Eyes on the Street: Bike Traffic Signals Going in at Page and Stanyan

The traffic signals are pointed backwards until activated. Photo: Aaron Bialick

A new set of traffic lights that include bicycle-specific signals were erected at Page and Stanyan Streets this week at the recently renovated Golden Gate Park entrance in the Upper Haight. Crews said the lights should be activated in roughly a few weeks, though they couldn’t confirm a date.

The crossing connects a route from Page to John F. Kennedy Drive, where the SFMTA is also constructing a parking-protected bike lane. The signals, which will give a green light solely for pedestrians and bicyclists to enter the park, are part of the latter phase of a San Francisco Bike Plan project. The intersection will also be equipped with pedestrian countdown signals and bicycle sensors, according to plans on the SFMTA’s website [PDF].

A bicycle ramp was also added as part of renovations at the entrance late last year.

See the “before” image ##http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/04/before.jpg##here## (via Google Maps). Photo: Aaron Bialick
  • mikesonn

    This is great. I always just get off my bike and walk it, but drivers still didn’t respect my ROW.

  • Anonymous

    Badly needed at this intersection. Glad they are finally installing them.

  • How dare you attempt to slow down a car.

  • mikesonn

    I think it’s well known that I don’t like LOS.

  • Anonymous

    This is nice but really we just need to get rid if private vehicles all together, am I right? No more cars. No more pedestrian deaths. A nation of more physically fit and mentally stimulated people. Who’s with me?

  • Private urban automobiles are heroin and shared urban automobiles are methadone. Cold turkey won’t work for everyone.

  • peternatural

    Great news! I usually just wait it out on my bike. Sometimes it’s a long wait!

  • Gneiss

    Thank you SFMTA.  I usually avoid this crossing and take Waller instead, because cars don’t stop for pedestrians or cyclists (even if they are waiting patiently in the cross walk).

  • Are these supposed to be bicycle signals a la Fell/Masonic and Fell/Shrader?

    When I rolled by this afternoon, the signals just looked like the standard colored balls. I was hoping the one facing the Park would be a bike signal.

  • Awesome.  Now I can safely negotiate the corner before colliding into all the cars idling next to Whole Foods’ “Don’t Queue in the Street” sign.

  • guest

    This is the kind of thing that drives me nuts about road design in this country. Why can’t we be bothered to stick with a consistent design of pedestrian crossings? It’s one thing to shake our heads at the myriad idiot drivers who can’t follow the law and stop for pedestrians. But one has to wonder why we can’t have ‘zebra crossings’ with large blinking globe lights (like in the UK) or at least the little blinky lights and ‘State Law STOP for Pedestrians’ yellow warning signs you see at other crossings at every single crossing like this. Oh, and daylight all these damn crossings while we’re at it.

    It’s just so typical that road design becomes half-assed when it comes to pedestrian safety.

  • Sprague

    I agree with guest that the lack of zebra-striped crosswalks at most intersections is an impediment to pedestrian safety.  It’s commonplace in SF for the paint to be worn and the crosswalk to be poorly visible to motorists.  More visible crosswalks, along with better enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way, would enhance safety.

  • Shmoozilla2000

    No more cars = no more pedestrian deaths caused by cars, not no more pedestrian deaths.

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