Posts Tagged ‘masonic’

Worker Injury at Star-Crossed Masonic “Improvement” Project

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Was reported to have been “bleeding badly,” but actually didn’t look to be in bad shape at all:

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This is what the crew was working on:

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Maybe they’ll finish this relatively minor project one of these years.

Masonic’s Brand-New Medians are Encouraging Jaywalkers, Already, FBOW

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

I never saw this on the Old Masonic:

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And actually, our SFMTA’s jaywalking issue is more pronounced just north of Geary, but it doesn’t want to acknowledge it.

There are pros and cons to this long, drawn out plan to remove lanes from Masonic of course. It would be nice if our SFMTA could acknowledge that as well…

IOW, there isn’t yet, nor will there be, any promised “transformation” of the 3000 feet of Masonic betwixt Fell and Geary. That should be obvious to all by now, even before completion.

Anyway, I’ve never seen jaywalking on this hilly part of Masonic, until now, in all my years…

Goofy Mervyn’s Heights Location Claims Another: RIP Geary and Masonic (Sort Of) Panera Bread Chain Store – 2015 to 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

I just noticed that this place shut down.

I thought it was a bakery at first.

IDK anybody who actually ate something from here.

If you plopped me down at the Lucky Penny (also RIP) parking lot that’s actually at Geary and Masonic and gave me two minutes to run across traffic and around Target and through a loooooong tunnel to get to the door of E106, well I think I could make it.

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Anyway, RIP Panera.

Locals Go HONK HONK as General Motors Tests Its “Cruise” Robot Cars Specifically In and Around Construction Zones, These Days, on the Streets of San Francisco

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Here we go –¬†southbound Masonic at Anza. The left turn pocket lane that this robot might have been expecting is now gone, due to the endless construction projects in and around the 3000 feet of Masonic betwixt Fell and Geary, so Mr Roboto patiently waits, doing nothing. There’s a short left turn arrow at the beginning of the cycle at this unusual intersection, but somehow this self-driving car (or its human driver IDK) missed that chance to turn so it had to wait like 30 seconds blocking southbound Masonic’s “fast” lane:

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Not that that’s agin the rules or anything, but blocked drivers honk-honked nevertheless.

Man, look at all the ppl riding around in these cars these days:

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And actually, if I did miss the left arrow phase, which I wouldn’t have, I wouldn’t then wait so far back for my second chance at making a left as my light went amber – no no, I’d firmly get into the intersection to show my intentions of going left, for one thing.

I’d agree that It Aint Easy To Drive In Frisco and I’ll note that it seems that GM’s finishing school for robot cars appears to have a tough curriculum, what with all the Cruises I see cruising by / stopping at construction sites these days. But…

Why Can’t Cruisey Drive?

Coming Down Masonic, Bike Riders have Five Choices on Which Way To Go at Fulton – Which Would You Choose?

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

IDK, I’ll guess I’ll say that I don’t understand what the SFMTA is doing with Masonic for what, the past couple of years or so?

So, for the still inchoate “transformation” of the 3000 feet of Masonic from Fell on up to Geary, are people still riding their bikes on the sidewalks?

Well, Hell to the yes. And as a matter of fact, now more than ever.

So for instance, the northbound block between Grove and Fulton has bus stop that drivers just ease on over to. You’re going want to be on the absurdly wide sidewalk on this block of Masonic. (I guess when it’s all done, buses will just stop in the slow lane. And somehow this won’t create traffic during the Morning Drive. Somehow.)

Now take a look here, coming down the hill approaching Fulton. Where will you end up after you cross?

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  1. The “fast lane” of Masonic. Potentially legal, but NOPE.
  2. The slow lane. Also potentially legal, but also NOPE.
  3. The bus stop. Well, it leads to the bike lane further south, but that’d be silly. NOPE
  4. The bike lane. Usually peds are in it, instead of the crowded sidewalk, so MAYBE.
  5. The already-crowded sidewalk. You could squeeze between the new garbage can and the vehicle(s) what are seemingly always there on your right. MAYBE.

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I’ll tell you, I never go on the sidewalks of Market, but I always go on the sidewalks of Masonic, or at least on some blocks of Masonic, depending on traffic, conditions, etc. Go figure.

Anyway, you should too. My advice. Until the current morass dries out a bit, or rather, until the long-promised “transformation” of Masonic…

[And oh yes, if you continue on down towards Fell, I’ll tell you to take Central or Ashbury instead of Masonic, depending on your final destination. Or consider the sidewalk, depending, of course, upon traffic and whatnot.]

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:

SDS

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.