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File #: 17-790    Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Consent Item Ready
File created: 11/21/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: 12/11/2017 Final action:
Title: Approval of the first reading of an ordinance establishing a school speed zone on a portion of Klein Meadows for New Braunfels Middle School.
Attachments: 1. 2017-12-11 Ordinance - NBMS School Zone, 2. Sec. 126-136 NBMS Redlines, 3. NBMS School Zone Map
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Presenter/Contact
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Garry Ford, City Engineer
Contact Info
(830) 221-4020 - gford@nbtexas.org

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Approval of the first reading of an ordinance establishing a school speed zone on a portion of Klein Meadows for New Braunfels Middle School.

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BACKGROUND / RATIONALE:
Council District: 2

A citizen submitted a request to the City of New Braunfels Engineering Division for a 20 miles per hour (mph) school speed zone on a portion of Klein Meadows near New Braunfels Middle School. Klein Meadows provides inbound and outbound access during school drop-off and pick-up operations. The intersection of Klein Meadows and Legend Pass provides pedestrian access during drop-off and pick-up operations and is the bus driveway. Additionally, there are vehicles that park along Klein Meadows near Legend Pass for drop-off and pick-up operations. There is no existing school speed zone for New Braunfels Middle School.

A school zone is a section of roadway adjacent to a school or a school crosswalk where signs designating a school are present. A school speed zone is a special reduced speed zone for schools allowed by ordinance and defined by school speed signs. Ideally, school speed zones should be kept short to enhance driver compliance. School speed zones are intended for pedestrian safety and not to facilitate vehicle movements. The Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD) provides guidance that the point of a school speed zone should be at least 200 feet in advance of a school crossing if the school speed limit is less than 30 mph.

An engineering evaluation was conducted during school operations during both morning and afternoon times. School pedestrian and bicycle activity was observed on Klein Meadows. Klein Meadows is adjacent to the school grounds and the existing speed limit is posted at 30 mph. There is currently no crosswalk striped on Klein Meadows, so staff is recommending that a crosswalk be striped at this tim...

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