July 30, 2010

Will There Be A(nother) Battle Over Battery Caulfield Road?

Battery Caulfield Road

Having just finished the renovation and conversion of the Public Health Service Hospital into the 154-unit Presidio Landmark with parking for all residents at the end of Battery Caulfield Road, the Presidio Trust is now considering two approaches to limit cut-through vehicular on said road in the name of "public health and safety, to protect environmental values, to protect natural resources, and to avoid conflict among visitor uses."

The two proposed approaches are: 1) limitation of vehicular use during weekday peak AM and PM hours, 7 to 9 am and 5 to 7 pm, as well as on weekends (Alternative 1); and 2) limitation of vehicular use at all times (Alternative 2).

Comments on the proposed limits will be accepted until September 1.

Notice of Proposed Use Limit of Battery Caulfield Road [presidio.gov]
Presidio Landmark Opening Its Doors Next Week [SocketSite]
Presidio Landmark Priced And On Track For An Opening In July [SocketSite]

First Published: July 30, 2010 4:30 PM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

So now it's a part time gated community under Option (1), or full time under (2). Nice. How about Option (3) - just leave it alone and let natural traffic patterns evolve.

Option 1 is the right answer but I'd not restrict on the weekends.

Posted by: eddy at July 30, 2010 4:45 PM

Also, under option 1, or 2 for that matter, how exactly do they propose to restrict such use. Are there any other restricted use provisions for roadways in the Presidio along these lines? Or is this only for the luxury residents?

Posted by: eddy at July 30, 2010 4:50 PM

eddy: They will probably put DPT personnel like they do on Market Street during peak hours. I like Battery Caulfield Road, and wouldn't want it's use limited.

Posted by: SFer at July 30, 2010 4:56 PM

Funny that this is now "under comments" because it was part of the agreement that the developer and the Presidio made with the neighborhoods in order to get the go ahead to do this project. Interesting that they would reneg once they got the project built.

since most of the traffic on battery caufield road is cut through to the bridge, the thought was to put raisable arm barriers at the top and bottom of the road and give residents and service vehicles card keys that would open them.

Posted by: jaybee at July 30, 2010 5:19 PM

DPT personnel minding a single road every day forever? Hell no, that's a ridiculous use of money.

Posted by: Al at July 31, 2010 3:30 AM

Just put speed bumps every 25 feet for the entire Battery Caulfield Road. It's cheaper in the long run. No DPT involved. It only keeps Monroe shocks in business which is good for the economy. However, the Presidio Land Trust folks should pay for these bumps and should have planned for this possible shortcut mess in the original eir. we, the concerned immediate neighbors were as usual just shoved aside during the various public meetings held before re-construction.

Posted by: Lucky Me at July 31, 2010 1:47 PM

Have you ever ridden up this road on a bicycle? Speedbumps would suck.

Posted by: EH at August 1, 2010 12:16 AM

Instead of speed bumps perhaps their more suave and sophisticated cousin speed hump could be employed. Humps are more expensive than bumps but are far nicer to drive over. If you keep your speed low, you feel just a rise and a drop with no jarring smack to the underside of your car. And they're almost unnoticeable on a bicycle.

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at August 1, 2010 9:47 AM

Was the road open during renovation?

If not, why open it now?

Posted by: BobN at August 1, 2010 8:08 PM

It looks like EH and Milkshake have not been on this road for a while. There are currently 2 speed bumps on the entire length of the road spaced about 250 feet apart which are strategically placed where there are inclines to slow vehicles down...not necessarily to deter traffic. The bikers can still ride in the middle of the speedbumps where it is road level or in the ditch closest to the sidewalks.

Posted by: Lucky Me at August 1, 2010 10:36 PM

my 2 cents.

this is one of the remaining green spaces in SF and should not be congested with cars.

Park Presidio (main thoroughfare) is only 2 blks away, so it doesn't seem too inconvenient for the residents of the new building and lake st. area to take park presidio instead of battery caulfied to avoid congestion in the park. So i do think battery caulfield should be blocked during peak times, even for residents of the new buildings.

The only people who should be able to drive through are those who live in the interior of the presidio as they will need a way to exit and enter. Maybe a gate with a key card for current presidio residents.

Posted by: spencer at August 2, 2010 8:16 AM

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