Posts Tagged ‘pedestrian’

Our SFMTA “Solves” the BIRD SPIN LIME Chinese Motorized Rental Scooter Problem: A 2,500 Scooter Limit – 24-Month Pilot – Insurance – $25K Annual Fee

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Here’s your PowerPoint:

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And here’s the news:

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Let’s see here, can’t say I know what five permits per permit means, but I can take a bite at some of the other stuff:

User Education – Hey knucklehead, wear your helmet and stay off of the sidewalks (at least until the Bird Rides, Inc-“sponsored” AB2989 Assembly Bill gets enacted).

Data Sharing – This should be easy enough, and easier for LIME SPIN BIRD to do than it has been for UBER and Lyft.

Privacy Policy – Yeah, that’s something. I’ve yet to see a short-term rental outfit NOT take for itself YOUR image rights (of YOU on their product), for free (more or less), for life. Sometimes this provision is considered a part of the Privacy Policy and sometimes it’s not. Our SFGov could take steps so that ppl don’t sign away their image rights so easily and without genuine consideration, but I don’t think it will.

Low Income Plan – Most likely this will be an extremely low low-income plan – this could be useful to some when the inevitable massive price increases kick in.

All the deets:

“Pilot Scooter Share Program Permit

Miriam Sorell April 25th, 2018

Engineering, Maintenance, and Safety Committee (EMSC)

Scooter Share Deploys in SF

SFMTA Supports Emerging Mobility

Powered scooters have the potential to provide sustainable and convenient alternatives to driving

Issues With Scooters To Date

Impede pedestrian travel and risk of pedestrian injury

Existing Regulations Govern Usage • Sidewalk Riding Prohibited • Helmet Required • May not obstruct sidewalk

Proposal to Establish Permit • 24 month pilot • Up to 5 permits / 500 scooters per permit • Permit application fee ($5,000) and annual fee ($25,000)

Permit Requirements

Thank You!”

This Richmond District Mom Appears to be a Bad Driver – VW Shows Off “PEDESTRIAN MONITORING” in the Avenues – See the Video

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Via your locally-owned and operated RICHMOND DISTRICT BLOG we discover this new ad for the 2018 VW Atlas SUV.

However, there’s something wrong with this driver if she can’t see this kid at or well before this point in time:

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The VW appears to be 50+ feet from where the errant kid was soon going to be in the above.

Here’s the whole thing:

Not saying that Frisco pedestrians aren’t horrible, just saying that PEDESTRIAN MONITORING shouldn’t have been necessary here.

And just as we don’t want to lull peds into a false sense of security, we don’t want to do the same with drivers.

(And when driving on our wide wide avenues at 25 MPH or less, one has a higher safety margin when more towards the middle of this street, so she should have been more to her left, generally, assuming that no oncoming traffic was oncoming.)

(Also, no FLP (Front License Plate), which of course is required in CA. Unless you have your reg in the front window ’cause your new car is so new that you haven’t gotten your plate from the DMV yet, but the reg isn’t in the window either. That’s a MINUS 5 for Hufflepuff House, as you’ll get cited by the SFPD, CHP, or the SFMTA, the big three of area FLP enforcement)

IOW, I question the Hollywood crowds’ ability to show this safety feature in this case…

Paint Engineering: Our SFMTA Makes Changes to Fell and Baker, But It Still Only Allows 12 Seconds of Flashing DON’T WALK

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

So yes, the SFMTA gave pedestrians more than 40 seconds to cross Fell north-south at Baker before the recent fatal accident, but it set up the signals to only give 12 seconds of red, flashing DON’T WALK DON’T WALK

This must have been due to one of MUNI’s “I’s” – Ideology or Incompetence.

Anyway, the SFMTrA but up some posts, but the SFMTA took them down.

Now comes the SFMTA with some beige paint, which means, uh, IDK:

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Maybe they’ll make this a bulb out?

Who knows…

Hawk vs. Rat at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path – Quite a Scene

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Story I heard is that birdie here had just caught a rat, but then fumbled it away because birdie was of afraid of all the people nearby. So it flew up to a tree limb over the bike path to wait for its lunch as passersby inspected the rat carcass:

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Delayed lunch. Nose to extended feet was longer than my shoe, slightly. Throw in the tail and that’s why people talk about “twelve inch rats.’

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I left birdie staring intently at the dead rat from above…

Our RPD has been struggling with rats in the GGP Panhandle recently, for various reasons.

Our SFMTA Registers Its Disapproval with the Safe Hit Sidewalk Bulbouts Recently Installed by the SFMTrA at Fell and Baker

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

These guerrilla-installed white posts went in on October 5-6. I was thinking since I saw them still there on the evening of October 9th that maybe the SFMTA might be tolerating them. But no, all these posts are gone now, as of the evening of October 10th anyway.

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One problem with bulbouts is that they embolden pedestrians, as here, but I don’t know if our non-transparent SFMTA would agree with that.

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Installing a couple bulbouts here wouldn’t be crazy. It would take the five lanes you’d have to cross to get out of traffic down to four, pretty much, at the cost of two parking spaces.

The existing timing* seems generous to me, even during rush hour, so I don’t understand how the recent accident occurred.

*43 seconds or so, which is about 20 seconds more than other nearby intersections on Fell west of Masonic, at least during rush hour.

Berkeley Pedestrian Bridge Over the I-80 Reads as You Might Expect: “US NAVY – STOP KILLING WHALES”

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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Tension City: Standoff Between a Driver Who Wants to Park at Baker Beach and a Pedestrian Who’s “Saving the Space” for a Friend

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

That’s how I’m calling this one. I mean, I saw this car pull up to take this space, but uh oh, somebody’s standing there, to “save” the space for a driver who must have been stuck in traffic. Man, this standoff lasted a looooong time.

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So, yeah, I’m not going to run you over, but how’s your friend going to get into this space if I’m blocking the way kind of deal.

This is my interpretation.

This is Tension City, Man.

NB: Those Heavy-Looking Orange Traffic Barriers on Masonic Aren’t Filled, Offering Little Protection

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Of course they could be filled, but that would be a PITA for the workers:

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Just saying.

Jumping the Bike Box

Friday, August 4th, 2017

IDK, you got a green box for a reason, right?

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That’s where you belong. Otherwise you’re in the way, so why not back up your hoss a couple yards, cowboy?

Typical San Francisco Pedestrian, Starts Marching Across on a Yellow

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Now sometimes it’s hard, like when you’re at a place that doesn’t have countdown timers, like many places in Frisco that should have them but don’t, for some reason, but that’s not the case here:

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This isn’t the end of the world, I’m just saying Typical San Francisco Pedestrian, Starts Marching Across on a Yellow.

(Now there’s a movement afoot, it started in New Yawk, to change the obvious meaning of DON’T WALK to SURE, GO AHEAD AND WALK IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT. I don’t support this movement. FIN)