Posts Tagged ‘new’

Paint Engineering: Our SFMTA Makes Changes to Fell and Baker, But It Still Only Allows 12 Seconds of Flashing DON’T WALK

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

So yes, the SFMTA gave pedestrians more than 40 seconds to cross Fell north-south at Baker before the recent fatal accident, but it set up the signals to only give 12 seconds of red, flashing DON’T WALK DON’T WALK

This must have been due to one of MUNI’s “I’s” – Ideology or Incompetence.

Anyway, the SFMTrA but up some post, but the SFMTA took them down.

Now comes the SFMTA with some beige paint, which means, uh, IDK:

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Maybe they’ll make this a bulb out?

Who knows…

It Takes A Village … of SFMTA Workers to Paint “Stop Lines” on Fell Street, In the Wake of a Recent Accident

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

As seen this AM:

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They must be repainting the worn out crosswalk, right?

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Well, maybe not:

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This is the result – brand new stop lines for drivers:

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I don’t know how right-on-red will work here. Maybe you’re supposed to stop twice, once at the stop line and once at the actual crosswalk.

Assembly Line Production of Self Driving Cars is Here: A Brand-New Bolt, One of 130 – Hayes Valley Meets Uncanny Valley

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Look what I saw coming out of Hayes Valley – it’s VEHT2079, a brand-new self-driving Chevy Bolt all the way from Orion Township, MI. It’s different. Notice the white thingamajigs above the front wheels:

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At first I thought it could have been a Project Titan from Apple, but no. It’s just an updated version of what we’ve seen for a while now.

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Of course that’s the human minder in the driver’s seat, but is that the robot in the passenger seat? Let’s ENHANCE:

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I’ll think of him as Frisco’s Star Trek Data, or Johnny Cab 2017, but you make the call, Gentle Reader

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Off they go, a boy and his robot:

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But not without a few Grove Street hassles. I mean, that’s what GM is doing here, a kind of driving torture test, right?

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And all this is just one block away from the Hayes Street block where Anthony Levandowski’s long-forgotten self-driving Pri-Bot used to get parked, right?

The Future is Now…

Marketing 101: Don’t Call Your LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS until AFTER They are Built

Friday, September 29th, 2017

‘Cause not everybody agrees that what our Richmond District needs is (any?) (more?) LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS.

The Alexandria? Man, I saw E.T. here, man!* 

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And I’m not exactly sure what LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS are, actually. (And even non-LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS can go for over a million dollars these days.)

In closing, SORT OF OUTER RICHMOND LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS FEVER – CATCH IT!

*Uh, the 20th Anniversary Edition with police guns replaced with flashlights, as I’m just a quasi old-timer, consarnit.

Here It Is: Your New, Lower Capacity Masonic Avenue, with a Median and Twee Streetlamps

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

(We’re gonna rock on down to ‘Sonic Avenue, and then we’ll take it higher.)

Looking north from Hayes. The medians will end up with trees, and looks like a few easier-to-see traffic signals as well:

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Looking south from Hayes. The median ends early here, perhaps in deference to the SFFD’s nearby Engine 21 on Grove, IDK:

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IDK if these trees will survive:

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Here are your old-school streetlight amenities. I guess this is meant to please area homeowners. (The similarly brand-new, old-school benches down the hill aren’t really working out, oh well.)

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Here’s what looks to be a bus island with a bike lane on the right side. MUNI buses will simply stop in traffic, leaving this part of Masonic with one lane:

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Here’s your reverse angle, looking towards Fulton:

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Old sidewalk and trees to the right, new sidewalk added in the middle, new bike lane further left, and then the new median:

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And there you have it.

Surprise: A $3.2 Million(!) Renovation Will SHUT DOWN the Panhandle Playground for about Two(!) Years

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Whoo boy:

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This process started in late 2014. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President called a $2 million earmarking an “early Christmas present” for her District Five. That means that this is going to end up taking a full half-decade.

But that’s not the problem.

