How would I explain this bidness to a foreigner?
I’m at a loss…
Uh oh, the let’s-raise-your-rent* / let’s-spend-property-taxes-on-mismanaged-MUNI initiative known as Prop A is in twubble.
Prop A is a gonna lose, big-time.
If only people hearted MUNI as much as their cars…
*Literally, like part of the property tax will get tacked on to your monthly rent, maybe, srsly
On this stretch, I drive in the middle of the road, both traveling east and west, for pedestrian safety:
If the median here were actually installed by the SFMTA / DPW / whomever (instead of just being painted on), I’d be forced to drive very close to the place where bad peds tend to dart out.
I care about ped safety. The SFMTA cares about, what, “sustainable streets” theology?
The difference between this gal/people like her and me is that I stare at oncoming traffic, whether I’m jaywalking or not.
The typical accident* involving peds and cars, the mean, the median, involves fault/negligence/bad judgment from both the ped and the driver, IMO.
So that’s why current focus upon “Vision Zero”-type projects is doomed to failure, IMO.
*Of course there are two sides of the bell curve, one with more fault on one side (failure to yield, for the most part) or the other (ignoring signals / jaywalking**).
**In fact, during the first half of 2012, the streets of San Francisco saw a spate of ped deaths that all involved jaywalking (on Lombard and Hayes and a slew of others) and other similar bad behavior from peds. OTOH, the last few months of 2012 had a nasty spate of bad driving (including a DUI hit-and-run on Twin Peaks). IMO, peds need to be on the lookout for bad drivers and drivers need to be on the lookout for bad peds, like the one seen above. This is a controversial opinion.
One ticket from the SFMTA for about $100 as punishment for days of multiple flagrant violations seems on the low side, IMO.
As seen on the slab of macadam known as Fell Street:
However, street justice costs a bit more, as the driver’s side window has been smashed into a lot of pieces, for whatever reason.
Here it is:
I suppose it’s OK for the DPW to lecture me about bike/ ped safety. But hey, DPW, would you, in turn, want to listen to me about the safety of your operations, about a culture of safety for your employees? Oh, no, not really?