From the parent community at Citizens of the World – Mar Vista
February 17, 2017
PETITION FOR A SAFE CROSSWALK
Dear Councilmember Mike Bonin,
Thank you for your continued partnership with our school and the St, Joan of Arc community.
We, the undersigned, are asking you to consider measures that we believe are needed to remedy the dangerous conditions at the Gateway Boulevard crosswalk in front of Citizens of the World Mar Vista Charter School (CWCMV).
There have been multiple car accidents and close calls, involving small children and elderly parishioners of the congregation. Even after years of trying to fix the problem, three years ago this month, a mother at Citizens of the World Hollywood was killed while walking her child to school in a similar crosswalk. We do not wish for another member of our CWC community to be injured or killed.
In an effort to explore potential solutions, CWC engaged Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) to conduct a study of the traffic and safety issues at the intersection. SSE’s report recommended installing Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) at the intersection of Gateway and Coolidge. We also believe R1-6 street signs would significantly increase crosswalk safety.
Despite assertions from city officials that the crosswalk is compliant, we are asking for your further support to please help make our community safer, an issue that we know is very important to you. Please encourage the city to:
(1) Expedite the change of parking regulations on Gateway Boulevard improve the operations of our valet system.
(2) delay the street cleaning on the streets surrounding the school campus by 60 minutes on Mondays and Tuesday, thereby changing the hours from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
(3) Install RRFB’s and R1-6 street signs as soon as possible for the safety of our community.
We believe the existing crosswalk safety mitigations are ineffective in alerting drivers to the presence of pedestrians, which means safe passage across the street is constantly under threat. Motorists travel at high speeds along Gateway Blvd. and are frequently unaware of and/or are unwilling to stop for pedestrians, even with trained volunteer crossing guards in place.
RRFBs are used at other schools within your district, including Westminster Elementary, located at 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice. Traffic safety measures were implemented in the last few years at Coeur D’Alene Avenue Elementary in Venice, and have improved safety at the crosswalk where Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Coeur D’Alene Avenue intersect.
St. Joan of Arc Catholic community has a rich history in West Los Angeles that dates back 72 years, and offers a wide range of opportunities to engage the community, including prayer groups, Legion of Mary group, and 50+ Club. CWC serves the culturally diverse populations of West Los Angeles neighborhoods. The mission of CWC — to provide an excellent education in a diverse learning environment — is truly in keeping with both the progressive history and current reality of our neighborhood. CWC’s focus on teaching students to work together in positive ways has never felt more relevant today given the national climate of divisiveness. In this spirit, both communities would like to create a safer crosswalk for our West Los Angeles neighborhood.
Thank you for your consideration,
The CWC Mar Vista Community