Scott Wiener Proposes Measures to Curb SFFD’s Push for Wider Streets

by : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

The San Francisco Fire Department has not let up in its fight against narrower roads in the city, protesting measures like bulb-outs and traffic lane removals that make streets safer. In one of the latest instances, SFFD has fought 20-foot-wide streets planned for two major redevelopments, going against years of planning and established city codes. The department wants all new streets to be at least 26 feet wide.

Supervisor Scott Wiener today proposed measures to take on SFFD’s irrational stance. ”Elected policymakers and the voters have repeatedly adopted a policy of safer streets through effective street design, yet some of our departments are acting as if those directives didn’t exist,” he said in a statement.

Wiener’s proposed legislation would require city departments to get Board of Supervisors approval if they want to “deviate” from street width standards in the Fire, Public Works, and Administrative Codes, and the Better Streets Plan. The proposal also asks the City Attorney to draft amendments to those codes to “clarify” the existing standards… (more)

Fighting the Fire Department has got to be a new low. I just watched a fire truck traversing slowly down Alabama Street today weaving slowly between the cars and trucks down past 19th Street,

The real scary plan in the TEP is to cut off more traffic from streets along Potrero  that lead to General Hospital, while building wide sidewalks, bike lanes and bulbouts, and planting trees down the center of the street. None of the streets go directly through to the hospital now, so the pace is  already slow. What is going to happen during a major disaster when the traffic can’t move on and off the freeway and the emergency vehicles can’t get through to the hospital?

Clipper Card Commuters Question Validity of Citations

By Vicky Nguyen and Jeremy Carroll : nbcbayarea – excerpt

FMTA riders using their Clipper cards seeing stricter enforcement but some say broken machines and confusing rules lead to unfair tickets.

Ellie Cachette fought the law, and the law won, twice, before she successfully appealed her $103 SFMTA ticket for fare evasion. But she’s one of very few to receive a refund. Data provided to NBC Bay Area by the transit agency show that for fiscal year 2013, of the 20 percent of tickets submitted for appeal, just 1 percent were successful.

The number of riders getting caught in the dragnet is on the rise. SFMTA fare inspectors are on pace to write more than 70,000 tickets for fare evasion this fiscal year, a number that eclipses the 27,000 tickets written when the Clipper card was first introduced to Muni in 2010. The agency is also poised to collect $3 million in fines, more than twice what it brought in last year… (more)

What do drivers and Muni riders have in common? Major complaints about illegal tickets. Why do both Muni riders and car owners want to reform SFMTA? Too many reasons to list. Ticket complaints are one of many complaints we agree on. If you want to make a difference, let the Mayor and Supervisors know that you want to them to vote against the TEP. You can also sign the petition to reform the SFMTA: http://fixthemta.org/