Posts Tagged ‘light’

SFMTA MUNI Stares Down Mental Illness in Front of Twitter HQ – One Reason, Just One, of Why VisionZero 2024 is Impossible

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Oh here we go, here’s a 21 Hayes operator at 10th and Market. (Hey, you know the slow and inefficient #21, right? It comes to us, at great expense, via our slow and inefficient SFMTA.)

Anywho, here’s the scene, the driver with a green, the ped with a fierce attitude problem – it’s a staring contest:

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But let’s start at the beginning where Just Do It ambles against the red heading inbound on Market:

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And reaches the safety island. All the other peds stop for their red, but Just Do It doesn’t break stride, oh no. Now, here come the bus:

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What’s the ped’s message here? It’s like go ahead and run me down – make my day. Go ahead and just do it is what Just Do It is saying, more or less.

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While driving, biking or walking about town, I blithely assume that all pedestrians will manifest mental illness. Is that so wrong? I think not, obliviously.

OTOH, our SFMTA considers all peds perfect, perfect people – perfect people who make the occasional “mistake” by purposefully walking into traffic.

And DYK that the cause of most ped deaths last year in SF County was the peds themselves? Our SFMTA seems to ignore this reality. (Do you want to get into this, start talking about vehicle code violations and whose fault is what? I can do it. I have done it, AAMOF.) But Reality doesn’t win you any votes at the ballot box, and it doesn’t make Uncle Sucker want to send us some more sweet sweet pork from DC, so that’s why our SFMTA isn’t interested in Reality.

What will be the consequences for the people today spouting VisionZero 2024 when 2024 comes and the promises of VisionZero 2024 don’t? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Oh well.

If SFGov wants to legislate away all transportation deaths in town by 2024 and into the future, forever, it would need to be able to magically cure all mental illness, and even then it would fail. Really, SFGov would need to eliminate transportation altogether.


Oh No, LIDAR! – “City to Digitally Map Market Street on Sunday Morning” – Bike Riders Told to Scram, Temporarily

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Here’s the news, from CivicCenter.Org.

Artist’s conception of so-called “LIDAR trucks” in action. We’re through the looking-glass, people:

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All the deets:

  • The survey will take place between 3:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.
  • Stopping or parking on Market Street and the adjacent side streets is prohibited between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. to ensure the street is clear for the survey. Tow-Away signs have been posted.
  • The survey truck will run along Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and Steuart Street four times in order to get an accurate representation of all the features.
  • The truck also will measure the street features along all the side streets in the project area.
  • There are Temporary Tow-Away signs posted along Market Street and in zones along all the cross streets in the vicinity so that vehicles don’t block the “view” of the curb. PLEASE OBEY THE TEMPORARY TOW-AWAY SIGNS.
  • The LiDAR truck will be escorted by a police motorcade as it cannot stop along Market Street for any reason, since that will distort the data collection.
  • The center lanes of Market Street will remain open to all vehicle traffic including commercial and private vehicles, transit and taxis. The curb lanes will be closed due to the survey motorcade.
  • The LiDAR truck will run against the flow of traffic in two of its four runs, so PLEASE STAY ALERT AND DRIVE SLOWLY.
  • The SFMTA signal shop will place all 26 traffic signals on Market Street onto flashing red for everyone’s safety and the safety of the LiDAR truck and police motorcade.
  • Bicycle riders are encouraged to take alternate routes.

Pedestrians Who Start Jaywalking _Exactly_ When They Get a Red Light – A Small Collection

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Heading east the other day:

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And then the return trip heading west, just a few blocks away:

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There’s something wrong with our pedestrians.*

There’s something wrong with SFGov being afraid to say anything about it…

*Are drivers in Frisco worse than average, like compared with CA or the US? IDK. But our peds are much worse than average, mostly due to an attitude problem. Oh well.

The Projected Elephants at Our California Academy of Sciences

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

These elephants are something I’ve never noticed at our California Academy of Sciences:

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These elephants, the ones moving along.

They also have leopard vocalizations, which is something new, I think. Look up.

