Posts Tagged ‘path’

If You Want to Walk Across the Bay Bridge on September 1st FOR FREE, Then You’ll Need to Sign Up Now

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

‘Cause by the time you hear about this opportunity from the MSM or a blog, it’ll be too late.

Now some people wanted to charge you for the chance to walk the bridge, but they ended up deciding to just require registration with no payment required.

C’mon, this thing is only two decades-plus late.

All the deets:

“We are excited to announce that registration for the Bay Bridge Walk will be FREE! Our next email will include more details on each event and registration dates.

Registration is required for all on-bridge activities and there will be limited capacity so sign up early!

Please tell your friends and family who wish to participate to visit baybridgecelebration.com and sign up for e-mail updates. You will be the first to hear when registration is open.

More details on the Bay Bridge Bike, Run & Walk coming soon!

-The Bay Bridge Celebration Team”

There’ll be plenty of space to roam:

See you there!

Look Ma, No Hands! – Heading West on the Panhandle Bike Path – Should This “Wilderness Trail” Be Widened?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

You know, before somebody, some ped gets clobbered?

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It will happen like this – a roadie traveling west, the downhill direction, will be “making time” or “flying” at 20-something MPH and s/he will clobber a pedestrian, perhaps Chris Bucchere-style.

So, I think wider would be better.

I mean, you wouldn’t want to narrow the thing, would you?

The Current State of the Fell Street Bike Lane – It’s Separated for the Most Part – But ARCO Gas Station is In The Way

Monday, November 26th, 2012

This is how it’s going to go with the new Fell Street bike lane.

Looking west from Scott Street:

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So this lane will hug the sidewalk at first and then merge with drivers who wqant to queue up for cheap ARCO gas.

And then, after Divisadero, the lane goes back to hugging the sidewalk all the way to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. (What you see past Divis is the bike lane on the left and the buffer on the right. Soon it will be filled up with planters or something.)

On It Goes…

San Francisco Really Really Wants to Tell Tourists How to Get to the Golden Gate Bridge – Signs Popping Up All Over

Friday, April 20th, 2012

I’ll tell you, the first time I saw one of these signs, I thought our local rich, white, old, crybaby, NIMBY homeowners had gotten together to create their own sign to direct drivers the hell away from the ‘hood.

But now I don’t know.

As seen on Geary:

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Who knows what SFGov has in store for us…

I Am Become Rob Anderson, #1: What the Heck is This Brand-New, Home-Made Sign on Fell Street? I Cry Foul

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

There’s no shortage of people who want to tell you what to do and how to do it, don’t you know.

As here, where it appears that a small cabal has paid good money for an orange sign to direct traffic away from Golden Gate Park.

Uh, this is not an official City and County of San Francisco sign. Ergo, it is an usurpation of authoritah:

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If this wobbly POS gets reinforced with about 100 pounds of QUIKRETE pronto, then it might last a week.

If not, then the over-under is two days, place your bets.

The sign you see above needs to be destroyed. This is not up for discussion.

“It is a visual and therefore, a visceral betrayal. Stop it.”

John Malkovich, Transformers III, Dark of the Moon

Don’t Miss Today’s Big Meeting About Adding a Bike Path to the Western Span of the Bay Bridge – 5:30 PM, 100 Van Ness

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Via LivaSOMA comes news of today’s big meeting about putting a bike lane on the western span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.

It’ll look like this:

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All the deets:

“Open House to Unveil Design Alternatives for Bay Bridge West Span Bike/Ped Path Project - December 13 Meeting to Highlight Concepts, Challenges, Opportunities

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

SFCTA Board Room
100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), in partnership with Caltrans and the City and County of San Francisco, has developed several design alternatives for a bicycle/pedestrian/maintenance path project on the West Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and will present these alternatives for public review and consideration at an informational open house on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m in the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board Room, 100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor, in San Francisco.

The open house will advance development of a Project Initiation Document (PID) for what is formally known as the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Bicycle Pedestrian Maintenance Path Project. The PID is intended to update the feasibility study performed in 2001. In addition to featuring design alternatives, the open house will outline key challenges and constraints, project costs, and the development process for the project. The public is invited to view project exhibits and talk with project team members. A presentation will be made at 6 p.m. and at 6:45 p.m.  Please note the same presentation will be given at both times.

The proposed pathway project would extend the bicycle/pedestrian path already being constructed on the Bay Bridge’s new East Span by taking it around Yerba Buena Island and across the bridge’s West Span into San Francisco. In addition to providing a continuous bike/ped route from Oakland to San Francisco, the path project also would provide improved bridge access for Caltrans maintenance crews, thereby reducing maintenance closures on the bridge. Please note that these are preliminary designs and that funding for this project has not yet been identified.

Project materials will be posted to mtc.ca.gov/westspanbikepath after the meeting. Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations should be directed to Meghan Daniels at m.daniels@circlepoint.com or 415.227.1100 x118.”

Surf McAllister: Simple Geometry Explains Why It’s Better to Roll on McAllister Street Rather Than the Overhyped Wiggle Route

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I suppose this longboarder could have taken The Wiggle bike route, but he’s carving down McAllister instead. See?

The hilly part of McAllister – it’s a couple blocks: 

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So, if you are headed from the Financh or Mid-Market to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, taking McAllister to Divis is:

1. Shorter (by about a third of a mile);

2. Faster.

3. Safer.

And there are no cops handing out tickets for those who California-stop through stop signs. (The Wiggle is a cop magnet, of course – look for them on Haight and Scott.)

And, best of all, Octavia Boulevard, the place where Wigglers generally need to stop to watch the cars go by, is just a nothingburger by the time it gets up to McAllister Street. (The last thing our failed Octavia Boulevard needs is more activity, that’s for sure.)

Hurray!

The Best Part of a Dreaded Sunny Day is Feeling the Cool, Cool Water of RPD’s Panhandle Bike Path Sprinklers

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

These jets of water pop up whenever and wherever, aimed right at the cyclists and peds on the Panhandle Bike Path.

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Thanks, RPD!

The Giant Topiary Bunny of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Might Not Be a Bunny After All – The Reverse Angle from Fell

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

What I thought was a giant topiary bunny in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park might not be a bunny at all.

The reverse angle view is inconclusive – I can make out the bunny ears and cotton tail but I can’t explain the camel hump.

You Make The Call:

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The Green Bicycle Box on Scott Near Oak Appears to be Working as Designed – It’s Getting Used, Anyway

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Our Scott Street Bike Box appears to be working as desgined.

So much so, that there’s not enough room for all the cyclists, at times.

The thing remains invisible to drivers at night, but that doesn’t appear to have caused any issues, AFAIK.

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The SFPD apparently had a short-term enforcement action against cyclists cheating on the left turn most of them make a block later at Fell, but I haven’t heard about anything like that lately.