New Crosswalk for a Dangerous San Francisco Intersection, and Other Issues Regarding Road Improvements

Apropos our last blog, we would like to comment on other safety improvements created for San Francisco’s streets. Monday of this week, SFMTA crews have installed new continental crosswalks at the intersection of Harrison and Main streets, and the pedestrian countdown signals have been timed to give pedestrians a four second head start, according to a report by streetsblog.org. The report points out it has been seven years since advocates in Rincon Hill began lobbying the agency for changes following the death of retired sf state journalism professor Beverley Keyes (see: our blog on that particular accident). Harrison and main is notorious for being one of the more dangerous intersections in the city, and drivers often lose their patience at that spot, as it serves as four-lane westbound throughfare for people headed in that dirction, and there is a fifth eastbound lane that carries 12,000 drivers daily, most of whom are strictly headed to the bay bridge. Drivers routinely speed and block the crosswalk as they crawl towards their destinations. Three people have died there since 2003, and many others have been injured.

We are lucky that city officials are paying attention to the need for safety improvements and are figuring out ways, fiscally, to make them happen. But what about the rest of the country? We found some insight into that question in separate