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Crosswalk Improvements

Public Works has worked closely with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) for several years on a City-wide uncontrolled crosswalk improvement project. An uncontrolled crosswalk is anywhere a pedestrian can cross where a motorist must yield to their right-of-way. Increasing sight lines by eliminating parking at the crossing and adding high-visibility marked crossings and signage are the ‘basic’ treatments each crossing receives. City of San Rafael crews have improved many crosswalks in the City limits since Summer 2019.

The ‘enhanced’ treatments, which include bulb-outs (or curb extensions), and Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs), greatly improve pedestrian visibility and driver compliance. These enhanced treatments require more money for design and construction and each location has been ranked so improvements can be made in order of priority.

San Rafael was successful in receiving Safe Pathways grant funding through the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) for improvements at locations within school zones. These locations are: Fifth Avenue/River Oaks, Mission Avenue/Park Street, and Mission Avenue/Alice Street. The designs are provided in a link below.

Through a Lifeline grant, San Rafael secured additional funding for crosswalk improvements in the Canal neighborhood. The locations are: Medway Road/Front Street, Medway Road/Mill Street, Belvedere Street/Vivian Street, Canal Street/Bahia Way, and Kerner Boulevard/Sonoma Street. The designs are in progress.

Lastly, Public Works and Parking Services has been actively working with residents in the Canal, Spinnaker, and Baypoint neighborhoods on the parking challenges in the area. There was a request for enhancements to the crossing of Bellam Boulevard/Vista del Mar and a request for more street parking. The design provided in the link below shows the addition of angled street parking on Bellam Boulevard and lighting and signage enhancements at the uncontrolled crossing.

Below are examples of "enhanced" treatments.

RRFB:

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)
Source: https://tti.tamu.edu/researcher/new-rapid-flashing-beacon-shows-great-promise-in-improving-pedestrian-safety/

Bulb-outs with paint and bollards are good solutions for areas with drainage challenges:

Bulb-outs
Source: Harrison Street/23rd Street, Oakland, CA (Note: a more neutral color will be used for the bulb-out area)

Here are links to the Crosswalk Improvement Plans for each location:

Mission Avenue/Park Street

Mission Avenue/West of Alice Street

Fifth Avenue/River Oaks Road

Bellam/Vista Del Mar

Goals for Project

  • Install high-visibility crosswalks, add red curb for visibility, add warning and pedestrian crossing signage at uncontrolled crossings. Uncontrolled crossings are at locations where sidewalks or designated walkways intersect a roadway at a location with no traffic control (i.e. traffic signal or STOP sign) is present.
  • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs), and street lighting will also be evaluated

Project Plan

  • The City is addressing the basic improvements such as signage and striping in-house
  • For more enhanced improvements, the City has programmed money each year and is seeking grant funding when possible
  • The crosswalks will be upgraded based on the priority ranking

Overall Objective

Enhance uncontrolled crosswalks with basic, enhanced, and specialized treatments, based on need, priority, and funding availability.

Timeline

DesignThrough Fall 2020
Go out to bidWinter 2021
ConstructionSpring 2021

Project Manager

Contact Traffic Engineer Lauren Davini at (415) 485-3361 or online at https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/contact-public-works/

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