Here’s the story, as told at/around McAllister and Pierce:
Posts Tagged ‘accident’
A Run-of-the-Mill Traffic Accident at Fell and Masonic Shows the Futility of SF’s Futile “VisionZero 2024” FantasyTuesday, March 1st, 2016
Well this one certainly was loud:
But SFGov has somehow outlawed this type of accident, starting in 2024. So what’s going to change at this intersection. Will all cars and trucks and bikes be banned? Oh, that’s impractical you say? Well sure, but your vaunted Vision Zero 2024 is impossible.
Who’s fault was this one? Driver One, Driver Two, Somebody Else, Some Combination? Who knows? I can’t figure it out.
Anyway, the problem with VisionZero is that it doesn’t acknowledge Reality. Oh well.
So sure SFGov, you can set goals for yourself, like completing 30 pretty-much-meaningless streetscape/beautification projects in the time you claim you designated for 24, but that doesn’t mean anything, not really.
The problem is that you’re trying to solve a people problem by altering the physical environment, that’s what your big push is about.
It has no chance of succeeding IRL.
What It’s Like for a 16-Year-Old to Turn the Wrong Way onto Turk and Cause an Accident in Front of Northern StationWednesday, December 23rd, 2015
It’s like this, or one assumes.
Northbound Corolla on Fillmore turns right onto Turk, but Turk’s a one-way the other way in the Western Addition. So BAM into a Prius C. And yes, that’s Northern Station in the background. And I’m guessing about the 16 year old part, but you tell me, Gentle Reader. (I’ll tell you, one time I crashed into a 16 year old’s Honda at Mcallister and Gough. He was driving an Accord older than him when he decided to make his own turn lane onto Gough. He asked if I could do him a solid by not reporting this incident to anyone. I was like, “Yeah, right.” Then I told the SFPD to leave after some people called 911. So then I rode over to SFGH with my left arm held straight down since it wasn’t bending at that point. So then I gave up on SFGH after about five minutes. So then I made it home and then over to St Mary’s. By this point I was holding my arm at a 90 degree angle ’cause it wouldn’t go straight anymore – this caused problems for the X-ray tech. So then I had to go to a meeting in the Marina for the proposed Fisher Family Modern Museum. So then I went back to St Mary’s for the results. The upshot is that my left elbow, to this day, still quietly clicks when I flex it, depending on which direction my wrist is facing, but the 16 year old’s insurance policy paid St Mary’s and I ended up with a few thousands for my trouble. Basically, I sold my 100% good elbow for a 99% good elbow, and it took about ten hours out of my life. That’s what I think about when I think about 16 year olds causing accidents in the Western Addition. But I digress…)
Or you could call this “traffic violence,” but I don’t.
One time, a Dude headed to the West Side hit my Toyota and it looked better than these cars and I thought it was totally driveable but it wasn’t and my estimate ended up being $18K(!), oh well. This is definitely a reportable accident even without injuries – this is no way to start your Driving Life:
And yes, the Prius driver was NOT AT FAULT – I’m as shocked as you are.
Anyway, let’s be careful out there.
SFMTA Spokesmodel Paul Rose Costs Us Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Per Year, But He Sounds Like a MUNI UNION FlackMonday, October 12th, 2015
Yes, over $200,000 in his Total Cost of Employment (TCOE). (You want to get into this, well, we can get into this.)
Here’s the new stuff:
“It does not appear the bicyclist was traveling in a bike lane,” said Paul Rose…
I’d expect this kind of sophistry from a MUNI operators attorney, but not a spokesmodel from the SFMTA.
Hey, is this the same Paul Rose who committed this? Yep. Oh what’s that, Paul, you acknowledged your mistake and you didn’t want to get into why you committed such a boner? But that’s how you learn, right?
Let’s move on, to the SFPD:
This statement is 100% non-operational, and I don’t know how many words you’d need to add to fix it.
Do I expect better from SFMTA / SFPD?
Yes I do.
BTW, I’ve “gone around” MUNI vehicles thousands of times, both inbound and outbound, on Market Street since the 1980’s. It’s not illegal, is it? Tell me how I’m wrong here.
Show me the police report and I’ll tell you who was at fault here, except 1) it doesn’t exist yet and 2) the SFPD holds onto its PRs really really tight so I’ll never see it even after it comes out.
