Posts Tagged ‘dpw’

Official SFGov DPW Life-Size Diorama at Sunday Streets Blames Cyclists for Accidents with Street Sweepers

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

So I guess DPW goes to Sunday Streets to promote itself?

OK fine, but what in the Hell is this at the recent debut of the very chilly/windy Sunday Streets The Richmond District?? Is it a life-size diorama of the aftermath of an imaginary DPW street-sweeper vs. bike collision that happens to be the cyclists fault?

Click to expand – oh my Lumix camera doesn’t have safety shift turned on from the factory?  News to me – I’m used to cameras what adjust exposure more better. Anyway, this shot was overexposed by about three stops, sorry.

So DPW, I know what you’re trying to do, but you’re doing it wrong.

Zebra Stripes Come to the Crosswalks of Fell Street

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

This is new:

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Now is this the kind of small project that the aides of District Five Supervisor London Breed would dismissively call a “chop shop project,” the likes of which SFGov purportedly doesn’t do anymore?

It sure looks that way to me.

Message From Our Corporate Coffee Overlords: We Own the Sidewalk at 225 Bush Street, More or Less

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

 As was foretold, the newly-approved bench and table and chairs at 225 Bush are kind of a mess. What’s the point in having a super wide sidewalk in the 94104 Financh if there’s going to be a bottleneck betwixt a giant 17 foot tall ad (a former newspaper kiosk long since closed down) and all this?

Check it:

I cry foul.

Actually, I didn’t cry foul afore the deadline to do so passed by in June 2013. As I’m not a NIMBY. And now that we can see the bench but also the table and the chairs, we can see that all this stuff takes up too much space and leaves like three feet of space for the peds to squeeze by.

Even Coffee Culture lovers / customers were appalled by these cheesy plastic chairs when they first appeared.

IDK, maybe this sitch has fixed itself the past few weeks, but this system of having a trial and putting up a sign for people to complain to SFGov doesn’t work if corporations do a bait and switch deal with the layout.

Again, I cry foul.

Oh, and speaking of corporations:

Here’s coffee dude’s website, srsly.

Dude, do you think you leased the sidewalk too?

Approve not I do.

The Most Perfectly-Placed Bike Rack in All of San Francisco: Smack Dab in the Middle of a Sidewalk

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Uh, as seen on Euclid:

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Uhhhhhhh….

Could you get an obstruction ticket if you locked up your ride on this thing? I think so.

The Foot of Sutter Street at Market Looks Like This All the Time – People Need to Hop Over the Wet Muck – Why?

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Not just on rainy days, this is the way it looks all the time.

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The “Save Masonic” People are Back Opposing Changes to Masonic Avenue – But Battle is Over – Serious Congestion Coming

Monday, July 29th, 2013

I’ll tell you, the “average,” the typical user of Masonic will in no way benefit from spending eight  figures worth of taxpayer dollars on a 3000 foot stretch of Masonic betwixt Fell and the new City Target Store up on Mervyn’s Heights at Geary.

And that’s sort of funny ’cause this recently-greenlighted project was billed as being “accommodating” to “all users,” as something that would benefit all.

Now myself, perhaps I’ll end up benefiting from the changes, we’ll see. But I live too close to Masonic to feel right about advocating ‘n stuff. Seems selfish. (I’ll tell you, I sure feel sorry for those living in the West Bay, out there in the Fog Belt.)

But you,  if you use Masonic to get from one place or another, you’re going to be fucked during the AM and PM drives. That’ll also include car drivers, and passengers, and bus drivers and passengers, etc. Cyclists will benefit but for peds, well, it won’t really matter. Abutting property owners will probably appreciate the new trees on the new useless medians. And that’s about it.

Where all the traffic will go during the morning and evening drives, well, we’ll see.

Anyway, here’s the latest:

Joshua Calder was pretty drunk when he killed Nils Linke, but the other driver, the one who killed the purported “jaywalking”  ped, wasn’t he DUI as well? (I’ll point out that both these deaths happened outside of the rush hours.)

Anyway, here are some more deets from the rebel forces:

