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Well the SFMTA has a new tack on Scott Street betwixt Page and Fell for this year.
So last year, the SFMTA felt that these particular blocks of Scott were filled with “high speed” drivers “speeding” through the place and the SFMTA felt that the simple four way stop intersection of Page and Scott was “confusing for everyone.” Here we go:
In fact, Page and Scott is not “confusing” at all. As stated, it’s a simple four-way stop, about as comprehensible as possible. And in fact, Page and Scott does not experience “heavy vehicle volumes.”
But hey, if you want to say that Hayes and Scott has heavier traffic volume these days, especially during the evening drive, well, we agree on that, SFMTA. Before, this traffic would have been on Divisadero, but recent “improvements” to the DivCo have lessened the DivCo’s capacity.
Here is the result of the “improvements” to Divis:
But now it’s 2014 and that was then and this is now. The SFMTA is articulating new rationales for doing what it wants to do. They’re contained in the Scott Street Traffic Diversion.
Let’s check it out:
Motorists who drive through a neighborhood – rather than to a local destination – can cause congestion on residential streets.
WELL GEE, I SUPPOSE THAT’S TRUE. BUT MOTORISTS WHO DRIVE TO A LOCAL DESTINATION – RATHER THAN DRIVING THROUGH – CAN CAUSE CONGESTION AS WELL, RIGHT?
The City proposes restricting traffic on Scott Street to make it more comfortable for residents, bicycle riders and pedestrians.
OK, SFMTA, WHY DON’T WE RESTRICT TRAFFIC ON _ALL_ STREETS TO MAKE _EVERYBODY_ MORE “COMFORTABLE?”
An extra-large bulb-out at Scott and Fell will require all southbound automobile traffic to turn right onto Fell Street; bicycle riders and pedestrians can continue on Scott. This will reduce Scott Street’s appeal as a cross-town route, making it a more pleasant place to walk, bike, and live.
SO YOU WANT DIVISADERO TO BE A _LESS_ “PLEASANT” PLACE?
Access will be maintained to all homes and driveways, and changes will be made to improve Divisadero Street to accommodate diverted traffic.
OH, I SEE, YOU WANT DIVIS TO HAVE MORE GREEN LIGHT TIME AND, LET’S SEE HERE, HAIGHT, PAGE, OAK, FELL, HAYES, ETC TO HAVE LESS GREEN LIGHT TIME. ISN’T THIS KIND OF A ZERO-SUM GAME? WHY SHOULD THE CITY BEND OVER BACKWARDS FOR THE RICH HOMEOWNERS OF SCOTT STREET?
Changes to Scott Street were initially requested by neighborhood residents unhappy with congestion and idling vehicles.
OK, SO WHAT ABOUT EVERY OTHER STREET IN SF? ARE YOU GOING TO POLL RESIDENTS OF ALL THE OTHER STREETS TO MEASURE THEIR “HAPPINESS?”
Restricting southbound traffic would greatly reduce this issue for several blocks both north and south of Fell Street. Residents who live on Scott between Oak and Fell would have to approach their homes from the south when driving, but would still have access to their driveways and would be able to exit the block to either the north or south.
WHY NOT THIS, SFMTA? WHY NOT SAY THAT ONLY SCOTT STREET RESIDENTS CAN PARK ON SCOTT STREET? I’LL BET THAT WOULD INCREASE THE HAPPINESS LEVEL OF THOSE MILLIONAIRES EVEN MORE. ARE YOU GOING TO DO THAT NEXT, SFMTA?
With the proposed traffic diverter, drivers would still be able to park on both sides of Scott Street on the block between Oak and Fell with a U-turn required to reach parking spaces on the west side of the street. The traffic diverter would not remove any parking spaces from Scott Street, though bulb-outs at other locations in the project area will each remove 0-3 parking spaces.
WHY DON’T YOU JUST COME OUT AND SAY HOW MANY PARKING SPACES YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE OUT, SFMTA? OH, THAT’S NOT YOUR STYLE, HUH?
