Green light for cyclists and pedestrians; not for motorists pushing through
Fell & Masonic: an intersection needing "bad rep" for frequent pedestrian stings
How many citations does it take for an intersection to get a bad reputation among motorists prone to invade the right-of-way of pedestrians and bicyclists? SFPD Park Station Captain Teresa Barrett admitted she didn't know the answer, but she is willing to get the count started. Last week a special SFPD Task Force -- plainclothes and motorcycle officers -- set up pedestrian stings at two intersections in the Park Station district and issued fourteen citations for the offense.
The special operation issued citations to eight motorists at Fell and Masonic and another six at Stanyan and Parnassus for the all-too-common occurrence in the city: not yielding to pedestrians, cutting in front of pedestrians, threatening to "push" slow-walking users of the crosswalk on their way. The two intersections are among several that are being targeted for both the failure-to-yield offense and red light running. The previous week Park Station officers issued another 14 citations to motorists running the red on Fell and ignoring the red for the left turn lane onto Masonic. The Task Force is a joint initiative with SFPD Northern Station to respond to mounting complaints about risky intersections. The Fell and Masonic location continues to see frequent hazardous driving.
The Fell and Masonic intersection will likely require far more than periodic stings and a few dozen citations to establish a law-abiding norm -- or simply fear of fines -- among motorists who rush the lights and push into the crosswalks. No one should hesitate to report dangerous incidents to SFPD; thank them for current enforcement while encouraging a regular, sustained focus. NOPA area residents can address Captain Barrett, or her representative, directly at the next NOPNA neighborhood meeting on March 18th.
To report crosswalk incidents or red light running:
call SFPD at (415) 553-0123 (for non-emergencies)
contact SFPD Park Station directly at (415) 242-3000
North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA)
Next general meeting:
Thursday, March 18th, 7 pm: meet and greet; 7:30 meeting begins and continues until 9 pm
Jannah Restaurant (arrive early for drinks or dinner)
1775 Fulton Street (between Central and Masonic, across from Lucky's)