Posts Tagged ‘lane’

Here’s Why People in San Francisco Think UBER and Lyft Drivers are Horrible – An Ill-Conceived Left Turn, with Concomitant Honking

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Here you go, on Fell, at Masonic, outbound of course, we see a white Prius in the middle of five lanes:

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But there’s just one lane you can be in to turn left to go south on Masonic – that’s the leftmost lane, occupied by a black Honda Civic at this time. But no matter, despite the fact that the light for  Fell has been green for a good 20 seconds or so, the white Prius is stopped and attempting to turn left from the middle lane, which is exactly two lanes away from where you’d want to be.

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Honking ensued.

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But look, the Prius driver has pulled into the neighboring lane and then straightened out. Then it stopped again. One lane down, one lane to go:

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At this point, the unique ped / bike only green has gone red so this allows traffic in the left lane to turn left onto Masonic. And look who’s making an illegal left along with the Civic – it’s our friend the errant Prius:

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After hearing all the honking and seeing this display of chutzpah, a pedestrian can only turn away with a chuckle:

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Anyway, success of a sort – left turn completed.

And here’s the kicker – was it an UBER or a Lyft (or maybe even one of those UBER Lyfts)?

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Well, looks like a Lyft.

Yes, you can drive this way in SF, all you San Mateo County-based TNC drivers. However, you will accumulate more than your fair share of moving and parking violations from the non-traffic-oriented SFPD and/or the money-hungry SFMTA MUNI DPT.

And that’s going to eat into your earnings as a Lyft driver.

And of course the legal way to do this would have been to spend a couple minutes goring forward and then making three right turns.

Verdict:

GUILTY

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!

END OF LINE.

Look Who’s Driving Down the Bike Lanes of Polk Street Now: That’s Right, It’s SFMTA Employees at the End of Their Shifts – Mercy Me, We Got Ourselves a CONVOY

Monday, November 13th, 2017

I still haven’t figured out how the SFMTA wants drivers to travel south from your greater Pacific Heights, Cathedral Hill, 101 Corridor, Polk Gulch, TenderNob, Twitterloin area. My latest theory is Hyde through the Tenderloin, but what I know is that Gough, Van Ness, and Polk ARE NOT the way to go.

And guess who else knows this, our SFMTA. See?

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These PCO’s aren’t handing out tickets, they’re repositioning after handing out tickets. So to get around, they simply drive their gas-powered Cushmans south on the new green bike lane through Polk Gulch, block after block:

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That’s your SFMTA

Lyft Driver Fed Up with the SFMTA’s New Polk Street Layout Drives the Wrong Way to Escape

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Thusly:

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Not sure how the SFMTA wants people to travel south on the weekends. Gough is no picnic, Van Ness is worse, and Polk is a parking lot, so I suppose Hyde, which used to have timed lights and now not as much, is left to pick up the slack…

Irate-Appearing, Window-Slapping Road Biker vs. Mercedes Benz Station Wagon on 7th Avenue : You Make The Call

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Here we go, southbound uphill on 7th Ave near Lawton (or Kirkham, one of those).

Oh, Gentle Reader, I almost def. have more experience (in terms of hours, decades, miles, younameit) both riding bikes and driving cars on these Streets of San Francisco than this emo roadie, but is this such a tough sitch to call anyway? I’ll say I’m 99% sure that the Mercedes driver noticed the backup lights on that parked car and was queuing up for a chance to take over that space:

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So what’s the reaction? Whatsamatta you hand gestures and a left-hand window slap:

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And then, the look back, always with the look-back. (Bad car drivers do the same thing.)

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So, where should this driver have waited? In the middle of the car lane? IDK the answer to that, but some might feel that way.

To me, well, I would have gone around the wagon on its left, I would have “taken the lane,” if only briefly.

Just saying…

Here It Is: Your New, Lower Capacity Masonic Avenue, with a Median and Twee Streetlamps

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

(We’re gonna rock on down to ‘Sonic Avenue, and then we’ll take it higher.)