Biking on Scott Street in the southbound direction will be significantly calmer, with fewer automobiles to share the road with.
FEWER BUSES TOO, RIGHT? IN FACT NO BUSES AT ALL. AND YET, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE RIDE ON BUSES ON SCOTT THROUGH THIS SACRED AREA ON A DAILY BASIS. WHAT ABOUT THEM?
Scott Street will no longer be a convenient route for driving in the southbound direction.
BECAUSE IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE, RIGHT? WELL, WE AGREE ON THAT ON, ANYWAY.
For drivers with destinations within the Alamo Square or Lower Haight neighborhoods, either Divisadero or parallel neighborhood residential streets could be used.
WELL THANKS, CAPTAIN OBV!
For drivers currently using Scott Street for longer stretches, Divisadero will be improved to make it the preferred route through the area.
UH, NO IT WON’T. SIMPLY.
Driving north on Scott Street would not be restricted under the proposal, though raised crosswalks and speed humps will be added.
WHAT’S THE SPEED LIMIT ON SCOTT, SFMTA? HOW MANY PEOPLE “SPEED” ON THESE TWO BLOCKS BETWIXT PAGE AND FELL? OH NONE, ALL RIGHT. BUT YOU’LL PUT IN “SPEED” BUMPS ANYWAY, BECAUSE, BECAUSE…?
Because of improvements the SFMTA will be making to Divisadero in conjunction with this project, neighborhood streets such as Steiner, Pierce and Broderick would not be expected to receive noticeable changes in automobile traffic – in fact, some cross-town traffic on these streets may switch to Divisadero as well.
THIS IS PIE IN THE SKY. THIS IS THE SFMTA’s BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN. IF THE SFMTA WANTS TO FAVOR NORTH-SOUTH TRAFFIC OVER EAST-WEST, IT CAN, OF COURSE, BUT AT THE EXPENSE OF EAST-WEST TRAFFIC, OF COURSE. ISN’T THIS A ZERO-SUM GAME, SFMTA?
Changing the traffic signals on Divisadero Street will ensure that the increase in the number of cars using Divisadero will not slow down the 24-Divisadero, and could even improve Muni service in some stretches.
THIS IS PIE IN THE SKY. THIS IS THE SFMTA’s BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN. OH WELL. HEY SFMTA, WHY NOT CHANGE THE TRAFFIC SIGNALS ON DIVIS RIGHT NOW, IF DOING THAT WOULD BE SO GREAT? SIMPLY, DIVERTING TRAFFIC ON SCOTT WILL NOT IMPROVE BUS SERVICE. SORRY, SFMTA. SORRY TO HARSH YOUR MELLOW, SFMTA.
Here’s the recent Uber / The Bold Italic “partnership.*”
And here’s a post from five days ago.
Boy it sure seems that Gannett has a boner for Uber, but you make the call:
“Uber Will Deliver Kittens to Cuddle Today
Oct 29, 2013 … Uber Will Deliver Kittens to Cuddle Today Hey fellow feline lovers, it’s National Cat Day! If you have a kitty in your life, make sure to give it some …
Breaking It Down: Uber’s New Lower Rates
5 days ago … Breaking It Down: Uber’s New Lower Rates Started in 2009 by serial- entrepreneur Travis Kalanick, Uber, the little-car-service-that-could, has …
To: You, Love: Uber ($20 off for New Users)
Feb 13, 2013 … To: You, Love: Uber ($20 off for New Users) If you’ve yet to jump on the bandwagon, err town car, Uber has a special Valentine’s Day treat for …
Uber and The Bold Italic Present: Romance On-Demand – The Bold …
Feb 11, 2013 … Uber and The Bold Italic Present: Romance On-Demand Oh Valentines Day. You come but once a year and yet there are few other holidays …
On Demand Romance-Valentine’s Day Serenades Recapped – The …
Feb 18, 2013 … The Bold Italic teamed up with Uber to host Romance on Demand featuring one dozen Whole Trade roses from Whole Foods, a gift bag filled …
Update: We Has Uberkittens!
