Posts Tagged ‘intersection’

More Trouble for Our Hidebound SFMTA: Its Magic Cure-Alls, Traffic Circles, are Causing Problems on Euclid These Days

Monday, January 8th, 2018

These things are new. Some don’t like them, for various reasons. Anyway, these changes on Euclid have generated boo-coup calls to 311, and what’s new this week is that non-SFMTA members of Our City Family are looking into them, like today, at City Hall.  Perhaps crosswalk lines could be moved, that kind of thing.

That’s the update.

Ah, late 2017:

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Euclidian geometry:

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Arresting – As Seen in NoPA Just Across the Street from Nopa

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

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The Brand-New Traffic Circles of Euclid Avenue – Going in Right Now – Hey, How Come the SFMTA No Longer Allows Neighbors to Vote on These “Improvements?”

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Well, last part first. Our SFMTA used to allow residents living near the sites of proposed traffic circles to have a little mini-election. The problem with that was that the SFMTA got its ass handed to it when all the “trial” circles it had just installed on Page and Waller got voted down, by like a three to one ratio, in five separate votes.

Guess what, the SFMTA Project Manager, the Lord of these rings, whose job it was to push this unwanted project through, was “sad” due to this result.

Anyway, flash forward to 2017 and now some neighbors in Jordan Park are finally just encountering construction of these ring things, and man are they pissed. They’re calling 311 to register their vote (in a different, less effective way).

Here it is, as laid out in October 2017:

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And here’s how things look today:

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Euclidian geometry:

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I guess the idea these days is that residents are supposed to petition the SFMTA for changes in their area, but this looks like a so-called “area-wide” traffic clamming (I just can’t myself to use the actual Orwellian word that’s popular these days, you know the one for sometimes unpopular projects) project to me, as opposed to being a “block by block” project.

I don’t get it man.

But I’ll let the SFMTA explain, as seen live on their site today. What do you make of this, Gentle Reader?

WHY IS TRAFFIC CALMING ONLY IMPLEMENTED NOW ON A BLOCK-BY-BLOCK BASIS?

Previously, the SFMTA used to consider traffic calming from an “area-wide” perspective. The area-wide process was developed as a way to look at multiple locations in the same neighborhood together, to consider traffic calming from a community perspective. The boundaries of area-wide projects were drawn to incorporate all residential streets between arterials, major collectors, and/or commercial streets. However, the process was viewed by SFTMA staff and residents as being time-consuming and resulting in unpredictable construction timelines. Often times, the more complex and expensive measures recommended through an area-wide planning process were not constructed, and the long timeline often resulted in changing community priorities that weren’t reflected in the area-wide traffic calming plan. Finally, due to the fact that the area-wide approach to traffic calming tended to involve only the most dedicated members of a community, many believed that the area-wide process did not necessarily reflect the views and concerns of all neighbors.

A resident-driven, block-by-block approach to traffic calming that relies on a data-driven approach ensures that resources are allocated to those streets in which demonstrated speeding and traffic-related concerns exist, and where there is broad resident acceptance for traffic calming.”

So I really don’t get what the SFMTA is saying here, what with the passive voice and the lack of examples given. What kind of people are “the most dedicated members of a community?” Is that an insult? A compliment? IDK.

Hey, are they going to take out some of the stop signs on Euclid? IDK.*

Anyway, there you have it.

*That was the problem with the circles on Page, for example – the taking out the stops signs part. You could hear a car coming from a block away. As a pedestrian, it was paralyzing, ’cause you didn’t know what the driver would do. Like would the driver do a California stop and proceed cautiously, or simply treat the circle like a chicane and come through at 25 MPH?** So I’d just wait until I couldn’t hear any cars coming from a block away in both directions and only then cross over Page. I much prefered the regular four way stops. (And I think the whole idea was so that bike riders wouldn’t have to worry about getting tickets for blowing stop signs.)

**Oh, I just came across this, in the less ideological part of the Streetsblog, you know, in the Comments section: “As a pedestrian, the Page/Waller circles were ‘unsuccessful’ because I defacto had to yield to cars. As a car driver, the things were frickin great because I didn’t have to stop and could blast through at 25MPH. /s Are you actually out-and-about in this city, or are you just reading about it in Dutch traffic manuals?

Romantic Intersection Selfie

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The best I can figure:

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The Joys of Watching a Self-Driving UBER Volvo Cautiously Make Its Way Down Irving in The Sunset

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Here we go, Irving Street on a dreaded sunny day in the Middle Sunset or the Inner Sunset or the Outer Sunset – I’ve heard this nabe described as all three:

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This area is a tad less difficult for a poorly-developed robot car to drive on than, say, Clement in the Inner Richmond, but there are plenty of bad pedestrians and illegal parkers on this part of Irving as well of course.

This seemed a touch early to be halfway through the intersection, given the position of these peds:

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And it was hard to tell what this Volvo was thinking after seeing it go for a few blocks.

Like IMO, this start was a bit abrupt, as if the driver dozed off for a few seconds and then all of a sudden woke up and said let’s go let’s go:

You know what, I’m think that this triple brake push at a four-way stop is an indication of something not being kosher. I cry foul.

And you know, when I teach people how to drive, I emphasize the importance of creeping a little bit at first to show others intent – like all right, I’m going now. This rushed start didn’t match the otherwise cautious, deliberate conduct.

Of course, this UBER drives better than most on the Streets of San Francisco.

Our Historic Hibernia Bank Now has Three (3!) Fences to Protect Itself from the Twitterloin Milieu

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Just count them, Gentle Reader:

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And look, somebody is actually going in/out – a rare sighting.

Back in the ’90s, my buds would buy bad weed on these very steps, but that was before this area became known as the Thieves Market. (And my other buds living in a nearby dorm would grow their own buds with powerful grow lamps in tiny closets because 1) Electricity was unmetered by the school so it was free (no additional cost to use all the juice you wanted) and 2) Electricity was unmetered so there was no way PG&E / the popo could detect your outrageous use of juice, you know, the increase. Ah mem’ries.))

Anyway, this place only needed one fence back then…

It Takes a Village (of SFMTA PCOs to Monitor Just One Intersection During the Evening Drive)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Consider 1st and Market here:

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Sometimes they have four Parking Control Officers here, to do what, watch the lights turn green yellow red? Well actually I think they’re there to make sure frustrated commuters dont block the box of First and Market.

But I think just one could get the job done, srsly.

And consider that the pensions of these people are underfunded. Woefully so.

But who knows, maybe next time I’m out there, there’ll be 8 PCOs onsite and they’ll be doing twice as good a job…

12 Bear Flags – If Andy Warhol had Lived in Frisco Instead of New Yawk

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

What’s the point of this billboard at Cal Kearny?

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SF Loses Yet Another McDonalds, This Time at the Base of One of the Chevron Towers Near 2nd and Market – Whither Frisco’s McDonaldses?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

First at 441 Pine

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And then at Golden Gate and Van Ness:

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And now at Market Center:

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When will the next domino fall?

Frisco Landscape: Range Rover, Shuttered McDonalds, Graffiti, Woman, Lexus, Another Lexus, Federal Building

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

And State Highway 101 to the left:

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