So we have new speed bumps / speed bumps / speed cushions over town these days?
First of all, SPEED HUMP. Heh. I mean, it’s like a sign people would Instagram from their visit to Australia or something. What’s wrong with speed bumps? That’s what Californians call your speed humps, I’m srsly, SFMTA.
Second of all, these new-school speed bumps I see in the Western Addition / Alamo Square Historic District and The Richmond have got to be the least effective traffic slowing / “traffic calming” installations I’ve ever encountered. Unless you’re driving around a double-parked vehicle or giving space to a bike rider, you won’t ever feel these things. See the channels on the left and right of the white arrow? That’s where your wheels go. So this appears to be make-work construction project / psychological exercise to get drivers to think a speed bump is here? Your brand-new rabbit-proof fence is too low is so bunnies simply hop over it with ease, is what I’m saying, Mate.
Third of all, oh, this IS a make-work construction project / psychological exercise. Check it: “Apply for Residential Traffic Calming.” So what’s being calmed here IRL – the tempers of area homeowners complaining to the SFMTA, it looks like?
So yes, SFMTA / SFGov, you are “doing something” and yet, you’re not really doing anything at all.
Kind of like when you all talk about Vision Zero 2024.
Hey remember back in 2013, when Mayor Ed Lee and SFGov promised to “Reduce serious and fatal pedestrian injuries by 25% by 2016?” I do. How did that work out? Oh, not at all?
SFMTA, you’re not a safety organization.
What is the process for getting traffic calming on my street?
- Application: Residents who are concerned about speeding on their streets are encouraged to submit applications and neighborhood petitions to initiate the process for receiving traffic calming measures. Complete applications for the 2015/2016 program are due on July 31, 2015.
- Evaluation & Ranking: Once applications are received, SFMTA staff collect the additional data needed to determine whether an application qualifies and how severe the problem is. This includes conducting speed & traffic count and reviewing data on the number of collisions for each location. Once this data is gathered for all applications, they are ranked based primarily on speeds, traffic counts, collisions and the land use types within a short proximity to the street, which can include the presence of schools, transit stops, health care facilities and retail activity, among others.
- Inform Applicants: Once the evaluation and ranking phase is complete, applicants will be informed of whether or not their location will receive a traffic calming project the following year.
- Determine Project List: SFMTA staff then review each of the top locations to determine whether a speed hump would be an appropriate tool to reduce speeds at that location. In some cases, other measures will be recommended.
- Inform & Ballot Neighbors: Residents on accepted blocks will be contacted by the SFMTA with information about the project, and asked to vote on whether they would like traffic calming implemented on their street. Fifty percent of returned ballots must be in favor of the measure – signatures from the original application count as “yes” votes unless a “no” vote is received from the same address.
- Design & Approval: If the neighbors vote in favor of the measure, SFMTA engineers will finalize the designs and bring the proposals through the official SFMTA public hearing process.
- Construction: For applications submitted by July 31, 2015, speed humps and other traffic calming measures will likely be constructed in late 2016.