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The Board of Supervisors finds and declares that it is in the public interest to officially recognize walking as an important component of our transportation system, and as a key component to creating livable and suitable communities. Therefore the Board of Supervisors established the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee. This Advisory Committee, composed of concerned and informed residents, will provide a source of expertise on issues concerning pedestrian safety, convenience, ambiance, and planning. Committee Members Zack Marks – Chairman John Alex Lowell Howard Strassner Kevin Clark Thomas Rogers Robin Brasso R. Gary McCoy Chris Coghlan Howard Bloomberg Christina Tang Becky Hogue Anyan Cheng Devin Silvernail Sonja Kos Alex Reese Morgan Fitzgibbons Pi Ra

December 11, 2013 San Francisco Board of Supervisors San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency City Hall, San Francisco To Whom It May Concern: The Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee advises the reduction of the speed limit on Monterey Boulevard between Portola Drive and the 280 freeway to 25 miles per hour from the current 30 miles per hour. Our Committee joins the parents and educators of Sunnyside Elementary, Saint Finn Barr School, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, Sunnyside Elementary School, and the Friends of Monterey Boulevard in expressing our serious concern for the safety of the children and other community members that walk, bike and drive to school, the market, or to the bus near the dangerous Monterey Boulevard corridor on a daily basis. PSAC and these neighborhood groups believe that Monterey 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 students and community members, as it also serves as a major crossing thoroughfare for our students and community members walking, biking and driving. 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. Here are just three reasons why the Board of Supervisors should endorse a speed reduction to 25 miles per hour on Monterey Boulevard: 1. Reducing the 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

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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. 2. 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. 3. 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. We acknowledge that as an arterial connector to a freeway, a lower speed limit on Monterey Boulevard has obstacles to surmount both in San Francisco and in Sacramento. But in light of the new 25 mile per hour limits on Masonic Avenue and Folsom Street, both of which are heavily used streets, we believe that with focused leadership our simple goal can be achieved. The Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee joins the Sunnyside Neighborhood and many neighborhood groups in asking that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors support and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency enact a 25 mile per hour limit for Monterey Boulevard, which is a speed limit that works for all users. Thank you for your consideration of this proposal. Sincerely,

Zack Marks Chairman of PSAC 925.818.6888