Posts Tagged ‘pedestrian’

Oh, I Guess the Hated / Beloved Pedestrian Bridge over Geary at Webster is Going to Stay After All? – Geary BRT Update

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Look at all this stuff our SFCTA was going to do:

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Note “Roadway redesign – mid 2016”

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Well guess what – the SFCTA / SFMTA recently caved, so the Bridge Over The River Geary will remain at Webster.

So all these meetings were a big success, or a huge failure for the SFCTA, depending on how you look at it.

And look at all the Haterade that the SFCTA poured over the pedestrian bridges of Geary – and this is just 20% of the references made:

In the Japantown and Fillmore areas, there are closed crosswalks and circuitous pedestrian bridges that are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

In the Japantown area, as depicted in Figure 1-6, some aspects that discourage pedestrian movement and activity include narrow medians and circuitous pedestrian bridges that intimidate some and are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

Spanning Geary Boulevard are two pedestrian bridges at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections, where closed crosswalks limit pedestrians‟ ability to cross Geary Boulevard at ground level. These overcrossings are several decades old and, although they provide separation from traffic, are often perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing Geary Boulevard due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users‟ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hindering the mobility of people with disabilities.

Pedestrian bridges at Steiner Street and Webster Street: These two pedestrian overcrossings would be removed, to eliminate conflicts between these structures‟ piers and the proposed bus lanes, as well as to provide new pedestrian crossings at street grade.

Two pedestrian bridges span Geary Boulevard at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections. The grade-separated walkways allow pedestrians to cross over Geary Boulevard. These overcrossings are several decades old and are perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users’ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to their average inclines exceeding the ADA standard of a five percent maximum grade (i.e. a slope increasing in elevation by five feet for every 100 feet in length), which makes wheelchair crossings difficult.

Like I said, this is just 20% of the vitriol our SFCTA spewed upon these two bridges in just one document. I get the feeling these SFCTA people would say just about anything to get nine figures from the Feds. I mean if the Feds would give the SFCTA $100,000,000 to recommend keeping everything on Geary EXACTLY THE SAME FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS, then I’ll bet the we would have gotten a document what extols the virtues of these bridges.

Anyway, the Webster bridge is staying, that’s the news.

Turns Out that SF’s Vision Zero 2024 Scheme is Actually Vision 50, and It’s Already Failed? Take a Look at This Official Doc

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

This document from 2013 is news to me:

Vision Statement: San Francisco is the most walkable city in North America. People choose to walk because our streets are lively and safe. Our actions to make walking more attractive will lead people to choose to walk for most short trips. This in turn will help create an efficient, effective transportation system and improve the health and well-being of our residents. San Francisco’s status as a great walking city will attract visitors and workers from all over the world to enjoy the vibrant street life and build the economy.

Goals: 1. Reduce serious and fatal pedestrian injuries by 25% by 2016 and by 50% by 2021 2. Reduce serious pedestrian injury inequities among neighborhoods 3. Increase walking and reduce short trips (< 1 mile) taken by car by 25% by 2021. 4. Provide high-quality walking environments

Well, I’ll tell you how this worked out – pedestrian deaths are UP, ever so slightly, since this time.

(Hey, does SFGov even count pedestrian deaths involving SFGov-operated streetcars and buses? IDK. In 2014 a pedestrian go hit by a bus on Geary near Baker, but his death didn’t make the SFPD’s annual report. And why wouldn’t SFGov count deaths on a state freeway or “state highway?”)

I’ve WALKed SF more than anyone at City Hall and the WALK SF org for that matter. I’m not optimistic about Vision 75 2016 or Vision 50 2019 or Vision 0 2024 or anything else cooked up by the marketing wizards of SFGov…

Man Blows By Pedestrian on Divisadero, Leaving Blue Blow-By Smoke in His Wake

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

He almost made it to the end of the block at this point, yet his exhaust still hangs in the air, visible:

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Don’t let blow-by happen to you…

Mysterious Machine Collects Data at the Intersection of Fell and Masonic

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Here’s the machine at work:

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And here’s the business end, way up high:

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It’s doing something like this.

All the deets:

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Here’s the OTHER Part of the “Berkeley’s Big People” Art Installation: Bros Flying Kites, Mostly

Friday, January 15th, 2016

You’ve seen the northern end, now here’s the southern end:

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OK fine…

The Only Thing More Berkeley than the “Berkeley’s Big People” Sculptures is the Lengthy, Overbudget Process Behind Them

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

I’d never really looked at this expensive hunk of fiberglass afore.

Oh, Kenneth Baker hates it:

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Obviously conceived before the rise of iPhones…

Here‘s the whole story.

Do These Jaywalkers on 30 MPH Masonic Realize That Somebody Died in This Exact Place Doing the Exact Same Thing?

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Highly risky:

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Reverse angle:

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I’m guessing no, they do not.

I suppose I harp on this Trader Joe’s issue…

Apparently, People Use the Pedestrian Bridges Over Geary Quite a Bit – A Newsflash for our SFMTA SFCTA Alphabet Soup

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Just saying

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I don’t know if it was such a great idea to build these bridges and I also don’t know if it’s such a great idea to spend big big bucks to tear them down…

The Unit Block of Masonic: A Daily Game of Frogger with Traffic Going 30 MPH in Both Directions

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Get up to speed here.

The limit here, betwixt Pine and Geary, is 30 MPH

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This is poor planning.

This is San Francisco.

SFCTA Confirms Public Comment Cards for Geary BRT Stolen – But Some Returned “Anonymously” – Comment Deadline Extended

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Here’s the latest on this issue, from the SFCTA, below.

If our SFCTA wanted to handle this issue with the least possible effort, then I give it an A+, or a passing grade if we’re grading pass/fail. Another approach would have been to notice another meeting and yada yada.

This project has been on the radar for a long, long time, but I never really paid attention to it until the pedestrian bridges issue came up. If the SFCTA were a person and we took what it said seriously, I’d tell you that our SFCTA is in deep denial on this bridges issue.

(And how much would a BART spur under Geary end up costing, like a billion dollars a mile, like our already-failed Central Subway? Is something like this unreachable pie in the sky? IDK.)

Anyway, here it is:

“To the Participants at the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Project’s November 5, 2015, public comment meeting:
Thank you very much for the time you spent coming to the meeting to learn about the project and for submitting comments on the Draft Environmental Document. Your input is important and appreciated.
Unfortunately, we wish to provide notice that during the meeting, at approximately 7:10 p.m., sign-in sheets with your personal contact information and a few completed comment cards were stolen, at least some of which were later returned by mail anonymously. We sincerely apologize for this incident and have contacted the police about it.
We take your privacy seriously. When we share publicly the comments submitted to us by community members, our policy is to remove any personal contact information. We do not share any personal contact information with third parties, nor do we condone the use of stolen contact information by others. Please let us know if you receive any suspicious communications from anyone who would not normally have access to your phone number or email address. It may help with the investigation of this incident.
Third, in response to these extenuating circumstances, we are extending the public comment period until November 30, 2015, and we encourage you to contact us if you submitted a comment card at the public meeting before 7:10 p.m. and are concerned about whether we received it.
Feel free to contact us to verify your comment’s receipt, or simply submit another comment, via email at