Posts Tagged ‘gridlock’

LONDON CALLING! 4/20 Day 2014 Coming This Easter Sunday – Haight-Ashbury Supervisor London Breed Wants a Crackdown

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Here’s what Annual 420 Day looks like, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.

That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:

An excellent capture from world-famous Broke-Ass Stuart.

All right, Happy 420 Day 2014!

And now, let’s hear from London Breed:

“April 16, 2014

Sunday, April 20th Activities in Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury

This Sunday, April 20th, will see not only Easter celebrations throughout the City, but the likely return of an informal and unpermitted “4/20” gathering in Golden Gate Park and the Haight, which has caused significant problems in the community over the years and was particularly problematic last year.

Crowds strained police, Muni, and park resources, overwhelmed residential streets, and in several instances, damaged public and private property. Traffic came to a standstill as cars swarmed thearea. Garbage overflowed from curbside cans that proved unequal to the occasion. And on Sunday, 4/21, staff and volunteers with the Recreation and Parks Department had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks, not to mention the trash collected by the Department of Public Works from the upper Haight to Hayes Valley.

I am determined not to allow these impacts again this year. Over the past months, I have worked closely with the Police and Parks Departments, Mayor Lee’s office, and the MTA on a comprehensive city approach to this event. There is no sponsor for 4/20, no organizer to hold to account. But I want the community to know that their Supervisor and their government are doing everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents.

San Francisco, as always, welcomes celebrants with open arms, but this Sunday there will be boundaries to keep the community safe, and there will be no tolerance for anyone using 4/20 as an excuse to harm our parks or neighborhoods.

 There will be increased law enforcement presence both uniform and plainclothes—including Juvenile Probation Officers—in the Park, upper and lower Haight, and surrounding neighborhoods with a strict enforcement approach to all code violations.

 Parking is very limited in the area, and there will be Parking Control Officers (PCOs) ticketing and/or towing vehicles parked illegally in any way, e.g. on lawns or in neighbors’ driveways. PCOs will also be deployed at busy intersections to keep traffic and transit moving.

 Unpermitted booths and concessions in the Parks will not be allowed. Such enterprises will be immediately cited and removed.

 Traffic control officers, SFPD, and Muni will be on hand in the afternoon to help move visitors out of the neighborhoods quickly and safely. Muni will reroute buses off Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to avoid delays. 

If our neighborhoods and parks are expected to continue hosting a large gathering, without an organizer or any resources beyond those provided by the taxpayer, we must all be vigilant in ensuring the event is safe, clean, and responsible.

LONDON N. BREED

City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, California 94102-4689 (415) 554-7630

Fax (415) 554 – 7634 TDD/TTY (415) 554-5227 E-mail: London.Breed@sfgov.org

Where Will YOU Be on 420 Day? In Golden Gate Park or at 420 Day Street in Noe Valley? Plus, an Awesome Vapor Cloud Photo

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Golden Gate Park be getting all crowded these days on annual 420 Day, so why not head on down to Noe Valley and light up at 4:20 PM at 420 Day Street instead?

The neighbors will welcome you interloping potheads with open arms. I’m sure!

Actually, Noe Valley is the locus of NIMBY – it’s filled with asshole millionaire homeowners and concomitant neighbor feuding.

Here it is, 420 Day, or close enough. Check out the comically large Planning Commission NOTICE OF HEARING notice on the front gate and the comically small recycling bin out front. (No black garbage can? A point of pride, I’m sure)

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Oh, here we go, here’s real 420 Day, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.

That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:

An excellent capture from world-famous Broke-Ass Stuart.

All right, Happy 420 Day 2013!

Those Mobile Billboard Trucks are Back on Market Street – Clogging Traffic, Blocking the Box – Why Your MUNI Bus is Slow

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

I don’t know, if I wanted to create gridlock in SoMA / Financial / Union Square, I think I’d hire some jackasses to drive “mobile billboards” around the block and around the block all day long. 

“Blocking the box” yesterday with a mobile billboard truck in the middle of the intersection of 3rd Street and Market:

“Hey everybody! Stop everything and look at me!”

Reverse angle – now the driver is only blocking one lane of 3rd Street:

Note the Washington state license plates.

And here’s the result of the advertising trucks. Gridlock:

Oh well.

“Blocking the box” is illegal these days, but the SFPD doesn’t really hand out tickets for that, so have at it.

Now I’ll tell you, Lyft taxi, a service that you just might like, isn’t legal, but mobile billboards, a “service” that you don’t like, are legal, more or less.

Isn’t it ironic?

Don’t cha think?

I’m just sayin’

2012 San Francisco BART Fire Carpocolypse – Meet the Driver Who Just Honks and Honks Out of Frustration

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Yesterday’s BART fire created Carpocolypse 2012 for drivers attempting to commute from the Financial District to the East Bay last night.

See?

Battery Street, looking north from Market:

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I’ll tell you, the people on Battery southbound didn’t have much of a chance to get closer to nearby freeway offramps because the SFMTA coned off their escape routes. So it would take drivers ten minutes to go one block.

But one dude fought back, by laying on his horn and honking away, New York City-style:

Anyway, if you were ever wondering who’s the person who just honks away, this is the dude.

I don’t know what the point of the honking is but if that’s your coping strategy, dude, then be my guest.

Now, transit planners, if you want people to want to get out of their cars, you’d cancel BART service EVERY DAY. Then drivers would say, “Oh no, I aint driving to the Financh, no way!”

Just saying.

A Huge Turn Out for 420 Day on Hippie Hill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I’m not sure what it looked like at 420 Day Street in Noe Valley today, but I do know what it looked like on and around Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park. It was packed for 4/20 Day celebrations.

Thousands turned out to consume marijuana, causing traffic gridlock* in the east end of the park.** (Hippies have lots of cars – did not know that.)

Broke Ass Stuart has a nice shot of the communal cloud, which could be smelled in the Panhandle.

Here’s part of the action, at around 4:20 PM: 

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See you next year.

*Perhaps MUNI could operate a special “420 service” from Civic Center BART  every April 20th, maybe charge $4.20 one-way?

**A traffic light at the foot of eastbound JFK Drive at Kezar Drive certainly is called for, but doctrine mandates just having a stop sign.

Why Did Drivers on Masonic Start “Blocking the Box” All of a Sudden?

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Here’s what pedestrians on Masonic Avenue are facing these days during the evening rush hour – a phalanx of vehicles loitering on crosswalks and otherwise “blocking the box” at various intersections. Getting a ticket for violating California Vehicle Code Section 22526 (The Anti-Gridlock Act of 1987) isn’t all that pricey, but drivers should take care to follow da law.

This didn’t happen as much a few months ago, so something must have changed – namely the timing of the traffic lights on southbound Masonic at Fell and Hayes. So cars fill up the block quickly and then they don’t move for a while. Southbound drivers facing a yellow think “there’s always room for one more,” and then get caught on the crosswalks or in the intersection for a good thirty seconds.

The light has just turned green for these box blockers, but they haven’t had a chance to get going yet. Click to expand:

This isn’t an occasional problem, it happens every light cycle during the evening rush. Obviously, drivers are stupid to act this way and of course this is heavy traffic, but rejiggering the lights could be a win-win-win for all stakeholders.

Don’t be surprised when the SFPD sets up shop at this intersection and issues a zillion tickets in one day…