Here it is in the Great DMV Parking Lot of the EaPA (East of Panhandle Area):
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Here’s the reverse angle – man that’s one biiiiig dumpster:
Why, DMV, why?
Look at them all go:
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Remember, Cyclists Alway Have the Right Of Way.
Oh wait a second, I just made that up. It’s not correct. I’ll fix my error by telling you I was wrong.
What I meant to say was Pedestrians Always Have the Right Of Way.
Oh wait, that’s wrong as well.
The SFBC knows by now that their statement is wrong but they still have it up on their website?
What they should have done is had a lawyer do their bikelaw page.
This is how it’s going to go with the new Fell Street bike lane.
Looking west from Scott Street:
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So this lane will hug the sidewalk at first and then merge with drivers who wqant to queue up for cheap ARCO gas.
And then, after Divisadero, the lane goes back to hugging the sidewalk all the way to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. (What you see past Divis is the bike lane on the left and the buffer on the right. Soon it will be filled up with planters or something.)
On It Goes…
I’ll tell you, there are three things limiting the speed of drivers on the one-way, multilane twin streets of Fell and Oak.
1. Speed limits (oh maybe not, let’s scratch that one out);
2. Traffic congestion (particularly during this era of that albatross hanging from the metaphorical neck of The Boulevard Movement and The “Livable” Streets Movement, monstrous, needlessly wide Octavia Boulevard); und
3. The timing of the synchronized traffic signals.
Well, it appears as if #3 is going to change - per Bike NOPA Fell and Oak will soon have their signals synchronized for 25 MPH.
There’s not a whole bunch of documentation on this action, documentation that I can find anyway. (You can play too, just try to find something at the SFMTA or SFGov.org websites.) But I seen them workers messing with the signals boxes lately, so allow me to jump to the conclusion that something is afoot.
Soon, you’ll have a chance to read the signs these hectoring hula hoopers regularly hold at Fell and Masonic:
Will this affect drivers all that much? We’ll see.
Certainly, there will be a period of adjustment as there was when lights were re-timed on the similar matched set of Turk and Golden Gate.
Will some drivers jump on the gas and then the brake at every light, aggressive taxi driver style? Oh yes.
Will the residents of the west side be happy? Oh no, not if they notice.
Anyway, brace yourselves. This should be a done deal by the end of the month.
Even with a spotter, trying to park this trailered rig on the left side of Fell Street, well that can’t be a picnic. The very prospect of thinking about which way to turn the stearing wheel gives me a headache.
Didn’t see how this one turned out, but just for the bold attempt, and considering the degree of difficulty, this man deserves to be San Francisco Parallel Parker of the Year, 2009.
¡Bienvenido a San Francisco!
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The idea that NIMBY groups “represent” the neighborhoods referenced in their names took a blow this year due to the backlash associated with the inchoate rules changes for Bay to Breakers 2009. That’s one upshot. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens on game day. Fine.
Will Babar be back for 2009? Probably. But where will they hide the kegs?
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As a special bonus, find out about Sam Singer’s quote regarding an ”insane conspiracy theory” – an LATimes excloo.
See you there, May 17th!
It had to happen. The NIMBYs of San Francisco, some of the very same who killed the harmless, adorable Panhandle Bandshell, have set their sights on the historic, annual ING Bay to Breakers Footrace. So there are going to be some changes: 1. No alcohol; 2. No carts (for beer or strippers or anything else); 3. More Dumpsters; and 4. A corral system (like what they use for cattle) at the start.
Of course things got a little out of hand last year. (Admittedly.) But I’ll tell you right now, it appears the no carts rule is really going to cut down on the amount of stuff people will bring along, and that will cut down on the creativity and the fun. How will participants react? Stay tuned.
Also count this Bay Area local among the serious. She finished way early and wouldn’t ever care a whit about all the shenanigans that come along behind. Good for her. (Note yellow police tape in the background temporarily blocking access to the only bathroom in the Panhandle - that’s curious)
Who came later? Well, all the fun people, with their beer carts and what have you. What’s wrong with that?
