Do people park their cars on the left and right lanes of Bush in the Western Addition for like six hours at a stretch on weekends?
I don’t know about manhole covers and I don’t know why it took four months to do something that should have taken one day.
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Anyway, I think this issue has been resolved…
This what what you would find on California Street in the Financial District since last year – a manhole* cover hole right in the path of cyclists on Davis Street:
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I don’t know, I thought that San Francisco could have handled things a different way. So I made this post.
But the next day? Nothing. And since then, nothing, until just a few days back when we got this solitary cone:
OK fine, I guess that’ll do, but I wondered why this half-assed solution took months and months.
Anyway, here’s the scene from just one day later, last night, actually:
See? Somebody actually cared enough to implement a better, temporary solution. Let’s call this a three-quarter-assed approach.
After four fucking months, that is.
Now down in Mexico City, a man in a sombrero would have looked at similar hole in the street and he would have said, “Mañana. We’ll fix it tomorrow.” And then, you know what? They would have actually fixed things the next day! They would have put up cones or safety sawhorses or whathaveyou.
Which, of course, is what eventually happened in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District but only after months and months.
Let’s all look forward to Mayor Ed Lee’s next pronouncement about us being the Innovation Capital of the World…
*Person hole, people hole? C’mon, just tell me what to call it these days and I will, I don’t care about using the old term or some new term.
See, first the intersection of California and Davis was all like this.
Which I thought could be a little dangerous for cyclists, especially roadies, especially in the rain and whatnot.
But of course nothing happened for four months.
But now it’s all like this:
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What can I say but thanks to the SFMTA or the DPW or whomever for this “innovative” solution.
Ed Lee Gets It Done!
Run Ed Run!
Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.
See? Inbound Market at Octavia in early 2007, no cones, no Safe Hit posts, no nothing:
Consequently, drivers would gain access to freeways taking them to the east bay and the south bay by making illegal right turns. See how this harried yuppie pilots his SAAB into an innocent cyclist? T’pau! The cyclist wasn’t hurt all that bad, but others were.
A traffic study showed that reverse-commuters were making an average of one dangerous, illegal turn every two signal cycles. Here’s the report, from early 2007.
But then, Someone said, “Let there be light-weight cones ‘n stuff placed on the painted line dividing the bike and car lanes.”
And it was good. Or good enough for a quick fix anyway.
These posts and cones, along with other efforts such as stepped-up traffic enforcement from the CHP and SFPD, had an immediate effect. Here’s the follow-up traffic report showing a 90% reduction in the number of illegal turns.
But what about the remaining 10% of drivers who would run over the posts like this?
Well, what about a traffic island, as seen in this Photoshopped proposal from 2007?
Well guess what? After an investment of $50k and a lot of time, we got our island IRL.
So, these days, the intersection looks like this:
But there are no Photo Enforced signs. Why’s that?
Fiona Ma, along with a few of her pol pals, made an effort a couple years back but it wasn’t enough.
Well, comes now the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to say:
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is sponsoring a bill (AB 2729) which will allow San Francisco to use camera enforcement to ticket drivers who make the illegal right turn. The SF Bicycle Coalition thinks that camera enforcement is a smart solution for this notoriously dangerous intersection. Currently, there is almost no enforcement happening. We need public testimony from people who have been hit by a motorist or have had other bad experiences at that intersection to build support for this new bill.
The bill will be heard by its first committee next week, so if you are one of the unlucky folks who has a story to tell, please take a moment now to write down the details of your encounter and email them to Marc!
So, Tom, who knows all about Octavia, is now giving traffic cameras a go.
(R.I.P. Octavia Lounge)
Good luck Tom.
But what of today? Are drivers still making that illegal turn a couple of years after the island installation? Sounds like it’s time for a new traffic study.
Well, here it is.
Exactly zero drivers made an illegal turn from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM this morning. That’s the same time period measured back in 2007.
However, one driver tried to make a turn, but couldn’t do it easily because he (it’s always a he, am I right ladies?) was blocked by cyclists that he noticed at the last second. So he gave up and went south of Market to get onto the freeway. Amazingly, he wasn’t driving a BMW, Audi or a SAAB. There he is, in the grey Mazda 3 you can see here:
So, can we use some cameras here? Sure, why not?
Now, let’s not get into how we got saddled with Octavia and all its problems. That ivory tower academic from across the estuary already took our money and collected her awards so it’s unlikely she’d want to revisit her creation. Actually, she’s off to laboring on Masonic, where there’s simply no way her notions can hurt people and mess up traffic more than horrible Octavia does now. So that’s a good thing. Anyway, she feels any troubles associated with Octavia are San Francisco’s fault, so you can’t even count her as a defender of this massive planning failure.
(Speaking of which, should we now have traffic engineers work as urban planners, considering that urban planners and architects have gotten into traffic engineering lately? It would only be fair. Oh well.)
You know, down in Mexico City, a ward heeler faced with something like our right turn situation on Octavia would get a crew going and have a concrete traffic island curing in the pouring sun by the next day. It took us about a thousand times longer than that, but we got our island and there are people walking around today because of it.
But it certainly would be nice to have a camera or two to complete the job…
But there’s a catch – two, actually.
1. You need to commit to volunteering your labor* at a San Francisco Department of Recreation and Park facility; und
2. It’s a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGOF) deal, except for Mitchell’s – they’re giving away 200 cones before BOGOF kicks in.
*I don’t know, maybe the RPD people will be happy if you just commit to thinking about volunteering at RPD sometime in the hazy future.
Three Twins, 254 Fillmore near Haight, BOGOF, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM
Mitchell’s Ice Cream, 688 San Jose at 29th Street, 200 Free Cones then BOGOF, Thursday, March 25, 2010, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Humphry Slocombe, 2790 Harrison near 24th Street, BOGOF, Thursday, March 25, 2010, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
R.I.P. Frederick John Inman:
See you there! (Maybe.)
To celebrate today’s election (but not promote it, oh no) Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream stores will give you a free cone from 5:00 to 8:00 PM tonight. Wash it down with a free tall coffee today from Starbucks and you can call it dinner.
There’ll be five places in San Francisco for you to get your cone on. Click onward to see the locations for the South, East and North Bays on the jump page or just go here to see all locations in northern North America.
It might seem clever to get back in line immediately in order to get another free cone as these people did at B&J’s during the last time we had a free cone day, but it’s not:
Ben & Jerry’s Argonaut
475 Jeffersont Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Ben & Jerry’s Jefferson Street
79 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Ben & Jerry’s Fisherman’s Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
Ben & Jerry’s Macy’s
Macy’s Department Store
San Francisco, CA 94102
Ben & Jerry’s Haight Ashbury
1480 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Ben & Jerry’s San Jose
115 East San Carlos
San Jose, CA 95112
Ben & Jerry’s Santana Row
377 Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
Ben & Jerry’s Santa Clara
3155 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Ben & Jerry’s Concord
Brenden Theatre Complex
1985-A Willow Pass Rd.,
Concord, CA, 94520
Ben & Jerry’s Berkeley
2128 Oxford Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
Ben & Jerry’s Jack London
Oakland, CA 94607
Ben & Jerry’s Sonoma Plaza
408 1st Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
Ben & Jerry’s Bon Air Center
290 Bon Air Center
Greenbrae, CA 94904
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