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SFMTA announces traffic circle removal

SFMTA has announced plans to remove the traffic circle at McAllister Street and Steiner, installed earlier this year as part of the 5-Fulton Rapid transit effectiveness program.

Due to the safety and noise concerns observed and documented by neighbors, the SFMTA will re-install stop signs and remove the traffic circle at McAllister/Steiner. The two-stop roundabout was not a typical design, and SFMTA has determined it was not the right design for this intersection.

The city heard from many neighbors and District 5 residents about the various issues caused by the configuration, including horn honking from right-of-way vehicles.  With neighborhood input, SFMTA has concluded that topography and traffic volume contribute to the traffic circle’s lack of effectiveness.  Neighbors noted an increase in and persistent use of horn honking, which SFMTA confirmed, and pedestrians reported frequent near-misses.

Stop signs will be re-installed on McAllister on the week of August 13th, 2018, and the traffic circle will be scheduled for removal.

Thank you to all of our neighbors who provided input to the SFMTA!

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Sundown Cinema at Alamo Square was a great success!

Photos by Zachary De Guzmán, more on facebook.com/SFParksAlliance

Late last month, Alamo Square co-hosted movie night in the park with Sundown Cinema on Thursday, July 26, 2018, produced by the San Francisco Parks Alliance.  The event had a large turnout and was a great success!

 

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Park Volunteer Day – Saturday August 11, 2018

Park Volunteer Day – Saturday August 11!
Join us for our next Park Volunteer Day!  Saturday, August 11, 9AM-12PM.  Email park@alamosq.org to let us know you are coming so we can plan the activities for the day. Bring your gardening gloves, and be ready to get your hands dirty!
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Alamo Square Meeting – Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Third Baptist Church was designated a city Landmark in November 2017

New Date! New Location!

ASNA General Meeting
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Third Baptist Church
1399 McAllister Street – Lower Level Aud.
Enter through parking lot
Meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Agenda:  
  • No Flea Market for 2018!  Instead, we are pursuing… Movie Night in the Park this year, starting with the Sundown Cinema.  Help us plan future movie nights at Alamo Square!
  • Core Power Yoga proposal at 619 Divisadero (formerly Health Haven) – presentation and Q&A
  • SFMTA Kathryn Studwell – Changes to the city’s Residential Permit Parking program
  • Assemblymember David Chiu

Results from our online survey:

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Park Volunteer Day – Saturday, July 14, 2018

Join us for our July 2018 Park Volunteer Day at Alamo Square!

Saturday, July 14, 2018
9AM-12PM
Meet by the tennis court – coffee provided at 9AM.

Please email us at park@alamosq.org to let us know you are coming so we can plan the activities for the day!  Wear gardening gloves, comfortable shoes, and bring some water!

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Alamo Square Movie Night – Thursday July 26, 2018

Join us for Sundown Cinema on Thursday July 26!

Thursday, July 26
Free Screening: Mrs. Doubtfire
6PM-10PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/169690467215618/

Sundown Cinema

A Free Summer Film Series 🎬

RSVP for a chance to win reserved seating + special prizes:
http://dothebay.com/events/2018/7/26/sundown-cinema-mrs-doubtfire

👠 Mrs. Doubtfire – Celebrating Robin William’s Birthday!

San Francisco Parks Alliance, DoTheBay, and Alamo Drafthouse have partnered to create a new outdoor movie series spread across four iconic San Francisco parks.

Expect food, drinks, music, neighborhood fun, and film selections that both cinephiles and casual moviegoers will love. Sundown Cinema will not only celebrate the unique character and beauty of San Francisco’s parks, but will also help preserve and sustain these community spaces by donating a portion of the proceeds to SF Parks Alliance.

🍔 Food trucks open at 6pm. Film screening after sunset.

🚲 Guests are encouraged to walk, bicycle or take public transportation to all Sundown Cinema park screenings.

✌ It can get chilly out there, so bring a blanket and cozy clothes to keep warm. Please leave your alcohol and weapons at home. Pack out what you pack in.

