Posts Tagged ‘one way’

If You Want to Get From the Panhandle to Downtown Quickly, Forget About the Wiggle and Just Take Oak

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Thusly:

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If you want. There’s really only one block that’s kind of steep, but think of all the stop signs you won’t have to blow through.

They used to have a kind of bike lane on the left side of Oak but it’s gone now.

But the right side looks all right and traffic doesn’t move all that fast so it works.

(Coming back is a different story, much steeper going uphill on neighboring Fell and Page.)

Happy trails.

OMG, New “Leap Transit” Bus is a Replacement for the MUNI 30X – It’s $6 to Ride the Marina Express One-Way to Financh

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

[UPDATE: Kevin Montgomery of Uptown Almanac reacts.]

[UPDATE II: The Twitter-stream of one @kylekirchhoff just went private. C'mon, Bro! You gotta engage with the peeps. Today is your big day. It's not that incrimernating, is it? Bro discusses how much he doesn't like Twitter, McAfee Antivirus Inc, and how many people got shot on a MUNI #14 last year. You know, all the usual stuff. But I'll tell you, withdrawing from Web 2.0 is what criminales do, right? You're just a bro with a bus. Nothing wrong with that.]

[UPDATE III: Aaron Sankin of Huffington Post San Francisco weighs in.]

[UPDATE IV: And now Ellen Huet of the San Francisco Chronicle:

John Avalos, a supervisor who has fought against private companies use of Muni stops, called Kirchhoff’s comments “very disingenuous.”

“What a crock of s—,” Avalos said. “How does blocking a Muni stop make the city more efficient? You’re trying to make money, and you’re creating a two-tiered transportation system in San Francisco.”]

I’ll tell you, I’ve been waiting years for a MUNI alternative to pop up and look, it’s here.

Now I’m not talking about the corporate buses (like Google, Apple, FaceBook and so on) that have been around for a decade or so, and I’m not talking about Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and the like and I’m not even talking about the private version of the taxpayer-subsidized Twitter Express, the 83X.

No no. I’m talking about Leap Transit duplicating the unpopular MUNI Marina Express 30x with a private shuttle bus that costs $6 one-way.

It looks like this, as seen just yesterday:

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Here’s what the site looks like:

See that? The bus comes with WiFi and leather seats, but they cost three times as much as MUNI. And I’m supposing you and your wheelchair would be better off on MUNI, just a guess. And, oh yes,  you pretty much need an Apple iPhone (or as close an iOS device as possible) to climb aboard.

Now you’d think the MSM would be all over this new company, but no. So far, Leap has escaped notice, except from this bloke called  from Down Under. (Uh, he’s _not_ a fan. I haven’t seen a booting like this since Bart vs. Australia)

“This little blue bus symbolises everything that is wrong with the current bubble and boom of internet startup culture. It’s in San Francisco. It belongs to Leap Transit. And, on May 13, this “better bus” — OMFG, it has leather seats and wi-fi! — began operating as part of what’s billed as a “shuttle service for San Francisco commuters.”

Bonus bon mot:

“This socialized [x] is slow and unprofitable. Let’s start a [x] for rich people that pays its employees less.”

Leave there be no doubt, Leap Transit is a wannabe MUNI disrupter. See?

So far, reaction around town has been mixed.

To wit:

connie hwong ‏@crh17h This has come to my attention: a $6 shuttle from the Marina to SOMA, with leather seats & wifi. Seriously, SF?”

Check it:

I don’t know, if the 30X just passed you by ’cause it’s raining and you see a Leap bus coming at you and you have an iPhone and you’re already signed up, well then Leap just might be worth the six bucks.

A 28-year-old white man wants you to ride his technicolor submarine.

Will you?

All the deets:

Brave Cyclist Takes on Hilly Bush Street on a Regular Basis

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

See?

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(Dude is braver, stronger than I.)

Bush Street from Masonic to Market is straight, hilly, and fast – it’s San Francisco’s version of Marin County’s Blithedale Ridge Roller Coaster trail.

Turns Out That Skateboarding IS a Crime, or At Least It Is When You Turn Bush Street Into Pine Street

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Like this fellow heading outbound down Nob Hill on Bush, which of course is a one-way inbound route.

