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Traffic Congestion in South of Market Must Be Fought

As you may know, the reason I started this RinconHillSF.org blog in February 2007 was because I couldn’t get any attention as an individual regarding the dangerous conditions in the RIncon Hill neighborhood for pedestrians. That was before an additional 1,200 or so neighbors moved into One Rincon Hill and The Infinity – and things still have not been improved despite even more residents living along Harrison Street. What we did get was a repaving of Harrison Street so that cars can drive faster (no potholes, no problem) with zero pedestrian safety enhancements. Over three years later, here’s what I captured on video today while walking home … the corner of Main and Harrison, totally out of control and dangerous for pedestrians. Will you join me to fight the attack on our quality of life by City Hall? If so, please write me at RinconHill@Gmail.com with your phone number and email address you’d prefer to be contacted at regarding this issue. It is time to raise some hell and I’m looking for some folks willing to go on the attack with me.

3 Responses to Traffic Congestion in South of Market Must Be Fought

  1. Jamie, That’s a wired intersection, for sure, esp. at 5 p.m.. That said, I do not see any marked increase in traffic. I think you have to take into account the large amount of current road construction on Harrision St. (corner of 3rd and 4th, for example) and especially about five full blocks of 4th St. due to the electrical work in advance of the Chinatown extention work. Those are routes to the bridge/highways, train station,etc. and they are currently a mess. No doubt many are chosing to avoid them right now. Most important, I do not agree with the inference (was that intended?) that folks living in new condos are the reason for that traffic (still people working, shopping, visiting SF that don’t live hers). Moreover, as someone who is most often a pedestrian in my SoMa neighborhood, anarchist bicylists remain the most dangerous hazard (Critical Mess, for sure, but daily riders, esp. on Market street) followed by giant lurching buses and crazed cabs. Regular drivers turning left into crosswalks are distant fourth. Actually, fifth, as aggressive pandhandlers and/or chronically homeless men with giant overflowing shopping carts rival the anarchist bicylists as dangerous, both in the street AND on sidewalks.

    • Hi William,

      I was inferring that even more folks live in the Rincon Hill neighborhood today after the completion of One Rincon Hill and The Infinity, and the streets are just as unsafe today as they were 3 years ago despite a bigger need to improve pedestrian safety because of the additional residents. I know the majority of drivers are commuters from the east bay trying to leave San Francisco as quickly as possible.

      Personally,I’d like to remove the right turn off of Folsom onto Main Street or Spear Street for starters, slow cars down a bit with a slower speed limit throughout downtown (35 is too high for these idiots trying to talk on their cell phones and text and eat and pay attention to their driving), and four-way stops … maybe a bit extreme, but I’d rather go to the extreme than have another neighbor at BayCrest Towers killed by a car driving too fast. One dead is one too many.

  2. william,
    You can look for all the excuses you want, but it is still illegal to block the intersection. You could take a similar photo at the intersection of 3rd and Folsom, which I walk through every day during the commute hour and it is indeed hazardous for pedestrians. People pull forward into the intersection when they know full well that they will not be able to make it through before the light turns red. I understand maybe the last car not making it all the way past the crosswalkl, but these people are two or three cars deep into the intersection. It makes if very dangerous to cross, weaving between cars, not knowing if they are going to try and pull forward. Your observations about the construction work are all valid and true, but it is still not right for cars to ignore the traffic laws.