Posts Tagged ‘countdown’

SFMTA Incompetence on Display: Giving Over 30 Seconds of Flashing “DON’T WALK” on Wide Geary Blvd, But Just 12 Seconds on Wide Fell Street

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Here’s Geary:

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And here’s Fell at Baker, which flashes DON’T WALK for 12 seconds after giving ppl over 30 seconds of green WALK.

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I mean, this is exactly wrong. Why not have 12 seconds of WALK and then over 30 of DON’T WALK instead?

Of course Geary is wider, but not all that much wider.

This situation makes no sense.

Now it might make sense to the SFMTA, which blows with the wind with its half-assed approach to safety.

But in the turning world outside of the SFMTA, this situation at Fell and Baker makes no sense. And mind you, this intersection was the subject of recent SFMTA boasting about how much the SFMTA has done for us here…

Typical San Francisco Pedestrian, Starts Marching Across on a Yellow

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Now sometimes it’s hard, like when you’re at a place that doesn’t have countdown timers, like many places in Frisco that should have them but don’t, for some reason, but that’s not the case here:

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This isn’t the end of the world, I’m just saying Typical San Francisco Pedestrian, Starts Marching Across on a Yellow.

(Now there’s a movement afoot, it started in New Yawk, to change the obvious meaning of DON’T WALK to SURE, GO AHEAD AND WALK IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT. I don’t support this movement. FIN)

Driver and Writer CW Nevius Goes on a “Rant” Against the “Militant” Pedestrians of SF – Do They Have the Right to Jaywalk?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Here’s the latest effort from CW Nevius, who’s taking a break from being spokesman for San Francisco’s right-side-of-the-aisle  political faction to go on a “bit of a rant” against local pedestrians. But what’s up with this?  

“Even when they are in the right, I worry about them. When the traffic light countdown gets to five or six, they step confidently into the crosswalk — which is their right…”

But pedestrians don’t have “the right” to do so. It’s agin CA law – check out V C Section 21456,* which is dealt with by Rule #3 of the Five Rules for Pedestrians.

Don’t you have an editor, Nevius? Oh, that’s right, you’re too old and experienced to have an editor, and plus, editors cost money, that’s right.

But don’t you have a fact checker, Nevius? Oh, that’s right, you’re too old and experienced to have a fact checker, and plus, fact checkers cost money, that’s right.

But don’t you have a photographer, Nevius? Oh, that’s right, photographers cost money. So all your observations, we’ll just have to take your word about them. OK fine. BTW, [sarcasmmode ON] nice stock photo you’ve got there, Neve. “Cause a stock photo taken in the People’s Republic of China, you know, from more than a thousand li away, well, that really illustrates how “militant” and “freaking nuts” San Francisco peds are, huh? [sarcasmmode OFF]

And oh, BTW Neve, the peds of SF aren’t militant, not at all. Try to find a different word for what you mean.

Of course you’re new in town, I get that. Sure, welcome to San Francisco, Neve.

But you’re doing a half-assed job doing your half-time gig.

You need to try harder.

*”Walk, Wait, or Don t Walk

21456. Whenever a pedestrian control signal showing the words “WALK” or “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or other approved symbol is in place, the signal shall indicate as follows:

(a) “WALK” or approved “Walking Person” symbol. A pedestrian facing the signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal, but shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that signal is first shown.

(b) Flashing or steady “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol. No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol is showing.

Amended Ch. 413, Stats. 1981. Effective January 1, 1982.”

San Francisco Still Can’t Afford Countdown Timers for Pedestrians, Apparently

Friday, June 10th, 2011

See this on Gough?

Traffic signals are getting replaced by slightly larger traffic signals:

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But countdown timers aren’t on the agenda because they cost too much.

And yet we have money for trees and other ornamental-type things.

Oh well.

More Pedestrian Countdown Signals Come to Geary Boulevard in the Richmond – Hurray!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Can you spot one of the the new pedestrian countdown timers being installed in the Middle Richmond District last week? It arrived all wrapped up.

Plus new road signs too, probably they’ll be more legible or something. But that’s a small thing compared with the installation of new signals.

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Maybe fewer people will die on the mean streets of the Richmond District after we get all this new equipment. (How many peds got mowed over by cars in the Richmond District last year? More than you might think.)

Anyway, the new lights can’t hoit.


More Pedestrian Signals Coming to 19th Avenue in the Sunset

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Nowadays, it seems that every intersection on the 19th Avenue double fine zone in the Sunset District has either:

1. a dedicated pedestrian signal (with a countdown timer thrown in as a bonus), like this one on Ortega : or

2. evidence of recent work indicating that a pedestrian signal is a coming soon, like this one on Santiago.


Your grandfather’s traffic signal. Click to expand:

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“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”

At Long Last, Pedestrian Signals Installed on 19th Avenue in the Sunset

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Don’t get out much to this part of the Westside Fog Belt, so this is the first I’ve seen of pedestrian signals at some intersections of 19th Avenue, aka State Highway One.

Of course, this improvement comes a little late for some

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Look for them, tirelessly counting down 24/7, on Park Presidio and the Sunset District part of 19th Avenue.

Hurray, I suppose.

New Countdown Signals on Gough Prove that SFMTA Likes Us

Monday, October 20th, 2008

SFMTA likes us! They really like us! That’s the only conclusion one can draw after witnessing the recently installed pedestrian countdown traffic signals on Gough Street.

You see, our Municipal Transportation Agency got some money from the Feds. (Somehow it makes sense for us to send money to Washington so they can send it back to us. Somehow.)

In any event, these new signals should help save lives. (Of course, it’s still an absolute joke that pedestrians on Van Ness don’t have dedicated signals to help them get across four lanes of traffic, but let’s not dwell on that.)

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New Pedestrian Signals on Ninth Avenue in the Inner Sunset – Hurray!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Well, they’re here – new countdown timer ped signals on Irving and Judah on 9th Avenue. Actually turning them on is the next critical step, but all the heavy lifting has been done. Hurray!