Posts Tagged ‘oak’

Surprise! Panhandle “Improvement” Project to Remove Parking Spaces? – Big Focus Group Meeting August 1st

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Here’s the official word:

“We hope you can join us onsite at the Panhandle to discuss safety improvements to the pathways, lighting and signage issues. Please tell your neighbors and friends, we will be onsite to answer questions about the upcoming improvements.

SATURDAY AUGUST 1ST, 2015
ON THE PANHANDLE AT ASHBURY INTERSECTION
10-12:00 AM”

I’ll tell you, there are some safety elements to this so-called PANHANDLE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, but most of the big decisions have already been made, mostly by politically-connected, nearby millionaire homeowners who are obsessed, just obsessed with property values and the aesthetic “identity” of where they live, so your input will certainly be noted, but You, The People are not in the driver’s seat. Your primary role is to pay for most (or just some?) of the changes and, later on, to cheer for our wealthy white wizened Panhandle Overseers.

Notes:

Is widening the Panhandle bike path on the agenda? NOPE. Over the years, i t’s gone from four foot lanes to the current six. What’s wrong with 8 foot wide lanes? (Hilariously, the stencils depicted barely even fit onto the lane.)

How about a speed limit for the Panhandle Bike Path, particularly heading downhill to the east?

How about signs telling people the speed limit?

How about taking down the existing signs that hamper peds’ sightlines of the bike path? (Oh, RPD just put them in and they don’t care? OK fine.) For ex, the new sign near Fell and Ashbury…

So what’s this, you realtors can’t get a giant metal fence (srsly – the mock-up looked hilarious) around the McKinley statue, so the next best thing is lighting it up, the better to chase away hippies? C’mon, be honest!

 OTOH, moving the pedestrian path on the Oak side away from Oak near Shrader sounds like a great idea.

Speaking of which, who let the Oak Street path devolve into such a state of disrepair that people walking/jogging on it fall down on a daily basis? Oh, the same people pushing for this new project? Oh, that’s good to know!

OK, here it is – click to expand.

Stanyan to Cole:

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Cole to Ashbury:

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Ashbury to Central

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Central to Baker:

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Once I saw two people tumble over this deceptive-looking crack within five minutes of each other.

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Faller-downers tend to be women, women with small feet who brush themselves off and end up jogging or walking away after a minute or two of recovery and assessment.

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People know that cracks are here, but they tumble anyway. IMO, this state of disrepair is shameful, but that’s just me.

Anyway, have at it, Gentle Reader, swim around in the large 2500-pixel-wide jpgs if you want.

All the deets, after the jump.

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This is What an SFPD Pedestrian Enforcement Action Looks Like at Oak and Masonic, Where Peds are Injuring Themselves Lately

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The past few months we’ve had at least three jaywalkers/jayjoggers blow across Masonic on the north side of Oak against the ped signal only to end up getting hit and injured by a vehicle.

Therefore, Park Station had a pedestrian-focused enforcement action* a few days ago.

Here you go, here’s a Stanfoo grad hopping down the bunny trail – right past a cop and into traffic about 15 seconds too late (assuming you’re legally allowed to run into a crosswalk, even with a green**):

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Guess what – no ticket for her. Not even a warning. (Dude just told me he was specifically out there to hand out tickets, oh well. Maybe he was saving his energy for more flagrant violations, IDK)

Oh, here we go – here’s a ped red citation on the south side of Oak:

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On It Goes…

*I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen an SFPD ped-only enforcement action in all my quarter-century plus on the Streets of San Francisco. I’ve seen numerous cyclist-focused and driver-focused actions, but never for peds. 

**There are nuances here. Is this crosswalk part of a “wilderness trail” ala Masonic at nearby Fell? I know not. 

Frisco’s Shortest Railroad: This Huge, Century-Old House on Oak Street is Rolling Today – “A Little to the Left” – Photos

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Get up-to-speed on the massive Urban School Oak Street expansion here and also from Camden Avery at the Hoodline

This has been the scene in the Upper Haight / SoPA (South of Panhandle Area – srsly, some people actually use this term) lately:

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And here’s how things looked yesterday – we’re all set to go:

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See that, the entire crib has been mounted on rails. The entire house is going to start moving today, Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 8:00 AM, or at least that was the plan at the close of bidness a few days ago.

Here’s your detail:

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All right, bon courage L’ecole Urbaine!

Joggers in the Panhandle Have Less Than a 10% Chance of Getting a Green Light at Oak and Masonic, So That’s Why They Jaywalk

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

From Hoodline:

Two Pedestrians Injured In Oak & Masonic Collision

And that comes on the heels of this, back in April:

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle At Masonic & Oak

The way our SFMTA has this intersection set up now is that joggers only have about 7 seconds to start crossing Masonic during a 75 second signal cycle. Assuming they don’t purposefully speed up or slow down to catch their green, that means they have less than a 10% chance of not encountering a red signal for crossing. Human nature being what it is, people jog across against the light and the resulting accident is the jogger’s fault. Check it:

Anyway, that’s why so many people are getting hit by cars at this intersection.

For whatever reason, the SFPD isn’t motivated to enforce the CA Vehicle Code upon peds, so this is the result.

If you believe in ped safety, you’d be in favor of a ped enforcement action here, to learn the joggers. OTOH, if you get paid to promote ped “rights,” then you’d disfavor a ped enforcement action here – you’d bend over backwards to displace blame. I mean, these peds aren’t “mistakenly” jaywalking, they’re doing it on purpose, right?

