Posts Tagged ‘great highway’

The Evanescent Tide Pools of Ocean Beach Allow Visitors to Get Their Feet Wet Near the Cliff House Without the Risk of Drowning

Thursday, 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 Rolling

Sunday, 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.

Dog #1:

Dog #2:

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:

David #2, Onek to be precise – he’s running for District Attorney or something:

Dude #1, It’s Mark Lukach (plus Dog #3) repping the always-reliable Ocean Beach Bulletin. OBB in the Hizzy:

And Dude #2, piloting the Famous 415 Quadricycle:

Dune Rolling:

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-foot swells!”

And the Segwayers were Segwaying:

Hurray!

A Fiberglass Entmoot in Golden Gate Park in Honor of the First Sunday Streets Great Highway for 2011

Monday, April 11th, 2011

That’s my guess anyway, fiberglass:

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Precautionary Closure of Western Beaches and the Great Highway This Morning – Tsunami Warning Due to Japanese Quake

Friday, 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.

Per Capt. Richard Corriea of Richmond Station:

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.

Deets below.

Via tofuart

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’S STATEMENT ON THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

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 Highway 2010 II a Huge Success – No Rain or Fog This Go Around

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

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:

The start of your day should have been at the California Academy of Sciences, where the Clif Bar people showed they know the meaning of the word swag

…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:

Electric skateboard:

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!

OMG, First 100 Cyclists Get in Free at California Academy of Sciences on August 22!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Here you go – as a part of Sunday Streets Golden Gate Park / Great Highway* on August 22, 2010, you’ll be able to ride on over to our California Academy of Sciences, drop your bike off at the free San Francisco Bicycle Coalition valet parking service, and then score a free ticket to enter the Academy.

The catch is that you’ll need to be among the first 100 to arrive, so that means you might need to get there before the 11:00 AM opening time. Other than that, this is the sweetest Sunday Streets deal ever. Be sure to thank our corporate overlords at CLIF BAR.(And bonus, the first 200 cyclists to arrive get a Clif Bar.)

This could be you:

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All the deets:

CLIF BAR “Fun Ride to the Academy” Gives Bike Riders. Free Admission to California Academy of Sciences
 
BERKELEY, Calif., July 28, 2010 – CLIF® BAR is giving people a chance to pedal their way into one of San Francisco’s greatest adventures for free.  As part of its 2 Mile Challenge bike advocacy program, CLIF BAR is offering free admission to the California Academy of Sciences (valued at up to $24.95 per ticket) for the first 100 folks who arrive by bicycle.  The CLIF BAR “Fun Ride to the Academy” takes place on Sunday, August 22.  More details are below:
 
WHAT: 
-          Free admission to California Academy of Sciences for first 100 people who arrive on bicycles
-          Free bike valet, offered by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to the first 100 people who arrive by bicycle
-          Free CLIF BAR samples to the first 200 people who arrive by bicycle
 
WHEN:
-          Sunday, August 22, 2010; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
-          Coincides with San Francisco’s Sunday Streets event – Golden Gate Park to the Great Highway will be closed to cars
 
WHERE:
-          California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
-          CLIF BAR ticket distribution and bike valet located on the east side of the Academy (the side farthest away from the Music Concourse band shell)
 
WHY:
-          Bike riding is fun for the entire family
-          CLIF BAR is committed to fighting climate change through its 2 Mile Challenge bike advocacy program.  This nationwide campaign encourages people to ride a bike instead of driving a car for trips two miles or less to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change. 
-          In the U.S., 40 percent of all urban trips are two miles or less, and 90 percent of those trips are made by car.
-          Every mile traveled by bike instead of car prevents one pound of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, according to the Climate Leadership Initiative at the University of Oregon. Car-generated carbon dioxide is one of the leading causes of global climate change.
 
About Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious, all-natural, organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® BAR energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; and CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®. Focused on sports nutrition and healthy snacks, the company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and planet. (www.clifbar.com)

*The full name: Sunday Streets Great Highway Golden Gate Park, Penguins to Penguins 2010 II, This Time It Won’t Rain.

