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Posts Tagged ‘panhandle’
If You Have a Motorcycle (or Something Smaller Like a Moped), Feel Free to Travel Through the Golden Gate Park PanhandleTuesday, June 16th, 2015
You know, the way everybody else does.
As here, on the “300 block” of Ashbury, or what would be 300 block but for the Golden Gate Park Panhandle being there. But no matter, just wait for the light and then head north or south on the walking paths:
This will save you all kinds of time going from Fell to Oak or Oak to Fell.
This didn’t used to be a thing, but now it’s a thing, especially at night…
Not Complaining, Just Explaining: See How a Jogger Handles the Revised Intersection of OAK and MASONICFriday, June 5th, 2015
What you’ll see isn’t the world-famous Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path – that’s on the north side, the Fell Street side. What you’ll see is the south side, the bike-free path near Oak.
Brocephus on the left here is jogging east and he’s way late – he missed his chance to enter the crosswalk on his green. OTOH, the taxi can enter the intersection.
No matter, here’s the jogger going more south than east, “jogging” around a Prius:
Hey, are you allowed to run into a crosswalk in CA? Uh, not really. And hey, isn’t this crosswalk excessively wide? Uh, yes it is.
By this time, the left turn arrow phase started and the jogger exited the intersection. A happy ending, I suppose.
This intersection now has three signal phases, for better or worse – people are still getting used to it.
The fundamental problem here has been that traffic backs up on the left side of Oak due to all the people who want to go north on Masonic -it’s kind of a bottleneck so that’s why we got the new left turn arrows.
If this jogger had been hit by a vehicle, the SFPD would have found him at fault, the same way it found the majority (50-something percent) of pedestrians at fault for their deaths last year, calendar 2014.
]If you say, well any struck pedestrian was “in the crosswalk,” well that’s pretty much useless as you’re not giving enough information to determine fault and, in fact, a pedestrian can be outside of a crosswalk, let’s say just outside, you know, close enough, and still be held not at fault for a collision, in California anyway. (This isn’t really a written-down law, it’s more of a case of judges following how other judges have ruled in the past.)
OTOH, you can be in the absolute middle of a crosswalk, as Brocephus was, and be held at fault for your death / injury.
It all depends…
It used to have four foot wide lanes.
Then it got six foot lanes, but now it’s lots busier these days, with all manner of transport upon it:
And the SFPD and Rec & Park drive upon this path with Crown Victorias all the time too, right?
So what’s wrong with eight foot lanes, I ask you.
(Oh, no other “improvements” are required, no beautification efforts are required, or desired. Just work on the basics, SFGov.)
The Most Intense Commuter You’ll Ever See: Tech Bro + Boosted Skateboard + Panhandle Bike Path = ???Friday, May 29th, 2015
Hooray. Hooray for Boosted Boards!
The Drone Bros of Golden Gate Park: Whose Drone is Hovering Three Feet from Your Bathroom Window on Fell Street? This Dude’sTuesday, May 26th, 2015
Here’s the scene without any arrows pointing things out:
And here are the arrows:
And here are the bros:
Now it could be that bro was just checking out his own pad using his new toy, but man, some people might have been surprised if they saw this drone hovering just outside their windows.
The drone slowly increased altitude to rooftop level and I didn’t stick around to see where it went next.
This is How We Live in 2015…
How To Buy Peace for Your Event in SF: Jack Up Prices To Pay Off All the NIMBY Homeowners – BtoB and NOPNAThursday, May 14th, 2015
Apparently, the millionaire homeowners of the Western Addition were among the most oppressed people on God’s Green Earth, ’cause each and every year you’d hear them yammering about the annual Bay to Breakers fun run and house party event.
But what about now, what about this year? Well, there’s nary a peep – it’s spooky-quiet. Check it:
That’s quite a change over the past five years.
Now I’ll tell you, some of the non-millionaire residents of the Western Addition aren’t actually looking forward to the BtoB, but most of them handle things with maturity by planning ahead, by making plans to be away if this event bothers them so so much, stuff like that.
But the organized homeowners of the Western A, well, they like to complain. And complain they will until you give them a little hush money:
Oh, so that’s why the homeowners groups view BtoB as more of a fundraiser rather than something to yammer about every year…
OTOH, where’s the battery if this rig is all-electric? I know not.
Compare all this with a legal all-electric bike rider ebikefan, whose mellow gets harshed by a mean-spirited hippie:
Success continues to elude the A2B electric bike people. I’ll tell you, most of the people in town you see on these e-bikes are somehow affiliated with the company itself, believe it or not. Something like $5000 is too too much for what these bikes are, but the other problem is that I wouldn’t want one if they gave me one for free.* I suppose if you’d paid me to ride one about and take charge of its safekeeping and lug it up and down stairs, well then I’d think about it. And if I accepted your deal, I’d be just like most of the other A2Ber’s in town, like, apparently, ebikefan, getting paid to operate an A2B…
*So don’t give me this oh, well, if you can’t afford a premium bike stuff. An A2B might be fun for Jay Leno to collect and have to gather dust in one of his garages (I’m seriously, I think he has one), but there’s a reason why they’re not popular…