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Presidio Landmark public meeting on Monday night

This Monday night from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, the Presidio Trust is holding a tour and update meeting at the new Presidio Landmark apartments inside the 15th Avenue gate.

The event will include a building tour and an introduction to the Landmark’s new management team. There also will be a tour of the Wyman Avenue historic homes and the District’s grounds. The meeting begins in the lobby of the Presidio Landmark at 6:30pm.

At the meeting, organizers will address some recent issues that have arisen from the construction and re-opening of the building:

– A remedy for the recent drainage issues outside the 15th Avenue gate
– Reopening the 14th Avenue Gate
– Options under consideration for the regulation of Battery Caulfield Road and traffic reduction along 15th Avenue. Neighbors also plan to ask the Trust to share the cost of speed humps on 15th Avenue between Lake and California streets.

If you are unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting, but would like to stay involved in the dialogue and learn about future meetings, please send an email to dick.keenan@gmail.com or jeff.rhodes@gmail.com.

For more information on the Public Health Service District, which includes the Presidio Landmark, the historic homes along Wyman Avenue (which are nearly ready to be re-opened), and various businesses in the district, visit http://www.presidio.gov/trust/projects/phsh/.

Special thanks to RichmondSFBlog reader Beth for sending this in.

Sarah B.

The recently restored Wyman Avenue homes on the east side of the District.

11:15 am | Posted under Events, Traffic | 1 comment

Traffic impacts from the SF Marathon this Sunday; where to spectate

The San Francisco Marathon will roll through town this Sunday. Here’s a heads up on some of the traffic impacts the race will have on our neighborhood. Visit their website for all SF traffic advisories on race day.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Doyle Drive and nearby parking areas will also be affected, so if you plan to head to Marin on Sunday morning, you may want to change your plans to the afternoon.

Best places to watch the race in the Richmond? Along 26th & 27th Avenues between Lake and Fulton, just inside the Presidio at 25th Avenue, or throughout Golden Gate Park. See the course maps


Richmond District (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)
26th and 27th Avenues from Fulton Street to Lake Street closed to through traffic. Cross on Clement, Geary, Anza or Balboa – expect significant delays.

Sunset/Richmond Districts (6:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
North and south access through Golden Gate Park should use Great Highway, Kezar, or 19th Avenue/Park Presidio – expect significant delays.

Presidio/GGNRA (12:00 am to 10:00 am)
From midnight to 10am, there will be no access to the Golden Gate Bridge through the Presidio.

Good luck to all the racers!

Sarah B.

6:21 am | Posted under Events, Traffic | 4 comments

Yield to pedestrians or it could cost you; Police planning stings

SFAppeal reports that the SFPD will be kicking off targeted pedestrian stings in and around the area of Golden Gate Park, specifically the district patrolled by the Park Police.

The Park Police district includes the area bordered by Geary Boulevard, Steiner, Market, Upper Market, 7th Avenue and the east end of Golden Gate Park. So if you’re driving around there this week and next, mind your P’s and Q’s. Well, you should always do that but if you want to avoid a $220 ticket, pay extra attention.

That’s the cost for the most common infraction, which is not granting the right of way to a pedestrian in any marked or unmarked crosswalk. The SFAppeal gives us the lowdown on the exact law:

The law states that if a pedestrian is waiting to cross at a crosswalk, vehicles must yield. Drivers must yield even if the pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk intersection. If the pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk, they must look before stepping off the curb but if it is a marked crosswalk they are free to step into the intersection. Vehicles must yield in both situations.

And if you see any current or former Beatle crossing, for goodness sakes, please yield! Be safe out there,

Sarah B.

5:18 pm | Posted under Safety, Traffic | 9 comments

Park Presidio access to Golden Gate Bridge closed overnight, Friday

Another short term closure alert from the Presidio Parkway project… On Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10 from 12midnight to 5am (5 hours), the ramp from northbound Hwy 1/Park Presidio Boulevard to northbound Hwy 101/Doyle Drive will be closed. The closure begins at Lake Street.

This means if you want to get on the bridge from the Richmond District during the closure, you should pick an alternate route such as winding through the Presidio via the gates at Arguello, 15th Avenue or 25th Avenue. Map of the Presidio

These overnight closures are necessary to place the temporary support structures (falsework) over northbound Hwy 1 in order to construct the new southbound high viaduct bridge.

