Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

Fashion Update: Track Suit + Very High Heels = A Lifetime of Foot Problems?

Friday, May 27th, 2016

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Push Polling from the SFMTA: When Waiting for Your Bus, Forget About Tinder – Just Swipe Left or Right on the MUNIMOBILE App

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Good News from Minitrue, Comrades!

MuniMobile Update and an Upcoming Feature: ‘Rate My Ride’

Here’s what “Rate My Ride” will look like. The Barcolounger icon is like a metaphor, man, or something:

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Hey, how about your “work rules,” SFMTA? Can I vote on those? How about a big fat NO for all the work rules you’ve accumulated over the years? Oh no, we just get to vote on inconsequential matters? Like praising your buses for having seats as you metastasize into a 10,000 employee agency?

OK fine.

“Coming Soon: Rate My Ride

Later this summer, MuniMobile will also get a new feature: Rate My Ride.

Rate My Ride will allow you to provide specific feedback about any Muni trip in seconds. With a simple click to the left or right, you can rate your trip time, vehicle conditions and even the etiquette of fellow riders.

Rate My Ride is just one more way we’re making it easier for you to tell us how we can improve your SF transportation experience. Rate My Ride is simple, it’s interactive — plus, you can’t beat MuniMobile’s cute interface.”

Thanks for the “cute interface,” SFMTA!

Propaganda Watch: Masonic Avenue “Streetscape” Project Roundup

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Well, here’s the news:

$26 million plan to slow speeding traffic on SF’s Masonic Avenue

This piece is surprisingly evenhanded.

Hey, does any other government agency in Frisco spend so much time and energy promoting itself as the SFMTA? I can’t think of one.

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So we’re going to take out the old trees that are already here to put in L.A. style trees and this is going to Change Everything? IDTS.

(Fundamentally, the SFMTA isn’t a safety agency, it’s an employment agency, oh well.)

But we’ll just have to wait and see how things shake out, add up all the pros and cons maybe a year or so after things get finished. Masonic won’t be changed all that much – it will still be slow and congested, more so, actually, and there will still be accidents. It’s not going to become an Injury-Free Vision Zero Corridor, with or without trees. Sorry.

Anyway, here’s some SFMTA propaganda that we pay for:

Masonic Ave Transformation Breaks Ground in June

  1. This project will not “transform” Masonic. It’ll basically be the same.
  2. Masonic will not end up being “much safer.”And nearby areas will become less safer, right? How will this all add up? We’ll see…
  3. The sewer system underneath is not “centuries-old.”
  4. How does the SFMTA know now when this lengthy project will end by “the end of 2017?” It doesn’t.
  5. Masonic is not “one of the flattest streets in the area.”
  6.  Masonic will not become “safer and better for everyone.”
  7.  Masonic doesn’t not prioritize “only car traffic.”
  8.  All long, busy streets in Frisco qualify as “high injury corridors,” so that doesn’t make it “distinct” in any way, shape or form.
  9.  Question-time: Are severely drunk drivers killing people on Masonic a human behavior problem or a streetscape problem?
  10. Uh, Vision Zero 2024 promises to eliminate all transportation-related injuries by 2024 and in perpetuity. This impossible “goal” will never be attained, certainly not for all the Streets of San Francisco and certainly not for this 3000 foot stretch of Masonic, so VZ2024 is the wrong way of looking at things, sry. It’s more a marketing thing. Framing they call it. We’ll have a new vocabulary by the time 2024 rolls around, I can promise you that.
  11. So if 501 “neighbors” now signed a petition to cancel this project, the SFMTA would then do that?
  12. Oh boy, here comes the laundry list at the bottom. This project will slow down MUNI during the morning and evening drives – that’s one of the “main trade-offs.” Of course, our SFMTA turned down the chance to test things out by shutting down the rush hour lanes for a day, oh well.
  13. Hey, will rejiggering street parking on Turk “increase safety” on Turk? We’ll see.
  14. “Residential Parking Area Q” is basically a jobs program for MUNI. We could talk about that sometime.

SFMTA Finally Finishes at Fell and Masonic: “You Parked in the New Google Shuttle Stop Zone :(“

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Here’s how things looked yesterday morning – not a high rate of compliance at our sad-sack SFMTA’s Bright New Thing:

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But look – it’s neighbor helping neighbor via a note on the windshield:

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And then, by the end of the day, white paint had appeared on the curbs.

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So go ahead and park there if you want. The Teamster drivers will call in a tow and then the SFMTA will make a profit off of America’s Highest Administrative Towing Fee. (Hey, you know who’s “addicted to cars” more than anybody else in Frisco? That’s right, it’s the people at the SFMTA. Without all the money it gets, somehow, some way, through car owners, well, our SFMTA would have to have massive layoffs and end up with only 5000(!) employees.)

