As seen at 6th Avenue and Fulton, more or less, The Skatin’ Place – the serious bidness of Having Fun:
Posts Tagged ‘fulton’
Something New for 2015: Tech Bros Recording Themselves Performing Motorized Unicycle Tricks in Golden Gate ParkMonday, April 27th, 2015
This MUNI Bus Operator Drives Over The Line, a Solid Yellow Line, on Fulton – Why That’s a Good ThingWednesday, April 15th, 2015
As you’re reading, enjoy some Crystal Method:
When you’re getting about the mean Streets of San Francisco, you should imagine that every driver you encounter is an uninsured, recently-released felon who’s driving an unregistered vehicle. That’s how I’ve been doing it the past quarter-century.
Conversely, when you’re driving, you should imagine that all the peds around you are suicidal. That means that you should expect them to dart out from the sidewalk right into your path.
So if you’re looking at things that way, then it makes sense to stay Hell away from sidewalks.
Thusly. All the way up* Ignatious Heights on outbound Fulton past Masonic:
I’m not saying it’s easy to safely drive an MUNI bus, but I’m saying some drivers are better than others. This driver lacks respect for the SFMTA’s ideologically and politically-skewed impulses, as do I.
Remember, Safety First, Ideologically-Driven “Streetscapes” Last.
*And just look at the traffic coming down the hill – does anybody actually use the suicide lane to turn into the dead-end that is USF, seen camera right? (Maybe USF Security does?) Man, this isn’t how I would handle this stretch of Futon. And, oh yes, SFMTA, you should add a traffic signal on Clayton so the USF dormies can get to their inbound #5 Fulton bus stop, but you already know that, don’t you, SFMTA?
I’ll tell you, when I first saw the Orwellianally-named #5R Fulton from our inefficient SFMTA, I thought it stood for Regular, you know, as opposed to Limited.
Isn’t that sad?
Anyway, yeah, out in the Richmond District, 5Ls travel faster than 5’s, but the tables turn on Market Street, when the regular #5’s regularly pass by the vaunted #5R’s (nee 5L’s).
Here’s the pass from the #5…
…and then he’s gone, leaving me and the #5L driver in the dust:
I’m thinking that unless you live Way Out West in the boonies of SF County, 5 > 5L.
Or, in the New Math, 5 > 5R.
Isn’t it ironic.
MUNI’s Brave New World is Truly Orwellian: Like the #5L is Now the #5R? – Because “Rapid” “Sounds Better” Than Limited?Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
So let’s see here, who’s offered me money, you know, for “outreach” that, you know, I’ve rejected? Well, PG&E and the SFPUC and that slow, clumsy SFMTA, for instance. Of course, some places, like the Bay Guardian (R.I.P.), and a defunct blog from the Avenues, and the MUNI Diaries or the SFBC, take money from those institutions, and in some cases, the dirty money has talked.
But it don’t talk to me.
Now you yourself might know more about MUNI than I, since I’ve mostly ridden bikes since I got here back in the 1980’s, because MUNI is such a remarkably poor transit system.
Having said that, WTF to this:
One supposes that this is from an internal SFMTA PowerPoint presentation?
So “MUNI FORWARD?” What’s that? IDK. But let’s call it MUNI’s plan. And since we’re translating from marketing / “framing” words into Plain English:
“Investing” = Spending tax and fee payer money
“Customers” = Passengers
“Rapid” = Limited
Oh, here comes the “branding”
Oh, a pole with a sign on it with the number of the bus? How fucking innovative! (Be sure to get a design patent on your “branding,” SFMTA.) And, what’s this, you can’t put up plain simple cheap bike racks, you need to promote yourselves, SFMTA? Yish. Now “HISTORIC,” that means $6 one-way, soon enough, just as all the other lines will be $3 minimum, one-way, soon enough.
[Poles + The airing of grievances = Festivus]
All right, time to pour the old wine into new bottles, or as they say in Japan: “古いワイン、新しいボトル” [Oh, snap!] So forget about the “branding” of the brand-new #5L, that new line that’s not really faster than the regular old #5, not really. Oh, here we go:
That’s from 40 Going On 28, who similarly isn’t on the take from the SFMTA. Anyway, here’s your scorecard showing that the 5L is history:
(Comrades, the 5L is the 5R, therefore, the 5L has always been the 5R)
The nice thing about the word Limited is that it’s accurate and people understand it. OTOH, calling any particular SFMTA bus line “Rapid” might not be accurate, right?
And here’s the Good News, Gentle Reader! OMG! Look at all the exclamation points! Wow!
Of course some things the SFMTA wants to do are good and some are bad.
Hey, MUNI, what about all your antiquated work rules, what about those?
Oh, that’s hard to deal with? Oh, you’d rather just rename things and make PowerPoints? OK fine.
Anyway, we’ll see how this one goes…
*Originally, I had a heavy $199 cr0-molly MTB from Price Club and then I got some other bikes and now my main ride is a heavy aluminum $269 MTB from the Marin Bikes Outlet at 7th and Folsom. Not much has changed, huh?
Here’s How the SFMTA “Manages” Traffic on Fulton Near Divisadero – This Kind of Jam Didn’t Happen BeforeFriday, January 30th, 2015
But it happens now:
Part of the blame has to do with Octavia Boulevard, and of course Fell and Oak aint what they used to be.
Anyway, this is what a “complete” street looks like.
I thought there might be an accident or construction on the other side of Scott up the hill, but no, it was clear as a bell over there.