Posts Tagged ‘pedestrian’

Latest SFCTA SFMTA Public Meeting Promoting the #38 Geary BRT a Kind of Fiasco – Ped Bridges in Japantown in Peril

Friday, November 6th, 2015

1. Will the Geary BRT end up being a good thing? IDK.

2. Will the Geary Merchants Association ever accept it? No, definitely not.

3. Will our transit overlords figure out a way to placate Japantown, which is up in arms over the pending destruction of the pedestrian bridges connecting the north side with the south side? Probably, but I don’t know how they’re going to do it.

Here’s some video of Geary merchant David Heller berating said transit overlords, with county worker Peter Lauterborn playing the role Dr. Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park:

How many Seinfeld-ian moments did I see last night afore I left? A whole bunch.

Oh, and some monkey wrencher(s) stole the registration sign in sheets and some filled-out comment cards? Whoops. Is this kind of thing akin to Target getting hacked and having your email address spread about? Sort of.

On It Goes…

Frisco Finally Gets Around to Fixing the Hanging Lanterns Above the Great Southern Entrance to Japantown – Here’s What They Look Like

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

First, it was all like this, like for a looooong time:

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But now it’s all like this, all fixed (except for the tagging, which might qualify for Landmark status at this point, but oh well):

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So that’s good.

(Hey, how’s the seismic safety for all what you can see in the background there, on Geary and Post from Fillmore to Laguna and including the big ugly Peace Pagoda [L]andmark? Oh, not good? Uh oh.)

Now what’s the next step? Hopping lanterns, Miyazaki-style, natch:

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Someday

Five Seconds of Masonic: How Trader Joe’s Shoppers Play a Deadly Game of Frogger Every Day – And No One Cares

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

From west…

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…to East:

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And here’s the caboose of this jaywalking / jay-running train:

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I’ve been tilting at this windmill for a while now. At first on SFist back about 2007 or so and then on this tiny blog. The first TJ’s shopper death came a few years back. The next will come tomorrow or next year or in another five years, something like that.

What’s that, the speed limit here is 25 MPH and cars come through “speeding” all the time? Well, not really. Average speed for southbound traffic is fairly low. And for northbound, it’s not all that fast either. And oh, the limit on this stretch of Masonic is 30 MPH.

What’s that, Planning and DPW and the all-knowing, all-seeing SFMTA have a plan for Masonic and it’s coming soon? Well, not really. The project wasn’t as “shovel-ready as promised so they’ve loaned the Masonic-designated pork for other stuff. A “new” Masonic will eventually come, but not above Geary and TJ’s and all the photos you can see are all from north of Geary.

That’s the update for 2015.

SFMTA Spokesmodel Paul Rose Costs Us Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Per Year, But He Sounds Like a MUNI UNION Flack

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Yes, over $200,000 in his Total Cost of Employment (TCOE). (You want to get into this, well, we can get into this.)

Here’s the new stuff:

It does not appear the bicyclist was traveling in a bike lane,” said Paul Rose…

I’d expect this kind of sophistry from a MUNI operators attorney, but not a spokesmodel from the SFMTA.

Hey, is this the same Paul Rose who committed this? Yep. Oh what’s that, Paul, you acknowledged your mistake and you didn’t want to get into why you committed such a boner? But that’s how you learn, right?

Let’s move on, to the SFPD:

Bicyclists are supposed to travel in the bike lane,” reminded SFPD Officer Grace Gatpandan…

This statement is 100% non-operational, and I don’t know how many words you’d need to add to fix it.

Do I expect better from SFMTA / SFPD?

Yes I do.

Should I.

IDK

BTW, I’ve “gone around” MUNI vehicles thousands of times, both inbound and outbound, on Market Street since the 1980’s. It’s not illegal, is it? Tell me how I’m wrong here.

Show me the police report and I’ll tell you who was at fault here, except 1) it doesn’t exist yet and 2) the SFPD holds onto its PRs really really tight so I’ll never see it even after it comes out.

Hey, is the SFPD part of the SFGov “City Family” known to favor SFMTA operators when it comes time to assess fault when SFMTA operators get into accidents, or, in the words of the SFMTA, when SFMTA operator commit “traffic violence?” Yes. Yes it is.

Oh well

Let’s Knife: Standing in a Parking Space on Geary to “Reserve It” for Friends Driving Around Blocks Away is Unhealthy

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Why? Because somebody just might cut you, you know, in a knife fight that you just might get involved with in the 94118, despite the fact (or, especially because?) you yourself don’t ever carry a knife:

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Or, in other words, you can’t really save a parking spot by standing in it because it’s agin the law.

All right, enough controversy, Let’s Knife!

San Francisco’s Biggest Intersection Box Blocker is … the SFMTA Itself – Isn’t It Ironic? – Dont’cha Think?

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

As here, on Geary inbound:

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And now let’s hear from the SFMTA:

“Don’t Block the Box: enforcement crews will expand the partnership between the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the San Francisco Police Department for “Don’t Block the Box” enforcement violations. This practice has traditionally obstructed intersections on traffic arteries leading up to the freeways. The strategy calls for more parking control officers during the afternoon rush hours. Since the Mayor’s Congestion Management Plan last year, parking control officers have issued 3,514 gridlock citations. This represents a 25 percent increase compared to the preceding five months, and 102 percent since 2014. 

The rotating enforcement efforts will be targeted to the following locations: South of Market, 3rd Street, 4th Street, 19th Avenue, Divisadero, Columbus, Fell Street/Oak Street, Geary Boulevard, Geneva Avenue, Harrison Street, Mission Street, Pine Street/Bush Street, and Van Ness Avenue.

