Posts Tagged ‘parking’

New-School “Neighborhood Electric Vehicle” (NEV) Parks Illegally on the Streets of San Francisco – Can You See What’s Wrong?

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Oh NEVs. I’ve seen this kind of thing afore with Smart Cars

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Tsk tsk.

I know what you’re thinking driver, but:

CA Vehicle Code: 22502. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent  curbs shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of such vehicle parallel with and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb…

Jurassic Park Muir Woods: Nedry’s Crash on the Way to the East Dock Re-Enacted on Muir Woods Drive

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Or, Only In Marin.

InGen featured prominently on this RAV4:

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Seems an attempt was made to extricate, but it failed. This could be the denouement of an ill-fated three point turn. Note that other drivers took advantage of some prime parking space with a quickness:

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Apparently, drivers rejected from the normal parking lots of Muir Woods National Monument fall off of the flat part of Muir Woods Road like every day. These occupants here just wanted to turn around, too bad.

Calling for a tow involves hiking to the main gate, one assumes, as cell phone service is spotty at best. (I’m thinking AT&T would have the best chance of attaining one bar, based upon what people I know have experienced.)

BTW, Nedry is nerdy backwards

Five Adorable Grey Fox Babies Under the Boardwalk of Muir Woods Natl. Mnmt. are Creating a Stir

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Just like last year.

One of the playful kits:

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And here’s the stir:

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Annual membership MWNP / MWNM is just $40 (which gets four in at any time for a whole year), but I shan’t renew as the feds are fed up with all the people here, so a privately-operated for-profit parking system is a-coming. (I wasn’t aware that it was so bad to park next to the creek.) Anywho, there are a lot of ways to get in an around Muir Woods without getting in a traffic jam, waiting for parking, or, far that matter, paying any fees at all.

Basically, the toll gate at the main entrance is only for inbound travelers and there are a lot of other entrances.

Anyway, they want fewer people/tourists milling about the main entrance / gift shop, and that’s what they’ll get. I’ll see you all as I exit through the gift shop.

How 90-Degree Parking and Double Parking are a Bad Combination on Busy Baker Street – A Turned Head of Disapproval

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Prolly there shouldn’t be 90-degree parking here and there should be a white zone here in front of this large institution on Baker so that your relatives or taxi drivers or Paratransit drivers or even some of those hated UBER Lyft drivers in economical Priuses can come by and drive you someplace, but our SFMTA just loves to add parking to certain blocks for certain reasons at certain times. It doesn’t really make sense overall, but that’s just the way our SFMTA is.

So we end up with this kind of sitch.

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So normally a bike rider can simply go around a double parked car, but with this kind of set up I wasn’t sure if this bicycle “activist”-type person would be able to make it past easily, you know, due to all the stalled traffic from rush hour and whatnot. She had just the mildest of reactions that you could expect, just a slight WTF head turn to the right to the let the driver know, “Bad form, Dude.” (Of course our Bro-iest of bike riders would dismount and start slapping body panels – that’s the range of reactions you can expect.)

So whose fault is this? IDK. Hey, why not go back to regular parking here? Now that’s an idea.

(Our SFMTA wants UBER Lyft drivers to circle about for 10-20 minutes and then hike to the lobby to make a legal pick up, one assumes…)

Lyftpocalypse Now: How Our SFMTA Could React to the Rise of UBER with One Simple Trick at Oak Octavia

Monday, May 8th, 2017

You know what a pigeon drop is? I sort of do, but I still don’t get it, not really. I’d be like, well, how is this going to work. And it was the same thing with the Octavia Boulevard disaster, which pitted a handful of landed millionaires of Hayes Valley, like a just a few homeowners, against all the little people of the West Side. It went back and forth a few times, but the West Side eventually lost and that’s how we ended up with the Octavia Boulevard disaster. Anyway, I never believed in it and I still don’t.

So that was then and this is now – traffic backed up all the way up and over the hill, going west from the Octavia Bottleneck. And this isn’t rush hour, this is just some random weekend day, when MUNI doesn’t even try, not really.

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So I’m guessing that most of these drivers are trying to get to a freeway, but this plays Hell with crosstown traffic, which is down to Just One Lane.

But look ahead here – there’s a line of parked cars on the left side starting with a red one, see?

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So why not just get rid of parking here? Wouldn’t that ease the bottleneck?

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It sure would.

Of course our SFMTA is mad at UBER / Lyft these days and yes the arrival of all these Priuseses has hurt mobility, but why doesn’t the SFMTA react? Why can’t it fix its mistakes of the recent past?

What’s that, the SFMTA wants “buy in” from HV? But why is the SFMTA bending over backwards for HV over like eight or so highly intrusive parking spaces? I don’t get it.

And really I never did.

Visitor from New Yawk Scores 23(!) Parking Tickets in Less Than One Month

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

This won’t end well, it doesn’t look:

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(Extraordinarily High Parking Ticket Prices Like Frisco’s Are Regressive – discuss amongst yourselves)

As seen in RPP Area Q, which was precisely devised to be most unfriendly to auslanders

Our SFMTA Doesn’t Want You to Park on the SIdewalk, Except When It Does

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Like this – this is SFMTA approved, as it’s time for weekly street cleaning:

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Frisco’s Funniest Parking Ticket – It’s Just $23 at a Time When $100 is About the Average

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Here’s how you’d get it. See the problem?

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It’s called “parking on the grass” (even if you’re merely parking on dirt due to all the others before you parking in the same place).

Now what’s funny is that the cost of this ticket (it was just $23 back in 2014, and the ticket giver thought it was $26 at that time, and who knows how much it is now, prolly still comically small) obviously hasn’t kept up with inflation, for some reason.

Why this ticket isn’t $300 is a mystery to me.

Anyway, parking on the curb should be A-OK, but this driver went a little too far…

(d) No person shall park any vehicle on any
lawn, or planted area, or unimproved area or on
any pedestrian or equestrian lane, or on any
access road or unpaved service road or firetrail
or in any manner so as to block access to or exit
from any service road or access road or firetrail,
or in any other place in the park where the rules
and regulations of the Recreation and Park Com-
mission prohibit vehicular parking, unless al-
lowed otherwise by permit; (more…)

Ceiling of Broken Dreams, Geary

Monday, April 10th, 2017

These balloons are so high up, you’d need a beebee gun to get them down I think:

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Go in (once you make it past all the circulating cars on a desperate search for parking in the Middle Richmond, plus all the UBER / Lyfts), have a look.

The Futility of Sending Out PCO’s to Ticket Cars a Full Half-Hour Before the Street Sweeper Arrives – Here’s What Happens

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

So SFMTA Parking Control Officers ticket cars for blocking a street cleaning truck during weekly street cleaning time, but then drivers come along later, see that the PCO’s are now long gone, and park. And then a half hour later, along comes the street sweeper, but of course it’s blocked by cars what have accumulated the past 30 minutes.

Thusly:

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Of course, drivers are officially allowed to park on a block just after a street sweeper leaves, but this sitch above seems wrong. It makes things seem like street sweeping isn’t any big deal and it’s mostly about raising money for our SFMTA.

Solutions:

Send a second wave of PCO’s out just ahead of the street sweepers, like a few minutes. That would put an end to this weekly parking game right quick; or

Keep the PCO’s closer to the street sweeper in the first place. (This is the better choice.)

I fully understand why the SFMTA will take a program originally designed for some other purpose and change it into a way of raising money for the SFMTA, but when you allow the PCO’s to get so far away from the street sweepers you end up making a mockery of the program….