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Supervisor Mar Holds Better Streets Town Hall Meeting in the Richmond
Posted By Susan Vaughan On June 1, 2009 @ 11:42 am In Bicycling,DPW,Livable Streets,Pedestrian Safety,SFBC,SFMTA,Traffic,Traffic Calming,Transportation Funding,Walk SF,Walking | 5 Comments
San Francisco’s Richmond District is blessed with stunning vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean, but its street grid has turned its roads into feeder freeways, a fact that bedevils residents and pedestrian and bicycle advocacy organizations and has prompted calls for traffic calming and beautification.
To that end, this past Saturday District One Supervisor Eric Mar convened a town hall meeting with residents, city planners, DPW employees, Richmond District Police Captain Richard Corriea, and representatives of the SFBC, Senior Action Network, and Walk SF to discuss traffic issues and suggestions for streetscape improvements.
Though there were suggestions from participants for streetscape improvements, which staff for Supervisor Mar collected and hope will be incorporated
the Planning Department's Better Streets Plan  and the Department of Public Works' Great Streets Program 
(GSP), the overwhelming concern was dangerous traffic.
“We need to start doing something to make the city more pedestrian friendly and more family friendly, “ said Anthony Lazarus who lives near 24th and Anza. “I’m not patient anymore.”
"When I think about better streets, I think about making them safe for my 9-year-old daughter," said Supervisor Mar. "I also think about my close to 90-year-old mother. I want to make sure the streets are safe for her when she's walking."
Another town-hall participant, Pam Tau-Lee, said, “Every morning I take my life in my hands to cross [Fulton Street] to catch the bus,” “There are rear-enders because people are not looking as I’m crossing the street.”
SFPD Captain Corriea noted that a decision had been made decades ago not to put commercial enterprises on Fulton Street, leaving it for Golden Gate Park, residences and four lanes of traffic – which led it to become what resident Karen Willman described as the “Fulton Freeway.”
Another street of concern, according to Corriea, is 43rd Avenue, a steep, recently repaved hill that links Geary Boulevard and Chain of Lakes Drive, used frequently by motorists traversing Golden Gate Park. There was a hit-and-run collision on 43rd not long ago. The young victim is still hospitalized, and a warrant has been sent out for the arrest of the driver, who may have been intoxicated at the time.
MTA traffic engineer Adam Gubser explained three “E’s” for improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists: education, enforcement, and engineering – obstacles that might slow down traffic while beautifying the streetscape at the same time. Corriea noted that officers have issued 4,200 traffic citations in the Richmond so far this year, up about 1,000 over the same time last year.
“I think the traffic stops are educational,” he said, noting that people slow down when they see other drivers pulled over. He was also open to moving his station’s speed trailer – an electronic sign that flashes the speed limit – around to where people thought it was necessary. “We think people slow down when the see it,” he said.
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URLs in this post:
 Better Streets Plan: http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/planning/Citywide/Better_Streets/index.htm
 Great Streets Program: http://www.sfgov.org/site/sfdpw_page.asp?id=46077
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