Posts Tagged ‘mph’

Breaking the Speed Limit on Masonic Avenue, Using a Bike – It’s Not Hard to Get Above 25 MPH

Friday, October 12th, 2012

‘Specially late at night, as here:

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There’s no need to use Strava to see how much over the limit you are. No, you can just look up at the electronic signs what use radar to tell you how fast you’re going.

But don’t try your speed runs in the daytime. That would be a little hazardous…

Everybody’s Giving Money to UCSF These Days, So Why Not You Too?

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Your kids, don’t give money to them, else it’ll just go up their noses like so many times before, am I right?

So when you decide who deserves your hard-earned, start with UCSF at the top of the list why not?

Now, speak of the devil, UCSF is crowing today about all the money that people are giving them.

Check it out.

Marc Benioff talks about the reasons why he and his wife Lynne are giving $100 million to build a new children’s hospital, which is part of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, during a conference in San Jose on June 22:

UCSF Exceeds Philanthropic Goals in Fiscal Year 2010

In the midst of ongoing economic challenges across the globe, UCSF exceeded all of its philanthropic goals for fiscal year 2010. 

For every major target, the University surpassed its objectives – resulting in more than $268 million in private support. This total includes more than 28,000 individual gifts made by nearly 21,000 donors, according to Carol Moss, vice chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations.

UCSF received a particularly special show of support from alumni, who contributed a remarkable 30 percent more than last year.

“These results signify the incredible dedication of the broader UCSF community, which continues to demonstrate its belief in the University’s mission even in the face of unprecedented adversity,” said UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH. 

One of the highlights of 2010 came in June, when Marc Benioff, founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, announced the $100 million philanthropic gift he and his wife Lynne have pledged to UCSF Children’s Hospital.

The Benioffs’ historic donation is both the largest gift the donors have ever made and the largest gift ever granted specifically to the children’s hospital. It is the fourth largest philanthropic gift in UCSF’s history.

The gift will help fund the construction of the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay, part of a 289-bed integrated hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients scheduled to break ground this month.

In fact, philanthropic giving to the $1.5 billion Mission Bay medical center has been robust. Mark Lariat, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center, in September announced that the hospitals project has recently received two pledges of $25 million each. These anonymous gifts bring the total raised to $375 million – nearly two-thirds of the fundraising goal of $600 million.

UCSF is historically among the top institutions in the country – private or public – in its ability to attract significant philanthropy. Last year, UCSF’s fundraising results ranked fourth in the country among all public institutions.

For six consecutive years, revenue from private support has surpassed the revenue UCSF receives from state appropriations, making philanthropy an ever more vital piece of UCSF’s $3.3 billion budget.

Regents clear way for UCSF to break ground on Mission Bay Hospitals
News Release, September 16, 2010

Benioff Announces $100 Million Gift to Build New Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay
UCSF Today, June 23, 2010

Ushering in the Age of the New Philanthropist
UCSF Chancellor’s site
July 16, 2010

“I Can’t Drive 25″: How Lowering the Speed Limit on Masonic Made Everybody a Speeder

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

By now, everybody knows that rocker Sammy Hagar Can’t Drive 55 - that speed limit was so low it caused him all kinds of consternation back in the 1980′s.

Now, just imagine how upset Sammy would get on Masonic Avenue these days, what with its relatively new 25 MPH speed limit. 

Well, the cops will be out there, handing out tickets and putting up the radar signs.

Try it for yourself, if you want, try driving the limit. Obeying 25 MPH requires some concentration but it can be done. This shot from the driver’s seat of Mom’s Taxi is proof.

“Speeding” down Masonic at idle and with the foot on the brake pedal:

You really need to keep your eye on the dash, though.

Could Usain Bolt outrun you in your car at this speed? Well, considering that he can easily break Masonic’s speed limit on level ground, I think he’d be able to pass you while going downhill.

