RELEASE DATE: Thursday, September 22, 2022
MONTEREY COUNTY – Residents of Greenfield will have an opportunity to experience a street makeover designed to be safer and more comfortable for all users. To improve safety and encourage walking and bicycling, the City of Greenfield, in partnership with The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), Ecology Action, and the Monterey County Health Department, has installed temporary pedestrian improvements along 12th Street.
12th Street is heavily used by families and children attending Arroyo Seco Academy, Oak Avenue Elementary School, and Vista Verde Middle School, and has been identified as a safe route to school corridor in the Salinas Valley Safe Routes to School planning process. The temporary pop-up event along 12th Street near the intersections of Apple Avenue, Oak Avenue, and Elm Avenue features:
· Temporary curb extensions and the creation of a median center, with the goal of making crossings easier and safer
· High-visibility crosswalks at Apple Avenue
Community members of all ages are encouraged to test the new design, now through October 14, 2022, by walking and biking along the corridor and providing feedback to the planning team. An anonymous survey will be available in English and Spanish for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists to provide feedback by one of the three following methods:
1. Scan the QR code on the Pop-Up Demonstration Poster on 12th Street at the intersections at Apple Avenue, Oak Avenue, or Elm Avenue and take the short survey
2. Provide feedback on-line at 12th Street Temporary Installation Survey
3. Pick up a survey from the boxes posted along the route; fill it out and return it by mail in the pre-posted envelope provided with the survey
Emphasizing the importance of the pop-up demonstration, Greenfield Councilmember Yanely Martinez said, “After hearing from our community members and students the safety pop- up demonstration is a must to the future planning of the community members safety. This is the first step forward in assuring our commitment to public safety.”
Ariana Green, TAMC Principal Planner and manager of the Transportation Agency’s “Safe Routes to School Program”, is excited that community members can provide input on projects like this, which will make it easier and safer for families to travel around their neighborhoods and throughout the city.
The implementation of the pop-up demonstration is part of the City of Greenfield Safe Routes to School Plan. The Plan is a partnership between the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, City of Greenfield, Monterey County Health Department, Ecology Action, and the Greenfield Union School District.
The project is funded through a Caltrans Sustainable Communities Transportation Planning Grant, matched with local Measure X funds. Following the temporary pop-up demonstration, the planning team will develop the draft Safe Routes to Schools Plan for all K-12 public schools in Greenfield, King City, Soledad, and Gonzales, which will be completed in early 2024.
“The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses, and visitors. The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.”
“The” Safe Route to School” is a TAMC program which offers tools, programming, and resources to schools, guardians, and communities aimed at improving safety and traffic around schools. The program’s goal is to keep every child safe and healthy by reducing the number of students involved in collisions to zero. For more information visit https://saferoutesmonterey.org”
“The Monterey County Health Department exists to enhance, protect, and improve the health of the people in Monterey County. To accomplish this, the Department provides a wide variety of health-related services in the area of public health, environmental health, behavioral health, and clinic services.”
“Ecology Action provides innovative, equitable energy, water, and transportation solutions for a prosperous low-carbon future. We design effective programs, successfully activate communities, forge mutually beneficial partnerships and influence policy to advance equitable, climate-smart initiatives. For more information visit: https://ecoact.org/”