Posts Tagged ‘golden gate park’

Spawning Salmon: The Horrible Pedestrians of the Rather Narrow Golden Gate Panhandle Bike Path

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

(Well, sure it’s not an actual bike-only path, it’s a multipurpose trail, or something. But most call it the bike path cause bike riders are allowed on it, as opposed to the ped-only path near Oak on the other side of the Panhandle.)

I’m a polite ped so I generally stay off the paved part* of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle bike path near Fell. This was my view of an impolite ped as I trod on the grass for a few blocks:

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She spent most of her eastward journey smack dab in the middle of the westbound lane or smack dab in the middle of the trail on the dashed yellow line. This went on for minutes. Westbound cyclists didn’t know how to pass her, on the left or on the right. Occasionally she’d veer to the right side of the right lane, where she belonged, but that phase of her journey didn’t last too long.

So what was this, a cry for help? Yeah, sort of.

Who will hear her?

*Yeah, this bike path is wider (12 feet) than before (8 feet), but it’s still too narrow. 16 feet sounds right, considering. 

What a BLANKET AND JACKET GIVEAWAY Looks Like in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

It looks like this, with about 20 people queuing up about 20 minutes before the event begins:

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Would SFGov / Rec and Park consider these fliers “illegal?”

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Yep, they would.

Anyway, that’s what it looked like.

Know Your Foxes and Know Your Coyotes of Golden Gate Park – Both are Harmless – Tail Up or Tail Down?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Get your 2015 coyote update from Hoodline.

Coyotes are small, brownish, wild dogs, basically. They run with their non-bushy tails held down.

Thusly, as seen on JFK Drive near the Bison Paddock, shortly before Fish and Game plumb blew this critter away, with a rifle:

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Lots of people don’t notice them, cause they hide most of the time. And sometimes, off-leash dog people flush them out, with bad results…

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But coyotes is harmless, despite what any SF Chronicle columnist from Walnut Creek might imply.

Years ago, I invited people to send in their photos of foxes and people only sent in photos of coyotes ID’ed as foxes, oh well. Moving on … to real foxes.

I’ll tell you, the Presidio has gray foxes, I understand, but I’ve never seen a gray fox.

Gray foxes belong in the bay area as a native species. OTOH, red foxes are exotics brought here for hunting.

The foxes seen over the years in GGP are all red, and they’re smaller than coyotes, and they run with their bushy tales held higher. Thusly:

As seen in GGP’s Strybing Arboretum, back before they changed their name and started charging admission:

This critter here was killed crossing over Crossover Drive, I believe, back in the aughts:

From about 175 feet away from the Primitive Garden in GGP. She’ll see you before you see her:

I haven’t seen the red foxes of GGP for a good long time. They took a hit when Rec and Park put out poison to kill vermin, like rats and mice.

Maybe I’ll never see a fox in Golden Gate Park ever again.

But coyotes, we’ve got tons of those. Just keep your pup on a leash and away from the coyotes and everything should be fine.

(Or simply tell the coyotes to “get the fuck out of here” – your choice.)

What Happens When You Pay $40k a Year to Send Your Kid to Private School in Haight Ashbury

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

This happens.

NTTAWWT, but smoking in Golden Gate Park is agin the rules…

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Oh, and parents, please “expect a five percent tuition increase per year,” ’cause, you know, what’s another ten thou, right? C’mon, that’s chicken feed!

Nature Scene at the World’s Smallest Lake: A Great Egret Across the Street from Our Busy Stanyan Whole Foods

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Can you even see Golden Gate Park’s “world-class” Alvord Lake on a map? I suppose, but it’s smaller than most ponds IRL.

