"Sex Work Bollards" is not a band name but should be.

Public Works staff were at intersections from 18th to 22nd on Capp this morning, slicing into concrete and installing the 30-inch-tall yellow steel barriers.

The bollards are the latest iteration in an attempt by the city to crack down on johns who have historically sought sex on Capp Street: In February, the city installed "Road Closed" signs along the street; those were routinely pushed aside or driven over by drivers.

Just a week later, they were replaced by large "k-rail" concrete barriers, impenetrable to drivers but also to the Fire Department, which raised concerns that they would prevent emergency access. They were also deemed unsightly by neighbors and frequently covered in graffiti. [...]

Regulars on Capp Street added that the street itself was much more idyllic without car traffic, similar to Shotwell and 20th streets nearby, two of the city's so-called "Slow Streets" where through traffic is discouraged by plastic posts.

Stephen Chun, a spokesperson for the MTA, said that Capp Street should not be considered a "Slow Street," however. Though the bollards will remain up and will only be turned down for emergency use, the bollards are meant to be a crime deterrent, he said, not a traffic solution.

"It's not a permanent street closure," he said. "These bollards are not meant to in any way have the official jurisdiction that it is a street closure."

Lisa C:

If we just renamed every Slow Street the Sex Workers Slow Street we would have K-rails on all of them within a couple of days.

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