Oct 29, 2013 … Update: We Has Uberkittens! We just had the best afternoon break ever. Thanks Uber for stopping by with the Uberkittens!”
So the way the carpet-baggers at northern Virginia-based Gannett The Bold Italic should handle things is to somehow note the promotional deal, or the “partnership,” or the former or recent partnership, or whatever you want to call it.
Come on, Gannett! You can do it.
*Cf. the same search for Uber partnerships with the blog y0u’re reading right now. It has the word manslaughter in the first line – a bit of a difference.
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For some reason, when the SFPD Motor Patrol hands out tickets and/or admonishments to cyclists who blow through the crosswalks of The Wiggle bike route without breaking cadence (they call this an “Idaho Stop,” even though it’s not), that kind of enforcement action invariably gets called a “sting” operation.
But a sting must involve some form of deception, right? And the cops just stand there waiting for cyclists to blow through a stop sign.
So, what gets called a sting aint a sting.
As here with the cabbie. He was speeding, more than most, one assumes, and then he got a ticket.
No sting involved.
District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview, said that Fresh & Easy did little to support its Third Street store, and was unresponsive to efforts to work with the community. “I am deeply disappointed that Fresh and Easy did not include the Bayview community in this process. As a city we have made consistent efforts to be a part of the discussion to ensure that the Bayview community was not harmed by the failures of Fresh & Easy to capitalize on the economic opportunities in San Francisco,” she said in a statement.
So, San Francisco County isn’t a hard place in which to do business? But, yes it is a hard place in which to do business! Here’s the task – go into the Bayview and operate a gro sto that makes money, but keep in mind that this goal has been attained by nobody else. And when things don’t work out, a low-level elected official will call out your alleged incompetence to tout le monde.
“Fresh & Easy may point to the low-performance of the existing Bayview store as the primary reason for why it was not included in the acquisition agreement. However, this statement does not take into account that Fresh & Easy made little effort to support the day to day operations of the store.”
Malia Cohen, business consultant?
She said city officials “made countless offers to meet with the general manager of the store to discuss neighborhood marketing campaigns in order to ensure it would remain successful.”
So if you’re running a business in the 415, a “neighborhood marketing campaign” will “ensure” success? Really?
Supervisor Cohen said that the decision would force many Bayview residents to buy their groceries in other neighborhoods.
Oh, back to planet Earth, yes, at least we agree on this. Yes, the F&E is the only genuine grocery store in the area. Of course, there’s a Walgreens at 5300 3rd Street just five blocks away and it’s sort of a substitute for a gro sto. Here’s the extensive chip section – it’s the Great Wall o’ Chips!
(And this is just one part of The Wall.)
But it’s not really a full-on grocery, I’ll agree.
Oh, but what’s this the next block over at 5201 3rd? It’s Aguila de Oro Produce. See? It’s smack dab in the middle of the Lower Third’s purported “food desert” and yet it’s more of a “food oasis,” as defined by the Feds, than any Walgreens in the world:
This store serves all comers. And in a way, it has an unlimited supply.
So Malia, instead of crittercizing grocery managers who were given an almost impossible task, why not promote those who are already succeeding without the help of SFGov? I mean, the first thing I’d think about if you asked me to operate a full-on grocery in the area is why have all the other efforts failed? And then I’d think about how long will it take for my political “friends” to turn on me?
Cohen has already begun conversations with local grocers about potentially acquiring the site if Yucaipa does not reconsider purchasing the Bayview location.
Like F&E could give a fuck, right? It’s like be our guest, Malia Cohen. Go knock yourself out.
“I am committed to working with the community to determine the future of this important asset, continue our economic revitalization efforts* on the Third Street corridor and ensure that the Bayview community continues to have access to health and affordable food options,” she said.
Blah blah blah. What does all this mean? Who created this “asset?” You, Malia Cohen, or those you harsh out? And who on Earth will “ensure that the Bayview community continues to have access to health and affordable food options?” Access to health? That’s a tall order, non?
