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The Unpopular SFMTA Used to Poll Neighbors Before Permanently Installing Traffic Circles, But Not Anymore – Why’s That?

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

I’ll tell you why.

It’s because the SFMTA dramatically overestimated its popularity and the popularity of traffic circles being plopped down in the middle of intersections.

Isn’t that pathetic? It held all these mini-elections and it lost every last one.

So these days, there are no more mini-elections and the SFMTA is free to spin however it wants.

Actually, this new one on Anza is more of a traffic oval:

Here we go:

Traffic Circles Then & Now – In 2003, the SFMTA experimented with removing stop signs and  installing traffic circles at several locations along Page Street. Many residents complained that the circles were unsightly and deprioritized pedestrians, and they were removed. However, in recent years the SFMTA has installed traffic circles with success and community support, using improved outreach, design, and signage.”

See how that works? Instead of trying to win community support the way it did ten years ago, today’s SFMTA simply assumes whatever it does has “community support.” ‘Cause if the SFMTA had any more neighborhood plebiscites about traffic circles, it knows that it would lose once again.

The SFMTA lost those traffic circle votes of a decade ago by like about two to one or three to one. If it wants to say that the reason why it lost so badly had to do with aesthetics or “outreach,” well, that’s one viewpoint. But, gee, maybe the SFMTA simply had/has a bad idea?

The traffic circles the SFMTA installed on Page and Waller were simply horrible from a pedestrian’s perspective. You could hear a car coming from almost a block away, but you wouldn’t know how fast the driver would go through the intersection. You’d count on the driver seeing you and reacting as opposed to the driver knowing that a stop sign’s there and stopping / California stopping.

Traffic circles or rotaries or whatever you want to call them might work in some locations, but plopping them down onto random intersections SFMTA-style so that the SFMTA has yet another project to spend money on was and is a bad idea.

Does This Look Like Berkeley to You? – The Charming Lake Anza Swimming Hole on a Dreaded Sunny Day

Monday, June 24th, 2013

As seen on Saturday by Amy Chen:

But watch for that e coli

The Horrible Pedestrians of Masonic Avenue – See How They Run – A Darwin Award Loser

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Here’s how some people cross six lanes of Masonic at Ewing Terrace:

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Now, is this kind of thing legal? Well sure, if you’re walking – this could be one of those unmarked crosswalk deals.

But it’s not legal to cross here if you’re running. Sorry pedestrian.

(Our FUBARed beyond all reason SFMTA has a plan to put a traffic light in here whenever it can get its grand mal Masonic Street Design off the ground.)

Now a little further up the hill, we lost a ped who was similarly jaywalking earlier this year. I guess we could blame accidents like that the 30 MPH speed limit in front of Trader Joe’s, but that’s not how I’d look at it.

I’d look at it by trying to get inside the peds’ heads to try to think of a way to get them to not kill themselves.

Oh well.

Masonic Avenue Street Design Study

Engineering hearing on proposed changes, May 13, 2011

Masonic Street Redesign Study final report (PDF)

The survey results from the third community meeting, held on September 30, 2010, at San Francisco Day School (PDF), are available.

About the Project

The primary goal of the Masonic Avenue Street Design Study is to identify how Masonic Avenue between Geary Boulevard and Fell Street can safely and efficiently accommodate the needs of all roadway users, including but not limited to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and Muni. The project is funded by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority through the Prop K half-cent local transportation sales tax program.

Objectives:

1. Engage representatives of all constituencies within the community who would be impacted by changes to Masonic Avenue including, but not limited to, residents on Masonic Avenue, residents on side-streets, merchants, school representatives, bicyclists, Muni customers and pedestrians.

2. Improve transit operation.

3. Improve pedestrian and non-motorized access to transit.

4. Increase the safety of pedestrian crossings.

5. Increase motorist compliance with traffic rules and regulations.

6. Reduce the number of vehicular collisions, especially those involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

7. Support neighborhood vitality by creating a more inviting and accommodating public realm.

Community meeting presentations

The following presentations from the various community meetings are available from the San Francisco Planning Department website:

First community meeting presentation, June 15, 2010, Day School, PDF, 7MB
Second community meeting presentation, Aug. 10, 2010, Day School, PDF, 7MB
Third community meeting presentation, Sept. 30, 2010, Day School, PDF, 6MB

James Shahamiri
415.701.4732
james.shahamiri@sfmta.com

Sup. Eric Mar and Police Chief Greg Suhr Will Host Community Meeting Re: Today’s Homicide in the Richmond

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s the news about today’s homicide from Mike Aldax:

“Police Chief Greg Suhr came to the crime scene. He will hold a community meeting about the incident Tuesday at the Richmond Recreation Center at 251 18th Ave. The meeting is set for [October 4th, 2011 at] 6:30 p.m.

This is the now-standard community meeting that’s been promised for each and every SFPD officer-involved shooting.

