Posts Tagged ‘block’

Message to UBER / Lyft Drivers: Welcome to Frisco – Now Here’s the Right Way/Wrong Way to Drop People Off

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Frisco doesn’t have all that many freeways, have you noticed that yet? Instead we have substitutes like Fell / Oak and Bush / Pine – one way streets two or three or four lanes wide.

LIke this:

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But you wouldn’t just stop to let somebody off on a freeway, right? Why not pull in to a driveway instead, if you know it’s going to take a while? You see, it all depends on the situation. But the reason why people are honking at you is because you’re differing from the norms what have been established here. Sometimes double parking for a minute or two or more or a lot more is considered acceptable and sometimes its not. It’s a time / place / manner thing. Simply following Google Maps to an address and then stopping right out front on the road is sometimes not good is what I’m saying…

And now this, an UBER Lift driver who pulled into an alley to drop off, same day same place as above.

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This is very rare. The problem is that the driver then had to back out of here with an awkward three or five point turn and then try to get back on congested Laguna, which was particularly clogged up at this time. It would have been totally fine to unload during the 35 seconds or so that you’d be staring at a red light. In this case, you’re being far too polite.

So that’s it, lesson finished.

And you know, I don’t know how it’s going to end for you all. Relying on a constant stream of new people coming in reminds me of an Herbalife situation, which I don’t know how that’s going to work out either…

Anyway, the Rules Are Different Here is what I’m saying

Bushpocalypse Now – Frisco Sees Its Worst Traffic Ever In 2017 – Highest Number of Registered “Vehicles” in History

Friday, March 24th, 2017

That stat is as of Calendar Year 2015, but our friends at CA DMV are putting the finishing touch on the numbers for Calendar Year 2016.

So is a trailer a “vehicle?” IDK. IDTS. But 2016 looks to be the year we push over the half-million mark for vehicles registerd in Frisco.

And of course that doesn’t include all the new UBER Lyfts from all over.

So here’s the result, from yesterday’s evening drive. Southbound Sansome is all backed up, but look, you can see a PCO Intercepter cart on the scene, to fix everything:

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I was thinking, it’s morphin’ time – time for another round of three-figure parking/traffic tickets for “blocking the box.” But no, the PCO disappeared with a quickness. Leaving SFMTA Dude in the Bush Street HOV lane all by himself. Turns out he was patiently waiting to proceed behind some more stalled traffic. He was soon gone as well.

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Bush Street is always bad, but yesterday was especially bad. Five eastbound cars sat in the intersection for about five minutes. But then they advanced leaving room for a few buses and cars on Sansome to sneak through north and south.

Bush doesn’t get any more crowded than this:

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Anyway, that’s the update.

 

Disrupt MUNI: LUXE-Style “ON-Demand” Valet Parker and UBER Driver Team Up to Block a #5 Fulton on Market – HONK, HONK

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Just a little slice of life here on Market outbound near Monty.

The driver on the bus goes honk honk honk/ honk honk honk / honk honk honk at this scooter-folding LUXE driver, who is fixing to stow away the black Chevy Volt for a customer:

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The problem is that it’s hard to park or even stop legally in Frisco. So that fuels demand for “on-demand” parking I s’pose, but that also makes it very difficult for the employees to work legally.

Anyway, the MUNI operator was pissed as Luxe Dude took his time to fold his Razor scooter and, eventually, drive away…

[Oh look at me riding the MUNI. Of course I almost certainly have more hours, years, decades, miles getting about Frisco on foot, by bike, and by car than you, Gentle Reader, and the officers/employees of, IDK let’s name them, SFWALK, SFBIKE, SFVISIONZERO and the boards / management at the SFMTA / SFCTA, so that means we’ve excluded some of the members of the 10K membership SFBC – some of those ppl have more bike miles than I – and we also gotta exclude some longtime MUNI operators for driving miles in Frisco. OTOH, many many ppl about town have more time sitting on MUNI BART than I. In fact, this was my first time to successfully use a Clipper Card, after two prior failed attempts. (The first time was due to the five(!?) days it takes to load a card and the second time, well, I guess the Clipper system was down that day for that bus – I’ve never seen that before. And I had a few TransLink cards, back from when they were handing them out like candy, but any I had got an acetone bath, you know, to see what was inside.) And actually, that’s my bike on the front of the bus, with a flat tire. I always try to make sure I don’t delay the bus more than a few seconds whenever I load up a bike, because Transit* First, right? Anyway, it just strikes me as funny that your bidness model entails making money off of blocking traffic on Market. Which is not to say I’ve never dropped ppl off in the Financh or SoMA or wherever, it’s just that I do it better than average. That means that I take pains to not block MUNI buses.]

