Posts Tagged ‘bike’

The SFMTA’s Crazy Traffic Signals at Fell and Shrader in the Western Addition, Just North of the Panhandle

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The SFMTA makes all kinds of mistakes all the time, but it’s afraid to admit that it ever might have made a mistake ever, oh well.

Check out the newish light signals at Fell and Shrader:

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(Filmed in Nike-Vision, except this woman is a real person who lives in the area and just happened to be passing through – quite unacceptable to those who reside in Niketown.)

So I understand the red bike and the upraised hand signal – so far so good.

And I understand the next phase, the I-do-what-I-want phase:

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And then there’s this:

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And this:

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And then this:

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And then back to all-red.

So now I understand what the SFMTA means, but I needed to study the lights.

IMO, the SFMTA should be focused on safety instead of ideology. IMO, the SFMTA should strive to keep things simple. IMO, the SFMTA should factor human nature into into its signal schemes. For example, this woman here entered into the intersection way late and had to rely upon the driver seeing her. Is the SFMTA at all curious as to why people might be confused by this unique-in-the-world intersection with its current signal setup? Not at all.

Oh well.

The Cougars of NoPA – Here It Is, a Bike Trailer What Costs More Than My First Car – Presenting the Chariot Cougar

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

So of course, with something so valued, you gotta lock that down.

As seen in the Western Addition – this thing runs $1000-something, believe it or not:

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OTOH, my bike trailer costed $100-something, but I don’t think it has bearings or whatnot. (Like Robinson Caruso, it’s as primitive as can be, kind of like a Roman chariot, actually.)

But it gets the job done and it keeps me out of Cougar Country, so fine…

Electric Skateboard Unicycle! – This Tech Bro is a “Onewheel” “Beta Rider” – Bonus: Seussian Facial Hair

Friday, October 24th, 2014

This is a scene from the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, famous for its late-night, bully-boy, strong-arm bicycle robbers, and its “Have-You-Seen-My-Lost-Drone?” posters, and its winding bike path, which has become a test track for novel personal conveyances.

As here, with this Onewheel, a “self-balancing electric skateboard”

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Four white LEDs up front as headlights and four red LEDs in the rear as taillights? Of course.

Kickstarter funded? Of course.

On Instagram? Of course.

Engineering degree from Stanfoo? Of course.

Mountain View-based? Of course.

Read all about it:

“You can also follow us on twitter at @RideOnewheel
 

Kyle Doerksen

Future Motion Inc founder and Onewheel Inventor

Onewheel was imagined and developed by Kyle Doerksen, an inventor and design engineer who’s been dreaming about one wheeled vehicles for years. He has built hardware products from kids toys to consumer electronics to medical devices and works to create magical new experiences through technology. Electric vehicles are his passion and Onewheel is an expression of the true freedom and excitement that electric vehicles can achieve.

Onewheel launched successfully on Kickstarter in January 2014 and thanks to the support of our amazing backers the Onewheel dream is becoming a reality!

Onewheel is based in Mountain View, California and is a privately held company focused on the development of advanced personal vehicles.”

A Question About the Mean Streets of Interim Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco: When To Harvest An Stolen/Abandoned Bike

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Bike thievery is an occupation in San Francisco, America’s Capital of Bike Thieves, East of Manhattan.

The wheels and the handlebar are gone, but there are a lot of pieces I could use in my junk drawer.

And this rig isn’t even locked up.

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IMO, it would be kosher to harvest this ride, to profit, in a way, from bike thievery…

Weepin’ time/ reapin’ time/ harvest harvest time

A Good Cyclist and a Bad Cyclist on Fell Street at the Crazy, SFMTA-Designed Intersection with Shrader

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The light for this car was green green green, perhaps for two seconds as the cyclist that you can see on the right came down from the Panhandle bike path, camera left.

OTOH, the cyclist on the left saw the lights and managed to not  run the red light – you can see her sort of chuckling at her friend there.

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IMO, this would have been a 100% cyclist-at-fault accident, but I’m not 100% sure it would have gotten written up as such, oh well.

I’m also not sure why the SFGov/SFMTA/SFBC Establishment established this set-up to route traffic from the bike path into Golden Gate Park/JFK Drive – I suppose it’s a bit faster for cyclists, compared with the obvious alternatives.

