Perhaps these new signs could be plugged into a Waze or Google Maps app?
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This was the the cause of a lot of the problems the other day – the light at Sloat and Great Highway flashing red. So traffic backed up into Lake Merced:
In most towns, the cops would care about something like this, but in SF it’s up to the SFMTA to care, and it doesn’t really care, so bike riders heading north didn’t know where to go – they went all over, on the sand, on vegetation, on the sidewalks. and lane-splitting was an option as well:
These guys heading south had to pick up their road bikes and carry them for a while after being forced into the sand:
Speaking of which, this MUNI bus looked abandoned in the dunes. I think operators park them here to allow car drivers to use the traffic circle to get back to the intersection, cause, you know, its wheels are to big to get caught in a little sand, right? Well…
…this ride here got totally stuck in a just a little sand. It was sad. (Photos altered to protect the embarrassed.) Help seemed to be far far away as cars behind got blocked in the circle:
Do you need to hang a left to get a nice free parking space? Sure, what’s a few lanes of stalled traffic?
And then there’s just your normal Great Highway, with horrible pedestrians in between crosswalks…
…and improperly in crosswalks:
And there’s the sand again, always the sand:
Or no sand – I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t dream of ever being on this side of the line, but perhaps that’s a quarter century of SF County living talking, IDK. So really, you don’t want to use that bike lane up there, or that other one to the right of you, huh? OK
And the live aboard RVs – they’ll get hidden away come nighttime of course.
That’s life out west, where every day is Do What You Feel Day.
SPUR, the Urban Renewal people, have a plan to “renew” this area. IDK, they’ve had a pretty bad record over the years and decades, right? And they seem to love SFGov’s current Willie Brown orientation.
Anyway, they have a roadshow to sell people on their ideas. You should check it out sometime to see the promised Bright New Future, the promised New Gold Dream.
The Horrible Pedestrians and Bike Riders of the So-Called Great Highway, Way Out There in the SunsetMonday, December 8th, 2014
An overly-confident pedestrian is a dead pedestrian, sometimes:
Oh, here’s the same scene a few blocks up the road:
Oh, what’s that, jaywalking is merely a “legal construct” and “Vision Zero” 2024 is going to prevent all transportation-related deaths in San Francisco County within a decade?
Know Your San Francisco Jaywalker, Great Highway Edition: What Motivates This Jay? How Can He Be Trained?Monday, September 1st, 2014
I don’t know, every street on Great Highway has a timed traffic signal, but that’s not enough for this dude, so his routine is to cross in the middle of the block.
What’s that, the term “jaywalking” should be in quote marks because the only reason it’s agin the law is because of some conspiracy from 80 years ago? All right, well, gee, I’ve only heard that one about 150 times now, Gentle “Urbanist,” but what do you want, you want to make jaywalking legal? All right, but then more peds will die – is that what you want? OK fine.
The Evanescent Tide Pools of Ocean Beach Allow Visitors to Get Their Feet Wet Near the Cliff House Without the Risk of DrowningThursday, July 3rd, 2014
So what do you call this situation when a high tide strands ocean water on Ocean Beach and a temporary lake of salt water forms in the sand?
I’m calling this a tide pool even though it’s not rocky in there at all.
Anyway, these little lakes can be very long and very shallow – the perfect recipe for warm water at Ocean Beach:
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Many many people drown at Ocean Beach due to the riptide and the cold cold, water. If you want to just get your feet wet at the beach, wanting for this kind of pool is the safer way to go.
Sunday Streets Great Highway & Golden Gate Park a Huge Success for 2011 – Dogs, Dancing, Davids, Dudes and Dune RollingSunday, July 10th, 2011
Sunday Streets Great Highway 2011 II on July 10 worked out all right, with generally sunny skies in the east and generally cloudy skies in the west.
Although some, like The Tender found today’s event in the West Bay sad:
“Sunday Streets at Golden Gate Park & the Great Highway was a bit sad – foggy, windy, not many people… Also: http://t.co/aCWQhit“
Didn’t seem like a whole bunch of people this go around, but oh well.
