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The Advisability of Riding Your Bike Through the Bunker Road Tunnel Whether the Light is Green or NotTuesday, June 28th, 2016
Here it is, your Bunker Road Tunnel* to Rodeo Beach and beyond.
The driver of this old Datsun(!) pickup truck seemed to be giving this cyclist a little bit of room, but then a shout came out…
…from this guy going the other way. So whoops, the Datsun driver moves a yard or two to the right. Thusly:
Bikes have dedicated lanes in this tunnel but cars don’t. Does that mean that bikes don’t have to wait up to five minutes for a green light the way cars have to? I know not. The surfer dudes in the 4WD pickup could not possibly look more like Marin Locals, like Regulars on this stretch of road, but the driver was surprised to see a cyclist going the other way? Now because it’s a tunnel, shouting works, but what if dudes had had the radio on and couldn’t hear? There could have been an accident.
A single-lane tunnel carries Bunker Road from the Rodeo Valley to U.S. 101. Built in 1918, this tunnel is known as Baker-Berry Tunnel but also known as the Bunker Road Tunnel or the Five Minute Tunnel. A date stamp on the western entrance to the Baker-Barry Tunnel lists 1994, which may have been the year the tunnel was retrofitted for earthquake protection or reconstructed for other reasons. Additional work was completed in 2013 to allow for wider approaches for bicyclists. A traffic signal governs the flow of traffic into the tunnel, since only one direction may proceed at a time.
*Some mock the Yelp for rating a tunnel:
“Solid four-star tunnel… Screw you, Yelp.”
“What can I say, it’s a hole in the ground..lol”
Why Doesn’t Frisco’s Deadly Ocean Beach have Lifeguard Towers? – IDK – Here’s the Substitute, the BEACH PATROLWednesday, June 15th, 2016
Well I guess the basic answer is that having SoCal-style, LIFEGUARD ON DUTY structures in Frisco is that it would cost a lot of money.
So there’s that. And I’ve also heard that having lifeguard towers around would send a message that OB is a safe place to swim. (And certainly it’s not. It’s not even a safe place to wade in.)
Anyway, here’s one of the trucks they send out when people go missing:
Innovation Capital Of The World is what some call us. Or rather it’s what some, effectively, pay the Mayor to call us. Is a pickup truck with a surfboard “innovative?” IDTS.
Anyway, here’s a newsflash about America’s Most Dangerous Beach from 18 years ago. Not much has changed since then. We have a few more signs now, but otherwise…
But if he has his dog walking license (and all these Frisco pooches are registered, which is unlikely but whatever), then this spectacle is Nice And Legal, AFAIK.
(As you can see, at least one tourist at the Broadway Gate thought this scene was noteworthy enough.)
Have fun, pooches!
Yeah, me right near the beach
Right near my reach is the fire for the streets
If the feds test me, me gwan take aim
Crunch like Nestle, Snipe from the planes
Snipe like Wesley, punch like Hawaiian
Snipe from the planes, yeah we shoot while we flying
Take a look, here’s what our Feds have planned for Ocean Beach:
Or, IOW, San Francisco is for plovers:
Let’s take a look to some of the reasons why the Feds want to protect things and critters from dog owners. Here are some Western Snowy Plovers up north at Crissy Field:
Dogs mess with the boids, that’s the problem:
Now let’s head over to Ocean Beach. These aren’t snowy plovers, but the dogs don’t care:
Actually, that’s one of the beefs of some of the unhinged dog activists, that volunteers keeping track of these critters can’t tell a rare plover from a quite-common sanderling…
…but it’s real easy IRL.
Here we go, Ocean Beach again:
There are pros and cons to banning dogs from most of Ocean Beach of course.
But so far, attempts to fix things, like this…
…haven’t really worked…
Now, let’s not ban surfing or kite-boarding or whathaveyou.
And oh, what about wading? Yes, that’s banned as well. How about above-the-knees as a demarcation betwixt wading and merely getting you feet wet.
Won’t the Feds need to be involved? Yes, sure, red tape, laws ‘n stuff – we could get around this if we tried, if we put our minds to it.
Won’t people violate the law? Sure, but that’s not the point. The point is that if sharks were eating people along this small stretch of beach every two, three, four, five, six months, like clockwork since forever, well, that would be international news. But when people die time and again, it’s like no big whoop.
Hey, do you know why we don’t have Baywatch-style lifeguard towers at Ocean Beach? Well, ’cause of the money, but also because the existence of the towers would send the message that swimming at Ocean Beach, and we don’t want to do that, right?
So we have these white pickups going back and forth, occasionally:
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So instead of the signage we have now in all those languages, after swimming gets banned we’ll have signs that simply say “SWIMMING BANNED” or whatever else it takes to get the message across.
Hey, you know what we’ve got that the visitors don’t got? We’ve got the lore, we’ve got the knowledge about this innocuous-appearing place being dangerous.
That means the onus is upon us.
Mount Tamalpais* (West Peak with former military base, East Peak with former ranger station)
Fog over the Golden Gate
Cityscape (with the Bank of America Building, One Rincon and the Transamerica Building standing out)
San Francisco Bay (aka the “racecourse” of the already-failed 34th America’s Cup)
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*Hey, was the top of the West Peak higher ’til the Air Force blowed it up for missile base housing? I think so.
Nice Video: “Brakeless in San Francisco” – Two Bros Bike Down Upper Conzelman Without Brakes – Ends in a CrashTuesday, November 27th, 2012
A mild crash, that is.
Going down the one-way part of Conzelman on Hawk Hill in Marin County USA:
Turns Out That You Can’t “Win” Strava “King of the Mountain” in the Marin Headlands Without a Lot of SpeedingFriday, September 21st, 2012
You know, on your bike, on Conzelman, coming down from Hawk Hill at an average speed of 31 MPH.
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What’s the limit on Conzelman, uphill or down? 25 MPH.
Do people get tickets from the park police for speeding on Conzelman? I don’t know, but I know people driving cars do.
Is that San Francisco-based Strava app affecting how people behave?