A Winning Strategy to Pass Up Stalled Traffic When Getting To Horrible Octavia Boulevard – This Always Works

Now, it seems absurd, but Oak Street’s bottleneck at horrible Octavia Boulevard shows no sign of ending.

Let’s see here, Lane 1 is (oddly) devoted to parking 24/7, Lane 2 is for through traffic going from the east side to the west side of town, Lane 3 (seen with the pickup truck driver* sitting trying to nose in) is for people who want to park for a bit while waiting to sneak in over to Octavia Boulevard, Lane 4 is for the long line of stalled cars waiting their turn to get to Octavia, and, oddly, Lane 5 is dedicated to parked cars most of the time.


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This is the most dysfunctional block of traffic in San Francisco. Who designed this? (Traffic engineers? Prolly not)

Oh well.

*Oh yes, he made it in eventually, saving himself about three minutes or so compared with queuing up back at Oak and Webster. Hurray!

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3 Responses to “A Winning Strategy to Pass Up Stalled Traffic When Getting To Horrible Octavia Boulevard – This Always Works”

  1. GG says:

    I’m never sure what to do in that situation. My better nature wants to assume that maybe the person is from out of town and didn’t realize he had to “get in line” several blocks back. My evil nature wants to “teach him a lesson” by not letting him in. Actually evil usually wins out.

  2. Rob Anderson says:

    Maybe your question about who designed Octavia Blvd. was mereley rhetorical, but the answer is Alan Jacobs and Elizabeth Macdonald, who were hired by SFCTA.

    After city voters finally chose in 1999 to not rebuild the Central Freeway, something a lot like the awful Octavia Blvd. was inevitable. What’s annoying is that the usual “progressive” folks who insisted on tearing down the freeway are still in denial about what’s been created to replace it.

  3. sfcitizen says:

    Well, yeah, they were the people behind the project but I don’t think they got down to the nitty gritty of actually making their Boulevard dreams come true in real life. Apparently, the homeowners on Oak have/had lots of sway with Ross Mirkarimi.

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