MUNI and the SFPD Could Make a Fortune at 9th and Lincoln...So Why Don't They?
So the Chronicle reports today that a big scary No Left Turn sign is to be painted on the street at 9th and Lincoln, in order to ensure traffic safety. Which would be fine if SF's drivers (some of the worst in the country) actually obeyed said traffic signs to begin with.
I've seen too many people get swiped by cars as the drivers, lost in their little fog of cluelessness, make illegal left turns despite the signs. It's dangerous for the crowds leaving and entering the park, and it delays MUNI buses and other cars who are trying to cross Lincoln.
In an age of every department in the City crying "no money no money," why aren't we ticketing people who are committing illegal left turns? If they even caught say, 30% of them, I'm sure it'd be worth it. Not only would it make the intersection safer and better for people, cars, and buses, they might even teach some drivers to follow the rules once in a while. Sounds sensible.
Which is why it will never happen.
PS: The SF Weekly has a good rundown of the foolishness that is the Culture Bus, and why, in this time of budget crisis, we can't pull the plug on a joke bus line invented by some brainiacs at City Hall that no one uses and wastes money. Go check it out.