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SFMTA Installs Red Light Camera at Fell and Masonic

Posted By Aaron Bialick On January 3, 2012 @ 4:20 pm In Bicycle Safety,Fix Masonic,Pedestrian Safety,Traffic Enforcement | 141 Comments

Just before Christmas, the SFMTA installed a camera at the corner of Fell and Masonic on the Panhandle to help enforce the left-turn signal frequently violated by drivers.


A driver violates the left-turn signal in front of a bicyclist at Fell and Masonic. Photo: Aaron Bialick

Dale Danley at the Panhandle Park Stewards [2] blog first reported the new automated enforcement mechanism, as well as a crosswalk upgrade at the nearby Oak Street intersection.

The red light camera was installed just days after a December 20 crash [3] in which a driver injured a man on his bicycle at the busy crossing.

SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose told the SF Examiner [4] the camera will be activated this month and that fines “will range from $480 to $522, depending on whether the offender takes traffic school.”

According to the SFMTA website [5], San Francisco was the first city in California to pilot photo enforcement in 1996, and the program resulted in a 40 percent decrease in violations at five intersections after six months. As of 2010 [PDF [6]], 24 intersections in the city were photo-enforced.

The additional enforcement could provide a quick safety boost, but as Bike NoPa writer Michael Helquist pointed out in the Examiner, the number one priority for the neighborhood is the “Boulevard” redesign [7] of Masonic. That project was approved by the SFMTA board of directors in the summer. However, advocates are concerned that Mayor Ed Lee’s commitment to the redesign has waned [8] and that implementation could get bogged down in bureaucratic red tape.

See photos of the improvements after the break.


The upgraded crosswalk at Oak and Masonic. Photo: Panhandle Park Stewards [2]

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[1] Image: http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/01/DSC_8307-1.jpg

[2] Panhandle Park Stewards: http://panhandlepark.blogspot.com/2011/12/santa-brought-us-masonic-traffic-safety.html

[3] December 20 crash: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/12/bicyclist-struck-troublesome-san-francisco-intersection

[4] told the SF Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/01/fell-masonic-traffic-camera-shining-red-light-road-runners

[5] the SFMTA website: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/venf/14440.html

[6] PDF: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/rfact/documents/SFFactSheet201111-29-2011.pdf

[7] “Boulevard” redesign: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/02/28/nopna-survey-confirms-support-for-boulevard-redesign-of-masonic-ave/

[8] Mayor Ed Lee’s commitment to the redesign has waned: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/09/26/masonic-avenue-redesign-plan-fading-as-a-city-priority/

[9] Image: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wm0E3L7lx_o/TvY2fd8xp-I/AAAAAAAAEiw/TeTxKOnj53c/s1600/P1010629.JPG

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