Parking Changes in the Works Around Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School

Map showing areas that will be impacted by parking changes.

Map showing areas that will be impacted by parking changes.

As a result of a DDOT study conducted at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School in response to police concerns with children’s safety, DDOT learned that the existing parking signs around the school do not meet DDOT standards for schools. DDOT plans to change the signage around the school sometime near the end of April or beginning of May so that the parking meets their safety standards.

Currently, the streets around the are unregulated. DC law 18 DCMR § 2406.2 allows DDOT to prohibit parking in front of schools. One purpose of this law is to maintain a fire lane so that fire trucks and other emergency vehicles have safe access when children are in the school building. Another purpose of this law is to provide space for pick-up and drop-off. Unlike schools in more suburban areas, many DC schools do not have sufficient space in their parking lots to accommodate pick-up and drop-off safely. DDOT has proposed to change the parking restrictions on the school side of the street of Warder Street and Otis Place.

After DDOT implements the changes there will be no parking on Warder Street at the school during school days between 7:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. The south side of Otis Place adjacent to the school will become 15-minute parking during school days between 7:45-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-6:00 p.m. The inset above shows the areas that will be impacted when these changes go into effect.

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6 Comments on “Parking Changes in the Works Around Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School”

  1. Damn Says:

    Will they change the street sweeping rules? That’s taking away an awful lot of spaces available to residents who have to work during the day.

  2. brian Says:

    So was anything done to address the police original concern with children’s safety?

    • Kent Says:

      This does address the safety concern, as a big part of the problem and the reason for the change was children darting out from between parked cars. This increases visibility and creates safe drop off and pick up areas.

  3. mbk Says:

    These seems like too much loss of parking. Has DDOT or the school actually polled the parents to determine how many are doing car drop off. I would assume the vast majority of students are walking. Not sure you need that much 15 minute parking on the side street. Its a shame that DDOT still won’t address the immediate safety issues of the Princeton/Warder intersection where most drivers never yield to pedestrians. I guess they are waiting for a pedestrian to get hit first…

  4. Sarah Says:

    The changes were made in order to comply with city-wide parking rules for schools. BMPV staff actually lobbied to keep existing parking spaces (they are desperate for parking options themselves), but the rules do not make exceptions based on individualized school/neighborhood needs. I agree that these changes do not appear to address the safety concerns. More paid crossing guards or parent/community volunteers to help out in the mornings might be the solution.

  5. Michael Says:

    This proposal does seem safer for kids in the morning than the current situation. I live across the street from the school and right now, parents park in the bike lane all the time to drop off kids. They block traffic, usually get out of the car to walk their kids across the street, and cars coming down Warder have to weave around, putting kids at greater risk.

    If DDOT does follow through with this plan, I think two things would need to happen: 1) actually require drives to remain with the vehicle if they stop next to the school and 2) aggressively patrol Warder to deter parents from stopping in the middle of the street or bike lane anyway. If there’s no spots, they have to turn into Otis Pl.

    The street sweeping issue on the other side of Warder is a problem too–any changes planned?

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