Small median island with traffic sign -- add 25 MPH sign too?
Northbound Masonic: traffic lanes and crosswalks faded
Hayes to Fell southbound faded as well
Fix Masonic wants the city to install interim traffic calming measures on Masonic Avenue during the long lead-up to the more comprehensive changes envisioned for the street. The grassroots group submitted a list of ten safety enhancements to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in mid-November. The agency is researching the proposals, a few of which would require legislative approval. The proposed changes range from re-striping faded traffic lanes to establishing a double-fine zone for speeding. Fix Masonic is comprised of Masonic area residents who use the corridor for all modes of transportation and who want to stop the speeding that regularly occurs on the street.
SFMTA staff expect to complete a final report for the Masonic Avenue Street Design Study by December 31st. The planning document will recommend a transportation design that incorporates many of the features of the Boulevard proposal supported by a majority of Masonic area residents during a series of three community meetings earlier this year. Next spring the proposal will be considered at a public hearing before a SFMTA hearing officer, followed by presentations before the SFMTA Board of Directors and the Board of Supervisors. Once approved, city planners will conduct an environmental review, if needed, and seek funding for the $20 million proposal. The full process from completion of the final report to start of construction could require two to three years. Construction will likely continue for 12 to 18 months.
Fix Masonic, individual neighbors, and parents with children at the San Francisco Day School are urging the city to undertake safety measures during the long waiting period for project implementation. On November 17, Fix Masonic submitted the following requests for interim measures to Ricardo Olea, SFMTA Livable Streets Manager:
- Re-paint crosswalks at intersections and upgrade crossings with zebra stripes as needed
- Re-stripe travel lanes on several blocks where paint has faded. Masonic's narrow traffic lanes might discourage speeding if they were more visible.
- Paint 25 MPH on traffic lanes at several locations in both travel directions
- Paint School Zone at appropriate locations near the several schools along Masonic
- Re-define traffic lanes at specific locations where lanes currently widen or end abruptly
- Install a thumbnail median -- or use existing island medians -- and post a 25 MPH sign
- Install the long-discussed and promised red-light camera at Fell and Masonic
- Add an additional block -- Fell to Oak -- to the current project
- Seek a double-fine zone for the Masonic corridor to discourage speeding
- Post notices along Masonic on existing poles that indicate the number of speeding citations given during a specific time period (for example, "33 citations during December")
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Readers' note: I am a member of the group Fix Masonic.