Posts Tagged ‘eastern’

When Visiting Chinatown, Be Sure To Take a Selfie with a Banksy – “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” at 799 Commercial Near Grant

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Thusly. Strike a pose, mate: 

Click to expand, Gov’ner. Right!

Of course this shot was from back in the day, from back before the Black Paint Attack of 2013, which damaged the appearance of the famously peaceful heart doctor.

But a genuine 2010 Banksy is a genuine 2010 Banksy, right? So check it out the next time you’re on Eddy Grant Avenue – it’s electric!

Here’s your Map, from all the way back in 2011. Can you spot the Banksy

Sure you can!

If You Want to Walk Across the Bay Bridge on September 1st FOR FREE, Then You’ll Need to Sign Up Now

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

‘Cause by the time you hear about this opportunity from the MSM or a blog, it’ll be too late.

Now some people wanted to charge you for the chance to walk the bridge, but they ended up deciding to just require registration with no payment required.

C’mon, this thing is only two decades-plus late.

All the deets:

“We are excited to announce that registration for the Bay Bridge Walk will be FREE! Our next email will include more details on each event and registration dates.

Registration is required for all on-bridge activities and there will be limited capacity so sign up early!

Please tell your friends and family who wish to participate to visit baybridgecelebration.com and sign up for e-mail updates. You will be the first to hear when registration is open.

More details on the Bay Bridge Bike, Run & Walk coming soon!

-The Bay Bridge Celebration Team”

There’ll be plenty of space to roam:

See you there!

OMG, the Rare California Valley Quail of Golden Gate Park are Still Around in 2012, as This Photo From David Cruz Shows

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

See?

Via Natures Lantern - click to expand

Now myself, I haven’t seen quail since 2009, but I’ve not really had a chance since I’m boycotting the Strybing Arboretum these days owing to the toll booths they installed based upon impossibly optimistic attendance projections.

But anyway, it’s nice to see that these critters are still around in 2012…

Video of What It’s Like to Pilot a Bicycle Across the Golden Gate Bridge These Days – How Fast is Too Fast?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

This video here shows what it’s like to cross the Golden Gate Bridge by bicycle on a foggy day when there aren’t too many peds about.

(And Vivian Ho discusses the current “uneasy mix between bikes, walkers” here.)

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Seems like 10 MPH might be a reasonable speed limit for cyclists, but, as always, You Make The Call.

Well, Finally: Our Poorly-Managed Golden Gate Bridge Gets Paint on the Sidewalk to Divide Bikes and Peds

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Get all the deets here and here about yesterday’s debut of yellow paint and new signage on the Golden Gate Bridge.

So now, the East Sidewalk looks a little something like this.

O.K. Honey, put on your favorite dress while Daddy unpacks his suit and then we’ll walk the Golden Gate Bridge! Hey Honey, have you seen Daddy’s porkpie hat? Oh here it is:

Click to expand. Via the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District

Well, it looks that way when you can see it, when the crowds aren’t around.

Speaking of which, leave us review this tale of woe from a month and a half ago. (You know, sometimes news bits read exactly like an opening statement from a plaintiff’s attorney. Why is that, I wonder?) Anywho, let’s skip through that to get to the point:

“Kaplan’s injury occurred June 19, while she was traveling back to San Francisco after cycling in the North Bay. While navigating the crowds, she noticed a woman with a camera crossing the sidewalk, unaware of her surroundings. Kaplan swerved to avoid the woman, forcing her to crash into the guardrail and land violently on the ground. “I was actually moving very slow,” said Kaplan, 27.”

No, no, no, no, no.  Actually, Kaplan, 27, you were moving too fast for conditions. Obviously.

Leaving that aside, I’m at a loss as to why the GGBH&T didn’t attempt something like this paintjob like two months ago. (Was it raining every day back then? Maybe, I forget, srsly.)

Having said that, I don’t know what I would have done, you know, if I could have stood in the expensive shoes of the unelected politicians what run the bridge, you know, to lower the expectations of nutso roadies and other cyclists who expect to “make time” on the sidewalks of the GGB at 20 MPH+ regardless of any refurbishment activity or anything else in the world.

So:

Fixing up the GGB – YAY!

The crazy-ass system of how the bridge and transpo district is governed, that unintended accident of history – BOO!

