- To Drivers:
I've been recently educated on pedestrian issues, and am pleaing with you all
to slow down. Better yet, stop for that pedestrian in a white (or yellow)
crosswalk. Believe it or not, it's their right...and the law. I sent my rant
to a neighbor on San Jose Ave and deals with this daily. Did you know that if
the cops stop you for failing to stop for a pedestrian (and you are
speeding), you could get a ticket for at least $300?
Try being a pedstrian, trying to cross San Jose Ave at 6:15pm., not at a
light. (Good luck! Right?)
Thanks for letting me know what happened! And thanks
for trying to yield the right of way to some fellow
pedestrians. Your experience mirrors mine, and the
hundreds of other signatories on our traffic calming
petition to the City. Time and time again I have heard
from our neighbors that they avoid crossing their own
street at all costs; this is one reason why the policy of
measuring the safety of this corridor by exclusively
using collision data is not adequate. We look forward
to the SFPD continuing pedestrian crosswalk stings in
The 85% southbound evening rush hour speed is approximately
8 MPH faster than the morning rush hour south of 29th. With
85% speeds nearing 40 MPH along this corridor, cars are driving
too fast to yield to pedestrians even if they do see them. So
I would also encourage the SFPD to do regular, targeted speed
enforcement in the evenings (3.30-7.00pm) in the southbound
Thank you again for speaking your mind. I hope that together
we can bring some sanity back to this neighborhood.
for the San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save Our Streets
PS Another baby was born on the 1500 block of Guerrero --
on January 1st, 2005. That brings our total of children
under 12 to 11 - on this block alone. How will they ever
cross this street?
From: Hagelshawj@... [mailto:Hagelshawj@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 08:17 PM
To: gillett@...; Paul_Chignell@...
Subject: Pedestrian nightmare
I encountered a particularly frustrating driving experience tonight. At
about 6:20pm,while driving on San Jose (going South) at 28th (I think), I
stopped for a couple waiting to cross. I was in the middle lane. Cars
honked and went around. At one point, I got the cars to stop, but by that
point, the people wouldn't cross.
After seeing the pedestrian's determined stare not to cross, I went through
the intersection. I was frustrated and mad at the dozens of inconsiderate
(and law breaking) drivers.
Police officers: Can't you, won't you do anything to help pedestrians?
newspapers are right: the pedestrian death rate is decreasing...by
inconsiderate drivers infringing on the pedestrian rights. It's just what
drivers want...less pedestrians. The pedestrians are just too afraid to get
out there and demand their rights!
Parent, Fairmount School