Looking north from Hayes. The medians will end up with trees, and looks like a few easier-to-see traffic signals as well:

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Looking south from Hayes. The median ends early here, perhaps in deference to the SFFD’s nearby Engine 21 on Grove, IDK:

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IDK if these trees will survive:

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Here are your old-school streetlight amenities. I guess this is meant to please area homeowners. (The similarly brand-new, old-school benches down the hill aren’t really working out, oh well.)

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Here’s what looks to be a bus island with a bike lane on the right side. MUNI buses will simply stop in traffic, leaving this part of Masonic with one lane:

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Here’s your reverse angle, looking towards Fulton:

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Old sidewalk and trees to the right, new sidewalk added in the middle, new bike lane further left, and then the new median:

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And there you have it.

UBER Driver from Merced, CA Thinks the Green Part of Scott is for the Use of UBER Drivers

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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Seems there was some kind of rush to queue up for the Fell Street ARCO, a watering hole for many many UBER Lyfters, due to its low low prices.

Anyway, this part of Scott is bikes-only lane…

A Tent City Moves: Mayor Ed Lee’s Vietnam – He Can Take Any Hill in the Theater, But He Can’t Win the War

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

[TRIGGER WARNING: Military Analogy – “taking the hill” as in Hill 937 during the Vietnam War, for example. Also Personal Vietnam, as with DJT. Also a kind of Sports Reference, to the Big Game.]

This is 498 11th Street, let’s say. Really, it’s across the street from the end of the even side of the 400 block of 11th, but if I told you I was talking about the long-lasting Tent City (2015-2017) across the street from 498 11th, you’d go there and look around and say, “Oh, there it is.”

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How would you describe it? I almost don’t recognize the place, without tents* and parked RV/stolen-bicycle-part-processing stations.** Anyway, DPW SFPD SFMTA and other SFGov alphabet soups geared up*** to take this hill, betwixt Potrero and a Best Buy parking entrance/exit, really just part of one side of one city block, and now the water trucks come by three (3!) times a day, Mayor Willie Brown-style.

And this is 400 11th Street more or less. You can see the structure made to hold up the Veteran’s Cab sign on the left and the I-80 freeway on the right. In essence, a small Super Bowl Tent City moved one block, about 100 meters, a mere tenth of a Klick (Military Slang), to the northwest:

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IMO, absolutely nothing has changed, after this huge, years-long effort.

A solution to this whole issue is Above My Pay Grade. I’m just offering my Sit Rep.

Over and Out.

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How 90-Degree Parking and Double Parking are a Bad Combination on Busy Baker Street – A Turned Head of Disapproval

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Prolly there shouldn’t be 90-degree parking here and there should be a white zone here in front of this large institution on Baker so that your relatives or taxi drivers or Paratransit drivers or even some of those hated UBER Lyft drivers in economical Priuses can come by and drive you someplace, but our SFMTA just loves to add parking to certain blocks for certain reasons at certain times. It doesn’t really make sense overall, but that’s just the way our SFMTA is.

So we end up with this kind of sitch.

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So normally a bike rider can simply go around a double parked car, but with this kind of set up I wasn’t sure if this bicycle “activist”-type person would be able to make it past easily, you know, due to all the stalled traffic from rush hour and whatnot. She had just the mildest of reactions that you could expect, just a slight WTF head turn to the right to the let the driver know, “Bad form, Dude.” (Of course our Bro-iest of bike riders would dismount and start slapping body panels – that’s the range of reactions you can expect.)

So whose fault is this? IDK. Hey, why not go back to regular parking here? Now that’s an idea.

(Our SFMTA wants UBER Lyft drivers to circle about for 10-20 minutes and then hike to the lobby to make a legal pick up, one assumes…)

Fulton Street Update: Massive 60-Foot SFMTA #5 Bus Can’t Fit Into SFMTA’s Slow Lanes

Friday, April 14th, 2017

You’d think our SFMTA would be able to match a bus to a street, but it can’t:

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Frisco’s Narrowest Street has got to be Goldberg Lane, Right?

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

I’m mean, c’mon, just look at it:

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Can I get a hell yeah?

I think I’ve gotten one here.

So step off, Elim Alley, and make way for the new king…