I don’t know, it might feel good to flip off those who can no longer help you, but think of The Future, Malia.
If You Want.
*Efforts, mmm. Was the Third Street rail system an “effort?” I suppose. Is it a success? IDK. IMO, we’d be better of without it, even though the Feds kicked in a lot of money. Was Redevelopment all those years ago an “effort?” Yes. Was it a “success?” Oh no. We all agree about that, in retrospect. You live in a world of yes-men, you know, your officemates. You don’t want to lose the plot, Malia, in such an environment. You don’t want to lose touch with the Real World.
I’ll tell you, I drive and ride through this area on a regular basis, and nobody messes with me.
And when I say “high-rent,” I mean the cheapest studio available these days is going for $2000 per month ($1995 Sharp studio in an attractive 1907 Victorian (lower pac hts)) and that’s on a so-called “traffic sewer” street waaaaaaaay too close to the projects.
Anyway, here it is, courtesy of the the Ocean Beach Bulletin, 16 hours of Lower Pac Heights:
“On 08/17/13 at 11:30pm, the two victims were walking on Bush near Divisadero. One of the victim’s was looking at her cell phone for directions when they were suddenly approached by the suspect. He pulled up his sweatshirt and showed them that he had a gun in his waistband and told the victim to give him her phone. The victim complied and the suspect fled south on Divisadero St. He was described as a black male, 20-25yrs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
On 08/18/13 at 12:40am, the victim was walking on Scott St towards California and noticed the suspects on the opposite side of the street. The suspects then crossed over to the victim with one suspect in front and the other behind. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim’s phone and the victim complied. The suspects fled east on California St. One suspect was described as a black male, wearing a dark jacket and black pants. The other suspect was a Hispanic male, 20-22yrs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
On 08/18/13 at 2:37am, the victim was walking on the 3400 block of Sacramento St and was approached by the suspect. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his property. The victim handed over his backpack which contained his laptop, along with his phone and wallet. The suspect then fled to an older model tan vehicle which fled north on Walnut St. The suspect was a black male, 20-25yrs wearing a navy colored sweatshirt and had short dreadlocks.
On 08/18/13 at 4:35pm, on the 1700 block of Broderick, the four victims were taking pictures of each other when the two suspects approached. The first suspect was smiling and the victims were going to ask them to take a photo of them. One of the suspects suddenly grabbed one of the girls from behind and pointed a handgun at them. He said “this is no joke” and demanded all of their phones. The other suspect grabbed one of the phones from the victim’s hand while the other two victims handed their phones over. The suspects then fled east on Pine St. One suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 25yrs, wearing a black pea coat and a white baseball cap with a black brim. The other suspect was a black male, 26yrs, with a “buzz cut” hair style, wearing a dark coat and dark jeans.”
This kind of thing is much less likely to happen to people who are driving, biking or transiting by, IMO.
All the deets:
“Captain’s Message - Richmond Station Officers are leaving no stone unturned as we work to arrest offenders responsible for a series of robberies in the area bordering Divisadero to Presidio and Sacramento to Geary Blvd. Officers and Investigators are working with bordering districts saturating the area to apprehend these criminals. Our team has been interviewing witnesses, reviewing surveillance video and comparing notes with our neighboring districts in search of these persons. We continue to ask that you pay attention to your surroundings, walk with your head up and not be distracted by your mobile devices. Also we are able to track your phone if it is taken and has not been turned off, so please remember your password to your application.”
And then he got out of the saddle to pump up the steepest block of McAllister what’s on the Snickerdoodle route.*
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*It’s the UnWiggle, it’s the better choice to get west of Divisadero from Market
[UPDATE: Now let's hear from famous Jim Ross:
"I lived on Scott Street, between Oak & Fell during the last traffic circle experiment. Was nearly hit four or five times walking to Haight Street for coffee. That is a very residential neighborhood, one reason it is good to bike through. But also, a bunch of pedestrians should not have risk life and limb to cross the street…"
Indeed, Jimbo! Pedestrians wanting to cross Page would hear a car coming from a half-block away. What should they do? Would the drivers slow down? The peds wouldn't know. Very bad! All this so that Page could eventually become a "Bicycle Boulevard?" All this so that cyclists wouldn't have to worry about getting tickets for California stopping? Ridiculoso!]
