cover-crosswalk.jpgNew crossing guards will greet children returning to school in San Francisco Monday morning, city officials said today.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will add second crossing guards to intersections at Beachmont Drive and Sloat Boulevard, Dewey Circle, and Bacon Street and San Bruno Avenue, officials said.

“Transportation research has demonstrated that we can have a positive impact on pedestrian collision rates with careful design, operation and enforcement of the transportation system,” said Tom Nolan, chairman of the SFMTA board of directors.

“We are committed to working with the school communities to improve safety for our youngest pedestrians.”

In addition, starting in September the agency will dedicate a parking control officer to enforcing parking regulations around city schools with safety concerns during school hours.

Warnings will be given for parking infringements before citations are issued in September. Parking issues to be targeted include double parking, parking in intersections, crosswalks, school bus loading zones, and blocked driveways.

The funds for the additional school safety personnel were included in the SFMTA’s 2013-2014 budget.

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