Posts Tagged ‘parking’

Double-Park Nation, San Francisco – A Lesson in Urban Etiquette – “Double Parking: Is It For Me?”

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Here’s long-time SF blogger 40 Going On 28 going on about what really grinds his gears:

Urban Etiquette: Motoring in the City

And all that’s fine, for the most part.*

But here’s your nugget, San Francisco driving culture-wise:

4. Double Parking: Is It For Me?

The advice about not parking “anywhere near an intersection” is the Inviolable Rule. You can’t just go to the end of the block and then double-park right in front of the crosswalk – that’s not kosher. Agreed.

But what of this fairly typical sitch, in the Western Addition?

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The street here is quite short, just three blocks, plus it’s quite wide plus, bonus, it’s not on a bus line, so all these bandits need not worry about getting a pesky MUNI bus camera ticket. IMO, the moving van has priority here, so the other drivers should avoid double parking near it.

Obviously, these double parkers should show a great deal of respect for elements of the SFPD and DPT, and they shouldn’t box in legally parked cars. If that happens to you, simply start honking your horn and then the car owner should appear within a minute or so, to hastily get out of your way. (I mean, ideally.)

Anyway, that’s my perspective, that double parking etiquette is something you’re just going to have to learn after you get here and drive around.

I’ve been driving / parking here for a quarter century now. This is JMO.

*Personally, I don’t see the harm of California stops in SF in most circumstances. I’m not talking about a MUNI driver blowing through stops at 12 MPH (as documented by a video cam on the very same bus), no, I’m talking about creeping (down the back streets on D’s) through. You should aspire to drive just the way off-duty SFPD cops do. Then you’ll be invisible to them when they’re on-duty. And when they’re trying to meet their quota for tickets on Fulton, let’s say, they’ll just sit and watch 20 cars creep through a stop sign (without ever coming to a complete stop) but then pull over the driver who only slows down to, say, 7 MPH or so. And as far as ped safety is concerned, you’re always scanning for peds, right? If so, feel free to Cali stop, particularly when there’s not a soul around.

Absurd MUNI 21 Hayes Bus Stop Situation (7 Stops for 6 Short Blocks) is Now Slightly Less Absurd – Thx SFMTA, Srsly

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Well here’s the official notice, seen in the Western Addition just north of the Panhandle and, I might add, just after election time:

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Mind you, these aren’t big big city blocks the likes of which you’ll find in SoMA or out in the Avenues. These are small blocks chock-a-block full of bus stops. Check it, and remember that Ashbury used to have stops as well.

So hurrah for the SFMTA.

An Unlocked Bike Parked in the Costco #144 Parking Lot is Probably Safer Than a Locked Bike Parked in the Rest of SoMA

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Like this unlocked bike, for instance.

It didn’t get stolen from the trusting owner for at least an hour

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(Of course, this is the very same parking lot where that lady got carjacked and stuffed into the trunk of her large Infiniti sedan only to be released unharmed in the East Bay.)

OMG, Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities” is Awesome – Show Plays Near AT&T Park Until Jan. 18th, 2015

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is here and everybody loves it, so far:

San Francisco Chronicle’s  Robert Hurwitt

San Francisco Examiner’s  Jean Schiffman 

San Jose Mercury News Karen D’Souza

Yelp

Huffington Post’s Leo Stutzin

I mean, find me a negative review, Gentle Reader. I tried to find one. I failed.

You know, I’ve never actually paid to see a Cirque du Soleil show. (They’re all excellent, actually. They’re spectacles, certainly.) Would seeing this show be worth $53 and up to you? IDK. And you might feel like a second-class citizen in some of the cheap seats. Anyway, I have nothing to add to the reviews except to say it’s awesome, if you’re into this kind of thing.

