On it goes, in what people from the East Bay call San Francisco’s “Uptown Tenderloin”
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You know, just a skosh? ‘Cause the brunch line at farmerbrown is just too long for us today – we need to motor.
Gathering evidence at a crime scene in Mayor Ed Lee’s Twitterloin Open-Air Halfway House and Stolen IPhone Emporium:
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There was yellow tape all over the place, two scenes on Market and two on Turk. At first I thought it could have been a MDK, but I never heard anything about it…
[UPDATE: The video has gone private, sorry. It used to be here.]
Yes, yes it is.
John Cathey and David Sands are plainclothes anti-gang SFPD officers in the Mission District. This is their story in seven minutes:
“Check out the latest from The I Files- a story about two cops in San Francisco who are taking an unorthodox approach to curbing gang violence.”
[UPDATE: SFPD Anti Bike Theft @SFPDBikeTheft reminds us all that a Tweet in their direction can be helpful when you see scenes such as this.
"Crimes In Progress Call 911. Report a Chop Shop call (415) 553-0123. Anti Bike Theft Information From the SFPD"]
Here it is, from Bob Bobster:
“I spotted this charming couple at work across the street from the Civic Auditorium today at about 4:30pm. at the corner of Hayes and Larkin. They had quite an assortment of tires, bike frames, and parts on display. A woman who works nearby came out of the building, and when she saw me watching told me she had already called the cops. What was their response, I asked? Well, the cops said they’d send somebody over, but unless you can prove the stuff is stolen it’s hard to do much. I went to the library and came out 10 minutes later – nothing had changed. No cops in sight. I walked around the corner to Market and saw three motorcycle cops ticketing drivers. I told one of the cops about this and he said he would call it in to the homeless squad (I’m paraphrasing here).”
Thx for the report, Bobster!
On It Goes…
Or at least it seems like every day.
Here he is on Waller in the Lower Haight last week. See? He’ll park his motorcycle and then stand in the street pointing to offending cyclists and counting out, “!, 2, 3, 4, 5…”
And then everybody gets to wait while he processes all the tickets.
Thusly. Now actually, a couple of these folks were just waiting for their friends, prolly because they didn’t fail to yield prolly because you had Officer R. Scott yelling away:
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Here we go:
Yeah, so I know this is the same thing as last year but I’m surprised to see the sustained nature of this recent enforcement action.
1. Officer Scott has a “weakness.” Guess what, it’s sports cars! Owns a Porsche 996 he does. Then he explains that it’s a “modern 911,” which it sort of is.
2. Does he have advice for cyclists? Yes. It’s “SLOW DOWN” and it’s “you should be wearing a helmet” and “you should have your lights on.”
3. Does he also have a lecture? Yes. It’s “that call you just heard on my radio is about an assault with a hammer – I’d rather be answering that call.” See? Its like a guilt trip for all the recalcitrant cyclists of SF.
4. When the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition tells people to take the Wiggle route, is it basically telling them to not stop at stop signs? Yep, pretty much.
5. Do most of the people who live near the intersection of Steiner and Waller approve of this enforcement action? Yep.
6. Do many people coming up and down the Wiggle go too fast for conditions? Yes.
7. Do most of the offending cyclists bother to slow down just a little, you know, to make what’s called an Idaho stop (or a California stop or an Oklahoma stop)? No, they just blow right through. How did this culture develop? IDK, fixies?
8. Is there a way to avoid all this rigmarole by using the Unwiggle, the same basic route but using Fillmore and Pierce instead of cop-heavy Steiner and Scott? Yep.
This aint no bush, it’s part of a huge tree branch what just came crashing down in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle this AM.
See? It fell near Fell Street.
These Eucs are environmental weeds* don’t you know.
They Should All Be Destroyed
Of course she’s trying to kill us – clever girl:
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*It was introduced to California in the mid-19th century, partly in response to the Southern Pacific Railroad’s need for timber to make railroad ties, and is prominent in many parks in San Francisco and throughout the state. Naturalists, ecologists, and the United States National Park Service consider it an invasive species due to its ability to quickly spread and displace native plant communities, while local authorities, especially many fire departments across California consider them to be a major fire hazard, although the United States Department of Agriculture does not list it among its Invasive and Noxious plants list in California. Due to such reasons, programs across the state of California have been taken to remove all eucalyptus growth and restore native biomes in some park areas, such as on Angel Islandin San Francisco Bay, and in the Hills of Oakland California, where Eucalyptus Trees helped fuel the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm.