Of course, this can lead to peeing Elvises. Maybe ING should spring for more Porta Pottis (if they all haven’t been burned down by then)?
So this is what Golden Gate Park looks like after the race:
And of course there’s the inevitable MUNI meltdown, with people waiting and waiting for buses that will come, eventually:
But don’t let this new crackdown, this example of the Death of Fun, get you down. This year, make an effort to actually throw away and recycle stuff, all right? Else next year, they’ll have cattle prods to go with the chutes and corrals.
After all, Bay to Breakers isn’t just some historical race - it’s a big party for the City. Leave us not forget that the B2B is all about junior astronauts with Bono sunglasses in the middle of the street…
…and fun, in-shape, MySpace-ready, self-proclaimed WHITE TRASH PRINCESSES:
How are these people going to carry around their full drum kits, their Budweisers, their Pepsis, and all their other paraphernalia without wheeled carts? You don’t want to drive these fun folks away, right? Can’t we, the serious runners, the other participants, and the neighbors (the vast majority of whom aren’t actually NIMBYs) all try to get along? That’s something to ponder over the next few months.
[A note to serious runners: Once again, the mainstream media and ING have it wrong about the elevation profile of this race. The highest point on the course isn't actually the top of the Hayes Street Hill near Alamo Square, it's in freaking Golden Gate Park. This is non-trivial because it explains why you go slower than you think you will in the middle of the race. Now if people want to say that the Hayes Street Hill subjectively feels like the highest point, well then go right ahead and then I'll never raise the issue again.]
See you there (anyway)!
Read on for all the deets:
Well, it appears this will be how B2b 2008 will be remembered:
“It’s often called the world’s longest party, but this year’s Bay to Breakers race through San Francisco was anything but fun for the residents, cops and public workers who bore the brunt of the drunken young “runners” who staggered around Golden Gate Park and the city’s west side, relieving themselves wherever it proved convenient.”
Turkeybot ably captured a fine moment:
The Golden Gate Park Panhandle had far more than ten portajohns set up and waiting to go the night before the big race. But, Matier & Ross report that there were only ten there on the big day. Mmmm, how did that happen?
Speaking of the Panhandle, the half million dollar bathroom in the Panhandle was closed and surrounded by yellow police tape while racers were passing by during the early part of the day. Why was that?
This might have been the only place in Golden Gate park where people weren’t urinating. That’s all part of the Good, Bad, and Ugly of the longtime footrace. Most people had fun though, purported MUNI Meltdown or no.
See you next year!
But what about the Bad? Muni didn’t appear to be working very well north of Golden Gate Park in the afternoon following the big race. It wasn’t like all the buses were packed with people, it was like there didn’t seem to be any buses around at all throughout the Richmond. Must be tough to get drivers working on a Sunday.
And finally, the Ugly. Garbage everywhere, and more so than usual. Check the Flickr to see Drunken Douchebags Trash the Panhandle. Reopening Fell Street was such a chore that the DPW’s Mohammad Nuru called the cops to get some help.
Heading back uphill to the acme of the race course in Golden Gate Park (which is no where near Hayes Street Hill, the purported highest point on the race route):
The cold dawn of day reveals a lot of trash still out there on the Streets of San Francisco. Maybe the people from Dutch financial institution and B2B sponsor ING could come down from their aerodynamic house and lend a hand with the cleanup? Just asking.
Hopefully, things will go more smoothly next year. Speaking of which…
See you next year!
[The Panhandle is much cleaner now around 11:00 AM Monday morning. Yay.]
Lineth Chepkurui won in the Women’s Elite category.
It can be tough for foreign nationals to compete in marathons and other running competitions in these United States, due to visa hassles and unfair prize schemes designed to favor Americans. But San Francisco’s oldest run is still wide open to all. Good.
The Autodesk team manged to win second place in the centipede category, despite a few distractions:
See you next year!