The problem is that RPD should just take care of the stuff it has instead of building all-new stuff.

So, some generally well-meaning non-profit people came around with clipboards telling people that the current Panhandle Playground, paid for by a $100,000 grant from (old) General Motors, gets a grade of “C” or “D” and the first thing people did is ask why. About half of them would give an “A” grade, and then say that Rec and Park should do a better job of maintenance.

And actually PEOPLE LIKE ALL THE SAND.

But one of the points of this project is getting rid of the sand. It’s a citywide goal. So it’s kind of sad that the people who want the city to simply keep this playground the way it is butjust take better care of it always ask about the sand issue. The answer I hear from the generally well-meaning nonprofit types is that sand has parasites, from cats. Well, that might be true in general but it’s not true at this location, which has more rats than cats, as you can see:

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Another point is getting rid of the Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) in the wood. Well, again, this is a citywide goal that some have. Check out the Wiki link. Avoid studies by/from the CCA / timber industry. IRL, if there’s arsenic in your kid, it’s not from CCA. Sry.

So what else – oh, what’s also sad is that people don’t understand that the existing playground would have to shut down for more than a year as the new playground has to go in at the same place.

And questions about all these issues are addressed to those who are getting paid to put in a new playground. The question about whether a playground should be put in was never asked.

So, CLOSING THIS PLAYGROUND FOR TWO YEARS FOR BASICALLY NO REASON WILL BE UNPOPULAR (TO SAY THE LEAST) WITH EXISTING USERS. Go over there and ask them – say, yeah, they’re going shut this place down for two years to get rid of all the sand. The most popular reply you’ll get is, “Oh no, that’s terrible, I like the sand.”

And, THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT THE NEW PLAYGROUND WILL BE BETTER THAN THE EXISTING ONE. This issue could go either way. The new playground will implement Theories Of Playing, but, guess what, so did the old one. Has Play changed so much the past two decades?

Also, ISN’T $3.2 MILLION A LOT OF MONEY TO PUT INTO A SMALL PLAYGROUND AREA? This isn’t the big beef, but it’s a a factor.

The BEST CHOICE would be to fix up the existing playground with just a small fraction of 3.2 freaking million dollars. And take another fraction and use it to pay the RPD workers who come by to rake the sand. And then do something else with the remaining millions.

The SECOND BEST CHOICE would be to site the playground in a different place. That would address the primary problem of the two year shutdown.

The THIRD BEST CHOICE would be to delay this project for another three years, or for another couple decades.

I realize that people at the Parks Alliance want to do things for the children, but what they’re ending up doing is shutting down their playground for a couple of years for basically no reason.

Rec and Park’s New “Wayfinding” Signs in the Panhandle Have Amazing Anti-Graffiti Capability

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

I don’t know if the capability is new, but the signs are new.

So here was when they first got tagged and here is after cleaning:

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It seems like they’re coated with Teflon, like a nonstick surface you’d cook eggs on.

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Touché, RPD. Touche.

Brand-New “Wayfinding” Signs in the Panhandle Tagged Already: Anti Bike Graffiti – Plus, NoPA is OUT and DivCo is IN

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

So let’s see, first the good news. RPD moved the placement of their signs just like I asked them to. Amazing. One of the old signs, which actually were pretty new, totally blocked the view of peds trying to get across the Golden Gate Park Panhandle bicycle freeway, otherwise known as the Panhandle Path. So you’d be looking to the west, where riders are coming downhill, and then RPD’s sign would be in the way. So that’s great.

Now, the new signs still have the SEVEN NO’s listing RPD’s rules, but they also have “wayfinding” up top. (Which is prolly why they moved the signs – the addition of the arrows telling tourists which way to go. You know, our RPD isn’t really all that big on safety, despite what it might tell you.) See?