Ocean Beach Erosion Town Hall Meeting Tonight at the Great Highway’s Park Chalet

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Our neighbors in the Great Sand Waste* of the Outside Lands are having a little trouble with the partial collapse of the Great Highway near Sloat, so there’ll be a meeting tonight at 7:00 PM:

“A community meeting is being held on Monday, January 25th at 7:00 PM at the Park Chalet (located behind the Beach Chalet at 1000 Great Highway just south of Fulton in San Francisco) to discuss the proposed actions at Sloat Boulevard. The DPW Project Manager, Frank Filice will be there to discuss the emergency declaration, the short-term strategy, and a process for a long-term solution. Everyone who has an interest in the preservation and the future of Ocean Beach is encouraged to attend. The emergency declaration will go before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for ratification the following day, Tuesday, January 26th.”

Will San Francisco “armor the beach or something? Stay tuned…

by k. riccitiello

If that doesn’t float your boat, there’s always, this:

“The Park Chalet will be offering $2 pints and extending their $5 happy hour menu of appetizers all night for the event.”

See you there.

*Look at this – snark from 160 years ago: The True Story of How San Francisco Received Its Name:

“San Francisco – this is a derivative word from sand and Francisco. In the early settlement of this country it was the custom of an old monk of the interior, by the name of Jeremiah Francisco, to perform a pilgrimage to this place every month, to visit the tomb of a brother of the order whose remains he had here interred. The wind “blew like mad” here, and upon his return he was usually so covered with the dust and sand, that his neighbors were unable to recognize him; hence they soon began to call him sand Francisco.

On one of his pilgrimages he happened, by mistake, to die here, and the place ever after was called by his name. From the difficulty of enunciating the d, it was usually called SAN FRANCISCO, and has so continued to this day. The present popular notion that the place was named after the St. Francis Hotel is an error!

California Weekly Courier
August 1, 1850″

The Final Sunday Streets for 2009 a Huge Success – More to Come in 2010

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The second Sunday Streets at Ocean Beach in 2009 went off without a hitch over Labor Day weekend. There was a bigger fog situation and a smaller crowd this go around, but that was to be expected.

 The Yelpers loved it, anyway.

District 6 supervisorial candidate Rafael Mandelman was spotted on his bike in Golden Gate Park, and of course, Zackdaddy was there with his “football” at the skating area near Fulton and 6th Avenue:

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So let’s give kudos to Mayor Gavin Newsom for enabling Sunday Streets in San Francisco. Read all about it, below.

See you next year!

    “MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES SUNDAY STREETS BECOMES PERMANENT PROGRAM”

“San Francisco, CA—Days before the final 2009 Sunday Streets event on
September 6, Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the continuation of this
popular event as a permanent program in San Francisco.

“This Sunday’s event is the finale for 2009, but Sunday Streets will be
back in 2010 with more routes, longer hours, more San Francisco
neighborhoods and more programs at each event,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“We have created a new tradition in San Francisco that will improve our
quality of life for years to come.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), co-sponsor of
Sunday Streets 2009, will be the lead agency for the Sunday Streets program
starting in 2010. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office will continue to provide
leadership support for the program, and Livable City, a sustainable
transportation advocacy non-profit, will continue as the fiscal sponsor.

“The SFMTA has been proud to join with our City partners and Livable City
to promote healthy family outdoor activities this summer. Working together
on programs like Sunday Streets, we can increase the use of sustainable
transportation to protect the environment and to ensure the City’s
sustainability for future generations,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA
Executive Director/CEO.

Sunday Streets creates safe, fun car-free space on City streets that give
San Francisco residents and visitors an opportunity to get out and get
active. Temporarily closing some streets to automobile traffic opens them
to people for walking, cycling, skating and playing. Sunday Streets events
create a stronger sense of community in every neighborhood they touch and
throughout the City.

