Posts Tagged ‘bikes’

Sprig Delivery vs. the SFMTA – How Hard is It to Treat Market Street as a Place Where You Can Park a Car for 5 Minutes?

Friday, October 14th, 2016

I’ll tell you, I don’t have the balls to just park a ride on Market and then sass the SFMTA mounted sergeant(?) PCO’s what show up, but somebody at Sprig does, apparently. And no ticket was issued? Man, that’s lucky. (Delivering anything anywhere near the Financh is HARD, certainly.)


Can’t recall seeing two SFMTA employees on bikes at the same time, in all my years. You know, as Obama said at a fundraiser up in Pac Heights about rural Pennsylvanians who “cling” to their guns, our SFMTA clings to its cars and free parking spaces, oh well. Every SFGov agency is like this – they’ll agree in principal to get rid of / reduce their rides, but then when it comes time to actually do that, they’ll be all, “Well don’t count this car. It’s essential. Take away cars from Some Other Agency.” Poor poor SFGov, so addicted to cars it is…

Mobile Bike Store, Under the Freeway, Frisco

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

How many bike wheels does one person need?


A Crazy New SFMTA Plan to Allow Bike Riders to Run Red Lights on Fell and Oak in the “Panhandle-Adjacent” Area

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Here it is: The “Fell and Oak Streets Panhandle-Adjacent Bikeway Feasibility Study”

The basic idea is to take out one of the four lanes of Fell and one of the four lanes of Oak along the Golden Gate Park Panhandle from the Baker Street DMV to Stanyan and turn them into dedicated bike lanes.

You don’t need to even look at the report to know that this idea is “feasible” – obviously, our SFMTA can do this if it wants to:


But why does the SFMTA want to do this? This is not stated in the report.

As things stand now, you can ride your bike on the left side of the left lanes of Fell and Oak, or on the right sides of the right lanes of Fell and Oak, or in any part of any lane of Fell and Oak if you’re keeping up with traffic (but this is especially hard to do heading uphill on Fell), or on the “multi-use pathway” (what I and most people call the bike path) what winds through the Panhandle.

So, why not widen the bike path again, SFGov? It used to be 8 foot wide and now it’s 12 foot wide, so why not go for 16 foot wide? (Hey, why doesn’t our SFMTA simply take over Rec and Park? You know it wants to.)

My point is that it would also be “feasible” to somehow force RPD to widen the current bike path (and also the extremely bumpy, injury-inducing Panhandle jogging/walking path along Oak) independent of whatever the SFMTA wants to do to the streets.

Anyway, here’s the news – check out page 12 of 13. No bike rider (or what term should I use this year, “person with bikes?” Or “person with bike?” Or “person with a bike?”) is going to want to sit at a red light at a “minor street” when s/he could just use the bike trail the SFTMA figures, so why not just allow them to ride on Fell and Oak without having to worry about traffic lights at all? And the pedestrians? Well, you’ll see:

“Minor Street Intersections

The minor cross-streets in the project area from east to west are Lyon Street, Central Avenue, Ashbury Street, Clayton Street, Cole Street, and Shrader Street. Each is a consistent width of 38’-9” curb-to-curb with 15-foot wide sidewalks. All of these streets are discontinued [Fuck man. How much colledge do you need to start talking like this, just asking] at the park, each forming a pair of “T” intersections at Oak and Fell streets. The preferred control for the protected bike lane at these “T” intersections is to exclude it from the traffic signal, allowing bicyclists to proceed through the intersection without stopping unless a pedestrian is crossing the bikeway. Due to the relatively low pedestrian volumes at these intersections, it is expected that people using the protected bike lane [aka cyclists? aka bike riders?] would routinely violate the signal if required to stop during every pedestrian phase, creating unpredictability and likely conflict between users on foot and on bicycles. This treatment also recognizes that in order to attract many bicycle commuters, the new protected bike lanes would need to be time-competitive with the existing multi-use path that has the advantage of a single traffic control signal for the length of the Panhandle.

Excluding the protected bike lane from the traffic signal requires installing new pedestrian refuge islands in the shadow of the parking strip. The existing vehicle and pedestrian signal heads currently located within the park would also need to be relocated to new poles on the pedestrian refuge islands.

Implementing these changes would cost between $70,000 and $150,000 per intersection, and require the removal of approximately four parking spaces per intersection. Over the eleven minor-street “T” intersections along the Panhandle (excluding Fell Street/Shrader Street which which has been discussed separately), the total cost would be between $0.9 and $1.5 million dollars and approximately 48 parking spaces would be removed.

This design introduces a variety of benefits and compromises [“compromises!” Or maybe “costs,” as in a cost/benefit analysis?] for pedestrians crossing to and from the park at the minor intersections:

Pedestrians would be required to wait for gaps in bicycle traffic to cross the protected bike lane (which may present new challenges to people with low or no vision). Design treatments for the protected bike lanes (e.g., stencil messages, rumble strips, signs) should also be considered to clearly indicate the necessity of yielding to pedestrians to people on bicycles.”

Here’s Where Your Stolen Bike Gets Disassembled, Jumbled Together with Other Bikes, and Reassembled for Resale

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Some of these RVs are live-work space for bikes thieves, oh well:


Here’s How the People at “WALKSCORE” Don’t Know Anything About Frisco – The Twitterloin as “Paradise”

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Here you go:

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WTF to that. By the numbers:

Walker’s Paradise – Daily errands do not require a car.”

But they DO require great fortitude, right?

Rider’s Paradise – World-class public transportation.”

Is this a joke? I think they’re talking about MUNI.

“Biker’s Paradise – Flat as a pancake, excellent bike lanes.”

Uh, the Twitterloin is as flat as a pancake what’s been tilted up a ways. And I don’t know where “excellent” anything comes from.

This just goes to show how a monomaniacal focus upon Just One Thing can end up having some people, particularly out of towners, missing the forest for the trees…

Our SFMTA Lacks the Energy to Keep Up with the Foot of Golden Gate Avenue, So Unofficial Orange Cones Mingle with White Posts

Friday, July 29th, 2016

For a few days anyway, you’d see just a pair of white safe hit posts from the SFMTA here at the foot of Golden Gate near Market. But then along comes the unofficial SFMTrA to put the unofficial orange cones, which instigated the SFMTA into putting in the white posts, back up.

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So this is how the story ends, with the lazy SFMTA asking for more money to do what it’s paid to do already and some dude maintaining the orange cones on a regular basis…

Word on the Street: “BIGGER BUSES COMING TO THE 5R FULTON [LIMITED] RAPID” – Is This a Good Thing?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

IDK, man – 60 foot buses on McAllister?

Muni Forward: Bigger buses coming to the 5R Fulton Rapid

They’ll be like the Mammoth Car from Speed Racer, non?

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They’ll be just like this monster:

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Hello, Backwards MUNI. Hey, what are some of the downsides of this plan? Oh, none, none at all? Well, that’s reassuring. But hey MUNI? What about your Only In Frisco “work rules?” Are those a part of MUNIFORWARD? Oh they are, but you just don’t want to deal with them? OK. OK fine.

Anyway, here’s the “big” announcement:

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These big monsters look more comfortable on Mission, just saying:

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On It Goes…

Biking on Market Street, Betwixt an Uber and a Honda

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

A little timid but she made it through…

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This is Fifth Street on the way to Union Square.

Does Marin Heart Bikes? “BIKE LAME”

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

On the road to Mt. Tamalpais:

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Open-Air Chop Shop, 7-11 Store, Market Street USA

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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