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Congested Traffic For No Reason: What Happens When the Wealthy People of Hayes Valley Design StreetsTuesday, November 15th, 2016
So what have we here – do we have about 25 cars* backed up on Page attempting to get on the glorified 101 freeway onramp / offramp entitled Octavia Boulevard:
I ask of you, Gentle Reader, was this situation advertised as a part of the Octavia Boulevard project? I can tell you no it wasn’t.
Was this a particularly busy Sunday? NOPE, just a regular lazy Sunday as you can see by looking across horrible horrible Octavia Boulevard.
So what do you suggest, that all these people should take Sunday/Holiday schedule MUNI to the Caltrain or BART to get where they’re going? Well, gee that could very well take all of Sunday to get There And Back Again, right? You see, our society is wedded to the automobile. You may not like that, but that’s reality. And Octavia Boulevard certainly isn’t helping anything.
Hey, doesn’t this traffic belong on Oak? Yep. But the backups on Oak are worse – they routinely go much longer than 25 vehicles.
Perhaps, Comrade, this situation is only temporary as our automobile infrastructure withers away? Well, IDTS. Car registrations in Frisco are higher than ever right? We’ll have to wait for the 2016 data from the DMV but that data should be out soon and it will indicate another increase, to be sure.
And what of Uber, Lyft and the other TNCs? That’s a factor as well.
And all these factors are a good reason for a place like Hayes Valley, which is a crossroads, to better allow people to pass through. Obviously, the millionaire homeowning activists behind Octavia Boulevard might want to “improve” HV but how does that benefit everybody as a group. You know, most people in the world aren’t homeowing millionaire white people living in Hayes Valley, right?
Anyway, what this ridiculously short, ridiculously wide Boulevard ends up doing is blocking people from getting from Point A to B, and that includes People With Cars, and People On Buses, and People On Bikes and even People With Shoes walking about, right?
Hey, how about this, why not eliminate left turns from Page and Haight onto Octavia? That would help.
But what’s ridiculous is Hayes Valley people trying to create more traffic so their hood could go upscale.
And along with the is the left turn allowed going from inbound Market to Octavia. Left turns are rare on Market of course, and they’re allowed on the blocks preceding and following Octavia, so why do we allow left turns at already congested Market and Octavia? Oh, for the convenience of those living in Hayes Valley, the ones who laid things out?
Seems a little crazy to me…
*Oh, I’m sorry, it should be People With Cars in the vernacular of the day. Isn’t that right you People With Cellphones and you People With PCs? All right, time to get dressed this AM – I think I’ll wear some Jeans of Blue
Reason #12 for UBER / LYFT Drivers to Stay Off of Frisco’s Market Street: Getting Hassled by The ManTuesday, November 8th, 2016
They’re gunning for you UBER LYFTERS, these days, the SFPD is, particularly on Market Street.
Harley Davidson = Motor Patrol = all what these popo do all day long is hand out moving violations, mostly. (They mostly come in the daytime, mostly.)
And remember, trade dress = extra scrutiny for you, sry.
First there was the Renault Twizy:
As seen on Page:
And now there’s the highly similar Nissan Quad:
Race them if you want to:
All the deets:
A Scoot Quad is a mini electric car that can carry two people. Say hello to the Quads and get ready to explore the city in a whole new way.
• Top speed of 25 MPH
• Range of 40 city miles
• $1 of electricity to fill ‘er up from a normal wall outlet
• Gets the equivalent of 250 MPG (after doing the math to convert the electrical energy to dirty gas equivalent)
• Produces 6% of the CO2 per mile of a car (including the emissions from the power plants that make the electricity)
• US drivers license and Scoot membership required
• Carries two people — that’s what the backseat is for!
• No freeways, bridges, or roads with speed limits over 35 MPH
• Quads are $6 up to 30 min, 20¢ per minute afterwards.
What Happens When You Hail an UBER / LYFT to an Address Like 525 Market? – Temporary Chaos, That’s WhatWednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Market in the Financh is down to just one lane, in parts, these days, right? So you can’t just stop and wait for your fare to come down an elevator, right? Frisco aint Tracy, CA, right?
After getting yelled out by Bike To Work Day, Uber driver from the South Bay scooched on over enough to let more people squeeze by.
It’s just not possible to legally pick riders up like this, sry.
On It Goes…