Here it is, from our incompetent SFMTA:
You know what, SFMTA, do you know what you should be “passionate” about? Do you know what your primary function is? It’s to operate the fucking transit system.
So how well do you think you are you doing, SFMTA? Do you think you all are doing a spectacular job? Really?
So why not this, why not say, “We’re the SFMTA, we’re MUNI and we don’t do a very good job these days but we have a pot of money to spend on the Lower Haight and we think this kind of project would be a good use of taxpayer money.” You know, as an introduction, to build credibility with your audience.
Anyway, let’s get to a few of the more glaring issues with the so-called “Wiggle Community,” fka the Lower Haight.
Oh, here we go:
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Let’s read the boxes here:
“With intersecting bike routes and heavy vehicle volumes, this intersection is confusing for everyone”
OMFG, SFMTA, WTF? The intersection of Page and Scott doesn’t have “heavy” vehicle volumes. NOT AT ALL. Also, it’s a simple four way stop. It’s not “confusing for everyone.” WTF are you smoking, you SFMTA hippies?
“Heavy vehicle congestion from drivers using Scott as a cut-through to Fell and Oak.”
OK, as stated, Scott Street just doesn’t have heavy vehicle congestion. Hey, SFMTA! Do you know about the ongoing, daily disaster you all created called Octavia “Boulevard?’ Well guess what. It has “heavy” vehicle congestion. As does Oak, which routinely backs up going all the way up to freaking Alamo Heights. As do other streets intersecting with Octavia due to how the lights are timed. What color is the sky in your world, SFMTA? And what’s a “cut-through?” Is it street? I think it is? How about this, SFMTA, you all name me a street and then I’ll make a up a name for the surrounding area and I’ll call it a “community.” How about the “Ashbury Southern Heights (ASH) Community?” Then, I’ll critercise all those mofos who use the southern part of Ashbury Street to “cut-through” my made-up “community.” And then I’ll blame ALL “congestion” on people who don’t live in the “community.” That’s what you’re trying to do here, SFMTA. Every street in SF is a “cut-through,” using the phrase the way you all use it.
“Haight Street has buses and commercial activity, and is less comfortable for biking.”
Biking isn’t necessarily “comfortable,” SFMTA. And it never will be. I know you all are addicted to spending money, but this rationale is exceptionally weak. It’s right up there with using “transit justice” to justify the wasteful nine-figure Central Subway subway to nowhere project in Chinatown.
“Bicyclists don’t yield to pedestrians, particularly in the downhill direction”
Well, yeah, that’s right. Like Haight and Pierce, for example. I’ll tell you, I’m surprised the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition branch of the SFMTA would allow a publication to come out what talks about enforcement actions and what has a photo of an SFPD officer. I guess this is the SFMTA throwing a bone to the peds?
Anyway, read through the whole seven pages for more SFMTA boners.
Speaking of which, the SFMTA is back with the traffic circles.
All right,about a decade ago, the very same SFMTA was dead-set on putting traffic circles in the Haights, specifically on Page and Waller. The SFMTA said it had numerous studies praising traffic circles. The SFMTA said that “the community” wanted traffic circles. The SFMTA was wrong. The SFMTA had a vote by the neighbors and it lost by about a three to one margin – all 11 proposed traffic circles got voted down. Anyway, the plan was to have them become gardens or whatnot. So, for the SFMTA to list unsightliness as the first reason for the SFMTA’s failure, well, that’s a little disingenuous, IMO. So the reason the SFMTA can now claim it has “installed traffic circles with success and community support” in the Richmond District recently is that the SFMTA didn’t allow a vote. If the SFMTA allowed a vote on any particular traffic circle, the SFMTA would lose. So, no more voting, bingo bango.
