Posts Tagged ‘light’

How a Typical San Francisco Cyclist Bikes His Way Up Fell Street, at Night, Without Lights, “Taking the Lane”

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

[UPDATE: FTR, this part of Fell has four lanes and is timed for about 25 MPH and posted for 30 MPH, IIRC. And I'll just say I get all this static nowadays due to my (apparently) quite unpopular views on the Chris Bucchere case. (That's an interesting piece by writer David Darlington, BTW.) I can't tell if people are being sarcastic or not, so forgive me if I don't reply anymore.]

[UPDATE II, Electric Boogaloo: So we have this from another out-of-towner: "SF writer objects to bike riders’ right to take the lane." Well, yeah, the right to take the lane ... at a wobbly 10 MPH during the evening rush hour. Dude should pick up the pace, IMO. Dude was riding slowly on purpose, IMO. Now if you want to talk about a "substandard" lane, you want to talk about the brand new, SFMTA-approved southbound stretch of Divisadero betwixt Geary and McAllister. This is quite an uphill stretch, so the universal bromide of "taking the lane" for seven city blocks doesn't really work. What happens is that cyclists keep to the right and cars and buses sneak around. There used to be more room but the sainted SFMTA decided to put in a big old median. Did the SFMTA intend for cyclists to take the lane? If so, nobody ever does so on this uphill stretch.]

Here we go, heading west on Fell at night:

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Now I say “without lights” because dude is indeed without lights, but you can get away with just one light under CA law just saying. Could have said without “a light” instead. Let’s see, what else – oh, jumping the green, thusly:

This is called running a red light:

And this is called “taking the lane.”

Which you shouldn’t do as it’s agin the law when you’re trucking (slightly) uphill on Fell at about 10 MPH.

Oh well.

Keep in mind that you should view the words “reasonably necessary” and “unsafe” OBJECTIVELY and not SUBJECTIVELY. So like, man, I feel safer riding in the middle of the lane at 10 MPH doesn’t cut it. Similarly, it was like necessary man for me to do what I did also doesn’t cut it. I suppose you don’t need a brake on your bike, because, like, “my legs are my brakes, man.” Like, I don’t need to use the safety on my assault rifle because “this [trigger finger] is my safety.” And, legally, man, I’m a citizen of Hawaii and its not “after sunset” in Hawaii right now, man, so you can’t give me a ticket, man. And on and on.

And keep in mind that it’s not the BICYCLISTS ALLOWED USE OF FULL LANE law, it’s the bikes-should-keep-to-the-right-in-at-least-some-situations law.And actually, CVC 21202 takes rights away from cyclists, you dig? That’s why it’s an odd kind of “framing” to celebrate CVC 21202 when it’s CVC 21200 that gives rights to cyclists.

“Operation on Roadway

21202.  (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:

(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.(4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.(b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.
Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 674, Stats. 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.”

The Elusive Christmas Tree Light Cars from the 1950′s – This Ride is My White Whale

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Maybe it was a ghost car.

The best shot I could get, on Christmas Eve 2013:

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A Typical Pedestrian on the Streets of San Francisco: He Waits for the Yellow and Then Starts Walking

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

San Francisco pedestrians are the worst.

They have no fear.

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Pious Prious Prius: Of Course, Most Toyota Prius Drivers are Perfectly All Right – But This Guy Fulfills the Stereotype

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

So Dude here was all pouty on Fulton because the driver ahead of him waited for somebody else to park.

Most drivers in SF would simply go around the obstacle. And the rest would wait patiently.

But not Dude. He just sits there and honks his horn.

Then he guns his engine, yes there’s a tiny four-banger in there, to get to the corner a couple of seconds after the light turns red.

And then a jack rabbit start, shown here.

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Prius drivers, you’re not special.

Prius drivers, you’re not Part Of The Solution.

Prius drivers, why don’t you straighten up and fly right?

 

 

Now That the Smurfs 2 Movie is Out, Let’s Recall the Time in 2011 When Mayor Ed Lee Had City Hall Lit in Blue for the Original Smurfs Film

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Here’s a retread post from 2011.

