Posts Tagged ‘pedestrians’

It Begins: Rec and Park Finally Gets Around to Painting Crosswalks onto the Panhandle Bike Path – But Who Has the Right of Way?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Here you go – this is this morning:

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And here’s the result. Crosswalks are laid out all the double intersections this multi-iuse path has with Shrader (well just a single here), Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, Central, and Lyon, as I was just talking about a couple days back.

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So, who has the right of way at these intersections – is it bike riders or peds? Well, IDK. I know about the arguments, I just don’t know the answers. (Is this bike path a “wilderness trail?” I’ve heard that one, from an in insurance company trying to deny coverage.)

Anyway, I’m thinking that about 25% of the peds have quite deficient situational awareness on this path (including two of the three workers seen above) and about 15% of the bike riders are stereotypical jerkwads who “knows my rights” and go a bit too fast. When these two subsets meet up at these unusual intersections, accidents happen, oh well.

We’ll see how this goes. (One hopes our RPD could put up a little signage about a speed limit and who has the right of way, if that’s not too bold for RPD to consider…)

Rec and Park’s New Sign in the Panhandle Directs Tourist Pedestrians AWAY from the Multi-Use Path Abutting Fell

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Let’s pay off on that headline right now.

Looking east from Stanyan:

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Enhance!

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Oh here we go: Bikes to the left, peds to the right, see?

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Now I say tourists ’cause locals already know that they can tread upon “the bike path” in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

The real solution would be to widen this path what functions as a sidewalk for the south side of Fell, but for some reason, our RPD SFMTA SFCTA DPW alphabet soup don’t want to do that.

(And their next step will be to add painted crosswalk-type lines on the multi-use path where it intersects with what would be the sidewalks of Shrader, Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, Central, and Lyon if it weren’t for the existence of Golden Gate Park, the better to avoid any more bike v. ped accidents.)

Anyway, for better or worse…

Frisco’s Horrible Pedestrians vs. the Geary Expressway

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Here’s how people react to our needlessly-wide Geary Expressway:

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I think Buchanan Street will make a comeback one of these days, in the form of a marked crosswalk, allowing peds to once again legally cross in this area.

Here It Is, a New Bike Lane for the Vaunted SFMTA “Streetscape” “Improvement” Project on Masonic

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Here’s the west side of Masonic betwixt Hayes and Grove these days:

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This doesn’t seem like much, this doesn’t seem like much of a “transformation” of this windswept corridor:

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Are old people going to hug each other more? I guess? Actually, all these people look like they just scored, or are about to score, or want to score with you, Gentle Reader:

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It’ll be the Miracle of Masonic! Or something.

Anyway, the primary effect will be more congested rush hours and fewer bike riders on the sidewalks.

But we’ll see.

In the meantime, feel free to continue to ride on the excessively wide sidewalks, where they exist, depending on conditions. And by that I mean the hilly blocks north of Fulton in particular. 

You know, like this:

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That’s the choice that most people make. Some transition back to the street after passing McAllister, Golden Gate and Turk. Others cruise all the way to Anza, where the existing sidewalk turns normal. Downhill is a different story of course. Most stay in the street the whole way. I tend to wait at Mcallister and then start coasting when I know I’ll pass Fulton with a green. (This kind of bike riding isn’t “comfortable,” mindless, thoughtless bike riding for ages ranged 8 to 80, but I’m not sure this stated goal will be attained whenever this pork barrel project gets completed. We’ll see.)

That not very busy sidewalk you see above will get even wider, and a median will go in so that will push the two lanes of traffic to the right a bit. I don’t know what’s going to happen to the trees. Maybe they’ll stay. (Of course, the ones that made up a small grove near the MUNI stop on Geary inbound at Masonic have already gotten the chop, for some related art project, oh well.)

And all these plans are just a guess, as I don’t keep up.  Maybe they’ll get done next year? IDK

The Absurdity of Having New, Super-Wide Onramps Connecting To the Still-Narrow Panhandle Path

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Here it is, your overwhelmed Golden Gate Park Panhandle Path along Fell betwixt Stanyan and Baker:

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It used to be narrower. I remember. Anyway, now it’s twelve feet wide. Inadequate, non?

Compare that width with the much wider, low-volume connector paths that take people to the Panhandle Path. (Yeah, this driver was confused. Sometimes people drive through here, to get across the Panhandle, but I think this was an attempt at parallel parking, possibly Outside Lands-related. The sidewalks/crosswalks are so wide that some people can’t tell that they’re crosswalks. But anyway…)

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So, why not widen the Panhandle Path to a nice round 16 feet?