And then he got out of the saddle to pump up the steepest block of McAllister what’s on the Snickerdoodle route.*
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*It’s the UnWiggle, it’s the better choice to get west of Divisadero from Market
Renoir Hotel, Market Street:
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When are these ladies going to stop?
On most streets, nobody’s going to stop you, so why not do it?
The only downside would be causing an accident, ’cause you could have some liability there.
But see? These gals are Doin’ It Right – they parked in the middle of the block. Whatever you do, don’t park too close to a cross-street:
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Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck. You gotta copy on me, Big Ben, c’mon?
Ah, yeah, 10-4, Big Ben, for sure, for sure. By golly, it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c’mon.
Yeah, that’s a big 10-4 there, Big Ben, yeah, we definitely got the front door, good buddy.
Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy…
[UPDATE: Now let's hear from famous Jim Ross:
"I lived on Scott Street, between Oak & Fell during the last traffic circle experiment. Was nearly hit four or five times walking to Haight Street for coffee. That is a very residential neighborhood, one reason it is good to bike through. But also, a bunch of pedestrians should not have risk life and limb to cross the street…"
Indeed, Jimbo! Pedestrians wanting to cross Page would hear a car coming from a half-block away. What should they do? Would the drivers slow down? The peds wouldn't know. Very bad! All this so that Page could eventually become a "Bicycle Boulevard?" All this so that cyclists wouldn't have to worry about getting tickets for California stopping? Ridiculoso!]
Here it is, from our incompetent SFMTA:
You know what, SFMTA, do you know what you should be “passionate” about? Do you know what your primary function is? It’s to operate the fucking transit system.
So how well do you think you are you doing, SFMTA? Do you think you all are doing a spectacular job? Really?
So why not this, why not say, “We’re the SFMTA, we’re MUNI and we don’t do a very good job these days but we have a pot of money to spend on the Lower Haight and we think this kind of project would be a good use of taxpayer money.” You know, as an introduction, to build credibility with your audience.
Anyway, let’s get to a few of the more glaring issues with the so-called “Wiggle Community,” fka the Lower Haight.
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Let’s read the boxes here:
“With intersecting bike routes and heavy vehicle volumes, this intersection is confusing for everyone”
OMFG, SFMTA, WTF? The intersection of Page and Scott doesn’t have “heavy” vehicle volumes. NOT AT ALL. Also, it’s a simple four way stop. It’s not “confusing for everyone.” WTF are you smoking, you SFMTA hippies?
“Heavy vehicle congestion from drivers using Scott as a cut-through to Fell and Oak.”
OK, as stated, Scott Street just doesn’t have heavy vehicle congestion. Hey, SFMTA! Do you know about the ongoing, daily disaster you all created called Octavia “Boulevard?’ Well guess what. It has “heavy” vehicle congestion. As does Oak, which routinely backs up going all the way up to freaking Alamo Heights. As do other streets intersecting with Octavia due to how the lights are timed. What color is the sky in your world, SFMTA? And what’s a “cut-through?” Is it street? I think it is? How about this, SFMTA, you all name me a street and then I’ll make a up a name for the surrounding area and I’ll call it a “community.” How about the “Ashbury Southern Heights (ASH) Community?” Then, I’ll critercise all those mofos who use the southern part of Ashbury Street to “cut-through” my made-up “community.” And then I’ll blame ALL “congestion” on people who don’t live in the “community.” That’s what you’re trying to do here, SFMTA. Every street in SF is a “cut-through,” using the phrase the way you all use it.
“Haight Street has buses and commercial activity, and is less comfortable for biking.”
Biking isn’t necessarily “comfortable,” SFMTA. And it never will be. I know you all are addicted to spending money, but this rationale is exceptionally weak. It’s right up there with using “transit justice” to justify the wasteful nine-figure Central Subway subway to nowhere project in Chinatown.
“Bicyclists don’t yield to pedestrians, particularly in the downhill direction”
Well, yeah, that’s right. Like Haight and Pierce, for example. I’ll tell you, I’m surprised the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition branch of the SFMTA would allow a publication to come out what talks about enforcement actions and what has a photo of an SFPD officer. I guess this is the SFMTA throwing a bone to the peds?
Anyway, read through the whole seven pages for more SFMTA boners.
Speaking of which, the SFMTA is back with the traffic circles.
