Oh, if only there were more light poles in the Parkside Fogbelt to hang ads from:
I’m not saying that some lights come on earlier than others, when dusk comes. I’m saying that in the middle of the day, SFGov leaves streetlights on for no reason, you know, for some reason I’m sure, but for NO GOOD REASON.
Go ahead, take a look and then tell me why we’re leaving the lights on, some in the park (RPD responsibility?), but others across the street on Fell (DPW?)
Anyway, these streetlamps have been burning without pause FOR MONTHS.
No, it’s not Keystone, it’s Kirkland Signature Light
But don’t take my word for it, buy a doublecase yourself, why not? That’s how they come, 48 cans at a time…
Bro on the left with the dog is “jumping the green” – he had to abruptly stop in the middle of California inbound once he noticed outbound traffic:
Were he and his dog were to be hit, the SFPD would find him at fault, yet people would say, “Oh, he was in the crosswalk. He was Murdered By Traffic through an Act of Traffic Violence.” (And then somebody would point the History of “so-called Jaywalking.”)
In any event, you can live your whole life as a jaywalker and never get hit by a vehicle and, in fact, most people manage to pull this off. Moving on…
To this, the woman on the left who started on a yellow. Now, speaking of infrastructure, should there be a “ped only” signal with a countdown timer here? Sure, why not? Oh, the reason why the SFMTA can’t do something is because it doesn’t have enough money and employees? Well, that’s one viewpoint – that’s the SFMTA’s viewpoint, certainly.
Of course, most of the ped deaths on the streets of San Francisco last year were the fault of the peds themselves. Refusing to acknowledge this aspect of traffic safety, the way SFGov is doing right now, means that Vision Zero 2024 will fail.
Traffic safety is a people problem, not an infrastructure problem…
There ought to be a Rec and Park app, so that residents could shut off Rec and Park’s lights, so long as they tried to do so in the daytime, maybe an NFC type of deal:
Oh, what’s that, Rec and Park, you like wasting the cheap drinking water we get from Hetch Hetchy and you like wasting the cheap electricity we get from Hetch Hetchy and that’s the way you likes it?
Here’s what it looks like – an SFPD enforcement action, this latest one at Oak and Masonic. (Note modern-looking SFPD Kawasaki Concours 14P (which looks to me like a CHP BMW) juxtaposed with the ancient Harley Davidsons what make up most of the Motor Patrol.)
This action meant that every driver who commited some infraction turning left from inbound Oak onto northbound Masonic got pulled over at the Masonic Chevron.
One supposes that the new left turn arrow phase at this intersection was the instigation for the enforcement action. (Back in the day, traffic didn’t back up during the Morning Drive due to the Double Left Turn that’s no longer there, owing to concerns over ped safety, one supposes.)
All right, here’s your money shot, here’s your scene at Fell and Masonic with a brace of drivers, drivers who “know” they’re special, so fucking special, you know, your Prius hybrid drivers, your Range Rover drivers, and your new funky BMW i3 (with absurdly tall, absurdly narrow Conestoga wagon wheels) electric car drivers:
That was the scene I initialy came upon and this is the same area as I left. Note the all-black Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lexus. It’s not a coincidence that the drivers of all these cars got pulled over at the same time, just saying:
Of course, the SFPD will also pull you over if they notice you doing something wrong going the other way, but the funny thing was that the two cars I saw getting pulled over heading south on Masonic, against the current, heading towards the Financial, were normal ones, like VW Golfs. (I’ll ask you, should you ever be proud of your car? The answer is that no you shouldn’t be, because Pride Goeth Before The Painful Traffic Ticket What’s Going to End Up Costing Your Four Figures. JMO.)
Moving on, to this – peds coming up to chat up the cops to cheer them on.
Now I’ll tell you, I didn’t see any driver run a red during the time I was at these intersection taking photos of the enforcement action, but I was paying more attention to the cops as opposed to the drivers. And I’ll note that sometimes the traffic lights would cycle red green red green red green without anyone getting pulled over.
I’ll leave you with this, my misfocused shot of a ped giving a black power salute to the SFPD to thank them for this latest enforcement action:
So sure, jumping the light and loitering in the street, that’s a routine thing, and that’s part of the reason why most* ped deaths due to traffic accidents on the streets of San Francisco last year were primarily the fault** of the pedestrians themselves.***
But to show the proper attitude, make sure to look away from the traffic you’ve been improperly blocking for no reason:
That’s it, now you’re on the trolley!
*Just a smidge above 50% for 2014, admittedly higher than the typical year.
**And if you’re talking about some partial fault on behalf of peds, then this 50 something percent figure would climb into the 60’s or 70’s. Of course, you’re not legally required to walk defensively, but, of course, it’s nevertheless a good idea. This is why I’m less likely to die as a pedestrian in a traffic accident per hour of walking than you, the more typical SF ped, one assumes
***Per SFGov, your beloved SFGov, which is run**** by that guy that the urbanist-type group(s) you’re a dues paying member of almost certainly endorsed for election.****
****You know, under our Strong Mayor form of government