The City of Anaheim is dedicated to the safety of all persons who live, work, play and go to school within our City. The Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan (Plan) embraces that same dedication and philosophy by incorporating public safety into each project from the beginning stages of design.
The Plan will contain design features within each of the varied projects that, when implemented, will provide residents, visitors and our emergency responders with a clear road-map to safety for everyone involved. Features such as uniform way-finding unique to each specific project, lighting, parking and accessibility, hours of operations, as well as, the layout of the specific project will all be designed with the safety of its visitors in mind.
During an emergency or any situation where rescue personnel are needed, the caller can feel secure knowing the City of Anaheim projects have been created to maintain the aesthetic beauty of their surroundings while giving emergency personnel immediate and simple landmarks to assist with locating the caller and getting the necessary services on site as quickly and efficiently as possible. Additionally, internal education and awareness training for key personnel, public awareness campaigns and safety education within
our schools, businesses and neighborhoods will highlight these safety features and reinforce the mission of our public safety agencies.
Specialized community events focused on safety, as well as increased business and neighborhood watch participation will create a partnership between the emergency responders, key interest groups and the people who utilize the bike and pedestrian facilities. This exceptional blend of cutting edge technology, facility design and good old fashioned face to face interaction will add to the family friendly appeal of the City of Anaheim.
The following topics describe how the Plan aims to enhance safe outdoor movement in the City of Anaheim.
7.1 Pedestrian safety
Pedestrians can be faced with a variety of challenges in the urban environment including: uneven surfaces, narrow sidewalks, limited and busy intersection crossings and lack of sidewalk curb ramps. In areas where there is busy vehicular traffic, pedestrians may desire increased setbacks from the busy road to increase their sense of safety. On the other hand, areas with slower traffic might require increased night lighting and visibility. Every situation is different and each project requires a thorough understanding of site specific variables. Some factors that can enhance the comfort of the pedestrian experience include: well-marked cross walks, street names under bridges, median pedestrian refuge areas, wider sidewalks, traffic calming and appropriate crossings.
Wayfinding signage at Vista Street Bike Boulevard, Long Beach
Wayfinding is an important aspect of safe pedestrian navigation through Anaheim’s public streets and trails. The modern definition of wayfinding refers to the user experience of orientation and choosing a path. It includes signage and other cues in the environment to aid orientation. Proper signage and/or a signage program should be considered during the initial planning stages of all Opportunity Site projects described in Chapter 8 of the Plan.
Sharrow and street parking delineation
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7.2 Bicycle Safety
City designated bicycle routes will be implemented wherever possible to provide alternative travel options throughout the City. When possible, the routes should be designed so that riders of all skill levels feel comfortable, from the most experienced commuters to cyclists who ride only once or twice a year.
Proper safety equipment coupled with bicycle safety training benefit both commuter and recreational bike riders. The City should strive to host several community bicycle safety events each year. Opportunity sites such as the Lemon Street Bike Boulevard and Santa Ana Bike Boulevard are ideal locations to hold demonstrations and workshops on bicycle safety. The recently constructed Anaheim Coves would also be a great location for increasing public awareness of local bike routes while teaching proper trail sharing etiquette.
Multi-modal transit design, such as the ARTIC in Anaheim, should include many features to increase the safety and comfort of cyclists. Trail access, bike lockers, under and over crossings and wayfinding signage are some of the elements designed for the ARTIC that should be considered in all future projects that cater to multi-modal transit.
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7.3 Trail Safety
Bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians often share the use of trails. Knowing when to yield the right of way to those passing is an important aspect of trail safety. Well maintained trail surfaces and lit pathways can also enhance safety and increase the enjoyment of the trail experience. Safely getting to and from trails can be a challenge. Increased trail connections can help encourage the use of trails as well as enhance the safety of existing users. The Plan describes several Opportunity Sites for incorporating new trails.
Anaheim ‘Share the Trail’ Sign
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7.4 Railroad Safety
The rail system in Anaheim has been established and active for decades. Most of the rail lines in Anaheim are active lines, and development of trails or bike routes within the right-of-way will require balancing trail safety with railroad operations. When designed properly, this type of project can increase mobility and recreation choices, improve the appearance of the right-of-way, enhance property values and reduce trespassing and injuries or death from illegal track crossings.
Planning for projects within the railroad right-of way should involve the rail owner/operator from the earliest stages. Coordination with California Operation Lifesaver is recommended (www.caol.us). Safe trail design, liability, indemnification, design approval by the rail operator, and maintenance access should all be considered in the project design and development stages.
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7.5 SCE Safety
The high powered transmission lines within the utility easements require safety considerations for compatible ground use. Specific vertical and horizontal safety clearances from towers are required by SCE and affect planting and proposed site improvements. Grounding of all metal improvements within the easement (fences, gates, drinking fountains, signs, site furnishings, exercise or play equipment) are required to prevent accidental electrocution. Signage warning of unsafe uses such as fires, kite flying, metallic balloons, etc. must be posted in accordance with SCE requirements in dual use areas. Irrigation systems must be installed to avoid contact with existing and future towers and SCE maintenance equipment. Trails and pathways must be designed so that large maintenance trucks and earth moving equipment do not intercept with bicyclists and pedestrians.
Development in SCE easement at Liberty Park, Cerritos
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7.6 Safety Education
Whether you are a pedestrian, bicyclist or equestrian, education is key to making safe choices. Being aware of the rules of the road, the appropriate safety attire and equipment, and the surrounding environment all contribute to a safe trip. It is important that people of all ages protect themselves with the proper equipment, not just young children and commuters.
Bike riders with safety helmets
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