San Francisco’s program began in 2008 with two inaugural events. This year
Sunday Streets featured six events along four different routes throughout
the City: April 26 from Fisherman’s Wharf to AT&T Park along The
Embarcadero; May 10 from AT&T Park to the Bayview neighborhood along the
Bay Trail; two events in the heart of the Mission District on June 7 and
July 19 (the latter coincided with the SF Symphony’s free concert in
Dolores Park); and the last two near the ocean, with a route through Golden
Gate Park and along the Upper Great Highway on August 9 and September 6.

Sunday Streets Main Event Area: Lincoln Way at the Great Highway

  • Free bike rentals provided by Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours
  • Sports Basement ‘Lube Fairies’- free basic bike maintenance and information
  • Sunday Streets main information table and media check-in
  • Sunday Streets Sponsor booths
  • Community Based Organization information tables
  • Food vending from local Sunset Merchants
  • California Academy of Sciences “Penguins to Penguins” activity center
  • Solar Telescope Viewing, 11am-1pm, presented by Morrison Planetarium
    (note: this event is dependent upon weather, clouds or fog cancels)
  • Historic displays from “Playland-Not-at-the-Beach” museum
  • Cyclecide pedal powered amusement rides made out of recycled bikes
  • Kid’s Activities- see list
  • Fitness Activities- see list

Kid’s Activities: Main Event Area (Lincoln/ Great Highway) and Great Highway at Sloat

Presented by the YMCA of San Francisco, and Stonestown Family YMCA

  • Heroix 4 Kids
  • It’s Yoga Kids!
  • Hula Hoops, obstacle course, and kid’s games
  • “Penguins to Penguins” activities, presented by the CA Academy of Sciences and SF Zoo
  • Zoomobile and “Leaping Lemur” game, penguin crafts, SF Zoo- Great Highway at Sloat

Fitness: “Athletes Burn Rubber”

Human tire pull with live music by the Brothers Comatose

Presented by Bianchi Fitness

  • 11a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Rock and Pull
  • 11:30a.m.  & 1 p.m. Rock and Juke

Pets: MLK/South Drive near corner of Lincoln Way and MLK/South

Presented by Happy Hounds Massage

  • Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) adoption information
  • Grateful Dogs Rescue adoption and pet service information

Roller Skating: JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, near 6th Ave

Presented by RollerSoccer International Federation

  • RollerSoccer Demonstrations and games all day
  • Free skating lessons all day

Dance: 2 locations: Lincoln at Great Highway and JFK Drive at 10th Ave in Golden Gate Park

Presented by Cheryl Burke Dance, Boomercize (Great Hwy) and Lindy in the Park (GG Park)

  • 10:00-10:30 Learn to Waltz with Cheryl Burke Dance at Lincoln and Great Highway
  • 10:45-11:15: Rhumba with Cheryl Burke Dance
  • 11:30-1:30 pm: Dance workout with Boomercize
  • 1:30-2:00 pm: Brazilian Samba with Cheryl Burke Dance
  • 11:00-12:30 pm, free swing dance lessons with Lindy in the Park
  • 12:30-2:00 pm, Swing Dance in the Park following lessons

Yoga and Martial Arts:  

MLK Drive near Lincoln in GG Park

  • Yoga Presented by Sunset Beacon Center

Live Music:  

Presented by Riptide (Taraval), Rock the Bike and Young Performers International (GG Park)

Rivera Seawall, Taraval Street Fair, Golden Gate Park/MLK

  • Golden Gate Park- MLK, Pedal Powered stage by Rock the Bike
  • Young Performers International band: “Where’s My Toothbrush”
  • Rivera seawa;;, Bluegrass Jam with the Barbary Ghosts
  • Taraval Street Fair- main stage acts 12:00-6:00 pm

Taraval Street Fair: Taraval Street between 46th and 47th Avenues

Presented by the Riptide

  • Live music on the main stage, 12:00 to 6:00 pm
  • The Shi Tones (members of the Mermen)
  • All of A Sudden
  • Burning Embers
  • Arts and craft by local Sunset artists and merchants

