I say four lanes ’cause even though the unit block of Masonic is six lanes wide at this point, the outer two are almost always used for parking.
Anyway, this northbound lane is a de facto parking lot for Trader Joe’s #100. This is because the real parking lot is far too small. Of course, there’s a place for parking on the roof of the building, but you can’t use it. And of course these days you can also park in the lot of the former (and quite horrible, remarkably so, but also beloved by some) Lucky Penny diner (but that’s not going to last forever, as condos are slated).
Those shoppers queueing up to use the main lot line up all the way to Euclid sometimes, and even getting to the back of the line involves awkwardly driving going around a huge MUNI yard or a large swath of the inner Inner Richmond.
So people simply park for free on Masonic northbound and run/walk across Masonic, speed limit 30 MPH by the way.
Hey is this good planning? Nope. Hey who planned this design, the Planning Department? Yep.
Are you going to die by shopping in this fashion? Probably not, but somebody has already. Will somebody else die doing the same thing? Yes.