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the traffic scheme that AGS ignored

we received an email that contains a traffic plan for the AGS. the email says this was developed by a group of professionals on design and safety –  architects and engineers and was submitted to the multi-stakeholder committee for consideration.

this traffic scheme is very different from the one that is being implemented now which means this was not at all adapted by the committee.

proposed traffic scheme developed architects

proposed traffic scheme developed by professionals on design and safety

 Design and Safety Philosophy :  Separate Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic

 The safety of the Children is the paramount consideration to the design of any Traffic Scheme for schools. The best way to achieve this is to follow the tried and tested standard of separating pedestrian streams with that of vehicular flows to minimize if not to totally eradicate accidents of Ateneo’s students—the children of the main stakeholders of Ateneo de Manila University.

 Design Concepts

 1. Enlarged / Lengthened Waiting Areas. 
 The Waiting Areas (may be covered later) for fetching and dropping off students shall be lengthened by about 6 times the existing lengths. This shall discourage drivers from fetching and dropping off students in the middle of the road which may lead to another accident.

 2. Central Waiting Area.
Pedestrian and Vehicular Streams should not cross as much as possible, therefore, a core shall be created making use of the Blue Eagle Gym, Irwin Theater and the Inner Driveway serviced by 2 Road Loops. The Inner driveway shall be used as a Holding Area where students can play safely in a gated (fenced) environment while waiting for their fetchers.

 The Central Pedestrian / Waiting Area (where the current faculty parking is located) shall be connected to the Inner Driveway via the existing covered walkway from the Cafeteria or the existing open walkway (usually reserved for teachers only) through the Inner Driveway Courtyard where the statues of the Holy Family are located. From this Central Pedestrian / Waiting Area, students shall branch out to the Blue Eagle Gym, Irwin Theater and the Pedestrian /Waiting Area outside the Inner Driveway.

 Traffic Flow

1. Gate 1 Entry.
From Gate 1, drivers proceed to Road Loop 1 and may drop off or fetch students along the lengths of Pedestrian / Waiting Areas A & B. They then exit through the Collector Road toward Gate 2-B or park their vehicles in the Parking Lots.

2. Gates 2 and 3 Entries.
From Gate 2, drivers proceed via Mastersons Drive to Road Loop 2 and may drop off or fetch students along the lengths of Pedestrian / Waiting Areas D & E. They then exit through Gate 2-B or Gate 3 or park their vehicles in the Parking Lots.

Drivers entering Gates 2 or 3 may also access Road Loop 1 via the Collector Road and may drop off or fetch students along the lengths of Pedestrian / Waiting Areas A & B. They then exit through the Collector Road toward Gate 2-B or park their vehicles in the Parking Lots.

3. School Bus.
School Buses may enter Gate 1, proceed to Road Loop 1 to drop off students along the lengths of Pedestrian / Waiting Areas A & B. They then proceed to the School Bus Parking via the Collector Road.

School Buses may also enter Gates 2 & 3, proceed to Road Loop 2 to drop off students along the lengths of Pedestrian / Waiting Areas D & E. They then proceed to the School Bus Parking via Mastersons Drive. Students are fetched by School Buses in their respective School Bus Parking slots along the lengths of Pedestrian / Waiting Areas C-1 & C-2 around the Blue Eagle Gym. Students walk to Pedestrian / Waiting Areas C-1 & C-2 without crossing roads / streets.

 4. Faculty Parking. 
 Faculty Parking behind the Blue Eagle Gym and Parking of Administrators at the Inner Driveway shall be relocated to the rear of the Cafeteria where they walk through existing Covered Walkways at the side of the Cafeteria.

 5. Fetchers’ Parking.
Existing parking for the general public shall remain. Access to these areas shall be via manned Pedestrian Crossings through Pedestrian / Waiting Areas D and C-1.

  1. chavez
    June 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    this traffic scheme uses more space and is more spread out. that will significantly help in alleviating traffic and bottlenecks in that small area. the current traffic scheme is not really different from before and continue to be all bunched in those areas.

    what i like best about this traffic scheme is it blocks that area near where amiel died and separates it from the driveway beside irwin theater. i think that is a stroke of genius.

    more importantly, this traffic scheme practically removes all crossings for kids. all they need to do now is wait at the curbside. there is a lot more curbside in this one than what they are implementing now.

    it is very professionally done.

    why in the world is ateneo using this traffic scheme?

  2. gabriel sison
    June 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    this looks like a much better traffic scheme. why did ateneo not use this one?

  3. coy mallari
    June 11, 2009 at 11:42 am

    for me, the biggest indication that ateneo is not serious about changing things at the parking to keep our sons safe at that parking is lot is this – they did not transfer the teacher’s reserved parking lot.

    nakaharang yung teachers parking lot sa traffic flow.

  4. Marcus
    June 13, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Yes, I agree with coy mallari.

    How dare these good-for-nothing faculty get parking spaces!!! Hello? San ka ba naman nakakita, empleyado merong parking space??? It’s not like they’re a vital part of the institution. What the hell do these people contribute to the Ateneo anyway! Take their parking spaces away!!!

    While we’re at it, I bet these people are getting a fortune in salaries. Maybe that should be reviewed too. E sa kanila lang yata napupunta yung tuition na binabayad natin e. The nerve of these people. They make life hell for our kids, and we pay them???

    And do they really need medical benefits? I’ve seen them. They’re young! They’re never absent. Ergo, they don’t get sick! Sayang lang ang medical. Take that away as well!

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