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Parking Box Implementation Update

Posted on November 16, 2022

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During the first few weeks in October, the initial round of parking clarifications in the Gerstle Park, Fair Hills, and West End Neighborhoods were completed to help improve emergency access and egress. After the installation of the new signage, there has been an adjustment period where staff have been working with residents in these neighborhoods to make any necessary small changes before the painting of parking boxes and additional red curbs begins during the first two weeks in December. Painted curbs, new signage, and parking boxes help offer a clear indication of where it is safe to park and still allow safe resident emergency evacuation and access for emergency vehicles.

The plans for parking clarifications in the Dominican neighborhood are currently being reviewed and staff have been working with the contractor to finalize installation work orders for all of the streets which are scheduled to receive parking clarifications. Staff will share any specific installation dates as soon as they are available. The City of San Rafael is committed to implementing these important safety measures as soon as possible.

Over the next couple weeks, you may see staff in the Dominican neighborhood conducting another review of parking box locations and updating the preliminary street markings to ensure an accurate installation. This safe parking project will lead to more legal parking, safer roadways for residents and emergency vehicles, and safer pedestrian and bicycle use.

The pilot project for the Safe Parking Program was completed in September 2021 in the San Rafael/Lincoln Hill neighborhood. This year’s focus includes the Dominican, Gerstle Park, Fair Hills, and West End neighborhoods. As part of our expanded outreach efforts, staff have mailed letters to residents, been in direct contact with Homeowners Association and Neighborhoods Association leaders, held community meetings, and met with multiple resident groups on site to discuss and consider alterations to the markings and plan. The City appreciates the community support and commitment to public safety as we have navigated this important project.

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