Posts Tagged ‘crosswalk’

The Death of Pedestrian Jack Wing, 78, at Market and Beale – December 10th, 2012

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Jack Wing Identified as Pedestrian Killed in SOMA

Looking south from Davis Street across Market:

Driver:

Shoe, cap, water bottle:

Getting hauled away:

Bad Toyota Prius Hybrid Driver Stops for Peds in the Middle of the Wrong Crosswalk – Violating the Law, Slowly

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The problem with the Prius drivers is that they feel entitled to do what they want when they want PLUS they generally do their outrageous acts slowly.

As here, on Kearny. The actions of a pushy Ferrari confused this Prius driver, who entered the intersection about a second after his/her light went red. The driver then proceeded across the street s-l-o-w-l-y only to chirp the brakes in a panic stop in the middle of the crosswalk on the far side of the intersection:

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Later on, the driver just sat there with the brake lights off, which I don’t get either.

Prius drivers, you aren’t a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem.

Take the HOV stickers off the corners of your ride and try to pay attention to the road.

Perhaps you could crack your windows to be more in touch with your environment?

Perhaps you could carpool, you know, with other people, if you want to drive in the carpool lane?

Perhaps you could save radio listening and phone talking for the freeway?

Just asking.

In closing, Prius drivers are terrible.

It’s Hard: Spot the Pedestrian in the Uncontrolled Crosswalks of UCSF’s Parnassus Heights on a Foggy Night

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Probably every crosswalk up there should be controlled by a traffic signal:

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JMO

Nun Crossing on Gough Street

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Little dog crossing as well. Bonus:

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Digg This: Here’s Your Chance to Buy a Cherried-Out 1977 Puch Maxi Moped Recenty Owned by Kevin Rose

Monday, September 10th, 2012

$1700 on the craigslist. See?

“Kevin Rose’s moped is back up for sale. 2nd@1977mopeds build I’ve seen on SF craigslist this week. Very nice bike.”

Anyway, it runs, or at least it was running about town last week.

Here’s the history on YouTube - start at around 4:00.

Deets on Jalopnik

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Ever more deets:

Fully Loaded 1977 Puch Maxi Moped – $1700 (mission district)

I am selling the 1977 Puch Maxi moped featured in this blog post: http://jalopnik.com/5481416/dont-bury-kevin-roses-custom-moped

It has been fully restored. It hasn’t been driven much, but the pedals were swapped out for pegs. I still have them if you’re interested in them instead.

Asking $1700 OBO.

Thanks!

Chris”

 

Trader Joe’s “Bro” Vs. Moving Traffic on Masonic Avenue – San Francisco Planning at Its Finest

Friday, September 7th, 2012

You see, area NIMBY’s didn’t want the Masonic Trader Joes (Store #100) to have a proper parking lot, so this is the result:

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Bad pedestrian behavior on this block has led to the death of one TJ’s shopper this year so far.

The question is why do peds act this way at this particular location.

The other question is what can be done about this.

San Francisco: The City That DOESN’T Know How.

Tiny Customized Scooter is Street Legal, Bike Trail Legal, Golden Gate Park Legal, AND Crosswalk Legal – Amazing!

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Or not.

Not all all.

I’ve never seen this:

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I don’t know, if I were on a tiny motorcycle and I wanted to go from Panhandle North to Panhandle South or vice versa and I didn’t want use Stanyan or Masonic or Baker and it were late at night, I still wouldn’t drive though GGP as a shortcut because the concept simply wouldn’t occur to me. But the idea would probably work OK.

Anyway.

What the Heck is Going On Up On the Roof of the Masonic Trader Joe’s? Discarded News Racks – Dead Cars

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I’ll tell you, the TJ’s underneath this rooftop parking lot is a beehive of activity.

So much so, that there are attendants to direct people on how and where to park in the tiny parking lot down below. And there’s almost always a line of cars blocking Masonic Street. So much so, the City and County decided to take out the parking / rush hour lane on southbound Masonic. But even so, a ton of shoppers park on northbound Masonic to make a dangerous journey across five lanes.

