The Great Slowdown of Fell and Oak Streets – Synchronized Signals Retimed for 25 MPH

I’ll tell you, there are three things limiting the speed of drivers on the one-way, multilane twin streets of Fell and Oak.

1. Speed limits (oh maybe not, let’s scratch that one out);

2. Traffic congestion (particularly during this era of that albatross hanging from the metaphorical neck of The Boulevard Movement and The “Livable” Streets Movement, monstrous, needlessly wide Octavia Boulevard); und

3. The timing of the synchronized traffic signals.

Well, it appears as if #3 is going to change -  per Bike NOPA Fell and Oak will soon have their signals synchronized for 25 MPH.

There’s not a whole bunch of documentation on this action, documentation that I can find anyway. (You can play too, just try to find something at the SFMTA or SFGov.org websites.) But I seen them workers messing with the signals boxes lately, so allow me to jump to the conclusion that something is afoot.

Soon, you’ll have a chance to read the signs these hectoring hula hoopers regularly hold at Fell and Masonic:

Will this affect drivers all that much? We’ll see.

Certainly, there will be a period of adjustment as there was when lights were re-timed on the similar matched set of Turk and Golden Gate.

Will some drivers jump on the gas and then the brake at every light, aggressive taxi driver style? Oh yes.

Will the residents of the west side be happy? Oh no, not if they notice.

Anyway, brace yourselves. This should be a done deal by the end of the month.

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