Posts Tagged ‘median’

Mojo Bicycle Cafe Parklet Plus Newly-Widened Median on Divisadero Equals No Room for Cyclists – Take a Look

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Aren’t the sidewalks of Divisadero too wide already? Yes.

And then they widened the useless median strip a few years back.

And then the Mojo Bicycle Cafe put in a parklet.

And then they put overhanging shrubbery that takes up the space where your head is supposed to go.

See? 

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Oh well.

 

Why is 23rd the Queen of All Avenues in the West Bay? The Giant Median, That’s Why – Ooh, Classy!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Actually, medians suck, generally. I mean, who are you trying to impress, 23rd Avenue?

Useless trees in the middle of the street, as seen betwixt Cabrillo and Fulton in the Richmond District:

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You Don’t Like Bikes on Sidewalks? Well, “Then Put a Flippin Bike Lane on Divisadero!”

Monday, October 10th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oops. Speaking of which, there are a lot of different possibilities for Oak betwixt Baker and Scott. Taking out the parking lane on the south side of Oak is an idea. In the meantime, take the lane. Or head up Baker to Fulton to Divis to McAllister and then roll all the way down to Mid Market and beyond - that way you avoid the horrible part of Octavia and SFPD bike enforcement actions, etc...]

Appears as if Carly Schwartz, Founding editor of Huffington Post San Francisco, has a beef with the Livable Cities / Livable Streets movement, at least as far as Divisadero is concerned:

Then put a flippin bike lane on Divisadero! Thankshttp://bit.ly/nwO7u9

Now that’s interesting because the City, instead of just taking out the useless median on Divisadero, well, the Powers That Be, the City Family, actually went in there a few years back and made the median wider so now there’s less room for bike riders.

See?

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Does it look like, as some say, there’s “excess roadway space” here? Not at all, IRL.

And the sidewalks are like ten feet wide.

So sure, ride your bike on the wide sidewalks of Divis. I mean, I seriously doubt you’ll ever get a ticket.

Or “take the lane,” it’s your choice. (But I don’t advise taking the lane on Divisadero, uphill or down, personally.)

So, how do we fix the horrible thing our City Family and the Livable City movement just inflicted on the Commonweal?

Well, how about narrowing the fast lane to make the slow lane wider?

Or, how about narrowing the median to the width you’ll find north of Geary and then taking out the useless vegetation?

Or, how about just taking out the whole damn useless median? What’s that, it would cost $$$ to move the light standards? Well, get some money from the Feds. Didn’t they just pay money to fuck up Divisadero just a few years back? I think so. So maybe they’d pay to take the light standards out of the middle of the street and put them in the comparatively wide sidewalks of Divis. You know, shovel ready, jobs jobs jobs! What’s that, local businesses and area NIMBYs and real estate interests prefer the trees in the useless median and other aesthetic stuff? Well, who put them in charge?

(Or, maybe we could narrow the wide sidewalks, but that would cost even more.)

So maybe Divis doesn’t deserve a bike lane, but how about just giving back the space that was taken for useless trees?

Wouldn’t that be a start?

Decisions, Decisions: While on Divisadero, Should You Take the Private Bus or the Public Bus (MUNI)?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Mercy sakes alive, it looks like we’ve got ourselves a convoy of buses moving up (or down, if you want, but really, up) Divisadero.

Is this a Genentech bus? Sure looks that way. How many people are riding it every night past 9:00 PM? Maybe just one exec who lives in Pacific Heights? Possibly. Do private bus lines like these mean that bus service in the 415 is becoming reprivatised? Discuss. In Cuba, owners of private cars be required to pick up people waiting at bus stops (particularly in the countryside, when there’s just one road in and out of town) – perhaps we should require private buses to pick up waiting MUNI passengers? Discuss.

Anyway, the recently-widened medians necessitated making the lanes are smaller on Divis. The slow lanes, in particular, are very narrow, considering. Maybe someday, we’ll take that median out.

Maybe someday. (Or repaint the lane dividers to make the fast lane narrower, that would help too.)

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Uh, Breaker One-Nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck
You got a copy on me Pig-Pen? C’mon

Uh, yeah 10-4 Pig Pen, fer sure, fer sure
By golly it’s clean clear to Flag-Town, C’mon

Uh, yeah, that’s a big 10-4 Pig-Pen,
Yeah, we definitely got us the front door good buddy,

From Monsanto With Love, It’s Pesticides! – Yes, More Glyphosate for the Western Addition – DPW Sprays the Wide, Wide Webster Median

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Get up to speed on our ridiculous 11-block Webster Boulevard, our own Bridge to Nowhere, right here.

And this is the latest. Now, when you have medians, you’ve got to have pesticides, right? Trees and pesticides go together like Frick and Frack.

As seen on Webster, a so-called “Great Street!,” a so-called “Better Street!,” a so-called “Livable Street!,” in the Fillmore:

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(Now, you want to know what people in Japantown want to do with pointless, underused Webster Boulevard? They want to turn the northbound lanes into a parking lot leaving just one lane north and one lane south, the way most of Webster Street is already, the way all of Webster was Before Redevelopment (B.R.). Anyway, enjoy your pesticides until then.)

