Masonic Avenue can be improved without creating these dangers, impacts and hardships,
and without spending $18.2 million. Most collisions on Masonic are at intersections. Safety can be increased by better traffic signal timing. The bicycle signal at Masonic/Fell has reduced collisions. The traffic signal planned at Ewing and the pedestrian countdown signal at Turk - both expected to be installed in 2014 and long overdue - are likely to increase safety. So would resurfacing the pavement on Masonic, improved lighting and constructing safe curb ramps. And rather than encouraging a cyclist to use one of the busiest streets in San Francisco, the route along nearby Baker Street is a safer route already used by many cyclists that has far fewer motor vehicles, no buses and essentially equivalent terrain. Improvements should be made along this route.
Click here for a description of an alternative bike route.
What can you do to help save Masonic? The project was approved by the MTA Board of Directors in September 2012, and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority in June 2013 and $10.2 million of federal funding was approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in September 2013. In order to get the federal funds, MTA has to submit enviromental documents under the National Environmental Policy Act. Design engineering is scheduled to take from now through the end of 2014, with construction beginning in April 2015. But major projects have a way of slipping and going over budget.
This harmful project will happen unless you get involved! It's imperative
that you contact Mayor Ed Lee, the Board of Supervisors, Supervisors London Breed,
Eric Mar and Mark Farrell, the MTA Board, Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin and potential funding sources, and ask them to stop this disaster in the making.
It's also critical to attend meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the MTA Board.