All photos by Greg Dewar of the N-Judah Chronicles.

Oh, boy, we were so excited about this afternoon’s Carmen Chu/SFPD/MTA SUPERGROUP* press conference on their exciting Effort to Improve Pedestrian Safety near Muni Light Rail Vehicles. What would it be, all trains equipped with that foam from Demolition Man? A new rule requiring all passengers be covered in bubble wrap? Seat edges were ON.

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But now we have the follow up press release, and are here to tell you: the plan is a sticker. THIS IS NOT A JOKE.

Supervisor Carmen Chu, The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), and the SFPD today announced new decals on Muni Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) as part of an ongoing effort to enhance pedestrian safety around transit vehicles.

The release goes on to quote Chu as saying “The Sunset District contains some of the longest stretches where Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) are above ground and pedestrians are more prone to the dangers of vehicles. I have seen many near misses, and I commend the SFMTA for taking this important step to address safety for pedestrians around LRVs.” WITH A STICKER.

At the presser, SFPD Captain Paul Chignell of Taraval Police Station said that the SFPD would increase enforcement for this violation to improve pedestrian safety. OK, I think we can all get behind that — raise your hand if you’ve been stepping off Muni Metro just as a car whizzes by.

Just a reminder: California Vehicle Code Section is 21756(A) is what makes this not OK, and the $146 fine is what makes this a even less OK.

So what’s this sticker? You can see it above — apparently they were applied to the entire light rail fleet (no word on when cameras will be installed or repaired on the entire light rail fleet, though, ZING!). It’s hard to tell from the picture how big these stickers are, and, therefore, how visible they will be to drivers. If you see one, send a picture!

Update: Friend of the Appeal, Greg Dewar attended the presser and sent in this photoset. Keep an eye on his site for an article far better informed than this one.


*Like, Traveling Wilburys supergroup, Cream supergroup. Let’s not get crazy.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Jim

    Seems like this would apply to cyclists in addition to motorists – wonder why MUNI phrased it that way, talking about motorists excludes bike riders?

  • Jim

    Seems like this would apply to cyclists in addition to motorists – wonder why MUNI phrased it that way, talking about motorists excludes bike riders?

  • Erik

    Can we raise our hand if we bounced off the side of a moving car while stepping off a train?

  • Erik

    Can we raise our hand if we bounced off the side of a moving car while stepping off a train?

  • bloomsm

    Sooooo many drivers ignore this basic rule when following a transit vehicle. This is a no-brainer campaign.

  • bloomsm

    Sooooo many drivers ignore this basic rule when following a transit vehicle. This is a no-brainer campaign.

  • sfboogie

    If they’re not watching for pedestrians in the first place… are they really reading bumper stickers on MUNI? Maybe they needed the flashing stop signs that extend out from school buses.

  • sfboogie

    If they’re not watching for pedestrians in the first place… are they really reading bumper stickers on MUNI? Maybe they needed the flashing stop signs that extend out from school buses.