Hey, how many times do you think our SFCTA could possibly insult this pedestrian bridge over Geary at Webster in just one report? Well, 23 times,* by my count. Earlier, it seemed that the destruction of this bridge was vital for the success of the Geary BRT scheme, yet the SFCTA caved and now the bridge has a new lease on life, Geary BRT or no.
On It Goes…
*Mostly having to do with the ADA, but lots of things are grandfathered in, as the SFCTA well knows.
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.
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…
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