You can help!
“Blocking the Box” (driving into an intersection and getting stuck) and double-parking are two behaviors that can have a real impact on street safety. Both of these activities make it harder for other drivers to see pedestrians and for pedestrians to cross the street safely. If we can all commit today to not doing either of these things when we’re driving, our streets will be a lot safer and less congested.”

So, how many of these citations were issued to the SFMTA? Or, how many citations should have been issued to the SFMTA?

Just asking.

The Horrible Pedestrians of San Francisco, Airbnb Edition, Western Addition

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Here’s an interesting contrast. The local is jaywalking on the far side of the intersection, and he’s made it most of the way across, and plus he’s running.

Compare that with the Airbnb-type tourists, who, in this case, were on the near side of the intersection, and had not made it most of the way across when their light turned red and, of course, were not running:

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Oh well.

Pedestrian Attempts to Jog Across a Crosswalk – Becomes Irate at Prius Driver – Displaced Anger – Unknowing Rage

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Here’s the sitch on Lincoln – this ped gave a what’s-a-matta-you gesture to the driver of this Toyota Prius, for not yielding to her, basically. Then she continued to jog across one (who knows which – they all look the same to me) of the Avenues:

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But here’s the thing. Peds aren’t really allowed to run into crosswalks in CA. Live it, love it, learn it, from CVC 21950:

“No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.”

Now am I saying the Prius driver was in the right? IDK, perhaps not, perhaps s/he was Idaho Stopping through his/her stop line. But any accident that would have resulted here would have been at least partially the ped’s fault.

That’s why this ped’s sanctimonious display is worthy of comment.

Displaced anger.

Unknowing rage.

Just saying.

A Backlash Against Cyclists at the Panhandle Improvement Project Open House in Golden Gate Park – Bike Path Vs. Multi-Use Path

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

[UPDATE: For instance, this, from this AM.]

Well, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition must have sent over a cadre (of its now disempowered, voteless minions) to the latest scoping session / open house / focus group for the proposed Panhandle Improvement Project what took place on Saturday.

Nevertheless, it would appear that the majority of those invited by SFGov through snail mail have a few beefs with the behavior of cyclists on the bike path / multi-use trail on the Fell side of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

Here’s a smattering of written comments:

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Or two:

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In turn, one Brocephus wrote about putting in a bike lane on Oak and Fell, over and over and over:

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I guess that’s a kind of parity.

The people who turned up are probably what SFGov considers The Community, when it ponders on how it spends our money, but, of course, there’s a degree of sample bias.

If SFGov conducted a poll of the actual community, it might discover a different hierarchy of important concerns.

On It Goes…

Surprise! Panhandle “Improvement” Project to Remove Parking Spaces? – Big Focus Group Meeting August 1st

Friday, July 31st, 2015

[UPDATE: The images you can see below are no longer current, apparently. The ones displayed yesterday and purportedly printed Friday, have the parking spaces restored, for whatever reason.]

Here’s the official word:

“We hope you can join us onsite at the Panhandle to discuss safety improvements to the pathways, lighting and signage issues. Please tell your neighbors and friends, we will be onsite to answer questions about the upcoming improvements.

SATURDAY AUGUST 1ST, 2015
ON THE PANHANDLE AT ASHBURY INTERSECTION
10-12:00 AM”

I’ll tell you, there are some safety elements to this so-called PANHANDLE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, but most of the big decisions have already been made, mostly by politically-connected, nearby millionaire homeowners who are obsessed, just obsessed with property values and the aesthetic “identity” of where they live, so your input will certainly be noted, but You, The People are not in the driver’s seat. Your primary role is to pay for most (or just some?) of the changes and, later on, to cheer for our wealthy white wizened Panhandle Overseers.

Notes:

Is widening the Panhandle bike path on the agenda? NOPE. Over the years, i t’s gone from four foot lanes to the current six. What’s wrong with 8 foot wide lanes? (Hilariously, the stencils depicted barely even fit onto the lane.)

How about a speed limit for the Panhandle Bike Path, particularly heading downhill to the east?

How about signs telling people the speed limit?

How about taking down the existing signs that hamper peds’ sightlines of the bike path? (Oh, RPD just put them in and they don’t care? OK fine.) For ex, the new sign near Fell and Ashbury…

So what’s this, you realtors can’t get a giant metal fence (srsly – the mock-up looked hilarious) around the McKinley statue, so the next best thing is lighting it up, the better to chase away hippies? C’mon, be honest!

 OTOH, moving the pedestrian path on the Oak side away from Oak near Shrader sounds like a great idea.

Speaking of which, who let the Oak Street path devolve into such a state of disrepair that people walking/jogging on it fall down on a daily basis? Oh, the same people pushing for this new project? Oh, that’s good to know!

OK, here it is – click to expand.

Stanyan to Cole:

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Cole to Ashbury. Hey, look at Ashbury at Fell and at Oak – bye bye parking spaces, right? One looks like a crosswalk to nowhere and the other is a painted bulb-out. That’s four spaces right there, right? How many spaces total are in jeopardy?

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Ashbury to Central

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Central to Baker:

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Once I saw two people tumble over this deceptive-looking crack within five minutes of each other.

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Faller-downers tend to be women, women with small feet who brush themselves off and end up jogging or walking away after a minute or two of recovery and assessment.

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People know that cracks are here, but they tumble anyway. IMO, this state of disrepair is shameful, but that’s just me.

Anyway, have at it, Gentle Reader, swim around in the large 2500-pixel-wide jpgs if you want.

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