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Posts Tagged ‘jfk’
Something New for 2015: Tech Bros Recording Themselves Performing Motorized Unicycle Tricks in Golden Gate ParkMonday, April 27th, 2015
The SFMTA’s Restriping of JFK Drive Has Been a Massive Failure for a 100 Small Reasons – Let’s Take a Short TripFriday, January 9th, 2015
These cyclists stopped for peds at the prior stop sign, and I thought, “These are pretty polite cyclists,” because, you know, most of the time cyclists don’t stop for peds and/or stop signs.
So then here’s the next stop sign, where the peds stutter-stopped for fear of being hit by the very same cyclists:
Moving on, further into the park, with the very same cyclists, to see this woman, who was totally blocking the bike lane with her body and two open passenger doors. She was oblivious. Then she notices what she’s doing so she goes back to shut the rear door…
…and then the front door as the cyclists wait:
This place is a mess. Many long-time cyclists now avoid using JFK. Is this what the all-seeing all-knowing SFMTA wanted? IDK. Oh what’s that, cycling in San Francisco is going to increase six-fold by 2020 (I’m seriously, this was the goal, this was what was “expected” by local pols not too long ago), so we need to accommodate all the new traffic? But what if that huge increase doesn’t materialize and then you lose a significant chunk of the pre-existing riders?
(Any survey from the SFMTA showing broad-based support for these changes isn’t a real survey.)
Moving on, to this. Where else in the world do they put a kink into double yellow lines.
Why do this? Is this “good design?”
Why not have a single dashed line? (I know that the SFMTA has its reasons, but in other locations these double yellows would be seen as a cue that encourages speeding.)
In short, the restriping of JFK is a mess, a continuing mess, one that was spawned by the SFMTA for ideological reasons.
“I cannot imagine that any survey demonstrates that most people like the new lanes. I’ve read dozens and dozens of comments and the vast majority feel the same way as I do, which is that these lanes are dangerous for everyone. And what about emergency vehicles? How do they pass when motorists cannot pull to the right? This past Saturday, 4/20, a fire truck got stuck in traffic at the eastern end of JFK. Traffic backed up in both directions. It was utter chaos. And Jesus, does it make the road look ugly or what?”
“My primary observation on the new bike lanes is that separating them somewhat from the vehicle traffic lanes seems to have been a signal that cyclists should ride a bit faster and ignore the stop signs and pedestrian crossing rules. I find them much more dangerous as a pedestrian. I have taken to holding an arm out when crossing any road in SF to signal my intent, but I am nearly struck daily by cyclists.”
Here’s a repost from 2009. I haven’t kept up on things, but I don’t think much has changed. It’ll take somebody to sue SFGov to have a chance to change this situation, the way things happened with the big cross atop Mt. Davidson.
“The Prayer Book Cross was erected in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1894 as a gift from the Church of England. Created by Ernest Coxhead, it stands on one of the higher points in Golden Gate Park. It is located between John F. Kennedy Drive and Park Presidio Drive, near Cross Over Drive. This 57 ft (17 m) sandstone cross commemorates the first use of the Book of Common Prayer in California by Sir Francis Drake’s chaplain on June 24, 1579.”
Didn’t the City have to sell off the similar Mount Davidson Cross (Yelp-rated) after a lawsuit back in the 1990s? Yes it did. So, do you think the Prayer Book Cross creates an “appearance of governmental endorsement of religion” as well, particularly considering that we’re living in a post-Everson world?
Do these trees help to make this cross kosher, cause fewer people see it? Potentially, yes. Click to expand:
In other words, does the City’s ownership and maintenance of Prayer Book Cross violate the No Preference Clause and the Ban on Aid to Religion Clause of the California Constitution and the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution?
Or maybe it’s all good, because the cross communicates “primarily non-religious messages” ala the shorter Mount Soledad Cross down in Fun Diego County? This is a close call.
