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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.
Here are the Brand-New Stencils on the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Walking Path: “NO SKATING, NO BICYCLES”Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
One day somebody laid down the black background and then later on somebody put in the white lettering, perhaps on Monday or Tuesday:
I guess they wanted to notify people at each and every intersection.
Special Bonus: Kings Things:
- RPD says the Golden Gate Park Panhandle isn’t in Golden Gate Park. I disagree. Like, is the Florida Panhandle in Florida? Oh yes it is. But I suppose we could make a 51st state by cutting Florida into two states, one called Panhandle and the rest called Florida, but that would be kind of stupid. Anyway, that’s what RPD has basically done, but, like I said, I disagree.
- And why is the surface of this path near Oak so decrepit? Because that’s the way RPD likes it. Rec and Park could put in a new path now and then get working on their long-promised irrigation project later, but it don’t want to. Also, aren’t we in a drought? Why not let’s forget the irrigation and let the Panhandle go natural? Just asking.
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…
Opposition to SF’s Plan to Destroy 26 Healthy Hardwoods at Geary & Masonic: “SAVE OUR TREES From DEVELOPERS”Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Here’s the word on the street, from fliers posted all over:
Get up to speed on the coming ARBOR-GEDDON here.
I’m not sure about the reference to “DEVELOPERS.” SFGov is fixing on taking out two lanes of parking / rush-hour lanes betwixt Geary and Masonic. It’s not like they’re cutting down these trees to put up a condo building.
Here’s the proposal for after these old trees get cut down – it’s another “street art” project, complete with new, transplanted palm trees. Kind of an L.A. look.
Here’s what it looks like now – not an “urban forest” but this stand does have an actual “canopy,” which, of course, is unusual since forests, by definition, aren’t urban.
I can’t see anything online yet, but the flier says Judgment Day will be on September 2nd, 2015 – 5:00 PM in Room 416 at City Hall.
If You Liked Yesterday’s Lower Haight Bicycle “Stop-In,” You’re going to LOVE Tomorrow’s Critical Mass – It’s OBEY THE LAW DAY!Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Here’s the thing about Critical Mass, Man – it doesn’t have any LEADERS, Man.
Not officially, anyway.
But people are planning away right now, for tomorrow’s special OBEY THE LAW Critical Mass, July 31, 2015.
So this is the plan, Man. As with the recent Stop-In, cyclists would collectively stop for stop signs and red lights. The supposed concomitant traffic chaos during a Friday Evening Drive will, somehow, TEACH US ALL A LESSON about something. We’re going to be super-sorry that the SFPD dared to enforce a section of the CVC.
Anyway, that’s the word on the street, from some interested parties. (Oh, and check the official* SF Critical Mass Twitter – maybe they’ll have something.)
We’ll see how it goes. (It’s hard to herd cats, of course.)
Tourists just loooove CM, generally, you know, once they’ve been seated at the CHAYA on Embarc…
…or they’re already nearing their destination at the Fish Wharf:
(Both these shot show serendipitous(sp?) moments – everybody’s trying to understand what they’re looking at.)
But locals, I don’t know. Some of them don’t like the Commute Clot. Like people who would otherwise be taking these MUNI rides home. See how they stretch to the horizon? That was how Crit Mass looked, back in the day
Oh, you’re still here, Gentle Reader? Enjoy:
*And by that, the meaning is unofficial, officially. But, you know, wink wink, Man! Hey, don’t sue us, Man – that wouldn’t be groovy at all. ‘Cause like we organizers for these parades what sometimes have thousands of entrants, well, we have less liability insurance than the average impoverished Airbnb room letter. Man.
Bicycle Activists vs. the SFPD: “Wiggle Stop-In Event” Coming to the Lower Haight on Wednesday – “Advanced Media” UnwelcomedFriday, July 24th, 2015
Look, a petulance parade:
“On Wednesday July 29th from 5:30-6:30 pm, please join us for our first Wiggle Stop-In event. We want to gather 50-100 cyclists to ride around the Wiggle/Lower Haight and stop at every stop sign in single file order. We want to make the point that, in fact, requiring cyclists to come to full stops at every stop sign is a really terrible idea for everyone on the road.
Grab your bike, ride to the Wiggle (the epicenter will be Waller and Steiner), and wait your turn for your chance to come to a full and complete stop at every intersection. Bonus points if you need to negotiate with other “vehicles” about who should be going first.
Let’s show Capt. John Sanford of Park Station that his choice to crack down on cyclists who aren’t following the letter of the law not only doesn’t make anyone safer but actually would create terrible conditions on our roads.”
Here’s your background:
And here’s your prior stab at a media stunt in this area, conducted by someone unfamiliar with, you know, our First Amendment:
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…
Spotting a Newfangled $1800 “Riide” Electric Bicycle in the Wild for the First Time: From Kickstarter to Real LifeThursday, July 9th, 2015
Here it is, parked at Haight and Stanyan:
Who knows, this might be a good thing for you. Certainly, this looks like a better approach at an electric bike than what I’ve seen in the past. (But one wonders how much the components cost compared with the MSRP of $1800.)
And speaking of which, this ad is a little alarming, if it is, indeed, for a brand-new Riide ride:
“Riide Electric Bicycle (Brand New, MSRP $1800) – $1300 (downtown / civic / van ness)
Brand new electric bicycle. I ended up not needing the bicycle. Valued at $1,800. Please let me know if you have any questions. http://electricbikereview.com/riide/v1/”
And I’ll spare you my quibbles about Riide’s marketing come-ons.
IMO, this Kickstarter is a Nonstarter, due to pricing and due the hassles you’d have of locking it up outside in the 415, as you would inevitably want to, one supposes. But this concept would appear to be a step in the right direction…