So that’s down below. But up on top there’s nothing going on. There’s a gate for people with passes. I think that City Car Share or ZipCar or somebody stores cars up there. But there also junked wrecks.

Like this. Camera left shows an old blue pickup what’s not in operating condition and in front of it is a Fred Sanford truck without its engine and in the background is a Miata* that someone’s been working on

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Oh, and then randomly, there’s an SFBG news rack up there blocking the lanes, not that it matters because nobody seems to be using this lot all that much.

I think if TJ’s shoppers knew they could park up here, they’d do so. This rooftop would experience a, in the words of our time, Dramatic Transformation and become a Vibrant Crossroads and maybe TJ’s shoppers would kill themselves less.

But no, it’s just a ghost town up there now, arrested decay and whatnot.

Does San Francisco have too much democracy? What explains this situation?

And after you think about that, think about What Can Be Done Now to fix the results of poor planning from San Francisco’s (Poor) Planning Department.

*Is it missing some lights, like the parking / driving / turn signal lights?  I’ll tell you, if you drove that rig on Geary Boulevard a few times, the SFPD of the Richmond District would catch you for sure.

Grocery Store Intervention: Trader Joe’s, You Have a Problem – Jaywalking Customers on Masonic – Who Will Die Next?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

My latest trip to the TJ’s lasted no longer than two shakes of a lamb’s tail. And yet, I saw a ton of people park on the south side of Masonic only to run or walk across the busy six-lane freeway substitute to get to the store on the north side.

Why do people do this? Well, because the line for parking can be twenty cars long. And also because shoppers can’t head north or east after driving out of the parking lot.

This would be no biggee normally, but the combination of the hill crest and the curves makes this a dangerous practice, as was foretold a while back.

Here’s how it works, it’s just like a game of Frogger excepting that you’re the frog.

The telltale bag:

 

Here’s another. (The fence is for the MUNI Yard at Masonic and Geary)

It seemed like one person was making this crossing every couple minutes when I was there.

Now, do the people at TJ’s #100 know about this?

Well, how could they not?

Now, do the people at TJ’s do anything about this?

I don’t know. Doesn’t appear that way.

All right, the girls are still shopping so let’s go up to the roof to see Dude (no that’s not his Mercedes, that some other jaywalker’s)…

…but oh no, this gal’s doing the same thing at the same time

…and now back to Dude, wise choice, man…

…and let’s go back to the gal, she see’s an opening, she could   go   all   the   way:

I mean, this is ten seconds worth of action in four shots.

This is a target-rich environment.

So, why doesn’t Trader Joe’s have a proper parking lot, you know, one that has a chance of accommodating all the shoppers?

I don’t know.

Did the City and County expect cars to whither away by now, you know, “Peak Oil is coming in 2005″ so let’s get ready for that?

Did the rich white homeowners in the area go full NIMBY back when plans were originally being drawn up?

Did TJ’s actually have a plan for shoppers to park on the roof or in some underground parking garage?

I don’t know.

Who will be the next to die?

I don’t know.

Now let’s hear from Reader RMS: “I shop, as well as drive by hear almost on a daily basis–and it never ends. Cars hang u-turns, cross the double lines, pedestrians/shoppers run and sometimes slowly walk across to go to TJ’s without a thought. I actually drove by there at the time of the unfortunate death of that women. It’s exactly as you stated, the hill, the speed limit but people choose to take their chances because it’s more convenient than having to go into the parking lot or go the actual cross walk, they can’t be bothered–sad. Has Trader Joe’s made any comments or contributed any ideas on passing the message to their customers?”

Here’s What Happens When You Give a Fake Name to the SFPD to Get Out of a Citation

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Oh look, it’s Stanley Roberts on Market Street with the SFPD:

No Wiggle Just tickets – People Behaving Badly:

Maybe lying to the cops about your name works sometimes, but the risks are fairly high…