🎥 More Sundown Cinema dates + films:
dothebay.com/sundowncinema

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SFMTA’s Roundabout Solutions

Last month we requested an update on the new traffic circle at McAllister and Steiner installed earlier this year by the SFMTA as part of their Transit Effectiveness Project/5-Fulton Rapid program. We heard from residents, neighbors and visitors regarding safety and noise concerns relating to the traffic circle, also called a roundabout.

Instead of a traditional four-way stop, first-come first served model, the roundabout at McAllister/Steiner requires a stop only for North-South traffic on Steiner, creating confusion on who has the right of way.

SFMTA responds

An SFMTA evaluation of the traffic circle is underway. The evaluation will measure the following factors:

  • Whether drivers are using the traffic circle properly
  • Driver compliance with the STOP signs
  • Drivers yielding to pedestrians
  • Any encroachment on the circle or sidewalks
  • Whether drivers are making left turns properly
  • Traffic volumes and speeds on McAllister and Steiner
  • Transit travel time savings
  • Transit operator honking
  • Any other issues observed during site visits

This will determine whether the design meets the shared goals of safety, Muni reliability, and traffic flow.

Near-Term Changes

Better Signage:

Installation of explanatory signage in the circle to make it clear to drivers approaching from ALL directions to proceed through the circle slowly. This will reinforce the message that drivers on the Steiner Street approach need to stop. These signs will complement the “Yield to Pedestrians” signs installed on the McAllister Street approaches on Monday June 4th.

Less Honking:

SFMTA will send Muni inspectors to the intersection tomorrow to ensure 5 Fulton bus drivers do not honk as they approach the Steiner/McAllister intersection. Muni managers will also communicate to operators instructions not to honk.

 

 

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Park Volunteer Day – Saturday June 2, 2018

Join us for our June Park Greening at Alamo Square!  Grab your gardening gloves and pitch in to help keep our park looking sharp.  Email park@alamosq.org to let us know you’re coming so we can plan the activities for the day.  9AM – 12PM, meet by the tennis court, coffee provided!

SFPD Online Reporting

At our last Alamo Square meeting, Sgt Tony Manfreda from SFPD’s Northern Station attended to give us an update on safety around Alamo Square and answer questions.

The hot topic was car break-ins and how SFPD tracks them.  

Sgt. Manfreda followed up with us via email to inform us that as of January 2018, online reporting is included in the SFPD’s crime statistics.

The following types of reports can be filed online at
http://sanfranciscopolice.org/reportS

  • Building Burglary (Supplement) You have already filed a report with an Officer for the burglary of a building (residential, commercial, garage etc.) and you are updating or have completed your list of stolen and damaged items. The officer took a burglary report at your home or business, and said to make a list of any additional items taken in the burglary.
  • Fraudulent Use of Credit / Debit Card A credit / debit card is used to make purchases without the authorization of the cardholder. An unknown person uses your credit / debit card to make purchases without your permission.
  • Harassing Phone Call Unwanted phone calls of an annoying, harassing or threatening nature. Immediate hang-ups, obscene language, etc. with no known suspects.
  • Lost Property When property is missing or lost. Property that is missing, leaving items in restaurant, bus, train, or missing from home.
  • Theft Property is taken without your permission other than from a vehicle. Property is missing or stolen and not lost. The theft of firearms, passports, Social Security cards, vehicles or license plates cannot be reported online.
  • Vandalism The act of changing, modifying or defacing public or private property, including graffiti. Knocking over mail box, throwing rocks through windows, marking / painting of personal property other than to a vehicle, etc.
  • Vehicle Burglary Property is stolen from a locked vehicle. Stolen equipment or belongings from a vehicle.
  • Vehicle Tampering Tampering with a motor vehicle including vandalism, graffiti of a vehicle and thefts from unlocked vehicles. Keying, broken windows, or attempts to remove parts. License Plate thefts cannot be reported online.
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Movie Night at Alamo Square

Alamo Square Neighborhood Association is exploring options for bringing Movie Night to the Park. Weigh in via our Google Survey by May 11, 2018!