Monday, July 29, 2013

A Save Masonic petition
















Howard Chabner of Save Masonic sends this petition to save Masonic Avenue from City Hall's anti-car bicycle project. It's addressed to Mayor Ed Lee, London Breed, Eric Mar, Mark Farrell, John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Katy Tang, Scott Weiner, Norman Yee, the  Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Maria Lombardo, Tilly Chang, the MTA Board, Amy Rein Worth, and Steve Heminger.

SFMTA is planning to remove all parking along Masonic Avenue from Fell to Geary, reduce the travel lanes during rush hour so there will only be two lanes in each direction at all times, install a concrete median strip in the middle of the street, and install bike lanes at both curb lanes (cycle tracks, above the roadway and below sidewalk level). There will be bus bulb-outs, so when buses stop to load and unload passengers, only one travel lane will be moving. In order to cross Masonic and to access the bus stops, pedestrians will have to cross the cycle track. Emergency response time will be slowed down. The project is estimated to cost $18 million; the actual final cost is anyone’s guess. Our tax dollars could be better spent improving public transportation. Many people affected by this project did not receive notice from MTA. Adequate environmental review has not been performed.

Sign the petition here.

The project is based on the lie that Masonic Avenue is unsafe.

SF Citizen joins the fray.

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8 Comments:

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous James said...

I guess you feel like if you say it enough times it will become true. This was not built on a safety lie. It was already on the bicycle plan that you tried to stop.

"Masonic Avenue is in fact part of the city's Bicycle Plan---there are seven pages on the street in the Network Document, complete with engineering drawings---and thus subject to Judge Busch's injunction, "

You seem to have a very selective memory when it comes to Masonic Avenue. Perhaps you deserve a job at city hall after all.

 
At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Petition disregard the huge safety emergency that is the intersection of Masonic and Upper Terrace. Until Howard can properly discuss why we should wait to address this critical dangerous intersection, his petition is bunk.

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

"I guess you feel like if you say it enough times it will become true. This was not built on a safety lie. It was already on the bicycle plan that you tried to stop."

Masonic Avenue was of course in the Bicycle Plan and in the court-ordered EIR on the Plan. But the phony safety issue wasn't raised until the city was working on the EIR. It was raised by the Bicycle Coalition, and in the beginning it was all about the Fell/Masonic intersection, which was the original lie about Masonic. Later the Bicycle Coalition expanded its deliberate campaign of hysteria to include all of Masonic.

It was always a lie, which was revealed in the city's Design
Study
that none of you assholes have read.

 
At 9:34 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Here's a functional link to the Bicycle Coalition's Big Lie campaign on the Fell/Masonic intersection.

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I'd like to hear more about the so-called safety emergency at Masonic and Upper Terrace, since it doesn't show up in the city's Collision Report.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Rkeezy said...

It's easy to foam at the mouth about "huge emergencies" and "public demand" without any real substantive data to back it up.

 
At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's easy to foam at the mouth about "huge emergencies" and "public demand" without any real substantive data to back it up"

It is equally easy to foam at the mouth about a "war on cars" without any real substantive data to back it up.

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You must be coming in late to this issue, since I've posted a lot of statements about the city's anti-car policies. You can start with this one, and this, this, this, this.

 

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