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Open Letter to Supervisor Yee

Jon and I wanted to share the letter we sent to Supervisor Yee on the subject of traffic safety on the Boulevard. We hope this will inspire you to write to him, too! Let him know how you feel about the appalling traffic danger to pedestrians and bicyclists that we live with every day. After all, if you have never had to grit your teeth and let your kids cross this craziness on their own, how would you know what it is like? If you do write a letter, share it with us here! Let’s publish all of these letters so everyone can see what we are demanding of our City.

 

Mr. Yee,

We are writing to you as the founders of Friends of Monterey Boulevard, and residents of Sunnyside, to express our concern over the recent near fatal car vs human events that occurred on Monterey Blvd. Ming Louie and Bob Donjacour are both long time residents of your district and both were hit and nearly killed by high speed drivers, one of whom left the scene. These terrible, avoidable incidents have focused the fear and frustration of all of those who live and work on Monterey Boulevard. These last two weeks are simply the most extreme version of what anyone who spends any time on this street experiences everyday.

Monterey Boulevard has too many cars and there is no traffic control between Congo and Edna streets- yet, at the point where drivers are the most likely to be speeding (Detroit), there is an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing across 4 lanes of traffic and bookended by popular bus stops. The intersection at Edna has very high rates of drivers failing to come to a complete stop at an identified school crossing. With a corner store and bus stops that attract many, many children from the 2 schools within 1000 feet of Monterey Boulevard, this is another “accident” waiting to happen. All of these things contribute greatly to the danger of this street.

Recommendations to improve Monterey Boulevard have been made over the years, and some improvements have been made (most notably the speed limit reduction to 25 MPH and introduction of 15 MPH school zones). Other recommendations, such as a pedestrian demand crossing light at Detroit, radar speed signs between Congo and Edna, increased speed limit signage all along the boulevard, and a comprehensive study of how to reduce car usage and prioritize the pedestrians and cyclists that use this corridor daily MUST be followed through on. These recommendations were first presented officially to the City and SFMTA, and agreed upon by all parties, six years ago by The Friends of Monterey Boulevard after a traffic study was performed and published. What is needed here has been known officially for many years. That it has not been followed through with is a severe oversight that needs to be corrected immediately.

Supervisor Yee, we are sending you this letter because, as our District 7 representative to the City of San Francisco, we have elected you to use your voice and the power of your office to ensure that what this area needs to be safe is done. We want pedestrian centered light controls at the Detroit and Edna intersections. We want radar sign enforced traffic speeds along the fastest parts of the Monterey Boulevard corridor between Baden and Edna. We want up to date, comprehensive traffic calming studies conducted and implemented within the next 12 months. We invite you to partner with us to make that happen.

We at Friends of Monterey Boulevard look forward to working with you to make our street a safer place!

Thank You,

Adrienne Johnson and Jon Winston

Friends of Monterey Boulevard

October 20, 2016

 

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25 on Monterey is becoming a reality!

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.
Engineer
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.

Plagerism! (In a good way)

 

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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.

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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!