Posts Tagged ‘bike’

It’s Official: Our Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path to Shut Down at Certain Times from October to ???

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Here’s your Construction Closure Advisory:

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If you want to see the concomitant propaganda for Supervisor London Breed and Rec & Park, click here.

In mitigation, this whole deal is kind of a nothingburger – they’ll put up a few signs (but not speed limit signs for bike riders, cause, oh no, we wouldn’t want that, no sir) and I guess paint a kind of crosswalk for peds, to signal cyclists that peds cross over the bike path.

(IOW, RPD won’t do jack about the Panhandle’s Southern Path, which is in atrocious condition, ’cause, ’cause, give us more money, is what RPD says. There was a plan to put in irrigation first and then resurface the Oak Street area path, but the irrigation isn’t happening anytime soon, oh well. So I guess when joggers file claims against us, you know, after they fall down due to all the wavy waves of the pavement, RPD / SFGov just pays them off no big deal? Man, RPD is pretty fucked up, I’ll tell you. Anyway, I guess I’ll see joggers take tumbles on a weekly basis from now to eternity.)

Also in mitigation, they’ll open the bike path back up during commuting hours, which is pretty easy since they aren’t really doing anything significant, like widening the paved area to make the bike path 16 feet wide why not, you know, to reflect the increased usage the past decade or two?

Anyway, enjoy your underfunded “pedestrian safety” project, Frisco.

(Which is not to say I’m against painting something to tell some of our more aggressive bike riders to look out for peds in certain areas, but doing this kind of thing is an easy job, not one what requires a million thanks to glorious London Breed, and hey, why not vote for her soon, is basically what RPD is saying.

I mean, take a look:

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A certain type of roadie bike rider, who doesn’t want to break stride/cadence/whatever starts seeing red when he (generally he, overwhelmingly, like I can’t ever recall hearing a woman swearing at or seeing one crash into Panhandle peds) sees something like the above, oh well.)

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Passive-Aggressive #5 Fulton Driver Purposefully Blocks Bike Rider, for Some Reason – An Unsmooth Operator

Friday, September 16th, 2016

So maybe this bus driver thought this bike rider should have held back and not try to enter the two feet of space betwixt the moving bus and the parked cars on the right as the bus rolled its way to the Financh So the driver turned to the right and stopped, with the nose of the bus right next to a parked car, forcing the rider to pass on the left, as seen:

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I’ve never seen this kind of purposeful blocking. Perhaps the driver was teaching a lesson about the wisdom of entering what was (admittedly) a tight space. That’s prolly the most optimistic interpretation.

Or perhaps this MUNI operator was having Yet Another Bad Day and this is some kind of portent.

IDK, man. A bus isn’t a toy, right SFMTA?

MANSPLAINER: Your Bike Tires Need More Air

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Social convention prevents me from telling you directly that your bike tires (or at least the back one, but prolly both) need more air:

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Let this be a lesson to all of us – we all need more than 5 PSI in our tires to get about town.

Thank you, drive through!

$99 WalMart Bike Comes to Frisco, and Promptly Gets Killed – Owner Simply Abandons Carcass

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

4th and Market is a tough area for bicycle security, certainly

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We don’t have any WalMarts here in SF, of course, but it’s easy to start over again if you’re only paying $99 for the bike.

The Speed Limit on Western JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park is No Longer Just 10 MPH – “SLOW DOWN”

Monday, August 29th, 2016

IDK, maybe somebody hacked this sign to say what it says. Regardless, this is a big improvement over the 10 MPH sign it used to be just a few days back:

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More changes are coming for this area, before 2017, to prevent you from using JFK the way you’re used to…

New Wayfinding Signs Point Tourists on Bikes Off of Fell Street and On to the Panhandle Bike Path

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

You have many legal choices here, heading west at Baker – you can go on the bike path or you can go on the left side of the left lane of Fell, or you can go on the right side of the right lane of Fell, or (assuming you’re feeling especially vigorous and can keep up with Frisco’s version of a freeway even though it’s going uphill in this area) you can TAKE THE LANE:

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I’ve seen people doing all of these things, but 99% of the time, ppl take the bike path, as they should. And this especially applies to rental bike tourists, who generally don’t seem to be aware of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bicycle Path. Hence the wayfinding sign TO PANHANDLE PATH (even though it’s actually pointing exactly AT the path, oh well.

But these signs are kind of small, so I’ll still expect to see tourists on Fell Street oh well. And then on the return trip to their Union Square or Twitterloin hotels, I’ll still expect others to come east on the bike path and then go the wrong way on Fell for a couple blocks until they give up swimming upstream at Divisadero – that’s where the helmetless blond Euros with the 12 weeks of annual vacay generally seem to lose their religion to go the wrong way on, as stated, Frisco’s version of a freeway, oh well…

Our Fell Street DMV is a Hotbed of Bicycle Theft, For Some Reason

Friday, August 19th, 2016

This is from yesterday, but it’s been like this for decades:

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Back in the day, you’d see broken U-locks (which you didn’t necessarily want to leave on scene and you definitely didn’t want to get caught with) in the bushes. But these days, there’s less effort and more reward in leaving the lock alone and simply taking parts, oh well…

The Speed Limit on a Stretch of JFK Drive is Now 10 MPH

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

This official “SLOW TO 10 MPH” sign was up near Speedway Meadow during Outside Lands 2016, but it’s still there now long after OL’s blown town:

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The limit goes back up to 25 MPH near 30th Avenue?

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(This trailer doesn’t “see” bikes, AFAIK, unlike some others.)

Changes to the “access” we have to JFK are coming soon, but I don’t know what they are and if this is a part of it.

Our Presidio sometimes records license plate numbers and checks timestamps to see who’s “cutting through” the park (instead of having the Presidio as a destination in itself). The Presidio People think “Cut Through Traffic” is evil, but really, all traffic is cut-through traffic to somebody. Oh well.

If SFGov wants people to use Fulton instead of JFK, there will be some problems with that…

Bicycle Commuter, McAllister – Going Uphill – Impressive

Monday, August 15th, 2016

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Dealing with Permanently Congested Battery Street in the Financh: Just Drive on the Sidewalk, Thusly

Friday, August 5th, 2016

“Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me…”

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The legal way to get back to Union Square would be to cut through an alley and then use Sansome, but oh well…