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Multiple SFMTA crews were out replacing and upgrading "Slow Streets" signs on Shotwell in the Mission, from 14th to Cesar Chavez Thursday morning. From an SFMTA statement on social media:
First up: New signage! The previous signs were prototypes. These are meant to last: They’re affixed to the roadway, highway-grade, and reflective for better visibility at night. They’re going in closer to the center of the street so they can’t be missed.
SFMTA is also installing plastic diverters at major intersections, such as 20th seen here:
"I’m happy to see the latest changes," wrote Livable City's Tom Radulovich, who lives in the area, in an email to Streetsblog. "Shotwell slow street has been popular with neighbors, and it’s great that SFMTA has taken the next step towards transforming the street. They will complement the speed humps already installed there."
That's what a city does when it commits to safety, rather than still worrying that solid posts and objects might cause damage to the cars of errant drivers.
SFMTA needs to up its game and start using concrete--something more akin to what Berkeley uses for its Bicycle Boulevards, as seen below:
"They do seem rather tentative, especially compared to what the most progressive cities are doing," added Radulovich. "I hope Shotwell neighbors get a chance to design some truly permanent improvements for the streets."
Because if SFMTA officials are still expecting motorists to voluntarily and universally respect Slow Streets because of some plastic posts, well, just note how many motorists already ignore the law and, well, common decency, by parking in crosswalks and on sidewalks (such as below, seen multiple times, on Shotwell):
Streetsblog has reached out to SFMTA to find out if concrete barriers are in the works and will update this post accordingly, but there's certainly no indication as of yet.