Posts Tagged ‘crosswalk’

Paint Engineering: Our SFMTA Makes Changes to Fell and Baker, But It Still Only Allows 12 Seconds of Flashing DON’T WALK

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

So yes, the SFMTA gave pedestrians more than 40 seconds to cross Fell north-south at Baker before the recent fatal accident, but it set up the signals to only give 12 seconds of red, flashing DON’T WALK DON’T WALK

This must have been due to one of MUNI’s “I’s” – Ideology or Incompetence.

Anyway, the SFMTrA but up some post, but the SFMTA took them down.

Now comes the SFMTA with some beige paint, which means, uh, IDK:

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Maybe they’ll make this a bulb out?

Who knows…

UBER Lyft Driver Takes a Break in a Busy Geary Crosswalk to Fiddle with a Dash-Mounted Cell Phone – OH WAIT, IT’S AN SFMTA TAXI DRIVER

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

IDK, he might have stopped two spaces later, in a metered spot, if it hadn’t been taken. And I know he would have parked one space later, by the hydrant in a red zone, if it hadn’t been taken.

But no, he’s in the crosswalk, for a good long time, talking minutes here, and then it’s dash-mounted cell phone this and cell phone that, just like an UBER Lyft driver:

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I can’t recall seeing such UBER-ish behavior from a regular licensed cabbie.

There’s no radio dispatcher, it’s all app-based these days? Seems that way.

Back in the day, he’d have double-parked on Geary for the ten seconds it takes to offload and then have been on his way.

My, how things have changed in Frisco…

Our SFMTA Registers Its Disapproval with the Safe Hit Sidewalk Bulbouts Recently Installed by the SFMTrA at Fell and Baker

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

These guerrilla-installed white posts went in on October 5-6. I was thinking since I saw them still there on the evening of October 9th that maybe the SFMTA might be tolerating them. But no, all these posts are gone now, as of the evening of October 10th anyway.

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One problem with bulbouts is that they embolden pedestrians, as here, but I don’t know if our non-transparent SFMTA would agree with that.

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Installing a couple bulbouts here wouldn’t be crazy. It would take the five lanes you’d have to cross to get out of traffic down to four, pretty much, at the cost of two parking spaces.

The existing timing* seems generous to me, even during rush hour, so I don’t understand how the recent accident occurred.

*43 seconds or so, which is about 20 seconds more than other nearby intersections on Fell west of Masonic, at least during rush hour.

Rec and Park Posts Signage for a Very Short Mountain Bike Singletrack Trail Atop Twin Peaks

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Now what _I’d_ call this trail is a dirt sidewalk on the north side of Twin Peaks Boulevard what takes you from Twin Peaks Reservoir to Christmas Tree Point Road.

Anyway, here’s what RPD is doing these days. This is relatively new, these Jersey barriers connecting the trail to Eureka Peak. Note the post on the right:

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This is new, right?

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Note that it allows bike riding.

Now we’re looking east. The trail is on the other side of the guardrail:

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This trail will take you to the reservoir and/or Mount Sutro / Midtown Terrace. I’m calling it singletrack ’cause it’s kind of narrow. And of course it’s shared with hikers.

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This is noteworthy since singletrack is rare in SF / the bay area.

It’s not much of a trail for bikes, but it’s a trail anyway…

Frisco’s Horrible Pedestrians vs. the Geary Expressway

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Here’s how people react to our needlessly-wide Geary Expressway:

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I think Buchanan Street will make a comeback one of these days, in the form of a marked crosswalk, allowing peds to once again legally cross in this area.

Typical Prius Driver, as Seen Even AFTER Backing Up a Bit at a Red Light – The Dangers of Reversing at Lights

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Not too sure how cognizant this driver is.

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And actually, there _was_ a ped on the street just behind this Prius – perhaps it was from somebody switching seats in a neighboring car. But the general rule is to not back up after making this kind of stopping in a crosswalk mistake.

Just saying.

There are pros and cons of course, but the kind of people who don’t know where to stop are the kind of people who get into more trouble by backing up to fix a mistake.

Anyway, Prius Driver* Bad, uncomfortable with vehicles / driving is what I’m saying…

* And the neighboring Landy driver is also bad, but less so.

Jumping the Bike Box

Friday, August 4th, 2017

IDK, you got a green box for a reason, right?

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That’s where you belong. Otherwise you’re in the way, so why not back up your hoss a couple yards, cowboy?

Parking Crisis Leads to a Fail, in Two Ways

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

First up is that you’re not supposed to leave your ride touching other cars. It just aint right.

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And then on the other side, you can’t leave your bumper hanging over a crosswalk.

My Rx is a Scion IQ (out of production, due to lack of popularity) or a Smart car. Either would solve both probs…

How Many Tickets Does the SFMTA Issue to Its Own Drivers?

Friday, December 16th, 2016

How about zero?

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It’s just a cultural thing. Since the SFMTA is primarily driven by what’s best for SFMTA employees, it would take a lot of outside of the box thinking for an SFMTA ticket giver to give a ticket to a fellow SFMTA employee.

Even though SFMTA employees do sometimes park where they shouldn’t, right?

Am I saying it’s easy to drive around an 18 meter bus on the streets of San Francisco? No, not at all. What I’m saying is that the SFMTA isn’t as perfect as it thinks it is. Another way of saying this is “MUNI sucks,” which is always a proper starting point when considering SFMTA issues.

And if our SFMTA is pushing for automated enforcement of speeding laws, why doesn’t it start with itself and its employees first? It could do this right now without any changes in state law. (Oh, and maybe a little back and forth with a union or two.) Just saying…

OHHHMMMMMMMM – Area Tech Bro Reaches Zen Level of Electric Unicycle Mastery – OHHHMMMMMMMM

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

I think I was on-campus, you know, down in The Valley, back in aught thirteen when I saw my first post-collegiate tech bro* getting about on an electric unicycle.

Of course now it’s ought sixteen and these things have spread to Frisco’s Financh. But this tech bro is a true master. He’s got his hands in the pockets of his cargo shorts!

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A quick jog around a¬†load of boxes and then we’re off, to The Future:

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Of course we might be heading the in the wrong direction, on the wrong side of the street, like literally, but nevertheless, we’re off to The Future.

*One time I called a late 30’s tech bro a tech bro and he got all pissed off, saying how he has kids in the SFUSD and so ergo, he couldn’t be a tech bro. But he works at Box! So I’m still thinking he’s a tech bro. I don’t think there’s an age cut-off…