See you there!

Frisco Finally Gets Around to Fixing the Hanging Lanterns Above the Great Southern Entrance to Japantown – Here’s What They Look Like

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

First, it was all like this, like for a looooong time:

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But now it’s all like this, all fixed (except for the tagging, which might qualify for Landmark status at this point, but oh well):

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So that’s good.

(Hey, how’s the seismic safety for all what you can see in the background there, on Geary and Post from Fillmore to Laguna and including the big ugly Peace Pagoda [L]andmark? Oh, not good? Uh oh.)

Now what’s the next step? Hopping lanterns, Miyazaki-style, natch:

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So, San Francisco Simply Can’t Afford Traffic Signals on Geary, Where They’re OBVIOUSLY Needed?

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Man, this is not how I’d cross wide, wide Geary, I’ll tell you:

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The driver of the car heading inbound in the fast lane didn’t see these peds, so a passenger held out his arm as a way of apologizing, oh well.

The way to cross Geary would be to wait for reds at adjacent intersections OR to cross where there is a signal.

That’s what I’ve learned as a walker on the mean Streets of San Francisco.

Instead of going on a massive signal installing campaign, SFGov would rather promise you Pie In The Sky, a promise to repeal the laws of physics and human nature by the year 2024, you know, by the time that all the pols what voted for said Pie In The Sky have termed out, conveniently.

VisionZero they call it.


Friday, August 28th, 2015

Well, I suppose it’s three peds, actually. Now let’s see how they do:

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See that?

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The two peds on the left act properly and the jogger ped does not.

As per usual…

There’s room for improvement at this intersection, SFGov/SFMTA.

Just saying.

LED Lighting for the Golden Gate Park for “Safety,” But Not Really – Installers Witness Lamps Blazing Away 24-7

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

SFGov has learned to justify anything and everything as a matter of “safety.”

As here, where LED lights are going in:

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Now IRL, what these LEDs will do is save money, prolly, over time. The connection to safety is tenuous, certainly.

Hey, what’s that in the background? Is it Yet Another Streetlight in the area what’s been on 24-7 for half a year? Yep.

Does SFGov care? Nope.

Are there many other examples of this in the area? Yep.

Oh well.

Oh, Here’s Why All These Street Lights in Golden Gate Park Have Been Burning 24-7 for Half a Year – Lazy Lazy SFGov

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The switches up there are photovoltaic? So when they get covered with grime and whatnot the lights stay lit even in the daytime – that’s your clue that you need to fix the light.

Except this is Frisco, where the way to become a department head is, more or less, through elections fraud and/or sharing sports activities (such as jogging) with a so-called Strong Mayor. Ergo, the focus is on the political, as opposed to, what, common sense?

Anyway, our SFGov figures it’s easier to let streetlamps burn 300,000 minutes in a row, and counting, than letting the streetlight people do simple maintenance.

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On It Goes…

Joggers in the Panhandle Have Less Than a 10% Chance of Getting a Green Light at Oak and Masonic, So That’s Why They Jaywalk

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

From Hoodline:

Two Pedestrians Injured In Oak & Masonic Collision

And that comes on the heels of this, back in April:

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle At Masonic & Oak

The way our SFMTA has this intersection set up now is that joggers only have about 7 seconds to start crossing Masonic during a 75 second signal cycle. Assuming they don’t purposefully speed up or slow down to catch their green, that means they have less than a 10% chance of not encountering a red signal for crossing. Human nature being what it is, people jog across against the light and the resulting accident is the jogger’s fault. Check it:

Anyway, that’s why so many people are getting hit by cars at this intersection.

For whatever reason, the SFPD isn’t motivated to enforce the CA Vehicle Code upon peds, so this is the result.

If you believe in ped safety, you’d be in favor of a ped enforcement action here, to learn the joggers. OTOH, if you get paid to promote ped “rights,” then you’d disfavor a ped enforcement action here – you’d bend over backwards to displace blame. I mean, these peds aren’t “mistakenly” jaywalking, they’re doing it on purpose, right?

Choose or lose…