Posts Tagged ‘guidelines’

“Prioritized Enforcement” – The SFPD Just Issued Its Guidelines for Bay to Breakers 2010

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Here’s the thing. The SFPD can’t arrest everybody for every little thing at this Sunday’s ING Bay to Breakers Footrace 2010. You know that, they that, we all know that.

But the SFPD will pay particular attention to certain behavior during the event, so it pays to bone up on the rules before you break them. Deets below.

Actually, the cops are generally pretty mellow during B2B. Check it.

As seen in 2009. Fell Street:

Golden Gate Park Pandhandle putt putt:

And, a moment with Sarge:

All right, The Rulez for ’10:

“The San Francisco Police Department has prioritized enforcement responses during the Bay to Breaker race, to be held on Sunday, May 16. There will be sufficient officers deployed throughout the event. There will also be special enforcement police teams to respond to activities of a criminal nature or breaches of race policy.”

So don’t go nuts or anything. If you assault somebody, you’ll get arrested – that’s what they’re saying.

“There will be zero tolerance for public drunkenness…”

Heh. This edict is not operational. Get drunk all you want. If you don’t bother anyone, you won’t get arrested.

“… and public urination. Police transport wagons will be on hand to transport and detain those intoxicated in public and who are unable to care for themselves.”

OTOH, you just might get arrested for public urination. Not likely but it’s possible.

“This year the following policies are in effect: The San Francisco Police Department has coordinated with race organizers to remove kegs and bottles of alcohol from the race course.”

Yes, this is no idle threat. Does it mean that cans of beer are O.K.? Yes, in all probablility your aluminum slugs of MGD and PBR will be AOK.

“Wheeled objects and floats must be registered and start from the starting line behind all runners and walkers. No wheeled object or float will be permitted to join the race along the route.”

I’m not up to speed here – there was talk of allowing floats to enter the race in Civic Center but if you are operating a licensed float, I’m sure you know the latest. OTOH, if you have a non-registered float, you’re going to run into trouble I’ll bet.

“The police department urges all participants to exercise common sense to help ensure a safe and pleasant experience for participants, spectators and residents alike.”

Yes, this is acurate. Let’s hope it all goes well. It usually does.

(And, oh yes, nudity is not on this list from the SFPD. That means, as per usual, there’ll most likely be no enforcement. It’ll totally wide open.)

See you there!

San Francisco Reacts to MUNI’s New Transit Photography Policy

Monday, January 4th, 2010

After a gestation period rather more appropriate for a large mammal fetus, MUNI has finally birthed some bouncing baby SFMTA Guidelines for Photography and Videography. Read all about it and see the reaction courtesy of Troy atCaliberSF.

Two things jump might jump out at you:

1. The ban on the use of “large cameras” doesn’t give too much guidance to MUNI employees tasked with enforcing the policy. How large is large?

2. The ban on photographing stuff in non-public areas wouldn’t apply to somebody who isn’t on MUNI propertah, obviously. There’s no way a shot of a non-public bus yard from a public sidewalk could be banned by the SFMTA.

Anyway hurray, I guess.

Hear that, little critters? Those recording your late night bus rides now will have no fear of harassment from The Man. 

Congrats to Troy Holden and MUNI spokesmodel Judson True for working on this.

SFMTA Photography and Videography Guidelines

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the
Municipal Railway (Muni), welcomes photography and videography on SFMTA
vehicles and publicly-accessible property subject to the following guidelines. All
photography and videography activities should be pursued safely and with respect for
all SFMTA customers and employees. SFMTA facilities and vehicles are for the
exclusive use of the SFMTA, its employees and its customers. Any and all
permission granted to photograph or take video in connection with these guidelines is
subordinate to the SFMTA’s obligations to its customers, employees and to the
general public.

Non-commercial Photography and Videography

The general public is permitted to use personal, handheld photography and
videography equipment on all Muni in-service transit vehicles and on publiclyaccessible
SFMTA property, including Muni stations, as long as such activities do not
interfere with transit operations.
While on SFMTA property, all photographers and videographers must comply with
the following restrictions:
• Photography or videography activities cannot interfere with the safe operation
of any Muni vehicle as determined by the vehicle’s Operator or other SFMTA
• Photography or videography activities cannot impede the safe movement of
Muni customers as they board or alight from transit vehicles or make their
way through Muni stations.
• Stairways, escalators, doors and aisles cannot be blocked by photographers
and videographers at any time.
• Photographers and videographers must fully and immediately comply with
any requests, directions or instructions from SFMTA personnel related to
safety concerns.
• Large cameras, photo or video equipment or ancillary equipment such as
lighting, tripods, cables, etc. are prohibited.
When using photography or videography equipment on SFMTA vehicles or property,
always be aware of your surroundings, including your proximity to moving transit
vehicles or the edges of Muni platforms.
All photographers and videographers are prohibited from entering, photographing, or
taking video in non-public areas of the SFMTA’s transit system.

Questions about the SFMTA’s Photography and Videography Guidelines can be directed to or 415.701.4500