As seen on Masonic:
Welcome to Frisco:
Here’s your Construction Closure Advisory:
If you want to see the concomitant propaganda for Supervisor London Breed and Rec & Park, click here.
In mitigation, this whole deal is kind of a nothingburger – they’ll put up a few signs (but not speed limit signs for bike riders, cause, oh no, we wouldn’t want that, no sir) and I guess paint a kind of crosswalk for peds, to signal cyclists that peds cross over the bike path.
(IOW, RPD won’t do jack about the Panhandle’s Southern Path, which is in atrocious condition, ’cause, ’cause, give us more money, is what RPD says. There was a plan to put in irrigation first and then resurface the Oak Street area path, but the irrigation isn’t happening anytime soon, oh well. So I guess when joggers file claims against us, you know, after they fall down due to all the wavy waves of the pavement, RPD / SFGov just pays them off no big deal? Man, RPD is pretty fucked up, I’ll tell you. Anyway, I guess I’ll see joggers take tumbles on a weekly basis from now to eternity.)
Also in mitigation, they’ll open the bike path back up during commuting hours, which is pretty easy since they aren’t really doing anything significant, like widening the paved area to make the bike path 16 feet wide why not, you know, to reflect the increased usage the past decade or two?
Anyway, enjoy your underfunded “pedestrian safety” project, Frisco.
(Which is not to say I’m against painting something to tell some of our more aggressive bike riders to look out for peds in certain areas, but doing this kind of thing is an easy job, not one what requires a million thanks to glorious London Breed, and hey, why not vote for her soon, is basically what RPD is saying.
I mean, take a look:
A certain type of roadie bike rider, who doesn’t want to break stride/cadence/whatever starts seeing red when he (generally he, overwhelmingly, like I can’t ever recall hearing a woman swearing at or seeing one crash into Panhandle peds) sees something like the above, oh well.)
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Well, here’s the news:
This piece is surprisingly evenhanded.
Hey, does any other government agency in Frisco spend so much time and energy promoting itself as the SFMTA? I can’t think of one.
So we’re going to take out the old trees that are already here to put in L.A. style trees and this is going to Change Everything? IDTS.
(Fundamentally, the SFMTA isn’t a safety agency, it’s an employment agency, oh well.)
But we’ll just have to wait and see how things shake out, add up all the pros and cons maybe a year or so after things get finished. Masonic won’t be changed all that much – it will still be slow and congested, more so, actually, and there will still be accidents. It’s not going to become an Injury-Free Vision Zero Corridor, with or without trees. Sorry.
Anyway, here’s some SFMTA propaganda that we pay for:
The house you see on the left used to be on the right – they moved it east a good 40 yards to make way.
Anyway, this location on busy, busy Oak will soon raise the profile of The Urban School…
Frisco, on a dreaded sunny day
Welcome to Frisco, SFPUC
All right, I’m off to OyShaughnessy Dam for a little picnic with Miss OyShaughnessy. I’ll pick her up at the Cathedral Building on California and then we’ll drive down OyShaughnessy and then go past the OyShaughnessy Seawall. And then I’m going to help track down her sister.
Brigid seems real nice!
What’s this? It’s just a simple massive 50-feet steel beam double-parked for a long time in front of historic million-dollar-plus mansions.
Why? Well, it’s a part of the lengthy, noisy extension at THE URBAN SCHOOL, a private high school what costs three times (3x) as much as tuition at our University of California campuses.
And yet, nary a peep I’ve heard from the nabes.
Here you go, some non-pdf images that ppl will actually be able to find in six months, you know, after this official link will no longer be working, for whatever reason:
Getting Ready for Construction After a multi-year, community-driven planning and design process to create a safer and better Masonic Avenue, the city is pleased to announce that construction on the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Project will begin in mid-2016!
