Last month we reported on residents’ anxieties about the intersection at 19th and Dolores. It sounds like the SFMTA listened, because according to Dolores Park Works, the city will paint “zebra”-style crosswalks at the intersection.
“According to Manito Velasco with SFMTA, ‘We will be painting staggered continental crosswalks across Dolores Street at this location. This will replace the conventional crosswalk markings we have there now. Instead of 2 sets of 12′ solid white lines marking the crosswalk area, the new continental crosswalks will be ‘zebra’ style with 24’ solid white lines along the roadway and should be more easily seen by motorists on Dolores. We also will be adding painted ‘PED XING’ stencils on northbound Dolores as well. Because of the slight crest, the existing ‘PED XING’ stencils are not as prominent as they should be. These new markings should complement the Police Department’s efforts on this corridor as well.’”
Update: Dolores Park Works receive a letter saying that a stop sign or traffict lights are out of the question.
“STOP signs are primarily used to define right-of-way where it may be unclear. This intersection is presently controlled by a STOP sign on 19th [on Cumberland], thus vehicles on this street must stop and yield…installation of an all-way STOP could also lead to incomplete stops and increase potential for rear-end and collisions.”
As for traffic signals, they are a no-go because they apparently not warranted and there is no money for it anyway:
“The evaluation is based on state and federal guidelines, and considers a multitude of factors including intersection geometry, traffic composition and volumes, pedestrian activity, and collision history. …Pedestrian and 19th Street traffic volumes are below what would typically be required to justify signalization….There are many prioritized intersections in the City currently waiting to be signalized with limited funding.”