Read the full advisory (pdf)

Sarah B.

4:30 pm | Posted under Traffic | 1 comment

Park Presidio/Golden Gate Bridge approach closed Fri. night to Sat. morning

If you’re planning to head north across the Golden Gate Bridge late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, be advised that the Park Presidio/Highway 1 northbound approach will be closed from Friday, June 18 at 10pm until 11am the next morning, Saturday, June 19. The closure will begin at Lake Street.

The closure is due to the ongoing Presidio Parkway construction. The overnight closure is necessary to temporarily shift northbound traffic to the former southbound lanes of the Ruckman Bridge to allow work to begin on the permanent replacement bridge (see photo diagram below).

If you do need to head north on Highway 101 during the closure, you’ll need to approach the bridge through the Arguello, 15th Avenue or 25th Avenue Presidio gates. After navigating through the Presidio to the bridge, you can get on at the toll plaza on-ramp. View official detour routes

Sarah B.

8:51 am | Posted under Traffic | 4 comments

12 hour closure of Southbound Doyle Drive, May 21

From Friday night at 10pm until Saturday morning at 10am (12 hours), the southbound ramp from Hwy 101/Doyle Drive to Hwy 1/Park Presidio Boulevard will be closed. This construction is part of the Presidio Parkway project.

The closure is needed to transfer traffic to the new temporary bridge on Highway 1, north of the MacArthur Tunnel.

If you’re returning to the Richmond District from Marin after 10pm on Friday night, be sure to take the exit immediately after the Golden Gate Bridge toll booths. You can then wind your way through the Presidio and exit at the Arguello gate, 15th or 25th Avenues to reach the Richmond District.

The new roadway will have a slightly different configuration (think S-curve on the Bay Bridge) so please use caution when driving southbound on Doyle after the change.

Sarah B.

1:18 pm | Posted under Traffic | Comments Off

Richmond District police crack down on talking drivers

The Examiner reports today that our local fuzz has been cracking down on chatty motorists.

Richmond officers also have given out hundreds of tickets this year to chatty motorists, more than anywhere else in The City, according to police station Capt. Richard Corriea. Already in 2010, Richmond police have given out 282 tickets for talking while driving, compared to 1,388 citywide.

Most of the focus has been on the major thoroughfares in the district such as Park Presidio Boulevard and Fulton Avenue. The stretch on Fulton between 10th and 25th Avenues is considered one of the most dangerous.

Bicyclists are not exempt either. Captain Correia said they will warn or cite bicyclists who don’t follow traffic laws.

So be careful driving around the neighborhood while talking on your cell phone. Do yourself and your fellow drivers a favor and invest in a headset or better yet, pull over to make that call or send that incredibly important text message.

Sarah B.

2:19 pm | Posted under Crime, Traffic | 4 comments

Bay to Breakers this Sunday

Photo by AGrinberg

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the craziest running race of the year, The Bay to Breakers, hits the Richmond District on Sunday. The last half of the race will wind its way through Golden Gate Park’s JFK Drive to the finish line on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach (see course map).

If you’re planning to cross the park via car on Sunday, keep in mind that the only thoroughfare that will be open all day is 19th Avenue / Park Presidio.

Routes in the park that will be closed:

John F. Kennedy Dr. | Closed between Stanyan & Transverse: 5am – 6pm
John F. Kennedy Dr. | Closed between Transverse & Great Highway: 5am – 3pm
Great Highway | Closed between Fulton & Sloat: 12am – 3pm
Lincoln Way | Closed between Great Highway & 32nd Avenue: 5am – 3pm
Martin Luther King Dr. | Closed between Great Highway & Transverse: 5am – 3pm
see course map

If you’re a fan of the wild floats that enter the race, note that official entries will be starting at Civic Center this year and ending near the Conservatory of Flowers. So if you want to watch them, be sure to position yourself accordingly.

Another big change this year is the location of the post-race celebration (“Footstock”). Normally it’s held at the Polo Fields but organizers have moved it to MLK Drive where racers usually engage in the post-race, cooldown walk. The two booze booths, Anheuser-Busch Beer Garden and Barefoot Wine Bar, will only be serving from 9:30am – 1pm.

Good luck to all the runners! I look forward to the crazy photos and stories.

Sarah B.

1:17 pm | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Sports, Traffic | Comments Off