(Do the residents of Burbank really want a 15 mph speed limit that extends as far away as 500 feet from the schools? How about new statutory limits on 82 other city streets, based upon exactly what legitimate prevailing-speeds study?
Do their opinions even matter? We’ll find out tonight…)
Hope you’re not planning on using Glenoaks during a school day.
Sneaked within one of tomorrow night’s formal exhibits for the “Safe Schools” program is a brand-new BMC ordinance that will reduce the allowable speed limit on a large number of Burbank streets. And not just in school zones.
The main part of the ordinance will reduce the speed limit around schools from 25 to 15 mph. This means on all adjacent streets, such as Kenneth Road. Not just in front of the schools.
.15 Mile Per Hour School Speed Zones
To reduce vehicle speeds, staff recommends reducing the speed around each school to 15 mph when school children are present (during pick-up and drop-off times). When children are not present, the speed limit would remain at the current 25 mph or 30 mph limit. Staff proposes that the City Council modify the Burbank Municipal Code (BMC) to reduce school zone prima facie speed limits to 15 mph.
These streets would include 16 segments around the project schools and 82 segments in the entire City (Exhibit I). Establishing a reduced school speed zone limit will require a commitment to enforcement, which will be a long-term goal.
They don’t need prevailing speed studies to justify a reduction in a school zone. It’s up to the community, based upon criteria like number of accidents and pedestrian safety.
But tacked on to this proposed school zone ordinance is a dramatic revision of a number of main drags in town. What prevailing traffic studies were used to justify these speed limits?
The staff report language is also confusing. Read literally, some (or all) of these same streets will turn into 15 mph zones for part of the school day if they’re 500 feet from a school.
Many of these streets actually warrant an increase. And why are they being appended to what should be a school-zone study?
What does this ultimately mean for drivers? Is Burbank seriously going to enforce a 15 mph speed limit on parts of Glenoaks?
Here are some screenshots of the exhibit chart.
Most of these streets are about 5 mph off. For instance, all of Sunset Canyon at 25 mph?
Why? The only justification for patrolling up there at 25 mph would be to hand out more speeding tickets.
It’s called a “speed trap.” Something that street was once notorious for.