By Elena Trierweiler
The Glen Park Village Farmer’s Market will open for the season on Sunday, March 30th and will run every Sunday from 10am-2pm until November 23rd at the Glen Park Village BART Station on Bosworth and Arlington.
Opening day, this Sunday, March 30th, will be a great way for families and community members to celebrate the rain this week by supporting local farmers who are most affected by the California drought. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00am, face paintings and balloon animals, a photo booth, coloring activities for the kids, local music, and the San Francisco Fire Department will be out there with their truck.
The featured harvests this year are local honey, organic vegetables, fresh, organic new greens, organic strawberries, delta asparagus, local almonds, and farm fresh eggs. The non-agricultural producers will also be there opening day serving up freshly caught fish and oysters, homemade jams, handmade fresh sausages, hummus, gourmet Afghan food, and empanadas.
The Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association is the state’s largest operator of Certified Farmers’ Markets, with over 70 Certified Farmers’ Markets weekly in the Bay Area during the peak summer months. Certified Farmers’ Markets are locations that offer only California-grown products sold directly to consumers by the farmers that grew, nurtured and harvested the crops. All PCFMA markets accept WIC FMNP (Woman Infant and Children Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons) and CalFresh (through the Golden State advantage EBT/food stamp cards).
As you know The Friends of Monterey Boulevard has been working constantly (some would say obsessively) to lower the speed limit on The Boulevard. In fact, the first post on the subject was in November, 2009– almost five years ago.
Since then Norman Yee, a great proponent of pedestrian safety was elected to the Board of Supervisors. We took our case to him and he listened, asking us to round up the support of the neighborhood stakeholders. We did just that and came back with endorsements from the schools, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, the Friends of the Sunnyside Conservatory, and a unanimous vote from the San Francisco Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee.
According to state law SFMTA had to conduct a speed survey to determine if it could legally lower the speed limit. We sat on pins and needles waiting for the results until this email to PSAC chair Zack Marks arrived in the inbox–
Hello Mr. Marks:
The latest speed survey recommends a reduction to 25 MPH. Amending the transportation code accordingly is currently going through the legislative process, and afterwards, the speed limit signs will be updated.
Bryant Woo, P.E.
SFMTA – Sustainable Streest
1 South Van Ness Ave., 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
A bit anticlimactic but nonetheless… SUCCESS! An informal vote count shows at least seven votes on the Board of Supervisors.
We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this potentially life saving step towards a more livable neighborhood, including Capt. Falvey and the officers of Ingleside Station
who has stepped up traffic enforcement in the neighborhood. We also could never forget to thank Walk San Francisco
for their invaluable assistance since the beginning.
Remember the window signs that appeared in widows and on poles all over the neighborhood a few years back? Well, someone else has taken up the baton and is running with it.
New signs with a very similar design urging motorists to slow down are popping up along the Boulevard. This time the signs are being posted by an ad hoc merchants association led by Dot Realty.
Click to see flyer
We are so happy to have the support of the local business community! Merchants (and realtors in particular) know that safe, livable streets are good for business, for home values, and for community. Go drop in at their office and pick up a sign for your window or telephone pole!
Last month at the general membership meeting The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association endorsed a proposal for a twenty five mile per hour speed limit on Monterey Boulevard. We are joined by The Sunnyside Conservatory, St Finn Barr School, and the Sunnyside and Glen Park Elementary Schools.
The Boulevard—which currently serves as a de facto extended “freeway onramp” for the Westwood Highlands and Saint Francis Woods neighborhoods—is a dangerous roadway threatening the safety of our children and community members. It also serves as a major
crossing thoroughfare for people in the neighborhood who walk, bike and drive. Simply put, the cars traveling on Monterey Boulevard at high rates of speed and the children walking to school or the aged and disabled attempting to cross the street do not mix.
