Please also see:
The Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) position www.publichealthreports.org/do...
Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health experts, which concluded that research evidence "does not demonstrate that community water fluoridation results in any unwanted health effect other than dental fluorosis" (white spots on teeth)
In 2011, the CDC proposed a new level for fluoridation — 0.7 parts per million [it was previously 0.7-1.2] — that is expected to reduce the likelihood of fluorosis while continuing to protect teeth from decay.
Scientific Reviews and Reports: Assessing the Evidence (CDC)
The American Academy of Pediatrics
"A 2010 study examined the issue of fluorosis and infant formula, and reached the conclusion that 'no general recommendations to avoid use of fluoridated water in reconstituting infant formula are warranted.' The researchers examined the condition’s impact on children and concluded that 'the effect of mild fluorosis was not adverse and could even be favorable.'"
Seems like this may be, like measles and whooping cough immunizations, one of those things where a benefit which heavily outweighs its (in this case minor) risks is no longer recognized as a major benefit once it has succeeded in radically reducing a significant health problem. A few generations in, people have forgotten what it was like before.
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.
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:
See also this past Neighborland posts on this issue:
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.