Better Streets ? Pedestrian Master Plan ? Voice Yer Opinion
Pedestrian Master Plan… sounds like an oxymoron to me… if it’s already “pedestrian” in nature, a word that generally signifies something unexceptional or dull, how can it really qualify as a “master plan”? I guess to City Planners selling the unexceptional or dull requires boldly ignoring such things…
San Francisco ‘s “master plans” and “general plans” are legendary documents that get referred to glowingly in hearing rooms and in various ballot measures. Over the years they’ve evolved as various “stakeholders” and “interest groups” get their digs in…
That’s how we come up with things like the concept to the right, where already congested San Francisco traffiic lanes are re-appropriated for clunky Traffic Slowing concepts that take away parking as well, yet, are “attractive & fun” and please people with Urban Planning degrees who think this crap up and like spending tax money.
I was surprised today when I received a survey in the ol ‘ e-mail box asking for my opinion on the city’s Better Streets plan, only to find that this was conducted via the specious sounding Survey Monkey. Leave it to city planners to find the somewhat dubious multiple choice format provided by Survey Monkey to adequately meet the needs of their queries.
The elements of the Better Streets plan carefully omit reference to bicycles due to the ongoing litigation over the environmental impact of the proposed bike-ification of major traffic arteries, but Pedestrian Master Plan issues are I guess still allowed to be addressed.
Anyhow, if you’d like to get involved and tell em what you think… the link to the survey is below the jump…
The City of San Francisco is conducting a survey as part of its public involvement program on the Better Streets Plan. Apparently they’re reaching outside the normal clique of Bike Coalition Members, and mayoral handlers, cause even Supe Ed Jew of Burlingame was at the inaugural public meeting on April 5th.
The Better Streets Plan will apparently be a new set of unified guidelines that all City agencies will use when working on our streets. “The Plan” will supposedly save us all with it’s good intentions, and work towards making our streets and sidewalks safer, more supportive of community life, greener and more attractive.
Please take a moment and share your ideas and opinions – they supposedly want to hear from as many San Franciscans as possible, before they do whatever they were gonna do anyway.
Here is a link to the survey:
What’s nice about the survey is it sure does make ya think that somewhere there are people that have time to care about this stuff. Interestingly while the survey prompts you to answer your choices for what you’d do to make your street more livable, the only choices offered are things like “more seating” , “planter boxes” or more “sidewalk ramps”, never is a safety option like increased police patrols or the simple option of more recycling/sanitation cans offered.
When the plan seeks to provide more comfortable seating areas, no mention is made how the homeless or loitering drug users & dealers will be kept away from these new enhanced areas.
It’s like the planners, who virtually created this urgent campaign to widen sidewalks & slow vehicular traffic don’t actually live in the city or ever deal with the things real pedestrians do everyday… aggressive panhandlers and nutjobs, human feces, and whatnot…
I’m sure concrete contractors are salivating, but how does widening the sidewalk in front of my home help me at all?
The Better Streets Plan website is http://sfbetterstreets.org
The admirable sounding warm fuzzy goals this group has succinctly aligned are listed below… of course no price tag is ever mentioned to reach these…
The Better Streets Plan will result in a street system designed to promote human needs for the use and enjoyment of public streets. It will prioritize the needs of walking, bicycling, transit use, and the use of streets as public spaces for social interaction and community life, following San Francisco’s General Plan, Transit-First Policy, and Better Streets Policy.
The Better Streets Plan will result in streets where people walk and spend time out of choice–not just necessity–because streets are memorable, engaging, safe, accessible, healthy, attractive, fun, and convenient.
The Better Streets Plan will result in a green network that enhances the City’s long-term ecological functioning and people’s connection to the natural environment.
Finally, the Better Streets Plan will result in improved street-based social opportunities, community life, access, and mobility for all San Franciscans, regardless of cultural identity, income group, neighborhood identity, or mobility level.