The City Council urged the installation of traffic-curbing measures in four city neighborhoods at Tuesday night’s meeting, much to the delight of residents who came out in droves to push for the safety devices.
Parents and residents, especially in the Belle Air neighborhood, have been worried that cars have been going too fast around some of the city’s elementary schools. Many were relieved by recommendations in a traffic-calming plan designed by city engineers during the last two months.
The plan, which explains how neighborhoods go about applying for speed humps, lighted crosswalks and other traffic-slowing devices, also includes recommendations from deputy public works director Steve Davis to install such devices in the Belle Air and Lomita Park neighborhoods, along with Crestmoor Drive and De Soto Way. The plan is scheduled to be ready this month.
The City Council was exceedingly positive about the $200,000-plus recommendations and urged them to be installed as soon as possible. Council members did not make a decision about whether to install the items by press time.
“I would want this to get started at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning,” Councilman Jim Ruane said.
Belle Air residents, many of whom are members of the community activist group called ACORN, were pleased with the recommendations for speed humps on Third Avenue near Belle Air Elementary School and lighted crosswalks on San Bruno Avenue.
Residents in Belle Air, including Rosa Fuentes and Tim Buckley, both shared their concerns with the city’s Traffic, Safety and Parking Committee at a meeting in July and have been among the charge rallying for anything that would detract drivers from speeding down their streets. Belle Air Elementary, residents say, sees a traffic jam daily, as parents and students add to the fray on their already narrow street.
“I think speed bumps are the answer on all streets in our neighborhood,” First Avenue resident Albert Martin said.
The funds for these projects, expected to be completed this year and next, are included in the current year’s capital improvement budget, City Manager Connie Jackson said.