Archive for the ‘streets’ Category

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.

Here It Is: SFGov’s Latest PowerPoint on “BETTER” MARKET STREET

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Here’s your link with 33 pages. Enjoy.


(Funnier adjectives include “elegant” and “transformative.”)

Declaring the Full House / Fuller House at 1709 Broderick an Absolute Circus – But Tourists Can’t Get Enough

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

An army of walking dead, white walkers hoarding in from the north:

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La mise-en-scene, you  know, just hanging out. Yep, there it is:

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And here’s the sign:

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I didn’t see any littering, but I saw / heard everything else as I passed on by…

Touch me 
How can it be 
Believe me 
The sun always shines on TV

Here It Is: Your New, Lower Capacity Masonic Avenue, with a Median and Twee Streetlamps

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

(We’re gonna rock on down to ‘Sonic Avenue, and then we’ll take it higher.)

Looking north from Hayes. The medians will end up with trees, and looks like a few easier-to-see traffic signals as well:

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Looking south from Hayes. The median ends early here, perhaps in deference to the SFFD’s nearby Engine 21 on Grove, IDK:

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IDK if these trees will survive:

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Here are your old-school streetlight amenities. I guess this is meant to please area homeowners. (The similarly brand-new, old-school benches down the hill aren’t really working out, oh well.)

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Here’s what looks to be a bus island with a bike lane on the right side. MUNI buses will simply stop in traffic, leaving this part of Masonic with one lane:

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Here’s your reverse angle, looking towards Fulton:

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Old sidewalk and trees to the right, new sidewalk added in the middle, new bike lane further left, and then the new median:

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And there you have it.