Posts Tagged ‘BIKE NOPA’

Oh, So _That’s_ What You Mean, SFMTA? Masonic Speedrun Redux, But With Different Results This Time

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Get up to speed here.

Oh, OK, I see what you’re talking about now. (Sort of odd about how taxi drivers were complaining about something they experienced that hadn’t actually occurred yet, but anyway…)

Traffic heading south from Mervyn’s Heights now has timed lights, sort of, on Masonic Avenue.

Those wishing to exceed the posted 25 MPH speed limit will need to start running red lights.

We’ll have to wait and see how this all turns out…

Masonic Avenue Speedrun: From Anza to the Panhandle in About 75 Seconds – SFMTA Says This is Impossible

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

What’s our horrible SFMTA, the people who bring you (sort of, sometimes) MUNI, crowing about these days? It’s the recent rejiggering of the traffic signals on Masonic to change driver behavior. Check it:

“With the change in timing, motorists travelling south from Geary to Fell will find generally that when they exceed the 25 speed limit, they’ll get more red lights.”

Mmmm. I guess how many red lights you get depends on whether you start traveling “south from Geary” from southbound Masonic or eastbound or westbound Geary. So let’s test SFMTA’s claims from the next intersection, the one at Anza and Masonic in Mervyn’s Heights.

Let’s see how many red lights you get as punishment for exceeding 25 MPH, shall we? The answer is zero, none, no red lights, ningunas luces rojas, mi amiga. You’ll get a green at Turk, Golden Gate, Fulton, Grove, Hayes and then Fell. See?


So that’s strike one. (I’ll tell you, taxi drivers and Sunset District denizens and late-night MUNI bus drivers would just looooove to transition betwixt the Bush/Pine corridor and the Fell/Oak corridor by using the Masonic corridor at an even 25 MPH.)

(I’m thinking if cab drivers would have anything to complain about, it would be hitting a red light at Anza after coming down Masonic through the green at Geary. The light at Anza used to favor southbound traffic coming from the Trader Joe’s area and now it does not. But that has nothing to do with whether you drive at 15 or 25 or 35 – these days, you’ll hit a red at Anza irregardless.)

Here’s strike two:

“Only the southbound signals have been adjusted since two-way traffic, as on Masonic, poses too many traffic engineering problems to make bi-directional adjustments.”

Now, how on Gaia’s Tierra Verde can you adjust the southbound signals without adjusting the northbound signals? Helloooo, McFly!

All the way to the bottom, Maggie. You made it!

And let’s see here, how can we get a strike-out? Oh, the SFMTA conducted a poll of people who showed up to the let’s-plant-more-trees-on-Masonic meeting and then asked them, hey, do you think we should plant trees on Masonic with Other People’s Money, with money that fell from the sky? Well, guess what? Most of the people who showed at the let’s-plant-more-trees-on-Masonic meeting at the Rich White Kids private school supported the idea of  planting of more trees on Masonic. Surprise, surprise.

That’s strike three.

Now of course the SFMTA has the power to make changes to take out parking spaces to improve the safety situation on Masonic right now, but the people in charge over there feel that that would lower the chances of getting approval to spend eight figures of OPM and years and years to plant trees on Masonic and move existing trees or cut them down or narrow the sidewalks or take out some parking spaces to improve safety

For some reason the SFMTA has a strong focus on aesthetics.

Fell Street ARCO Gas Station Protest Attracts Lots of Attention

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Well the “possible arrests” didn’t occur last Friday evening down at the famous Fell Street ARCO station near Divisidero, but lots of media vans showed for the “misdirected” protest, so that’s something. Read all about it here, here and here.

This Toyota driver got hectored so much other drivers were able to jump the queue. Pwned:

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This driver waiting for gas also got hectored for talking a on a cell phone the wrong way:

“ARCO – part of BP” - this slogan could use a rethink:

Most cyclists in the evening drive managed to get by and on into the Panhandle:

Everything got back to normal by today, anyway.

They say a fix is coming (and what about the route from the Panhandle to Scott Street and the start of the Wiggle Bike Path? Who will protest that?)…

The Great Slowdown of Fell and Oak Streets – Synchronized Signals Retimed for 25 MPH

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I’ll tell you, there are three things limiting the speed of drivers on the one-way, multilane twin streets of Fell and Oak.

1. Speed limits (oh maybe not, let’s scratch that one out);

2. Traffic congestion (particularly during this era of that albatross hanging from the metaphorical neck of The Boulevard Movement and The “Livable” Streets Movement, monstrous, needlessly wide Octavia Boulevard); und

3. The timing of the synchronized traffic signals.

Well, it appears as if #3 is going to change -  per Bike NOPA Fell and Oak will soon have their signals synchronized for 25 MPH.

There’s not a whole bunch of documentation on this action, documentation that I can find anyway. (You can play too, just try to find something at the SFMTA or SFGov.org websites.) But I seen them workers messing with the signals boxes lately, so allow me to jump to the conclusion that something is afoot.

Soon, you’ll have a chance to read the signs these hectoring hula hoopers regularly hold at Fell and Masonic:

Will this affect drivers all that much? We’ll see.

Certainly, there will be a period of adjustment as there was when lights were re-timed on the similar matched set of Turk and Golden Gate.

