MENLO AVENUE AND WEST VERNON AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
PROJECT DETAILS & BENEFITS
Traffic safety improvements will be implemented in the neighborhoods surrounding Menlo Avenue and West Vernon Avenue Elementary Schools. The project will create a network of “neighborhood-friendly streets” to help improve the safety and comfort of students and families walking and bicycling to and from school. The project is funded through a $4.7 million grant from the California Department of Transportation Active Transportation Program.
Information for the SRTS Menlo-West Vernon 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.
Safe Routes To School – LA (SRTS-LA) is a partnership of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles Unified School District. SRTS-LA collaborates with communities to develop and implement safety plans that combine street improvements with safety education, encouragement activities like Walk to School Day and traffic enforcement.
- Calming traffic on neighborhood streets
- Reduce Speeds of through traffic and turning vehicles
- Increasing visibility of people walking and bicycling
- Shorten crossing distance for people walking
Signal timing governs traffic operations to support safer environments for walking, bicycling and public transportation.Pedestrian Safety Islands are protected spaces placed in the center of the street to reduce overall crossing length and traffic exposure.
Curb extensions are installed at intersections or mid-blocks to shorten the crossing distance for people walking and increase their visibility to people driving.Speed humps are raised traffic control devices placed across the width of the street to help slow cars. .Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons are activated by people at uncontrolled intersections or mid-block crossings on multi-lane, high volume roads.Bike boxes are green colored areas at the head of a signalized intersection. The box provides bicyclists with a safe and visible way to get ahead of vehicle traffic when the traffic light is red.