Efforts Renewed To Make Streets Safe For San Francisco Seniors

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The 3rd Street corridor in San Francisco’s Bayview District remains a major bugaboo for seniors in the area, as they claim it has become more dangerous for pedestrians since the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority completed a light rail project in the area.

The Senior Action Network, a grass-roots advocacy organization devoted to issues affecting senior communities, said one of the worst intersections is at 3rd and Yosemite, which they said has steel grates in the street, buckling sidewalks and signals that don’t leave enough time to cross.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The organization held a protest called DeathRace 2011 on Wednesday, trying to bring attention to the intersection.

Bob Planthold with the Senior Action Network said it was poor planning on the part of Muni officials.

“You have to start calculating if you can get across and there is also a lot of fear,” said Planthold. “Am I going to be safe from not just crossing vehicles, but from Muni street cars blowing by in front of you and behind you?”

A spokesman for Muni said the intersection was designed properly and the signals are timed to federal specifications.

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