Daily Pedestrian Dangers in Rincon Hill
|March 23, 2011||Posted by jamie under Transportation & Ped Safety||
One of Supervisor Jane Kim’s top priorities is improving the pedestrian safety within District 6. Please plan on attending the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee meeting on April 7th at 10:30 a.m. (look up the exact room location at City Hall by viewing the April 7th agenda when it appears online around April 1st). In the meanwhile, pedestrian safety will be the primary topic of the March 29th Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association meeting that will be conducted via a web conferencing website at www.join.me/rinconhill at 6:30 p.m. (a dial-in phone number will be accessible once you’ve logged into the web conference online first).
As you may have read in The Examiner on Sunday, the residential population in South of Market has increased from 11,560 in 1990 to 40,451 as of the 2010 Census. The Rincon Hill neighborhood (including the Transbay Redevelopment Area lots along the north side of Folsom Street) are planned to have another 8,500 dwelling units built over the next decade or so, adding another 12,000 or more residents just in our neighborhood.
Thus far, there is no continuous sidewalk along Harrison Street between the Harrison Street exit ramp (at Fremont Street) and Main Street. As a matter of fact, a work crew refurbishing the Harrison Street bridge over Beale Street seems to have abandoned some equipment on Harrison Street – pushing those pedestrians who choose to risk life and limb by trying to walk east on Harrison from their homes at One Rincon Hill closer to moving traffic (see photos below).
There are no pedestrian safety improvements to reflect that Rincon Hill is no longer a warehouse district covered in railroad tracks and warehouses and in fact serves as a residential area to thousands. The daily challenges the we all know too well are either vehicles making turns at a speed that could easily claim our lives if we happen to be in a spot in the crosswalk that they cannot avoid or the crosswalk is blocked by eager drivers who were too selfish to wait for another traffic light cycle (see below).
As you may have read in The Examiner today, the death of our 71-year-old neighbor Lourdes Richman while crossing 2nd Street at Townsend in South Beach this past Friday morning made me snap. I’m personally sick and angry that nothing is being done in South of Market to make walking conditions safer. I hope that you will join me in not being silent on this issue until we see some actions taken by the City to improve our chances of surviving walks to and from our homes. Please join other neighbors on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. online at www.join.me/rinconhill for a discussion on pedestrian safety issues in our neighborhood.