The City of San Jose with the help of Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio will be administering a two-year program to reduce vehicular traffic speeds around Lincoln High School, Hoover Middle School and Trace Elementary School.
Trace Elementary was the scene of a large fire in July in which 16 classrooms, the library and some offices were destroyed in the $10 million-damage blaze. Due to demolition of the fire site as well as construction of new classrooms, Trace students will have to walk back and forth to both sides of Dana Ave.
Tara Jones of the San Jose Department of Transportation's Street Smarts program, emphasized the need to protect students who now must cross Dana Ave. to reach new temporary classrooms on the north side of the street. This will also help to make drivers more aware of pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders in the area. Since many children now ride skateboards to school Tara mentioned that"Hoover Middle School has installed a skateboard rack as well".
A new addition to the California Vehicle Code (CVC 22358.4) was adopted in 2008 which allows cities to reduce speed limits from 25 to 15 within 500 feet of school grounds.
In addition, the city plans to repaint the crosswalk on Dave Ave. and Brooklyn Ave. and add a crossing guard as well.
Thank you Councilmember Oliverio and the City of San Jose.