Posts Tagged ‘2017’

Did We Just Hit Peak Auto? – New DMV Stats Show Fewer Registered Vehicles in SF for the First Time Since 2011 – But Licensed Drivers in SF are Up

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Here’s your background, from a year ago.

And here are your stats for 2016:


And here are your stats for 2017, released just today:


So that’s about a half a percentage decrease for registered AUTOS as well as all registered VEHICLES from 2016 to 2017.

And here are your licensed driver numbers for San Francisco County for the past five years, also just released:


That’s about a 1% increase, year over year.

So there you have it – instead of a relatively steady increase averaging 7000 or so automobiles per year, we’ve just had a decrease of about 1900 autos, for whatever reason.

Perhaps 2016 will end up being Peak Auto for San Francisco – we’ll see.

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Which Inspires More Protest: A 54-Bed “Lockdown Mental Ward” at Hayes and Shrader or a 20-Bike Rental Station from Ford? – See Petition for a 49 Square Block FordGoBike Ban

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline, but I’ll tell you, it’s not even close.

There’s this, at St. Mary’s – it inspired nary a peep of any protest, AFAIK.

But then there’s this, a neighborhood petition against a proposed FordGoBike rental station, also at Hayes and Shrader right across the street from St. Mary’s – it would convert five current parking spaces into a leased bike rental station. There are many Martin Luthers in this nabe, with the hammer and the nail at your door. Go ahead and read:

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See that? Petitioners are looking for a DMZ, a DeMotivateinternational* Zone, not less than seven blocks in any direction from Hayes and Shrader. You see? ‘Cause they just chased away another proposed station at Hayes and Clayton just last year, and they don’t want the Ford ppl coming with yet another proposed station anywhere close by.

I’ll tell you a story. Back in the 1990’s, (Old) General Motors went and spent six figures to pay for a playground, pretty close to Hayes and Shrader in Golden Gate Park. Here’s what happened – defacement of the letters forming the name of one of GM’s divisions, with extreme prejudice:


See that – the signage marring was the response to too much corporate advertising for locals to handle, even though all GM did was to buy us a playground.

So that’s the environment that these corporate types from Michigan and New York don’t seem to understand. ‘Cause here they come, and then this happens, on Hayes Street as it happens:

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Do you see the similarity here, the reaction to marketing efforts from America’s #1 and #2 automakers?

Of course, Ford has some supporters, but they tend to be people who think it’d be a great idea to ban cars from Frisco altogether.

Isn’t it ironic?

Dont’cha think?

(‘Cause that’s the whole idea, of FoMoCo marketing cars to young people, who, you know, are hard to market to.)

In conclusion, large new mental ward MEH, small corporate bike rental station HELL NO.

This has been your Hayes and Shrader Update.

As to the future, well, IDK which side will win. As for our SFMTA, it’s all:

“…We (SFMTA) do not issue permits for bike share stations in front of buildings where the residents and/or property owners object.”

Or at least that’s what one of their senior planners said last year.

We’ll see…

*The operators of our local short-term bicycle rental monopoly. They used to be known as Alta Bike Share, but that name got wore out, owing to labor issues, among others. 

Textbook Traffic Calming Seems to Irk Some SFMTA Employees, Ones Stuck at an SFMTA-Created Bottleneck, Oak and Octavia – Extra Parking Spaces vs. Flow

Monday, February 26th, 2018

PCO RTB – Parking Control Officers Return(ing) To Base.

Here’s the Polk Street version – just take the bike lane, easy-peasy. Not looking for violations, just repositioning:


But Oak, the Great Eastern Way, a Freeway Substitute, well for some reason, our SFMTA decided to offer street parking to our tech-heavy newcomers living in expensive new units in a now-fashionable part of the Western Addition. See? No bike lane = stuck on Oak like everybody else:


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Just saying…

Bay Area Off Ramp Encampment: Summer 2017 vs. Winter 2018 – Living Between Freeways

Friday, February 2nd, 2018


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How San Francisco Plans to Raise Money to Pay for Transit: Carbon Tax, Payroll Tax, ROBOT TAX?!

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Yep, via Reddit we discover:

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From Bill Gates to Jane Kim

(Robot Tax sounds like a Daft Punk record. Let’s hope ear of taxation doesn’t drive them back to France.)


The Parking Man Cometh … to Paint Red Curbs on Fell from Baker to Shrader – Perhaps 20 Spaces Eliminated – SFMTA Hearing Feb 2nd

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

[UPDATE: I myself don’t read this SFMTA notice as a wholesale elimination of parking on the north side of Fell, As Seen On Reddit. (That kind of action would be much easier for the SFMTA to describe – they would just come out and said that.) IRL, this is going to be a bit of red paint here and there AFAICS.]

Here’s one of the PUBLIC HEARING notices just posted all over the western Fell street area:


Of course there was the fatal accident on Fell at Baker last year – that could have something to do with this effort.

Apparently, parking in between crosswalks will be eliminated, at least on the north side of the Panhandle / the south side of Fell Street.

