Is this sign necessary in the coming Age of Waze / Ubiquity of the Google Maps?
I don’t think so…
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?
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.
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 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:
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!
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:
– 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
– 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
– 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)
– 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.
“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…
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″