Will some drivers jump on the gas and then the brake at every light, aggressive taxi driver style? Oh yes.

Will the residents of the west side be happy? Oh no, not if they notice.

Anyway, brace yourselves. This should be a done deal by the end of the month.

At Long Last, a Fix for the ARCO Station at Fell and Divisadero – Drivers Off the Bike Lane

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Things were worse back in aught-seven, back when drivers waiting to fill up at the always-cheap ARCO station on Fell Street in the EaPA would queue up big in the bike lane. But it’s no picnic these days neither, as you can see in this shot from a few days ago:

Well, comes now award-winning Michael Helquist of BIKE NOPA to learn us about planned changes:

“‘We have a design hashed out to take out parking on the south side of Fell Street,’ James Shahamiri, MTA Assistant Traffic Engineer, told BIKE NOPA. The new design would designate the former parking spaces as a curbside queue for motorists awaiting entry to the gas station.”

(IMO, that’s a painfully obvious solution that any other town in ‘Merica would have implemented years ago when the issue first cropped up. But oh well.)

So, you see them cars parked on the left side? You know, the Porsche 944 (or 968?), the Saturn S-Series, and the Honda CR-V cute-ute SUV? They’re parked in spaces that could soon be the ARCO queue.

What’s that, NIMBY? Over your dead body you say? O.K., well, I think this cake is already baked, but maybe you’ll be able to hear more about all the deets at this meeting:  

*NOPNA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 18th
Jannah Restaurant, 1775 Fulton Street, between Central and Masonic Avenues
7:00 pm, visit with neighbors
7:30 pm, meeting begins
9:00 pm , meeting ends
 
Change is Good, huh?  

BIKE NOPA Has Details on the Death of Pedestrian Melissa Dennison at Fell and Broderick

Monday, February 8th, 2010

BIKE NOPA has just posted details on the SFPD police report and the District Attorney’s response to the death of pedestrian Melissa Dennison, killed by a collision at the intersection of Fell and Broderick on September 15th, 2009.

The intersection of Fell and Broderick

Inaugural NoPA Velo a Huge Success – Monthly Bike Ride Kicks Off With Patty Hearst Theme

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Bike NOPA organized a successful bicycle ride yesterdayjoin them on the last weekend of the month, why don’t you? They’ll always start and end in the North of Panhandle Area, conveniently located just west of the EaPA .

Organizer Lenore is Patty Hearst:

She matches up well with this awesome WANTED poster, anyway. (Warning: Photoshop just might have been used here, albeit more skillfully than what you can see in similar materials from Mayor Gavin Newsom’s inchoate gubernatorial campaign.)

But let’s start at the beginning, at the ridiculously popular Central Cofee Tea and Spice at the corner of Central and Hayes. Owner Ali was impressed with the early-morning turnout:

40+ cyclists began the trek:

It almost looked like Critical Mass, that monthly illegal bicycle parade, except that NoPA Velo riders actually stop at red lights to let cross-traffic through. And that makes all the difference…

And then the handsome crowd…

…went up the hill to visit the secure undisclosed location where Patty Hearst’s kidnappers* kept her in a closet on Golden Gate Avenue in the NoPA:

Off the riders go, through Golden Gate Park and on up to the Presidio to hear of recent developments from Ranger Dale:

And then it was over to Jannah on bustling Fulton for an apres-velo lunchtime bite.

See you on the next ride!

*Patty Hearst Shaw managed to get pardoned by two different U.S. Presidents. Here she is, just after the second pardon, on the Larry King pwning local attorney Stuart Hanlon:

“KING: People not happy with your pardon, Stuart Hanlon, the defense lawyer for the former SLA fugitive Kathy Soliah, now known as Sara Jane Olson.

HEARST: What a surprise. He’s also my kidnapper’s lawyer, too.”

Pwned.

Memorial for Fallen Pedestrian Melissa Dennison Set for Tuesday Night at Ocean Beach

Friday, September 25th, 2009

A San Francisco memorial for Melissa Dennison is set for Tuesday, September 29th, 6:00 PM at Ocean Beach (somewhere near the Beach Chalet, most likely). All the details are/will be here on this Facebook entry. From FB:

“Please join me in paying tribute to this bright star.all are welcome.please bring any music,poetry,ect. that melissa liked or that remind’s you of her.and please pass this on to anyone who might have know melissa. any network friends,ucsb,ucsf,etc. thank you.=i’m not sure exactly were on the beach it is going to be,i cant reserve a fire pit.i just need to go early and save one.if anyone wants to help in any way firewood,passing this on,food.you are more than welcome. p.s. this is a drug and alcohol free event.”

The scene at Fell and Broderick:

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Death of Melissa Dennison at Fell and Broderick Considered an Accident by SFPD Lt.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Read this bit here over at BIKE NOPA to see that at least one SFPD lieutenant doesn’t consider the death of pedestrian Melissa Dennison to be a case of vehicular manslaughter. According to Lt. Ramlin of Park Station, at this point:

“There is no determination that it was manslaughter.”

The memorial at Fell and Broderick as it appeared a few days ago:

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(Personally, I think when people use the term “speeding” in regards to traffic on Fell and Oak, they’re not saying what mean. Are they talking about cars literally going more than 30 mph? It’s not clear.)

The police report should be coming out soon…