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Legislation Passed

Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Tom Ammiano introduced this legislation on July 20, 2004, which was revised on September 28, 2004.

The City Services Committee held a public hearing on the legislation July 22, 2004.

The Land Use Committee recommended approval on the legislation at a public hearing October 18, 2004.

The full Board of Supervisors passed the legislation unanimously October 22, 2004.

Text of Legislation, September 28, 2004

[San Jose Avenue/Guerrero Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements.]

Resolution establishing various traffic and parking changes on portions of San Jose Avenue, Cesar Chavez Street, and Dolores Street.

WHEREAS, San Jose Avenue is designated a Boulevard by the City and County of San Francisco and has the right to trees and pedestrian walkways proper to boulevards; and

WHEREAS, Many motorists behave as if San Jose Avenue and Guerrero Streets are a freeway or a freeway entrance ramp or exit ramp, thereby driving at great speeds; and

WHEREAS, The residents of San Jose Avenue and Guerrero Streets from Cesar Chavez to the I-280 freeway have since 1997 repeatedly petitioned for slower traffic speeds and safe pedestrian crossing on San Jose Avenue and Guerrero Street north of I-280; and

WHEREAS, Merchants on both sides of San Jose Avenue and Guerrero Streets suffer because pedestrians cannot safely arrive at their stores; and

WHEREAS, In May 1999 the Board of Supervisors urged the City to restore the Bernal Cut section of San Jose Avenue to its original beauty and promote a safe, efficient multipurpose boulevard; and

WHEREAS, In April 2004 the Planning Commission accepted the Draft Glen Park Plan which proposes to return San Jose Avenue between the Bernal Cut and I-280 to its original status as a neighborhood boulevard; and

WHEREAS, In December 2001 the Board of Supervisors established bicycle lanes on San Jose Avenue in the Bernal Cut to connect Bernal Heights and the Mission District with Glen Park and established traffic calming between Randall and Tiffany Streets; and

WHEREAS, Striped bicycle lanes are believed to encourage increased and safer bicycling, as well as greater awareness of bicyclists among drivers; and

WHEREAS, The conversion of part-time tow-away lane to a full-time parking lane addresses neighborhood parking needs; and

WHEREAS, there are six schools in the area with numerous schoolchildren present; and

WHEREAS, Improving pedestrian safety conditions is of great importance in San Francisco, and the addition of a bicycle lane provides traffic calming, as well as a pedestrian buffer from moving traffic, and discourages bicyclists from riding on sidewalks; and

WHEREAS, Rapid transit between downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco International Airport along the I-280/380 corridor has sufficient capacity for additional commuters; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors urges the Department of Parking and Traffic to initiate steps necessary to establish four-foot wide, crosshatched, painted medians on both sides of the existing center medians on San Jose Avenue between 30th Street and 28th Street, and on Guerrero Street between 28th Street and Cesar Chavez Street.

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the San Francisco Board of Supervisors urges the Department of Parking and Traffic, in accordance with the provisions of the California Vehicle Code and the San Francisco Traffic code to initiate the steps necessary to reduce vehicle traffic from six lanes to four lanes in order to accommodate bicycle lanes; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, in accordance with the provisions of the California Vehicle Code and the San Francisco Traffic Code, authorizes the following regulations governing the movement of vehicles and bicycles on San Jose Avenue and Guerrero Street:

Bicycle Lane, Establish
San Jose Avenue, both directions, between Randall Street and 28th Street
Guerrero Street, southbound, between 28th Street and Cesar Chavez Street
Guerrero Street, northbound, between 28th Street and 110 feet north of 27th Street

Tow-Away Zone (4PM – 6 PM), Rescind
Guerrero Street, southbound, between 26th Street and Cesar Chavez Street
Cesar Chavez Street, westbound, between Guerrero Street and Dolores Street

Tow-Away, No Stopping Anytime, Establish
Cesar Chavez Street, north side, from Guerrero Street to a point 44 feet westerly
Cesar Chavez Street, north side, from Dolores Street to a point 86 feet easterly
Guerrero Street, east side, from Cesar Chavez Street to a point 117 feet southerly

No Turn on Red, Establish
Guerrero Street, northbound, at Cesar Chavez Street

Multiple Right Turn Lanes, Rescind
Guerrero Street, northbound, at Cesar Chavez Street

Multiple Left Turn Lanes, Establish
San Jose Avenue, northbound, at Dolores Street

Tow-Away, No Stopping Anytime, Extend
San Jose Avenue, east side, from 50 feet north of Brook Street, to a point 26 feet northerly

Left Lane Must Turn Left, Establish
San Jose Avenue, northbound, at Dolores Street

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