Posts Tagged ‘masonic’

Mystery Shroom, Masonic

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Don’t know what this new thing does, or what it emits. Might make a nice street stool though:

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Thank goodness I have protection

If You Like Seeing a Caravan of Nannies in Idling Porsches and Mercedes Benzes on Avenues Golden Gate and Central, You’re Going to LOVE the Expansion Plans of San Francisco Day School

Monday, January 8th, 2018

This is Central. When this double parked line of vehicles gets longer, it turns west on Turk:

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And here’s the front of the line on GGA:

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Anyway, here’s the Plan and all the deets:

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Trouble with the Two Traffic Signals Paid for by City Center Mall on Masonic – One at Ewing Terrace, the Other at Anza / O’Farrell

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Here’s Ewing Terrace. It didn’t use to have a signal. Now it has a Target [See Comments] City Center Mall-paid-for signal, actuated by a car sensor pad on Ewing and also any of the four pedestrian button actuators, and as seen here, for no reason at all. How many person-years have been lost already due to MUNI buses stopping for no reason? No one can say:

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Now let’s travel north to O’Farrell, where Cars Go First, to the surprise of peds, with a special Target-Approved green arrow what allows easy left or U turns for southbound drivers to get to Target. And what’s this – you can see a Lexus LS sedan blocking the fast lane of southbound Masonic the better to get to Target quicker:

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And here’s your awkward u-turn, over the double yellow and straight into the Lower Lot:

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Is this illegal? Should it be? IDK.

Anyway, this is what happens when you let Target City Center Mall  / KLA Geary LLC pay a half-million dollars and then give input into decisions formerly exclusively made by traffic engineers, oh well.

SFMTA Forces Pedestrians to Wait as Pickups Turning Left Get Priority – At Recently “Improved” Oak and Baker

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

So, this truck has priority and then a few seconds later peds may cross:

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This is similar to the design at masonic O’Farrell / Anza and Masonic, where peds also need to wait at the start of the signal, so about three or four drivers (assuming they’re paying attention – if they’re not sometimes only one car makes it through, sadly) can turn. And then when that’s done, peds may cross, not that ppl aren’t confused still, with that odd intersection.

Did I mention that Target paid for the signals at O’Farrell and Masonic? That seems to have had an effect upon design, you know, what with the SFMTA being the political animal it is…

Our US Postal Service Gets an Early Start with Parking in the New Bike Lanes of Masonic Avenue

Monday, November 27th, 2017

And this lengthy project isn’t even done yet:

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Where will these trucks park after completion?

– The slow lane, leaving just one for MUNI and cars?

– The slightly elevated bike lane, as seen?

– The new overly-wide sidewalks?

– Some yet-to-be-designated delivery vehicle / UBER Lyft dropoff point?

IDK.

 

Here’s Why People in San Francisco Think UBER and Lyft Drivers are Horrible – An Ill-Conceived Left Turn, with Concomitant Honking

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Here you go, on Fell, at Masonic, outbound of course, we see a white Prius in the middle of five lanes:

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But there’s just one lane you can be in to turn left to go south on Masonic – that’s the leftmost lane, occupied by a black Honda Civic at this time. But no matter, despite the fact that the light for  Fell has been green for a good 20 seconds or so, the white Prius is stopped and attempting to turn left from the middle lane, which is exactly two lanes away from where you’d want to be.

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Honking ensued.

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But look, the Prius driver has pulled into the neighboring lane and then straightened out. Then it stopped again. One lane down, one lane to go:

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At this point, the unique ped / bike only green has gone red so this allows traffic in the left lane to turn left onto Masonic. And look who’s making an illegal left along with the Civic – it’s our friend the errant Prius:

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After hearing all the honking and seeing this display of chutzpah, a pedestrian can only turn away with a chuckle:

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Anyway, success of a sort – left turn completed.

And here’s the kicker – was it an UBER or a Lyft (or maybe even one of those UBER Lyfts)?

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Well, looks like a Lyft.

Yes, you can drive this way in SF, all you San Mateo County-based TNC drivers. However, you will accumulate more than your fair share of moving and parking violations from the non-traffic-oriented SFPD and/or the money-hungry SFMTA MUNI DPT.

And that’s going to eat into your earnings as a Lyft driver.

And of course the legal way to do this would have been to spend a couple minutes goring forward and then making three right turns.

Verdict:

GUILTY

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!

END OF LINE.

The Safety Trees of Masonic – Somehow These New Median Trees from the SFMTA will Increase Safety – Somehow

Friday, November 17th, 2017

On it goes, the changes at the 3000 feet of Masonic north of Fell:

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The Quiet Chaos Resulting from a CCSF Campus Not Opening Its Parking Lot for an Hour – Endless Double Parking and Blocked Buses

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

IDK, I’ve never seen this, in all my years – people double parking near the CCSF John Adams Campus for up to an hour, ’cause somebody forgot to open the gate:

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And this is around the corner – it took this #21 Hayes driver a couple minutes of beeping / waiting to buck up the courage to pass traffic what seemed way too far to the left:

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But everybody else waited patiently, as if there were no other place in the world to park. Then at 7-oh something AM, the gate opened and Life went back to normal:

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How wedded CCSF is to the automobile.

Too bad MUNI sucks…

BOOM! An Unkempt Eucalyptus Tree vs. a Mercedes Benz and a Volvo in the Panhandle

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Nothing immediately obvious:

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There’s this note from SFGov…

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But you know, looks normal:

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Except for this:

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And this:

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Myself, I don’t know why we have euc trees in the Panhandle.

Maybe one of them will kill me someday.

(Avenge my death. Avenge me, you know, if you feel like it.)

Here It Is: Your New, Lower Capacity Masonic Avenue, with a Median and Twee Streetlamps

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

(We’re gonna rock on down to ‘Sonic Avenue, and then we’ll take it higher.)

Looking north from Hayes. The medians will end up with trees, and looks like a few easier-to-see traffic signals as well:

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Looking south from Hayes. The median ends early here, perhaps in deference to the SFFD’s nearby Engine 21 on Grove, IDK:

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IDK if these trees will survive:

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Here are your old-school streetlight amenities. I guess this is meant to please area homeowners. (The similarly brand-new, old-school benches down the hill aren’t really working out, oh well.)

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Here’s what looks to be a bus island with a bike lane on the right side. MUNI buses will simply stop in traffic, leaving this part of Masonic with one lane:

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Here’s your reverse angle, looking towards Fulton:

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Old sidewalk and trees to the right, new sidewalk added in the middle, new bike lane further left, and then the new median:

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And there you have it.