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The San Francisco County County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) has an opening on their Citizens Advisory Committee for SF resident who is interested in transit, pedestrian safety, and transportation. Details below. 

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We are looking for candidates to apply for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Interested in the Caltrain Downtown Extension? Bus rapid transit? Safer streets and sidewalks? Bike lanes? Over the past decade, the CAC has helped the Transportation Authority Board guide the investment of over $1 billion in local transportation sales tax funds – matched with federal, state and other local funds – into projects that improve transportation in every neighborhood and citywide. Your voice is needed on the CAC. (more…)
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The long-awaited pedestrian-activated beacon was finally installed today on Monterey Boulevard at the Detroit Street crosswalk by city contractor BayAreaLightworks.

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New pedestrian-activated beacon at Detroit Street crosswalk on Monterey Blvd.

Unfortunately the position of the previously-placed pedestrian alert sign blocks the view of the new beacon for some west-bound automobiles. Hopefully SFMTA’s signage workers will correct this problem soon.

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New beacon is located behind “State Law” sign for some westbound cars. and so blocked from view. On Monterey Blvd at Detroit Street crosswalk.

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At the last SNA meeting, Captain Joseph McFadden of the Ingleside Police Station told attendees that his officers would be out during August on Monterey Blvd (as they often are) enforcing moving violations of the type identified by the City’s Vision Zero program–those that endanger vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. Last year we had collisions resulting in severe injuries and one death on Monterey, triggering the new designation as a “high-injury corridor.” Yesterday a resident saw several citations taking place on Monterey.

Related news: a skateboarder sustained life-threatening injuries in a collision at the corner of Joost and Foerster last night. More on Hoodline: http://hoodline.com/2017/08/skateboarder-critically-injured-after-sunnyside-collision and SFist: http://sfist.com/2017/08/18/skateboarder_left_with_life-threate.php

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Officer handing out a citation on Monterey Blvd near Congo St, a two-block stretch prone of automobile speeding.

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You are invited: Come to the quarterly meeting of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association on Monday August 7th. Find out what is happening in Sunnyside — hear from city officials and ask your questions — meet your neighbors in person — become a member of your neighborhood association.

Time and place: Monday August 7th, 2017, 7-8:30 pm, at St Finn Barr Auditorium (415 Edna Street at Hearst Ave).

What’s on the agenda:

  • James Shahamiri from SFMTA will speak about the implications of Monterey’s designation as a high injury corridor and answer your questions
  • Latest news about the Balboa Reservoir Project.
  • Captain McFadden from Ingleside Police Station on safety/crime and to answer your questions.
  • Erica Maybaum from Supervisor Norman Yee’s office with update on local issues and to answer your questions.
  • “Greenstorming” session with our members: how can we plan and work to improve Sunnyside’s outdoor spaces? Bring your ideas.
  • Also in the works are updates on Safeway renovation and Sunnyside Park.

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A new Vision Zero map was recently released, showing Monterey Boulevard as a high-injury corridor. For Sunnysiders familiar with the three major injury crashes involving pedestrians and a cyclist last year, this will come as no surprise.

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Vision Zero High Injury Network map. See whole map here.

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One of the intersections called out as dangerous to walkers and cyclists in SNA’s winning pedestrian safety proposal in the recent round of Participatory Budgeting was Baden Street and Hearst Avenue. This week a DPW contractor began work on the first step toward better safety for vulnerable road users here: installing ADA (yellow bumpy) ramps on each of the corners. Are painted crosswalks next?

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Baden St. at Hearst Ave. Construction on ADA ramps. May 30th 2017

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Ingleside Police Station announces traffic safety enforcement with a focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety:

Traffic Safety Enforcement Operations Plan for San Francisco with OTS [Office of Traffic Safety] Grant

The San Francisco Police Department will conduct Traffic Safety Enforcement Operations on May 4th, 8th, 16th and 26th with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety. Over the past three years, the department has identified areas where significant numbers of pedestrian and bicycle-related collisions have occurred and responded by deploying additional officers to those areas in an effort to prevent deaths and injuries. Special attention will be given to Focus on the Five violations: excessive and unsafe speed, unsafe turns, failure to stop for signs and signals, failure to yield to pedestrians in cross walks, as well as any other dangerous violation.

San Francisco is committed to eliminating traffic deaths on our streets by 2024 as part of Vision Zero SF. Vision Zero SF is our city’s commitment to prioritize safe streets for everyone.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked or unmarked crosswalks at corners. All motorists are reminded to be mindful of others who share the road.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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