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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.
A Backlash Against Cyclists at the Panhandle Improvement Project Open House in Golden Gate Park – Bike Path Vs. Multi-Use PathWednesday, August 5th, 2015
[UPDATE: For instance, this, from this AM.]
Well, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition must have sent over a cadre (of its now disempowered, voteless minions) to the latest scoping session / open house / focus group for the proposed Panhandle Improvement Project what took place on Saturday.
Nevertheless, it would appear that the majority of those invited by SFGov through snail mail have a few beefs with the behavior of cyclists on the bike path / multi-use trail on the Fell side of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.
Here’s a smattering of written comments:
In turn, one Brocephus wrote about putting in a bike lane on Oak and Fell, over and over and over:
I guess that’s a kind of parity.
The people who turned up are probably what SFGov considers The Community, when it ponders on how it spends our money, but, of course, there’s a degree of sample bias.
If SFGov conducted a poll of the actual community, it might discover a different hierarchy of important concerns.
On It Goes…
Surprise! Panhandle “Improvement” Project to Remove Parking Spaces? – Big Focus Group Meeting August 1stFriday, July 31st, 2015
[UPDATE: The images you can see below are no longer current, apparently. The ones displayed yesterday and purportedly printed Friday, have the parking spaces restored, for whatever reason.]
Here’s the official word:
“We hope you can join us onsite at the Panhandle to discuss safety improvements to the pathways, lighting and signage issues. Please tell your neighbors and friends, we will be onsite to answer questions about the upcoming improvements.
SATURDAY AUGUST 1ST, 2015
ON THE PANHANDLE AT ASHBURY INTERSECTION
I’ll tell you, there are some safety elements to this so-called PANHANDLE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, but most of the big decisions have already been made, mostly by politically-connected, nearby millionaire homeowners who are obsessed, just obsessed with property values and the aesthetic “identity” of where they live, so your input will certainly be noted, but You, The People are not in the driver’s seat. Your primary role is to pay for most (or just some?) of the changes and, later on, to cheer for our wealthy white wizened Panhandle Overseers.
Is widening the Panhandle bike path on the agenda? NOPE. Over the years, i t’s gone from four foot lanes to the current six. What’s wrong with 8 foot wide lanes? (Hilariously, the stencils depicted barely even fit onto the lane.)
How about a speed limit for the Panhandle Bike Path, particularly heading downhill to the east?
How about signs telling people the speed limit?
How about taking down the existing signs that hamper peds’ sightlines of the bike path? (Oh, RPD just put them in and they don’t care? OK fine.) For ex, the new sign near Fell and Ashbury…
So what’s this, you realtors can’t get a giant metal fence (srsly – the mock-up looked hilarious) around the McKinley statue, so the next best thing is lighting it up, the better to chase away hippies? C’mon, be honest!
OTOH, moving the pedestrian path on the Oak side away from Oak near Shrader sounds like a great idea.
Speaking of which, who let the Oak Street path devolve into such a state of disrepair that people walking/jogging on it fall down on a daily basis? Oh, the same people pushing for this new project? Oh, that’s good to know!
OK, here it is – click to expand.
Stanyan to Cole:
Cole to Ashbury. Hey, look at Ashbury at Fell and at Oak – bye bye parking spaces, right? One looks like a crosswalk to nowhere and the other is a painted bulb-out. That’s four spaces right there, right? How many spaces total are in jeopardy?
Ashbury to Central
Central to Baker:
Once I saw two people tumble over this deceptive-looking crack within five minutes of each other.
Faller-downers tend to be women, women with small feet who brush themselves off and end up jogging or walking away after a minute or two of recovery and assessment.
People know that cracks are here, but they tumble anyway. IMO, this state of disrepair is shameful, but that’s just me.
Anyway, have at it, Gentle Reader, swim around in the large 2500-pixel-wide jpgs if you want.
All the deets, after the jump.
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…
Tour de France, Tour de Manche – Pedaling Downhill Through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle as Fast as You Can – Why?Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Just asking, Bro.
What’s the speed limit on the Panhandle bike path? What should it be?
How fast do you think you can go heading west downhill on this bike path, with you out of the saddle, on your expensive lightweight bike, with skinny high-pressure tires, with your muscular thighs, with a strong tailwind? Bro, you’re going faster than anyone – what’s the point? You’re at the 99th percentile, or 99.9th, something like that, right?
By this point, Bro wasn’t pedaling no mo, ’cause he prolly could see that traffic on Masonic was going to slow his progress anyway. But he wasn’t racing for a light, he was racing along for no apparent reason. Strava, perhaps?
Realize that this path passes over what functions as the sidewalks of Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, etc.
Should SFGov post speed limit signs? Mmmm…
Hey, you know what’s funny? Some people want, effectively, to kick peds off this Panhandle multi-use trail. “Go use the pedestrian path on the south side of the Panhandle [near Oak]” they say.
Is that the right way to look at things?
I think not.
Anyway, that’s the ‘sperpective of somebody who uses bikes to get around, as opposed to using bikes to race around…
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Wants Its Members to Vote Away Members’ Voting Rights? – A RebellionWednesday, July 22nd, 2015
The Vote is On at our San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Let’s take a look:
“In response to concerns from our members, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Board of Directors proposed an update to our bylaws that bolsters members’ privacy.”
Bolster member privacy? How are you going to do that?
“…the only effective way to properly respond to members’ privacy concerns is to provide members a chance to vote on eliminating the member-elected Board structure in our bylaws, and instead elect future Board members by a vote of sitting Board members. This would relieve the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition of the legal obligation to turn over our membership list referenced above.
Oh, so you want the Members to vote to take away the Memberses’ right to vote? Are you fucking serious?
(I’ll tell you, I don’t care all that much ’cause I, like most longtime cyclists in the 415, am NOT a member. And, you know, even with the Members’ existing rights, there was nothing to stop the board from endorsing Ed Lee for Mayor back in 2011, as it did, even though a fair polling of SFBC membership would NOT have yielded such a crass endor$ement, but oh well.)
Comes now Save the SF Bike Coalition to ask:
Here’s the peanut gallery:
“I personally suspect the mass mailing was used as a pretext. SFBC’s new Executive Director, Noah Budnick, comes from Transportation Alternatives in New York City, which has a governance structure similar to what SFBC seeks in this by-law change.”
So Members, I don’t care if you vote away your voting rights, but the legal arguments forwarded by the SFBC on this topic are absurd.
Joggers in the Panhandle Have Less Than a 10% Chance of Getting a Green Light at Oak and Masonic, So That’s Why They JaywalkTuesday, July 14th, 2015
And that comes on the heels of this, back in April:
The way our SFMTA has this intersection set up now is that joggers only have about 7 seconds to start crossing Masonic during a 75 second signal cycle. Assuming they don’t purposefully speed up or slow down to catch their green, that means they have less than a 10% chance of not encountering a red signal for crossing. Human nature being what it is, people jog across against the light and the resulting accident is the jogger’s fault. Check it:
Anyway, that’s why so many people are getting hit by cars at this intersection.
For whatever reason, the SFPD isn’t motivated to enforce the CA Vehicle Code upon peds, so this is the result.
If you believe in ped safety, you’d be in favor of a ped enforcement action here, to learn the joggers. OTOH, if you get paid to promote ped “rights,” then you’d disfavor a ped enforcement action here – you’d bend over backwards to displace blame. I mean, these peds aren’t “mistakenly” jaywalking, they’re doing it on purpose, right?
Choose or lose…