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“I Can’t Drive 25″: How Lowering the Speed Limit on Masonic Made Everybody a Speeder

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

By now, everybody knows that rocker Sammy Hagar Can’t Drive 55 - that speed limit was so low it caused him all kinds of consternation back in the 1980′s.

Now, just imagine how upset Sammy would get on Masonic Avenue these days, what with its relatively new 25 MPH speed limit. 

Well, the cops will be out there, handing out tickets and putting up the radar signs.

Try it for yourself, if you want, try driving the limit. Obeying 25 MPH requires some concentration but it can be done. This shot from the driver’s seat of Mom’s Taxi is proof.

“Speeding” down Masonic at idle and with the foot on the brake pedal:

You really need to keep your eye on the dash, though.

Could Usain Bolt outrun you in your car at this speed? Well, considering that he can easily break Masonic’s speed limit on level ground, I think he’d be able to pass you while going downhill.

Of course the real problems with this portion of Masonic are:

1. All the parked cars;

2. Trees that shouldn’t be where they’re at and can’t be moved; and

3. Those who value aesthetics over safety.

Oh well.

And hey, speaking of safety, here’s the safe way down Masonic – see the cyclist on the sidewalk?

And oh, look at this.

But hey, will this initiative really “improve access” for “all modes of transportation?”  

Seems unlikely at this point.

Oh well.

San Francisco’s Ephemeral Lake Masonic Fixed Today by the Pothole Patrol

Monday, March 16th, 2009

San Francisco’s ephemeral Lake Masonic, the drencher of numerous pedestrians at the intersection of Fell and Masonic has made its last appearance for a while. The City’s pothole patrol paid a visit this morn, so that’s that.

From this (assuming the #43 Masonic bus driver slows down and changes lanes to avoid another ped drenching, as here)…

…to this. Click to expand:

Hurray!

Those looking for a good drenching will now need move one block down to Lake Ashbury, should the need arise:

Stay dry!