These things are all over the place these days:
It’s like we’re living in Japan or something:
Much cheaper to operate than a real car/truck…
Here it is, looking west at around 37th Avenue:
And here’s what you should be looking at – the aging SFPD SUV with radar on the left, the 30 MPH speed limit sign in the middle, and the SPEED LIMIT 25 MPH / SENIOR CITIZEN FACILITY signs on the right:
Read all about it here, courtesy of a disgruntled Prius driver what got a ticket last year, when the speed limit zones on this stretch of Fulton went 35-25-35. As you can see, these days it goes 30-25-30, but the concept’s the same.
One would think SFGov would want to put in a few more traffic signals in this area, but one would be wrong.
Masonic is a crazy street with a crazy history. Like, 4 Masonic is more than 1000 feet away from 5 Masonic, for instance – what’s up with that? And on the other end of this street, up around the 1000 block, well, that’s where mayoral wives have lived, like Blanche Brown, you know, our First Lady up until ten years ago, the woman that most people in town weren’t aware of, and, more recently, Jennifer Newsom, who moved away to Marin just months after husband Gavin was hectoring families to NOT move to Marin County, oh well.
Anyway, there have been three pedestrian / cyclist deaths on Masonic* in recent memory, so that’s part of the reason why the SFMTA installed a pair of speedometers to tell drivers how fast they’re going.
The problem is that they don’t work very well.
Like here. Moments before, it was indicating 24 MPH, but then it jumped up to 32 MPH all of a sudden for no reason. All the cars were moving about the same pace uphill and there was no traffic traveling down the hill:
Speaking of which, the speedometer for traffic heading downhill is even less accurate. Sometimes it’s spot-on, sometimes it wildly optimistic, and other times it’s blank.
What’s the value in these speedometers if they don’t work?
Oh what’s that, MUNI / SFMTA? You don’t care, because you’ve moved on to other things?
*Two were due to very drunk drivers, who both kept on going (one ended up crashing into St. Mary’s and the other got busted near USF) and the other was due to a Trader Joe’s shopper jaywalking across Masonic north of Geary – this kind of jaywalking still happens hundreds of times a day even now.
‘Specially late at night, as here:
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There’s no need to use Strava to see how much over the limit you are. No, you can just look up at the electronic signs what use radar to tell you how fast you’re going.
But don’t try your speed runs in the daytime. That would be a little hazardous…
[UPDATE: Well it looks like we’re going to get a median with trees planted plus wider sidewalks, which of course will take up more space. The sidewalks on the west side aren’t all that wide, but man, on the east side, they are superwide right now. A dedicated bike lane uphill where the wide sidewalk is now and a bus bike lane downhill could do the trick. We’d lose some trees. In the meantime, would could make biking on the sidewalk legal here – state law allows us to do that. I always cyclists on the sidewalk and I’ve never seen anybody cited. Anyway, from Fulton on up to Turk, the sidewalk is the way to go…]
So far this year, the big news regarding the traffic situation on Masonic Avenue is a reduction in the speed limit to a maximum of 25 MPH.
One of this morning’s accidents on Masonic:
Now back in the day, there were plans for a Panhandle Freeway(!), so it’s not like some traffic czar organized the streets in this area in a coherent fashion. We have what, we have by “accident,” mas o menos.
Is it too late for wholesale changes to the way Masonic is laid out?
This morning, at a public hearing at San Francisco City Hall, it was decided without opposition to implement a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit on Masonic Avenue. This is a direct result of our petition and represents that first such change to Masonic Avenue in response to FixMasonic.
This is great news for all of us who want to see change to Masonic – not only because a lower speed limit can only lead to safer driving, especially if we encourage SFPD to enforce it, but because it acknowledges that Masonic Avenue is a residential street and demands a street design appropriate to a residential neighborhood.
Please come celebrate with us and help us keep this amazing effort moving forward:
Wednesday, April 23, 2007, 6:30 pm
San Francisco Day School, Golden Gate @ Masonic
You are also invited to Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s office THIS EVENING, Friday April 18, at 5:30 pm for an exhibition of posters by schoolchildren envisioning a safer Masonic Avenue – City Hall Room 282.
Finally, we would like your response to a petition regarding usage and safety of Masonic Avenue. To complete survey online, go to www.walksf.org/fixmasonic