Archive for the ‘streets’ Category

“Man Out Watching the Lunar Eclipse” – A Ten-Second Night Shot of Sutro Tower from Kite Hill

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

It’s yet another great photo from Trophygeek:

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Sunset District Update: DPW Paints a Special “STOP” Stencil in the Bike Lane at 17th and Kirkham – But the World Fails to Notice

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Photo of Kirkham St. at 17th Avenue – the tiny “STOP” stencil is a recent addition:

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And here’s an on-the-scene report to go with the image:

“Kirkham St.(Sunset District) has a bicycle lane with very few riders. All summer DPW was working on the part of Kirkham St east of 19th Avenue.

When DPW finished at the end of August 2014, they repaved the street, re-striped the lanes, put back the pedestrian islands.

The large STOP painted on the road for vehicle drivers didn’t mean much for bicyclists. They run thru intersections all the time. Now DPW painted a Stop sign in the bicycle lane!

The special Stop for bicyclists hasn’t made any difference. They still blast thru intersections on Kirkham St. and ignore their personal stop sign.”

I don’t know, if I were putting a bike lane on Kirkham, I’d prolly prevent cars from parking so close to the crosswalk. (In “sustainable streets” parlance, this is called “daylighting” an intersection, but I don’t actually know the normal term for maintaining sight lines at intersections so that peds may be seen.)

We’ll just have to wait and see how many people use these new lanes….

The Bad Attitude Pedestrians of the Fell Oak Corridor

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The difference between this gal/people like her and me is that I stare at oncoming traffic, whether I’m jaywalking or not.

Oh well:

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The typical accident* involving peds and cars, the mean, the median, involves fault/negligence/bad judgment from both the ped and the driver, IMO.

So that’s why current focus upon “Vision Zero”-type projects is doomed to failure, IMO.

*Of course there are two sides of the bell curve, one with more fault on one side (failure to yield, for the most part) or the other (ignoring signals / jaywalking**).

**In fact, during the first half of 2012, the streets of San Francisco saw a spate of ped deaths that all involved jaywalking (on Lombard and Hayes and a slew of others) and other similar bad behavior from peds. OTOH, the last few months of 2012 had a nasty spate of bad driving (including a DUI hit-and-run on Twin Peaks). IMO, peds need to be on the lookout for bad drivers and drivers need to be on the lookout for bad peds, like the one seen above. This is a controversial opinion. 

Word on the Street: “Fillmore, or Less” – Messages from the Western Addition

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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Primary Colors, Western Addition: Green Suitcase, Purple Suitcase, Red Pants

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

As seen on Octavia:

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The SFMTA Gods Must Be Crazy, Masonic Edition: A Green Light for Cars and Bikes, But a Red Upraised Hand for Peds at the Same Time?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

So as the SFMTA is gearing up for its big election this fall, let’s take a look at how it’s doing on Masonic at Evergreen Terrace.

This summer, the newly-installed lights were on a 75-second  timer that ended up stalling traffic on Masonic about 30% of the time, for no apparent reason.

Here’s the next phase – the crude timing scheme is gone, but what’s this? A solid green for traffic next to a solid red upraised hand for peds? I’ve never seen this kind of thing  before:

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One assumes that this is the SFMTA just being the SFMTA and this has something to do with the activation of the pedestrian activated crosswalk buttons. (Or is DPW still running the show here? IDK)

But it almost seems that the SFMTA thinks it knows what it’s doing when it strikes out on so many unorthodox traffic experiments.

SFMTA, you suck, don’t you know that by now? Why not simply strive to be competent?

And are you just testing/installing the lights at Ewing? But doesn’t this photo look “wrong” to you? How many days, weeks, months should you set up the lights like this?

Hey SFMTA, what are you going to do when Prop A loses? What’s your Plan B? Let’s hope it doesn’t involve telling even more of the peds of Masonic to stop and go at the same time…

Brokedown Palace: “Can You Spare a Dollar?” – Sitting on Abandoned Cable Spool All Day Long – Fruitvale, East Oakland, California, USA

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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Word on the Street: Instead of Fillmore, “Fill-No-More”

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

As seen on Fillmore Street in the Fillmore, home of the failed Fillmore Jazz District, brought to you by our horrible, failed Redevelopment Agency and SPUR, the urban renewal people:

On it goes…

Oh, here’s my message to those SPUR people:

Instead of doing something, just stand there.

The Most Airbnb People You Could Possibly Imagine, Alamo Square Area, Western Addition, USA

Monday, August 11th, 2014

(Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.)

This has been a remarkable change, over the past half-decade.

You see them, all over the place, every day, coming and going, taking photos of buildings, looking at maps, asking where “the Seven Ladies” are, asking where the “Full House house” is, and rolling luggage up and down the street, you know, that kind of thing.

Sometimes I don’t know if they’re Airbnb people, but other times, like this time, it’s easy to tell: 

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I don’t have a generalized beef against tourists – that makes me different from the typical Western Addition NIMBY.

In any event, this is what Airbnb looks like IRL on the street.

Sidewalk Wagon Train Made From Found Materials: Two Shopping Carts+Wheelchair+Aluminum Crutches+Tennis Racket = ???

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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