IN THE CONCOURSE
Park Patrol issued 26 citations to commuters crossing the Concourse.
The fine is $103, or $2,678 to the General Fund. The
paradox in all this is Warren Hellman is paying to have his fellow drivers
WAH? As part of the promise of Warren Hellman’s Prop J, $1.5 million
was “donated” for traffic and transit improvements (actually
mostly for consultants to thank about traffic calming and funding the
Free Park Shuttle which will end in October without other funding).
When the Board of Sups approved the “Traffic Calming Plan”
for the Concourse last August, which put all the roadways back in the
Concourse, it also made it a violation to use these roadways for anything
but accessing the museum(s). AND, the Board also voted to revisit the
“Plan” in a year and see it really was working. Geee, guess
what? 90% plus of the traffic currently in the Concourse is unrelated
to the museum. Surprise, Surprise. As a result, the Concourse Authority
is implementing and funding enforcement with what little is left of
Warren’s money. The city Police and Park Patrol have more important
business, but are randomly staffing enforcement for a fee.
-SIGNAGE ENTERING THE CONCOURSE 6/21/06-
Golden Gate Park Music Concourse Traffic Advisory, ‘Aviso
de Trafico,’ mailed and handed out by the Concourse
Authority, clearly states in three languages that on June 19th,
2006 citation for $103 will be issued to drivers ignoring the black
and white signs posted high up at the entrances to the Concourse.
On the afternoon of the 19th I did a little count and e-mailed this
note to the Concourse Authority.
“Rec and Park
is sitting on a Gold Mine!
On this first Monday of enforcement of “No Thru Traffic”
in the Concourse (deYoung CLOSED) how are we doing?
With stopwatch, dog, and ball in hand I sat at the foot of Francis Scott
Key, through the ball and counted cars in 15 minutes chunks.
No enforcement was in place, by the way. (The Park Patrol have a very
long list of facilities that must be locked up every afternoon.)
In the Concourse, north and south, at 5:00pm the rate was 268 cars/hr.
At 5:20pm it raised to 348 cars/hr.
By contrast, I walked through the empty garage and did a count on the
“legal” cross park route, Middle Drive East. At 5:30pm there
were 336 cars/hr.
As a comparison, I did a count on Middle Drive April 2,2004, just after
the Concourse was closed. Middle Drive East 5:00pm 464 cars/hr. Before
the closure, Wilbur Smith counted Middle Drive East, weekday peak at
152 cars/hr and the Concourse at 1,012 cars/hr.
Assuming these numbers are accurate for average weekday peak, what does
this mean Class? Though traffic in the eastern end of the Park is increased
with the Concourse reopened, it is down 41% from 2004. Commute traffic
in the Concourse has returned. Can they be trained to not use the Concourse
with $103 fines? Certainly at $55/hr, the going rate for park staff,
today in one hour they could have made $35,844. A veritable gold mine!!!
If we staffed Tea Garden and Concourse Drives with sufficient officers
on a 24 hr. basis we could expect annual revenue in excess of $100,000,000
taking into account that at least 1/3 of the cars would be passing through
for the first (and last) time.”
Tuesday afternoon at 4:15, I again approached the Concourse, stopwatch
in hand, and at the southern entrance, from MLK, I found a city Police,
lights flashing, turning cars around and sending them back out of the
Concourse. At the northern entrance from JFK, Marilyn Duffey,
consultant to the Authority, was stopping every car, handing the flyers
through the windows but giving then one last “pass” to drive
through the Concourse. At 6pm when I skated back through, no active
enforcement was present.
What’s this all mean? The current signage
is not discouraging many from using the Concourse to cut through the
Park. Certainly, overall traffic is way down from 2004. Writing tickets
randomly for violations will certainly ruining some peoples day and
create an uproar, but will it really discourage everyone? Could proper
signage work? Drivers see black and white signs as "informational."
IF baring all but muni and drop off from the Concourse is legal, which
is a big question, serious DO NOT ENTER signs are respected the world
is obvious that the current effort to forbide all but museum related
traffic in the Concourse is a failure. Sadly, when the roadways were
replaced as before the die was cast.
June 16, Pavin' the Park
6th, The Polo - Field of Screams
1, Inner Sunset Community Meeting on Homeless
31, The Public/Private Partnership in Public Parks
28, Art coming to a meadow near you.
THE FOG or Homeless in Golden Gate Park
23, Those That Ignore History...
of the Bay to Breakers 2006
20, An Open Letter
to the Mayor: How can we take back our Park?
MUSIC IN THE MUSIC CONCOURSE
18, DEDE to allow some
of her Oscars to be viewed by visitors to her museum.