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Ness Avenue Detours Ahead

businesswire – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HerreroBOLDT, general contractor of the Van Ness and Geary Sutter Health’s CPMC Campus, today announced the start of the next building phase: a 124-foot-long, 10-foot-wide and 10-foot-high pedestrian tunnel beneath Van Ness Avenue that will connect the future 274-bed hospital and medical office building.

This phase of construction will require temporary traffic restrictions on Van Ness Avenue between Ellis and Pine Streets, and a one block closure between Geary and Post. To expedite tunnel construction, HerreroBOLDT is working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and with Caltrans—which oversees the Van Ness Avenue/US 101 corridor. Closures will be either for partial limited nighttime work hours or for three full 72-hour weekends:

April 6 – April 9, 2015
04/06/15 at 11 p.m. until 04/07/15 at 6 a.m.
04/07/15 at 11 p.m. until 04/08/15 at 6 a.m.
04/08/15 at 11 p.m. until 04/09/15 at 6 a.m.

April 10 – April 12, 2015
Full 72-hour closure starting Friday at 12:00 a.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

April 24 – April 26, 2015
Full 72-hour closure starting Friday at 12:00 a.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
September 5 – September 7, 2015
Full 72-hour closure starting Saturday at 12:00 a.m. until Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Masonic Project gets further scrutiny and is found lacking

Feb. 03, 2015 the MTA Board of Directors held a workshop at the County Fair Bldg, GG Park(9th Ave & Lincoln Way).

They produced a 150 page pdf file talking about their current and future projects; goals. The Board of Directors gave a positive spin on everything they are doing; congratulating all workers.

I extracted 6 pages related to the Masonic Ave project and uploaded the pdf file to:

Page 4 has a bird’s eye view of the Masonic and Fulton intersection. The left side is going north towards McAllister.

MTA is putting bulb outs on Fulton St. MTA believes if they place the bus stop after the intersection and traffic light they gain valuable seconds instead of waiting in front of a traffic light.

However going north on Masonic at Fulton they place a bus stop on the Masonic side of Starbucks, in front of the traffic light. While going south the stop is by the Fulton Market after the bus crossed the intersection. No symmetry.

The page 5 raised bike lane behind the bus stop drawing is an old one. DPW sent me a newer May 2014 draft at:
Spring 2015 DPW might have a design. Still time to get questions in and influence the drawing.

– Daniel

Bold Visions for the Embarcadero Emerge at Public Design Workshops

by : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

Ever since the Embarcadero was uncovered from beneath a freeway more than two decades ago, San Franciscans’ appetite for a more people-friendly waterfront only seems to have grown…

At a series of recent public design workshops this month, groups of attendees were asked to put together a display of how they’d re-allocate street space on the Embarcadero. The main idea was to figure out how to provide a protected bikeway, so that riders of all ages can enjoy the popular waterfront without having to mix it up with either motor vehicles or crowds of pedestrians on the shared sidewalk.

At one of the workshops, two groups suggested that half of the roadway, on the waterfront side, be dedicated primarily to walking and biking, even if it includes a shared-space zone where delivery drivers can move through slowly for loading. Finding a design that allows deliveries to safely co-exist with the bikeway seems to have been the main challenge since the SFMTA launched its redesign process in July

There were a handful of attendees who wanted to see little change to the status quo. Rick Hall, who identified himself as a driver, said he sees “a lot of potential for the [design] process to not be fair and open,” and that the project is symbolic of “San Francisco’s war on cars, that I have awakened to.”

Hall said he sees a ”built-in bias” in the design process towards bikes and people, exemplified by the size of the paper traffic lane templates workshop participants used. Participants could place 10-foot-wide traffic lanes on their design board — not wide enough for buses — while the bikeway could be eight to 12 feet, he said.

If you want to keep your lifestyle alive, you better get out and let the SFMTA and your Supervisors know what you want.

The Supervisors to contact about this plan are:

SFMTA project manager:
You can always send your comments to the Mayor:, Ed Reiskin: and the MTA Board members:

So Tired of Pervasive Social Engineering Supporting SFMTA’s Direction

Social engineering is pervasive:
At the state level:
Cap and Trade plans to spend $5B on social engineering (your last PG&E bill likely has a small social engineering credit/bribe in it). But over $3B is for housing and transportation socially engineered their way (high density transit oriented development – TOD) – the kind of stack and pack housing you see in Mission Bay. Ref: AB32, SB375, SB535, SB1018.
At the regional level:
Your new unelected government (ABAG and MTC) have created the Bay Area Plan to dictate and incentivize land and transportation use in the same way.
At the city level:
All related departments plans reference or align to the Bay Area Plan. SFMTA is a good example. It is a semi-autonomous self-funded entity that is reengineering the streets to fit TOD goals (i.e. make driving miserable so you have to walk, bike, or use crappy transit)
We’re being social engineered to death. Push back now. Vote No on A and B, Yes on L!

Road Diet for Cesar Chavez Street

SFMTA – excerpt – 10/3/14

moving-sf_originalSome streets could do with a diet, and Cesar Chavez Street used to be one of them.

If you visit the corridor today, you’ll see that its belt has been tightened with a “road diet.”

A road diet is a transportation planning technique where the number of travel lanes or width of the road is reduced to make the street slower and safer.

Cesar Chavez was designed for rush hour traffic. Its six wide, freeway-like traffic lanes encouraged high vehicle speeds and created an uncomfortable experience for people wanting to cross it or ride a bike on it… (more)

Future Shock : Too much too soon


Alvin Toffler introduced us to the concept of Future Shock in a book with that Title in 1970. We are experiencing first hand what the author warned us of when he wrote, “Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.”

If that doesn’t describe 2014 San Francisco I don’t know what does. We are all reeling from too much too soon. We are being subjected to too much news, too much data, too many bills, too many homeless living on our streets, too many choices, too many social engagements, and too many rules and regulations that are infringing on our lifestyles. We are stressed beyond the breaking point coping with the too much too fast syndrome. The one thing we lack is time.

Too much traffic leads the list of frustrations. We can’t do much about diseases and wars, or the cost of gas or who gets nominated to run for President of the United States, but we can do something about the disaster we are experiencing on our streets.

We can vote No on A and B and Yes on L to send a strong message to city authorities that we have no faith in SFMTA’s current lineup of directors and staff and we are ready to take back control of our streets.

We blame the SFMTA for everything that is wrong with parking, traffic and the public transit system. The SFMTA assumed total control for management of the streets, so they own all the problems and the blame associated with their system. Their failure to serve the public what the public needs and wants is coming to bite them. San Francisco residents do not trust them to make good decisions, or to fix any of the problems they are blamed for creating.

The SFMTA has failed. The change we need is a change in leadership and priorities. SFMTA needs to get us where we need to go, not tell us how to get there.

Demand relief. Vote No on A and B (No more money without accountability) and Yes on L: Restore Transportation Balance.