Archive for September, 2014

Median to Nowhere: What the SFMTA Thinks is a Good Idea in Laurel Heights I Think is a Bad Idea

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

On this stretch, I drive in the middle of the road, both traveling east and west, for pedestrian safety:

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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?


Poor Planning from the Ironically-Named San Francisco Planning Department Leads to Trouble at Trader Joe’s Masonic

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

One lane for the deliver truck plus one lane for shoppers waiting to get into the lot = chaos for Masonic

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Oh well.

Recumbent Mountain Bike, Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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The Bad Attitude Pedestrians of the Fell Oak Corridor

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The difference between this gal/people like her and me is that I stare at oncoming traffic, whether I’m jaywalking or not.

Oh well:

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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. 

City Slab Horror: Convertible BMW Parks for Days Next to a Fire Plug, in a Crosswalk, in a Red Zone – Cost? Just $103

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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:

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However, street justice costs a bit more, as the driver’s side window has been smashed into a lot of pieces, for whatever reason.

oh well

The Sisterhood of the Traveling (Short) Pants: A Public Display of (Group) Affection High Above (The) 280

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Jumping up and down in celebration, near CCSF

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Uh, Go Rams?

DPW’s Grisly Tableau – But Safety First, I Suppose

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Here it is:

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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?

OK fine…

This Two-Door Station Wagon Must Be the Coolest Car in the Sunset – Chopped and Channeled and Wonderful

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Another local discovery from San Francisco photographer James Corrigan:

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The SFMTA’s Rent-Raising “Yes on Prop A” Movement Fails to Take Off

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Check it

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So Prop A “will not raise taxes?” And yet, it will eat up a metric of tax money, right, something close to a billion dollars, right? So how does that work? Oh what’s that, SFMTA – you could explain this conundrum but you don’t want to because that would be off-message? OK fine. We’re talking about a billion dollars worth of taxes paid for by whom?


Four Horseman of the Oakpocalypse – Oakland and San Francisco, Together Forever

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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