All photos from MARTIN GIRARD / SHOOTSTUDIO.CA:

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Once Again, it’s “DR WOOF” – Paying Hundreds and Hundreds of Dollars to Fund Your SFMTA

Monday, November 17th, 2014

This MD should get a medal or something from the SFMTA:

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What It’s Like to Stay at a Mid-Market Hotel for $60-Something per Night: “Budget Inn,” 1139 Market Street

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Well, here’s an upbeat take:

Hotel Tour : Budget Inn San Francisco CA by DieselDucy:

Compare that with Yelp – a very low one-star rating:

“I want to leave, but it’s already 1am and we are both too afraid to leave our locked room. We get 4 hrs or interrupted sleep (the walls are paper thin and the doors have cracks in them), pray that we didn’t get exposed to tuberculosis, hepatitis and/or herpes and book it out of there. Trust me folks, this place isn’t worth the $60. I’ve stayed in $15 hostels while traveling though Europe that were both cleaner and safer than this place.”

And there’s this:

” If you have less than $150 night for a decent place to stay, youre actually safer just camping at golden gate park than any of these SROs…”

And there’s the bedbug allegations, natch.

Choose wisely…

ULTIMATE PARKING MACHINE? – OMG, Viral Video: “Crazy Bay Area Driver Parking Her BMW #FAIL”

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Stanley Roberts feels that this one could still go viral – he thinks it’s Jimmy Kimmel-worthy.

I’m inclined to agree.

Wow, just wow.

What did she give him – $5, $20?

An now here’s the kicker. How to get out of the very same space?

Imagine this woman confronting the crazy-striped JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park – what would happen?

Thanks Wayne R – keep ‘em coming!

Big Sugar Causes a Traffic Jam on Chestnut Street on the Eve of the Prop E Vote, Same As Any Other Day

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Let’s take a look here, aging Rolls Royce* on the left and lots of stalled cars ahead, starting at the 2000 block of Chestnut – this is just another day in the Marina Landfill:

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Oh, here’s the culprit:

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And here’s the payload, trying to hide behind a passerby.** Hey, take your time, Coca Cola!

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Do the vaunted “planners” of San Francisco have a plan for this kind of thing? Oh no, you all just don’t want to deal?

Don’t you think this kind of situation lowers your credibility, Planners?

And oh yes, Prop E 2014 itself. Well, all the money coming in from out of town certainly has had the effect of making certain local institutions look foolish, that’s fo sho. There are pros and cons to it, of course. Direct intake of liquefied sugar certainly can be a factor in getting the diabetes, but there are others too, right? Perhaps Dr. Scott Wiener will help you work on those after the election…

*That would be your Old Marina, you know, Facie Terraemotus. Now make sure you don’t say nothing bad about Saint Joseph DiMaggio, the Patron Saint of the Marina, in front of Old Marina – they’ll get super pissed off. But, you know, before Joltin’ Joe had left and gone away, he was known for being a big jerk on Chestnut Street. Yelling at barbers for no reason, stuff like that. There’s an appointment system, Joe – what makes you so special? Anyway, area Supervisor Mark Farrell remains a big fan of DiMaggio, for some reason… 

**That would be your New Marina, you know, Post Terraemotus.

If You’re Going to Jaywalk Across Masonic to Get To and From the Trader Joe’s, This is How You Should Do It

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Instead of heading up the hill to get back to their ride, these gals walked downhill a few paces and then used congested traffic near Geary to their advantage:

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That’s better than most, of course.

What they’re doing is turning a complicated, deadly game of chicken into a simpler chore of waiting for northbound traffic to get a red and then shuffling across two lanes…

Confused Tourists Avoid Parking Near This Red Zone in Golden Gate Park, But Locals Know Better

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

It’s hard to see, but this curb on MLK is mostly red, so it looks like a towaway zone.

But the signs say forget all that and park for free for four hours:

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Prolly the RPD or DPW or SFMTA or some sort of ALPHABET SOUP org should clean off the red / reddish paint but if you say anything about that, then they’ll start begging you for more, ever more money, oh well.

Also note the fresh broken glass on the sidewalk, oh well