At first I thought that these areas might get used for UBER and Lyft pickup and drop off, but they’re on the wrong side of the road. Anyway, dropping your friend off in the Panhandle will be easier after all the red paint gets put down, sometime later this year…

A. Fell Street, north side, from Baker Street to 17 feet easterly (extends existing 10-foot red
B. Baker Street, east side, from Fell Street to 5 feet southerly (extends existing 3-foot red
C. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Lyon Street to 49 feet easterly (prohibits
parking within “T” intersection)
D. Lyon Street, west side, from Fell Street to 12 feet northerly
E. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Central Avenue to 39 feet easterly
(extends existing 7-foot red zone to prohibit parking within “T” intersection)
F. Fell Street, north side, from Central Avenue to 10 feet easterly
G. Masonic Avenue, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
H. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Ashbury Street to 38 feet easterly
(prohibits parking within “T” intersection)
I. Fell Street, south side, from Ashbury Street to 10 feet easterly
J. Ashbury Street, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
K. Fell Street, south side, from Clayton Street to 10 feet easterly
L. Fell Street, north side, from Clayton Street to 10 feet easterly
M. Clayton Street, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
N. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Cole Street to 38 feet easterly (prohibits
parking within “T” intersection)
O. Fell Street, south side, from Cole Street to 10 feet easterly
P. Cole Street, west side, from Fell Street to 10 feet northerly
Q. Fell Street, south side, from Shrader Street to 10 feet easterly
R. Shrader Street, west side, from Fell Street to 9 feet easterly”


Consider This an Invitation to Your New RANDALL MUSEUM – Free Reopening Celebration on Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

[UPDATE: A note* on the raccoon.]

All the deets.

“You are invited to the Grand Reopening Celebration Randall Museum Friends and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department are excited to announce the Randall Museum’s Grand Reopening! Join us for the ribbon cutting, free activities, live entertainment and the first chance to see the beautiful new Randall. Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony with city officials at 10 am. Stay for fun family activities through 2 pm. The museum will stay open until 3 pm. This is a free community event. Limited parking is available and public transportation is encouraged.

February 11 10 am – 2 pm 199 Museum Way San Francisco, CA 94114″

Welcome back, Recology Raccoon:


*See Comments.

“This raccoon was a rescue. He was originally an infant who lost his mother and was sent to a rehabilitation center in Morro Bay. They set him up with similarly aged orphan raccoons and raised them all with the intent of releasing them when they were old enough. At six months they released him on a landowner’s property and within one week he was found shredded by some other animal. His back was mauled, his tail so damaged it had to be amputated, he also lost one of his digits. So, by the time all of his injuries healed the Center at Morro Bay felt he could not be released a second time. They began training him, similar to dog training, so that he could become an animal ambassador.

The Randall Museum had an empty space waiting for a rescued raccoon so they took him in. He will stay at the Randall Museum at the Randall until he dies and the staff takes great pains to enrich his life by training and toys, and replacing live foliage in his exhibit often. He is rarely fed food out of a bowl- they hide his food or make puzzles out it, to keep his interest and intelligence alive.

He was a wild animal that only due to his life circumstances now will spend his life at the museum. And, he actually may help other raccoons to be better understood or at least appreciated. That’s the goal. The staff at the Randall Museum want people to leave knowing more than knew when they came in about nature, animals and how that amazing interaction can be a lifelong exploration.”



More Trouble for Our Hidebound SFMTA: Its Magic Cure-Alls, Traffic Circles, are Causing Problems on Euclid These Days

Monday, January 8th, 2018

These things are new. Some don’t like them, for various reasons. Anyway, these changes on Euclid have generated boo-coup calls to 311, and what’s new this week is that non-SFMTA members of Our City Family are looking into them, like today, at City Hall.  Perhaps crosswalk lines could be moved, that kind of thing.

That’s the update.

Ah, late 2017:

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Euclidian geometry:

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If You Like Seeing a Caravan of Nannies in Idling Porsches and Mercedes Benzes on Avenues Golden Gate and Central, You’re Going to LOVE the Expansion Plans of San Francisco Day School

Monday, January 8th, 2018

This is Central. When this double parked line of vehicles gets longer, it turns west on Turk:

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And here’s the front of the line on GGA:

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Anyway, here’s the Plan and all the deets:


Here It Is, Here’s the Result of $50,000,000(!) Worth of Pacific Coast Highway Reconstruction – Reconnecting Muir Beach with Stinson Beach

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

This was your view a few days ago, looking south (east? southeast?) along Highway One from Rocky Point Road near Stinson:

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At the time, Google Maps said that this road was open but two signs saying ROAD CLOSED overruled that I suppose.

Here are all the deets about all the activity the past year.

And here’s a recent Google Maps update:


A few days ago, Google had the stretch of road north of the red arrow as squiggly red, to show that it was closed to most people all the way up to Stinson Beach. These days, Google shows everything as open as far as I can see. (I’m just a tourist way up there, some 12 miles north of Frisco County, so usually G,IJDK what’s going on.)

Here’s part of where your money is going, on all matter of earth movers and mobile cranes:


Whoo boy, $50 mil…

“Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Highway 1 Between Muir Woods & Stinson Beach to Open Thursday, January 4, 2018

State of California • Department of Transportation


Today’s Date: January 3, 2018
District: 4 – Oakland
Contact: Steve Williams
Phone: (510) 286-6195


Caltrans To Open Highway 1 Between Muir Woods And Stinson Beach 
Thursday, January 4, Before Noon

One-Way Traffic Control to be In Place
MARIN COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today the closed portion of State Route 1 between Muir Beach and Stinson Beach will open to one-way traffic control on Thursday, January 4, sometime before noon. 

The stretch of roadway was closed since February of 2017 to the extensive storm damage. Drivers should anticipate lengthy delays because there are still six active projects along that section of Highway 1. There will be flaggers and signalized operations, along with stepped up construction zone enforcement throughout the entire corridor. The majority of those projects will be complete by June, 2018. 

More information is available by visiting this link:

To date, the repairs for all the projects on that corridor are approximately $50 million. 

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