Posts Tagged ‘133’

Know Your Two-Seat, Russian, Yakovlev Yak-52 Acrobatic-Training Aircraft Above San Francisco

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Remember that Yak-50 what used to buzz about the bay area? Good times. (See below for some shots taken from the East Peak of Mt. Tam.)

Well this is better, this one’s a Yak-52 (Як-52). Hurray!

(It probably killed fewer pilots per hour than the single-seat Yak-50, so that’s nice.)

As seen from Land’s End:

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(In Soviet Russia, plane kill you!)

What kind of crazy airplanes will Mother Russia send over next?

“This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.

But here’s your take-away, babe: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.

Anyway, looks like fun:

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Canon 1D Mark II with 300mm 2.8 IS I and 2x extender – ISO 400 and lots of digital zoom:

Happy trails.”

New Bike Lanes on JFK in GGP, 133 Parking Spaces Gone, Hearing May 29th

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Well look what just sprouted up in Golden Gate Park - PUBLIC HEARING notices like the one you see below. So, it looks like DPT ORDER No. 3619, adopted just four days ago, will be the subject of a hearing at City Hall on Friday, May 29, 2009.

Here’s the upshot – three miles of bike lanes are going in (that’s both ways on JFK Drive from Park Presidio (basically) for almost a mile and a half to the Stanyan, Oak, Fell, Kezar area where the Panhandle starts (basically), so that means 133 parking spaces are coming out.

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That’s the best I can figure, anyway. (I’m not too good at this legal stuff, took the LSAT, got a 48, srsly.)

Take a look at what part of JFK looks like now. Cyclists compete with (legally and illegally) parked vehicles – sometimes they are forced into the “designated lane for cars.” It’s sort of a mess.

Project 7-4 John F. Kennedy Drive Bicycle Lanes, Kezar to Transverse Drives
This project would involve the installation of Class II bicycle lanes [which means a regular bike lane with stripes on both sides] in both directions on John F. Kennedy Drive from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive in Golden Gate Park. This project would add Class II bicycle lanes… by narrowing existing travel lanes. A limited number of parking spaces would be removed along portions of John F. Kennedy Drive where the narrowing of travel lanes would not provide sufficient space to add Class II bicycle lanes.

Here’s the proposal in four pages of pdf. If you add up the numbers in the handwritten notes, you should get 133 parking spaces removed. (I guess that’s a “limited number.”) Here’s the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition‘s take, on this page here:

Description of project

This is Project 7.4 in the Bike Plan EIR:

John F. Kennedy Drive Bicycle Lanes, Kezar to Transverse Drives

MTA’s Project Description as analyzed in the Bike Plan EIR (Acrobat PDF file)

This project is an element of SF Bike Route 30.

Project Designs and Drawings

MTA’s project material (Acrobat PDF files):

Will Norman Mailer, seen here illegally blocking the current “bike lane” in front of the Conservatory of Flowers, soon be parking his tour bus on top of the new and improved bike lanes?

 

Only Time Will Tell.