So what have we here – do we have about 25 cars* backed up on Page attempting to get on the glorified 101 freeway onramp / offramp entitled Octavia Boulevard:
I ask of you, Gentle Reader, was this situation advertised as a part of the Octavia Boulevard project? I can tell you no it wasn’t.
Was this a particularly busy Sunday? NOPE, just a regular lazy Sunday as you can see by looking across horrible horrible Octavia Boulevard.
So what do you suggest, that all these people should take Sunday/Holiday schedule MUNI to the Caltrain or BART to get where they’re going? Well, gee that could very well take all of Sunday to get There And Back Again, right? You see, our society is wedded to the automobile. You may not like that, but that’s reality. And Octavia Boulevard certainly isn’t helping anything.
Hey, doesn’t this traffic belong on Oak? Yep. But the backups on Oak are worse – they routinely go much longer than 25 vehicles.
Perhaps, Comrade, this situation is only temporary as our automobile infrastructure withers away? Well, IDTS. Car registrations in Frisco are higher than ever right? We’ll have to wait for the 2016 data from the DMV but that data should be out soon and it will indicate another increase, to be sure.
And what of Uber, Lyft and the other TNCs? That’s a factor as well.
And all these factors are a good reason for a place like Hayes Valley, which is a crossroads, to better allow people to pass through. Obviously, the millionaire homeowning activists behind Octavia Boulevard might want to “improve” HV but how does that benefit everybody as a group. You know, most people in the world aren’t homeowing millionaire white people living in Hayes Valley, right?
Anyway, what this ridiculously short, ridiculously wide Boulevard ends up doing is blocking people from getting from Point A to B, and that includes People With Cars, and People On Buses, and People On Bikes and even People With Shoes walking about, right?
Hey, how about this, why not eliminate left turns from Page and Haight onto Octavia? That would help.
But what’s ridiculous is Hayes Valley people trying to create more traffic so their hood could go upscale.
And along with the is the left turn allowed going from inbound Market to Octavia. Left turns are rare on Market of course, and they’re allowed on the blocks preceding and following Octavia, so why do we allow left turns at already congested Market and Octavia? Oh, for the convenience of those living in Hayes Valley, the ones who laid things out?
Seems a little crazy to me…
*Oh, I’m sorry, it should be People With Cars in the vernacular of the day. Isn’t that right you People With Cellphones and you People With PCs? All right, time to get dressed this AM – I think I’ll wear some Jeans of Blue