Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross :Chronicle Columnists – excerpt
Mayor Ed Lee is floating the idea of tearing down the stub end of Interstate 280 in San Francisco in hopes of creating a new neighborhood and speeding up the arrival of high-speed rail service downtown.
The idea, laid out by the mayor’s chief transit planner, Gillian Gillett, in a memo to the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission, would be to knock down I-280 before 16th Street – eliminating the ramps both at Sixth and Brannan streets and at Fourth and King streets. It would be replaced by a street-level boulevard akin to those built after the Embarcadero and Central freeways were knocked down.
The plan also calls for clearing out the adjacent rail yard to make way for a high-speed rail…
“The mayor is a big proponent of high-speed rail,” said Lee’s spokeswoman, Christine Falvey. “And the mayor is interested in looking at that concept if it can bring high-speed rail to San Francisco faster, better and cheaper.”
She added, “It could be a big boon to the city if we develop a neighborhood in the process.“… (more)
She must mean, tear down the Potrero Hill neighborhood and replace it with new higher buildings. What is faster, better, and cheaper about tearing down an existing freeway and rebuilding it as a surface road?
By Thomas K. Pendergast : The Richmond Review, January 2013– excerpt
On a Saturday morning the foreign tourists queued up in front of a bus near the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.
Standing scattered across a bicycle lane in a loose group of about a dozen people, they did not notice a bicyclist bearing down on them. He whistled first, then yelled “hello!” at them so they would see him coming.
The tourists moved and let him through but the confusion was on every face. Why was this bicyclist so pushy and why didn’t he just go around the bus on the other side?
They obviously had no idea that they were blocking his bicycle lane… City planners and the SF Bicycle Coalition are set to create more of these “cycle tracks” around San Francisco but opposition is growing against the design found along John F. Kennedy Drive, near the east side of Golden Gate Park, with some disabled people and even some bicyclists saying that this design is more dangerous for them than not having any bike lanes at all… (more)
We have already run a story or two on this design that does not meet state standards. Now we see the design is bad for tourists, physically challenged and elderly people as well.
From an earlier post: State designs standards.
p. 15 of the June 26, 2012 edition of the Highway Design Manual, 1003.2 Class II Bikeways (1) a, “Bike lanes shall not be placed between the parking area and the curb. Such facilities increase the conflict between bicyclists and opening car doors and reduce visibility at intersections. Also, they prevent bicyclists from leaving the bike lane to turn left and cannot be effectively maintained.”
Wonder how many rules have been ignored by the SFMTA in their rush to disrupt our lives. And, we wonder who will file the first complaint. Bikeway Planning and Design