Posts Tagged ‘cone’

Any Traffic Issue can be Solved with MORE CONES – If Troubles Persist, Simply Add MORE CONES

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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How to Ask Our SFMTA to Not Give a Ticket for Excess Parking? – ONE SIMPLY TRICK! – Use an Orange Traffic Cone

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

I’ve seen this all over town:

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Does it work?

IDK.

But the owner of this car is telling/asking PCOs to not get ticketed, either due to being an SFMTA employee, or some other SFGov employee or being a minimum wage contractor hired through The City or some Community Benefit District to sweep up the sidewalks, or having some color of authority…

OMG, It’s FREE CONE DAY at Your Local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – Free Ice Cream from Noon to 8PM – BONUS: A Pictorial History

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

All the deets:

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day | 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Noon to 8 pm
Ben & Jerry’s locations
FREE

Bay Area Locations:

San Francisco

Haight Ashbury – 1480 Haight Street at Ashbury (Haight)
Macy’s Department Store (Union Square)
Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 41)
Argonaut – 475 Jefferson Street (Fisherman’s Wharf)

East Bay

Jack London Square – 505 Embarcadero (Oakland)
Berkeley – 2128 Oxford Street (Berkeley)

North Bay

Bon Air Center – 290 Bon Air Center – (Greenbrae)

South Bay

San Jose – 115 East San Carlos (San Jose)

Hey, you know who liked marketing SF for the benefit of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China back in aught-eight when Frisco hosted that botched Torch Run, Sponsored By Coca Cola? IDK, was it Gavin & Ed (that is, Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee).

OTOH, who opposed it, but Ben & Jerry.

So that’s part of why they’ve built up some goodwill over the years decades.

Let’s take a look, why not?

Haight und Ashbury:

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Oh, buskers!

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Sometimes the employees get overwhelmed so they hide for a while – this is to be expected on FREE CONE DAY.

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Hey, you know who would be ALL OVER Free Cone Day in the 94117 back in the day? That’s right, Charles Manson (of 636 Cole) and his Family, you know, like a half century ago. They’d prolly get their free ice cream and then immediately get back in line, making sure to finish eating right before getting to the front of the queue again, you know, like these little piggies. (Chuck would approve of this kind of double dipping, I’m sure)

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And then, time for mad sit-lie violations, in this case from stus from the nearby $40k+(!) in tuition / year high school:

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Oh yeah, sometimes that guy from Phish shows up to make some tunes, as seen on Ashbury:

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And sometimes Free Cone Day comes to You, Gentle Reader:

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All Hail Ben

All Hail Jerry.

See you there!

Flagrant Double-Parkers on Bush Street Post Their Own No Parking Notices – Isn’t It Ironic?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Dont’cha think?

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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?

People Do.

If Trader Joe’s Needs Traffic Cones for Its Parking Lot Off of Masonic, It Simply Steals Them from MUNI

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Or so it appears:

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Endgame: The Great Pit of California Street Has Now Been Filled Up, Hurray

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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…

The Great Hole of California Streets Demonstrates How a Place Like Mexico City is More “Innovative” Than San Francisco

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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.

 

After Four Short Months, San Francisco Finally Fixes The Great Four-Inch Crater of California Street in the Financial

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

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.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Ed Lee Gets It Done!

Run Ed Run!

Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.

Traffic Cameras Finally Coming to Dangerous Octavia Boulevard? Let’s Hope So

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

In the beginning (circa 2005), there was nothing preventing drivers from making an illegal right turn from inbound Market onto the Octavia freeway on-ramp.

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:

We Need Your Stories About Market and Octavia

Have you been the victim of an illegal right hand turn by a motorist at Market and Octavia Boulevard? If so, please email your story to the SF Bicycle Coalition

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…

Park and Rec Volunteers Get Free Slocombe, Three Twins, Mitchell’s Ice Cream! Today! Tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Looks like our local super-premium ice cream purveyors are a tad jealous of the Annual Free Cone Day from Ben & Jerry’s (But, as always, You Make the Call on that score). Anyway…

Announcing Free Cone Days at Three Twins (Lower Haight outlet only), Mitchell’s, and Humphry Slocombe March 24th and 25th. Hurray!

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.

Anyway:

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

(Sadly, it appears that Jasper Slobrushe won’t be participating in Free Cone Days.)

R.I.P. Frederick John Inman:

 See you there! (Maybe.)