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Another Run for SFFD Engine #21: The Aftermath of a Routine Bicycle Accident in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Friday, February 19th, 2016

I guess this is one of my issues, the width of the Fell Street bike path – I think it’s too narrow. It’s being used a lot more now than back when it was widened from 8 feet to 12 feet, IMO.

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Anyway, this kind of thing happens all the time and it always seems to be E21 that turns up to haul people (and their bikes – it comes with you at no extra charge on your already quite hefty bill) away.

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(Hey, who would get better medical attention after an accident – Princess Diana back in the 1990’s or a homeless person of the 94117 in 2016? It’s not even close.)

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Somebody ought to go on a ride-along with this crew and then write about it…

If a Bro Pops a Wheelie for Blocks on the Panhandle Bike Path and Another Bro Doesn’t Video It, Did It Really Happen?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Bro #1, Golden Gate Park:

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Bro #2, with video rig:

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I had a Stingray, in my yout. It had a huge metal basket up front, kind of a cargo bike of its day.

Anyway, you’ll see shoots like this all over town, typically in support of a nascent yout clothing brand…

Golden Gate Park’s Unicyclist Of The Year: Look Ma, No Hands! – Or, I Can Ride With Both Hands Tied Behind My Back

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

See? Dude’s in the Zone:

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Oooooooohm..

My First “BURN FAT, NOT OIL” Sighting of 2016 – An Iconic Stolen Milk Crate on Wheels – “MARY, JANE” –

Monday, February 8th, 2016

As seen at the Music Concourse:

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Bro’s been pedalling around town for (a) decade(s)?

Comments re: “Statement from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on Mayor Ed Lee’s Veto of SF’s Bike Yield Law”

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Just posted.

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on Mayor Ed Lee’s Veto of SF’s Bike Yield Law Jan. 20, 2016 – Mayor Ed Lee’s veto of SF’s Bike Yield Law makes San Francisco the first U.S. city to take a major step away from its promise to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries.”

Hoo-boy, a lot to unpack already. OK, the universe is U.S. cities who (or that – I mean, do cities make promises?) have promised the impossible – eliminating ALL transportation mishaps starting on a date certain, in our case about four years after all pols concerned have termed out, aka January 1, 2024. And I’m thinking, has any other American city promised this? IDTS! And the other issue is if this is a step away from safety, which is highly debatable, of course. This is more of a rights issue rather than a safety issue.

“…Vision Zero…”Focus on the Five,” assuring the people of San Francisco that police would dedicate half of all traffic citations to the five violations that cause a majority of traffic deaths.

If we’re talking about CVC code sections, and we are, then three of the top five in SF are pedestrian-only violations. Sorry.

SFPD leadership is even erroneously adding those citations into their Focus on the Five data, and still falling short of dedicating half of all traffic citations to the five most dangerous traffic violations.

It’s not at all clear that rolling through a stop sign should be excluded from the poorly-written FOCUSONTHEFIVE initiative since that CVC section is specifically enumerated as one of the five. If SFGov meant to exclude cyclists (I’m sorry, “people biking” – that’s the new term for 2016, I guess for better “framing?”), then it should have excluded cyclists, right? Amend if you want to, right?

A majority of the Board of Supervisors and thousands of supporters sought to deliver safer streets by legislating smarter enforcement.

Again, that’s just your conclusion, man. “Safer,” “smarter?” Hey, how many local groups (think peds, think differently-abled) opposed this proposed change? Lots and lots. Do you want me to list them? I sure can.

The Bike Yield Law…

No more “Idaho Stop,” huh? More framing, yay! Why is Idaho Stop bad now? I have no idea.

Mayor Lee dishonored the lives lost in San Francisco crashes…

Holy shit, man! Really?

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has worked for over 40 years…

Uh nope. I’ve been around longer than it has. Sorry. Pretty much defunct/nowhere in the 1980’s. Sorry.

…London Breed…

Oh that’s right, she is running for reelection is a district what’s a touch too progressive for her record.

And on and on.

I’ll tell you, I’ve been California Stopping my way through stop signs in San Francisco since before the current SFBC even began. Like on  a daily basis. I’ve never been ticketed or even warned by anybody at the SFPD. Of course, I do this at a much slower speed than is typical on, say, the Wiggle bicycle route, where some routinely go across stop sign stop lines at 10 MPH plus, oh well. In any event, yes, enforcement is at a pretty low level already. Even in infamous Park Station, where in some recent monthly reports, it records zero (0) pedestrian / cyclist / people biking citations. I mean, you can’t get lower than zero, right? Of course, the SFPD also does enforcements actions on the Wiggle. (To me, that’s a message to stay away from the already-overburdened official exact Wiggle route (how about one block away from the Wiggle route instead – would that be so so hard for you all?)) These spates of enforcement catch even those who cross over stop lines at a reasonable pace – that’s unfortunate but oh well. The real targets of these actions are those who don’t pay attention and who California Stop at way too high a speed…

 

A Checklist for Tourists Riding Rented Bikes Through Golden Gate Park: Helmets? NOT REQUIRED, But Selfie Sticks are MANDATORY

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

For these women, anyway:

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Your Maker gave you two hands, right? So use one for piloting and the other to record your visit for tout le monde to see. Yay!

Hey Look, Somebody’s Finally Working on Finally Completing the East Bay to Yerba Buena Island Bike Path

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

You know, finally.

Perhaps the Bike Path To Nowhere will be sort of finished soon…

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The Wells Fargo Bank Branch on Haight, Where You and Your Bike are Always Welcome

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

They’ll even open the door for you…

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Six-Foot Holiday Tree Delivery, by Road Bicycle, on Oak – Ho Ho Ho

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Who needs a cargo bike to carry cargo?

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Also, most cargo bikes aren’t ever used the way they were meant to be. Sry.

The Rat Lady of Golden Gate Park – Is This a Roof Rat Model on the Bicycle Helmet of This Woman?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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