Mini-Stretch of 15th St. Goes on Road Diet for SFMTA’s “Home Zone” Project

by Aaron Bialick : – excerpt

Two blocks of 15th Street, from South Van Ness Avenue to Mission Street, went on a road diet this week. It’s part of the SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s “Home Zone” pilot project to study the effects of concentrated traffic calming measures on a few blocks around Marshall Elementary School, with the aim of creating a haven of slow-speed streets…
The reduction from two traffic lanes to one is part of the first phase of safety measures planned for that stretch of one-way 15th Street, as well as the connecting single blocks of four alleyways: Minna, Natoma, Capp, and Adair Streets. By narrowing the roadway for drivers, it also creates some unofficial “edge line” room for bicycle riders between the traffic lane and the parking lane. This improvement is one of the few pieces the SFMTA has implemented since the project’s final report was approved in June of last year. Two more phases should follow… (more)

I dare you to find any speeding traffic on 15th Street. Why don’t they take their traffic calming experiments to a bicycle neighborhood like Valencia and leave us alone.

Plans for Busy SF Bus Line Catch Many Riders Unawares

By Zusha Elinson : – excerpt

Plans to install two separated bus-only lanes on Geary Boulevard to speed up the 38-Geary line have been in the works for years and are now advancing slowly toward reality…
But of 600 riders surveyed this summer, 57 percent had not heard about the project, according to the results released earlier this month by the San Francisco Transit Riders Union, a group that advocates for Muni riders…
The authority is paying a pretty penny for publicizing the project. A total of $270,000 is going to two big-name consulting firms – Barbary Coast Consulting, based in San Francisco, and Circlepoint in Oakland – to handle communications and outreach from 2008 through 2013, according to the transportation authority… (more)