De Young Museum tries to slam brakes on making Golden Gate Park car-free Saturdays year-round

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

For half a century, John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park has been car-free on Sundays to the enjoyment of walkers, cyclists, disco-dancing roller-skaters and more — but similar Saturday closures, enacted a decade ago, only span the summer.

Now, an effort is underway to make the popular thoroughfare car-free on Saturdays year-round, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

Opposition, however, may kill that effort before it’s even officially proposed to the public.

Mark Hollein, director of the de Young Museum that’s located near John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park, laid out the museum’s opposition in a Sept. 7 email to San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, which was obtained by the Examiner.

“I received your message regarding exploring the potential of extending the current six-month closure of JFK to a year-round closure,” Hollein wrote. “I cannot lend my support to additional road closures in the immediate vicinity of the de Young.”… (more)

Separate the bikes from the cars. Cyclists can ride through the park instead of on the streets. There are plenty of bike trails through the park and they can just as easily put in more bike paths as bike lanes. As some have pointed out, children are better off not breathing the exhaust, and the cars do not drive through the park, they drive on the streets. If you really care about the cyclists, give them their own bike paths inside the park.

Eighth Avenue targeted for ‘neighborway’ redo

By Jerold Chinn : sfbay – excerpt

A popular street for pedestrians, bicyclists and even tour buses in San Francisco’s Richmond District to get to and from Golden Gate Park may soon see changes transit officials say will make the street more bike- and pedestrian-friendly.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency held an open house on Saturday at the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks public library to share ideas with the public on ways to slow down vehicles and reducing traffic on Eighth Avenue from Lake to Fulton streets.

Transit officials are calling it a “neighborway” project, where the transit agency focuses on making improvements on residential streets by using traffic calming measures such as traffic circles in the middle of the intersection, speed humps, upgrading crosswalks and applying traffic restrictions to motorists.

Eighth Avenue is one of the first neighborway projects…(more)

Targeted is right.The SFMTA declared war on cars so that is an apt phrase. They are losing as more displaced workers pour into the city daily, along with thousands of Ubers and Lyfts. Some drive from as far away as LA, and instead of parking, they drive around. How does increasing commute times and distances solve the state’s emissions problem? Are circling cars better than parked cars?

Neighborways are a perfect example of projects San Francisco does not need. What is on Eighth Ave. that needs protecting? Isn’t there a bus route on it? Why slow a street with a bus on it if they want the buses to travel faster?

Instead of trying to force crosstown traffic, including buses, trucks, and visitors off major streets onto smaller ones, why doesn’t SFMTA go back to the original plan of creating bike paths through the city on streets that are not heavily traveled by motor vehicles?

Listen to the riders who quit taking Muni to find out why they quit and fix their problems instead creating new ones. What was the number one complaint about Muni before they removed the seats? Crowded buses with standing room only. How does removing seats fix that problem?

The SFMTA’s Restriping of JFK Drive Has Been a Massive Failure for a 100 Small Reasons – Let’s Take a Short Trip

sfcitizen – excerpt

This place is a mess. Many long-time cyclists now avoid using JFK. Is this what the all-seeing all-knowing SFMTA wanted? IDK. Oh what’s that, cycling in San Francisco is going to increase six-fold by 2020 (I’m seriously, this was the goal, this was what was “expected” by local pols not too long ago), so we need to accommodate all the new traffic? But what if that huge increase doesn’t materialize and then you lose a significant chunk of the pre-existing riders?

(Any survey from the SFMTA showing broad-based support for these changes isn’t a real survey.)

Moving on, to this. Where else in the world do they put a kink into double yellow lines… (more)

It gets a lot wore on Third Street south of Evans where traffic lanes weave in and out of light rail lanes and bike lanes without warning.

See the video we shot on crooked Third Street:


Golden Gate Park bikeway is confusing

By Ellen Huet : – excerpt

When San Francisco officials chose Golden Gate Park for the city’s first separated bikeway, they knew the format – with parallel parking sandwiched between car traffic and bicycle lanes – would take some getting used to. A year later, however, the city’s efforts to educate cyclists and drivers have dropped off, and confusion is still rampant… …  (more)
Who’s responsible: Bond Yee, director of sustainable streets at the Municipal Transportation Agency,

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What do you expect when SFMTA hires the SF Bicycle Coalition to design bike paths and they come up with ideas that run counter to the California highway design standards, as seen here:
Bikeway Planning and Design, 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. Who will file the first to
file a complaint.

San Francisco is no longer tourist friendly.

When natives can no longer get across town easily, how do they expect the tourists to navigate through this city with bike lanes where parking lanes should be and red and green and purple streets. SF has the dubious distinction of being the third most difficult city in the country to navigate. Way to go, SFMTA. Do you feel safer with a lot of stressed out drivers behind with wheel?

To add insult to injury, we hear that a consortium of the SF Bicycle Coalition, Nelson/Nygaard, and individuals working for the SFMTA, have a hired lobbyist to to re-write the rules to legalize the Gold Gate Park disaster. Your tax dollars at work?

Just when your thought the SFMTA was going to work on fixing the muni, they come up with more plans for bike paths and subways, but nothing for Muni riders.
Spot-By-Spot, or Route-By-Route? SFMTA Refines Its Bicycle Strategy
Pricey Central Subway contract leaves little room for future cost overruns, “…$100 million more expensive than originally anticipated…”

Why One San Francisco Bike Lane Design Is Upsetting Drivers and Cyclists (AUDIO)

By Julie Caine : – excerpt

A prominent bike lane in San Francisco may be suffering because of its unique design. The ambitious, and expensive, bike lane striping of Golden Gate Park stands out from the other projects of San Francisco’s bike plan for the criticism it draws from cyclists and drivers alike.
“I think it’s one of the dumbest things I ever saw that they put these stripes down here,” says driver Jimmy Harris of the lanes,…
It cost at least $425,000 to lay the stripes down – and the MTA estimates more than that to plan it all out.
So, what do the people who travel along JFK think about the new configuration?…
The people who most advocated for – and implemented – the striping of Golden Gate Park are examining the effects. The SF Bike Coalition has a webpage devoted to the “JFK Separated Bikeway Project.”…
The page addresses some of the problems: cars that aren’t parked where they’re supposed to be; people crossing the bikeway without looking. SFMTA has a page called the JFK Cycletrack. It includes a survey in which people can share their thoughts about what they like and don’t like… (more)

Looks like SFMTA will have to step up their PR campaign in order to avoid losing any more face with the professional transportation industry. We hear SF has the third worst run municipal transportation system in the US, slightly better than LA and Honolulu. If they want to be a world class city destination, it may be time to hire a world class transit manager who takes Muni, not a bicycle, to work.

Announcement of ENUF web site

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Contacts: Tony Kelly   John Lum
Mari Eliza
San Francisco – May 30, 2012

ENUF (Eastern Neighborhoods United Front) Web site:

ENUF is comprised of dedicated and concerned stakeholders intent on disrupting SFMTA’s plans to blanket our San Francisco neighborhoods with parking meters. In late 2011 when neighborhood members realized the full extent of MTA’s plans, we immediately went into action. To further unite our stakeholders and provide a statement of our interests, we are launching our website, on June 1, 2012.  Once the technology is in place, we will begin to gather data for our master parking plan. The release date on the survey will be forthcoming.

Neighborhood groups filled an appeal, a public meeting was called, the SFMTA backed off, and promised to work with us on a more palatable plan to control traffic and enhance parking in our neighborhoods. ENUF members spent considerable time and effort creating a web site and designing a survey to track the parking patterns of our residents so we could meet their needs and fulfill our promise to SFMTA.

Subsequent remarks, comments and interviews coming from SFMTA, lead us to believe they intended to proceed with minimally changed plans to eliminate existing parking spaces while continuing to claim we need more parking meters to calm traffic and increase parking availability.  The recent outrage over such issues as Sunday parking meter enforcement, spying buses, impossible to decipher signs, and really hard to fathom traffic manipulation projects like the debacle in Golden Gate Park, have attracted a widening range of public anger.

The money questions are most disturbing. The media is just starting to touch the surface of that mystery. On we try to track as much of the press as we can, but it is hard to keep up with the number of issues that have arisen in recent weeks. We will attempt a list later.

This week we had some good news. District Supervisors are taking notice of residents’ complaints, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has voiced concerns that increased stress on drivers may hurt our delicately recovering local economy.

Even with promises of support from our city officers and endorsement of a slowdown of meter enforcement from other important players, ENUF is not backing off on our work. We plan to continue working on our parking management plans and outreach to ensure the needs of our residents and businesses are met. We invite over neighborhoods to work on their plans and offer assistance where we can provide it.

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New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

Steven T. Jones : – Excerpt

Golden Gate Park visitors have had a couple months to get used to the confusing new lane configurations on JFK Drive – with bike lanes along the edges of the road and a row of parked cars in the middle – and I have yet to hear from anyone who likes this design. Nice try, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, but this design isn’t working for any road users and should be scrapped…

Now, because the SFMTA tried to accommodate motorists with too many new parking spots in Golden Gate Park – despite previous promises to decrease street parking in the park in exchange for building a massive underground parking lot – we’ve ended up with a messy design that only exacerbates conflicts between motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. In their effort to please everyone, as is often the case, they have pleased nobody…

Not so fast. Inquiring minds want to know how much money was spent on this experiment in Golden Gate Park that most rate as a failure, and how many hours of executive SFMTA time are going into non-Muni projects? When SFMTA claims they have a multi-million dollar budget Muni deficit and demands more funds, the citizens deserve a detailed explanation of where all SFMTA funds are coming from and where they are going. They also deserve a city government that supports their needs.