For years, Masonic Avenue has been one of the most dangerous streets in San Francisco. In five years, 122 people were injured and two killed. But all of that is going to change: a much safer design was unanimously approved and funded, with construction beginning soon.
In 2013, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a redesign of Masonic Avenue, which includes San Francisco’s first raised bikeways, sidewalk improvements for pedestrians and 100 new trees to be planted on a median. Thanks to the hard work of San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members, this project was fully approved by the SFMTA Board in 2012 and later funded in June 2013! After a lengthy process of environmental review and detailed design work, construction of a new and much-improved Masonic Avenue will start later this year.
Fix Masonic, an SF Bicycle Coalition member committee, has been helping improve this street for years. Fix Masonic helped win the bike light at Fell and Masonic Streets, which has made this intersection much safer for people biking and walking in the Panhandle.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been organizing members who live and travel near Masonic Avenue for years.
- Spring 2007 – SF Bicycle Coalition convenes the first Fix Masonic meetwiing with neighbors interested in making Masonic Avenue a safer street for everyone.
- Summer 2007 – SF Bicycle Coalition and Fix Masonic run a crossing guard program at the Fell and Masonic intersection to ensure a safe path of travel for people walking and biking across Masonic Avenue
- Fall 2007 – Fix Masonic and SF Bicycle Coalition begin collecting signatures and building local support for a traffic calming application to the SFMTA.
- February 2008 – Fix Masonic and SF Bicycle Coalition hand delivers an official traffic calming application with over 600 signatures to the SFMTA.
- May 2008 – The speed limit on Masonic Avenue is reduced from 30mph to 25 mph.
- September 2008 – Bicycle signal head installed at Fell and Masonic, improving the popular crossing along the Panhandle.
- Spring 2009 – SFMTA receives Prop K Funding to begin planning for Masonic Avenue traffic calming. SF Bicycle Coalition and Fix Masonic speak up for funding at Transportation Authority Hearings.
- Spring – Summer 2010 – Fix Masonic and SF Bicycle Coalition conduct widespread community outreach to notify Masonic residents and businesses about first Community Meeting to redesign Masonic Avenue. Volunteers place hundreds of fliers on residents doors.
- June – September 2010 – SFDPW, SFMTA and Planning Department hold three Community Meeting to solicit ideas on improving safety on Masonic Avenue.
- February 2011 – North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association shows support for Boulevard proposal for Masonic Avenue.
- May 2011 – SF Bicycle Coalition, Fix Masonic, Walk SF and numerous community members show overwhelming support for Boulevard option for Masonic Avenue at SFMTA Public Hearing. Hearing officer votes to approve changes to Masonic Avenue and move to MTA Board.
- October 2011 – Fix Masonic and SF Bicycle Coalition speak up for funding for Environmental Review of Masonic Avenue at Transportation Authority and funding is awarded.
- December 2011 – SFMTA activates red light camera for illegal left turns against red arrow at Fell and Masonic.
- June 2012 – the Planning Department completes and authorizes Addendum to Environmental Impact Report for Masonic Avenue changes.
- September 2012 – SFMTA Board approved Boulevard proposal for Masonic Avenue.