Posts Tagged ‘Muni’

The Sinful Drivers of the Western Addition: Always on a Sunday, a Sunday, a Sunday, ‘Cause that’s My Day to Park

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Chuck Manson wouldn’t have double-parked like this, ’cause SFGov would have taken away his car tout de suite:

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But somehow, unwritten but longstanding SFMTA policy gives these Christians a pass…

(Oh, and Saturdays too – it’s your option. Hey, why not the whole weekend?)

Yet Another Dubious SFMTA DPT Bus Ad: “For Those Wishing for a Not So Silent Night” – OUTSTANDING IVF & EGG FREEZING OUTCOMES

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

This seems … insensitive?

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And even if you went with the obvious choice, there’s still a chance of things not working out.

Test Riding the New and “Improved” Masonic Boulevard – It’s Not Going to be a Night-and-Day Difference, Safetywise

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Here you go, heading south, in the downhill direction – you’ve got your new median on the left, your downsized two lanes of traffic, your removed bus stops (so MUNI will just stop in traffic in future), your (slightly) raised cycle track and then your preexisting houses and driveways on the right:

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And here’s your reverse angle:

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So this isn’t much of a difference, safetywise, right?

What else, oh, for the next year or two of construction, we’ll continue to see this kind of half-assed engineering – this is a wheelchair ramp, of sorts:

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Hey, why would bike riders even want to get onto the sidewalks of Masonic? Well, you should try it sometime, as this person ahead of me wisely was doing. (And boy, if you threw in heavy rain and a few epically drunk drivers, the likes of which killed a pedestrian and a bike rider on this stretch of Masonic the past decade or so, well that’d make the sidewalk even more appealing.)

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Those are USF trees you can see on the right in the above photo. This used to be the narrowest sidewalk of Masonic north of Fell, but as you can see it’s quite wide now.

But look, turnabout is fair play, as peds seems to enjoy walking in the new bike path. That’s a bus stop there on the left, complete with a cut out to please Area Residents:

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There are costs and benefits to these changes, of course. It’s too bad that our SFMTA didn’t even try to document them…

SFMTA Incompetence on Display: Giving Over 30 Seconds of Flashing “DON’T WALK” on Wide Geary Blvd, But Just 12 Seconds on Wide Fell Street

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Here’s Geary:

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And here’s Fell at Baker, which flashes DON’T WALK for 12 seconds after giving ppl over 30 seconds of green WALK.

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I mean, this is exactly wrong. Why not have 12 seconds of WALK and then over 30 of DON’T WALK instead?

Of course Geary is wider, but not all that much wider.

This situation makes no sense.

Now it might make sense to the SFMTA, which blows with the wind with its half-assed approach to safety.

But in the turning world outside of the SFMTA, this situation at Fell and Baker makes no sense. And mind you, this intersection was the subject of recent SFMTA boasting about how much the SFMTA has done for us here…

The “Good” Double-Parkers of Post Street, Six in a Row – But They Aren’t Selfish Church-Goers – One Simple Trick

Friday, November 10th, 2017

So yeah, this sort of looks like, IDK, anywhere in Frisco, like the left hand lane of Bush in the Upper Fillmore where people see fit to park for like five hours at a stretch on weekends  and of course our SFMTA actively makes sure that any cars parked like that don’t get ticketed.)

And it even looks like this at the other end of this block near Steiner, out in front of the giant church where Willie Brown got his start politically back in the ’50’s.

No, this is closer to Fillmore Street. People come (some in UBERs, some in Lyfts, some in short-term rental cars, but most in their own rides), double park for about two minutes to unload, and then they leave. Can you guess what they’re doing?

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No, it’s not for the French Laundry you can see there in the middle. It’s for the Goodwill drop-off location you can see on the left.

These people have purchased clothes, drained them of their joy-spark, and now very generously are simply giving them away.

These are the best double parkers in the world.

Now, what could be done. Our SFMTA could paint the Goodwill a drop-off zone by taking out a few parking spaces, but it would prolly want tens of thousands of dollars from Goodwill for that.

Oh well.

(A certain sanctimonious Senator could benefit by visiting the non-eastern sections of his own district once in a while afore he spouts off again about how easy it is for delivery drivers to legally park in Frisco, one might think…)

Just as Our SFMTA Endorses/Permits/Tolerates Double-Parking in Front of Churches All Day on Sundays, Here’s “Legal” Sidewalk Parking

Friday, October 27th, 2017

This kind of thing is allowed for just two hours a week, generally, during street cleaning times.

What I mean by Endorses/Permits/Tolerates is that there’s a zero chance of this ride getting ticketed over the next two hours despite the fact that it’s an automatic that two, three, or four Parking Control Officers will soon be driving past:

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This is one of our SFMTA’s unwritten rules, but it’s a rule nevertheless.

Oh well

Our Electric-Powered Personal Transportation Future – These People Don’t Just Say, “MUNI SUCKS,” They Do Something About It

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Full face helmet, natch. (I mean, you don’t want to be like one of those helmetless FordGoBike “bikeshare” rental bike users going over the handlebars on Market due to the front tires getting stuck in an SFMTA streetcar rail chasm, right?)

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These unicyclists were hauling ass on the Panhandle Bike Path / Multi Purpose Trail. Zoom zoom:

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And further west on JFK, we have a Tesla Motors-beshirted skateboarder and an electric-powered trike:

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So many ways to avoid MUNI we have in this Year 2017…

Our SFMTA MUNI Says, “What the Hell, Let’s Bring Back the 28L” – As Seen Yesterday on 19th Ave

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Our SFMTA, operator of America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System™️, wants you to think better of it, so it changed the highly descriptive L for LIMITED nomenclature to the Orwellian R for RAPID. So now you’ll see the word all over, printed multiple times on bus stops, the better for you to associate MUNI with RAPID.

So that was then, but this is now, as seen just yesterday:

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Vox pop recentem:

What is a 28L? Why not reported on predictions app?”

Here It Is: SFGov’s Latest PowerPoint on “BETTER” MARKET STREET

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Here’s your link with 33 pages. Enjoy.

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(Funnier adjectives include “elegant” and “transformative.”)

An Expensive Tow Job in the Western Addition – White (Zone) Privilege Revoked by the SFMTA – Five Minutes is Five Minutes

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

OMG, just look at this truck. I’m thinking that this tow cost a bit more than the normal $500 or whatever our SFMTA charges:

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Thinking this was a moving van from out of state what was parked in a white zone for more than five minutes with nobody “in attendance” as they say. Or maybe it was some kind of hazard, IDK.

That’s Life In The Big City…