Today’s Headlines

  • Driver Hits Man on Bicycle at Fell and Masonic (SF Examiner)
  • Man Critically Injured by Driver at Sixth and Howard in SoMa (CBS 5)
  • Driver Who Killed Good Samaritan in Hayward Parking Lot Faces Charges (Mercury News)
  • WALKSacramento and AARP Audit: Fruitridge Area Could Be More Walkable (SacBee)
  • Palo Alto Adopts Language Formally Opposing High-Speed Rail (CoCo Times)
  • MTC Moving Full Steam Ahead With New Headquarters in San Francisco (Mercury News)
  • Construction Crews to Begin Installing Main Cable for New Bay Bridge East Span (SF Examiner, SFGate)
  • Marin Transit Board to GG Bridge District: We Want a Better Deal (Marin IJ)
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  • icarus12

    The pedestrian run over by a truck at 6th and Howard is just the latest horrific accident in this dangerous corridor.  As a motorist I use 6th Street at least a couple of times a week, and it is hazardous for everyone, deadly for the pedestrians.  Many of the people that frequent the street are dazed and confused, jay-walking all the time.  Drivers are often thinking more about speeding toward the freeway onramp, not treating the area as a densely peopled space more like Union Square than a pre-freeway area.

    Something has got to change here.  And I don’t think changing the kind of pedestrians who are here is going to happen any time soon.  I would suggest lighting the streets fully (it’s dark!), putting in flashing light pedestrian crosswalks, taking out the parking lane on at least one side of the street and substituting a protected bike lane, and just generally creating a street that screams out that people are here in great numbers, slow down!

  • mikesonn

    Just there long enough to cash some fat checks and job hunt for a better position. Hooray for “public servants”.

  • Anyone have details about the bicyclist hit at Fell and Masonic?

  • Anonymous

    The best way to stop bicyclists from getting hit at Fell and Masonic would be to tunnel Masonic under the Panhandle from the block between Hayes and Fell to the block between Oak and Page, with “T” intersections that would allow right turns from Oak onto southbound Masonic and from northbound Masonic onto eastbound Oak, and from southbound Masonic onto westbound Fell and from westbound Fell onto northbound Masonic.

  • It would probably be cheaper at that point to just build pretty little overpass bridges over Masonic on the bike paths…

  • Anonymous

    True, but building a Panhandle Tunnel would also speed traffic on Masonic, since through traffice would avoid stoplights at Fell & Oak, making it faster for motorists AND safer for bicyclists.  Some other places that could use tunnels are Fell and Oak from Lyon to Pierce.  Move the traffic underground and away from the bicyclists using the Wiggle.

  • mikesonn

    Can’t tell if you are being serious…

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely!  Grade separations should be looked at as a way of handling different modes of surface transporation so that each can move safely and smoothly without impeding the other.  Unfortunately they are very expensive, and so less likely to be built.  However, I think they could be the answer for problematical chokepoints such as the ones I havementioned. 

  • You’re neglecting the minor issue that sometimes a cyclist might want to go *across* the panhandle at Masonic…We know how well the Broadway tunnel has worked out for cyclists. Even it it’s not a *lot* of cyclists who would do that, it doesn’t matter. We have built plenty of infrastructure based on “who would want to do that” and then demographic shifts have produced situations where the built infrastructure is inadequate – see the Cesar Chavez/101 hairball which is utterly inhospitable to cyclists but which is the only way from the Mission to 3rd without a 2 mile detour or 20% gradient.100’s of cyclists pass through there daily anyway, at personal risk and that number would be 1000’s if there was a simple way through there.

    Besides – the city is preparing to spend a great deal of money to SLOW traffic on Masonic, a street on which motorists chronically speed. The “T” you describe sounds like putting an on/offramp on a road at either side of one of San Francisco’s signature parks. You do recall they were going to put a freeway trench down the Panhandle and the residents revolted against the idea? Then you have fast traffic exiting this tunnel between Fell and Hayes into a highly populated area – the current speed limit is 25 MPH. With separation you will be shooting them out at 45 MPH.

    This is all moot as the cost would be 9 figures – before the extensive litigation.

  • peternatural

    How about a red light camera to automatically ticket cars turning left from Fell onto Masonic when the left-turn arrow is red? It might not work as well as a tunnel, but would be a heck of a lot cheaper.

  • Anonymous

    I was envisioning pedestrian-operated signals at the T intersections on Masonic  and Fell and Masonic and Oak, that would allow bicycles and pedestrians to cross Oak and Fell to enter the Panhandle.  You make a good point about the Chavez 101 hairball. I think bicycle traffic should go over 101 on a U shaped overpass that would go north from Cesar Chavez , cross over 101 and descend at the stub end of San Bruno Avenue then proceed through Potrero del Sol Park and James Rolph Jr Playground to Hampshire Street, and Cesar Chavez.

  • Chavez crossing 101 WB is the “better” of the two crossings right now. EB is the one that is brutal.

  • mikesonn

    I think the neighorhood’s feeling is that it would be better to calm the street(s) than continue to have it be a freeway, whether that be above or below ground.

  • Peter M

    Are they installing red light cameras at Fell and Masonic? Yesterday they were setting up something that looked like a camera facing the left turn lane on Fell.

  • Peter M

    Even if putting a tunnel under the Panhandle was a serious option, the blocks of Masonic between Hayes/Fell and Oak/Page both slope downwards toward the Panhandle, which would probably make a tunnel impossible.

  • TwinPeaks_SF

    They are indeed. Asked one of the people working on the project yesterday. Not sure if it’ll be set up to catch people making illegal left turns or just going straight.

  • TwinPeaks_SF

    Why should one have to walk/bike over a bridge, through a tunnel, or, for that matter, press a “beg-button” for the light to turn green, when drivers can speed right on through. That is the archaic perspective of the 50s my friend.

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