Posts Tagged ‘box’

Oh, I Guess the Hated / Beloved Pedestrian Bridge over Geary at Webster is Going to Stay After All? – Geary BRT Update

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Look at all this stuff our SFCTA was going to do:

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Note “Roadway redesign – mid 2016”

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Well guess what – the SFCTA / SFMTA recently caved, so the Bridge Over The River Geary will remain at Webster.

So all these meetings were a big success, or a huge failure for the SFCTA, depending on how you look at it.

And look at all the Haterade that the SFCTA poured over the pedestrian bridges of Geary – and this is just 20% of the references made:

In the Japantown and Fillmore areas, there are closed crosswalks and circuitous pedestrian bridges that are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

In the Japantown area, as depicted in Figure 1-6, some aspects that discourage pedestrian movement and activity include narrow medians and circuitous pedestrian bridges that intimidate some and are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

Spanning Geary Boulevard are two pedestrian bridges at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections, where closed crosswalks limit pedestrians‟ ability to cross Geary Boulevard at ground level. These overcrossings are several decades old and, although they provide separation from traffic, are often perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing Geary Boulevard due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users‟ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hindering the mobility of people with disabilities.

Pedestrian bridges at Steiner Street and Webster Street: These two pedestrian overcrossings would be removed, to eliminate conflicts between these structures‟ piers and the proposed bus lanes, as well as to provide new pedestrian crossings at street grade.

Two pedestrian bridges span Geary Boulevard at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections. The grade-separated walkways allow pedestrians to cross over Geary Boulevard. These overcrossings are several decades old and are perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users’ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to their average inclines exceeding the ADA standard of a five percent maximum grade (i.e. a slope increasing in elevation by five feet for every 100 feet in length), which makes wheelchair crossings difficult.

Like I said, this is just 20% of the vitriol our SFCTA spewed upon these two bridges in just one document. I get the feeling these SFCTA people would say just about anything to get nine figures from the Feds. I mean if the Feds would give the SFCTA $100,000,000 to recommend keeping everything on Geary EXACTLY THE SAME FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS, then I’ll bet the we would have gotten a document what extols the virtues of these bridges.

Anyway, the Webster bridge is staying, that’s the news.

Zappos.com Sends Gift Card in Enormous Box, for Some Reason

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

I’m sure they could have fit 1000’s of gift cards in this cardboard box, but they chose to only include one and nothing else:

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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.

Frisco Truly is the Innovation Capital of the World, as Ron Conway Used to Pay Appointed Mayor Ed Lee to Say

Monday, July 11th, 2016

But then there was “backlash”…

S.F. Mayor Ed Lee serves notice about supporting Aaron Peskin

…so Ron Conway has less influence about town today, and you hear this meaningless phrase less often.

That’s something to ponder as you stand upon McAllister and gaze upon this scene of two Victorian era buildings of the “Alamo Square Historic District” in the Western Addition:

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Man, that’s innovative!

Message from McAllister – Oh, This is a Thing Now? – Learning from Sidewalks

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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Ugliest Bridge in the World – Spanning the American River with False Arches – Designed by Committee

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Here you go – the arches are decorative-only:

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File this one, this post-tensioned concrete box girder bridge under False Arch.

Look, It’s the Yale Box, From Bauhaus to Our Car

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

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Staring at this poorly-placed decal in my rear-view would drive me nuts, but I’m not a Yalie…

Declaring the Intersection of Fell and Masonic a Failure – Our SFMTA Fails Yet Again – How To Fix This Mess

Monday, December 14th, 2015

This is typical on a weekend afternoon. On each and every signal cycle

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Our incompetent SFMTA could rejigger the timing of the traffic signals at Fell and Masonic and/or Fell and Oak so that careless drivers don’t block the box on each and every light cycle when things are busy, but our incompetent SFMTA don’t feel like doing that right now, apparently.

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Did you know that our incompetent SFMTA will rejigger signals at this particular intersection so that “peoples’ feelings won’t get hurt?” It’s true. I’ll get into it after I get around to posting some Fell and Masonic video on the YouTube.

Until that day, Gentle Reader. Until that day…

Apparently, People Use the Pedestrian Bridges Over Geary Quite a Bit – A Newsflash for our SFMTA SFCTA Alphabet Soup

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Just saying

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I don’t know if it was such a great idea to build these bridges and I also don’t know if it’s such a great idea to spend big big bucks to tear them down…

A True Artist Knows That All The World’s A Canvas Waiting for the Right Tagger to Come Along…

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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