Tell the Presidio How You Feel About Battery Caulfield Road Shutting Down – Deadline Sept 1.

Well you have the entire month of August to snail mail in your opinion about the Presidio Trust shutting down Battery Caulfield Road. Deets below, initial reactions here.

(And hey, speaking of that whole area, there’ll be a tour and update meeting at the new Presidio Landmark apartments starting at 6:30 PM tonight, Monday, August 2nd. Get the deets over at the Richmond District Blog.)

El mappo:

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Basically, you’re going to need to use the tunnel, or 25th Ave, or Washington. The Presidio Trust doesn’t want you driving past the old hospital just to “cut through.” The short version:

“The Presidio Trust is considering two approaches to limit vehicular use of a portion of Battery Caulfield Road: 1) limitation of vehicular use during weekday peak AM and PM hours, 7 to 9 am and 5 to 7 pm, as well as on weekends (Alternative 1); or 2) limitation of vehicular use at all times (Alternative 2). The proposed limitation on vehicular use is intended to reduce cut-through traffic to maintain public health and safety, to protect environmental values, to protect natural resources, and to avoid conflict among visitor uses. By restricting the use of Battery Caulfield Road, the Trust also intends to reduce the amount of traffic through the 14th and 15th Avenue gates.

The Trust invites comments on both of these proposed limits of public use. Send comments to: Planning Department, Presidio Trust, 34 Graham Street, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052. Comments must be received no later than September 1, 2010. All written comments submitted to the Trust will be considered, and this proposed use limit may be modified accordingly. A subsequent Federal Register notice will provide a response to comments, identify the decision, and give 30-day notice of implementation. We will email this second notice to you as well. The final decision of the Trust will be published in the Federal Register.

The gritty nitty:

(Oh, by the way, don’t be surprised to learn that your license plate might somehow get recorded when you make your cut-through trips through the park. That’s one of the ways they keep track of you.)

So that’s it. The full monty, after the jump.

4310-4R-P

AGENCY: The Presidio Trust

ACTION: Notice of proposed use limit of Battery Caulfield Road and request for comments.

SUMMARY: The Presidio Trust (Trust) is considering two approaches to limit vehicular use of
a portion of Battery Caulfield Road in the Presidio of San Francisco (Presidio):

 1) limitation of
vehicular use during weekday peak AM and PM hours, 7 to 9 AM and 5 to 7 PM, as well as on
weekends (Alternative 1); or

2) limitation of vehicular use at all times (Alternative 2).

The proposed limitation on vehicular use is intended to reduce the amount of cut-through traffic to
maintain public health and safety, to protect environmental values, to protect natural resources,
and to avoid conflict among visitor uses.

By restricting the use of Battery Caulfield Road, the Trust also intends to reduce the amount of traffic through the 14th and 15th Avenue gates.

Under both Alternative 1 and Alternative 2, designated vehicles (e.g., emergency vehicles,
PresidiGo shuttles and designated Presidio residents and tenants
) will continue to have
unrestricted access to Battery Caulfield Road, and access by pedestrians and bicyclists will
remain unrestricted.

The Trust invites comments on both of these proposed limits of public use.
Located in the Public Health Service Hospital (PHSH) District at the southern end of the
Presidio, Battery Caulfield Road is not a major thoroughfare within the Presidio, but rather it is a
narrow roadway connecting the upper and lower plateaus of the PHSH District (District).

Battery Caulfield Road was built by the Army in 1984 to facilitate internal circulation, not to
accommodate through-traffic. The road passes through sensitive wildlife areas and native plant communities, and recreational use of the area has increased with the expansion of the Presidio’s trails and bikeways. Of the total daily traffic through the 15th Avenue gate, an estimated 350-
550 cars use Battery Caulfield Road as a cut-through route, i.e., travel from an origin outside the
Presidio to a destination outside the Presidio.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under 36 CFR 1001.5, the Board of Directors of the
Trust (Board) may impose public use limits or close all or a portion of the area administered by
the Trust to all public use or to a specific use or activity, given a determination that such action is
necessary to maintain public health and safety, to protect environmental or scenic values, to
protect natural or cultural resources, or to avoid conflict among visitor use activities.

