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Let There Be Stripes in the Crosswalks!

This morning, the SFMTA paint truck returned to the Rincon Hill neighborhood to fill in the continental crosswalk ladders at the intersection of Main and Harrison Street. After nearly 7 years of residents calling out for pedestrian safety improvements, we finally found a team of folks at the SFMTA who responded. Those heroes at the SFMTA include Adam Gubser, Damon Curtis, Manito Valesco, Jessica Manzi, and Peter Albert. Thank you, SFMTA, for painting these crosswalk stripes at Main and Harrison in addition to reprogramming the crosswalk signals to provide a 4-second lead for pedestrians crossing Harrison Street at Main along with a full 15 ticks to get across.

These improvements cost about $15,000 – a relatively cheap solution while we await buildings to go up in the neighborhood and provide funding for capital improvements, including corner bulbouts, to our streetscapes in Rincon Hill.

In other GREAT pedestrian safety news, this past Friday the SFMTA staff voted to lower the speed limits on Harrison and Bryant Streets from 30 MPH to 25 MPH. Read more about this great news on Streetsblog. This follows a decision just a few weeks ago to lower the speed limits on Folsom and Howard Streets from 30 MPH to 25 MPH. Huge thank you to Supervisor Jane Kim and her staff for this big win for pedestrian safety in SoMa! Also, a BIG thanks to the tireless efforts of Elizabeth Stampe and the Walk San Francisco pedestrian advocacy organization!

Funny enough, the regional transportation agency, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), along with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (think ‘Spare the Air days) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are considering a move into the old Embarcadero Postal Center building at the NW corner of Main and Harrison Streets. See the article in East Bay Express discussing the potential jobs moving to Rincon Hill from Oakland.

Special thanks to Katy Liddell, Debi Gould, and Elaine for organizing the first neighborhood demonstration to improve the safety of this intersection in 2004/2005 after a neighbor was killed crossing Harrison on the way back from walking another neighbor’s dog.

2 Responses to Let There Be Stripes in the Crosswalks!

  1. [...] to Whitaker’s Rincon Hill blog, the improvements cost about $15,000, a “a relatively cheap solution while we await buildings [...]

  2. Lowering the posted speed limits is good — but it might not do much if the traffic lights aren’t retimed. They dropped the speed limit on Masonic but not much changed until they fixed the timing of the lights.