Of course the real problems with this portion of Masonic are:

1. All the parked cars;

2. Trees that shouldn’t be where they’re at and can’t be moved; and

3. Those who value aesthetics over safety.

Oh well.

And hey, speaking of safety, here’s the safe way down Masonic – see the cyclist on the sidewalk?

And oh, look at this.

But hey, will this initiative really “improve access” for “all modes of transportation?”  

Seems unlikely at this point.

Oh well.

Refreshing RocketBoat Adds Some Needed Color to San Francisco Bay – 2010 Season is On

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Of course, some people* don’t like you, RocketBoat, but I do. You add color to the bay. You complete me, RB. Thanks for coming back in 2010.

Get all the deets on the Rocket Boat here from sailboat-hating Ken Garcia.  And take a look at the action on YouTube. RocketBoat just might rock your world. Check it:

Came back for a 2nd round and this time we had a party of 7 go on the Rocketboat. That boat kicks ass. It goes about 45 mph and the driver loves to spin donuts.”

Verily.

Now, we’ve all heard the expression “let’s get busy.” Well, this is a boat who gets “biz-zay!” Consistently and thoroughly. Look at RB totally pwning a local yachtsman just the other day:

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Even “smart chicks” love the RocketBoat. You will too.

Get all the deets after the jump.

See you there!

*Local sailboat people disapprove of motor vessels in general, and RocktBoat in particular. RocketBoat, RocketBoat/ It’s not your fault.

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The Great Slowdown of Fell and Oak Streets – Synchronized Signals Retimed for 25 MPH

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I’ll tell you, there are three things limiting the speed of drivers on the one-way, multilane twin streets of Fell and Oak.

1. Speed limits (oh maybe not, let’s scratch that one out);

2. Traffic congestion (particularly during this era of that albatross hanging from the metaphorical neck of The Boulevard Movement and The “Livable” Streets Movement, monstrous, needlessly wide Octavia Boulevard); und

3. The timing of the synchronized traffic signals.

Well, it appears as if #3 is going to change -  per Bike NOPA Fell and Oak will soon have their signals synchronized for 25 MPH.

There’s not a whole bunch of documentation on this action, documentation that I can find anyway. (You can play too, just try to find something at the SFMTA or SFGov.org websites.) But I seen them workers messing with the signals boxes lately, so allow me to jump to the conclusion that something is afoot.

Soon, you’ll have a chance to read the signs these hectoring hula hoopers regularly hold at Fell and Masonic:

Will this affect drivers all that much? We’ll see.

Certainly, there will be a period of adjustment as there was when lights were re-timed on the similar matched set of Turk and Golden Gate.

Will some drivers jump on the gas and then the brake at every light, aggressive taxi driver style? Oh yes.

Will the residents of the west side be happy? Oh no, not if they notice.

Anyway, brace yourselves. This should be a done deal by the end of the month.

San Francisco Man Swears He’ll Never Drive More Than 60 MPH – The Pledge 60 Movement

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

This man, recently seen on Franklin Street, has sworn he will never drive his Mazda 626 LX-V6 more than 60 MPH. Why? Cause he’s a part of the Pledge 60 Movement. Check out the sign that he printed at home (or at work, let’s hope, considering the cost of replacement printer ink, “starter cartridge” don’t get me started):

“I pledge 60 MPH max to save U.S. gas $

Fair enough. Not sure how this would work on the nascent Trans-Texas Corridor where they’ll have an 85mph limit, or for that matter Montana where teen-aged girls on narrow highways will pass you in their tiny three-cylinder cars going 90+, but oh well.

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The Sierra Club has/had a similar campaign – “I Can Drive 55 (or whatever the limit is).”

Pledgers should keep to the right (avoiding those carpool lane-stickered Toyota Priuseses going 80+ on the I-80) and they’ll be fine.

Pledge on.

(These kinds of pledges probably will have a higher success rate than those chastity pledges that don’t seem to work.)