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The sign is pointing you right to NOPA, but it’s all “Divisidero Corridor?” I thought that was already a failed place name? Mmmm. Haight-Ashbury is fine of course, but what’s this, “North Panhandle” points straight north of the Panhandle. This is another dis on NoPA, non? I’ll tell you, some neighborhood NIMBY/homeowner’s group calls the North Panhandle WEST NOPA, which translates as the area west of the area that’s north of the area that’s east of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. I’m srsly. Here’s your reverse angle, looking west:

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So RPD left some room for taggers, as you can see in the first photo, and of course in the above photo, some pedestrian lined out the bike rider symbol with the international sign for GTFO.

(I know a lady who lives on Shrader who got hit by a bike rider going about 20 MPH, which is easy to do when you’re heading east since it’s downhill.* It doesn’t take much effort to get her to bring up the subject, as this accident is still on her mind. IDK, RPD refuses to widen this multi use path next to Fell. And RPD refuses to post a speed limit. Anyway, there’s a strong contingent of peds in the area who Don’t Like Bikes.)

So that’s it, enjoy your new signs, Frisco.

*You know, you don’t even need to pedal to go from Stanyan to the DMV on Baker eight blocks away, right? I can start from 0 MPH and make it to the DMV going at 16.3 MPH with big, wide, knobby tires, so that means that roadies with tiny tires, some of them pumping away with their heads down or even with their butts out of the saddle, well, maybe some of them are going too fast.

Uh, I Don’t Think You Can Do This, SHIFT.com (AKA KPCB’s G2VP, DFJ, Highland Capital, DCM Ventures, Goldman Sachs)

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

[UPDATE: Oh, I see, this is a 2015 Volvo what got sold by SHIFT to be used as a LYFT, it now appears. So it aint a new car and yet it doesn’t have its California plates. Maybe it was an out of state car? IDK. A mystery to me.]

[UPDATE II, Electric Boogaloo: Oh here it is, being sold in Pasadena a few years back? Is this it too? Confused, oh well.]

SHIFT (company).

This Volvo isn’t a new car. If it were a new car, then it’d be a 2018 model, right? Or a 2017? But it’s not. And it’s sitting on a public street without a license plate, except for SHIFT (and LYFT) badging, some of which is license plated-shaped of course, but you know, not a real license plate. Now if this were a new car, then things might make sense, but I think you’d need to have your reg in the window, non? You know, maybe there is reg in the front window – I didn’t check as I was rolling through this block, sry. But doesn’t Shift deal in used cars? Or maybe somebody stole the license plates. But why does SHIFT have license plate covers in the first place, one wonders.

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Don’t try this on your own ride, Gentle Readers.

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Anyway, this isn’t usual, so I thought I’d tell you.

SFGov Paves Over Its Problems Up at the Twin Peaks Tourist Area, After Taking Away Most of the Available Parking

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Here you go, new pavement:

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Well, mostly. This was a couple weeks ago. Rec and Park is on a paving rampage lately, so maybe they’ve gone further by now, or maybe this is where they’re responsibility ends, IDK:

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Infamous TUTOR SALIBA is in the house. I can’t say that I understand NO PEDESTRIAN & TRAFFIC ALLOWED. This doesn’t appear to be an official SFGov sign, it’s just something that somebody made. I don’t understand it, oh well.

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Anyway, that was your “transformation” project to not have so many people hanging out up at Twin Peaks. And it’s worked – fewer people go up there and stop to wander around these days. It used to look like this:

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You can still park in the middle section there, but cars are now banned entirely on the left side and officially banned from parking on the right side.

And here’s one part of the problem – it’s one of two sad notes left by a visitor who had a bunch of stuff stolen:

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I suppose locals learn that Things Are Different Here after experiencing a few break-ins in Frisco, or maybe their friends tell them. But the people who don’t know that Stealing Things From Cars is a Way Of Life for many in the 415 make up the endless stream of visitors coming to town, be they out-of-state peace officers with guns left inside or whoever.

(A couple license plate scanners mounted high on poles ala Tiburon could be highly effective, just saying. Because of the geography / layout.)

Anyway, that’s the update. Feel free to click here and read down about Twin Peaks issues over the years.