Anyway, here it is, complete with a giant Great Egret looking for food right across the street from people looking for food at the Whole Foods Stanyan:

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Or if you don’t want to call it an egret, you can play it safe, as writer CW Nevius might, by guessing “heron,” ’cause that’s close enough. (Hey, is he making a joke about the tower crane in the reflection? I can’t tell. Prolly not, but I can’t tell. It is a heron, a great blue heron, a giant bird that just loves SF. A GBH will get a little irritated if you walk right up to it when it’s hunting, but usually not so much that it would fly away)

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Anyway, all dese kinds of boids are in the heron family, and lots of them hang out in GGP, occasionally

Black Crowned Night Heron:

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Great Blue:

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Green:

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Snowy Egret:

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American Bittern:

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And most of the time all they do is stand around and hang out, ’cause herons is herons, mostly – they’re all pretty much the same…

The Overflowing Trash Cans of Golden Gate Park: Full on Thursday and Even Fuller on Friday

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Here’s Thursday:

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And here’s Friday, 24 hours later:

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Oh well

What Does RPD Burn in Golden Gate Park? – Is All This Smoke From Wood, Leaves, or Trash?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

In my thoughts I have seen, Rings of smoke through the trees, but IRL I seen RPD making mad smoke by burning stuff in a wooded area east of the Conservatory of Flowers:

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From this chimney:

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See?

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So, RPD burns stuff in Golden Gate Park? Didn’t know that.

The SFMTA’s Restriping of JFK Drive Has Been a Massive Failure for a 100 Small Reasons – Let’s Take a Short Trip

Friday, January 9th, 2015

These cyclists stopped for peds at the prior stop sign, and I thought, “These are pretty polite cyclists,” because, you know, most of the time cyclists don’t stop for peds and/or stop signs.

So then here’s the next stop sign, where the peds stutter-stopped for fear of being hit by the very same cyclists:

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Moving on, further into the park, with the very same cyclists, to see this woman, who was totally blocking the bike lane with her body and two open passenger doors. She was oblivious. Then she notices what she’s doing so she goes back to shut the rear door…

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…and then the front door as the cyclists wait:

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This place is a mess. Many long-time cyclists now avoid using JFK. Is this what the all-seeing all-knowing SFMTA wanted? IDK. Oh what’s that, cycling in San Francisco is going to increase six-fold by 2020 (I’m seriously, this was the goal, this was what was “expected” by local pols not too long ago), so we need to accommodate all the new traffic? But what if that huge increase doesn’t materialize and then you lose a significant chunk of the pre-existing riders?

(Any survey from the SFMTA showing broad-based support for these changes isn’t a real survey.)

Moving on, to this. Where else in the world do they put a kink into double yellow lines.

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Why do this? Is this “good design?”

Why not have a single dashed line? (I know that the SFMTA has its reasons, but in other locations these double yellows would be seen as a cue that encourages speeding.)

In short, the restriping of JFK is a mess, a continuing mess, one that was spawned by the SFMTA for ideological reasons.

Oh well.

Vox populi:

“I cannot imagine that any survey demonstrates that most people like the new lanes. I’ve read dozens and dozens of comments and the vast majority feel the same way as I do, which is that these lanes are dangerous for everyone. And what about emergency vehicles? How do they pass when motorists cannot pull to the right? This past Saturday, 4/20, a fire truck got stuck in traffic at the eastern end of JFK. Traffic backed up in both directions. It was utter chaos. And Jesus, does it make the road look ugly or what?”

Redux

“My primary observation on the new bike lanes is that separating them somewhat from the vehicle traffic lanes seems to have been a signal that cyclists should ride a bit faster and ignore the stop signs and pedestrian crossing rules. I find them much more dangerous as a pedestrian. I have taken to holding an arm out when crossing any road in SF to signal my intent, but I am nearly struck daily by cyclists.”

MISSING: Steven Harris – Last Seen at the California Academy of Sciences Jan 6th – Last Ping at Market / Van Ness

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

[UPDATE: “STEVEN HAS BEEN FOUND. He is currently with family.]

OK, here’s the report as far as I know:

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Steven Harris, went missing around 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, last seen leaving his job at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. His home is in San Bruno, and his last phone ping was at Market & Van Ness. His family is trying to get any sort of media attention to help bring Steven home.

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McKinley Statue Graffiti, 2015 Update: Yep, It’s Got Some More – Here It Is, More Evidence for Fence Proponents

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Here’s how things stand now:

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And here’s a little history, complete with an artist’s conception of what the anti-graffiti fence would look like – keep reading down, through the webpages of time.

You know, fundamentally, this is the big landmark at the gateway to Golden Gate Park. I don’t like the fence idea but I also don’t like people coming by to see giant KKK letters on the base of this statue for days, weeks and months. And the Rec and Parks and Arts Commission people say it’s a real expensive PITA to keep the graffiti off.

So I don’t know…