Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Today's hearing on screwing up Masonic Avenue

The folks at ENUF send this message:

Tuesday, June 25, 11 AM: FINAL Hearing with full Board of Supervisors,
2nd Floor of City Hall, Board Chambers, Room 250

SF County Transportation Authority: This is probably the final review of OBAG Grant proposals. Public comments should start around 11:15 AM. Please come and speak against funding the Masonic Avenue bike project.

The folks who live near Masonic and 2nd Streets will greatly appreciate your help. Contact them at
Save Masonic.

If you can make it, your presence would be appreciated. If you can write letters, send emails, and make phone calls that is also helpful.

sample letter and contacts for recipients.

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At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait. Random people from all over the city want a bike lane on Polk and "they are not listening to the neighborhood". But it's fine for the "Eastern Neighborhoods Unified Front" - centered in the dogpatch several miles from Masonic to opine on that street?

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous James said...

It passed - Let the screwing begin!

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Masonic Avenue is important to the whole city, as is Polk Street. The whole city should get to vote on both projects that propose radical changes to important city streets.

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"All the streets are important!!!"


At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that the whole point of having elected officials. Are you seriously going to suggest that citizens vote for any change made to the corridors? Talk about asinine.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

No one said "All streets are important," but some are a lot more important than others. Masonic carries so much traffic that it's really of regional importance. It's not just a neighborhood issue.

At the very least, the people of San Francisco should be provided the opportunity to be heard on all these "improvements" to their streets. The whole Bicycle Plan should have been put on the ballot years ago. I bet City Hall suspected even then that the bike people aren't the most popular special interest group in the city, which is why that hasn't been done.

At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because it's essentially a freeway going through a residential neighborhood? Good point.

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Yes, kind of like Octavia Blvd. But the city can't have it both ways.People have made it clear they don't want freeway overpasses criss-crossing the city, which means a lot more traffic on the surface streets of the neighborhoods.Screwing up Masonic on behalf of the bike lobby is nothing but dumb traffic management, since the city has no idea whether, after this project is implemented,a significant number of cyclists will use those special bike lanes.

The project is based on two shakey premises:One, that Masonic is unsafe now, which is simply untrue, as the city's own numbers show.Two, that screwing up traffic for everyone but cyclists will even attract enough cyclists to justify that massive inconvenience to more than 40,000 people a day.


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