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Eyes on the Street: Tenderloin Sunday Streets

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Nathan Woody of the San Francisco Yellow Bike Project pauses while working on this slick little two-wheeler during Sunday Streets in the Tenderloin. Check out those tassels! Photo: Streetsblog.

Sunday from 11 to 4 p.m. it was the Tenderloin’s turn to enjoy its streets free of car traffic. The route followed Fulton St. between Hyde and Larkin, Larkin to Ellis St., Ellis to Jones St., Jones to Golden Gate Ave., and Golden Gate back to Larkin St. The streets were filled with various activities and opportunities, including a “kid’s bike swap” with the San Francisco Yellow Bike Project, seen above, where families could bring their children’s bikes to have them repaired or, if necessary, replaced for free (or with a donation).

That wasn’t the only thing available for Tenderloin families. A petting zoo was set up in the new bike lane on Golden Gate. Note: that’s the only time anything should be parked in that bike lane.

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Usually it gets our goat when some turkey hogs the bike lane. Photo: Streetsblog.

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Eyes on the Street: Raised Crosswalk Installed at Stonestown Galleria


Families appear comfortable in the new crosswalk at Stonestown. Photo: Aaron Bialick

A raised crosswalk was recently installed on 20th Avenue where it runs through the parking lot of the Stonestown Galleria in the city’s southwestern Parkside District. It provides access to the parking lot in front of the Olive Garden restaurant near the mall’s front entrance, where there was previously no designated crossing.

Where implemented, raised crosswalks have been found to be a successful treatment for slowing vehicle speeds and increased yielding to pedestrians.  “[They] are a good way to make it clear to drivers that they need to drive especially carefully because they’re entering the world of the pedestrian,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF.

A partial SFMTA list of raised crosswalks in San Francisco shows previous installations in places where very low-traffic alleyways exit onto larger streets, with the roadway crossing the pedestrian space at-level. The new Stonestown crosswalk may perhaps be the city’s most high-profile raised crosswalk, acting as a large speed bump and emphasizing visibility with reflectors and angled stripes on the grade change. The street carries fairly heavy vehicle traffic for its size and is designated as the most direct bicycle route connecting SFSU with the Parkside and central Sunset districts.

“I think it’s great because everybody was already crossing there anyway, so now it’s made it safer,” said Meredith, a woman who used the crosswalk walking with her husband and two children. “There weren’t really any convenient ways to get across, so it’s nice that it’s there. You don’t have to feel like you’re stepping into traffic but that the traffic is coming into your space.”

For visitors and passersby at Stonestown, crossing the roadway may now feel less like a game of Frogger.

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