Posts Tagged ‘parker’

More Trouble for Our Hidebound SFMTA: Its Magic Cure-Alls, Traffic Circles, are Causing Problems on Euclid These Days

Monday, January 8th, 2018

These things are new. Some don’t like them, for various reasons. Anyway, these changes on Euclid have generated boo-coup calls to 311, and what’s new this week is that non-SFMTA members of Our City Family are looking into them, like today, at City Hall.  Perhaps crosswalk lines could be moved, that kind of thing.

That’s the update.

Ah, late 2017:

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The Brand-New Traffic Circles of Euclid Avenue – Going in Right Now – Hey, How Come the SFMTA No Longer Allows Neighbors to Vote on These “Improvements?”

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Well, last part first. Our SFMTA used to allow residents living near the sites of proposed traffic circles to have a little mini-election. The problem with that was that the SFMTA got its ass handed to it when all the “trial” circles it had just installed on Page and Waller got voted down, by like a three to one ratio, in five separate votes.

Guess what, the SFMTA Project Manager, the Lord of these rings, whose job it was to push this unwanted project through, was “sad” due to this result.

Anyway, flash forward to 2017 and now some neighbors in Jordan Park are finally just encountering construction of these ring things, and man are they pissed. They’re calling 311 to register their vote (in a different, less effective way).

Here it is, as laid out in October 2017:

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And here’s how things look today:

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Euclidian geometry:

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I guess the idea these days is that residents are supposed to petition the SFMTA for changes in their area, but this looks like a so-called “area-wide” traffic clamming (I just can’t myself to use the actual Orwellian word that’s popular these days, you know the one for sometimes unpopular projects) project to me, as opposed to being a “block by block” project.

I don’t get it man.

But I’ll let the SFMTA explain, as seen live on their site today. What do you make of this, Gentle Reader?

WHY IS TRAFFIC CALMING ONLY IMPLEMENTED NOW ON A BLOCK-BY-BLOCK BASIS?

Previously, the SFMTA used to consider traffic calming from an “area-wide” perspective. The area-wide process was developed as a way to look at multiple locations in the same neighborhood together, to consider traffic calming from a community perspective. The boundaries of area-wide projects were drawn to incorporate all residential streets between arterials, major collectors, and/or commercial streets. However, the process was viewed by SFTMA staff and residents as being time-consuming and resulting in unpredictable construction timelines. Often times, the more complex and expensive measures recommended through an area-wide planning process were not constructed, and the long timeline often resulted in changing community priorities that weren’t reflected in the area-wide traffic calming plan. Finally, due to the fact that the area-wide approach to traffic calming tended to involve only the most dedicated members of a community, many believed that the area-wide process did not necessarily reflect the views and concerns of all neighbors.

A resident-driven, block-by-block approach to traffic calming that relies on a data-driven approach ensures that resources are allocated to those streets in which demonstrated speeding and traffic-related concerns exist, and where there is broad resident acceptance for traffic calming.”

So I really don’t get what the SFMTA is saying here, what with the passive voice and the lack of examples given. What kind of people are “the most dedicated members of a community?” Is that an insult? A compliment? IDK.

Hey, are they going to take out some of the stop signs on Euclid? IDK.*

Anyway, there you have it.

*That was the problem with the circles on Page, for example – the taking out the stops signs part. You could hear a car coming from a block away. As a pedestrian, it was paralyzing, ’cause you didn’t know what the driver would do. Like would the driver do a California stop and proceed cautiously, or simply treat the circle like a chicane and come through at 25 MPH?** So I’d just wait until I couldn’t hear any cars coming from a block away in both directions and only then cross over Page. I much prefered the regular four way stops. (And I think the whole idea was so that bike riders wouldn’t have to worry about getting tickets for blowing stop signs.)

**Oh, I just came across this, in the less ideological part of the Streetsblog, you know, in the Comments section: “As a pedestrian, the Page/Waller circles were ‘unsuccessful’ because I defacto had to yield to cars. As a car driver, the things were frickin great because I didn’t have to stop and could blast through at 25MPH. /s Are you actually out-and-about in this city, or are you just reading about it in Dutch traffic manuals?

St. Ignatius Church Rips Off The Hunger Games: “Catching Fire, PENTECOST, May 15th”

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Here you go: Boid, Wheel, Fire:

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And here’s the same thing up atop Fulton:

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Poor Katniss!

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Happy Whitsunday!

If You Live in the Western Addition, You Can’t Host a Party Without a Brace of Valet Parkers – That’s How Some People Feel

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

See?

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This is How We Live Now…

SFGov’s Institutionalized Double-Parking: Parking on Fell to Take a Long Wee-Wee – Would “City Family” Ticket Itself?

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

As with everything else, SFGov should look to itself afore it acts

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IMO.

Double-Parking: It’s Your Right as a San Franciscan, Particularly When You’re Riding in a Convoy

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

On most streets, nobody’s going to stop you, so why not do it?

The only downside would be causing an accident, ’cause you could have some liability there.

But see? These gals are Doin’ It Right – they parked in the middle of the block. Whatever you do, don’t park too close to a cross-street:

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Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck. You gotta copy on me, Big Ben, c’mon?

Ah, yeah, 10-4, Big Ben, for sure, for sure. By golly, it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c’mon.

Yeah, that’s a big 10-4 there, Big Ben, yeah, we definitely got the front door, good buddy.

Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy…

If the SFMTA Had Been in Charge of Fighting World War II, We Would Have Lost World War II – Fulton Street

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Together forever, in  Ignatius Heights from a few days back:

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PS: MUNI sucks. And San Francisco’s “strong Mayor” systems sucks as well. Perhaps there’s a relationship there…

PPS: Speaking of which, Mayor Ed Lee’s approval rating is now in the 40’s and MUNI’s on-time rating is down in the 50’s. Perhaps there’s a relationship there…

PPPS: An on-time rating is a fairly stupid way to keep track of MUNI, but it’s what we have so oh well.

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‘Cause we don’t lie any more

San Francisco’s Best Parallel Parker of 2009 Has Got to be This Guy

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Even with a spotter, trying to park this trailered rig on the left side of Fell Street, well that can’t be a picnic. The very prospect of thinking about which way to turn the stearing wheel gives me a headache.

Didn’t see how this one turned out, but just for the bold attempt, and considering the degree of difficulty, this man deserves to be San Francisco Parallel Parker of the Year, 2009.

¡Bienvenido a San Francisco!

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The Shimmering Towers of San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Church at USF

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

On the campus of the University of San Francisco at the corner of Parker and Fulton, you’ll find St. Ignatius Church.

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Well-lit at night, it can be seen from many parts of the City.

Parallel Parking in San Francisco – The Exact Wrong Way to Do It

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Now take a look at this full-size Chevrolet Silverado work truck parked on the Streets of San Francisco (a Quinn Martin Production). The driver literally had about one inch of maneuvering space fore and aft, so it was fairly obvious he wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Whose fault is it? Either the driver of the Subaru wagon on the left or the 3-series BMW on the right. The onus is on you, the parker, to make sure others can get out, right?  

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In this case, the Chevy owner gave up and the BMW left a few hours later. It was replaced by a MINI Cooper, whose owner actually checked to see if he left enough space.

That’s your transportation-related Lesson of the Day

¡Bienvenido a San Francisco!