After all the delays, one doesn’t know how the SFMTA knows that it will actually get going. IRL, what the SFMTA is saying here is that it’s PLANNING on getting going in mid-2016 or later. I’d prolly lose any and all exclamation points as well. Also, instead of “community-driven,” I’d read that as SFMTA-driven. As far as safety is concerned, we’ll have to wait and see. The primary effect will be to slow this part of Masonic down down down. In recent years, pedestrian / cyclist deaths on Masonic have been caused by two severely drunk drivers, and one jaywalking pedestrian. So, will this happily-named “Streetscape!” pork-barrel project prevent DUI drivers? Nope, not at all. Will it lessen the bad effects of drunk driving? I srsly doubt it, but we’ll see. And, since this project’s northern border is at Geary, it will necessarily have little to no effect upon jaywalking Trader Joe’s shoppers at the top of the hill area. As far as whether Masonic will become “better,” well that’s debatable. I’ll concede it might be a better street for some. Of course, the SFMTA, being the inefficient political beast it has become, won’t never concede nothing nohow. It won’t even agree to test out how much these changes will slow down traffic, even for one day. What you’d do is cone off the slow lane of inbound Masonic one random morning and then watch the traffic back up and then spend your time explaining away all the consequences. Obviously, the SFMTA doesn’t want to do that, so it makes excuses. Fine. I’d expect nothing else from it.
San Francisco Public Works will be the managing the construction phase and is in the process of hiring a contractor. This project will bring a variety of new features to Masonic Avenue, including a landscaped median, better lighting, an improved sewer system, raised bikeways, bus stop enhancements, and a new public plaza at Geary Boulevard.
It will also take away some things. What are those, SFMTA? Oh, you don’t want to say? OK fine. One of these effects will be a slow down of MUNI on Masonic during the morning and evening drives. But, because they’ll put in some bus shelters, public “access” to transit will be “improved.” This makes no sense. How much will MUNI be slowed? We’ll have to wait and see. And then, the SFMTA will step up a few years later to spend more pork, more of The People’s Money, to “tune-up” Masonic. So that’s a double-win for the SFMTA, even though it’s not clear that the current plan will be a net “improvement.”
These enhancements are all in support of San Francisco’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic deaths in the city.
This is a simple definition of VisionZero. The complicated version is that, somehow, without really even trying, SF will miraculously eliminate all transportation deaths in SF County by the year 2024 and all in years future. If you acknowledge that this impossible goal is in fact impossible, then there are many positions at the SFMTA for which you’d be ineligible. Oh well.
If you have any questions about construction, please contact Alex Murillo at Alex.M.Murillo@sfdpw.org or 415.558.5296. Parking Management The SFMTA’s recent launch of Residential Permit Parking Area Q has helped keep parking available for local residents and businesses—additional evaluation data will be available in the coming months.
As a general rule, our SFMTA tends to favor Masonic Avenue area residents vs. the current users of Masonic and to a ridiculous degree. JMO.
To offset some of the parking being repurposed…
What would a neutral word be for “repurposed?” Would it be “eliminated?” Yes it would.
by the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Project, the SFMTA is evaluating nearby streets for opportunities to increase on-street parking supply and will be engaging the community for feedback.
So, our SFMTA has been saving up its energy to “create” parking spaces exactly at the time it wants to hush complaints of eliminating parking spaces? Apparently. Looking at the map on the second page, some of these blocks would appear to be non-starters. Our SFMTA certainly approves of illegal double-parking on Central Ave, but this map would make a hash of that, oh well.
These efforts are in addition to the 20 spots already added on Fulton between Central and Baker as part of the separate Muni Forward 5 Fulton Rapid Project.
Our SFMTA boasts of putting in bike lanes on Fulton, and then pushing them towards the center of Fulton, but then come two blocks of 90 degree parking, the least cyclist-friendly thing I can imagine. But this placated residents and that appears to be one of our SFMTA’s Most Important Things.
And on it goes. If you want to read about Masonic, start here and spend all day if you want, I don’t care. Anyway, that’s the update for 2016. Traffic’s going to get a lot worse as soon as parts of Masonic start getting shut down and then it won’t get much better after construction is completed, oh well.
If you have any questions about potential added parking near Masonic Avenue, please contact Maurice Growney at Maurice.Growney@sfmta.com or 415.701.4549. For more information: sfmta.com/masonic MASONIC AVENUE STREETSCAPE PROJECT N Masonic Avenue Area Proposed Parking Changes Potential Back-In Angled Parking Potential 90 Degree Parking Forthcoming Back-In Angled Parking (Legislated 2012)
Here’s how she looks with the new striping:
The leftmost lane allows drivers to turn left or go straight – this seems like a mistake to me, but, then again, lots of things the SFMTA does seem like a mistake.
That’s the update regarding this sitch on Oak betwixt Masonic and Ashbury.
The big issue was notice, but notice has been achieved.
Next comes the lane restriping…