Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

Simply Driving Away from an SFMTA PCO Trying to Give You a Ticket for Parking in a TRUCK LOAD ZONE on Market DOESN’T WORK

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

As these tourists from Oregon will soon discover. They merely stopped in a yellow truck loading zone cut into the vast sidewalks of Market Street. When they finally noticed the PCO standing directly behind them, they bolted away outbound, like this:

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But that doesn’t help, as stopping is parking and they were illegally parked.

The next step will be the bill for $91 coming in the mail, but, unlike most people with Oregon plates in Frisco, this crew looks like they’re actually from Oregon. So maybe the SFMTA will track them down to figure out a mailing address? Or maybe they’ll bide their time until this ride accumulates five tickets, and then it’ll be a towaway / Denver Boot?

A better strategy for drivers would be to talk to the PCO instead of just driving off, but I’m not saying that would necesarily work either…

The “SFMTrA” Puts Up Traffic Cones on Golden Gate Avenue

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Here’s the scene at the foot of Golden Gate yesterday during the Evening Drive – what’s new is the orange traffic cones:

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Our SFMTA didn’t put up the cones, the SFMTrA did. See?

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So of course these cones are unofficial (unlike this one from last week, when a made member of our City Family put an orange cone near the curb so drivers wouldn’t run over the legs of people warming up in the slow lane of Market inbound).

On it goes

A Boy and His Dog and an Expensive Camera Mounted on the Hood of His Car – Why? Well, Why Not?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Life on the streets of Frisco:

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The Advisability of Riding Your Bike Through the Bunker Road Tunnel Whether the Light is Green or Not

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Here it is, your Bunker Road Tunnel* to Rodeo Beach and beyond.

The driver of this old Datsun(!) pickup truck seemed to be giving this cyclist a little bit of room, but then a shout came out…

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…from this guy going the other way. So whoops, the Datsun driver moves a yard or two to the right. Thusly:

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Bikes have dedicated lanes in this tunnel but cars don’t. Does that mean that bikes don’t have to wait up to five minutes for a green light the way cars have to? I know not. The surfer dudes in the 4WD pickup could not possibly look more like Marin Locals, like Regulars on this stretch of road, but the driver was surprised to see a cyclist going the other way? Now because it’s a tunnel, shouting works, but what if dudes had had the radio on and couldn’t hear? There could have been an accident.

Seems that waiting for the green would be safer. There’s room for debate, I suppose. (I think I’d want to see a sign saying it’s OK for bikes to proceed afore I ran a red light…)

EPILOGUE:

A single-lane tunnel carries Bunker Road from the Rodeo Valley to U.S. 101. Built in 1918, this tunnel is known as Baker-Berry Tunnel but also known as the Bunker Road Tunnel or the Five Minute Tunnel. A date stamp on the western entrance to the Baker-Barry Tunnel lists 1994, which may have been the year the tunnel was retrofitted for earthquake protection or reconstructed for other reasons. Additional work was completed in 2013 to allow for wider approaches for bicyclists. A traffic signal governs the flow of traffic into the tunnel, since only one direction may proceed at a time.

*Some mock the Yelp for rating a tunnel:

“Solid four-star tunnel… Screw you, Yelp.”

“What can I say, it’s a hole in the ground..lol”

The Most Ridiculous Tall, Skinny Wheels BMW Will Sell You – Fashion Over Function to an Extreme Degree

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The fashion is to have bigger and bigger wheels on cars ’cause that’s how we roll these days. Fine. But this?

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Oh, it has good handling? No it doesn’t.

How about some Prius-style wheels what are are a half-foot smaller in diameter? Oh no, not for you? OK, enjoy your Conestoga wheels then…

Market Street Inbound: Two Feet Left Betwixt the Frito-Lay/Coca Cola Trucks and the Historic Street Car Tracks

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Here’s your morning drive, 7:45 AM-ish, between Union Square and the Financial on vaunted Market Street:

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Wow, That was Fast: Here’s the New Bike Lane on the Twitterloin Part of Golden Gate Avenue – Lots of Congestion Already

Wednesday, 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:

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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 Hyde Leavenworth.

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:

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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.

Well see…

*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.

License Plate Update: It’s Not Just Bridge Toll Evaders, Now Law Enforcement Likes to Use Paper “Dealer Plates” – A Strange Convoy

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Here we go – mercy sakes alive, looks like we’ve got us a convoy, on Webster Street. Who inside? IDK, prolly a VIP from some authoritarian regime, like the Peoples Republic of somewhere or some other place where they occasionally need to roll the tanks through the capital to maintain power. Here’s the driver, with a giant black Mercedes / Chrysler Sprinter maxi-van with tinted windows:

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Tinted windows don’t mean nothing – we know who’s inside

Well, fair enough, it’s a free country over here, right? But what’s this – no license plates? Is that kosher? Could it be a violation of the California Vehicle Code Section 5200? Mmmm. Or maybe this van was bought just last week, down in the OC*?

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And who’s running with flashing red and blue lights in the convoy? An escort of about eight SUVs with illegally tinted front windows and, guess what, more paper license plates:

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Oh whoops, here’s an SUV with a regular plate, the only one I could see:

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Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of thing.

*Don’t call it that.

World’s Least Legible License Plate – How Close Do You Need To Be To Figure It Out?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

I figured it out, eventually.

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I guess part of states’ rights is the right to stamp out hard-to-read license plates that make things harder for law enforcement in other states…

Even Rich Mercedes Benz Owners in Pricey Alamo Square Can’t Take It Anymore: “NOTHING LEFT IN CAR”

Monday, June 20th, 2016

No, not the newest Mercedes, but anyway:

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Why is San Francisco the car break-in capital of the world?

IDK.

But we’re famous for it…