“San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agencyis planning to remove all parking along Masonic Avenue from Fell Street to Geary Boulevard, reduce the travel lanes during rush hour so there will only be two lanes in each direction at all times (except the West (southbound) side of Masonic for the block between Hayes and Fell, which will be three lanes), install a concrete median strip with trees in the middle of the street, and install bike lanes at both curb lanes (concrete cycle tracks, above the roadway and below sidewalk level). There will be bus bulbouts, so when buses stop to load and unload passengers, only one travel lane will be moving. In order to cross Masonic and to access the bus stops, pedestrians will have to cross the cycle track. MTA estimates the project will cost $18.2 million. The actual final cost is anyone’s guess.The Masonic cycle track project will have the following impacts:
Be dangerous for cyclists and for drivers pulling out of driveways. Drivers’ ability to see cyclists will be limited. Also, cars pulling out of driveways on a busy street such as Masonic can only do so when motor vehicle traffic is stopped by a red light. Some cyclists don’t always obey traffic signals, vehicles could be pulling out of driveways when they don’t expect any traffic, only to hit an unexpected cyclist. Because some cyclists don’t use lights, this will be even more dangerous at night.
Result in the loss of around 167 street parking spaces. The actual number may be more because MTA counts 20 linear feet as a parking space, but some of the parking spaces along Masonic between driveways are less than 20 feet and may not be included in the count. Also, residents of Masonic will no longer be able to park across their driveways.
Increase congestion on Masonic, especially during rush hour.
Increase traffic on nearby streets, as some drivers avoid the increased traffic on Masonic.
Increase pollution in the area, as drivers circle further and longer in search of parking, and as traffic on the nearby streets is increased.
Jeopardize public safety by slowing down emergency response time.
Make it much more difficult for residents on Masonic to: load/unload people and packages; have items delivered; have visitors; move in and out of their homes; and have construction, maintenance, painting and other work done.
Make it harder for businesses to get deliveries of their products.
The major parking loss will especially hurt seniors and disabled people, who are limited in how far they can walk and how many streets they can cross. It will also make it more difficult for them to have home visits from caregivers, Meals on Wheels, physical, respiratory, occupational and other therapists, and repair services from wheelchair repair companies.
Increase the personal safety risk at night for residents returning to their homes and visitors returning to their cars after visiting friends, as they will have to park further from their residence or their friend’s home. The risk will especially increase for the most vulnerable – women, seniors and disabled people.
Currently, vehicles going eastbound on Geary turn right onto southbound Masonic using a dedicated right turn lane before Masonic, thus avoiding having to go all the way to Masonic. The project will remove this lane, so both vehicles turning southbound and those proceeding straight on Geary will have to go all the way to Masonic. Congestion will increase, especially with the additional traffic from the Target store.
Create a chaotic, congested mess on Masonic and the surrounding areas during the 18 month construction period.
Motor vehicle traffic on Masonic was over 32,000 vehicles per day in 2010 (measured by MTA at Masonic at Fulton). Because many automobiles carry more than one person, more than 32,000 people ride on Masonic on a typical day. With the new Target store at Masonic and Geary slated to open, this volume will increase dramatically. In contrast, per SFMTA measurements, during the PM rush hour there were only 20 bikes per hour at Masonic/Golden Gate and only 32 per hour at Masonic/Fell. (And some of those at Masonic/Fell may have been proceeding along Fell, not Masonic.)
Masonic Avenue can be improved without creating these dangers, impacts and hardships, and without spending $18.2 million. More trees can be planted along the sidewalk, lighting can be improved and bus shelters added. And rather than encouraging cyclists to bike along one of the busiest North-South streets in San Francisco, a better and safer North-South bike route can be created that includes the existing bike lanes along Baker, just a few blocks from Masonic. See updates page for more information.
Click here for a description of an alternative bike route.What can you do to help save Masonic? The MTA Board of Directors approved the cycle track project in September 2012. It will happen unless you get involved! It’s imperative that you contact Mayor Ed Lee, the Board of Supervisors, Supervisors London Breed, Eric Mar and Mark Farrell, the MTA Board, Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin and potential funding sources, and ask them to stop this disaster in the making. It’s also critical to attend meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the MTA Board.
See updates page for more information.

Expensive, Useless Bicycle Barometer is Broken Again? And Yet, the SFMTA Sees Fit to Have No Bike Parking Near the 1355 Market Building

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Oh what’s that, SFMTA? You just do transit and barometers and there’s no money to put in a few metal bike racks in front of the Twitter Building, where a purported “6000” Twitterers labor each and every day?

So people visiting 1355 Market can just lock up to a damn tree, thusly? 

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Oh, I know. Why not instead of a bicycle barometer, we could have a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition membership number barometer?

Hey, would it show a decline in membership lately?

Why would that be?

The Crowded Sidewalks of Bush Street: Is There Room for Chairs Betwixt “Curry Up Now” and “Coffee Cultures?”

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Uh, no, there’s not.

See?

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Ah, here’s a quieter time between the most popular food truck in the bay area and the new cawfee shawp inside of the Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush:

Now I’ll tell you, I couldn’t care less* about this issue, but you? You have a lot of time on your hands…

If I were in charge, I’d probably say thumbs down on the street furniture, but I’d allow them some signage.

Of course, I’m not in charge and, as stated, I don’t care.

Super don’t care.

As always, I’ll find a way** to navigate the Streets of San Francisco regardless.

Courage.

*Obviously, things are going to be a bit crowded at lunchtime, ’cause that curry truck is uber popular. OTOH, passersby might not ever realize that’s there’s a new upscale coffee place there unless they see people hanging about sipping away. (This reminds me of parklets, which some business owners think they own because the process for getting one is so costly.) 

**But I don’t use a wheelchair… 

The Mystery of This UberX Taxi Ad Chalked onto a Market Street Sidewalk

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

“If people did research into the scandal … the woman is the culprit.”

That bon mon came from so-called “girl-power” girl jennifer Siebel back in the day.

But it applies these days too, ’cause UberX sent a woman to sullie our sidewalks with unpermitted advertising art just yesterday.

As seen on Market betwixt 2nd and 3rd:

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Now is this kind of thing a scandal? Well it sure was when Microsoft did it Down Mission Way back in 2010. Ah, memories.

Anyway, this is how it looked, les mise en scene:

And then, poof, this corporate ad got erased with a quickness after the Uber managed to figure things out, one supposes.

Oh corporate overlords, when will you learn?

Hey, are Ridesharing Companies Allowed to Chalk Advertisements onto the Sidewalks of Market Street? Check Out UberX

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Uh oh