After official signage was abruptly removed from Slow Lake St, the community came together to fix the suddenly unsafe conditions. To fill in for the temporarily missing official signs, we used wood, concrete, and buckets lined with retroreflective tape. These were deployed Sunday 12/11.
Within a few days of signs coming down, vehicle traffic on Lake doubled. Many community groups signed onto a letter asking SFMTA to bring back signs immediately, but all we got was radio silence from the city for days. So people decided to act.
Lake would already be safe & done if the Mayor had not reversed the SFMTA Board's Aug '21 decision. Instead there was a year of delay, “a confusing process sowing discord” - SFMTA Director Manny Yekutiel. Traffic diverters, preventing cut-thru traffic, were axed.
The other unfortunate victims of this flip-flopping are SFMTA workers. A few rogue individuals have harassed staff and destroyed official signage. Our public servants deserve respect for the hard work they do in a constantly shifting landscape under poor leadership.
Even still, the future is bright! The bucket signs were removed after SFMTA installed flex posts. Next we need treatments to prevent cut-thru traffic. Concrete diverters in Berkeley/Portland have helped create a safe network to walk and bike. We can't half-ass infrastructure.
Joy and positivity play a huge part in moving us forward. People in the community joined together on Sunday to celebrate the next era of Slow Lake with sweet treats! We’re excited for the community-connecting future that Slow Streets can bring — if we do them right.