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Safe Routes to School Project - Kenneth & Winona

About the Project

The Safe Routes to School Project aims to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety for students, parents, and residents that attend and/or live near three Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) schools: George Washington Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, and John Muir Middle School.

Current Project Status

1st Community Meeting

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the 1st Community Meeting for the Safe Routes to School Project was held at the City of Burbank Community Services Building. Staff provided an overview of the Project and sought community input. A summary of the meeting is listed below:

  • The goal of the Safe Routes to School Project is to encourage more students to walk and bicycle to school.
  • The Project is funded through a state Caltrans grant of about $490,000.
  • The Project will focus on traffic safety education for parents, students, BUSD administration, and residents. It could also include elements such as high-visibility crosswalks, pedestrian signage, bulb-outs or curb extensions, curb ramps, school speed zones, and "sharrows" (shared-lane markings) near the three school sites.
  • Approximately 10 residents attended the hour and a half meeting.
  • Staff presented a PowerPoint presentation followed by a Question & Answer session.
  • Attendees expressed the following feedback: the need for more law enforcement to ticket drivers; the desire to promote more outreach meetings through social media or other mediums to include more residents' input; understanding the goal of curb extensions to reduce the crossing distance across the intersection; not being in favor of bicycle lanes on Kenneth Road; the desire to see more pedestrian-focused improvements around the schools; and speeding as a prevalent issue along neighborhood streets.
  • The next Community Meeting is scheduled to take place in early fall 2018 where staff will present conceptual designs and provide a project update.

Walk & Bicycle Safety Audits

During the first week of May 2018, the City conducted Walk & Bicycle Safety Audits at all three Project area schools. Staff gathered interested groups of parents, residents, community members to walk around the school sites to identify barriers and challenges for students walking and bicycling to and from school in order to better inform improvements for the project. Much of the feedback from these Audits were centered around high vehicular speeds and drivers rolling through stop signs.

Summary sheets of each of the three Audits are provided below:

2nd Community Meeting 

The 2nd Community Meeting for the Project is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the City's Community Services Building, Community Room 104 at 150 N. 3rd St., Burbank, CA 91502.

At the meeting, staff will review feedback from past outreach activities, data collected, and proposed improvements. The proposed improvements and community input received will be presented at a City Council meeting tentatively scheduled for November 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM at Burbank City Hall (275 E. Olive Ave.).

Please click here to view the meeting notice flyer.

More Information

For more information on the Safe Routes to School Project, please contact:

Hannah Woo
Associate Planner, Transportation Division
hwoo@burbankca.gov
(
818) 238-5270

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