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Mother and child on bike struck by driver at 7th Avenue and Geary

Photo by Derek

On Friday afternoon around 4pm, a cyclist was struck by a driver at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Geary.

According to one reader, a SUV driving westbound on Geary ran a red light and hit a cyclist riding southbound on 7th Avenue.

Witness Vincent Scully, who was driving behind the SUV saw the driver run the red light and honked his horn to warn her but it was too late. Scully said he didn’t know there was anyone in front of the SUV until he saw the bicyclist falling into the intersection.

The driver of the SUV did stop at the scene of the accident and cooperate with police.

SFGate reports that the mother suffered a broken leg and the toddler suffered bumps and bruises. Both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment and are expected to survive.

Police blocked traffic on Geary between 6th and 7th Avenue in the westbound direction as well as traffic on 8th Avenue while the accident scene was investigated.

Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the crash or has additional information call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.

Thanks to reader Derek for the report.

Sarah B.

Photo by Derek

Photo by Derek

10:42 pm | Posted under Traffic | 26 comments

Local Links: Mescolanza / Luna Rossa shuffle, Oscars at Balboa, Fulton speeds reduced

Photo by Eugene Kim

Happy Friday, Richmond District! Here are some local links to ease you into the weekend…

  • Mescolanza recently closed which saddened some fans, but a new, nearly identical concept called Luna Rossa opened in its place. It’s no accident – the owners of Luna Rossa were the original owners of Mescolanza back in the day and sold the lease, and the restaurant’s name, to an employee. But now they’re back, and after displacing their tenant, Mescolanza, have opened Luna Rossa. Reader Boots says the same Mescolanza server is even working there, and the menu is nearly identical. Boots also said word on the street is that the Mescolanza chef is planning to reopen near 2nd and Geary in the future.
  • And the Oscar goes to…The Balboa! They’ll be hosting an Oscar viewing party on Sunday starting at 4pm. Host Reed Kirk-Rahlmann will be on hand with his irreverent Awards Party mudslinging which begins at 7pm as the ceremony commences. Tickets are available online or at the Balboa box office (it usually sells out so get ‘em quick).
  • Mind your accelerator when you’re driving on Fulton as the speed limits were recently reduced. Reader Steve informs that new speed signs have been posted: “30mph westbound from Stanyan to 36th (down from 35), 25 from 36th to 38th (in front of the Senior Center), then 35 from 38th to the beach; eastbound it’s 35 from the beach to 38th, 25 from 38th to 36th, back up to 35 again from 36th to 25th, then 30 from 25th to Stanyan.”
  • The Jiu Jitsu Academy (710 La Playa) is offering a free self-defense class for women on Monday, February 23rd. To register, email Info@csjiujitsu.com.
  • Pretty alert! Check out the video below for some stunning night views over San Francisco in super super hi definition.

4:15 am | Posted under Business, Events, Food, Traffic | 8 comments

Find yourself braking for green lights on Geary?

Back in November, we told you about a new tracking system that SFMTA was installing on Geary to improve the flow of Muni buses.

You may have noticed the Proxim Radio sensors that are perched on Geary stoplights. The GPS devices are designed to keep lights green when a Muni bus is approaching. The system also has the ability to make red lights shorter based on the presence of a bus.

The end goal is to speed up bus service along the corridor.

But the new system is having a strange effect on some drivers, who find themselves braking to a stop at intersections when the light is still green.

The reason? They have become reliant on the pedestrian countdown displays.

“I thought I was seeing things, and started to drive oddly as I would slow down after seeing that the pedestrian countdown ended, but the green light doesn’t change to yellow right away as most lights do, I felt like I was a Student Driver again. :),” reader J. told us in an email.

J. is not alone. We have done the same thing multiple times, looking to the pedestrian countdown as an indicator for when the light will be turning yellow, and then red.

As the countdown reaches 1 or 0, drivers are understandably preparing to stop to avoid running the light. But as they stop, the light remains a full green even though the pedestrian countdown shows a Don’t Walk signal.

The good news is that this is “safe” behavior, but does make for a confusing driving experience (and the potential for getting rear-ended).