Choose or lose…

Facebook Buses are, Once Again Improperly “Staging” in SFMTA Bus Stops – Zuckerberg vs. the 21 Hayes – Idle, Idle, Idle…

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

To review, corporate shuttles aren’t allowed to “stage” (hang out, idle around, wait for the next run to start) in MUNI bus stops. Here is staging in action, just yesterday:

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READER NOTES:

Arguably, the whole SFMTA Commuter Bus Pilot Program does not comply with CA state law. Arguably.

Having said that, this Facebook vehicle isn’t in compliance – disallowed staging and no green SFMTA Pilot sign front and rear.

And what’s this, homemade-appearing Florida license plates – looks legit!

Of course it’s good for drivers to take a break to walk around sometimes, but there’s no official place for these buses to do so.

Astonishingly, FB drove these drivers into becoming fully-unionized Teamsters. I understand the distance that Zuck wants to keep from liability – from accidents and the sometimes-crazy actions of workers, but man, there’s been a signif. cost to its corporate image. Couldn’t FB have said it wants the lowest bidder but that the drivers must be paid like $50 an hour? IDK.

Oh, really this is a Loop Transit bus? Well no, it’s a Facebook bus, you know, IRL

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On It Goes…

Here It Is: The Urban School’s Huge Pixar UP House, Completely Surrounded by Earth Movers – Soon to be Moved

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Where they’ll move it to – no one can say:

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It won’t be long now…

1637 Oak Street Now Looks Like Carl Fredricksen’s House from Pixar’s Up Movie – The Urban School’s “Oak Street Project”

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Here’s real estate holdout Edith Macefield’s house from up north.

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And here’s Carl Fredricksen’s house in the east bay as seen from a scene in Up

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And this is 1637 Oak as it looks right now – The Urban School’s Oak Street Project worksite complete surrounds the place now:

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It was built in 1904 – this is no way to celebrate your eleventy-first birthday, I’ll tell you. All the deets:

1637 Oak St has 1 bath and approximately 2,850 square feet.

(Well, that’s what they call obsolete in the real estate biz.)

Anyway, this house is empty now, and they’re fixing to move it someplace, I don’t know where, this summer.

Then this parcel will look like this, sort of:

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(I’d add about ten times as many cars to this depiction, but that’s just me.)

IDK how they’ll move it – I suggest balloons:

Get all the deets about all the hullabaloo from the Urbanists themselves right here:

“Over the past two years, Urban and St. Agnes have shared our plans with local community groups and our neighbors. We are committed to keeping our community informed throughout the approval process and are available to answer your questions. We invite you to contact us at any time via phone (415 626 2919) or email oakstreetproject@urbanschool.org.

BluesNotes for Neighbors

May 2015

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Oak Street Project In the News

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Haight Ashbury Voice

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Curbed San Francisco

Aspirational – Marketing a New Apartment Building to Newcomers in Hayes Valley

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

[Camera Left] That’s who I am, I’m a god-damned troubadour! (Well, maybe not yet, but that’s who I am inside – that’s the kind of person I am. Man, I gots to get me an axe as soon as I move to Frisco…)

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[Camera Right] I’m a City Girl, here’s my Vespa – BEEP BEEP! I’m going to use it to buy a baguette every day, soon as I move to the 415.*

As seen at the horrible, man-made** disaster known as Octavia “Boulevard.”

*NO NO NO NO, I want 415! Area code 628?! WTF. 

**Person-made? Is that a phrase? Octavia was supposed to spawn a “boulevard movement” across the country. It didn’t. 

If You Have a Motorcycle (or Something Smaller Like a Moped), Feel Free to Travel Through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

You know, the way everybody else does.

As here, on the “300 block” of Ashbury, or what would be 300 block but for the Golden Gate Park Panhandle being there. But no matter, just wait for the light and then head north or south on the walking paths:

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This will save you all kinds of time going from Fell to Oak or Oak to Fell.

This didn’t used to be a thing, but now it’s a thing, especially at night…

Not Complaining, Just Explaining: See How a Jogger Handles the Revised Intersection of OAK and MASONIC

Friday, June 5th, 2015

What you’ll see isn’t the world-famous Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path – that’s on the north side, the Fell Street side. What you’ll see is the south side, the bike-free path near Oak.

Brocephus on the left here is jogging east and he’s way late – he missed his chance to enter the crosswalk on his green. OTOH, the taxi can enter the intersection.

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No matter, here’s the jogger going more south than east, “jogging” around a Prius:

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Hey, are you allowed to run into a crosswalk in CA? Uh, not really. And hey, isn’t this crosswalk excessively wide? Uh, yes it is.

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By this time, the left turn arrow phase started and the jogger exited the intersection. A happy ending, I suppose.

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This intersection now has three signal phases, for better or worse – people are still getting used to it.

The fundamental problem here has been that traffic backs up on the left side of Oak due to all the people who want to go north on Masonic -it’s kind of a bottleneck so that’s why we got the new left turn arrows.

If this jogger had been hit by a vehicle, the SFPD would have found him at fault, the same way it found the majority (50-something percent) of pedestrians at fault for their deaths last year, calendar 2014.

]If you say, well any struck pedestrian was “in the crosswalk,” well that’s pretty much useless as you’re not giving enough information to determine fault and, in fact, a pedestrian can be outside of a crosswalk, let’s say just outside, you know, close enough, and still be held not at fault for a collision, in California anyway. (This isn’t really a written-down law, it’s more of a case of judges following how other judges have ruled in the past.)

OTOH, you can be in the absolute middle of a crosswalk, as Brocephus was,  and be held at fault for your death / injury.

It all depends…