Anyway, I guess they’re done now, so this is what a 116-foot corporate shuttle bus terminal looks like…

Our SFMTA’s New Corporate Bus Terminal on Fell Near Masonic is Off to a Rough Start – Poorly-Placed Signage?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

I remember how the SFMTA kicked off its new corporate bus-only terminal on Fell betwixt Masonic and Ashbury as if it were yesterday, or the day before yesterday anyway.

Way back then, the temporary signs notified locals* to not park there and the locals complied. But now we have more permanent signage, see?

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The problem is that they’re harder to see. Now you’d think that they could have put one on this metal pole here, but they didn’t:

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No no, they’re mounted only on concretey light poles way up high:

 

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So here come the parkers, during the evening drive yesterday, betwixt 4:00 and 8:00 PM:

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This Prius is parked right under one of the two news sign. Is this kosher? I can’t tell. I don’t think it is.

Hey SFMTA! Don’t most bus stops / terminals have lines marked out on the street? I think so! Anyway, your three temporary no parking signs were doing a better job than your two brand-new permanent signs, just saying.

On It Goes…

*One time, a Facebook Teamster from Stockton(!)** asked me, “What’s Divisidero?” We were both on Masonic at the time…

**Man, how can you live in Stockton and work in Frisco doing a decidedly non-telecommuting job?

Alamo Square Update: Rec and Park Finally Manages to Coral Our Tourists – Sure, Fence Hole Fixed, But…

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

IDK man, the accounting cost for RPD to shut down the entire four square block Alamo Square for a year or so is negligible, so that’s what they just done, oh well.

Here’s what you do – you imagine a billionaire from Mars is willing to pay for whatever expensive project that our SFGov workers can dream up AND you imagine that all the work required can be done in just one day. Then you ask yourself, would you want to do this project.

And the answer here is yes, it’d be nice to maintain the irrigation and fix up the old old bathroom and resod and do whatever else they’re doing. But is is worth shutting down the entire park for a year and spending all this precious taxpayer money? That’s the question.

In any event, the local millionaire homeowners (who don’t like tourists anyway) want this and RPD loves hiring people and spending money, so this is what we get.

On patrol to make sure nobody enters:

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Sad tourists observing the Painted Ladies through a cyclone fence:

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The now-famous fence hole, snipped by a local, used by tourists:

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But look, plastic twisty ties have made the hole smaller – see?

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Now here’s some homeowner-oriented signage from the RPD. (Note that the makr girl in the RPD banner would get a ticket from a Ranger if she actually affixed ropes to a tree and swung from it – isn’t it ironic. Dont’cha think? So why is this your logo, RPD? Whoopsie!)

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Disappointed tourists on Steiner. Note the lack of cars parked here. I’ve never seen this sitch outside of street sweeping times.

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Of course all the street lamps in shut down Alamo Square are now blazing away in the daytime, for some reason because, because RPD don’t care? Yep, because RPD don’t care.

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Actually, RPD views us as deadbeats who cause RPD a bunch of problems. They think we’re undertaxed, so they’re constantly on the lookout to make moar money money money. Oh well.

Hey look, a rare Ranger patrol in the 94117, the better to keep the tourists out after being embarrassed on the TV and the Internet:

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Oh, and here’s the more permanent fix for the now-famous hole, completed yesterday – double fencing:

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That’ll do. Prolly…

Who Can Explain These Antennas / Transmitters / Transceivers Now Mounted Above Busy 19th Avenue Way Out on the West Side?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Not me.

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Planet Fitness Describes Itself as a “Judgement” Free Zone – “Oh, Excuse Me, Mate—are We in Bloody England?”

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

As seen in Frisco:

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Oh, it’s one of them deliberate typos?

On its signs and labels, my gym describes itself as a “judgement free zone.” Oh, excuse me, mate—are we in bloody England? I know it’s slightly anti-intuitive, but here in America, we like our judgment (and our program and our aluminum) just fine, thank you!”

Years of SFPD Enforcement Have Gotten Through to These Bros – More Respect for Pedestrian Red Lights on Market

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Five or ten years ago, these very same dudes might very well have pretty much ignored this red light for the giant crosswalk connecting Union Square with San Francisco Centre, but now they obey the red, pretty much.

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If You Think Frisco Govt Moves Slowly, Just Park Your Car in Front of a Garage Door – You WILL Get Towed, VERY QUICKLY

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

What’s in this scene? Well, there are two BMWs and one Prius playing supporting roles, but the stars are the Subaru wagon blocking the driveway of the garaged Audi.

Man, it’s go-time, cause yoga pants has her iPhone out – that means that a city-dispatched tow truck is already on its way. This particular Subie was gone with a quickness:

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I think the goal for SFGov is to have a tow truck on scene within a half hour. That’s lightning fast action for our normally somnolent City Family.

Anyway, this is Life on the Streets of San Francisco…