Here’s your morning drive, 7:45 AM-ish, between Union Square and the Financial on vaunted Market Street:
Archive for the ‘bikes’ Category
Market Street Inbound: Two Feet Left Betwixt the Frito-Lay/Coca Cola Trucks and the Historic Street Car TracksThursday, June 23rd, 2016
Wow, That was Fast: Here’s the New Bike Lane on the Twitterloin Part of Golden Gate Avenue – Lots of Congestion AlreadyWednesday, June 22nd, 2016
So I heard that the beginning part of Golden Gate in the ‘Loin, the Tender / Twitter -loin, was going to get a bike lane just a few weeks back. And I says to myself, I says, “I better check it out afore things change.” And I did but then I thought, no, neighboring McAllister is a much better way to travel inbound, even though our SFMTA / DPW just recently rejiggered the traffic lights in front of the troubled Hibernia Bank Building most unhelpfully.*
But then a week later, I saw this – it’s just a paint job, for now:
Speaking of signal timing, I think you’d really need to hustle to make the green lights. I’ll be satisfied to be delayed by just one red light from Polk to Market – prolly the one at
Anyway, speaking of that area, drivers turning right from GG onto Hyde just might get in your way. A lot. We’ll see how this works out.
Oh, and here we go – on the same day, just by coincidence, I came through in a car. Lots of backed up traffic, as one might expect, oh well. See the pedestrian timer? The light turned red soon after and it was stop and go at each intersection even though traffic was not backed up at the intersection with Market, oh well:
So now Golden Gate seems more like the foot of troubled 6th Street, which is the SoMA street what GG feeds into.
IDK, maybe I’ll start using this part of GG every day. The new bike lane is in beta, more or less, so we’re not yet aware of all its issues.
*So they take the trouble to make the foot of McAllister a two-way street and things seemed to be working out, but then they make the intersection with Market a mess with blocked #5 Fultons all over. Perhaps this is due to nearby construction? Our SFMTA has a real problem with traffic light timing – it’s like it doesn’t care a whit. The SFMTA isn’t a safety organization, it’s an un-safety organization. This isn’t a money problem, it’s a management problem. Sry.
Infamous “MISSING (NOT STOLEN)” Trials Bike Found, Sort Of – On Top of a Saab in the Western AdditionMonday, June 6th, 2016
You wouldn’t believe how many light post signs that could be seen all over town last month, advertising this bike.
And look, here it is, east of the Northeast of the Panhandle Area (NoPA) – aka our Western Addition. Seen coming…
And here’s your close-up:
Not sure what all this means…
Easy Rider, 94102 – Passive Aggressive vs. the Regular Kind – “People With Bikes” vs. “People With Cars”Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
This is McAllister inbound in the PJ’s, ’round about where the 94115, the 94117 and the 94102 come together in the Western Addition.
Now let’s pay off on the headline. The cyclist on the left was going about 20 MPH, which really isn’t keeping up with traffic, so she should have been further to the right, IMO, you know, per CA law and per common sense. She was impeding the driver of the red pickup, who should have either passed her or who should have slowed down and stayed in his lane. But no, he just trailed after her like this, mostly in the opposite lane, for more than a block.
Here’s what I do, I just assume that anybody in a car or on a bike is an ex-con who just got out of the Big House and who’s having a bad day already. That’s why I don’t try to block people who want to pass me by teaching them a lesson and why I don’t try to pass people who don’t want me to. And I don’t enforce speed limits. So if you want to pass me going 28 in a 25, I’ll make it easy for you, be my guest.
Anyway, the cyclist, who wasn’t going all that fast and who was effectively blocking other cyclists and any drivers from passing her, is the Passive Aggressive and the pickup driver, who seemed to want to try to make a pass on McAllister for a long time no real reason is the Regular Aggressive.
And also anyway, they both got caught up by the long red light at Gough anyway, so this pointlessness was extra pointless. So, so much for that.
And here’s your Locution Update. Apparently, instead of cyclist or biker or bike rider, we’re now supposed to say People Who Bike, as a way to “emphasize the humanity” or something. But then what would you call car drivers? Well, and I just saw this for the first time this past week, it’s “People Who Drive.”
All right, but I don’t really see how this change really helps anything, just saying…
Red Hyundai vs. Mountain Bike at 4th and Market in Front of the Apple Store on Bike To Work Day 2016Friday, May 13th, 2016
An accident at 4th and Market during the evening drive means that buses will back up Market Street both ways. This was in the the Financial last night:
This was the scene. I didn’t see what happened.
An SFPD motor patrol officer said the bike rider had a broken back and a possible broken pelvis. He said that words might have been exchanged between the bike rider and somebody in the red Hyundai before the collision.
Last I heard, the bike rider was responsive and stable.