Hey, is the SFPD part of the SFGov “City Family” known to favor SFMTA operators when it comes time to assess fault when SFMTA operators get into accidents, or, in the words of the SFMTA, when SFMTA operator commit “traffic violence?” Yes. Yes it is.
Accident vs. Collision vs. Crash: The “VisionZero” 2024 Crowd Attempts to Shame Journalists from Calling an Accident an … AccidentMonday, October 5th, 2015
Sometimes, the Vision Zero people show their work, they show how they came to their faulty conclusions, hence this posting.
So here’s the
When a plane crashes, we don’t call it an “accident.”
Uh, yes we do:
All the time, as a matter of fact. Oh well.
Let’s try again:
“Another reason is that “accident” is not neutral. It implies a lack of guilt.”
No. It, at the very least, implies a lack of intent, actually.
Oh well again.
It’s hard to find much against the new-ish term Vision Zero, but here’s a stab at it:
“Chasing infinity rather than incremental improvements looks even dumber.”
Yep, pretty much…
Another Hum-Drum Injury Car Accident on Masonic – Airbags Everywhere, Cars Totalled – Autobots Sacrifice Selves to Save OwnersMonday, September 14th, 2015
An accident* on Masonic yesterday at Hayes, with CCSF’s John Adams Campus (the former Lowell High School, 1913-1962):
(My money’s on the VW’s driver being at fault, but who knows.)
Now how many airbags exploded during this fender bender, like a dozen? You could see all matter of them from a distance. How much would it cost to replace a single side curtain bag, for instance, one wonders. The upshot is that the people inside these rides get injured less than they would have a generation ago, but the cars get damaged more.
So it’s off to the scrapheap they go.
Seems fair enough.
*’Cause it wasn’t on purpose. Now if it were, then we’d call this collision attempted homicide or something. But if you’re an “urbanist” or whatnot, feel free to call it a collision if you want – that word would also apply. TY, drive through.
In the next world war
In a jackknifed juggernaut
I am born again.
In the neon sign
Scrolling up and down
I am born again
In an interstellar burst
I am back to save the universe
In a deep, deep sleep
Of the innocent
I am born again
In a fast German car
I’m amazed that I survived
An airbag saved my life
Westbound Fell at Masonic.
This might be OK:
But this isn’t – this is tailgating, CVC 21703:
And off and away on Fell, heading into the sunset:
Cyclist took the lane until he didn’t – any incident would be on the driver.
This concludes Fell Street Blues.
Barely Legal: Turning Left Across Double Yellow Lines on Busy Masonic to Park Your Car – DUDE, IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?Friday, August 14th, 2015
Not only did this maneuver block the fast lane of northbound Masonic for a while, it also resulted in squealing brakes / tires from inattentive drivers headed south.
IF you timed this right, during certain parts of the day or night, then this might be OK.
But the correct way to park in the garage of one the Great Estates of this part of Masonic is to GO AROUND THE FUCKING LUCKY to end up heading south on Masonic from the terminus of this part of McAllister.
END OF LINE.
I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.
“Sheriff Mirkarimi Confirms Valid Driver License
San Francisco, CA – Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi today announced that the matter regarding his driver license has been resolved.
“I used the public phone numbers for the DMV and traversed their process. I found them to be efficient and helpful, and after explaining the matter and filing the proper paperwork the matter has been resolved.”
Sheriff Mirkarimi was informed for the first time on Monday that the DMV had suspended his driver license, except for his ability to drive for his employment duties, for a failure to file an accident report. In fact, the Sheriff immediately reported the accident to his insurance company as well as to SFSD personnel. He was informed by his insurance company that the matter would be processed. The Sheriff learned only yesterday that his insurance provider did not file a report with the DMV as he believed. That report has now been filed.
Neither the Sheriff nor his insurance company had been notified by the DMV or any other entity regarding a license suspension or restriction. The Sheriff’s insurance coverage has remained uninterrupted.
Sheriff Mirkarimi was involved in a non-injury accident on 10/2/14. There was no damage to the City car that the Sheriff was driving but there was claimed damage to the other car. He provided his personal insurance information to the other driver as there was no City insurance information accessible in the City car.
Sheriff Mirkarimi will work with City administration on completing any remaining requirements.