Archive for the ‘Pedestrian’ Category

Recently WalkScore, which is part of Redfin real estate group, upped its score of walkability in Sunnyside, boosting its rank to 76th most walkable neighborhood in the city (out of 110). Read more here on Hoodline. See full ranking list here (page down).

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Screenshot from Hoodline article.

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The most recent meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee was held on July 9, 2018. The subject was Transportation. The PDF of the slide presentation given by the developer AvalonBay/BRIDGE is available here. Below are a few slides from it. The next meeting of the BRCAC has not been scheduled yet, but tentatively planned as a “Community Park Day” in September.

 

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From Supervisor Yee’s Office and SFMTA.

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Speed hump and zebra crosswalk. Photo: SFMTA

SFMTA’s Residential Traffic Calming Program is a resident-directed, annual application-based program to address mid-block speeding on residential streets in San Francisco, and we are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program.

The deadline for submitting completed applications and petitions for the 2018-2019 traffic calming program is June 30, 2018.    (more…)

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As part of the pedestrian safety improvements resulting from the Participatory Budgeting grant that Sunnyside won in 2017, several changes have been made around the neighborhood, and are still in progress. This crosswalk was identified as a hazardous crossing, for both pedestrians and cars–there are stop signs only for traffic on Hearst Ave.

SFMTA rejected the request by SNA and Sunnyside neighbors to install a four-way stop here. Instead they have just completed a striped crosswalk for increased visibility.

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New crosswalk, Hearst and Gennessee. Photo: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

Although there are special signs to warn cars on Gennessee to yield to pedestrians, the sign for north-bound cars is completely obscured, rendering it useless.

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Looking north, Hearst and Gennessee. Photo: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

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Despite chilly winds last Thursday May 17, many local residents turned out for the community walk from the site of the proposed Balboa Reservoir housing project to the Balboa Park BART and MUNI Station, to evaluate the hazards to pedestrians and bicyclists. The aim of the developers and the City is to encourage more car-free transit use for new and existing residents in the area, but this particular route can be unpleasant and dangerous. There will be improvements to this route, including items already planned in SFMTA’s Ocean Avenue project. More about that here.

Many representatives were present from the AvalonBay/BRIDGE development team for the project, as well as from SFMTA and WalkSF, to take feedback and offer participants the chance to answer survey questions about various elements of this quarter-mile stretch of Ocean Ave. Developer website: http://www.balboareservoir.com/

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Balboa Reservoir community walk on Ocean Ave. Ocean and Phelan (Frida Kahlo Way). May 17, 2018. Photo Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

It was a lively conversation. A great many on the walk participants were seasoned transit users with clear opinions about this infamous route to the Station.  A reporter from the Ingleside-Excelsior Light was present.

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Balboa Reservoir community walk on Ocean Ave. Balboa Park BART Station North Entrance. May 17, 2018. Photo Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

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As part of the development of the Balboa Reservoir for housing, the noisy hazard-ridden pedestrian route from there to the Balboa Park Station is being addressed. Join the development team for a walk on Ocean Avenue on Thursday May 17, 6-7:30pm. From SF Planning Dept:

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Dear Balboa Community Members,

The Balboa Reservoir development team will be hosting a community walk along Ocean Avenue from the Balboa Reservoir to BART/MUNI on Thursday, May 17th. This will be an opportunity to discuss the existing challenges and opportunities to improve the transportation conditions along this stretch of right-of-way.

The walk will be from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, May 17th and will begin at Unity Plaza (outside of 1100 Ocean Avenue).

Thank you for your ongoing interest and participation in the Balboa Reservoir project.

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Just released: the winners of this year’s District 7 Participatory Budgeting include the four projects designed by Sunnyside residents for our neighborhood:

  • Vision Zero / traffic calming on Judson Ave;
  • Sunnyside Elementary School playground improvements;
  • Increased pedestrian safety at the Mangels/Foerster crosswalk;
  • Needed tables and chairs for the Sunnyside Playground Plaza, so that it can be used for events.

Here is the full list:

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