Posts Tagged ‘CalTrans’

San Francisco Had At Least _41_ Traffic Fatalities during the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year – Is This a Record?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here it is, the data from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016:


BUT, this chart excludes “3 pedestrian light rail vehicle (LRV)-related deaths, which are not routinely reported to SWITRS, to ensure comparability between data,” whatever that means.

I think it means that if the SFMTA runs you over, it shouldn’t be counted as a San Francisco traffic fatality, even though, of course, it would be.

And then, what about deaths from Caltrain? Are those counted? And what about deaths on freeways, like the I-80 and the 101? I don’t think these are counted either.

And what about deaths from regular SFMTA buses. I suspect there’s resistance to tallying all those up, for whatever reason. For example, in 2014, somebody got hit by a westbound #38 bus on Geary near Pierce(?) and that didn’t make it on the official “San Francisco Police Department Summary Reports on Fatal Traffic Collisions” report for that calendar year.

Speaking of which, I don’t think the SFPD makes that report/makes that report available to the media anymore, for whatever reason.

Anyway, that’s at least 41 traffic deaths in one fiscal year – that seems very high. Perhaps it’s the highest ever, IDK.

Mmmm, what if the Dear Leader of North Korea sent word to the Traffic Commissioner of Pyongyang about how all traffic deaths would be eliminated by a certain date in the near future? I’m sure the Commish would say that this goal will certainly be achieved, even though the commish him/herself would certainly know that such a thing is impossible IRL. Otherwise, the commish might get shot, right?

Well, no SFGov workers ever get shot by City Hall, but they act as if risking a promotion is like risking getting executed, so they’re all, “Yes, there’s a chance that Vision Zero will work,” but by the year 2024 and all years after that, forever, seriously? Isn’t there some obligation on SFGov employees to admit that this goal would be desirable, but that it’s, of course, impossible? IDK.

Not saying that Vision Zero, whatever that phrase means, is causing this increase, just saying that Vision Zero, which is basically old wine in new bottles, doesn’t really have an effect on the statistics.

Closing with the news from the Traffic Commission of Pyongyang, NK:

“Goal: Zero Traffic Fatalities by 2024

Fiscal Year 2015-16 Result: 38 traffic fatalities

This metric measures the number of traffic fatalities occurring in the City and County of San Francisco. Every year in San Francisco, about 30 people lose their lives and over 200 people are seriously injured while travelling on city streets. Vision Zero, adopted as a city policy in 2014, is San Francisco’s commitment to eliminating traffic deaths on our streets by 2024. Through building better and safer streets, educating the public on traffic safety, enforcing traffic laws and adopting policy changes, we can save the lives of all road users—people who walk, bike, drive, or ride public transit. Achieving Vision Zero requires leadership and commitment from City agencies, elected officials, community stakeholders, the public and the private sector to find the right solutions for San Francisco.”

Hey Look, Somebody’s Finally Working on Finally Completing the East Bay to Yerba Buena Island Bike Path

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

You know, finally.

Perhaps the Bike Path To Nowhere will be sort of finished soon…

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Boy, This is One Heck of a Screengrab: Drone as Seen by a Camera Mounted High Atop Decorative Tower of Troubled Bay Bridge

Monday, October 12th, 2015

(Uh, yes it is a decorative tower – we can talk about that some time.)

Here it is, via Aviation Week, a drone buzzing the unfinished tower of our already-failed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s eastern span:


Was this a hobbyist’s drone from back when the new cable-stayed span was still under construction OR was it an authorized drone inspecting recent work? IDK.

Still, a heck of a shot.

ATTENTION ARTISTS: Make Art With Free Metal from the Old East Span – It’s the “Bay Bridge Steel Program” – Apply Now – Steel is Real

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Here’s your link.


OMCA working with Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee to support process of distributing steel from historic landmark for public projects in California”


This “Ask Jeeves” Billboard Asks “Where Does the Bay Bridge Troll Live?” – The Answer Involves the Residence of Jaxon Van Derbeken

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ya dig? ‘Cause dude’s been trolling that horribly-managed bridge project (just keep scrolling down – down, down, down) for a while now:

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(Hey, did you know that that troublesome cable-stayed tower is merely decorative? Pretty much. I’ll tell you, the original, lower-cost “freeway-on-stilts” proposal is looking better and better as the years roll by…)

Here’s a Good Lesson for You Graffiti Artists: Don’t Go Too Far When Tagging Road Signs – These Photos Will Amaze You

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Or not.

But anyway, this kind of graffiti on 101 South allows the underlying sign to perform its function, so CalTrans is likely to leave things alone for a while:

But artwork like this is intolerable – Caltrans didn’t allow it for too long:

See how the Staties handled this particular sign right here, at a webpage that will amaze you.

Or not.

But please, parasites, please remember not to kill the host – that’s the #1 rule of parasitism, right?

The Most Beautiful Project Ever Created by CalTrans: Melty Orange and Blue Cupcakes – They’re Mesmerizing!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

This one’s an oldie but a goodie.

You see, Governor Arnold was late for the grand “West Approach” party for the Bay Bridge and it was a sunny day, so:

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And then Arnold came in rolling on 22’s*, wearing cowboy boots, and then he cut the chain to open the freeway segment using an oxy-acetylene welding torch.

Good times.

*Black SUV, 22-inch wheels, ultra-low profile tires.

Man I’m rollin’ through the city, old school on them big boys
12 inch woofers in the trunk making big noise
Got the big toys (toys), dont make me have to flash
Let a hundred rounds go, you do a hundred yard dash

The Cyclists of the 280 – Legally Riding Your Bike on “The Most Beautiful Freeway in the World,” San Mateo County

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Yes, the 280, the Junipero Serra, aka the Most Beautiful Freeway in the World.

Anyway, Brocephus here is using his bike on an onramp heading north.

And it’s legal. Check it:

Riding Your Bike on the Freeway in California: It’s Not as Illegal as You Might Think – As Here, on the 101 in Marin County

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Here’s What Our Massive “Left Coast Lifter” Barge Crane is Doing These Days: Nothing – Soon, Off to NYC?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Could be:

“The massive crane is expected to be used during construction of the New Tappan Zee Bridge, a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River in New York State by Tappan Zee Constructors, a consortium of companies that includes American Bridge Company.”

As she appeared last week:

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The Empire Strikes Back: CalTrans Fixes Graffitied 101 / 280 Split Freeway Sign, Sort Of

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

As seen last month in the Potrero Hill area:

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The same sign as it looks this month:

The ball is in your court, taggers