Bike: Taraval and Upper Great Highway

Presented by the Presidio Community YMCA Bike Program and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

  • 150 free bike rentals by
    • Bike & Roll (Taraval)
    • Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours (Lincoln and Great Highway)
  • Bike & Roll’s ‘fun cycle, a bicycle built for seven!
  • Sports Basement “Lube Fairies” (Lincoln and Great Highway)
  • Youth Bike Rodeo by Presidio Community YMCA (Taraval)
  • SFBC’s Freedom From Training Wheels (Taraval)
  • Adult Bike Education hands on lessons (at Free Bike Rental Stations)
  • Electric Bike Demonstrations (Lincoln and Taraval)

Cross-park traffic, use:

  • Chain of Lakes Dr., 41st Ave. in the Sunset or 43rd Ave. in the Richmond
  • Crossover Drive, 19th Ave. in the Sunset or 25th Ave. and Park Presidio in the Richmond
  • Stanyan St. east of Golden Gate Park

For more traffic and transit information, go to: www.sfmta.com

The intersection of Great Highway at Lincoln will not be open to vehicle traffic on Sept. 6 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Sunday Streets Great Highway 2009 a Huge Success

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Well, yesterday’s Sunday Streets went off without a hitch under the pouring sun (after the fog went away, sort of). Check it out at the Richmond District Blog and elsewhere.

Here’s the heart of the party, at the intersection of Lincoln and the Great Highway in the outer Outer Sunset. Click to expand:

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Even auslanders came into The City yesterday to enjoy the Sunday of limited car access:

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Electric bikes everywhere in Golden Gate Park, for rental, for purchase, whichever:

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Plenty of young families made the scene:

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Aikido in the Park? Mochiron, tomodachi:

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It was just a little foggy out near the blue Pacific…

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…but the fog umbrellas proved useful:

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Hey, it’s District 6 Supervisor-Elect Debra Walker getting her ride attention at the free Sports Basement temporary fix-it shop:

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So my Kawasaki Ninja (I kept telling them that it’s just a 600) isn’t welcome but this gas-powered “go-ped” is? Mmmmm

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 A tow is always nice when you’re skateboarding on the Great Highway:

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Plenty of engineers around…

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And a bit of a wait for the N Judah at the end of the day, but oh well.

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Yes DPW was fairly agressive about getting traffic moving again at 2:00 PM and yes, some cars trying to get across GGP were a-honking after waiting a while for the flow of bikes to stop, but all in all, everything seemed to work out.

See you again on September 6, 2009!

It’s Back! The Antique Paper Show Returns to Golden Gate Park

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Find out just what an Antique Paper Faire is all about at the Hall of Flowers in GGP tomorrow, if you want.

It’s sort of a part of the first Sunday Streets on the West si-iiiide, aka Ocean Beach.

See you there!

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Specialties

The Vintage Paper Fair is a large exhibition and sale that offers an array of antique paper items for collectors of all kinds. Serious collectors come and know exactly what they want, but it is also a welcome environment for first-time collectors to come in and discover the history and art that is found in this hobby.

Among the 50 + vendors there, you will find postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, Victorian-era items, pin-ups, sports memorabilla, labels (beer, fruit crate etc.) brochures, transportation related (vintage cars etc.) and many more types of interesting and beautiful antique paper. Most items for sale date back to the early 20th century, some are more modern, some older. There are boxes of 25 cent postcards as well as rare and expensive museum-quality pieces.

Our location is unique as well, situated in the heart of Golden Gate Park, near the Botanical Gardens, Academy of Sciences, De Young Museum as well many great restaurants.

History

Established in 2006

We are the only antique paper fair in the city of San Francisco, and thought a new show would contribute to the culture and collecting hobby here!

Meet the Business Owner: Hal L.

Hal Lutsky has been in the antique paper business since 1996, and a show promoter since 2001.