And, per Eric Mar‘s office, our District One Supervisor will be on hand to ask and answer questions.

[UPDATE, October 4th, 2011

“Dear Neighbors, 

Please join me in attending a Police Community meeting tonight.  Yesterday morning at 7:30am, Richmond Station officers responded to a call of a stabbing on the 600 block of Funston Street. Officers encountered a wounded victim outside the home and was told the suspect was still inside.  As they entered the home they found an elderly woman with life threatening injuries and began to render aid.   The suspect, armed with two knives charged at the officers and an Officer Involved Shooting occurred.  The incident is being investigated.  Both the elderly woman and the suspect died from their injuries. 
   
A community meeting will be held tonight, October 4, 2011, and Police Chief Greg Suhr will address concerns and answer questions about the incident.  The meeting will be held at the Richmond Rec Center located at 251 18th Avenue, between California and Clement Sts at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

Regards, 

Eric Mar
Supervisor Richmond District
 

Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org 
415-554-7410“]

And see what the SFPD has to say, below.

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Officer Involved Shooting at the 600 blk of Funston Ave.
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Posted Date: 10/3/2011
On October 3, 2011 at approximately 7:18 a.m., San Francisco Police responded to a call of a stabbing at the 600 block of Funston Ave. Officers and paramedics arrived on the scene and discovered a 78 year old Chinese male victim in front of the residence bleeding profusely. The victim suffered a stab wound to his hand and forearm.

Officers and paramedics immediately rendered medical aid in attempt to control the bleeding. The officers continued up the stairway where they found a 78 year old Chinese female victim with what the officers believed to be life threatening stab wounds to the body. As officers were trying to pull the victim to safety and get medical treatment for the female victim, they were confronted by a 44 year old Chinese male suspect.

The suspect had two knives as he advanced towards the officers. One officer used an Extended Range Impact Weapon (ERIW) in an effort to subdue the suspect. The ERIW proved to be ineffective. A cover officer discharged his firearm on the advancing suspect and stopped the deadly threat. Officers continued to search the house for additional suspects and victims and found a 50 year old Chinese female hiding in the back of the house inside a locked bedroom, she was uninjured.

All victims and suspect are related. The suspect was the son of both 78 year old victims, and the uninjured female found by officers at the scene, was the sister of the suspect.

At approximately, 9:39 a.m. the suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 78 year old female victim was also pronounced dead a few minutes later at the hospital at 9:41 a.m

This is an active ongoing police investigation by the San Francisco Police Department’s Homicide Detail, Internal Affairs Division, District Attorney’s Office, and the Office of Citizens Complaints.

There will be a community meeting pertaining to the officer involved shooting tomorrow, October 4, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Location will be at the Richmond Recreational Center at 251 18th Ave between Clement and California.”

Officer-Involved shooting: A Bloody Scene in Front of 636 Funston Avenue, in the Normally-Quiet Richmond District

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s the scene this AM at 636 Funston Avenue, where an officer-involved shooting just occurred.

Somebody was dragging somebody or something, as you can see:

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Is Chief Suhr going to call for a community meeting with District One Supervisor Eric Mar? (Apparently, it’s his policy* to do that kind of thing after each SFPD officer-involved shooting, whether it’s needed or not.)

*You know who could use that policy? The BART Police, that’s who.**

** The worst police you’ll encounter in the 415:

1. Training

2. Pay

Oh, So _That’s_ What You Mean, SFMTA? Masonic Speedrun Redux, But With Different Results This Time

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Get up to speed here.

Oh, OK, I see what you’re talking about now. (Sort of odd about how taxi drivers were complaining about something they experienced that hadn’t actually occurred yet, but anyway…)

Traffic heading south from Mervyn’s Heights now has timed lights, sort of, on Masonic Avenue.

Those wishing to exceed the posted 25 MPH speed limit will need to start running red lights.

We’ll have to wait and see how this all turns out…

Masonic Avenue Speedrun: From Anza to the Panhandle in About 75 Seconds – SFMTA Says This is Impossible

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

What’s our horrible SFMTA, the people who bring you (sort of, sometimes) MUNI, crowing about these days? It’s the recent rejiggering of the traffic signals on Masonic to change driver behavior. Check it:

“With the change in timing, motorists travelling south from Geary to Fell will find generally that when they exceed the 25 speed limit, they’ll get more red lights.”

Mmmm. I guess how many red lights you get depends on whether you start traveling “south from Geary” from southbound Masonic or eastbound or westbound Geary. So let’s test SFMTA’s claims from the next intersection, the one at Anza and Masonic in Mervyn’s Heights.

Let’s see how many red lights you get as punishment for exceeding 25 MPH, shall we? The answer is zero, none, no red lights, ningunas luces rojas, mi amiga. You’ll get a green at Turk, Golden Gate, Fulton, Grove, Hayes and then Fell. See?