A twenty five mile per hour speed limit will:
Save Lives. The likelihood of an automobile-pedestrian fatality increases exponentially with speed. According to the National Highway Transportation Association, only 5% of pedestrians involved in a collision with an automobile traveling at 20 miles per hour will die, but that number increases to 45% at 30 miles per hour, and 85% at 40 miles per hour. The time to act is now, before a fatal crash occurs. We need to acknowledge and understand that high speeds near homes and schools do not mix. We also need to acknowledge the increased bicycle traffic present on Monterey Boulevard due to the prescribed bike route through the Bernal Cut. Slower speeds will help protect other users of the roadway.
Reducing the Speed Limit Will Not Inconvenience Drivers. We propose reducing the speed limit for a two-mile stretch on Monterey Boulevard from 30 to 25 miles per hour. According to the “speeding calculator” at http://www.easywebcalculators.com/ speeding.htm, this will increase the time it takes drivers to cover the two-mile distance by only 48 seconds, which is negligible considering the many children and community residents that also use Monterey Boulevard on a daily basis.
A Reduced Speed Limit is More Appropriate for this Neighborhood. The area surrounding Monterey Boulevard is above all a residential neighborhood. It needs to be treated as such, rather than simply as a connector to the freeway. Reducing the speed to 25 miles per hour tells drivers unambiguously that they are passing through a residential neighborhood and that they should be aware of pedestrians, bicyclists and children.
In the last month the proposal was passed unanimously by the San Francisco Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee which the sent a letter to Supervisors Norman Yee and Scott Weiner, as well as the SFMTA, the Agency who’s board will finally vote to make the change.
Please call or write to Sup. Yee and let him know you care about the safety and well being of our Community!
On February 3 The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency presented its pilot traffic calming plan for San Jose Avenue at a meeting at the Glen Park School. There was a large turnout from Glen Park and College Hill. Unfortunately, the presentation conflicted with the SNA general membership meeting so Sunnyside was under-represented.
Currently, the northbound I-280 off-ramp at San Jose Avenue is two lanes with a posted advisory speed of 35 MPH. The top 85% of cars driving there hit speeds of 57 mph. The northbound San Jose Ave. “cut” between Glen Park and Randall is generally three lanes plus a bike lane with a posted speed limit of 45 mph and an 85th percentile speed of 48 mph.
MTA’s objective is to reduce the 85% speeds on San Jose Ave and the I-280 off-ramp to 35 mph with no significant increase in congestion on the freeway or in the rate or severity of collisions.
The plan is to put the northbound side of San Jose Avenue on a “road diet” by duplicating what was done several years ago on the southbound side. The three northbound lanes will be reduced to two at Glen Park. The third lane will reappear a few hundred feet from Randall Street so as to avoid a backup. The bike lane will be upgraded to a “buffered” lane with a striped painted area that will add more space between cars and bikes.
Phase one of the new street layout will be started in March and will be evaluated by MTA until November. If, at that time there is congestion in the cut Phase two will be implemented removing one of the two exit lanes that funnel traffic onto San Jose Ave. (Old timers will remember that the second exit lane was “temporarily” added after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 while the double deck section of the freeway was rebuilt. Since then, drivers from the Peninsula have habitually entered the city at San Jose, even if they were headed to points further north.)
The plan was well received by residents who attended the meeting and there was little or no opposition.
Questions or comments may be directed to Project Manager Mike Riebe at 701-2467 or Mike.Reibe@sfmta.com.
The Project web site is http://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/northbound-san-jose-avenue-i-280-off-ramp-road-diet-pilot-project
Sunnyside traffic calming is on the agenda at this Tuesday’s Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee meeting. Join with the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Traffic Calming group to make your views known about lowering the speed limit on Monterey to 25 mph, getting a speed hump on your street or whatever bugs you about high speed traffic in the neighborhood.
PSAC os the advisory committee that reports on the needs of the city’s pedestrians to the Board of Supervisors, SFMTA and the Mayor.
The meeting takes place at
6:00PM, Tuesday Sept. 10