Posts Tagged ‘narrow’

“NARROW STREETS SF,” WTF? Here’s _Somebody’s_ Plan for Two Blocks of Steiner in the Western Addition – Quite Narrow!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Here you go – Narrow Streets SF

Here’s Steiner now:

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And here’s Steiner as a future narrow “street.”

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And here’s the mock-up, complete with a pieless sky

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OK fine. But what about…

“[W]e should maintain garage access for the existing homeowners and perhaps the occasional taxi or package delivery…”

Oh, OK. Hey Dude, if you love Europe so much, why don’t you marry it?

More seriously, if you love European capitals so much, why don’t you pick one, buy a one-way ticket, and then start living there?

Seems like that would be the easier way of making you happy.

Spawning Salmon: The Horrible Pedestrians of the Rather Narrow Golden Gate Panhandle Bike Path

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

(Well, sure it’s not an actual bike-only path, it’s a multipurpose trail, or something. But most call it the bike path cause bike riders are allowed on it, as opposed to the ped-only path near Oak on the other side of the Panhandle.)

I’m a polite ped so I generally stay off the paved part* of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle bike path near Fell. This was my view of an impolite ped as I trod on the grass for a few blocks:

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She spent most of her eastward journey smack dab in the middle of the westbound lane or smack dab in the middle of the trail on the dashed yellow line. This went on for minutes. Westbound cyclists didn’t know how to pass her, on the left or on the right. Occasionally she’d veer to the right side of the right lane, where she belonged, but that phase of her journey didn’t last too long.

So what was this, a cry for help? Yeah, sort of.

Who will hear her?

*Yeah, this bike path is wider (12 feet) than before (8 feet), but it’s still too narrow. 16 feet sounds right, considering. 

The Bike Lane in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Should Be Widened

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Some people call it a Multi-Use Path, but really it’s a bike lane that peds can use as well.

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Anyway, widening would make things better all around.

An Aging Boeing 757-300 High Above San Francisco – This is Why They Call It The Flying Pencil

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

‘Cause it’s too long.

And that made it unpopular with passengers.

And that meant it died an early death.

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Good-bye, Boeing 757. Thanks for showing us how narrow is too narrow and how long is too long…

Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #2, Parking Lane Too Small

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Now of course the westbound driving lane of JFK Jr. Drive is pretty narrow as well, by design, to make drivers think about maybe not driving into GGP next time.

But anyway, this  here is the parking lane, which drivers don’t understand. They worry about cyclists catching thier driver-side rear view mirrors for one thing. So they sort of ignore the lines.

Now this particular vehicle has an owner with a brand-new ticket for $189 (before fees, oh, the fees), but I think that has to do with leaving it overnight in the park, or parking on JFK during a “Healthy” Sunday, that kind of thing: 

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Realize that this absurd lane scheme is a recent idea what sprung from the SFMTA Brain Trust. They think that this is a huge success since some faster cyclists now avoid the area and average speeds have come down a skosh. OK fine. Realize that the SFMTA thinks it’s doing a bang-up job running MUNI.

There will be a quiz. Better bone up now:

Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Jr Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #1, Tripod Zone, Hummer Limo Zone

Green Eyes, Red Hair: Mid-Market’s “PARA BELLUM VERDE” Has Got To Be The World’s Narrowest Cafe

Friday, October 5th, 2012

This is it:

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This is all of it.

Cut Your Handlebars Down a Little Each Day, and Soon Your Bike Will Be As Narrow As This

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Hurray!

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Note the sidewalks of Embarcadero Center in the background, as seen in “The Conversation.”*

*The best movie ever filmed in SF? Maybe…

The Daily Bus Showdown Between MUNI and Coach USA – Conflict on 34th Avenue in the Richmond District

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The road to our Legion of the Museum of Honor from Clement, well, it’s narrow. That means that there’s not much room for traffic when cars are parked on both sides of the street

Coach USA had the size but MUNI wanted it more:

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In this particular case, after minutes of humming and hawing and the use of extended hands as makeshift yardsticks, the drivers agreed to pass each other simultaneously, slowly but surely.

Another win-win in the world-class natural amphitheatre that is San Francisco! Hurray!

In related news, Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave is almost upon us.

In San Francisco, You Aren’t Cool If Your Bicycle Handlebars are Too Wide

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Note that these handlebars have room for hands, brake levers and a bell – I think that they can be chopped a bit more, don’t you?

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Still, the slim look is handy for getting around buses and traffic ‘n stuff.

Bravo.

An Everyday Vehicular Pas de Deux in San Francisco’s Corona Heights

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

When the 37 Corbett MUNI bus cruises through Corona Heights, everybody else needs to get out of the way. If not, you end up in this kind of minor traffic jam, a slow-motion vehicular pas de deux with a communal effort to head off/mitigate the incipient collision.

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How can you tell this scene is from 2009?

The WhyIslam? bus ad;

The ubiquitous (#1 luxury vehicle in America these days) Toyota Harrier / Lexus RX “tall Camry”, crossover SUV, avec tiresome “gold pack” badges; and 

The green BioDiesel sticker on the bus

There’s your 2009 right there.

(Ir)regardless, this starfish-like intersection isn’t the problem – it’s the narrow streets combined with parallel parking, that’s the problem.

Please be patient when visiting…