This is horse doody:
“Traffic Circles Then & Now
In 2003, the SFMTA experimented with removing stop signs and installing traffic circles at several locations along Page Street. Many residents complained that the circles were unsightly and deprioritized pedestrians, and they were removed. However, in recent years the SFMTA has installed traffic circles with success and community support, using improved outreach, design, and signage.
Are there places in the Wiggle where you’d like to see traffic circles today?”
Is the SFMTA saying that it has “improved” the design of traffic circles the past ten years? Perhaps they’ve done research on the number pi? Perhaps they’re thinking traffic ovals? Traffic ovoids? IDK.
Anyway, just because you lie about stuff, that doesn’t mean people will necessarily believe you, SFMTA.
“Subject: Page St. Traffic Circle Hearing TOMORROW
Date: March 17, 2004 1:30:06 PM PST
“Dear SF bicyclist,
The 9-month long Page and Waller Traffic Circle Pilot program is coming to a
close, and the Department of Parking and Traffic is holding a public hearing
TOMORROW, THURSDAY MARCH 18TH to hear from residents and users of the
street. This is your chance to voice ideas, concerns, and opinions about
this traffic calming experiment. Each of the 11 proposed circles will be
voted on by residents living within a block, and voting will conclude March
25th. The circle receiving the highest percentage of votes (over 50%) will
be installed on a permanent basis, with consideration for others that also
receive 50% or more of the vote.
The meeting will be held:
6:30pm-8pm this Thursday, March 18th
Park Branch Library
1833 Page St. at Cole
The SFBC supports the concept of the traffic calming circles, but shares the
concerns of many other residents and neighborhood groups, including Walk SF
and the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council, that:
1) there was not sufficient neighborhood outreach or involvement prior to
2) more education and public outreach is needed to users of the street to
convey safe and legal behavior at the circles
3) pedestrian right-of-way is being compromised with the current circle
Although we don’t think the current design is perfect, we are encouraging
our members and other residents living along the Page and Waller corridor to
VOTE YES to give the circles a chance to be improved upon.
Given the right education, signage, and enforcement, we believe the circles
will benefit the neighborhood and cyclists by being the first step toward a
true bicycle boulevard on Page St.
A bike boulevard is an innovative bicycle facility that is often applied to
residential streets that parallel major arterials. It consists of three
1. stop signs placed only on side streets to give priority to the boulevard
2. traffic circles installed in at least some of the intersections to slow
cars down to 10-15mph while allowing bikes to maintain momentum
3. diverters, barriers or forced turns that prohibit automobile through
access on the bike boulevard while continuing to allow cyclists,
pedestrians, and emergency vehicles through.
A bicycle boulevard treatment applied to Page St. could dramatically reduce
the volume and speed of traffic, and reduce or eliminate stop signs, making
bicycling along Page much easier, safer, more efficient and pleasant. It
would not “close” the street to cars- drivers would still be able to access
every point along Page, but using this neighborhood street as an auto cut
through would be a thing of the past.
Although the DPT is not considering a full bicycle boulevard currently,
Thursday’s meeting will be a good chance to voice your support for this
concept, and build support among local residents.
You can find out more about bicycle boulevards at:
DPT’s web page on the circles is at
Because of vocal opposition to the circles, it is particularly important for
people to come and speak at the hearing about the benefits of traffic
calming and a bicycle boulevard along Page St. For more information,
contact me (using the information at the bottom of this e-mail).
TALKING POINTS FOR THURSDAY’S MEETING
- There are problems with the implementation of the circles, but the concept
is good. We need better signage (yield to peds pop-up signs, and stops
- A full bicycle boulevard (including side street stop signs, circles, and
diverters) will dramatically reduce car traffic on this residential street,
prioritizing the street for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Vote yes on the circles!
Thank you for supporting YOUR Bicycle Coalition and an improved bike