Paul Avenue Safety Features Removed to Restore Free Car Storage
May 29, 2018 - storage organizer
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Chris Waddling, a cycling disciple and Streetsblog tipster, posted video final week of his stressful and dangerous invert on Paul Avenue in a Bayview district of San Francisco, as seen in a still above and a embedded video below:
In a video, Waddling documented an vulnerable pass by a car. Then a Muni train honked during him and went totally opposite a double yellow line and into hostile trade to pass and get to a trade light a few seconds faster. “I literally have no insurance from assertive drivers like these interjection to SFMTA and a Supervisor,” wrote Waddling in his post about a video. He’s referring to District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen.
Why should a float on Paul Avenue, that usually underwent reserve upgrades final year, be so harrowing? SFMTA boasted on a web page not prolonged ago about a designation of reserve features–including dedicated, curbside bike lanes–on Paul Avenue, between San Bruno Avenue and Third Street.
But, as seen in Waddling’s video, a group private a Westbound line a few months after it went in.
“Members of a village supposing feedback to Supervisor Cohen’s bureau and a SFMTA about a bike line after installation. In approach response to open feedback and a village meetings many took partial in, a bike line was private in March, 2018,” wrote Ben Jose, an SFMTA spokesman, in an email to Streetsblog.
Or put another way: “SFMTA, with a support of Supervisor Malia Cohen, motionless automobile storage was some-more critical than lives and private a usually westbound bike line between Bayview and vital cycling routes into downtown,” wrote Waddling in a post about a reserve downgrade. The routine to mislay a line started after complaints about detriment of parking from a Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, on Third and Paul, as good as some residents on Paul Avenue.
Back in Oct of final year, when Streetsblog initial reported on a building devise to mislay a Paul Avenue bike lane, we put out calls to Cohen’s bureau that were not returned. But as Streetsblog forked out in that post, in a 2014 QA with a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (when she was using for re-election) she was asked, “Do we support a origination of continual crosstown bikeways —Connecting a City— even acknowledging that there will be some open pushback to unavoidable changes?” Her answer was, “Yes.”
Subsequently, Cohen commented on a Paul Avenue bike line removal in a Facebook post after she was indicted by Waddling of “…siding with a few who would take us backward.”
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, meanwhile, is looking to urge a work in District 10. “The dismissal of bike lanes on Paul Avenue is a outcome of unsound village overdo by a City. At a SF Bicycle Coalition, we are strongly committed to communities being invited to assistance figure their streets. That’s because we combined a new Community Organizer position dedicated to operative with people in a Bayview and other southeastern neighborhoods and collaborating towards protected streets for everyone,” wrote SFBC orator Chris Cassidy, in an email to Streetsblog.
It should be remarkable that Cohen participated in Bike to Work Day earlier this month. During a rite on a stairs of City Hall, she pronounced she biked a longest approach in, all a approach from 3rd Street and Thomas (she rode in a commuter convoy). “I’m looking brazen to stability a work that will improved bond a Southeast to a rest of a San Francisco with safe, pleasing and well-lit biking and walking routes,” she wrote in a Facebook post about a event.