These two white posts have been installed at the foot of Golden Gate:
Here’s the view from Market:
I suppose this closes a chapter on the book of the new Golden Gate Ave bike lane…
(Young Bart Simpson had good reason to break a window here, but then he went too far – “smashy smashy.”)
I’ll tell you, I see more broken auto glass on the Streets of San Francisco by 9:00 AM than most people see all day. And yesterday, I saw the most broken auto glass in one day in Frisco than I ever have before.
Hence this photo. What do you see here, Gentle Reader? What if somebody ordered you to, “Fix this” ‘n stuff? Where would you start? Like, what do you see here?
How many people do you see here, just after sunrise? (There are at least four.)
Here’s the scene at the foot of Golden Gate yesterday during the Evening Drive – what’s new is the orange traffic cones:
So of course these cones are unofficial (unlike this one from last week, when a made member of our City Family put an orange cone near the curb so drivers wouldn’t run over the legs of people warming up in the slow lane of Market inbound).
So I heard that the beginning part of Golden Gate in the ‘Loin, the Tender / Twitter -loin, was going to get a bike lane just a few weeks back. And I says to myself, I says, “I better check it out afore things change.” And I did but then I thought, no, neighboring McAllister is a much better way to travel inbound, even though our SFMTA / DPW just recently rejiggered the traffic lights in front of the troubled Hibernia Bank Building most unhelpfully.*
But then a week later, I saw this – it’s just a paint job, for now:
Speaking of signal timing, I think you’d really need to hustle to make the green lights. I’ll be satisfied to be delayed by just one red light from Polk to Market – prolly the one at
Anyway, speaking of that area, drivers turning right from GG onto Hyde just might get in your way. A lot. We’ll see how this works out.
Oh, and here we go – on the same day, just by coincidence, I came through in a car. Lots of backed up traffic, as one might expect, oh well. See the pedestrian timer? The light turned red soon after and it was stop and go at each intersection even though traffic was not backed up at the intersection with Market, oh well:
So now Golden Gate seems more like the foot of troubled 6th Street, which is the SoMA street what GG feeds into.
IDK, maybe I’ll start using this part of GG every day. The new bike lane is in beta, more or less, so we’re not yet aware of all its issues.
*So they take the trouble to make the foot of McAllister a two-way street and things seemed to be working out, but then they make the intersection with Market a mess with blocked #5 Fultons all over. Perhaps this is due to nearby construction? Our SFMTA has a real problem with traffic light timing – it’s like it doesn’t care a whit. The SFMTA isn’t a safety organization, it’s an un-safety organization. This isn’t a money problem, it’s a management problem. Sry.
I guess you’re driving north on Van Ness and then you start to turn east on Golden Gate but then you see a sweet sweet empty parking space in front of Yet Another Abandoned McDonalds In Frisco, well, this is what it looked like:
And then after all the resultant honking, we ended up with this:
And then I had to turn away – it was just too embarrassing to watch, so I don’t know the conclusion of this vignette.
But c’mon people! You’re allowed to block one lane of traffic whilst parallel parking, but not three.
You’re just not that special…
Edited for spoiler removal:
“HELLO, welcome to THE INTERSECTION. The new podcast from KALW, which explores change in the Bay Area, launches today.
Season 1 of THE INTERSECTION is a six-episode portrait of one Tenderloin corner: Golden Gate Avenue & Leavenworth Street. SF’s poorest neighborhood has a reputation for crime, drugs and poverty, but it actually has the city’s highest density of kids, seniors and the unhoused.
Listen to the first episode about being homeless and finding a home in the tightest real estate markets in the country.
And when I say one block, sometimes this line of idling Lexus LX570’s, Toyota Land Bruisers, Mercedes Benzes, Audi wagons, Toyota Priuses, Tesla Model S’es, and all matter of Porsches! Porsches! Porsches! goes down Golden Gate Ave (not far from where Patty Hearst was held in a closet), up Central, and then starts snaking back along Turk:
For our appointed Mayor to go on and on about how double parkers slow his chauffeured trips about town, well, what’s his fix for this? His zero tolerance policy doesn’t appear to acknowledge daily reality, oh well.
IMO, narrow Central “Avenue” really isn’t an avenue, so this wagon train of nannies and parents would be better off simply staying on Golden Gate stretching to the horizon.
DS SFDS the richest school in the Western Addition with tuition for kinders costing like $30k+ per year? I think so.
Seems it could try harder…