The Lead/Coal Conundrum

Nob Hill’s Quality of Life Committee has rebooted efforts on the troubled Lead/Coal corridor in our neighborhood. Those of us who live on the corridor experience bad accidents, harrowing street crossings and noise pollution. The situation is far from ideal and we’d like the issue addressed in a meaningful way. We’re focused on a constructive dialogue and engaging our leaders to find real solutions to this problem. There is a bit of a conundrum. The corridor is needed to move traffic; more so now that Central is one lane. Controlling that traffic should be our goal.

We appreciate Councilor Pat Davis’ initiative to implement a pilot program of smart, rest-in-red lights. We support it with the condition that this is a first step, not a cure-all. When we issued a request for neighbors to write in support of this initiative there was frustration and some pushback, which is understandable. This is a big problem that will take persistent and constant attention. From the City’s perspective, they have already poured money into the redesign of Lead and Coal and made huge improvements. They did, but demographics change and as we all know, ART changed everything here.

We’re pursuing more initiatives moving forward including: lowering the speed limit to 25 mph and designating a safety corridor with increased fines & signage. Other suggestions include converting Lead and Coal to two way streets. Additional enforcement is desirable but APD is understaffed so we are looking at design based solutions.

Our ultimate asks will be leveraged with community activism and PR campaigns that can motivate those in government and support them in their work for win-win outcomes.

We want your input and collaboration on this daunting project. If you want to get involved please follow the group at and join our mailing list to find out about meetings and initiatives.

Contact Quality of Life Chair David Garcia at

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