So that’s strike one. (I’ll tell you, taxi drivers and Sunset District denizens and late-night MUNI bus drivers would just looooove to transition betwixt the Bush/Pine corridor and the Fell/Oak corridor by using the Masonic corridor at an even 25 MPH.)

(I’m thinking if cab drivers would have anything to complain about, it would be hitting a red light at Anza after coming down Masonic through the green at Geary. The light at Anza used to favor southbound traffic coming from the Trader Joe’s area and now it does not. But that has nothing to do with whether you drive at 15 or 25 or 35 – these days, you’ll hit a red at Anza irregardless.)

Here’s strike two:

“Only the southbound signals have been adjusted since two-way traffic, as on Masonic, poses too many traffic engineering problems to make bi-directional adjustments.”

Now, how on Gaia’s Tierra Verde can you adjust the southbound signals without adjusting the northbound signals? Helloooo, McFly!

All the way to the bottom, Maggie. You made it!

And let’s see here, how can we get a strike-out? Oh, the SFMTA conducted a poll of people who showed up to the let’s-plant-more-trees-on-Masonic meeting and then asked them, hey, do you think we should plant trees on Masonic with Other People’s Money, with money that fell from the sky? Well, guess what? Most of the people who showed at the let’s-plant-more-trees-on-Masonic meeting at the Rich White Kids private school supported the idea of  planting of more trees on Masonic. Surprise, surprise.

That’s strike three.

Now of course the SFMTA has the power to make changes to take out parking spaces to improve the safety situation on Masonic right now, but the people in charge over there feel that that would lower the chances of getting approval to spend eight figures of OPM and years and years to plant trees on Masonic and move existing trees or cut them down or narrow the sidewalks or take out some parking spaces to improve safety

For some reason the SFMTA has a strong focus on aesthetics.

The Only Way to Tour San Francisco is on Top of a Giant Yellow Fire Truck

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Fat Tire Planet wants to drive you around town in their open-top fire truck from the 1960′s. Fair enough.

Will the ride up Anza Hill (did I date an Anza Hill in college? Something close to that.) on bloody Masonic Avenue in the western Western Addition / NOPA area inspire you to stand up and raise your arms in the air like you just don’t care? Possibly.

Yes, this 1968 Howe Defender 90 just might feel like a roller coaster on the hilly streets of San Francisco. As seen near Mervyn’s Heights:

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But Hannah Kenney of  Corte Madera (Marin County), CA has a beef with this four-decade old piece of rolling Maker Faire. Actually, she’s developed a lot of beefs driving around by herself when she ventures south of her wealthy suburban enclave way up in the North Bay. Her concerns:

– The flood of bicycle tourists into Sausalito who tend to create traffic concerns all over the city and Marin.  

– Those little motorized yellow two-seatersthat are difficult to spot in your rearview and side-view mirrors are louder than cars, aggravating to pedestrians and are often driven by people who don’t seem to understand the rules of the road here. How are those even legal?  

– I recently had the displeasure of being stuck on Divisadero next to a lumbering yellow fire enginethat had been repurposed as a tour bus - not the quaint older type, but a modern truck: FatTirePlanet.comIn an eco-friendly town such as San Francisco, how is it possible that we [sic] can provide permits of operation to such an unnecessary mode of transport that certainly damages the environment?  

See? All you tourists are warned – stay off of  bicycles, two-seaters, and “modern” fire trucks when you visit the area.

But if you must ride on a firetruck tour, please, by all means, keep it quaint.

That is all.

HISTORY & FEATURES Prairie Prince, Pete Misthos and Morgan Raimond to lovingly restore Engine#1 to her current glory!

Engine #1 is a 1968 Howe Defender 90, used by the Contra Costa County Fire Department until her pump seized in the mid 1990s. Fat Tire Planet owner Cyrus Forootan bought her at auction in 2000, and spent 4 years working with local artists

Features include:

  • Maximum capacity of 30 people
  • Convertible, open-air 360° view
  • Comfortable padded seats
  • State-of-the-art sound system – Enjoy our music selection or bring your own!
  • Ample locked storage
  • Full catering & DJs available
  • Locally-owned and operated
  • Fully licensed and insured
About Fat Tire Planet Fire Truck Tours

Ready for a magic carpet ride?

Hop on board Engine #1, the Biggest Hot-Rod Convertible in California – Bright yellow, surrounded by red flames, she embodies the creative eccentricity of San Francisco!

Engine #1 breaks the mold of traditional touring – passengers can take in the sounds, smells and spectacular views of the city from her open-air seating deck.  No other tour vehicle can come close to bringing the most beautiful city in the United States to LIFE!

All year long, weather permitting, the fire truck is available for private parties and charters.  We have blankets, you BYOB.  Minimum 15 passengers @ $30/ person for 3 hours for charters.

During the summer season (May-October), we specialize in San Francisco city tours on a customized yellow open air fire truck with an awesome sound systemand an amazing flame job.  We can accommodate up to 25 people.