Below you will find some possible neighborhood enhancements that aid in furthering safety and traffic calming and could be implemented through the Safe Route To School Grant. Entrances/Monuments: It has been proven that measures such as nieghborhood identification & demarcation (i.e., monuments, pavers, etc.) help to slow traffic entering a neighborhood. It tells the driver - 'You are entering into a residential area. Slow Down!' Chokers/Pop-Outs: Projections into the street reduce the width of a street at strategic points such as corners or mid-block. The reduction of the width - the 'choking' aids in the reduction of vehicular speed. They also provide a softening to the street by introducing additional landscape. The additional landscaping helps to reduce pollution - vehicular and noise. And the additional landscape helps in mitigating water run off - a great concern for coastal neighborhoods such as Costa Mesa. Medians: By introducing a median in a street the path has been narrowed - again aiding in the reduction of speed. And as mentioned above with Chokers and Pop-Outs - these greenscaped areas provide a softening effect as well as reducing water run off and provide a 'green' method of combatting both noise and vehicular pollution. Sidewalks: The addition of sidewalks in any neighborhood provides a safe route for pedestrians - both young and old. With sidewalks a pedestrian is segregated from vehicular traffic and able to enjoy their neighborhood - safely. It also provides a means for the handicapped to maneuver safely within a neighborhood. Tree-Lined Streets: Canopies of trees lining neighborhood streets provide a soothing effect for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic. It has been proven that trees along a roadway slows traffic. The photos organized in the albums below represent great examples of the safety and traffic calming measures. They also show how beautification and identification have been accomplished in these neighborhoods. Please take a look and let us know what you think...........and if you want to see the real thing - take a drive through Floral Park in Santa Ana or visit Old Town Tustin where these photos were taken. These are not highly quaffed or heavily manicured newly constructed neighborhoods. They are older, more subtle and quaint neighborhoods that are somewhat representative of the age of Eastside Costa Mesa and what it could be.