Divisadero Creek Returns, Despite Lack of Rain – Flood Caused By New Median Sprinklers – Still No Room for Bikes

Monday, October 18th, 2010

San Francisco government’s love affair with medians means that water flows fast and furious down the hill towards the Geary Expressway these days.

90% of the water from the median sprinklers goes right onto Divis – is this why we flooded Hetch Hetchy?   

H20 travels all the way from the Nevada border directly to all four lanes of Divis. with no salutary effect. It looks like a shoot for a car commerical:

In other news, the very narrow slow lanes heading north and south continue to be very narrow. It’d be nice to do a restripe so that the big buses of Divis would have more room in the right-hand lanes. Moving the striped white lines about a foot inboard would be a good thing to try.

IMO, trees and plants don’t = transportation safety. IMO, transportation safety = transportation safety. 

Oh well…

Restriping Divisidero: A Modest Proposal to Improve Upon the Recent Stimulus Project

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

So, we’re looking at at three lanes of Divisidero in the Western A, see?

The right lane is for parked cars. It’s too narrow. The middle lane is for buses and trucks and bikes and whatnot. It too, is too narrow. The upshot of this is a bunch of frustrated drivers who honk honk honk, just the way the driver of the car you can see did while changing lanes to pass cyclists.

Now, note the ”tree lines” that hem in all the lanes. So, all that you can do at this point is shrinkify the fast lane, right? Wouldn’t that make sense?   

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Yep, it would.

How about moving these stripes a foot towards the middle of the street, for starters?

Here’s What the Horrible 5-Yard Wide Median on Cesar Chavez Will Look Like

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

If trees are so great and if a five-yard-wide median is such an improvement, why stop there? Why not have more trees in the middle of Cesar Chavez? Why not have a 30-foot-wide median instead? 

But no worry. The so-called “improvements” coming our way will “compliment” something or other. See?   

“These streetscape improvements and more will make Cesar Chavez a great and complete street— one that compliments the community.”

A thousand years since Alhazen worked out perspective, but our art students still haven’t gotten the word. Oh well, two vanishing points for the price of one:

Somebody will end up using this space for something, is all I know.

Cesar Chavez Streetscape Improvement Project
Project Information
The Cesar Chavez Streetscape Improvement Project is a multi- agency effort  initiative to re-envision Cesar Chavez Street from Hampshire to Guerrero Streets in the Mission District. Through the coordinated efforts of multiple city organizations and with input from community meetings, Cesar Chavez will be made into an enjoyable, safe, and visually attractive corridor for pedestrians, bikes, and transit options that unify our great city.
The inclusion of a widened and landscaped center median, and tree plantings along sidewalks will provide pleasing greenery to the area neighborhood. These efforts are known to calm traffic along busy corridors.  Street corner bulb-outs, shorter crossing distances at intersections, and the installation of  bike lanes will also make this a safer street environment for everyone. These streetscape improvements and more will make Cesar Chavez a great and complete street— one that compliments the community.

For more information, visit the community planning process web page.

Location
Cesar Chavez Street between Guerrero and Hampshire Streets

Schedule
Construction is scheduled to start in Winter 2011.

Cost/Funding
The project is funded through a combination of Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) federal grants with local matching funds totaling $4.3m.million

Project Team
DPW– Paving & Great Streets
Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)- Sewer Upgrade
Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA)

Contact
Kris Opbroek
Great Streets Program Manager
(415) 558-4045

Contractor
To Be Determined

Buick Regal vs. 101 North Median at Oyster Point After Short Chase – What’s in the Trunk?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Intern* Contributor  Exploited Lackey “Wonder Mike” Sanchez sends in this shot of the aftermath of a crazy car chase on 101 North near Oyster Point during yesterday’s evening rush through South San Francisco.

I was hoping to see a C*O*P*S*-worthy haul of illicit drugs to be visible but the contents appear to be gym clothes.

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Oh well.

*Calling an unpaid worker an “intern” is a good way for somewhat naive Pajama Editors to get in hot water with the Department of Labor. Sooner or later.

Divisadero Streetscape Improvements Kick Off – Cafe Mojo Parklet Officially Christened

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Here’s the scene this morning at the official ceremony kicking off all the Divisadero Streetscape Improvements and the Cafe Mojo Parklet at 639 Divisidero betwixt Hayes and Grove.

BIKE NOPA has all the deets for the new parklet in front of popular Mojo Bicycle Cafe, where you are beseeched to “ride in – hang out – get your fix – ride on.”

Of course District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimiwas there* – he was working the crowd and expressing his appreciation for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety on the Divisadero Corridor. He also pointed out the success of the nearby Divisadero Farmer’s Market, which is no longer seasonal. It’s open every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM year-round these days.

Mayor Gavin Newsom addressing a large crowd on the tiny parklet:

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And all the while, the honking yellow Hummer of Main Contractor Synergy Project Management was discretely parked across the street, as discretely as possible given that it’s a honking yellow Hummer:

I’m on the record as not being a big fan of all the changes, but oh well.

SocketSite has more info about Divis and Curbed SF has all the history, as you’d expect.

Brand new median trees and old-school streetlamps for as far as the eye can see:

These days, it’s Mojo a gogo. A fixie bike mounted outdoors as art:

 

Welcome to the New Divisidero.

*Wearing the same drip-dry suit he was wearing at the recent opening of the Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool.

All the deets, after the jump

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