Is anyone else experiencing this? Leave a comment to let us know.

Sarah B.

Some feedback from readers:

11:24 am | Posted under Traffic | 27 comments

Photos: Tree topples on Park Presidio; narrowly misses car and uproots pipe

Around 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon, a large tree fell over on the 500 block of Park Presidio near Balboa.

The tree fell into the Park Presidio roadway, narrowly missing a vehicle carrying two adults and a young girl.

SFFD and SFPD were on the scene quickly, taking a chainsaw to the tree’s branches to clear it from the roadway.

The tree also uprooted an irrigation pipe in the Park Presidio greenbelt. It could be seen spewing water onto 14th Avenue.

Traffic was moving again by 5:15pm, but Rec & Park was still working to cap the irrigation pipe.

Thanks to Kenji K. for the update and photos.

Sarah B.

Photo by phoca2004

Photo by phoca2004

Photo by Kenji K.

Photo by Kenji K.

7:13 pm | Posted under Parks, Traffic | 3 comments

Repairs on Lake Street sinkhole to continue through Tuesday, Dec. 9

11:52 am | Posted under Traffic | 7 comments

Water main break opens large sinkhole at 6th Avenue and Lake Street

Overnight, a water main break underground at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Lake Street caused a large sinkhole to open up.

We first learned of the hole around 7:30am this morning, and when we arrived at the scene at 8:30am, firefighters and police were on the scene. The intersection, as well as the blocks of Lake Street and 6th Avenue leading up to it were closed to traffic.

Workers were attempting to shut off the water line, which could be heard gushing water. A gas line is also located near the water main break.

This is a big sinkhole, but not quite as large as the one that opened up at 2nd Avenue and Lake in May 2013.

Expect the intersection to be closed off for much of today while repairs are put in place.

Sarah B.

UPDATE 11:24am: Now that crews have punched through the sinkhole, it’s gotten quite large:

Photo by Joe K.

SFPD blocking off 6th Avenue to car traffic (at California)

10:39 am | Posted under Traffic, Utilities | 15 comments

Photos: Bicyclist, cars and MUNI bus involved in accident at 8th & Balboa

Photo by Shane J.

Around 8:10am this morning, a car hit a bicyclist and then crashed into a 31-Balboa MUNI bus at the corner of 8th Avenue and Balboa. Both the cyclist and car driver were injured.

“Neighbors said they heard a very loud crash and screams. The cyclist on the ground was conscious and asked for someone to call his wife,” reader Shane J. reported.

According to KCBS, both the bicyclist and driver were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

There are conflicting reports about whether anyone was on board the Muni bus at the time of the collision. KCBS reports that there were no passengers but Shane F., another reader told us “People were on the bus. I was at the stop seconds after this happened.”

UPDATE: There were passengers on the bus when it collided with the cars. Reader Marilyn, also involved in the crash, left this comment: “The bus swerved to try to avoid hitting the van & cyclist. I know because it hit my car. And yes, there were people on the bus. They left the scene when the driver opened the back doors.”

KRON-4 reports that “the driver of a Honda vehicle appeared to have a medical emergency of some sort and failed to stop at a stop sign at 8th Avenue and Balboa. The car then hit the bicyclist from behind. Investigators say it appears a Muni bus traveling on the cross street swerved to avoid the Honda and the bicyclist and instead hit four other cars.”

Sarah B.

Photo by Shane J.

Photo by Shane J.

Photo by Shane J.

10:44 am | Posted under Muni, Traffic | 19 comments

Photo: Motorcycle perched on car roof after crash on Balboa

Photo by Melanie Chin via SFGate

Traffic’s really upside down these days! First we had the SUV upended about a week ago and now we’ve got a motorcycle on the roof of a car…

Reader Derek sent us this gem from SFGate of the aftermath of motorcycle v. automobile at the intersection of 45th Avenue and Balboa on Tuesday around 11:15am.

How the…?

One person in the collision was taken to SF General Hospital, but photographer Melanie Chin said that the motorcyclist was not hurt.

Sarah B.

5:02 am | Posted under Traffic | 2 comments