Posts Tagged ‘lane’

Here’s Why Mercedes Drivers Use the Bus Lane on Montgomery in the Financh – High Reward, Low Risk

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Let’s take a look up Bush Street from Sansome to see what it’s like during the evening drive.

It can start pretty early – look at the shadows:

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It’s not gridlock, but it’s very slow. Drivers make it one or two car lengths per light cycle.

Starting on Bush to get to 1st Street to get to the coveted Bay Bridge on-ramp can take more than a half-hour.

Now what some people in this situation do is say this is ridiculous and then find another way to the bridge. They substitute

Others just stew in their rides – some of these people enjoy honking, you know, as an outlet.

And there’s yet another option.

You can just use the little-used left turn lane after Montgomery and then, and this is key, go straight through the intersection at Sansome to use the BUS TAXI ONLY lane to pass all those su

Thusly:

Now it seems that drivers would get ticketed for this maneuver, but I’ve never seen it happen.

(Cops hate traffic more than you do, so they never hang out here. Come to think of it, I don’t see too many buses or taxis using this special lane either. And I don’t think any forward-facing cameras on any SFMTA vehicle can get you neither)

Of course, then you gotta make it another four arduous blocks to the bridge, oh well.

But otherwise, this is the perfect crime.

Shhhhhh…

Sidewalk Salmoning: Cyclists are Enjoying the New Fell Street Bike Lane Already

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Look at them all go:

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Remember, Cyclists Alway Have the Right Of Way.

Oh wait a second, I just made that up. It’s not correct. I’ll fix my error by telling you I was wrong.

What I meant to say was Pedestrians Always Have the Right Of Way.

Oh wait, that’s wrong as well.

The SFBC knows by now that their statement is wrong but they still have it up on their website?

Yep.

What they should have done is had a lawyer do their bikelaw page.

Oh well.

Confused Driver Gets Ticketed Making the Infamous Left Turn at Fell And Masonic – Why the SFPD Cited Her

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

All right, camera right shows a light-colored Chevy properly waiting at the red arrow light to turn from westbound Fell onto southbound Masonic. The confused driver is in the  blue two-door Honda – she wants to make the same turn to get from NoPA to SoPA but she’s in the wrong lane.

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Of course back in the day, the Honda driver would have been driving properly but things changed at this intersection about a half-decade back. Check it. Anywho, she sat there waiting to turn left even though she had a green to proceed straight on Fell Street.

That pissed off the driver of the car behind her, so then its driver is all “hoooooooooonk!” You know, at the Blue Honda Chick.

She doesn’t budge ’cause she knows she wants to turn left, you know, from the wrong lane.    

Oh, here she goes, around the Chevy:

Now all that honking attracted the attention of the Park Station police, who also made an illegal left from the wrong lane in order to follow the blue Honda driver onto southbound Masonic. Here they are near Oak:

The moral of this story is that drivers will never get used to this unique intersection set-up. The reason being is that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition overruled the traffic engineers who originally had cars on Fell turning left at the beginning of the green light phase for Fell Street. But you see, that had car drivers “going first.”

Oh well.

On It Goes…

And oh, what you’re supposed to do when you mistake driving is to just go with it, go with the flow. You know, respond to stimuli. So like if you’re in the westbound lane and you have a green to go straight then you should go straight for a while EVEN THOUGH THAT”S NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO RIGHT NOW. Obliviously, you can’t just make up your own traffic rules…

Tailgating on Fell Street: What It Looks Like

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

It looks like this: 

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I know it when I see it.

Attention Comrades! Please Attend Glorious JFK Drive Bike Lane Re-Education Camp Tonight – Attendance Mandatory!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

From the Richmond District Blog comes news of tonight’s Richmond District Democratic Club meeting regarding the horrible new bike lanes on JFK Jr Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Longtime area cyclist and capitalist running dog Steven T. Jones typifies the type of person who will most benefit from re-education via the corrupt SFMTA and the messianic San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. See?

New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

I’d post a photo but the SFMTA has me watching an educational movie, you know, A Clockwork Orange-style.

And they DID admit that some fine-tuning possibly might be in order.

And my restraints are actually quite comfortable.

Maybe these horrible, one-of-a-kind bike lanes aren’t so horrible after all.

In closing, I Love Big Brother.

Boy, This Minivan Driver Sure Didn’t Want to Make the Mandatory Right Turn at 10th and Market – Look What He Did

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

From the right-only lane on Market inbound at 10th Street, over the bike lane, and into the transit-only lane.

See? 

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From here, the minivan driver went straight down Market, forward, ever forward…

Longtime NoPA Resident Vince Opposes Removal of a Mess of Parking Spaces on Masonic Avenue – Here’s His Site

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Here’s the flier what’s been popping up on car windshields lately:

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So let’s see here, is the SFMTA going to eliminate “all parking” on Masonic? No.

Was the community outreach [aka SFMTA focus group study] more than pro forma? Yes.

Did more than 50 people participate? Yes, well more.

But* anyway, here’s the protest website.

*There’s just too much spin in this flyer. If people just make stuff up, they are no better than acheerleading SFMTA Project Manager

The Current State of the Fell Street Bike Lane – It’s Separated for the Most Part – But ARCO Gas Station is In The Way

Monday, November 26th, 2012

This is how it’s going to go with the new Fell Street bike lane.

Looking west from Scott Street:

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So this lane will hug the sidewalk at first and then merge with drivers who wqant to queue up for cheap ARCO gas.

And then, after Divisadero, the lane goes back to hugging the sidewalk all the way to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. (What you see past Divis is the bike lane on the left and the buffer on the right. Soon it will be filled up with planters or something.)

On It Goes…

Brave Cyclist Takes on Hilly Bush Street on a Regular Basis

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

See?

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(Dude is braver, stronger than I.)

Bush Street from Masonic to Market is straight, hilly, and fast – it’s San Francisco’s version of Marin County’s Blithedale Ridge Roller Coaster trail.

OMG, It’s Fell Street Bike Lane Judgment Day – Painting “BIKE” Where Cars Used to Park – See Today’s Changes

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Here you go.

(Oh hey, gas is back down to less than $4 per gallon, even at the pricer-than-ARCO station at Fell and Divisadero.)

This is the scene this AM at Fell and Divis:

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Changes are afoot…