Posts Tagged ‘andy thornley’

The Legendary Whistle-Blowing Cyclist of San Francisco – Straight Outta Portlandia – My Very Own White Whale

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Here’s a whistling cyclist from Portland, sort of:

And here’s the San Francisco analogue, but IRL, and with an Andy Thornley (of the all-knowing, all-seeing SFMTA) bonus:

IDK, a ding ding bell not’s good enough for ya?

I think the problem with riding around with a whistle in your mouth is that you might tend to use it too much.

Anyway, job done. I now have a new white whale to chase down, you know, auditorially – it’s this guy with the train horn

San Francisco’s First Continuously Green Bike Lane Just Popped Up on Market Street

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Via BIKE NOPA word comes of San Francisco’s first continuously green bike lane, down there on Market inbound. It seems that Dan Nguyen-Tan thought it was so good this morning, he told two friends about it, and they told two friends, and so on and so on

So tout de suite, tout le monde learned about it.

Will this greenery hold up better than the fast-fading beige of Market a little bit down the road?

Via Jamison, from today:

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Only Time Will Tell

The Great Unbeigeing – Market Street’s Traffic-Slowing Safety Paint is Peeling Off Already

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

You know that beige color (it’s not paint but I don’t know what it is, actually) that was just put down on Market Street? Well, it’s coming off fast.

From this…

…to this:

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San Francisco’s Market Street is Going Beige This Afternoon

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

This is the scene near Union Square, inbound, right down the street from the latest the latest MUNI bus vs. cyclist collision.

(Dude got scuffed up by an articulated 38 Geary (or whatever – it’s line number had been switched off) but he looked O.K. when they were putting him the ambulance.)

Anyway, here it is:

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Beige? Really? Wasn’t it supposed to be painted green?

(Beige. I think I’ll paint the ceiling beige, after seeing this glorious color up close.)

But, anything for safety’s sake. Hurray!

UPDATE: Turns out, per Bluoz, that this stuff is called “Ride Away/Greenway” or something. It’s from DaVinci Pavement and Design.

And here’s San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Program Director Andy Thornley chirping up to bring it all home:

“It’s actually “fawn” — I brake for Bambi — though others have characterized it as “cafe au lait” or “mochacino” — if it gets people to wake up and pay attention that’s all that matters. It’s another trial for Market Street, joining the forced right turns at 6th & 8th Streets (expect to see 10th Street turns soon) and Art in Storefronts and other good stuff. There’s more to the “Safety Zone” trial, 10 MPH pavement legends and signs, rumble strips, and advance stop lines that will blossom into full-blown bike boxes (with green pavement, you betcha) once the blinking Bike Plan injunction is lifted. These elements (color, rumble strips, 10 MPH marking) will be combined in various ways at the four parts of the 4th & 5th Street intersections (eastbound and westbound), SFMTA and SFCTA folks will be watching and evaluating to see which things are effective at slowing traffic and getting folks to watch out for each other, and then they’ll take the winning combination and implement it at all Market St boarding islands from Castro to the Embarcadero. Get yourself a fresh soy latte and roll on down for a test ride . . .”

So There You Have It.

Bixi, the Bike Taxi, in Golden Gate Park – Testing Out the Canadian Bike Rental System

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

The Bixi short-term bike-share roadshow blew into town today, however briefly, to show us how they do it up in Montreal.

But first things first – a quick report on what our visiting bike-sharing visitors were surprised by in GGP:

1. The summertime cold and wind;

2. The homeless dude with a guitar case who flipped out, attacked a jogger, and had to get taken down by a bunch of Park Rangers and SFPD officers;

3. Noisy raptors circling low overhead; and

4. San Francisco’s famous bicycle built for four. It almost stole the show. See?

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Program Director Andy Thornley with SF Weekly’s Matt Smith et ux, ”quad” liberi, all together on a charming, fully-functioning bicycle. Click to expand:

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So Bixi is just like the Parisian Velib program except the Bixi bikes aren’t as heavy, which is a good thing. But the Bixis are still heavy though. And if you happen to be six foot one and a ton of fun, you’ll find that the frame is strong enough but that the seatpost doesn’t go up high enough. Otherwise the whole program is as you would expect.   

The mise-en-scene today:

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In France, they incentivize people to drop the bikes off at the tops of hills. If a program like this ever gets off the ground in San Francisco, what would it take to deal with stations at the tops of our mini-mountains?

Bienvenue à Montréal!

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It’s enormous work keeping a program like this going. The little monsters of France have effectively managed to steal, vandalize, and otherwise mangle the entire original fleet – at a replacement cost of thousands of dollars each, that’s a tough row to hoe.  

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If you want to make a system like this work in San Francisco, you’d need  a subsidy from the government, the way that MUNI and BART and Golden Gate ferries get subsidies.

And where will people get the helmets they’ll need? Whoops. (In gay Paris, they take a c’est la vie approach to matters like this.)

All in all, I’d rather have a regular bike and a U-lock than a Bixi program membership. But if you can’t find a cab or you just missed your bus, you might like having the option of a short-term bike rental.

We’ll see.

 
City CarShare Cohosts Bike Sharing Demonstration.

Exploring New Trends in Green Mobility

WHAT:   A one-day opportunity for the public to ride bikes from a bike share system. Bike sharing allows people to pick up a bike from one station, travel to their destination and return the bike to any other station in a network. City CarShare will be conducting a survey among participants to get their feedback on the concept, the equipment and their level of support for bike sharing in San Francisco.
 
WHEN:   Sunday, August 2, 10 am- 3:30 pm
 
WHERE:   Golden Gate Park, (just inside the car-free Sunday road closure on JFK Drive at Conservatory Drive East)
 
WHY:   To allow the public to test-ride the bikes and learn more about this eco-friendly mode of urban transportation. Through this demonstration project, the sponsors hope to encourage awareness and increased civic conversation about Bike Sharing for San Francisco as having the potential to build a greener city while encouraging healthy living.
 
SPONSORS:   City CarShare, SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), BIXI (of Montreal)
 
COST   Free

City Hall Maternity Ward – It’s a Bouncing Baby Bike Plan!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

How many officers and members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition were on hand last night at Room 400 in City Hall to make sure the Planning Commission properly midwifed the birth of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan?                                                                                                                                     

Well here’s two, anyway - it’s SFBC Program Director Andy Thornley and Executive Director Leah Shahum:  

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Let’s open the doors and walk into birthing room. Here’s Wade Crowfoot, San Francisco Director of Climate Protection Initiatives, making the case for certification of the Bike Plan Environmental Impact Report

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NB: “Litigant” in the previous link above  is a code word that means Robert “Crazy Rob” Anderson of District Five Diary and/or his Citizens for Adequate Review (CAR). As seen in the Wall Street Journal:

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But what aboot Second Street, heh?

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On It Goes…

Watch the Bikes Belong in Traffic Video, Courtesy of the SFPD and SFBC

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

As foreseen by the SFPD Richmond Station Newsletter, yesterday’s Police/Community Forum at Congregation Beth Shalom dealt with the relationship between bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Program Director Andy Thornley was on hand to talk about the Bike to Work Month and everybody got a chance to see the SFPD/ Bicycle Coalition video ”Bikes belong in Traffic.”

Andy Thornley with Captain Richard Corriea. Andy was cross-examined over the number of bicycles he owns by an inquisitive community member.

And here’s the jazzy ten-minute video!

Richmond District residents should be sure to attend next month’s meeting - it’ll be all about the Outside Lands Music Festival. Should be interesting…