Posts Tagged ‘boulevard’

Chicanery in the Presidio: An Actual Street Chicane Has Been Put in to Slow Down Drivers in a Housing Area

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Here we go:

chicane is an artificial feature creating extra turns in a road, used in motor racing and on streets to slow traffic for safety. Chicane comes from the French verb chicaner, which means “to quibble” or “to prevent justice.”

And here’s an example of one, in the Presidio on Washington Boulevard near Nauman Road by base housing:

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(One assumes that area fire departments would simply drive over these chicanes on Washington Blvd. in an emergency)

Someday I’ll drive through this chicane in a car – it’s on my bucket list.

Decorative Cantilever, BOULEVARD Cafe, Daly City, USA

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright or Frank Lloyd Wrong – You Make The Call:

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Come for the hash browns, stay for the Great Art Deco Architecture

How the SFPD Reacts to Deadly Accidents at the Poorly-Designed Intersection of Yorba and Sunset Avenue

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

IDK, in any other part of California, there’d be a button to push for peds wanting to cross Sunset at Yorba. And that would make the light go red and then the peds would cross.

But for some reason, SFGov put in a button that merely flashed yellow lights, because, because why? Because a flashing yellow light is better than no light at all? Au contraire, not at all. IRL, the flashing yellow HAWK lights at Yorba are a big failure. The only thing they succeeded in is creating cases for the District Attorney to ponder.

IRL, peds don’t need to push no button and they don’t even need to look before they cross over Sunset – no matter what they do here, any collision will be the fault of the driver. Who designed this set up, one wonders.

Anyway, the SFPD is well aware of the carnage of course, so here’s how it responds whenever somebody gets run over. Look to the right of the photo and you’ll see an unoccupied SFPD van just sitting there to put a little fear into the minds of drivers:

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Is this technique effective? IDK.

OMG, These Stupid Experimental Pedestrian Warning Lights are Still Operating at Yorba And Sunset? Who Is To Blame?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

I’ve heard the local nonprofit-government complex call these unusual pedestrian-activated flashing yellow lights “HAWK Beacons,” but they don’t look like what’s in Wiki.

See? They’re still there:

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These signals only flash yellow, unlike the examples of HAWKs I’ve seen on the web.

Who approved these signals? What was the intent? Was it to save money? Was it to spend money? Why didn’t SF put in traditional lights a long time ago?

And is this crazy set-up* a factor for the DA to keep in mind when deciding how to handle accidents? Well, I’ll answer this one:

Oh Hell Yes.

San Franciscans obvs. can’t handle having a single simple freeway taking traffic from the south up north towards the Golden Gate Bridge, so Sunset Boulevard (or Parkway or whatever people cal it) is part of the solution. But it hasn’t been managed properly.

That is the fault of whom?

IDK.

*I can’t think of a situation where a vehicle vs. ped collision at this intersection could be the fault of the ped, unless the ped had been running in the crosswalk. So you end up with a dead ped and a driver who’s legally at fault – is that a good situation?

 

Octavia Boulevard Rorschach Test: What Do You See Here? Do You See an Unmitigated Disaster or a “Model” for Others?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Wow.

It’s over 100 feet wide (and some people wanted it wider. In fact the Chief Architect herself says it’s too wide, but oh well.)

Let’s see here, a stalled lane of traffic next to another stalled lane of traffic next to one of three useless medians next to an unused lane next to a lane so rich white people can park their cars. And then repeat on the other side and then pat yourself on the back for a job well done:

(Most “new ideas” are bad ideas, of course.)

Oh well.

OMG, OMG, Here’s What the New Chipotle at Geary and Masonic Will Look Like – Lesson: Westeros Just _Loves_ Chain Stores

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Here’s what it’ll look like, buried deep inside the City Centre Mall at Geary and Maosnic, you now, the former home of Sears and then Mervyn’s and now the current home of City Target West:

And speaking of chain sto’s, drink it up, Gentle Reader:

Now you’d think one person, perhaps just one solitary millionaire NIMBY, would take two minutes to register an objection, but you’d be wrong. WRONG WRONG WRONG! Not a single soul raised a peep, so here comes Chipotle to San Francisco’s District Two.

The gritty nitty from our Planning Commission.

Westeros, the West Side of Frisco, loves, just loves, chain stores, is what I’m saying.

In closing, The Mall Has It All.

Octavia Update: “HELP SAVE OUR GARDEN – SIGN OUR PETITION” – Growing Home Community Garden

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Is this garden a thing? I wasn’t aware.

Anyway, when SFGov turns down your proposal to do something with some unused property just “temporary,” well, this is the reason why SFGov says no no no.

Anyway, this place is still there, for now

Is Riding Your Bike Up Masonic on Excessively Wide Sidewalks a Good Idea? Just Ask These Two, or Most Everybody Else

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The answer is hell to the yes, hombre/a.

This is how most people do it, actually. Some use the northbound sidewalks starting around Fulton and then they get back where they belong on the street when they get past Turk, where things flatten out near the blood bank, is what some people do.

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The SFMTA or some other alphabet soup org is going to change Masonic fairly soon, based upon surveys of people 70% of whom just happened to be/have been members of the local bicycle coalition, and somehow this makes the proposed changes “non-controversial,” or something.

MUNI will run slower, that’s for sure.

