Posts Tagged ‘commute’

The Growing Number of Cyclists Using Golden Gate Avenue to Get to the Corrupt Twitterloin and the Financh

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Sometimes you’ll see cyclists loitering about Golden Gate Ave and Divisadero during the morning drive. They’re waiting for the timed traffic lights to go green so they can effortlessly zip along at around 20 MPH or so all the way Gough or Franklin without having to stop.

Like this: 

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Neighboring McAllister Street also works as a route to downtown, but it has stop signs and less-coordinated traffic lights.

Choose or lose…

Rush Hour 2, Market Street Inbound, San Francisco, USA, 2012

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

This is the sequel to Rush Hour, filmed the previous day.

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Not a car in sight.

This is quite a change from five or ten years ago…

Rush Hour, Market Street Inbound, San Francisco, USA, 2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The left lane is for bus drivers, and car drivers who choose to ignore the left-turn-mandatory signs at 10th and 6th on inbound Market:

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What It’s Like to Commute From Treasure Island to the Financial District – If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Here’s a great shot by Mike Behnken taken* from Yerba Buena Island:

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If you move to that new city they’re building on sinking Treasure Island, your commute will take you from camera right onto the western span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge and then right into SoMA.

On a good day, that would take like four minutes…

*Wow, a 30-second exposure, but there’s no good place to put a tripod except for the roadway. I’ve seen people hanging out taking photos close to here but they looked none too comfortable owing to the slope.

If Jacqueline “Jackie” Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Had Moved to Civic Center and Commuted by Skateboard

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Civic Center, San Francisco, California, USA

Skateboarding is not a fashion crime:

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Maybe this should be a series…

Fashion Update: If Miley Cyrus Moved to the Mission and Started Riding MUNI…

Surf McAllister: Simple Geometry Explains Why It’s Better to Roll on McAllister Street Rather Than the Overhyped Wiggle Route

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I suppose this longboarder could have taken The Wiggle bike route, but he’s carving down McAllister instead. See?

The hilly part of McAllister – it’s a couple blocks: 

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So, if you are headed from the Financh or Mid-Market to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, taking McAllister to Divis is:

1. Shorter (by about a third of a mile);

2. Faster.

3. Safer.

And there are no cops handing out tickets for those who California-stop through stop signs. (The Wiggle is a cop magnet, of course – look for them on Haight and Scott.)

And, best of all, Octavia Boulevard, the place where Wigglers generally need to stop to watch the cars go by, is just a nothingburger by the time it gets up to McAllister Street. (The last thing our failed Octavia Boulevard needs is more activity, that’s for sure.)


Shooting the Duck Down McAllister to Get to Work – The Rise of Skateboarding Commuters – Faster Than MUNI?

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

One of these fellows pictured below is crossing the street, another is riding his bike the way The Man told him to, but the interesting one is the fellow who is crouching on his skateboard while blowing stop signs at 15 per.

Dude passed me near Divisadero and I think it took me until Market to catch up to him.

Maybe you should skateboard to work as well?

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Just asking, bro.

Roller Skating Man Beats MUNI at Its Own Game – Why Don’t More Commuters Skate to Work? – Is It Quasi-Legal?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

This fellow on inline skates acquitted himself favorably while getting to work the other day.

Now, is it legal to commute to work by skating these days on the Streets of San Francisco?

Don’t know. Or maybe it’s illegal but it’s one of those Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell things.

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Certainly this would be faster than MUNI, that’s for sure…

Best Buy Sends a Parade of Electric Bikes Down San Francisco’s Market Street

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

This is how outbound Market Street appeared in San Francisco this morning as Best Buy sent a parade of expensive $2500 A2B electric scooters (the Worst Consumer Products of 2009) and also inexpensive E-Zip bikes up the street. E-Zips went for $350 last year at some Wal-Marts (not that I could tell, having never set foot in one) and now $500 (and up) at Best Buy.

E-Zip in the background, A2B in the foreground. Were there a dozen or so riders in this mini, corporate Critical Mass? Something like that:

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What do you get for you $350? Well, you don’t get high tech batteries, that’s for sure. But that’s part of the reason why it’s cheaper than the obscenely overpriced A2B and the Trek Ride+, which is being tested out these days by some of San Francisco’s elected officials. Costco also has a few dogs in the e-bike hunt, upon occasion.

Will you say “Engine*, yes. Gas No”?

Only Time Will Tell.

*Not an actual “engine” – the marketing cookies of Best Buy mean motor, but oh well.