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Dinah Sanders

I had a voicemail message back from Maurice Growney of Livable Streets this morning with good news. The crosswalk is still going in! They've just put the first pedestrian signal pole in there, but are yet to build some of what else is required. (Bulb outs of the curb maybe? A little hard to hear that bit.)

He says, "I apologize for the delay! I've heard it should be a couple of months before we see the work begin in earnest at that intersection and I guess probably another month after that before the signal is operational."

Hooray! And argh, more waiting, but it's happening at last.

Dan
Dan
Feb 19, 2015

Fantastic news Dinah - thanks for posting!

Posted by Dan on Feb 19, 2015
Tom K.
Tom K.
Feb 20, 2015

This is great. It couldn't come sooner. Thanks for the update!

Posted by Tom K. on Feb 20, 2015
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Dinah Sanders

Being frustrated on this still not being in place as of February 2015, I asked @SF311 on Twitter, "Hi! Any word on the long-promised NW-SW crosswalk at Fell & Gough? Intersection remains a safety problem." and received this reply:

"No ETA unfortunately. You may want to ask BSM @ 415-554-6920 or Mayor's Office On Disability at 415-554-6789. TY ^JM"

I called that first number and got transferred within BSM, but turns out for crosswalks you want MTA. So, I called 415-701-4500. I was on hold for a while, but with ok jazz in the background, so not awful. :) They suggested I follow up with Maurice Growney and transferred me to his voicemail (his number is 415-701-4549) where I left a message.

I will add another update when I hear back from him. I'm hopeful about his response being useful, if not necessarily good news, as he was so helpful in 2013.

Dan
Dan
Feb 17, 2015

Fair enough ... just let us know if we can help!

Posted by Dan on Feb 17, 2015
Tom K.
Tom K.
Feb 20, 2015

@Dan the mid-block on Brannan I would assume might require a different protocol than the one that's at a light? It'd be interesting to have some sort of informational pow wow to explain the City process of changing anything on our streets. Maybe in cooperation with Walk SF?

Posted by Tom K. on Feb 20, 2015
Dan
Dan
Feb 20, 2015

I'm up for it. I took a look at the Better Streets website and it seems that this lucky fellow is who we should reach out to from SFMTA's Livable Streets program - www.sfmta.com/tom-maguire ... More on Better Streets: www.sfbetterstreets.org/

Posted by Dan on Feb 20, 2015
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Tom K.

The parklet is now open! Good addition to Octavia.

Dan
Dan
Aug 9, 2014

Huzzah!

Posted by Dan on Aug 9, 2014
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Tom K.

Couldn't agree more, Dez. Unfortunately, Hayes Valley is home to a handful of one-way streets that are dangerous and often serve as little more than mini-freeways filled with speeding cars. To these motorists, the neighborhood is only a place to pass through as fast as possible-- only trying to get somewhere else. I also have a feeling a lot of the speeding motorists heading north are not residents, but commuters trying to get to the bridge. Whatever it is-- It's very scary as a pedestrian or person on a bike. With so many children living and going to school in the neighborhood, it's shameful to have such unwelcome streets dominated by high-speed automobiles.

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Tom K.

Sad news from just a few feet away:

"A pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing Van Ness Avenue Tuesday night. There are seven lanes of traffic and police say a man was struck outside the crosswalk on Van Ness, near Grove Street, by a driver who had no time to react. It happened just before 7 p.m."

I was walking by as police were investigating while the man's body was still on the street. Very harrowing site and makes me wonder if things would've been different with clearer and safer pedestrian crossings along Van Ness.

abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?id=9...

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Man hit, killed crossing Van Ness in San Francisco

The sixth recent fatal pedestrian accident happened Tuesday night on Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street in San Francisco.

abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sect...

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Tom K.

Some inspiring public restrooms from Japan.

www.spoon-tamago.com/2013/11/0...

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Japanese Designer Public Restrooms

From squeaky clean to technologically bizarre, much has been said and written about Japanese public restrooms. And while some of it is hyperbole and sensationalism generated by an overly zealous fo...

www.spoon-tamago.com/2013/11/0...

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Tom K.

Interesting. I live around the corner, but I don't walk down Octavia that much.

It looks like they put in a camera at Octavia and Market:

sfbay.ca/2013/10/24/dangerous-...

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Traffic camera to nab drivers at Market and Octavia

A camera is being installed at Market and Octavia will start capturing images of cars making illegal right turns.

sfbay.ca/2013/10/24/dangerous-...

Angel
Angel
Nov 4, 2013

Oh that's great! I hear that that's also a dangerous intersection. I hope that helps and they will do the same at Oak and Octavia! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Angel on Nov 4, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Nov 4, 2013

The area around Octavia, Oak, and Fell bum me out because people in cars are so aggressive and moving too fast near people walking and on bikes. I've been honked out and almost run over for LEGALLY crossing the street in crosswalks between Hayes and Market.

Posted by Tom K. on Nov 4, 2013
Angel
Angel
Nov 4, 2013

Yeah same here! Also, this happened last night: www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/....

Posted by Angel on Nov 4, 2013
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