Proposal for a lower speed limit on Monterey moves forward

Last month at the general membership meeting The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association endorsed a proposal for a twenty five mile per hour speed limit on Monterey Boulevard. We are joined by The Sunnyside Conservatory, St Finn Barr School, and the Sunnyside and Glen Park Elementary Schools.Image

The Boulevard—which currently serves as a de facto extended “freeway onramp” for the Westwood Highlands and Saint Francis Woods neighborhoods—is a dangerous roadway threatening the safety of our children and community members. It also serves as a major

crossing thoroughfare for people in the neighborhood who walk, bike and drive. Simply put, the cars traveling on Monterey Boulevard at high rates of speed and the children walking to school or the aged and disabled attempting to cross the street do not mix.

A twenty five mile per hour speed limit will:

  • Save Lives. The likelihood of an automobile-pedestrian fatality increases exponentially with speed. According to the National Highway Transportation Association, only 5% of pedestrians involved in a collision with an automobile traveling at 20 miles per hour will die, but that number increases to 45% at 30 miles per hour, and 85% at 40 miles per hour. The time to act is now, before a fatal crash occurs. We need to acknowledge and understand that high speeds near homes and schools do not mix. We also need to acknowledge the increased bicycle traffic present on Monterey Boulevard due to the prescribed bike route through the Bernal Cut. Slower speeds will help protect other users of the roadway.

  • Reducing the Speed Limit Will Not Inconvenience Drivers. We propose reducing the speed limit for a two-mile stretch on Monterey Boulevard from 30 to 25 miles per hour. According to the “speeding calculator” at speeding.htm, this will increase the time it takes drivers to cover the two-mile distance by only 48 seconds, which is negligible considering the many children and community residents that also use Monterey Boulevard on a daily basis.

  • A Reduced Speed Limit is More Appropriate for this Neighborhood. The area surrounding Monterey Boulevard is above all a residential neighborhood. It needs to be treated as such, rather than simply as a connector to the freeway. Reducing the speed to 25 miles per hour tells drivers unambiguously that they are passing through a residential neighborhood and that they should be aware of pedestrians, bicyclists and children.

In the last month the proposal was passed unanimously by the San Francisco Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee which the sent a letter to Supervisors Norman Yee and Scott Weiner, as well as the SFMTA, the Agency who’s board will finally vote to make the change.

Please call or write to Sup. Yee and let him know you care about the safety and well being of our Community!

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