Edison Safe Routes to School: MANGo Phase II 


The Edison Language Academy Safe Routes to School Project is an exciting step towards implementing the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) long term vision. The goals of the greenway improvements will aid students in walking and biking to and from the Edison Language Academy and improve the safety, comfort and accessibility of bicycling within the Pico neighborhood.

The project starts along 30th Street at Ocean Park Boulevard and connects west to Michigan Avenue through neighborhood streets. This project is consistent with MANGo’s four community goals:

1. Manage Traffic Speeds
2. Encourage Neighborhood Walking, biking and mobility
3. Create safe community space for all ages
4. Enhance greening and sustainable features.

The project design refinement process began by investigating improvements at the five project locations. The following three design elements were considered at these locations:

  • Curb Extensions (i.e.  bulb-outs): Bulb-outs are areas where the curb is extended into the roadway at crossings. Bulb-outs improve the pedestrian experience by shortening crossing distances, increasing pedestrian visibility, slowing turning vehicles, and visibly narrowing the roadway to discourage high-speed traffic.
  • Traffic Circle: A neighborhood traffic circle is a round central island around which vehicular and bicycle traffic circulates. Traffic circles reduce intersection conflicts and excessive vehicle speeds. Traffic circles can help to shorten the sight lines for drivers, focusing their vision on the current block on which they are traveling, increasing awareness of others on the road like pedestrians.
  • Median Refuge/Diverter: A median refuge/diverter is an island built in a street intersection which allows for two-stage crossing of a busy street by cyclists and pedestrians.  It permits those crossing the street to negotiate one direction of traffic at a time, thereby making it easier to cross.


The plans below are the refined design concepts for the five improvement areas:


  1. Pico Boulevard & 30th Street (Withdrawn pending further public review)
  2. Stewart Street & Kansas Avenue (Updated February 22, 2017)
  3. Kansas Avenue & 27th Street
  4. Kansas Avenue Mid-Block
  5. Delaware Avenue & 22nd Street (Updated February 22, 2017)

Project Area

Edison Map


Concept and final design is planned to be complete in spring 2017.  Construction is anticipated in late 2017.

Public Outreach

The City has engaged many residents, businesses, parents and school representatives in a discussion about the proposed changes. Below is a list of the groups we have visited to date. Please contact us if you would like us to present at your meeting. 


Meeting Date

Project kick off meeting and site visit.


June 22, 2016


Edison Parent Teacher Association


October 19, 2016


Pico Improvement Organization


November 2, 2016


Virginia Avenue Park Advisory Board


November 7, 2016


Pico Neighborhood Association

November 10, 2016


Friends of Sunset Park


November 10, 2016


Pico Improvement Organization, Parent Connection Group


November 17, 2016


Pico Improvement Organization, Familias Latinas Unidas


January 27, 2017

Workshops & Milestones

Tue Feb 28, 2017

City Council Meeting

City Council considers proposed changes at four of the five project locations. The Pico Boulevard/30th Street/Dorchester Avenue intersection is being withheld until further consultation with the resident and business community.

Mon Jan 09, 2017

Community Open House at High Place

Community Open House held at High Place, Community Corp of Santa Monica. Since this Community Open House, we have decided to provide more opportunities to engage residents and businesses regarding the changes proposed at the Pico Boulevard/30th Street/Dorchester Avenue intersection.

Tue Nov 22, 2016

City Council Meeting

City Council approves contract amendment to investigate adding a traffic circle at 22nd and Delaware Avenue.

Wed Nov 16, 2016

Open House at Virginia Avenue Park

Held a Community Open house at Virginia Avenue Park

Sat Oct 01, 2016

Virginia Avenue Park Fall Festival

Join us at the Fall Festival on October 1,2016 to learn more and share your ideas. The festival will take place at Virginia Avenue Park (2200 Virginia Ave) from 3-7 PM.

Tue Apr 12, 2016

City Council Meeting

City Council approves design contract


Peter Dzewaltowski AICP, Transportation Planning Associate

(310) 458-8341





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