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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!

New Ford GoBike station proposed for Steiner/Fulton

A new Ford GoBike station is being proposed for Steiner Street at Fulton (in front of the Archbishop’s mansion).  There will be a hearing at the SFMTA’s Sustainable Streets Division on Friday, August 3 at 10 AM, City Hall Room 416 (Hearing Room 4).

SFMTA Proposed Street Changes

Steiner Street at Fulton Street – Bike Share Station

ESTABLISH – NO PARKING EXCEPT BICYCLES

ESTABLISH – BIKE SHARE STATION

Steiner Street, west side, from Fulton Street to 74 feet northerly (62′-3″ bike share station with red zones on either side) (Supervisor District 5)*****

For more information, contact Laura Stonehill at Laura.Stonehill@sfmta.com

Attend the Hearing / Provide Comments on the Proposed Change

If you would like to comment on this proposed change, you may attend an SFMTA Public Hearing or file your comments in writing before the hearing:

  • Email: sustainable.streets@sfmta.com with subject line “Public Hearing”

  • Mail: Public Hearing, Sustainable Streets Division
    One South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5417

  • Public Hearing: Friday, August 3, 2018, at 10:00 AM
    Room 416 (Hearing Room 4) City Hall, San Francisco

To obtain a copy of this notice or learn more, visit SFMTA.com/engineering.

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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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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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DPW Work for Week of January 29, 2018

SFDPW Hayes and Haight Street work 

Week of January 29, 2018

  • Crews will pour the concrete bus pads at the Hayes/Gough and Hayes/Buchanan intersection. As a reminder, once the concrete has been poured, the area will remain off-limits to vehicle traffic for 10 days while the concrete cures.
  • The contractor will continue street base repairs on Hayes Street between Steiner and Webster streets. It’s anticipated that later in the week the contractor will begin saw-cutting street base between Webster and Buchanan streets.
  • Crews will also continue curb ramp work at the Hayes/Buchanan and Hayes/Laguna intersections.

Grinding and Paving Schedule

Public Works is scheduled to begin grinding and paving operations along Hayes Street between Central Avenue and Scott Street. While crews remove the existing asphalt from the roadway (grinding phase),driveway access will be available however minor delays should be expected if crews are working on your block. However, during the paving phase, driveway access may not be available for 1-2 hours. The contractor will need to apply a tack coat (liquid asphalt) to the roadway in advance of the hot asphalt in order to promote bonding between the street base and asphalt. Once the tack coat has set, crews will begin applying the hot asphalt to the road. Crews will need to ensure the hot asphalt cools-down before allowing traffic on to it. During this time, driveway access may not be possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please allow extra travel time during grinding and paving operations.

The grinding and paving schedule is as follows:

  • Clayton Street to Masonic Avenue: Grind on Monday 2/5/2018 and repave on Tuesday 2/6/2018
  • Masonic Avenue to Lyon Street: Grind on Wednesday 2/7/2018 and repave on Thursday 2/8/2018
  • Lyon Street to Broderick Street: Grind on Monday 2/12/2018 and repave on Tuesday 2/13/2018
  • Broderick Street to Scott Street: Grind on Wednesday 2/14/2018 and repave on Thursday 2/15/2018

*** Please note that once the paving work is complete on a block, crews may return a few days later to adjust sewer and water castings flush with the road. This phase of work may require the contractor jack-hammer, adjust, and pave around the newly adjusted casting. This phase of work is typical during paving operations. ***

Haight Street

The contractor has wrapped up most of the contractual work along Lower Haight. The work that remains under the current contract is sidewalk work at the northwest and southeast bus stops at both Divisadero/Haight and also Fillmore/Haight. The contractor will also need to complete any punch list work along Haight Street between Central and Laguna streets. We’ll provide more details once the remaining work is scheduled.

Please Note: The construction schedule is subject to change due to rain, equipment breakdown, unforeseen field conditions, etc. Please see the posted “no parking” barricades for exact parking restrictions. Parking restrictions may vary per block.

For information on the upcoming Upper Haight Transit Improvement and Pedestrian Realm Project, please visit www.sfpublicworks.org/upper-haight.

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D5 Construction Update – Meeting Thursday August 3, 2017

 

Supervisor Breed will be holding a community meeting on Thursday, August 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at 55 Fillmore Street (IBEW Meeting Hall). The departments responsible for the construction projects on Hayes and Haight streets will be in attendance (SF Public Works, SF Public Utility Commission, and SF Municipal Transportation Agency). We encourage you to come and voice your questions and concerns.

