SFMTA Completes Implementation of 15-MPH Zones at 181 Schools

Students on Walk to School Day 2010. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/adriennejohnson/5057038711/##Adrienne Johnson/Flickr##

San Francisco became the first major city in California to implement all of its planned 15-MPH school zones, the SFMTA announced today. With proper enforcement, the measure promises make the streets surrounding 181 schools safer and more inviting for students and parents walking and biking.

An SFMTA worker installs a 15-MPH school zone sign last August. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/velobry/6057355458/in/photostream##Bryan Goebel/Flickr##

“This is a big step forward for everyone who walks in San Francisco,” said Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe in a statement. “We applaud the Mayor’s leadership on this, the SFMTA’s quick action to establish the zones, and the Police Department’s commitment to enforcing these new safer speeds.”

The SFMTA began installing 15 MPH speed limit signs at schools in August. Although the agency originally estimated the zones would go in at around 200 private and public K-12 schools, only 181 “are eligible under a 2008 state law which allows the 15-mph zones on two-lane streets for 500 feet around a school,” reads an SFMTA statement. Captain Denis F. O’Leary, head of the SFPD Traffic Company, said police are out enforcing the signs.

“Walking in San Francisco should be inviting and safe for all residents,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin, who added that the agency “is committed to working with our city partners to ensure that kids can get to their schools safely. We will continue to seek out comprehensive and innovative street improvements for everyone.”

“Hopefully,” said Stampe, “this will be the first of many cities.”

  • MCR

    How about 15mph speed limits in ALL residential areas of the city?  

  • Bagpuss

    They put the signs up but the cars still fly up and down Cole St ..

  • And not just when children are present. 20 is plenty.

    http://www.streetfilms.org/no-need-for-speed-20s-plenty-for-us/

  • Gneiss

    I would call SFPD on their non-emergency number ( 553-0123).  Ask for them to enforce the new speed limit on that street, particularly since you are observing violations.  The police will respond if they have phone logs that indicate people were complaining about speed limit violations.

  • ubringliten

     What about zones near senior citizens’ residence?  They get injured as easily as children.  Do we not care about the elders in SF?  Twice I have assisted seniors cross King/4th St.

  • mikesonn

    Good luck getting anything done at 4th/King, that’s car’s land there!

  • J282sf

    Great job WalkSF for paving the way for safer streets for our kids! Now on to more enforcement of the rules, traffic calming, and beyond.

  • At this point, I think you can only specifically get a 25 mph zone near senior centers.

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