This is what it looks like when the SFPD brings it with eight vehicles:
Just a slice of life in the projects…
Now some cops in California will give you a ticket for this, for riding side by side at 5 MPH on a street like Pine.
Legal or not, I don’t recommend this kind of thing:
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(And actually, the CA code section that was written to limit the right of cyclists to block other traffic is now interpreted by some to give special rights to cyclists. It depends on how you look at things.)
Here we go:
A chicane is an artificial feature creating extra turns in a road, used in motor racing and on streets to slow traffic for safety. Chicane comes from the French verb chicaner, which means “to quibble” or “to prevent justice.”
And here’s an example of one, in the Presidio on Washington Boulevard near Nauman Road by base housing:
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(One assumes that area fire departments would simply drive over these chicanes on Washington Blvd. in an emergency)
Someday I’ll drive through this chicane in a car – it’s on my bucket list.
Which is sort of funny.
At first I thought this could have been part of traffic enforcement, but it turned out to be a quick TJ’s run.
And this was after the officer beeped (not with a regular car horn, but with the loud, low growling noise that these cars can make whatever that’s called) at a pedestrian, for some unapparent reason, unless it was a routine beep to say Here I Come On The Sidewalk, Look Out Peds!
In mitigation, the officer didn’t park in a stall at the mostly-unused Lucky Penny parking lot at Geary, seen camera right.
And this technique is a lot more efficient than queuing up for a space at the badly-engineered TJ’s lot.
And this parking job didn’t block traffic at all.
Anyway, I’ve never seen this before – it’s kind of a funny way to park, IMO.
Transit First for Thee/
But Not For Me!
A “California Stop” occurs when a driver or cyclist slows down for a stop sign, but does not come to a full stop at any particular instant. This certainly is an aspect of traffic culture in San Francisco and it’s one that’s tolerated by the SFPD. For example, motorcycle-riding cops will sometimes lie in wait on Pierce as car after car commits a California Stop coming down Alamo Heights on Fulton. Maybe ten people go through without incident but then somebody rolls through at 7 MPH and the driver gets pulled over. Just watch the police themselves cruising around in cars and on bikes to see how fast they go past the red octagon, depending on traffic, visibility, time of day, etc. California Stops aren’t tolerated as much in other places, such as the small towns of Marin County. And, oh yes, this approach is also known as an “Oklahoma Stop” in other parts of the country.
OTOH, an “Idaho Stop” occurs when a cyclist doesn’t slow down at all for a stop sign.
Thusly, near Twin Peaks:
Look for Idaho Stops in the Lower Haight area, where many fixed gear riders maintain the same pace whether cycling past stop signs or not.
Some people in San Francisco want Idaho Stops to be legal in San Francisco.
Would that be a good thing?
Ah, Bike To Work Day, that special day when the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition can bask in the glory that it endorsed the election of appointed Mayor Ed Lee. (Hey, did you know that he was the first Asian-American appointed Mayor of San Francisco? He’s very proud of that, all those years of obsequiousness plus the outright lying required to pull that one off.)
Anywho, this was the scene last night at the intersection of the so-called Wiggle bike route through the Lower Haight area.
One SFPD buckethead was stationed at this corner of Waller and Steiner and the other was cattywumpus across the street snaring those who blew threw the stop sign even while the SFPD is yelling, “Stop sign, stop sign.”
Simply, there was no element of deception involved so, ergo, this cannot have been a sting operation. Case closed.
The cyclists were cautious and confused, mostly. They didn’t know how long to stop. Some stayed there for like ten seconds trying to remember how to signal a left turn. Traffic backed up a bit, as you can see:
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Anyway, the bike coalition people called up SFPD higher-ups to see if there was a “sting operation” going on but of course they said no, because, as stated, this kind of thing isn’t a sting operation.
Oh, here’s Officer Scott’s ride from last night. Ask him about his “Porsche 996″ (aka 911) sports car and get his opinion about whether he considers it a “modern Porsche.” I’m sure he’ll have an answer.
Oh, I saw scores of cyclists and two cops – here’s the racial makeup:
SFPD: 100% African American
Cyclists: 100% Caucasian*
People, you oughtta stay off the Wiggle – you can easily avoid it by turning a block sooner or a block later.
And oh, do you think Officer Scott loves it, just loves it when you all take to the Twitter? Indeed he does.
All right, ’til next time…
* You know, rounding up. Oh, you’re 1/32nd Cherokee or one-quarter Chippewa? Good for you, Caucasian! Good for you.
Here you go:
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I first started seeing these signs just last month, but they remind of those people I’ve heard and seen over the years who block you in and then leave a note on the windshield, you know, “Oh just call me at…” But the thing is that these people never pick up, that’s the thing.
Now let’s apply this to BART or MUNI, maybe change the words a bit and put them on a T-shirt what says:
“FEELING YOU UP? SORRY! TELL ME, I’LL STOP”
In other words, you’re not “sorry!” at all, you bastards.
The crackdown has come to Fell and Masonic
This SFPD officer from Park Station had to wait about three minutes before seeing an illegal left on northbound Masonic to westbound Fell. The VW was busted with a quickness.