It looks like this:
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I know it when I see it.
As this driver just did, loaded up with household goods for a trip back up north to Oregon or Washington or whichever state is named on the license plate.
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What drivers do is get stuck on Market outbound and then they see the No Left signs one after the other, 2nd, New Monty, 3rd, 4th, 5th and then they get frustrated and make a left on 6th Street, as here.
And when you make that kind of move, the cops can see you from all around.
(What we should have are signs saying No Left Turns Next 2 Miles, or something, like what we have on 19th Avenue, an official State Highway.)
Of course, if the driver were on Market heading inbound at this very same intersection, then a right turn would be mandatory and going straight just might get her a ticket as well. The thing about that, tho, is that the chances of getting a ticket for not turning right is way less than 1% but, well, making a left you are just begging for a ticket.
(Which you can just throw away once you get back to home state, if you want, IDK.)
The driver of this car was taking Oak to get back to the Peninsula this afternoon but she ended up flipping her Honda Civic just before Divisadero.
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So as traffic backed up for miles along Oak, the SFPD began its investigation:
The Honda Shadow:
San Francisco’s “Comeback Neighborhood of the Year” is the host of this scene, betwixt abandoned sidewalk sofas and the LaunderLand:
Now I’ll tell you, we were supposed to get a freeway to link up the terminuseses of 101 and 280 with the Golden Gate Bridge, but what we got instead was Fell and Oak with three or four one-way lanes each way timed for 35 MPH. But these days, for various reasons, the Fell/Oak twins don’t play the substitute freeway role as well.
Recently, this intersection at Divis. has become a bottleneck owing to the inefficient* left arrow phase for southbound traffic on Divisadero to allow drivers to get on eastbound Oak. I’m not sure, but this configuration might have confused or upset the Civic driver, who was driving “all squirrelly” near Broderick shortly before this accident.
*Hey, how about a big fat “NO LEFT TURN” sign for southbound drivers on Divisadero? This intersection wasn’t made “for the neighbors,” so there’s no reason for the people who live in this area to have more of a say than those poor, wretched souls who live way out there in the West Bay, you know, the Sunset and the Richmond. This new left turn phase, like the one at Octavia for inbound Market Street drivers, appears to be a sop for DivCo / NoPA / EaPA locals…
Remember this, from earlier this month?
“From Todd Lappin Telstar Logistic:
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What’s going to happen to all these bikes?”
Here’s the answer:
“Most will go to the Reno Bike Collective and other bike organizations, some will be repainted and added to the BRC Yellow Bike program.”
Well, here you go – in four short days, McAllister will become a fully two-way street.
This should speed up the #5 Fulton inbound, huh?
And now there’s even less excuse to use the Wiggle bike route (as McAllister and Divisadero make up a superior route to and from the Panhandle, sorry for saying that over again but it’s totally true.)
The News of the Day:
“The SFMTA Announces Reconfiguration of McAllister Street
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that, effective Thursday, Aug. 4, McAllister Street east of Hyde Street will be reconfigured. Also, Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market) will be converted to two-way. The traffic reconfiguration and correlated completion of the overhead contact system (OCS) rehabilitation in this area mean that the nearly 16,000 annual 5 Fulton Muni trolley bus customers will now have a more direct trip downtown. The change will save the Agency more than $200,000 a year in operating expenses.
Effective Aug. 4, the new configuration will allow Muni, commercial vehicles and bicycles to travel eastbound on McAllister Street between Hyde Street and Charles J. Brenham Place. All other eastbound McAllister traffic will continue to turn right at Hyde Street. Only bicycles, taxis and Muni vehicles will be allowed to turn east on Market Street from McAllister Street. All other traffic will be required to turn right onto Market Street. All traffic will be able to make a right turn from northbound Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market Street) onto eastbound McAllister Street to access the block between Charles J. Brenham Place and Jones Street. The attached maps show the changes in the traffic configuration.
The current 5 Fulton route requires inbound vehicles heading downtown to make a right on Hyde Street and then a left on Market Street. The new route, made possible by new overhead wires in the eastbound direction, will allow buses on this route to go straight to Market Street, saving up to three minutes per trip. The changes to the 5 Fulton route will take effect after the testing of the new OCS in August.
The SFMTA’s Capital Investment Program includes the rehabilitation of the aging trolley bus OCS in various parts of the City. This vital work includes replacing existing poles and overhead wires. Rehabilitation of the OCS improves safety and service reliability and helps keeps Muni in a state of good repair. The OCS construction began last summer and was part of the 21 Hayes Pole Replacement project.”
Do you recognize this iconic icon? Well you should:
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Here it is again, IRL, on Mission as you approach South Van Ness. So many choices!
And now, you can find it in stencil form – look, it’s physical graffiti:
Via Eric Fischer, who’s Everywhere You Want To Be.
Five points for Fischer House for, once again, uncovering a marvelous marvel.
I won’t get into what a disaster Octavia “Boulevard” has become, oh no. And I won’t talk about those poor devils living in the Avenues who are going to have to pay for the right to cross Laguna on Fell when they’re coming home at night,* oh no.
Today’s topic is the absurd and lengthy left-only lane on inbound Market Street at Octavia “Boulevard.”
See it? It’s the left-turn lane in the background behind where the straight-outta-Beirut, go-to-Hell, baby-blue Mercedes (sans hubcaps and iconic star) will be in a second or two.
This left turn lane is absolutely useless. Why should the world stop (really – the entire intersection shuts down for these left turning cars) so the NIMBYs of Hayes Valley can get home easier? There’s no reason.
And, in fact, you can make a left just on inbound Market just after Octavia and also just before Octavia.
So, WTF? Why not turn that left turn lane into something useful instead? Why not put a bunch trees there, where they’d actually improve traffic flow, for a change?
The (Planning) Gods Must Be Crazy.
*Is the Western Addition part of the “Downtown Core” of San Francisco? Nope, not at all. And yet, this map says it is: