Archive for the ‘streets’ Category

What Must Be the Most Powerful Skateboard in Frisco – Get a Load of This Rolling Science Project

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

As seen dans Le Manche de la Casserole of Golden Gate Park:

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SFMTA Incompetence on Display: Giving Over 30 Seconds of Flashing “DON’T WALK” on Wide Geary Blvd, But Just 12 Seconds on Wide Fell Street

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Here’s Geary:

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And here’s Fell at Baker, which flashes DON’T WALK for 12 seconds after giving ppl over 30 seconds of green WALK.

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I mean, this is exactly wrong. Why not have 12 seconds of WALK and then over 30 of DON’T WALK instead?

Of course Geary is wider, but not all that much wider.

This situation makes no sense.

Now it might make sense to the SFMTA, which blows with the wind with its half-assed approach to safety.

But in the turning world outside of the SFMTA, this situation at Fell and Baker makes no sense. And mind you, this intersection was the subject of recent SFMTA boasting about how much the SFMTA has done for us here…

Apparently, 25th Avenue and Fulton is Shaping Up to be Some Kind of Glorious Crossroads Area

Friday, November 10th, 2017

We’ve already seen this hullaballo:

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And now more work continues to the west, thusly:

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A lot of aesthetics stuff ginned up to be some kind of safety-related effort.

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Already this intersection has more traffic congestion.

(It could be that the National Park-style boulders “signal” to people that they should slow down as they enter a park, but also that they “signal” to other people that they are leaving a park and entering a residential area, so they too should slow down. It would be some kind of win-win, possibly maybe…)

We’ll see how it goes.

SFMTA PCO Doesn’t Have Time for the Long Red Lights of Geary – A Legal U-Turn, But Against the Red

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

I guess this is like an “Idaho Stop,” but for Parking Control Officers.

So you stop for a red on outbound Geary, see that it will take a long time for the light to go green again and then after that it will take a long time for inbound traffic to clear enough for you to make a u, so you then just make your u-turn on a red light, thusly:

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I guess every little counts when you need to hit your ticket quota…

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Our SFMTA Restripes Fell Street, in the Wake of the Recent Death at Baker

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

As best as I can figure:

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So you can see the freshly laid stripes on the right side of Fell here, and the slightly faded left lane stripes are the last to get repainted this AM.

The Scariest Halloween Costume Yet: Tech Bro Riding $1500 Electric Skateboard on the Sidewalk

Monday, November 6th, 2017

A very realistic portrayal:

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You Shouldn’t Pilot Your Skateboard on the Sidewalks of San Francisco UNLESS It’s Electric-Powered

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

‘Cause once you’ve got a battery under your $1500 board, well, you’ve got carte blanche, baby

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Skate on, Brother. Skate on.

Double Cisterns, All the Way – The Monozygotic Cisterns of our Richmond District

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

As stated, all the way:

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Find out about lesser cistern arrangements here.

Our Electric-Powered Personal Transportation Future – These People Don’t Just Say, “MUNI SUCKS,” They Do Something About It

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Full face helmet, natch. (I mean, you don’t want to be like one of those helmetless FordGoBike “bikeshare” rental bike users going over the handlebars on Market due to the front tires getting stuck in an SFMTA streetcar rail chasm, right?)

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These unicyclists were hauling ass on the Panhandle Bike Path / Multi Purpose Trail. Zoom zoom:

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And further west on JFK, we have a Tesla Motors-beshirted skateboarder and an electric-powered trike:

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So many ways to avoid MUNI we have in this Year 2017…

Our SFMTA Registers Its Disapproval with the Safe Hit Sidewalk Bulbouts Recently Installed by the SFMTrA at Fell and Baker

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

These guerrilla-installed white posts went in on October 5-6. I was thinking since I saw them still there on the evening of October 9th that maybe the SFMTA might be tolerating them. But no, all these posts are gone now, as of the evening of October 10th anyway.

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One problem with bulbouts is that they embolden pedestrians, as here, but I don’t know if our non-transparent SFMTA would agree with that.

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Installing a couple bulbouts here wouldn’t be crazy. It would take the five lanes you’d have to cross to get out of traffic down to four, pretty much, at the cost of two parking spaces.

The existing timing* seems generous to me, even during rush hour, so I don’t understand how the recent accident occurred.

*43 seconds or so, which is about 20 seconds more than other nearby intersections on Fell west of Masonic, at least during rush hour.