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.




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

  • 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.

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!



Bay to Breakers 2018 Logistics Info

Please see the timeline in preparation for this year’s Bay to Breakers race.

Update:  Planned Street Closures (see postcard)

5/20/18 5:00 AM TO 5/20/18 1:00 PM

5/20/18 5:00 AM TO 5/20/18 11:30 AM

5/20/18 6:00 AM TO 5/20/18 12:30 PM

5/20/18 6:00 AM TO 5/20/18 2:00 PM

See full street closure information.



(415) 231-3130

NORTHERN STATION: (415) 614-3400
PARK STATION: (415) 242-3000

Friday, May 18

Waste diversion dumpsters delivered to Southeast corner of Hayes & Steiner
6’ Fencing installed w/2 temporary access gates

  • Hayes & Steiner
  • Hayes & Scott
  • North end of park to remain open at all times as well as access to playground

Saturday, May 19
Restrooms delivered to Steiner and Scott locations

  • Steiner – 34 Standard units & 3 ADA
  • Scott – 34 Standard units & 3 ADA
  • All units to remain locked until Sunday

Sunday, May 20 – Race Day
4 AM – Park cleared/temporary gates locked
5 AM – Signage installed
6 AM – Security and waste management teams on site
7 AM- Toilets unlocked
8 AM – Race begins
11AM – DPW & waste management teams begin work on Hayes
12 PM – Toilets removed at Alamo Square
1 PM – Hayes Street open

Monday, May 21
Fencing and dumpsters removed

A Victorian Afternoon Tea – Sunday, May 6, 2018


San Francisco Beautiful invites you to A Victorian Afternoon Tea

700 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (cross street Buchanan)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday May 6, 2018

Join SF Beautiful for a rare opportunity to spend an exclusive afternoon at the architecturally magnificent, restored Victorian Fisk House.

Victorian attire encouraged but not required
Catered by Crown & Crumpet Tea
Wine, Music, Tour and very special guests!

San Francisco Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Purchase Tickets


400 Divisadero – Future of Retail Workshop

The Future of Retail on Divisadero
Retail Workshop

This workshop is sponsored by the developer of the proposal for 400 Divisadero 

What makes a successful commercial and neighborhood corridor? How can Divisadero
continue to evolve as the center of our community? Come hear from the city’s top
experts and local businesses about their insights and experiences.

Please join the developers of the 400 Divisadero site as they begin the community planning process for transforming this key corner with the next generation of local neighborhood-serving businesses.


  • Black Nose Trading Company, 342 Divisadero Street: Walt Bell
  • Black Sands Brewery, 701 Haight Street: Robert Patterson
  • Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero Street: Michael Spike Krouse
  • Topo Designs, 645 Divisadero Street: Chanel Chang
  • Wholesome Bakery, 299 Divisadero Street: Mandy Harper
  • Yoga Garden, 286 Divisadero Street: David Nelson

Amy Cohen, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development

When: Monday May 7, 6:00-7:30pm
Where: 1660 McAllister St

400 Divisadero Retail Workshop Flyer


Park Greening at Alamo Square – Saturday, May 5, 2018

Our next Park Greening at Alamo Square park will be from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 5.  Please join us!  Meet by the tennis court.
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Alamo Square Meeting Monday April 23, 2018

Alamo Square General Meeting

Monday, April 23, 7PM

1660 McAllister Street

On the agenda:

  • Darcy Brown from SF Beautiful presents an update on the rehabilitation of the Turk and Fillmore Mini Park, upgrading the Blue Bridge on Fillmore, the Muni Art 2018 program, and other projects in the works.
  • ASNA Board Member Lee Stickles will provide a design update of the Turk and Fillmore Mini Park project.
  • Bay to Breakers representatives will provide an overview on this year’s Bay to Breakers (May 20, 2018).
  • New SFPD Northern Station Captain Joseph Engler
  • Alamo Square Neighborhood Association is exploring options for bringing Movie Night to the Park. Weigh in via our Google Survey, or come to our meeting to express your ideas or concerns.

See you soon, neighbors!



Park Greening – Saturday, April 7, 2018


Join us for another volunteer day at Alamo Square!  Our volunteer efforts help to ensure that the park keeps looking better and better.

As usual, we’ll meet at one of the picnic tables near the tennis court. From there we’ll proceed to the sections of the park that our gardener believes need the most attention.
Coffee and snacks will be available.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
9AM – 12 PM
Hosted by Alamo Square Neighborhood Association