I won’t get into what a disaster Octavia “Boulevard” has become, oh no. And I won’t talk about those poor devils living in the Avenues who are going to have to pay for the right to cross Laguna on Fell when they’re coming home at night,* oh no.
Today’s topic is the absurd and lengthy left-only lane on inbound Market Street at Octavia “Boulevard.”
See it? It’s the left-turn lane in the background behind where the straight-outta-Beirut, go-to-Hell, baby-blue Mercedes (sans hubcaps and iconic star) will be in a second or two.
This left turn lane is absolutely useless. Why should the world stop (really – the entire intersection shuts down for these left turning cars) so the NIMBYs of Hayes Valley can get home easier? There’s no reason.
And, in fact, you can make a left just on inbound Market just after Octavia and also just before Octavia.
So, WTF? Why not turn that left turn lane into something useful instead? Why not put a bunch trees there, where they’d actually improve traffic flow, for a change?
The (Planning) Gods Must Be Crazy.
*Is the Western Addition part of the “Downtown Core” of San Francisco? Nope, not at all. And yet, this map says it is: