Surprise move on Masonic – last minute meeting notice

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30- PM
John Adams Campus Room 139, SFMTA meeting to explain the Masonic plan to will begin construction of the Masonic bike lane project in mid-2016.  They will provide more information at this meeting. This meeting will be a good opportunity to find out information, question MTA and express your opinion about this $18 million project. Unfortunately, for some reason, the meeting notice does not appear on the MTA Masonic project webpage.

If you object to this project sign the Save Masonic petition and tell the supervisors and the candidates why you object and ask them what they plan to do to reign in the SFMTA. All comments go directly to the recipients.  Comments on the meeting are welcome here. Let us know if this is a Show and Tell or a serious discussion meeting.

North of Panhandle Meeting Stressed Data and Parking Parking Parking

sf.streetsblog – excerpt

…To add more parking, the city is considering blocks of nearby Turk, Central, Lyon and other streets for 90-degree, angled parking. An audience member brought up that she doesn’t like angled parking, because it’s hard to see oncoming cyclists. At that point, I chimed in. It occurred to me that if they’re re-configuring parking, why not add a cycle path between the curb and the parked cars, to created a simple protected bike lane? It would require blocks to make sure cars don’t pull up too far, but that’s cheap. Not exactly a ground breaking idea, so I thought.

Gajda was emphatic that there wasn’t room, and besides, they were building a bike lane on Masonic. I kept pointing out that building a raised bike lane on Masonic, as part of a relatively complex and expensive street improvement project, is not an argument for not building a simple parking-protected bike lane on another street. After all, the city is spending the money to reconfigure the parking regardless. Somewhere between 90 degree parking, which the city is considering, and parallel parking, there has to be an angle that will make enough room for a bike lane along the curb without blocking the car lane, even if that costs a handful of parking spots.

The neighbors would SFMTA put the bike lane on a side street and left Masonic along. That would make everyone a lot happier, especially the poor commuters who will not know what hit them unless we get the news out.

The SFMTA’s New Mandatory “DOUBLE RIGHT TURN” at Fell and Masonic is Off to a Rough Start

sfcitizen – excerpt

Well it seems that making the #3 lane of southbound Masonic a mandatory right at Fell is backing the Evening Drive all the way back to Fulton.

Background, from last week.

Boy, these orange and black signs sure look permanent, huh? One supposes that the orange color says, “Hey, look at me, the new sign!”

You know, I thought the SFMTA hated DOUBLE RIGHT TURNS but now they’re enshrined? Mmmm… (more)

Oh My, It’s ARBOR-GEDDON 2015 – The SFMTA Wants to Kill Hundreds of Healthy Street Trees to Slow Down Traffic on Masonic

sfcitizen – excerpt

SPEED UP MUNI BUSES? Nope. In fact, the Plan will slow down MUNI buses, like part of the Plan is already doing that already, at Ewing Terrace, for example. (The nearby City Target had some mad money so it gave a quarter million to the SFMTA to put in a new light at Ewing in order to gain support for The Plan from a woman who lives on The Terrace.) This plan will slow down MUNI. Simply. Yet somehow, it will “increase access” to transit, by giving people the right to sit longer at bus stops?

SPEED UP THE REST OF TRAFFIC ON MASONIC, THE GREAT CONNECTOR WHAT LINKS THE PARKSIDE, THE SUNSET, AND THE RICHMOND WITH THE REST OF SAN FRANCISCO, CONNECTING BUSH PINE WITH LINCOLN, FULTON, OAK, FELL, TURK, BALBOA, AND GEARY? Oh, Hell no. Masonic will turn into a congested parking lot during the morning and evening drives, ala Oak Street, ala Octavia Boulevard. Buses will no longer pull over into stops – they’ll simply stop and block the slow lane, leaving the solitary remaining lane, the “fast” lane, to temporarily serve as the only way for motorized traffic to travel on Masonic.

INCREASE “ACCESS” TO MUNI? We’ll see. The SFMTA is claiming that rebuilt bus stops will be the big benefit to MUNI riders.

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES IN THE AREA? Oh no. In fact, the Plan will remove 100-something 22-hour-a-day parking spaces from Masonic. (For some this is a feature and not a detriment.)

BENEFIT CYCLISTS? Perhaps. This, see below, is what people do these days, for the most part – they ride their bikes on the wide wide sidewalks, going uphill, for the most part, as I’ve been doing for a couple decades. SFGov is free to make this practice legal on Masonic, but it chooses not to. In fact, SFGov is sometimes reluctant to make piecemeal changes, for safety or whatever, because SFGov shuns so-called “chop-shop” projects – SFGov prefers giant pork-barrel projects paid for by, among others, people living in North Dakota. And then, if residents started to think that Masonic was then “fixed,” through small changes, that would lessen the pressure for a big pork barrel project using money from the Feds and Sacramento.  Anywho, most of the coming changes to Masonic appear to favor bike riders, so yes, we’ll be getting separated lanes up and down Masonic… (more)

We are speechless. Comments to the Chronicle and letters to the Mayor might be most appropriate. Removing mature trees that need no watering and planting new ones that require a lot of water to establish themselves, is bad any time, but quite offensive during a drought.

Area Q Public Hearing Shows a Neighborhood Divided

hoodline – excerpt

Area Q

Yesterday, a public hearing was held at City Hall to discuss the ever-controversial issue of residential parking permits being proposed for the region around Alamo Square dubbed “Area Q.”

Turnout at the hearing was noticeably smaller than at the November 10th meeting at San Francisco Day School. At that meeting, the auditorium was filled with 160+ attendees. About 50 or so people spoke at that meeting, offering a variety of opinions. As a result, the SFMTA revisited the plan and made significant changes based on feedback.

Yesterday’s hearing, on the other hand, was held at City Hall — well outside the area being discussed — and took place at 10am on a workday, which likely presented a challenge for those with day jobs or other commitments. All in all, about 70 people filled the hearing room yesterday, and of the 35 or so people who spoke, the vast majority expressed strong opposition to the parking permit proposal… (more)

Proof that the war on cars is responsible for the anger on our streets. The best way to calm that anger is to stop the war on cars the way Feds are now attempting to stop the war on drugs. Stop the war. Let the citizens of San Francisco catch their breath and catch up with all the changes… Tell the Supervisors that you want them to take back accountability the SFMTA. Sigh the petition:

Second thoughts on giving up parking? – excerpt

The North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association, has recently submitted over 300 signatures for a petition to establish a new Residential Parking Permit Zone (EE) in the neighborhood.  This petition was the result of a number of drivers (no pun intended):

  • The loss of parking due to the recent safety upgrades on Fell and Oak
  • The potential loss of parking from future safety upgrades and traffic calming on Masonic
  • The increase in number of RV-type vehicles parking for extended periods along the panhandle, with the appearance of people living in them
  • The increasingly difficulty residents have expressed in looking for parking close to their residences
  • Petition for residents(more)

Looks like some of the folks who wanted bike lanes on Fell and Oak are having trouble parking their cars now. Wait till they get the bike lanes on Masonic and the Target opens.

As SFMTA Looks to Calm Traffic on Scott, Parking Warriors Get Loud

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt – video link

The SFMTA held a public meeting last week about how to calm traffic on three blocks of Scott Street along the Wiggle. On the table are design features that would signal drivers to slow down and possibly prevent them from using the street as a cut-through route. Even though planners say the project may remove few, if any, parking spaces, a familiar handful of pro-car activists showed up to fume about the agency’s livable streets projects in general…
When the meeting opened up for comments, Jung O’Donnell stood up to loudly denounce what she perceives as the SFMTA’s “war on cars” that she sees as essential to family life: “It makes it so much harder for people like me to live in the city when you’re so anti-car,” O’Donnell told SFMTA staffers. She did not refer specifically to the Scott project.
O’Donnell complained primarily about the recently-approved and funded redesign on Masonic Avenue, where pedestrian safety improvements, greening, raised bike lanes, and fewer motor traffic lanes are poised to reduce injuries on a street where studies show parking occupancy is generally low. Even though the plan would remove all parking on that stretch of Masonic, the plan was chosen with broad support at an extensive series of community meetings. Flyers were recently posted on Masonic mocking the rhetoric from the group trying to stop the plan.
“I know the Bicycle Coalition has five well-paid executives who are there lobbying, and that’s wonderful, but think about the people who live here too,” said O’Donnell, eliciting applause from some attendees.
O’Donnell was among a handful of speakers who have protested against other projects like the bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements on Polk, Fell and Oak Streets, and the expansion of parking meters in the eastern neighborhoods. Others included Howard Chabner and Ted Lowenberg, who filed an appeal against the Fell and Oak plan, and Robert Francis, who makes a plethora of unsupported claims about SFPark’s motives on his misleadingly labeled website,  (more)

I used to live up the hill from Scott Street and it is one of the slowest streets in town. I used to take it instead of Divisadero because I don’t mind stop signs. Who wants to slow down a slow street? Doesn’t the SFMTA have some important things to spend money on? Like Muni maintenance?

Coming This Fall: City Target at Masonic

by Camden Avery : – excerpt

So this is finally happening.
This October, one year after opening a Metreon location at Mission and 4th, Target is opening its second City Target in San Francisco at the top of Masonic at Geary.
The building (formerly Mervyn’s) has been under renovation for the past few weeks, as you may have noticed, and work is scheduled to be wrapped up by the time they start hiring in August and September.
While the location is within walking distance of the Haight, it’s also probably far away enough not to influence neighborhood traffic too much, even with the proposed elimination of parking spaces along Masonic to make way for the city’s Masonic corridor improvements.
But we thought we’d pool the question to you, dear readers: What do you think of the new Target? Good, bad, neither? Will you use it? … (more)