All right,about a decade ago, the very same SFMTA was dead-set on putting traffic circles in the Haights, specifically on Page and Waller. The SFMTA said it had numerous studies praising traffic circles. The SFMTA said that “the community” wanted traffic circles. The SFMTA was wrong. The SFMTA had a vote by the neighbors and it lost by about a three to one margin – all 11 proposed traffic circles got voted down. Anyway, the plan was to have them become gardens or whatnot. So, for the SFMTA to list unsightliness as the first reason for the SFMTA’s failure, well, that’s a little disingenuous, IMO. So the reason the SFMTA can now claim it has “installed traffic circles with success and community support” in the Richmond District recently is that the SFMTA didn’t allow a vote. If the SFMTA allowed a vote on any particular traffic circle, the SFMTA would lose. So, no more voting, bingo bango.
This is horse doody:
“Traffic Circles Then & Now
In 2003, the SFMTA experimented with removing stop signs and installing traffic circles at several locations along Page Street. Many residents complained that the circles were unsightly and deprioritized pedestrians, and they were removed. However, in recent years the SFMTA has installed traffic circles with success and community support, using improved outreach, design, and signage.
Are there places in the Wiggle where you’d like to see traffic circles today?”
Is the SFMTA saying that it has “improved” the design of traffic circles the past ten years? Perhaps they’ve done research on the number pi? Perhaps they’re thinking traffic ovals? Traffic ovoids? IDK.
Anyway, just because you lie about stuff, that doesn’t mean people will necessarily believe you, SFMTA.
“Subject: Page St. Traffic Circle Hearing TOMORROW
Date: March 17, 2004 1:30:06 PM PST
“Dear SF bicyclist,
The 9-month long Page and Waller Traffic Circle Pilot program is coming to a
close, and the Department of Parking and Traffic is holding a public hearing
TOMORROW, THURSDAY MARCH 18TH to hear from residents and users of the
street. This is your chance to voice ideas, concerns, and opinions about
this traffic calming experiment. Each of the 11 proposed circles will be
voted on by residents living within a block, and voting will conclude March
25th. The circle receiving the highest percentage of votes (over 50%) will
be installed on a permanent basis, with consideration for others that also
receive 50% or more of the vote.
The meeting will be held:
6:30pm-8pm this Thursday, March 18th
Park Branch Library
1833 Page St. at Cole
The SFBC supports the concept of the traffic calming circles, but shares the
concerns of many other residents and neighborhood groups, including Walk SF
and the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council, that:
1) there was not sufficient neighborhood outreach or involvement prior to
2) more education and public outreach is needed to users of the street to
convey safe and legal behavior at the circles
3) pedestrian right-of-way is being compromised with the current circle
Although we don’t think the current design is perfect, we are encouraging
our members and other residents living along the Page and Waller corridor to
VOTE YES to give the circles a chance to be improved upon.
Given the right education, signage, and enforcement, we believe the circles
will benefit the neighborhood and cyclists by being the first step toward a
true bicycle boulevard on Page St.
A bike boulevard is an innovative bicycle facility that is often applied to
residential streets that parallel major arterials. It consists of three
1. stop signs placed only on side streets to give priority to the boulevard
2. traffic circles installed in at least some of the intersections to slow
cars down to 10-15mph while allowing bikes to maintain momentum
3. diverters, barriers or forced turns that prohibit automobile through
access on the bike boulevard while continuing to allow cyclists,
pedestrians, and emergency vehicles through.
A bicycle boulevard treatment applied to Page St. could dramatically reduce
the volume and speed of traffic, and reduce or eliminate stop signs, making
bicycling along Page much easier, safer, more efficient and pleasant. It
would not “close” the street to cars- drivers would still be able to access
every point along Page, but using this neighborhood street as an auto cut
through would be a thing of the past.
Although the DPT is not considering a full bicycle boulevard currently,
Thursday’s meeting will be a good chance to voice your support for this
concept, and build support among local residents.
You can find out more about bicycle boulevards at:
DPT’s web page on the circles is at
Because of vocal opposition to the circles, it is particularly important for
people to come and speak at the hearing about the benefits of traffic
calming and a bicycle boulevard along Page St. For more information,
contact me (using the information at the bottom of this e-mail).
TALKING POINTS FOR THURSDAY’S MEETING
- There are problems with the implementation of the circles, but the concept
is good. We need better signage (yield to peds pop-up signs, and stops
- A full bicycle boulevard (including side street stop signs, circles, and
diverters) will dramatically reduce car traffic on this residential street,
prioritizing the street for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Vote yes on the circles!
Thank you for supporting YOUR Bicycle Coalition and an improved bike