Dinah Sanders

Dinah Sanders


Currently self-employed as a writer, I hold degrees in History and Library Science. I put these skills to work on cocktail history and taxonomy in The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level and on the Bibulo.us blog. My first book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, explored letting go of what doesn’t make life awesome.

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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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Dinah Sanders

Meaning you want places where there is no side-of-street parking for cars? Or places where parking a car is free?

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Dinah Sanders

Perhaps the biggest issue is a lack of public toilets. See also: neighborland.com/ideas/sf-nice...

Lava Mae is going to be providing a small bit of help on this issue with their shower/bathroom buses. www.lavamae.org/
But we need much more.

London has taken a very creative approach which we might want to try here:
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/en...

See also this past Neighborland posts on this issue:
neighborland.com/ideas/sf-clea...

Dan
Dan
Sep 30, 2014

Thanks Dinah - we'll be mapping many of the existing ideas that apply to this new project from the City Administrator and the CBA companies' project today.

Posted by Dan on Sep 30, 2014
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Dinah Sanders

Any move in this direction needs to take into account those of us who are not tall enough to hold onto a ceiling bar or strap for a bouncy, long BART ride. Adding lots of vertical bars would be one way to solve this.

Also consider how the car with no seats would clearly identify itself from the outside so that those who need seats don't get on and then have to choose between stepping out and missing this train or staying in this car and putting themselves in danger of a fall.

Dinah Sanders
Dinah Sanders
Sep 9, 2014

But isn't that already the car that the bike riders are directed to? Or is that not during the hours you're thinking of?

Anyhow, point is that considering how this gets communicated to potential riders would be an important part of the plan. Certainly there are lots of things, including distinctive exterior paint or decals on the car and signage or painted markings on the platform, which could help people make the best use of the feature.

Posted by Dinah Sanders on Sep 9, 2014
Dennis Hong
Dennis Hong
Sep 11, 2014

That's so funny, carboose. Have not heard that term in years.......That would be wonderful, could use it for the travlers/luggage too. Worse thing about the bikers, is the bikes - derailers grease get all over the seats whne they lean the bikes againist the fabric/soft seats. Besides I think BART needs to rfresh their public handouts, maybe that would be the place to educate how the carboose would be used. At times BART uses these trains for the mainteance workers to haul their cleaning materials around. What an Idea, I'll vote for the carboose. DH

Posted by Dennis Hong on Sep 11, 2014
Nicholas Josefowitz
Nicholas Josefowitz
Oct 28, 2014

Interesting idea. We definitely need to think of how to increase capacity at peak. Do you know if any other transit systems around the country do this?

Posted by Nicholas Josefowitz on Oct 28, 2014
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Dinah Sanders

Step 1: Get a group together and have the Fire Department's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) program come give you free training!
www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?pag...

From the training page:
"Want to host a N.E.R.T. training in your San Francisco neighborhood? You must have thirty sign-ups and an ADA compliant space able to accommodate at least eighty people. If you do, please contact SFNERT at sffdnert@sfgov.org Classes will be scheduled based on need and location."

Looks like Bill Jeong is your neighborhood coordinator and his contact info is here
www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?pag...

Dan
Dan
Jul 22, 2014

Thanks Dinah! Representatives from NERT were at the first meeting, and will be there tomorrow night as well.

Posted by Dan on Jul 22, 2014
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