Posts Tagged ‘accident’

A Good Cyclist and a Bad Cyclist on Fell Street at the Crazy, SFMTA-Designed Intersection with Shrader

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The light for this car was green green green, perhaps for two seconds as the cyclist that you can see on the right came down from the Panhandle bike path, camera left.

OTOH, the cyclist on the left saw the lights and managed to not  run the red light – you can see her sort of chuckling at her friend there.

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IMO, this would have been a 100% cyclist-at-fault accident, but I’m not 100% sure it would have gotten written up as such, oh well.

I’m also not sure why the SFGov/SFMTA/SFBC Establishment established this set-up to route traffic from the bike path into Golden Gate Park/JFK Drive – I suppose it’s a bit faster for cyclists, compared with the obvious alternatives.

But the whole system breaks down if the nut behind the steering wheel, or in this case, the handle bars, doesn’t know when she has lost the right of way…

DPW’s Grisly Tableau – But Safety First, I Suppose

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Here it is:

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I suppose it’s OK for the DPW to lecture me about bike/ ped safety. But hey, DPW, would you, in turn, want to listen to me about the safety of your operations, about a culture of safety for your employees? Oh, no, not really?

OK fine…

The Problem with Gary Bauer of Bauer Limousine Using the Term “Intelligent Transportation” for His Buses: He’s Not All That Smart

Monday, August 4th, 2014

To wit:, here’s a fine capture from drunkonthebeach:

So Gary Bauer, if you want to have a reputation of being intelligent, you should attempt to become a Lecturer at UC Berkeley.

OTOH, if you want to continue being a wealthy, politically-connected rent-seeker, well, keep up the good work…

It’s Rough Out There, So Put a Goofy-Looking Go-Pro Video Camera on Your Motorcycle Helmet Why Not?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Thusly:

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I can’t object to this – seems like a good idea to me.

(But a slim Sony ActionCam could be the better way to go…)

The Aftermath of a Typical Audi vs. MUNI Bus Fender Bender Accident, in NoPA, Right in Front of NOPA

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

(Would any of these people have been here 15 years ago? I srsly doubt it.)

Note that I call this accident an accident because it wasn’t on purpose…

Anyway, let’s chalk this one up to the unnecessarily expensive Audi, which has just one defective part: THE NUT BEHIND THE STEERING WHEEL

OMG, the Magic Bus is on the Loose Just Days After Its Big DUI Accident in the Mission – WSPTOTC?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Hey, who’s driving this Magic Bus these days if its PIC just got pinched for DUI en La Mision?

As seen on Oak, just yesterday:

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WSPTOTC?

Toyota Prius vs. San Francisco Telephone Pole, Chapter CCCLXIV

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Toyota used to build man-sized front airbags for beefy gents such as myself, but those days are over.

These days, airbags are smarter but less powerful.

Anyway, this car fully deployed its airbags on Oak yesterday – let’s hope this local is all right:

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When “City Family” Workers Kill People Using SFGov Trucks, It’s Not Usually With DPW Street Sweepers, Right? Blaming Victims

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

So why did DPW use a slow, heavy street sweeper in its recent Sunday Streets blame-the-victim life-size diorama

I know not

Letting Hayes Valley NIMBYs Plan Out Horrible Octavia Might Have Been Correct Politically, But Not In Real Life

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Another death on the World’s Shortest Boulevard and another film crew to video the intersection for the evening news

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I’m not saying that the monumentally-flawed process that  begat this mess is responsible for all of the traffic deaths in the area, just some of them.

So like why is it that drivers going to Hayes Valley get more time to turn left onto Octavia each signal cycle than all the peds and cyclists on Market outbound? Peds get only four seconds to proceed west each 90-second light cycle, right?

For instance.

Why not say no more left turns at this intersection – why not that?

What else can be done to fix horrible horrible Octavia Boulevard?

Attention Elon Musk: A Quarter-Inch of Aluminum Is NOT “Armor Plate” – Learning from Juris “Dr. Bigtime” Shibayama’s Tesla Fire

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Yet another Tesla Model S fire brings us yet another missive from Elon Musk – it’ll come out later today, apparently.

All right, so it turns out that the quarter-inch of “armor plate” that protects the battery cells from road debris is made out of aluminum!?

WTF?

If that’s the case, why doesn’t Tesla recall its Model S cars to install a quarter-inch of, IDK, steel? Or perhaps three-quarters of an inch of aluminum? No room? Then how about Kevlar or something?

Oh, because it would cost money and it would be embarrassing and these quick cars would then become slightly less quick?

Oh, OK.

All right, well it’s YOUR company that the American taxpayers have been subsidising, so I guess it’s your call, Elon.

Now, why did Dr. Juris Shibayama buy a Tesla Model S?

Was it to satisfy a desperate need for attention?

You Make The Call:

So that’s why his recent Tesla Model S fire was a good thing for him.

Read his testimonial here:

“November 9, 2013
From a Model S owner in Tennessee
By Juris Shibayama, MD

I was driving home from work on the interstate in the right lane at approximately 70 miles per hour, following a truck. In the middle of the lane, there was a rusty three-pronged trailer hitch that was sticking up with the ball up in the air. The truck in front of me cleared the object. I did not have enough time to swerve to avoid the hitch, and it went below my car. I felt a firm “thud” as the hitch struck the bottom of the car, and it felt as though it even lifted the car up in the air. My assistant later found a gouge in the tarmac where the item scraped into the road. Somewhat shaken, I continued to drive.

About 30-45 seconds later, there was a warning on the dashboard display saying, “Car needs service. Car may not restart.” I continued to drive, hoping to get home. About one minute later, the message on the dashboard display read, “Please pull over safely. Car is shutting down.” I was able to fully control the car the entire time and safely pulled off the left shoulder on the side of the road. I got out of the car, and started to get all my belongings out. About 5-10 seconds after getting out of the car, smoke started to come from the front underbody of the car. I walked away from the vehicle to a distance of about 100 yards. More smoke started to come out of the bottom of the car, and about two minutes after I walked away, the front of the car caught on fire.

I am thankful to God that I was totally uninjured in any way from this impact. Had I not been in a Tesla, that object could have punched through the floor and caused me serious harm. From the time of impact of the object until the time the car caught fire was about five minutes. During this time, the car warned me that it was damaged and instructed me to pull over. I never felt as though I was in any imminent danger. While driving after I hit the object until I pulled over, the car performed perfectly, and it was a totally controlled situation. There was never a point at which I was anywhere even close to any flames.

The firemen arrived promptly and applied water to the flames. They were about to pry open the doors, so I pressed my key button and the handles presented and everything worked even though the front of the car was on fire. No flames ever reached the cabin, and nothing inside was damaged. I was even able to get my papers and pens out of the glove compartment.

This experience does not in any way make me think that the Tesla Model S is an unsafe car. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.

Juris Shibayama, MD”

All right. It sure would be nice hearing from independent experts on the topic of the recent Tesla Model S fires as opposed to hearing yet again from Elon Musk and his fanboys.

Just saying.

Now I’ll tell you, Boeing looked foolish earlier this year on the topic of the 787 fire incidents.

How will Elon Musk look a year from now?

We’ll see.

In any event, it was a mistake to use a quarter inch of aluminum and market it as “armor plate.”

IMO.

Here’s another opinion:
Tesla Model S Fires Might Be a Big Deal—But Not For the Reasons Some Are Saying