Thanks for posting this, Sarah! I could *not* agree with you more. I've previously posted on this subject, but all the one ways that go through the area act as freeways. They are incredibly dangerous and motorists are encouraged to go faster than the speed limit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sixth recent fatal pedestrian accident happened Tuesday night on Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street in San Francisco.
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