The most dangerous intersection in San Francisco, Fell & Masonic, is back in the news.
First, they installed a bike signal in 2008. This confused drivers, so then, in January, the MTA installed a camera. The camera issues about 500 tickets a month that cost drivers between $480 and $522 a pop. Drivers complained that the intersection was too confusing and cluttered with all the different signals, so, just recently, the MTA has added a grate over the bike signal to help make the red light more obvious to drivers. The newest plan to mitigate the confusion is a sign, which will go up before the intersection, warning drivers that there is a no-turn signal coming up. Fell & Masonic sees 30,000 vehicles daily, and has a long and storied history of problems and band-aid solutions. Do you cross that intersection regularly, via bike, car, or feet? What's it like for you? Do you think an extra sign will help? (And don't forget, it's bike to work day! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has an events schedule for you here, with, you guessed it, an energizer station at the Most Dangerous Intersection TM. Be safe out there, and happy commuting!)
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