Well, here’s the news:
$26 million plan to slow speeding traffic on SF’s Masonic Avenue
This piece is surprisingly evenhanded.
Hey, does any other government agency in Frisco spend so much time and energy promoting itself as the SFMTA? I can’t think of one.
So we’re going to take out the old trees that are already here to put in L.A. style trees and this is going to Change Everything? IDTS.
(Fundamentally, the SFMTA isn’t a safety agency, it’s an employment agency, oh well.)
But we’ll just have to wait and see how things shake out, add up all the pros and cons maybe a year or so after things get finished. Masonic won’t be changed all that much – it will still be slow and congested, more so, actually, and there will still be accidents. It’s not going to become an Injury-Free Vision Zero Corridor, with or without trees. Sorry.
Anyway, here’s some SFMTA propaganda that we pay for:
“Masonic Ave Transformation Breaks Ground in June“
- This project will not “transform” Masonic. It’ll basically be the same.
- Masonic will not end up being “much safer.”And nearby areas will become less safer, right? How will this all add up? We’ll see…
- The sewer system underneath is not “centuries-old.”
- How does the SFMTA know now when this lengthy project will end by “the end of 2017?” It doesn’t.
- Masonic is not “one of the flattest streets in the area.”
- Masonic will not become “safer and better for everyone.”
- Masonic doesn’t prioritize “only car traffic” currently.
- All long, busy streets in Frisco qualify as “high injury corridors,” so that doesn’t make it “distinct” in any way, shape or form.
- Question-time: Are severely drunk drivers killing people on Masonic a human behavior problem or a streetscape problem?
- Uh, Vision Zero 2024 promises to eliminate all transportation-related injuries by 2024 and in perpetuity. This impossible “goal” will never be attained, certainly not for all the Streets of San Francisco and certainly not for this 3000 foot stretch of Masonic, so VZ2024 is the wrong way of looking at things, sry. It’s more a marketing thing. Framing they call it. We’ll have a new vocabulary by the time 2024 rolls around, I can promise you that.
- So if 501 “neighbors” now signed a petition to cancel this project, the SFMTA would then do that?
- Oh boy, here comes the laundry list at the bottom. This project will slow down MUNI during the morning and evening drives – that’s one of the “main trade-offs.” Of course, our SFMTA turned down the chance to test things out by shutting down the rush hour lanes for a day, oh well.
- Hey, will rejiggering street parking on Turk “increase safety” on Turk? We’ll see.
- “Residential Parking Area Q” is basically a jobs program for MUNI. We could talk about that sometime.