Posts Tagged ‘cars’

Here It Is: Your New, Lower Capacity Masonic Avenue, with a Median and Twee Streetlamps

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

(We’re gonna rock on down to ‘Sonic Avenue, and then we’ll take it higher.)

Looking north from Hayes. The medians will end up with trees, and looks like a few easier-to-see traffic signals as well:

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Looking south from Hayes. The median ends early here, perhaps in deference to the SFFD’s nearby Engine 21 on Grove, IDK:

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IDK if these trees will survive:

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Here are your old-school streetlight amenities. I guess this is meant to please area homeowners. (The similarly brand-new, old-school benches down the hill aren’t really working out, oh well.)

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Here’s what looks to be a bus island with a bike lane on the right side. MUNI buses will simply stop in traffic, leaving this part of Masonic with one lane:

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Here’s your reverse angle, looking towards Fulton:

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Old sidewalk and trees to the right, new sidewalk added in the middle, new bike lane further left, and then the new median:

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And there you have it.

“Frequent Break-Ins” – Yes, Even In Marin – So Much Broken Glass in the Headlands That It’s Worth Signage

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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THE FUTURE IS NOW: Free, Ad-Supported, Electric Charging at Serramonte – THE MALL HAS IT ALL

Monday, September 11th, 2017

I guess the ad is what’s new here – I’ve never seen this:

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Serramonte Center is your prototypical mall. It’s undergoing an urbanist-inspired makeover that makes it an even less attractive place to go to. I’ll tell you, I’m not going to go there and then complain about going there on a regular basis, it’s just that my special lady friend had something delivered to the fucking mall (like why would you want to go there?) instead of to herself, by mistake, and of course it wasn’t her mistake. But what can you do? So you drive on down there and there are zero parking spaces and all this, as I said, urbanist-type crap (huge sidewalks, aesthetic plantings what take up a lot of room) that they are constructing. There’s no place to park as they are making new multilevel structures and there’s no real place to drop people off close to the stores. It’s a hybrid of old and new, and it’s not looking good. And of course even after they finish it’s still not going to be good.

JMO.

Old Mercedes Benzes Never Die, They Just End Up Getting Dissected by George Washington High Students – Auto Shop Class Lives!

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Never thought I’d see this – old Mercedes Benz cars parked on the lawn out in front of Geo Wash High in the Outer Richmond, with a grease paint obituary written on the windshield:

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Is Auto Shop Class a thing for high schoolers in 2017? Hell to the yes.

I took shop in high school, but that was then and this is now. Generally, guys took shop and gals took typing, or home ec., I think, but there were exceptions. (I should have taken typing instead oh well.)

(What’s sad is that yes, you can keep an old Benz on the road, but it’ll cost you. Imagine if the owners of these rides had opted for something like a 1990 Lexus LS400 – they would have saved money up front and down the road. Oh well.)

Anyway, I says to myself, I says does GW offer shop, and guess what, it does.

These cars have lived, they are dying, but, like Nux, they will live again, in the memories of today’s teens.

TMYK…

Pop-Up Ford Motor Company Bikeshare Rental at Fell and Central – Vandalized Already – Where Can the Next Station Go?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is:

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The SFMTA or somebody experimented with this part of this part of Central by putting long-lasting,  downtown-style hash marks on the ground, as if they were going to put meters here. But these spaces are gone now, of course:

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Here’s a post, from a protester, one supposes:

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(I’ll tell you, this is an amateur effort. I don’t think this is the way to organize after missing your chance before installation. Perhaps you might get some palliative cliches from London Breed’s office (but I wouldn’t address her as a mere Supervisor, oh no), but the other two literally get paid to promote corporate bike rental / advertising in Frisco.)

Here’s the vandalism, on the Ford part. It’s already been cleaned as best as you can expect from the basically minimum-wage (15% over minimum – hardly “living wages,” as was promised and as is still claimed) workers:

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La mise-en-scene:

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There was conflict online as well. Some of it looked like this:

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That discussion of bicycle activists vs. area locals went on and on, oh well. I’m not sure how the Ford Motor / Motivate crew went about doing its vaunted outreach, but it seems to have been pretty minimal. I think the Bay to Breakers people have put a lot more effort in, by way of comparison, with less at stake.

Anyway, the Ford Motor people are out there, scouting more locations. The next location after this certainly won’t be at Hayes and Cole, which was Ford’s original choice. Apparently, about ten locals yammered about this and that was all it took to get Ford to back down. Of course, that was before installation.

Now, feverish with victory, the residents of Hayes and Cole are discussing where the next Ford Motor station should go, to fill in the network. I think the suggestions were John Adams campus of CCSF at Hayes and Masonic, USF, the Panhandle, and maybe St. Mary’s, I forget. But they sure as Hell don’t want anything like the above anywhere on the far end of Hayes Street.

It wouldn’t take much for Ford to take its half-assed, minimal notice and turn that into actual notice, if it wants its expensive marketing effort to be less controversial…

The Free Parking Abusers of Geary – If Your Primary Motivation for Getting a Handicapped Placard is Free Parking, You Don’t Need It

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

I was on the edges of C-Town for a little while, on Sac above Grant so actually the traffic’s not too bad. Anyway, I (eventually) noticed that all the cars parked on the block (or my side of it, anyway) had handicapped placards AND that no Parking Control Officers were coming around. Could that be related?

