These elephants are something I’ve never noticed at our California Academy of Sciences:
These elephants, the ones moving along.
They also have leopard vocalizations, which is something new, I think. Look up.
See you there!
First, it was all like this, like for a looooong time:
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):
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:
Man, this is not how I’d cross wide, wide Geary, I’ll tell you:
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.
Well, I suppose it’s three peds, actually. Now let’s see how they do:
The two peds on the left act properly and the jogger ped does not.
There’s room for improvement at this intersection, SFGov/SFMTA.
SFGov has learned to justify anything and everything as a matter of “safety.”
As here, where LED lights are going in:
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.
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?
On It Goes…
And that comes on the heels of this, back in April:
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…
Here you go, four streetlights in and around the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. From left to right:
1. ON ALL THE TIME SINCE EARLY 2015, on RPD Property.
2. ON ALL THE TIME SINCE EARLY 2015, on DPW Property.
3. ON ALL THE TIME SINCE THE PAST WEEK, on DPW Property.
4. ON ONLY AT NIGHT, on DPW Property – this one’s in the control group.
Q. Well, maybe this was at dusk, when the lights were turning on?
A. Nope. Daytime, nighttime, bright days, not-so-bright days. All the time.
Q. Well, this is just a few lamps, so this waste doesn’t amount to much, right?
A. Nope. There are other lights on as well. Just take a look at the Panhandle as you pass by, as thousands of well-compensated SFGov employees have similarly done. You can see these lights shining brightly, from a bus, from a car, whilst walking, whilst biking, you can see them from a box, you can see them with a fox, you can see them from a house, you can see them with a mouse. It all adds up.
Q. Well why don’t you just call 311 then?
A. ‘Cause 311 is for losers.* Actually, RPD is well-aware of this issue, one that they can see from their clubhouse at the end of … Fell Street. RPD just doesn’t give a fuck. Sorry.
END OF LINE.
*Oh sorry, loosers (if reading on the Internet).