Enjoy:

OMG, it’s SMURFS WEEK in San Francisco, just like they had in NYC.

Hurray!

So, even though we might not have a blue* Mayor…

…we do have a blue City Hall. IRL, SRSLY, this is what City Hall, the Highest Classical Dome in the Western Hemisphere,* looks like at night these days:

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And here’s an effort from Do Not Lick, who asks, “How Broke is San Francisco?”

As they, say, Smurf Happens:

San Francisco City Hall Goes Blue in Honor of The Smurfs

City Hall, San Francisco\

Plus:

Smurf Village at Hillsdale Shopping Center, Hillsdale Shopping Center

10AM-3PM - Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Hurray!

Thanks Sony!

*Or sunburned, take your pick. This photo, which is sometimes used to show people what Ed Lee looks like, is way, way, way, way oversaturated

I would show you a one-click fix but I am ignorant of how to do such a thing. PhotoShop’s Replace Color on a sunburned area would be a start…

Oh, wait a sec, here we go – a simple black and white does the trick:

That’s better.

*That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

“Its dome, which owes much to Mansart‘s Baroque dome of Les Invalides, Paris, is the fifth largest dome in the world, rising 307.5 ft (93.7 m) above the Civic Center Historic District. It is 14 in (360 mm) higher than the United States Capitol

San Francisco Has the Worst Pedestrians in the World – Sidewalk “Bulb-Outs” Serve to Embolden Them – Jaywalking in the Crosswalk

Monday, July 29th, 2013

As here:

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For the bulk of 2012, ALL ped deaths were due solely to bad ped behavior.

We’re talking jaywalking, for the most part.

Oh what’s that, man? “Jaywalking” is just a conspiracy from GM and AAA eight decades ago?

Perhaps, but what to you want, to legalize jaywalking?

Then more peds would die, right?

I’ll tell you, drivers get citations and cyclists get citations.

Why don’t San Francisco’s horrible, emboldened peds get citations?

How I Go Up Masonic, How I Come Down Masonic

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

This shot shows the real steep block of northbound Masonic, just above Fulton.

Dude here uses the bizarrely-wide sidewalk, the way I and most other people do. Good times: 

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And you should too, that’s what I’m saying.

Now, going south on Masonic is different. You should stay on the street ’til the cross-street Turk (which has a higher speed limit than Masonic, go figure). Then you go onto the sidewalk for one block (taking care to avoid the illegally parked cars put there by area homeowners who actually own garages, go figure). Then at Golden Gate, you cross and wait for the light to turn red.

Then you have two whole blocks all to yourself, if only for a few moments

Thusly:

That’s How I Go Up Masonic, How I Come Down Masonic.

An Arresting “Snapshot” from Photographer David Yu: Shifting Shafts of Shining Above Alcatraz

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Right here:

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All at once the clouds are parted 
Light streams down in bright unbroken beams 
Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies 
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams

Oh Wow, Here’s the New $100 Bill – See What It Looks Like, Front and Back, Plus Backlit and Under UV Light – It’s Awesome!

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Well, here it is, coming to a drug deal near you, the new $100 bill for 2013 and beyond.

You see, those North Koreans think it’s funny to counterfeit our money and this is the response from the U.S. Treasury.

All right, via  NewMoney.gov, from the front:

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Now, see it lit up from the back:

Here’s it lit with ultraviolet  light:

And here it is from the back:

“April 24, 2013

Federal Reserve Announces Day of Issue of Redesigned $100 Note

The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

The new design for the $100 note was unveiled in 2010, but its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay. To ensure a smooth transition to the redesigned note when it begins circulating in October, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features. More information about the new design $100 note, as well as training and educational materials, can be found at www.newmoney.gov.

For media inquiries, call 202-452-2955.”

Bud Light Truck Driver Single-Handedly Saves Central Market from Its Alcohol Crisis – Lots and Lots of Beer, YAY!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Most of the time, when there’s a delivery truck double-parked on lower Sixth Street or on neighboring blocks of Market Street, it’s delivering alcohol.

Like this:

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