Read all about the Mount Davidson case here, where the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit lays down the law. It’s pretty accessible.
You see it on the right here, as seen back in the day, during the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Electric Tower at Night, with Search Light on Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park:
But should it be on government land today?
“Presented to Golden Gate Park at the opening of the Midwinter Fair, January 1, A. D. 1894, as a memorial of the service held on the shore of Drake’s Bay about Saint John Baptist’s Day, June 24, Anno Domini 1579, by Francis Fletcher, priest of the Church of England, chaplain of Sir Francis Drake, chronicler of the service. Gift of George W. Childs, Esquire, of Philadelphia. First Christian service in the English tongue on our coast. First use of the Book of Common Prayer in our country. One of the first recorded missionary prayers on our continent. Soli Deo sit semper gloria.”
As seen on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park during RPD’s 85th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event:
Reader JR sent this one in. Read his words below.
If you want to see for yourself, take a look at the Streets View of JFK Drive near the Rose Garden, a little west of “425 JFK Drive, SF”
I think the bigger crime here is being oblivious to the big old honking Google Maps car going down JFK, but anyway.
Hey, is that Phil Ginsburg? (I can’t tell, but check out those sideburns. Does he wear a watch? Not that I know of.)
I was disturbed by the recklessness of a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Employee killing a person (1). I looked further online into that.
How Crazy are the Newly-Striped Lanes on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park? Contra-Flow Dog-Walking LaneMonday, June 30th, 2014
Well, I’ll tell you, the SFMTA-sponsored restriping of the eastern section of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park is pretty crazy.
So different and strange new things occur there all the time – it’s amazing.
Do you think this dog skatewalker goes against traffic with eight critters anywhere else in the world?
Here’s public radio:
And here’s the San Francisco Bay Guardian:
Can’t the SFMTA simply fix matters by admitting defeat and putting the old stripes back in?
I don’t know if it can, you know, ideologically.
Two Cars Parked Next to Each Other on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park: You’ll Never Guess Which is Legally Parked in the Handicapped ZoneMonday, May 12th, 2014
Oh, what’s that, do both cars have valid handicapped placards displayed? Yes.
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Did you pick the car on the right? ‘Cause, you know, the driver parked right by the blue sign and next to the blue paint, right? You know, the way s/he’s done it hundreds of times before in the state of Califoria.
But SURPRISE! JFK Drive is a part of SFMTA Crazy Land, where up is down and left is right, where you’re supposed to follow the blue diagonal lines to the correct place to park, which is close to the middle of the street.
The handicapped driver of the car on the right, who made an honest mistake, let’s assume, gets awarded a fat ticket worth three figures for losing this quiz.
Hey, do cyclists like the new bike lanes on JFK Drive?
No, not really.
A Small Victory: Organizers Finally Recognize Hayes Street Hill is NOT the Highest Point of the Bay to BreakersThursday, February 27th, 2014
First things first, let’s prove that the top of the Hayes Street Hill on Hayes Street is not the highest point of the current B to B route.
And here’s another shot at it:
And here’s a contour map of the Hayes Street area:
So that’s it.
“Under Armour will have a strong race day presence as the official sponsor of the notoriously challenging “Hayes Hill,” awarding prizes to the fastest hill runners from select racing categories.”
(People from around here call it Hayes Street Hill, but otherwise this is fine. The name of the hill itself is Alamo Heights.)
This was what the organizers used to say every year:
“Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore and Steiner, bringing them to the highest point in the race, approximately 215 feet above sea level. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park.”
So yeah, the course gradually flows downhill, but only after peaking in Golden Gate Park.
All right, let’s see how the MSM handles this in 2014…
What It Looks Like When the California Academy of Sciences Has a Free Admission Day – A 500-Yard Line in the RainTuesday, February 11th, 2014
This is the tail of the snake on JFK Drive:
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Or you can Plan a Visit sometime, your choice.