Cesar Chavez, the Friendly Road
Highlights and recommendations:
- Dedicated bike lanes
- Central median with drought resistant trees
- Two lanes of traffic each way
- Dedicated left hand turn lanes (in the middle)
- Parking with permeable pavement
- Wider sidewalks at intersections (bulb-outs, etc)
- High-speed monorail to 22nd St Caltrain (just kidding (I wish))
They have to coordinate with the rebuilding of the sewer, but they are estimating starting early summer 2010.
Pretty impressed with the city planners and traffic folks there. They know their stuff, and were respectfully practical with the Q&A. For example, when asked about wider sidewalks, the presenter responded that sidewalks are ridiculously expensive to make and it would simply blow out the budget allocated to the project. Medians and bike lanes are easier and cheaper (as we saw on Guerrero). And a couple of interesting ideas on taking care of the plants in the median, such as using the day laborers that wait on the north side of CC, along with the storm cisterns that DPW could draw from.
I’d like to see a) timed lights and b) different colored pavement for the bike lanes so distracted drivers would subconsciously notice it like they do a curve or curb.
Found these in an SFMTA doc. Looks like San Jose @ Guerrero is already be on a list:
Then there’s the St. Luke’s meeting next Wednesday at 6:30. This one may be fraught with drama — the people and the city seem to have noticed the street uglification plan that CPMC has pushed through in the dead of night. More detail later, but they seem to want to build the ass-end of a 100′ tower up to the edge of Cesar Chavez and backing right up to two story homes — not exactly the friendly neighborhood walkable feel we are after. I’m perfectly fine with the hospital expanding, but for the love of god make it human, will you?