In its April 2007 Record of Decision for the development of the District, the Board identified its intent to
restrict use of Battery Caulfield Road – “The Trust will undertake measures to discourage traffic
not destined for the [District] from passing through the area, including considering restrictions on
Battery Caulfield road to allow passage by [District] traffic only and will institute traffic-calming
techniques to slow traffic through the district.” (p. 11, PHSH Record of Decision.)

By Resolution 08-5 adopted on November 13, 2007, the Board determined that limiting
vehicular use of Battery Caulfield Road is necessary to maintain public health and safety, to
protect environmental values, to protect natural resources, and to avoid conflict among visitor
uses, and authorized the Trust Executive Director to implement Alternative 2. As 36 CFR
1001.5(c) encourages the achievement of public use limits by less restrictive measures where
possible, subsequent to the adoption of Resolution 08–5 Trust staff revisited the approach to
achieve the desired traffic limitation on Battery Caulfield Road, and have determined that it may
possibly be met by Alternative 1, a closure that is limited to weekday peak hours and to
weekends.

Under Alternative 1, northbound motor vehicle access on Battery Caulfield Road will be
restricted beginning approximately at the northern edge of the parking lot at the District lower
plateau. Advance warning signage within the District, within the park as a whole, and within the
immediate areas of the City (subject to consent by the City of San Francisco) will notify drivers
of the restrictions. Southbound traffic will be restricted at the intersection of Battery Caulfield
Road and Washington Boulevard. Access by pedestrians and bicyclists will not be restricted,
and the anticipated reduction in traffic is expected to improve conditions for these park users. If
the Trust determines that Alternative 1 is insufficient to reduce the cut-through traffic
adequately, then the Trust will implement Alternative 2.

Reference: 16 U.S.C. §460bb appendix; 36 CFR 1001.5.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Fa (415.561.5065), The Presidio Trust, 34
Graham Street, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052.
COMMENTS: Address all written comments about Alternative 1, Alternative 2, or both to: The
Planning Department, The Presidio Trust, 34 Graham Street, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA
94129-0052. Comments must be received by the Trust no later than September 1, 2010.
All
written comments submitted to the Trust will be considered, and this proposed use limit may be
modified accordingly. The final decision of the Trust will be published in the Federal Register.

If individuals submitting comments request that their address or other contact information be
withheld from public disclosure, it will be honored to the extent allowable by law. Such requests
must be stated prominently at the beginning of the comments. The Trust will make available for
public inspection all submissions from organizations or businesses and from persons identifying
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations and businesses. Anonymous
comments may not be considered.
DATED: July 22, 2010
Karen A. Cook
General Counsel

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One Response to “Tell the Presidio How You Feel About Battery Caulfield Road Shutting Down – Deadline Sept 1.”

  1. Rob S. says:

    Why doesn’t the Presidio Trust take a “Wait and see” attitude about whether to close the road or not? Right now, as many people have said, Battery Caufield Road is acting to relieve some of the traffic due to the Doyle Drive construction. 20% of the time, when I try to get from Crissey Field to Park Presidio by going up the hill to Lincoln to the toll plaza, there is some kind of traffic backup. Having BCR open allows an escape hatch to come into Park Presidio Blvd. at Lake St.without having to go all the way out to 25th Ave., or up and out Arguello Blvd. and down through all the stop signs on Lake St.

    I don’t live on 15th Ave. outside the gate, so I can’t put myself in their shoes. But I grew up on Lake St. and road my bike all over the Presidio. I don’t remember there being lots of traffic using the 15th Ave gate when the hospital was operating, but then 14th Ave was open as well so it might have helped. Like any place in the City, there will most likely be more traffic in the mornings and evenings as people go to and from work. At least if both gates (14th and 15th Ave) are open, it might divide the traffic load.When the Public Health. I do have a little problem though with the people on 15th Ave. insisting that the Presidio MUST close BCR. As someone mentioned, look at Lake Street now. People have to deal with the higher traffic flows than there used to be. Look, why not leave the gate open, AND open 14th Ave. and see how things work out? You can always change things later without spending a lot of money AFTER you see how it actually does unfold. Having fewer roads open means the ones that do remain will have to carry more cars.