But the whole system breaks down if the nut behind the steering wheel, or in this case, the handle bars, doesn’t know when she has lost the right of way…

“Wi-Ki-Bi-Thi!” – Militant Cyclists Lounge About the Panhandle to Intimidate Clavicle-Breaking Robbers – “WE KILL BIKE THIEVES”

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Perhaps I’m jumping to contusions, but this large crew of aggressively-lounging bike riders certainly appeared to be trying to send a message to a pair of area bike robbers making the news lately.

Strike a pose:

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And what does that T-shirt say? It’s all, “WE KILL BIKE THIEVES.”* How charming!

(I’ve seen lots of bike meetups in the Panhandle, but usually people ride off or start picnicking. Instead, this crew just sat around and glared, for hours, kind of like the guy on my JetBlue flight to DC a couple weeks after 9/11, arms crossed, standing near the cockpit and just staring at everybody just waiting for somebody to try something.)

I’l tell you, I’ve ridden the Panhandle bike path thousands of times in the early morning hours, after zero-dark-thirty, and I’ve never seen or heard of anything like this. Similar attacks occurred on the McAllister bike route in the projects / projecty Friendship Village Apartments near Webster, about ten years back, purportedly with a “lead pipe” (that probably wasn’t made of lead, but anyway).

Who knows, perhaps news of this kind of meet-up will spread, through word-on-the-street, until it reaches ears of these strong-arm robbers.

In any event, this small series of crimes certainly now has the attention of the SFPD – we’ll see how it goes. I’ll tell you, it’d be nice to have a retired/out-on-disability cop monitoring a network of London-style, high-def** crime cameras for the night shift of Park Station, but I don’t see anything like that happening soon. Oh well…

*$35! Take an aggressive stance against rampant bike theft with this bold, reflective graphic statement”

**I suppose we already have a kind of video network, what with local business cameras on 24-7 plus the low-def SFPD cams, but this is nothing like the high-def cams what a town like Stockton***, CA has…

***The cops over in Stockton laugh, just laugh at the SFPD’s low-def crime cam setup. 

Sunset District Update: DPW Paints a Special “STOP” Stencil in the Bike Lane at 17th and Kirkham – But the World Fails to Notice

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Photo of Kirkham St. at 17th Avenue – the tiny “STOP” stencil is a recent addition:

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And here’s an on-the-scene report to go with the image:

“Kirkham St.(Sunset District) has a bicycle lane with very few riders. All summer DPW was working on the part of Kirkham St east of 19th Avenue.

When DPW finished at the end of August 2014, they repaved the street, re-striped the lanes, put back the pedestrian islands.

The large STOP painted on the road for vehicle drivers didn’t mean much for bicyclists. They run thru intersections all the time. Now DPW painted a Stop sign in the bicycle lane!

The special Stop for bicyclists hasn’t made any difference. They still blast thru intersections on Kirkham St. and ignore their personal stop sign.”

I don’t know, if I were putting a bike lane on Kirkham, I’d prolly prevent cars from parking so close to the crosswalk. (In “sustainable streets” parlance, this is called “daylighting” an intersection, but I don’t actually know the normal term for maintaining sight lines at intersections so that peds may be seen.)

We’ll just have to wait and see how many people use these new lanes….

DPW’s Grisly Tableau – But Safety First, I Suppose

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Here it is:

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I suppose it’s OK for the DPW to lecture me about bike/ ped safety. But hey, DPW, would you, in turn, want to listen to me about the safety of your operations, about a culture of safety for your employees? Oh, no, not really?

OK fine…

How Not To Drive, Fell and Masonic Edition: Should You Stop for a Red in a Crosswalk? NO

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Northbound Masonic at Fell:

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There are a lot of places to stop here. Where you’re supposed to stop is the stop line before the crosswalk, but this driver chose the far end of the crosswalk.

Bad form.

Here’s the thing – once you’ve crossed over your stop line, you’ve committed yourself to the intersection and therefore you need to clear it before cross traffic starts.

There’s no waiting option.

If you want to hang out longer, do it before your stop line, no matter how far back from the intersection the SFMTA / DPW has put the stop line…

Postcard from Oakland: An Incomprehensible Bicycle Sign – “SLIPPERY WHEN WET?”

Monday, September 8th, 2014

That’s my guess:

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Is it like this one?