I mean, if you have a quota, which you don’t, not officially, but actually you do, even these days, why would you waste your time where most of the rides are there all day and they’re not ticketable?

And here’s Geary on a Saturday, where they now have a bunch of meters installed.

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Of course, no PCO’s came here when I was here – they seldom do, it seems.

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Some of these placards are legit but MOST of them are not.

Of course, enforcement comes from making sure that the placards haven’t expired and from making sure the person belonging to the card has some relationship with the car being otherwise illegally parked, but not at all from people getting placards for the simple purpose of FREE PARKING all the live-long day.

The problem with this is that you make other people who similarly don’t need placards think they’re suckers for not joining the bandwagon. I mean, everybody has something wrong with them, right? That means that pretty much everybody can “qualify” for a placard in the State of Cali, pretty much.

Like Donald Trump has/had “bone spurs” like four-five times, that kind of thing.

Do you know who really hates the extremely high placard rate in Frisco? The SFMTA, that’s who. They know how much its costing them. If there’s reform, someday, it will come from them…

The Sad Scene at the Fell Street DMV, with People Waiting in Line at Six-Something AM – What Do They Know?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

This was at about 6:20 AM:

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What compels people to start queuing up two hours afore a joint opens? Is this a winning strategy?

Stanley Roberts Gets Results: SFMTA People Behaving Less Badly After Report on KRON4

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Here’s the result: MUNI workers parking in the exclusive MUNI-only parking lot:

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Of course, this might seem a little odd since our SFMTA MUNI has a “transit-first” policy, but this sitch is an improvement over what’s been going on for years, an improvement over City Family workers allowing other City Family workers to park wherever the Heck they want.

Anyway, I just happened to notice this distinct Caddy car, which used to improperly park all the live-long day on Geary

Here’s the early August report from Stanley Roberts what embarrassed our SFMTA MUNI into compliance, if only for a short while so far:

TWIN PEAKS UPDATE: Pedestrian / Bike-Only Half of the Mountain Proving Unpopular, Except with TAGGERS, SKATERS, and MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

See what I mean? This is the part what’s closer to Christmas Tree Point Road, where the action is, so it’s more popular with walkers. But a good portion of them are actually the dreaded Car People who have parked either at the overlook area or in the saddle betwixt the two peaks of Twin Peaks.

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Now this is a similar view, but it’s of the faraway peak area. No peds or bikes, but plenty of sk8ter bois.

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IDK if they are allowed to do their tricks here. This is a more isolated area now, of course. And also of course, if you’re going to put up Jersey barriers, you’re going to get graffiti:

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And of course, if you leave a way for bikes to roll in, you’re going to get your share of motorcycles:

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You know, a small but full-on motorcycle here:

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(And can I ask why a “pedestrian paradise” would have a double-yellow line right down the middle of it? I’m sure it has something to do with something, but it makes the few peds what are up there walk on the shoulder, at least for some of them.)

And generally there are marked SFPD up here all the time, 24-7. But it’s not really the cops’ job to enforce parking, and they don’t, not really. So, our tourists park in the BUS ONLY zone with impunity. See?

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And that causes a bus jam, sometimes. Oh well.

And actually, the laxness of SFGov, SFMTA, SFPD, RPD enforcing any parking rules means that you can always find a place to park up here, even though the SFMTA suggested that all roadside parking was against the rules. Go figure,

Anyway, there’s a bunch of new pavement up there and that made all the broken auto glass, you know, figure more than a thousand break-ins each year, in this small area, REALLY STAND OUT. But then the most recent murder happened and the 24-7 marked SFPD presence began and since then I’ve only seen evidence of just one break-in.

What else, oh, there’s now marking for the new pavement, so that shows progress.

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So I guess SFGov just operates on a different time horizon than I do. So yeah, they’re getting to it, I suppose.

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We’ll just have to wait to see how things go here…

Why It’s Completely Absurd for the SFMTA to Claim that Carshare Car Rental Means “60,000 Fewer Vehicles on the Street”

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Here it is, from Hoodline:

“Data also showed that 17% of members got rid of their cars after joining a car-sharing company, with as many as 24,000 vehicles sold. When taking into account people who did not purchase cars because of car-sharing, there were as many as 60,000 fewer vehicles on the street.”

Well let’s call horse-shit on this.

So, when did “car-sharing” get started in Frisco – over the past half-decade? So here are the latest stats for AUTOS registered in San Francisco County, per the DMV.

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2011: 380,621
2012: 385,442
2013: 397,238
2014: 403,246
2015: 407,656
2016: 413,147

Do you see a trend here? Do you see registered vehicles going up by about 6000-something cars per year, year in and year out? That’s the trend lately, for whatever reason.

So where’s the supposed “60,000 fewer vehicles” kicking in from the SFMTA’s inconsequential program? Does the SFMTA really think we’d have 473,000 registered cars but for its heroic car “share” car rental program?

Obviously, our SFMTA really doesn’t know what’s it’s doing. So why not have an independent agency assess how effective its policies are instead of this, this Pyongyang-inspired Ministry of Truth stuff coming from SFMTA spokesmodels who are obviously just winging it day by day, DJT-style.

You know, what I’m talking about is having somebody around saying, “Is this really true?”

Or, in the case of attaining the goal of VisionZero 2024, which will somehow, by administrative decree, eliminate all transportation mishap injuries by 2024 and through eternity, “Could this possibly be true?”