TWIN PEAKS UPDATE: Pedestrian / Bike-Only Half of the Mountain Proving Unpopular, Except with TAGGERS, SKATERS, and MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

See what I mean? This is the part what’s closer to Christmas Tree Point Road, where the action is, so it’s more popular with walkers. But a good portion of them are actually the dreaded Car People who have parked either at the overlook area or in the saddle betwixt the two peaks of Twin Peaks.

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Now this is a similar view, but it’s of the faraway peak area. No peds or bikes, but plenty of sk8ter bois.

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IDK if they are allowed to do their tricks here. This is a more isolated area now, of course. And also of course, if you’re going to put up Jersey barriers, you’re going to get graffiti:

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And of course, if you leave a way for bikes to roll in, you’re going to get your share of motorcycles:

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You know, a small but full-on motorcycle here:

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(And can I ask why a “pedestrian paradise” would have a double-yellow line right down the middle of it? I’m sure it has something to do with something, but it makes the few peds what are up there walk on the shoulder, at least for some of them.)

And generally there are marked SFPD up here all the time, 24-7. But it’s not really the cops’ job to enforce parking, and they don’t, not really. So, our tourists park in the BUS ONLY zone with impunity. See?

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And that causes a bus jam, sometimes. Oh well.

And actually, the laxness of SFGov, SFMTA, SFPD, RPD enforcing any parking rules means that you can always find a place to park up here, even though the SFMTA suggested that all roadside parking was against the rules. Go figure,

Anyway, there’s a bunch of new pavement up there and that made all the broken auto glass, you know, figure more than a thousand break-ins each year, in this small area, REALLY STAND OUT. But then the most recent murder happened and the 24-7 marked SFPD presence began and since then I’ve only seen evidence of just one break-in.

What else, oh, there’s now marking for the new pavement, so that shows progress.

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So I guess SFGov just operates on a different time horizon than I do. So yeah, they’re getting to it, I suppose.

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We’ll just have to wait to see how things go here…

Disobedient WIFE

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

You see, ’cause you gotta have a bike to go on this side, no jogging allowed, but it’s much easier to jog with the bikes than all the other joggers and tourists clogging up the East Side

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Enforcement is lax on the West Side, so bring it on with your skateboards, large dogs and whathaveyou – it’s sort of the honor system here.

A Question for UBER, Lyft and SFO: How Much Crap is Too Much Crap for Car Windshields? – Obstructed Views, By Design

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The FasTrak transponder isn’t the issue, it’s everything else, occluding vision near the starboard A-pillar:

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The other issue is with all this AUTHORIZED TNC VEHICLE regalia is that it seems to make drivers feel that they are special, entitled.

(And if you’re still reading SFO, why not lengthen your runways and put them farther apart, you know, make your setup conform to federal regulations instead of what ended up happening, which was making federal regulations conform to deficient SFO?)

That is all.

Abbey Road 2017, If Abbey Road were Filled with Frisco’s Distracted Pedestrians

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Poor bike rider had to slow down and go around this gaggle, which crossed about 20 seconds early* (or 30 seconds late depending on how you look at it.)

This is fairly typical.

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I am not an elected official and I don’t work for an agency headed by somebody who can be fired by an elected official, so my thinking is unaffected by ze politique.

So I won’t ever tell you, “Gosh darnit, I gotta believe that we’ll achieve Vision Zero 2024 under the leadership of [person who appointed me/person who could unemploy me in about five minutes].”

*So I’m saying they didn’t enter the intersection under a green or even a flashing red DON’T WALK**.

**Starting across when you see the DON’T WALK is still illegal behavior in Cali, but not in NYC, where DON’T WALK means SURE, GO AHEAD AND WALK these days due to a recent change…

The Poorly-Designed Intersection at 4th and Market Compels Pedestrians to Queue Up in the Street

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Thusly:

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For some reason, north-south travel has been prioritised here, so people going along Market have to wait wait wait at a red light for no real reason than, IDK, the laziness of those at MUNI, who can’t be bothered to adjust the timing of the signals to reflect ongoing construction?

Looks that way.

Ppl respond by waiting in the street, as seen above, or jaywalking, when they see that nothings really going on during their long long red light…