Arco Station, Divisadero entry...closed to business, "system is down for a 2-3 hours"
How much safer, smoother it could be for people biking and driving
No blocked bike lanes, traffic lanes or sidewalks today
People biking, walking, or driving as they approached Divisadero from Fell Street this afternoon encountered something seldom seen: no blocked bike lanes, no obstructed crosswalks, and no backed-up traffic lanes. The street and the sidewalk were all-clear.
Bicyclists had a clear, unobstructed view ahead and could remain in the lane. Walkers had the full sidewalk to themselves -- no motorists idling their vehicles across it and no bicyclists on the sidewalk not wanting to risk the usual tangle of vehicles lining up for entry to Arco. And no drivers fuming while waiting behind the queue of other motorists wanting cheap gas.
The attendant at the quiet station told me simply that the "system was down for two to three hours" this afternoon. What a difference.