Didn’t we just lose a skateboarder not too long ago on this very same hill? I think so.

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I mean, I’m just saying, right?

OMG, McAllister Street to Become a Two-Way August 4th – All the Way to Market for Bikes, MUNI, and Taxis

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Well, here you go – in four short days, McAllister will become a fully two-way street.

This should speed up the #5 Fulton inbound, huh?

And now there’s even less excuse to use the Wiggle bike route (as McAllister and Divisadero make up a superior route to and from the Panhandle, sorry for saying that over again but it’s totally true.)

The News of the Day: 

“The SFMTA Announces Reconfiguration of McAllister Street

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that, effective Thursday, Aug. 4, McAllister Street east of Hyde Street will be reconfigured. Also, Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market) will be converted to two-way. The traffic reconfiguration and correlated completion of the overhead contact system (OCS) rehabilitation in this area mean that the nearly 16,000 annual 5 Fulton Muni trolley bus customers will now have a more direct trip downtown. The change will save the Agency more than $200,000 a year in operating expenses.

Effective Aug. 4, the new configuration will allow Muni, commercial vehicles and bicycles to travel eastbound on McAllister Street between Hyde Street and Charles J. Brenham Place. All other eastbound McAllister traffic will continue to turn right at Hyde Street. Only bicycles, taxis and Muni vehicles will be allowed to turn east on Market Street from McAllister Street. All other traffic will be required to turn right onto Market Street. All traffic will be able to make a right turn from northbound Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market Street) onto eastbound McAllister Street to access the block between Charles J. Brenham Place and Jones Street. The attached maps show the changes in the traffic configuration.

The current 5 Fulton route requires inbound vehicles heading downtown to make a right on Hyde Street and then a left on Market Street. The new route, made possible by new overhead wires in the eastbound direction, will allow buses on this route to go straight to Market Street, saving up to three minutes per trip. The changes to the 5 Fulton route will take effect after the testing of the new OCS in August.

The SFMTA’s Capital Investment Program includes the rehabilitation of the aging trolley bus OCS in various parts of the City. This vital work includes replacing existing poles and overhead wires. Rehabilitation of the OCS improves safety and service reliability and helps keeps Muni in a state of good repair. The OCS construction began last summer and was part of the 21 Hayes Pole Replacement project.”

Hurray?

Hurray!

Swinging Both Ways on Haight Street: Hearing on April 15th About Making It a Two-Way Street in Hayes Valley

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Well here’s the latest from District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi‘s latest newsletter:

“LATE BREAKING NEWS – Hearing on Haight Two-Way

April 15, 2011, 10 a.m. – The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing to solicit public input on the following proposed changes: 1) Making Haight a two-way street between Octavia and Market. 2) Establishing a bus-boarding island on Haight, eastbound, west of Gough and other changes.”

Mike Aldax had all the deets last year – can’t imagine the plan has changed too much since then.

Will this help the failed Octavia Boulevard project to become slightly less of a failure? Yes.

So that’s good, right?

Bumping into your parole officer will be sooooo much more pleasant on a two way Haight Street, dontcha think?

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Cyclists Have No Worry About Cars on Marin County’s Conzelman Road

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Pretty much. There are more bikes than cars on this stretch of one-way road to the Point Bonita Light House and beyond in the Marin Headlands.

The catch is that you have to ride your bike all the way up the two-way part from where the road starts near the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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But otherwise, it’s a nice ride…

The Angry Pacific Ocean Vs. the Point Bonita Lighthouse

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

All you need to know about the Yelp-rated lighthouse at Point Bonita is right here.

Did the lighthouse keeper’s wife really tie up the kids on a leash when they played outside to keep them from falling into the ocean? That’s the story, anyway.

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Looks like that house might get sprayed with salt water sometimes.

See you there!

San Francisco’s Tiny Genoa Street Allows Traffic in Both Directions

Monday, December 29th, 2008

See? Genoa Place in North Beach seems like it should be a one-way alley.

But it’s not.

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And if you actually went the allowed 15 MPH speed in your car, you’d scare pedestrians whether you were going up or down the hill.

What a strange little street.