 

SFMTA Update 7/10/17

21-Hayes bus stop at Hayes and Pierce

The outbound bus stop at Hayes and Pierce has been temporarily relocated down the hill to Hayes and Scott streets intersection. The Contractor has constructed the outbound bus pad at Hayes and Pierce. However the outbound bus stop is still temporarily relocated at Hayes and Scott because the lanes have been shifted near Hayes and Pierce so that the Contractor can construct the bus pad on the south side of Hayes (inbound). The outbound bus stop will return to Hayes and Pierce in approximately 2 weeks.

Crosswalk at Hayes and Pierce

The Contractor is currently constructing the curb ramp on the north side of Hayes at Pierce. In approximately two weeks, the Contractor will construct the curb ramp on the south side of Hayes. Upon completion of both curb ramps, Public Works will direct to contractor to install temporary striping at the crosswalk. The permanent crosswalk striping will be installed by MTA’s paint shop once paving work is complete along Hayes Street.

Hayes at Fillmore trench work

Over the past three weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), the Contractor has been installing the sewer mains, sewer manholes, and culverts at the intersection of Hayes and Fillmore. Work was scheduled for the weekends because diesel bus substitution for the 21-Hayes and the 22-Fillmore could only be provided on the weekends by Muni. De-poling of electric buses was not an option due to the grade of both Hayes and Fillmore Streets. On Sunday, July 2, 2017, the Contractor worked beyond 6PM. The Contractor expected a delay of one hour but with the clean-up and demobilization the delay was 1 hour and 45 minutes. The time extension was granted in the field by the Inspector because the Contractor was installing the final culvert at this intersection. The current phase of work at the intersection has been completed.

 

Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit Proposal

Shared electric mopeds (e-mopeds) are one of San Francisco’s newest types of shared vehicle services. To regulate and facilitate this new transportation option for the benefit of the city, the SFMTA has worked with Scoot Networks, the city’s primary provider of shared e-mopeds, to better understand its needs and impacts.

In August 2015, the SFMTA launched a trial policy which allowed all e-mopeds to be parked in areas with residential parking permit (RPP) restrictions, limited to curb spaces that are eight feet wide or less.

After evaluating the trial, the SFMTA has proposed a parking permit program for shared e-mopeds, which is set to be considered for approval by the SFMTA Board of Directors on June 20.

You can learn more about the proposed e-moped permit program here:

Shared E-Moped Parking Permit proposal fact sheet

Everyone is welcome to attend the SFMTA Board meeting and comment on the permit proposal:

SFMTA Board of Directors regular meeting
June 20, 2017, 1:00 pm
City Hall, Room 400

Comments on the proposal can also be made via e-mail to all members of the SFMTA Board:

MTABoard@sfmta.com

If the program is approved by the SFMTA Board, permits for shared e-mopeds would be issued starting this summer. The SFMTA will continue to evaluate the program’s effectiveness for any adjustments needed, including whether to keep the 8-foot curb space limit on parking shared e-mopeds in RPP areas.

More info from Scoot’s FAQ page:

Scoots can park in any legal parking space in San Francisco, but riders can only finish using their scoot at Scoot Spots (garages and other designated charging locations) and at the curb in residential areas in the northeastern half of San Francisco. These residential areas are Scoot Zones where you can park at curblets (curbs 8 ft or less) and non-metered motorcycle parking spaces. We are expanding our service area and charging network every month! Look for scoots in your neighborhood soon.

 

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Wiggle under construction this summer

Construction on the Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor Project is beginning this summer! Construction will start with the traffic diverter at Fell and Scott, and will eventually include new curb ramps, pedestrian bulbouts, landscaping, raised crosswalks, and permeable paving along the Wiggle bicycle path.

Construction will occur between summer and winter 2017, Monday-Friday between 7 am and 4 pm. Weekend work is allowed, but not anticipated. 

Construction will begin at Fell and Scott, generally continue southeast along the Wiggle, and conclude at the intersection of Church and Duboce.

https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/wiggle-neighborhood-green-corridor

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Ford GoBike bike share coming to the neighborhood

Bay Area Bike Share is expanding, funded by sponsor Ford Motor Company, and the system is being re-named Ford GoBike.  The seven-year agreement was announced in September 2016.

From 2017-2018, bike share in San Francisco will grow from 328 to 4,500 bicycles, thanks to the fiscal sponsorship.

In our neighborhood, many bike share stations are on the way. While some of the stations are proposed to be installed on the street along a designated bike route (in green in the map), the one at Steiner and Hayes was proposed to be off a bike route and installed on the sidewalk instead.

We have requested a review of this location, in the context of all the other stations in the neighborhood, to be presented at our upcoming June meeting by a representative of Ford GoBike.

Phase 2 station locations currently going through SFMTA approval

4-Phase expansion areas