Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vote to leave Masonic alone: NOPNA's survey

You can participate in NOPNA's survey on Masonic Avenue and vote against plans to "calm" that important city North/South street. The city is preparing to screw up traffic for the thousands of people who use it every day (more than 32,000 vehicles a day, and 12,000 people ride the #43 bus every day) on behalf of the bike people. The Bicycle Coalition has wanted to screw up Masonic for years, and, unless public pressure prevents it, they will finally succeed this year.

The city's own studies show that Masonic Ave. isn't dangerous for anyone.

You can also send your objections to Javad Mirabdal, the MTA guy in charge of the city's plan to screw up traffic on Masonic: Javad.Mirabdal@sfmta.com

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At 11:49 AM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

This ought to be an interesting exercise in PR. Who reads Rob Anderson's blog?

My prediction - mostly people who think Rob is a nut, and completely wrong.

Ergo - by posting this - Rob has advertised this Survey to precisely the population who will vote FOR the plans to calm Masonic.


I for one didn't know about that and already sbumitted my vote.

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger thorpej said...

Thanks for pointing out this survey! I'm excited to see this calming project move forward!

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger Mikesonn said...

Murph, with you on that. I didn't hear about it either, but I'm placing my votes now as well.

Thanks Rob! Masonic will be great once it's calmed.

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You're a pretty excitable guy, thorpej! That's what all the exclams show! Of course "calming" Masonic means deliberately jamming up traffic on that busy street!

Murphy rides his bike 45 miles to work, and he calls me a nut?

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Joe said...

@thorpej - As a driver I always try to stay with the flow of traffic (I think it's safer and I can avoid the single finger salute). But the speed people go on these mini highways is out right dangerous in a city.

Thanks for the link I liked the survey! :)

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

FIFTY miles, Rob.

 
At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was unaware of the survey util I saw the link here. I "strongly liked" the Boulevard option.

Thanks Rob!

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Jake said...

Thanks for pointing out the calming survey. Am very excited to see this project move forward and Masonic get some much needed traffic calming measures in place.

 
At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Pingo said...

Masonic isn't dangerous?! Yer a nut, Rob!

just want you to know, "the health benefits of bicycling are nine times greater than the safety gains from driving instead." - http://www.grist.org/article/2011-01-31-dont-fear-riding-a-bicycle-fear-sitting-in-that-chair

thanxs for the survey link - we'll shut Masonic down from cars :)

 
At 8:03 PM, Blogger Joe said...

>>> ((50 * 2) + (4 * 2) + (8 * 3))/12.0
11.0

With a little back of the envelope calculations and at a leisurely 12mph Murphy spends ~11 hours a week on his bike commuting (I've ridden with him before and he's a hell of a lot faster than 12mph so I know it's less than this). My commute by car was 10 hours a week on the beloved US101, not including finding parking in SF so I guess I must be nuts too. My friend who spends about the same amount of time at the gym a week must be nuts. Hell I guess anyone who spends 40+ hours a week at a job is nuts!

 
At 8:45 AM, Blogger Mikesonn said...

Interesting video:

Cyclist matter.

Even if accidents are uncommon, they are still unacceptable. Measures should be taken to protect the vulnerable street users.

Calm Masonic. Calm Fell/Oak. People live here, not cars.

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Cars---and trucks, buses, motorcycles---don't drive themselves. There were 534,829 driver's licenses issued to SF residents in 2008 and 9,936 vehicles registered per square mile in the city (San Francisco Transportation Fact Sheet, November 2010). Of course the bike people think that the purpose of city government should be to make their risky "mode" of transportation safe because it's all about them. That's impossible literally and politically, since cyclists are a small minority even here in Progressive Land.

"Calm" Fell and Oak? You mean, as per Mirkarimi's moronic suggestion, turn them into two-way streets? Not likely, Mike. City Hall wouldn't/couldn't even close the Fell Street entrances to the Arco station.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Mikesonn said...

What do you do when there isn't oil to run all those registered vehicles?

Rob, keep your head in the sand, I'm sure the view is nice.

And I meant that Fell/Oak shouldn't be 3 lane highways, one way or two way.

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Oh dear, what will we do when the oil runs out? Gee, I guess we'll all have to ride bikes!

 
At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When/if the oil runs out, there will still be cars... they'll just be running on electricity, hydrogen, nuclear fusion... who knows. But I have no doubt that cars, or their ancestors, will continue to be a popular and largely dominant way for people to get around.

Human ingenuity will triumph and people will still have cars, even if they look like something from today's science fiction.

 
At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ride my penny-farthing to work everyday.

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

No one wants to talk about what the city is getting ready to do to Masonic Ave. Here's a couple of things you should read just as an introduction to the issue: first, the city's PowerPoint presentation at the first public meeting last year on Masonic, and my analysis of this document, which has the traffic numbers and accident numbers for Masonic showing that it isn't particularly unsafe for anyone, particularly considering the volume of traffic the street handles.

 
At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That power point presentation is pretty cool. Your analysis - way off.

 
At 9:20 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Why do you think it's "cool"? What does that mean? If my analysis is off, maybe you can straighten me out with a better one.

 
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have a math error in the sixth paragraph

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You're right. But the error is insignificant, since the point I'm making is that Masonic Ave. has few accidents for a street that carries so much traffic.

 
At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Abbot Rhineway said...

Either option looks like a major improvement!

 

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