Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’
Exploring Alternatives to the Crowded, Problematic “The Wiggle” Bike Route – “RIDE OAK?” – Sure, or McAllisterFriday, August 14th, 2015
Here you go:
Well, let’s see, there are LOTS of reasons to not ride the vaunted THE WIGGLE route and also, there are other options asides from OAK.
But let’s consider Oak now. Oh, here’s famous fixie-riding Andy on the left side of Oak, from all the way back in aught-seven.
And look, the dashed lines made a sort of bike lane on the left side – good times. (Unfortunately, this space for bikes is no longer there, due to subsequent restriping.)
Anywho, going straight on Oak instead of taking the Wiggle at Scott is nice because you’ve only got one sort of steep block. I see people take Oak all the time. Oak is good. Oak is fast. Oak is congested a lot of the time due to horrible horrible Octavia Boulevard (what was dreamed up by wealthy homeowners in Hayes Valley), so you’d spend some time weaving about, getting around drivers trying to get on the I-80 / the 101 superslabs, but that’s OK. I’ll add that Oak is for the adventurous, certainly.
So, Oak is far from being a ridiculous choice, a choice TO TEACH US ALL A LESSON about the dangers of the SFPD handing out citations. It’s a viable option.
Or what of Oak and Baker to Fulton to Divisadero to Mcallister to Market? This is THE UNWIGGLE with no wiggling at all betwixt Divis and Market. And look, you’ve defeated the rich people of HV who put a 105 foot wide BOULEVARD betwixt you and your destination, ’cause Octavia is but a nothingburger walking path / federal housing project parking lot on this route – it won’t slow you down at all.
Or Fulton? It’s a bit hillier than McAll and you’ve got big old City Hall in your way, but it’ll do.
Or Golden Gate? That works too.
Or Haight all the way to Fillmore, just to avoid the congested THE WIGGLE?
Notice that all these routes avoid “cycling” a bunch of people through the stop signs at WALLER and STEINER in the Lower Haight.
Those are some of your inbound routes.
As far as using Fell to go back home, well that’s CRAZY TOWN, that’s ill-advised. I rarely have seen that, in all my years.
IMO, the best way to get back is MCALLISTER…
…of course, there are other non-THE WIGGLE choices as well.
If You Liked Yesterday’s Lower Haight Bicycle “Stop-In,” You’re going to LOVE Tomorrow’s Critical Mass – It’s OBEY THE LAW DAY!Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Here’s the thing about Critical Mass, Man – it doesn’t have any LEADERS, Man.
Not officially, anyway.
But people are planning away right now, for tomorrow’s special OBEY THE LAW Critical Mass, July 31, 2015.
So this is the plan, Man. As with the recent Stop-In, cyclists would collectively stop for stop signs and red lights. The supposed concomitant traffic chaos during a Friday Evening Drive will, somehow, TEACH US ALL A LESSON about something. We’re going to be super-sorry that the SFPD dared to enforce a section of the CVC.
Anyway, that’s the word on the street, from some interested parties. (Oh, and check the official* SF Critical Mass Twitter – maybe they’ll have something.)
We’ll see how it goes. (It’s hard to herd cats, of course.)
Tourists just loooove CM, generally, you know, once they’ve been seated at the CHAYA on Embarc…
…or they’re already nearing their destination at the Fish Wharf:
(Both these shot show serendipitous(sp?) moments – everybody’s trying to understand what they’re looking at.)
But locals, I don’t know. Some of them don’t like the Commute Clot. Like people who would otherwise be taking these MUNI rides home. See how they stretch to the horizon? That was how Crit Mass looked, back in the day
Oh, you’re still here, Gentle Reader? Enjoy:
*And by that, the meaning is unofficial, officially. But, you know, wink wink, Man! Hey, don’t sue us, Man – that wouldn’t be groovy at all. ‘Cause like we organizers for these parades what sometimes have thousands of entrants, well, we have less liability insurance than the average impoverished Airbnb room letter. Man.
Here’s What Your Bicycle Needs: A Gasoline Engine, So You Can Sound Like a Motorcycle – But Where’s the Helmet?Friday, July 24th, 2015
Bro just goes around the block around the block lately, with no particular destination in mind – or so it appears.
Anywho, in CA, you need an approved helmet to legally operate this kind of motorized bicycle:
It makes such a big noise considering how small a ride it is…
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…
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…