Resolved: There Should Be No Left Turns Allowed at Market & Octavia – Fixing the Legacy of Wealthy Hayes Valley “Activists”

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here’s a view of Market Street outbound at the Octavia intersection. All these people heading west to go home have to wait an extra ten seconds for the richers of Hayes Valley to drive their Audis, BMWs and Mercedes Benzeses onto northbound Octavia from inbound Market Street owing to a dedicated left turn lane with a left turn arrow. Why?

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Octavia Boulevard has been a disaster. The reason why is due to rich, land-owning “activists” of Hayes Valley having too much control over the process. Why on Earth should we shut down the intersection for 10 seconds each traffic light cycle just so that four, three, two, one, or sometimes zero luxury cars can turn onto Octavia?

Hey SFMTA! Don’t you want to speed things up for MUNI? So let’s just alter the light timing here and make any and all left turns illegal? If these people want to turn left to get north of Market, why don’t they make the turn legally at the intersection before and the intersection after, you know, where turning is less disruptive to everyone else?

Just asking.

Say What You Will About Poorly-Designed Octavia Boulevard, At Least It Easily Handled Mardis Gras 2014

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

See? This is just one section of the big parade:

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I didn’t know this was a thing. The deets from Jared Schwartz of HayesWire:

In honor of Mardi Gras (translation: Fat Tuesday), Hayes Valley is the starting line of the annual parade (translation: trombones in motion). Beginning at Place Pigalle (Octavia + Hayes), the parade will feature Brass Mafia, North Beach Brass Band, Brass Band Mission, Fillmore Wax, and few other guest musicians as they march a few blocks toward Market Street.

I’ll leave you with this:

What is the Legacy of Octavia Boulevard?

“Octavia has severely impacted traffic on Laguna at all times, not just peak.”

Octavia is a mess for bicyclists and there are tons of vehicle accidents.”

What has Octavia taught us? Stopped cars/slow idling cars seem to pollute more.”

And what do the Yelpers have to say?

Who’s the dip-shit that designed this Octavia Street nightmare between Market St and Fell St?”

1) It’s a freeway offramp – slash – playground. Kids and cars!! Who’s the genius??
2) It doesn’t take you across Market Street but rather has you wait at the light — filling the above-mentioned park with your exhaust as you idle along.
3) The “local access” road is a perfect place to die while crossing the street, as some confused driver makes a right hand turn.
4) It got voted in after at least three failed initiatives. During the boom. When the population was more passionate than informed and theHayes Valley Merchant’s Association could sweet talk them with this park bullshit. ”I like parks not freeways! I’ll vote yes!” The old Fell Street offramp was ugly and the dark sidewalks underneath were full of pee. It’s been replaced by a classic San Francisco compromise that essentiallyworks well for no one but makes some smug mofos feel like they discouraged driving when all they really did was put more smog on the street. And now the sidewalks are sunny, but they’re still full of pee. I wonder why an offramp didn’t solve homelessness…?”

“The poster child for stupidity in San Francisco. STILL not finished after 25 or so years???

“Unsafe at any speed for:
1.pedestrians
2.bicycles
3.scooters
4.motorcycles
5.marmosets

OHMiGOD are you kidding?? Wow, I looked up this review expecting to see half a star and a lovely littering of ‘fuckity fuck motherFUCKER,’ wowwweee…everyone i talk to in person HATES this addition…

Why we hate the new Octavia Blvd:

1. It is confusing. What is with the extra mini-side lane next to the regular lane? Are you allowed to switch back and forth at liberty? What is the purpose of this mini lane?

2. Why are there traffic lights AND stop signs in front of the mini-lane? When there’s a traffic light and a stop sign, which one wins?

3. The traffic on Octavia Blvd, coming from the freeway, is always atrocious. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. Something about it’s ingenious design allows it to remain backed up 24 hours a day.

4. If you don’t play your cards right, you WILL get forced onto the freeway. You just think you’re along for an innocent ride, and then , BAM, Octa-Nazi Blvd has you marching along in its gigantic oppressive middle lane and it wil NOT let you out, no matter how much you beg.

I don’t get it, I don’t get it! What’s going on with this street monster?”

“This is NOT the haven for cyclists and pedestrians the city touts it as being. Whose idea was it to build the off ramp at street level? It should be RAISED and go over Market or they should build some kind of blockade so that people coming east on Market absolutely can’t try to make a right onto the highway and clip pedestrians and cyclists. That single spot is a death trap.

It’s pretty and it’s great that it’s not a shithole anymore but this is seriously some urban planning gone awry. The shared bike/car lanes on the outside would be great if the cars that drove in them weren’t complete idiots. Sharrows mean it’s my lane too, buddy, so don’t honk at me and tell me to get on the sidewalk, don’t rev your engine behind me, and don’t speed up to 20 to squeeze by me. The middle lane is for fast driving of cars, not the outer lanes. Unfortunately people are unable to grasp this concept and choose to terrorize pedestrians and cyclists who are trying to enjoy the sections of the project supposedly designed to make things better for us.

And the light/stop sign combo… what the hell? It’s maddening. If this is supposed to benefit cyclists, why make it so difficult to make a left onto Market? One must cross Octavia and go onto the sidewalk then cross Market and make the left there, or cross Market then cross the on/off ramp via Market. That second option wouldn’t be so bad except for the fucktards coming down Market who don’t understand what NO RIGHT TURN means and repeatedly take out cyclists at the same spot as they try to turn onto the highway.”