Kaplan, 27′s complete psychological denial over an accident she caused – BOO!

The GGB’s new attempt at directing traffic on the eastern sidewalk – YAY!

The GGB’s prior half-assed attempt at directing traffic on the eastern sidewalk from a couple months back – BOO! 

Fin.

Ever more deets from the GGB people, the gritty nitty, after the jump

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Golden Gate Park Should Have a Traffic Light at the Eastern End of JFK Jr. Drive – Just Saying, Bro

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Said light should be coordinated with the lights at the nearby intersection of Stanyan and Fell.

With the way things are now, with the stop sign, you get traffic backed up all the way to the Conservatory of Flowers.

See?

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Make it so…

Know Your Golden Gate Park California Valley Quail – A Portrait in Blue

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Or green, whichever. Anyway, despite the worries, California’s Official State Birds are still out there, strutting about Golden Gate Park

Of course there used to be many more

Presenting HRH Winthorpe Danforth Quail III in Strybing Arboretum:

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And here are his kids back in the day, possibly:

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Now you know better your Golden Gate Park California Valley Quail (Callipepla californica).

David Mayer de Rothschild, Captain of Plastiki, at the California Academy of Sciences

Friday, June 5th, 2009

This was the scene last night at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park during another busy NightLife program. It’s David Mayer de Rothschild, “British adventurer, environmentalist and head of Adventure Ecology,” giving a talk about ecology and his Plastiki boat as a part of the United Nation’s World Oceans Day.

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The #1 Hottest Guy in Green at the Cal Academy. Subscribe to his stream of consciousness here, on the Twitter.

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Can this giant plastic catamaran, can this Andersonian venture make it all the way from Pier 31 to Cindy, Australia?

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Only Time Will Tell.

NightLife Welcomes Plastiki, Thursday, June 4

6:00 – 10:00 pm
NightLife, featuring Plastiki and David de Rothschild »

This week, environmentalist David de Rothschild gives two lectures (at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm) about his upcoming voyage across the Pacific. What makes it unique? He’s crossing the ocean in a 60-foot vessel constructed entirely of recycled materials, mostly plastic water bottles!

De Rothschild will share details of his itinerary, including his plan to navigate the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating landfill and man-made disaster that’s twice the size of Texas.

The New Bicycle and Pedestrian Path on the Bay Bridge Looks Awesome

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Of course it’s only been two decades since the Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, so it’s only natural that we’re still working on it. Let’s check out progress on California’s Bridge to Nowhere So Far.

That’s Treasure Island you can see ‘neath the Bay Bridge’s northern cable, and there’s Azkaban in the background. Click to expand:

But guess what - a “15.5-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian path will run along the eastbound deck of the 2-mile long structure.”

Can you see the white bicycle and pedestrian path there on the near side of the new eastern span?  They even have balconies. Check it: 

Man, that’s going to be awesome. What’s the speed limit going to be for those going downhill?

Try to imagine it filled up with cars though, as that’s how it’s going to be, 24-7. Think back to the old days when traffic was so light you could pull over and conversate, at least that’s the way it was according to this segment of Shadow of the Thin Man from 1941 (at about minute 8:30 or so). (And all the trains were underneath on the lower deck, but that’s another story.)

(One time, I managed to change a tire (illegally?) on the upper deck of the suspension span, but that’s another story. A scary story)

But hey, what about a bike path on the western span? Well, that’s still pie in the sky these days. Maybe in a couple MORE decades… 

Required reading:

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Seismic Safety Project : pedestrian & bicycle study.
/ California. Department of Transportation. Oakland, CA : Caltrans, 1998.
TG25 .S33,C275 1998 no.10
Feasibility report : San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge West Span : bicycle / pedestrian / maintenance path planning and feasibility study
/ prepared by CH2M Hill in association with SC Solutions. Oakland, CA : Caltrans, 2001.
TG25 .S335 C27 2001r Oversize New Book Shelf.

And There You Have It.

See you there!

The Delicious-Looking Australian Lilly Pilly Fruit of Golden Gate Park

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Mmmm… purple. That’s what you’ll be thinking when you see the pink-blue fruit of the Lilly Pilly (Acmena Smithii) tree in the Eastern Australian section of the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

The watery berries are good for jams jellies and drinks, don’t you know.  

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See you there, mate.