class II bicycle lanes that separate people biking from the lanes for vehicles