Didn’t we just have an election on this topic just a few weeks ago?
I think so.
Here they are yesterday, still. Defeated, and yet not:
CALL: Defeat does not exist in this dojo, does it?
RESPONSE: No, Sensei!
As seen by photographer James Corrigan at a South San Francisco Costco yesterday, November 16th, 2014:
Granted, this is a membership-only warehouse so I guess you’d have to factor in the $55 annual membership, but prices are dropping like a stone lately – it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to purchase sub $3 gas in San Francisco proper…
The SFMTA makes all kinds of mistakes all the time, but it’s afraid to admit that it ever might have made a mistake ever, oh well.
Check out the newish light signals at Fell and Shrader:
(Filmed in Nike-Vision, except this woman is a real person who lives in the area and just happened to be passing through – quite unacceptable to those who reside in Niketown.)
So I understand the red bike and the upraised hand signal – so far so good.
And I understand the next phase, the I-do-what-I-want phase:
And then there’s this:
And then this:
And then back to all-red.
So now I understand what the SFMTA means, but I needed to study the lights.
IMO, the SFMTA should be focused on safety instead of ideology. IMO, the SFMTA should strive to keep things simple. IMO, the SFMTA should factor human nature into into its signal schemes. For example, this woman here entered into the intersection way late and had to rely upon the driver seeing her. Is the SFMTA at all curious as to why people might be confused by this unique-in-the-world intersection with its current signal setup? Not at all.
Well, here it is.
The problem with this Hoodline headline is that Dude wasn’t “found innocent.” IRL, the jury ruled that he is not guilty.
In other words:
“Juries never find defendants innocent. They cannot. Not only is it not their job, it is not within their power. They can only find them ‘not guilty.’”
Am I being too picky here?
I remember the first time I spent $20 to fill up a gas tank. It was for an Audi 5000 in Hawaii in the 1990′s.
And I remember the first time I spent $100 to fill a gas tank. It was for a Toyota Land Cruiser in Marin County in the 2000′s (by that, I mean The Aughts).
Now here’s present day SF, at the infamous Fell Street ARCO:
Now I’ll tell you, my Nana, who just had stomach surgery Back East, so she’s been slowed down a bit, well, she just told me about paying 30 cents per gallon for gasoline something like 60 years ago, back in ’54. Adjust that for inflation and that works out to two-something dollars a gallon, right?
And back then, America was a poorer country, right?
And back then, you couldn’t buy no hybrid cars to get super-high mileage, right?
Obviously, changes are afoot. Obviously. But the Peak Oil crowd (the latest gathering was circa 2007 or so) has been proven wrong, once again – it’s like clockwork, since the 1800′s.
As seen on Fell Street
(Did the driver flip off the DMV as he whizzed by, you know, screaming, “Stick It To The Man?” He seems to lack respect for authoritah.)
In any event, this backhoe (aka rear actor and back actor - Gentle Reader, please don’t punch any of these terms into the Urban Dictionary, perish the thought) seemed to be keeping up with traffic…
Hey, what problem is this going to solve?
I can think of problems it will create, but what’s the purpose of this, right?
We know you’re going to do it, SFMTA, so why not tell us why, you know, instead of inviting people to give input you’re going to ignore anyway?
Are you going to add a left turn arrow?
Is this a safety thing?
SFMTA, you should be basing your decisions on these two factors:
That’s it. Not aesthetics, not ideology, not “comfort,” not “liveability,” not any of that.
So, how will this proposal, you know, considering your horrible record so far, improve safety and/or flow?
(Oh, if only you had a blog what wasn’t focused upon getting Prop A passed next month…)
The light for this car was green green green, perhaps for two seconds as the cyclist that you can see on the right came down from the Panhandle bike path, camera left.
OTOH, the cyclist on the left saw the lights and managed to not run the red light – you can see her sort of chuckling at her friend there.
IMO, this would have been a 100% cyclist-at-fault accident, but I’m not 100% sure it would have gotten written up as such, oh well.
I’m also not sure why the SFGov/SFMTA/SFBC Establishment established this set-up to route traffic from the bike path into Golden Gate Park/JFK Drive – I suppose it’s a bit faster for cyclists, compared with the obvious alternatives.
But the whole system breaks down if the nut behind the steering wheel, or in this case, the handle bars, doesn’t know when she has lost the right of way…
Northbound Masonic at Fell:
There are a lot of places to stop here. Where you’re supposed to stop is the stop line before the crosswalk, but this driver chose the far end of the crosswalk.
Here’s the thing – once you’ve crossed over your stop line, you’ve committed yourself to the intersection and therefore you need to clear it before cross traffic starts.
There’s no waiting option.
If you want to hang out longer, do it before your stop line, no matter how far back from the intersection the SFMTA / DPW has put the stop line…