Posts Tagged ‘left’

Locals Go HONK HONK as General Motors Tests Its “Cruise” Robot Cars Specifically In and Around Construction Zones, These Days, on the Streets of San Francisco

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Here we go – southbound Masonic at Anza. The left turn pocket lane that this robot might have been expecting is now gone, due to the endless construction projects in and around the 3000 feet of Masonic betwixt Fell and Geary, so Mr Roboto patiently waits, doing nothing. There’s a short left turn arrow at the beginning of the cycle at this unusual intersection, but somehow this self-driving car (or its human driver IDK) missed that chance to turn so it had to wait like 30 seconds blocking southbound Masonic’s “fast” lane:

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Not that that’s agin the rules or anything, but blocked drivers honk-honked nevertheless.

Man, look at all the ppl riding around in these cars these days:

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And actually, if I did miss the left arrow phase, which I wouldn’t have, I wouldn’t then wait so far back for my second chance at making a left as my light went amber – no no, I’d firmly get into the intersection to show my intentions of going left, for one thing.

I’d agree that It Aint Easy To Drive In Frisco and I’ll note that it seems that GM’s finishing school for robot cars appears to have a tough curriculum, what with all the Cruises I see cruising by / stopping at construction sites these days. But…

Why Can’t Cruisey Drive?

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.

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…

Random Right-Turn-Only Requirement for Drivers and Bike Riders at 9th and California?

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

On 9th Ave looking north:

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I don’t see any other markings or signs, except for some official-looking painted-on arrow and a similar sign / street arrow  for southbound traffic.

One wonders, is this real life? You can’t simply drive north on 9th, or even turn left?

One wonders if these are real SFMTA signs…

UBER Driver Lost in Frisco REALLY Wants to Make an Illegal Left Off of Masonic

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Charging down Masonic at a sloooow rate of speed, eventually making a legal turn the next block down.

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And this UBER Lyfter lives in town, so imagine how all those people who drive in from Santa Cruz drive.

Anyway, multiply this by 40,000 and you have part of the reason why traffic has increased so so much recently…

A Modest Proposal to Lessen the Impact of Horrible Octavia “Boulevard” by Removing Parking Spaces on Oak

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The cars on the left lane of this block are parked, which is part of the reason why this block of Oak has idling cars on it all the time.

So why not make the left a tow away zone, allowing drivers to get through this congested block more easily? All the SFMTA would have to do is take out like eight spaces:

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I mean, is this situation here what was “envisioned” a dozen years ago?

Church Street Update: Two Cars Turning Left – One from the Left Lane and One from the RIght Lane

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Both these drivers wanted to turn left on northbound Church and left turns are allowed on weekends, but I can’t tell you which driver is turning left from the wrong lane.

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Oh well.

There’s a similar situation on nearby Octavia “Boulevard” with right turns – drivers wonder if it’s legal to turn right from the middle lane. Apparently, putting up signs is considered “bad design,” which is ironic since all of Octavia Boulevard is bad design.

Oh well…

Illegal Turn or Not? Can’t Tell – SFGov Doesn’t Do a Very Good Job of Regulating SFGov Drivers

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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If SFGov were serious about “Vision Zero” 2024, which it’s not, it would have already started with SFGov traffic.

Oh well.

Four Choices Here on Market Street – How Would You Handle This Parked Bus?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

You can:

1. Go to the right, as shown, but sometimes there’s not enough room to do so.

2. Go to the left, but sometimes there’s not enough room to do so.

3. Go into the left lane, but there’s a huge wheel-swallowing gap in the road for the huge metal BART/MUNI subway grate, and if you fall down and get run over by a streetcar, a member of the SFPD just might say you weren’t riding “in the bike lane.”

4. Line up behind the stalled bus like you’re a car driver, for 10 to 150 seconds.

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I’ve done all four.

(I understand about where the BART entrances are placed, but I’d widen some lanes here in some places, at the expense of the (sorry, “urbanists”) overly wide sidewalks of Market Street…)

Choose or lose.

The Urban School Expands All the Way to Oak Street – Here It Is, You Won’t be Able to Miss It

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The house you see on the left used to be on the right – they moved it east a good 40 yards to make way.

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Anyway, this location on busy, busy Oak will soon raise the profile of The Urban School…