And whats’ that, your Mercedes hangs over the sidewalk sometimes, but that’s OK ’cause your wheels are all on private propertah?
I would Like this SFPD Facebook entry, but I don’t know how! (Isn’t that sad?)
Anyway, make up your own jokes here:
INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION
MLK & Chain of Lakes (Golden Gate Park)
04-25-2015 4:12 AM
A Porsche was traveling eastbound on MLK at an unsafe speed when the driver ran off the road and collided with a tree. He told officers that he was having a phone conversation of a sexual nature (it’s unknown whether this conversation was hands free as required by the vehicle code). He suffered major injuries and major damage to his car. He was cited for speeding and for driving with a suspended license.
Here’s the sitch – drivers southbound on Masonic south of Geary want to get to the City Target lower level parking lot.
Here we go, looking south, with City Target to the left and behind a bit, so drivers need to make a U-turn at the light:
To help with this, our SFMTA rigged the traffic signals (which were paid for by Target, BTW) to start the green light phase of Masonic with a left-only signal for southbound traffic only, allowing one, two, three, or four cars to make a left or hang a Louie, depending on how alert the drivers are.
However, drivers who aren’t at the start of the queue know that it’s simpler and faster to make the U-turn further north, as this car just did:
So now we’re looking north, Gentle Readers, in all the rest of the shots – Tar-GHEY du Ci-TAY is to the right.
So the question is whether this is an illegal turn over the double yellows…
This sedan is making a legal left to go east on Anza as the Jeep in the background is making an illegal U to get to City Target:
I saw three drivers do this in about ten seconds the other day. I’m thinking it’s illegal but drivers are unlikely to get busted for doing it.
Now the bonus part about making a U-turn to use the lower lot is that it’s easier to find parking there and it’s generally easier to exit from, depending on where you’re heading after your shopping session.
I’ll say that once you’ve gone past the lowest parking level, getting out of the City Centre mall and back on your way can be convoluted – like even the best path might appear to be the “wrong” way to go.
Of course, nobody would design a system such as this – it’s just an accident of history. The question is how to handle things.
IMO, the SFMTA handled this sitch the wrong way.
Bro on the left with the dog is “jumping the green” – he had to abruptly stop in the middle of California inbound once he noticed outbound traffic:
Were he and his dog were to be hit, the SFPD would find him at fault, yet people would say, “Oh, he was in the crosswalk. He was Murdered By Traffic through an Act of Traffic Violence.” (And then somebody would point the History of “so-called Jaywalking.”)
In any event, you can live your whole life as a jaywalker and never get hit by a vehicle and, in fact, most people manage to pull this off. Moving on…
To this, the woman on the left who started on a yellow. Now, speaking of infrastructure, should there be a “ped only” signal with a countdown timer here? Sure, why not? Oh, the reason why the SFMTA can’t do something is because it doesn’t have enough money and employees? Well, that’s one viewpoint – that’s the SFMTA’s viewpoint, certainly.
Of course, most of the ped deaths on the streets of San Francisco last year were the fault of the peds themselves. Refusing to acknowledge this aspect of traffic safety, the way SFGov is doing right now, means that Vision Zero 2024 will fail.
Traffic safety is a people problem, not an infrastructure problem…
I’d seen the collected cars, but not the car collector(s) themselves, until now:
First it was all like this, with a seven pointed star, for Color of Authority:
But now it’s all like this, with SFMTA instead of MTA and the new logo the SFMTA stole a few years back. (Hey I wonder if they ever worked things out with those people in Chicago…)
Is this an improvement? I can’t tell. (Like, is relabeling the accurately-named 5L Limited the inaccurately-named 5R “Rapid” an “improvement?”)
Now when homeowners with garages see red curbs they say, “Goshdarnit, I need a red curb too!” But then they’ll discover all the SFGov red tape they’ll need to cut through, and all the green they’ll have to fork over, so they’ll paint their curbs red, you know, unofficially.
And then SFGov will come along to paint over the curbs in grey and On It Goes…
(And, you know, this is just my guess, as I generally don’t directly speak with the MUNI people because we’re far apart on many issues. And, oddly, these two curbs shown in the photos are right next to each other and they both have new looking paint…)
I’m not sure what Brocephus here was doing – he might have been eating an Egg McMuffin or he might have actually been drinking tea. This is the only shot I have, so I suppose I’ll never know:
No matter, his left pinkie was upraised, scoring mad baller points.