Archive for the ‘streets’ Category

It Takes a Village (of SFMTA PCOs to Monitor Just One Intersection During the Evening Drive)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Consider 1st and Market here:

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Sometimes they have four Parking Control Officers here, to do what, watch the lights turn green yellow red? Well actually I think they’re there to make sure frustrated commuters dont block the box of First and Market.

But I think just one could get the job done, srsly.

And consider that the pensions of these people are underfunded. Woefully so.

But who knows, maybe next time I’m out there, there’ll be 8 PCOs onsite and they’ll be doing twice as good a job…

Giants Fan Carl Fredricksen Double Corona

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The biggest cigar that you can get:

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Market Street, December

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Giant Facebook Ad, Frisco

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

These 17 foot tall “kiosks” are simply giant ads – they’re said to pay for public toilets on the street that you need to pay for, ‘except where’s the toilet?

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You see what I’m saying?

I know there’s one atop Twin Peaks, and in Civic Center, and I think there’s one near the cable car turnaround at the foot of Powell, but that’s far far away from Battery here.

I’m thinking this ad program has too many cheesy kiosks and not enough public toilets…

(And some things in Life are more important than your momentary delight with your most recent burrito.)

Save The Children / Pickup Artist – Busking on Market

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Man, if you paid me by the hour to work the sidewalks of Market Street like this, boy you wouldn’t do it very long ’cause I would end up raising 0 (zero) dollars for Save The Children or whatever.

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I’m not good with the cold calls like this is what I’m saying…

PG&E Lollygags About Fell and Masonic During Rush Hour, For Some Reason

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

This is at 4-something PM yesterday.

IDK, maybe it was an emergency.

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Didn’t look like an emergency though…

The “Innovation Capital of the World” Doesn’t Have a Backup Plan When Traffic SIgnals Go Out at McAllister and Fillmore

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Talking about Frisco here, of course, but I suppose we don’t hear that phrase all the time the way we used to. But “World Class City,” that’s going as strong as ever, when somebody wants to spend Someone Else’s Money on something new…

Anywho, obviously traffic signals are going to have issues from time to time, but what ends up happening at McAllister and Fillmore is that the traffic signals sometimes go totally dead, as here:

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The solution of course is to flash all the lights red, which this intersection is capable of, but not during yesterday’s evening drive, oh well.

We could and should do better here…

Ever More “Speed Hump” Speed Bumps for Golden Gate Park – What’s the Recommended Speed for These Things?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Get up to “speed” here.

Here we go – on JFK looking east towards Transverse / Crossover

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And now close to Marx Meadow looking west – this one will be going in soon:

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I guess this one will go almost all the way across JFK Drive:

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And, now closer to 30th Avenue, looking east – this was the first to be installed, now with a new sign:

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I don’t know when I’ll make it back here with a vehicle. IMO, 20 MPH or so is prolly the limit for you. (I had my decidedly non-sporty ride mistakenly set in SPORT mode, but I don’t think it makes much difference on a road regularity as big as this, but I’ll try it again sometime on my ride’s softest suspension setting.)

OTOH, if you have a brand-new BMW M4 GTS, how about 0 MPH as the limit?

And on bikes heading west, IDK. Look out, Jack, is all I can say.

I think the actual speed limit for the bumps is 25 MPH, but that seems too fast for IRL.

Our SFMTA has reported that some drivers go 32-34 MPH on this stretch of JFK and I’m sure these numbers come from someplace real, but I’m also sure whatever stat they’d report has been manipulated for their own purposes, oh well.

On It Goes…

Any Traffic Issue can be Solved with MORE CONES – If Troubles Persist, Simply Add MORE CONES

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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Tower Cranes, Post Street – Or, How to Address a Group of Developers at a Political Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Oh, did I say “political fundraiser?” What I meant to say was event, or better yet, soiree. Never call a fundraiser a fundraiser – that’s the rule.

Anywho, what you do is start off by saying that the official bird of Frisco is no longer the California Quail, it’s the crane. The construction crane! (‘Cause you don’t know to call it a tower crane.) And then you laugh at your own “joke.” And then you blow a few dog whistles, you know, scary names like CHRIS DALY or AARON PESKIN afore you remind one and all how critical their “support” is to you and how, basically, all of us in this room are on the same team.

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That’s how it works.

In closing, build, build, build.