Remember that time some people tried to create a park at the Arco station at Fell and Divisadero? The fact that I still had to dodge motorists in the bike lane on Fell yesterday tells me that those Fix Fell folks haven’t made a whole lot of progress (although not for lack of trying – those guys are out there protesting every Friday).
Now, with the annual PARK(ing) Day coming up on tomorrow, they’ll be making a more, ahem, urbane attempt at creating a peaceful urban space around of the neighborhoods most hectic intersections, even if it’s just for a day.
If you’re not familiar, PARK(ing) Day’s delightful yearly exercise in absurdity predates our neighborhood parklet by a solid 5 years. (Although the REBAR Group, who designed the original project in 2005, did help out with the walklet at 22nd and Bartlett.) In previous years metered spaces around the city have been transformed into croquet lawns and kiddie pools, and Fix Fell’s contribution on the South side of Fell Street between Divis and Scott is kind of a no-brainer given their cause.
Cyclists and commuters who use the Wiggle-Panhandle route should already be accustomed to remaining calm while motorists whiz by them on Fell street, but if you need a little help relaxing in such close proximity to the internal combustion engine there will be free chai and herbal tea, as well as chillout music and comfortable lounging options to help you forget that you’re basically sitting next to a freeway.