Dancing – Lindy in the Park:
David #1, Chiu to be precise – he’s running for Mayor or something. (D.C. won the Mayoral race today, Sundays Streetswise. Saw some people from the Dennis Herrera and John Avalos campaigns as well.) That’s famous Public Bikes Founder Dan Nguyen-Tan‘s famous orange Funcycle in there – it seats seven:
And Dude #2, piloting the Famous 415 Quadricycle:
AT&T sent its youngest employees to hand out shopping bags. They were gathering pro-utility box petitions for U-Verse / LightSpeed, I think:
But life went on in the West Bay regardless. So the Beach Chalet was serving a full house:
And the surfers were surfing. “00:43:17 Look at that. Breaks both ways. Watch. Watch. 00:43:20 Look! Good six-
And the Segwayers were Segwaying:
Precautionary Closure of Western Beaches and the Great Highway This Morning – Tsunami Warning Due to Japanese QuakeFriday, March 11th, 2011
The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management is up early today, concerned about a possible small tsunami hitting San Francisco due to the recent 8.9 earthquake near Sendai, Japan.
“Officers have closed the Great Highway to vehicle traffic between Balboa and Skyline Blvd. Please avoid the area.”
And Mayor Edwin Lee will be at our Emergency Operations Center bright and early this A.M. as well.
This went out at 6:17 AM today:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 11, 2011
Contact: Department of Emergency Management
*** PRESS RELEASE ***
SAN FRANCISCO CONTINUES TO MONITOR TSUNAMI WARNING
Precautionary Closure of Beaches and Great Highway
San Francisco, CA – The City and County of San Francisco continues to monitor the Tsunami warning issued this morning and is assessing risks to California Coastal areas. As a precaution, the Police Department has closed the upper and lower Great Highway and the National Park Service has closed Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, China Beach, and Fort Funston.
This is in response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan, which caused a tsunami warning to be issued for the US West Coast, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center. DEM is currently in contact with the California Emergency Management Agency.
The City has not ordered an evacuation. Residents are advised to monitor local media for information updates.”
UPDATE: And here’s his statement:
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan:
“On behalf of the residents of the City and County of San Francisco, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of Japan and to the families and friends of those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck there today.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been impacted by this tragedy. I have contacted the Counsel General of Japan in San Francisco with our expression of sympathy and our willingness to join any international assistance effort.
We will continue to monitor the tsunami warnings that have been issued for the California coastal regions and act accordingly. This is a stark reminder to our City that we must always be prepared for the next disaster to ensure our families are safe.”
Sunday Streets Great Highwat 2010 I got rained out earlier in the year, mas o menos, but today’s Sunday Streets Great Highway 2010 II Electric Boogaloo was a smash success with nice weather.
Check out the action at the Richmond District Blog.
See? Riding sidesaddle with a cowboy on a massive loudspeaker on a trike on the Great Highway – who needs Burning Man?
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Here’s JFK Jr. Drive in Golden Gate Park…
…and here’s the Great Highway:
…but most of the action of this Sunday Streets was at Lincoln and Great Highway. There were lots of participants there, including crews from Lombardi’s Sports and the Sports Basement, fixing up bikes for free. After ten minutes, my disc brakes became better than new. Thanks Sports Basement!
But you people, you love your conflict, so how about this clusterfluck (there were other people involved, about dozen in the area all told) near the Beach Chalet? It was all about letting drivers park in the restaurant lot. Tensions seemed pretty high for a pretty long time over this small issue. One of the PCOs on station called the SFPD a bout some dude in an SUV going to either the Park Chalet or the Beach Chalet restaurant, but the cops didn’t see what the problem was. Anyway, it looks like this whole restaurant access issue could have been handled more smoothly:
And here’s part of the north-south traffic diverted from the Great Highway. Chain of Lakes Drive East was like a parking lot for a while:
Dude was complimented on his “half-penny” ride. Or penny farthing, some people call them that:
Full-on goggles might be more apropo, non?
Anyway, I’m still waiting to see my first boneshaker myself. (Makers, get making one those, why not?)
And here’s the King of Cyclists:
This is your view of Ocean Beach from the Great Highway:
Surfers on the GH are all right…
…but horses might not be. Dog people have to pick up dog-do, so why don’t horse people have to pick up horse-do? Oh well:
Not sure what this guy was up to with the parasail:
The Bixi bike people were there, but so was a crew from Alta Bicycle Share. So, consider them the front-runners for the job of running San Francisco’s bike-share program:
Oh, and somebody was handing out Israeli balloons:
And these bird watchers were happy:
And oh, the Dutch Windmill was windmilling. See? (The last time I saw this thing spinning was the somewhat foggy Sunday Streets Ocean Beach 2009.)
So that’s your Sunday Streets Great Highway 2010 II.
See you next year!