Masonic Avenue Street Design Community Workshop Coming June 15th, 2010

Read all about the upcoming Masonic Avenue Street Design Community Workshop below, but first, what about having a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for horrible Octavia Boulevard, you know, since some of the same players and mentalities are back in play a half-decade after the Octavia ribbon-cutting?

It would go something like this:

“No no, don’t worry, we won’t try put you in jail or take away the awards you recevied for your role in inflicting Octavia Boulevard on us and the coming generations. And we won’t even try to get back the suitcases full of money we gave you for your concepts. Not at all. But what went wrong with the Octavia project? What’s that you say? Your ideas, your Boulevard Movement, there was nothing wrong with those things but San Francisco just didn’t execute your vision properly, that’s the way it is? All right then, what exactly went wrong? Is the Boulevard too wide, even for you? Were all the new traffic accidents along Octavia expected? Maybe we should bring down the entire Central Freeway spur all the way back to Valencia and then de-boulevard Octavia? What kinds of changes can we make to Fix Octavia Now?”

Something like that.

The Octavia Effect affects people more than a mile away from Le Boulevard, where rush hour lasts all day and into the night, and shows up on weekends as well. (And Octavia blocks MUNI and cyclists and peds and drivers who never use the Central Freeway. Oh well:

Oh well, on to new bidness:

“On Tuesday June 15, the MTA will host the first Community Workshop to kick off a new street design study for Masonic Avenue, working to make sure that all road users are safer and more comfortable– whether you are on foot, bike, transit or in a car.

Masonic Avenue Street Design Community Workshop
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
6:30-8:30 PM
San Francisco Day School, 350 Masonic Avenue
(Enter on Golden Gate Ave.)

At the meeting, MTA Staff will give a presentation on existing conditions and community members will share their ideas and vision for a better Masonic Avenue, which will help shape MTA future recommendations.  With so many collisions- whether car/car, car/pedestrian, or car/bike on Masonic- it is clear we need to find a way to reduce speeds, stop red light running, and improve safety for everyone in the area.  For that reason, we need to have as many people as we can at the meeting on June 15 sharing their experiences on the road and speaking to the importance of safety and comfort for people walking and biking on the street.

Please mark your calendars for the June 15 meeting and help me make a better Masonic Avenue.”

And there’s this:

Masonic Avenue Street Design Community Workshop
 Tue., Jun. 15 | 6:30-8:30pm | San Francisco Day School, 350 Masonic Avenue (Enter on Golden Gate Ave.)

At the meeting, MTA Staff will give a presentation on existing conditions and community members will share their ideas and vision for a better Masonic Avenue, which will help shape MTA future recommendations. Come share your experiences on the road and speak to the importance of safety and comfort for people walking and biking on the street.

See you there at this NIMBY-magnet. Maybe.

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