*The real definition of this word, not the made up BS / BoS version what’s burned into our charter, right?

Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer Denies SFPOA Attempt to Block Use of Force Policy Implementation

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Just released:

“***PRESS RELEASE***

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Denies SFPOA Attempt to Block Use of Force Policy Implementation

San Francisco, CA – Supervisor Malia Cohen issued the following statement today regarding Judge Richard Ulmer’s denial of the San Francisco Police Officers Association’s (POA) request for a temporary restraining order to block implementation of the updated Use of Force policy for the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD):

“We are committed to supporting progressive, forward-thinking policies that provide necessary reform for SFPD, including giving the 20 year old Use of Force policy an update that brings it in line with 21st century policing strategies and our 21st century values as a city,” said Supervisor Cohen. “Judge Ulmer’s dismissal of the POA’s unnecessary lawsuit sends a clear signal that it is time for us to move on from this dispute over shooting at moving vehicles and using carotid restraint. The City will continue to work towards the highest caliber of reform that is in the best interest of both citizen and police safety. It is time for the POA to join that reform movement.”

The policy was passed by the San Francisco Police Commission last Wednesday, December 21, 2016. The lawsuit, filed by the POA last Tuesday, focused on two components of the new policy: the ban on using carotid restraint (a tactic that can slip into a fatal chokehold) and the more notorious restriction on shooting at moving vehicles.

Chief labor attorney Katie Porter defended the City’s right to update the policy with better practices that are in line with the recommendations of policing experts, such as the Department of Justice and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Judge Ulmer agreed with the clearly written case law: setting a comprehensive Use of Force policy for SFPD is in the City’s scope of management decisions.”

How is This Smart Phone Windshield Mounting Even Remotely Acceptable?

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

I don’t get it, man:

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How Many Tickets Does the SFMTA Issue to Its Own Drivers?

Friday, December 16th, 2016

How about zero?

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It’s just a cultural thing. Since the SFMTA is primarily driven by what’s best for SFMTA employees, it would take a lot of outside of the box thinking for an SFMTA ticket giver to give a ticket to a fellow SFMTA employee.

Even though SFMTA employees do sometimes park where they shouldn’t, right?

Am I saying it’s easy to drive around an 18 meter bus on the streets of San Francisco? No, not at all. What I’m saying is that the SFMTA isn’t as perfect as it thinks it is. Another way of saying this is “MUNI sucks,” which is always a proper starting point when considering SFMTA issues.

And if our SFMTA is pushing for automated enforcement of speeding laws, why doesn’t it start with itself and its employees first? It could do this right now without any changes in state law. (Oh, and maybe a little back and forth with a union or two.) Just saying…

What I See Versus What’s Actually In This Ad – THE POPE’S PLAZA, North Beach, USA

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Here’s what I see:

A billboard for IN-N-OUT BURGER. Then I see Pizza Saint Francis. Then I see THE POPE’S PLAZA. And then I see pizzasf.org.

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Of course if we wanted to, we could shut down the street in front of every religious-oriented building all over town.

If we wanted to…

A WELL-INTENDED BUT EXTREMELY FLAWED PLAN TO CLOSE VALLEJO STREET HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR THE BLOCK BETWEEN GRANT AVENUE AND VALLEJO STREET

While our neighborhood is all for street improvements and more open space, the Developer’s design would permanently close off critical access in and out of the North Beach/Telegraph Hill community.  The development, which has been talked about in limited circles for years, has suddenly moved forward with no public participation in design or intent.  Many in the community have only recently learned about the development and significant concern has been raised regarding traffic, design, safety, and maintenance.  Despite this, the Developer, who doesn’t live in our neighborhood, has not made an effort to respond to these issues and has attempted to have the development approved through the back door with minimal community outreach.  Only recently have public meetings been held and, despite large numbers at each event expressing their unhappiness with the Developer’s plan, the Developer has rejected the idea of modifying the proposal to allow maintaining Vallejo as a functioning street.  As a result, SOS VALLEJO has been formed to Save Our Street and provide our neighborhood a voice to express its concern and work with the Developer to come up with a design that works for everyone.

Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.

Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.

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Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.

And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?

And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:

I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.

But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.

Oh BABS, will you ever win?

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.

Piazza Aint Francis – Does This Look Like a Good Idea? Here’s What Some of the Neighbors Think

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Here’s the proposal:

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And here’s the reply