A SUGGESTION TO IMPROVE OUR CITY
First, as a historian I fully appreciate the significant of the Alvord Bridge in GGP, constructed by Ernest Leslie Ransome in 1889, as the world's first and oldest steel reinforced concrete bridge. I believe my suggestions can be implimented without alteration to this structure.
I also appreciate that in a “transit first” city, improving access for private vehicles may seem counter productive.
Kezar Drive should be widened to two lanes east bound
because of the impact of private vehicles to transit in the Inner Sunset resulting from the bottleneck at this location.
As part of a “reduction of pavement” plan throughout Golden Gate Park, Haight Asbury activists were successful in having Waller closed to traffic. Certainly this has reduced traffic in their neighborhood, but the result has had major impacts to the west.
Currently there are three lanes of traffic over the Alvord Bridge , two west and one east, and a 9 ft. sidewalk on the west and 12 ft. on the east side.
The western sidewalk leads effectively nowhere as the 4ft. 9in. pathway is blocked by light poles.
By removing the sidewalk on the west and narrowing to 8ft the sidewalk on the east, 48ft. remain for roadway. Four 12ft. traffic lanes!
Chris Duderstadt 10/2006