Posts Tagged ‘peds’

A Few Issues with the New Traffic Signals on Masonic Paid for (and Influenced by?) Target Stores

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Get up to speed here and here.

I passed by O’Farrell and Masonic a couple times the other day, so I’m noting what I noticed.

This pedestrian appeared to become irate both at the unorthodox delay she had for the green and at the driver of the orange Scion car for turning left on a yellow:

If SFGov wanted to engage in pedestrian calming, it would adjust the left turn time for traffic on southbound Masonic.

Next up is this driver, who hung a U-turn on a red light since it looked like there was no traffic coming east on O’Farrell. There’s no way that’s legal:

Here’s the prize – the quite small lower level lot of City Target West:

Hey, I know that Target paid for a couple traffic signals on Masonic, but perhaps there could be some adjustments? Perhaps we could just eliminate U-turns on southbound Masonic at O’Farrell? I mean, northbound traffic on Masonic has no chance to getting to nearby Trader Joe’s, right? So why should we bend over backwards for people driving to Target?

Moving on, down the street to quiet Ewing Terrace, where the brand new lights have just been turned on. It seems that all traffic on Masonic has to stop at random times even though nobody wants to cross Masonic? Why is that?

In most places outside of SF, there’d be a pad to detect the presence of a car coming out of the cul-de-sac and buttons for peds. Shouldn’t we be doing it that way instead? Mmmmm… These red lights for no reason delay MUNI buses, right? I seen it. Perhaps in the near future this signal will be able to detect the approach of a bus and then not turn red for no reason? We’ll see…

Uh, Did Target Stores Pay the DPW $250,000 to Install Traffic Lights That Favor Cars Over Peds at O’Farrell and Masonic?

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Mmmm…

Here’s my beef from yesterday about the newish traffic light scheme at Masonic and O’Farrell.

But where did this scheme come from?

Oh, here we go - DPW Contract No. 2108J:

It’s all:

“The contract work will be funded through private developer funds for work at two signals along Masonic Avenue.”

See?

The two locations:

“Masonic Avenue and O’Farrell Street” and “Ewing Terrace and Masonic Avenue”

Now Ewing Terrace I know about. One woman living on that street showed up both at the Target-sponsored and SFMTA-sponsored meetings complaining about how hard it was for her to head north on Masonic when pulling out of Ewing. She said it sometimes took her “20 minutes” of sitting at the stop sign waiting for a break in traffic in order to accomplish this task.  So SFGov accommodated her with a big traffic signal that they’re putting in now.

But at Masonic Avenue and O’Farrell Street? I don’t know. It’s almost as if the lighting scheme was designed by somebody who works at Target.

The upshot is that northbound traffic and all the peds on the east side of Masonic have to wait for southbound drivers to make an awkward U-turn followed by a quick right to get into the small, lower-level Target / Starbucks parking lot.

I can think  of a couple similar situations about town. At Market and Octavia, everybody on outbound Market has to wait for car drivers on inbound Market to turn left onto Octavia. Why? Because selfish Hayes Valley denizens had waaaaay too much input into the process. Nevermind that legal lefts are a rare thing on Market for a reason, never mind that lefts were already legal one block before and one block after Octavia…

And at Fell and Masonic, the traffic signals were rejiggered for ideological reasons so now three lanes of Masonic get green lights but not the fourth lane. Drivers will never get used to this arrangement, IMO.

And, similarly, peds will never get used to the current setup at Masonic and O’Farrell.

IMO.

Anyway, I don’t have a problem with the new Target being there. I’m just wondering who paid for the crazy lights that just got put in next to the new Target.

An Unusual Traffic Scheme at Masonic and O’Farrell: Left-Turning Cars > Pedestrians? The Planning Gods Must Be Crazy

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

For some reason, the Golden Gods of the Planning Department / the SFMTA, the very same people who clamored for parking meters to operate on Sundays until they got it only to then say that they DIDN’T want it after all, unanimously, have set up an unusual traffic timing scheme at Masonic and O’Farrell. It’s unique.

Southbound drivers turning left get to go first, before car and bus drivers coming north and before peds on the east side of the street.

This is so that southbound drivers can make a U-turn and then a quick right to make into the small lower-level parking lot of the new City Target. About four drivers go left / hang a Louie at the start of each light cycle:

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I approve not.

Now if you want to say that SFGov had a rational basis for doing this after some big study, well then maybe. But having peds wait seven seconds to go after the light turns green is contrary to every impulse every ped has.

For some reason, Planning or the SFMTA or whomever feel that its their responsibility to be at the forefront of experimentation with traffic. Like its their sacred duty or something.

I understand that they would freely admit that this is a kludge fix to accommodate the newly-opened Target store. I understand that they would say that this is temporary until the New Masonic Plan gets going. I understand that there’s a concern about southbound traffic backing up and possibly blocking eastbound and westbound traffic on Geary. BUT EVEN SO, this left arrow scheme at O’Farrell is NOT THE WAY TO GO. There are other ways of doing of what SFGov is trying to accomplish.

There are better ways of doing this.

Most San Francisco Pedestrians are At Least Partially Responsible for Their Own Deaths – Especially True in Front of TJ’s

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Just look at 2012 – ped crosses in the middle of the block on Hayes, gets hit by a #21, ped crosses in the middle of the block on Lombard, gets hit by a car, “ped” skateboards through a red light and slams into a truck, ped crosses int the middle of the block on Masonic and gets hit by a pickup, etc. etc. etc. The end of 2012 had a string of deaths in which the peds were mostly blameless but the start of 2012 had a string going the other way.

Now take the ongoing situation in front of Trader Joe’s #100 on Masonic. It’s entirely 100% the fault of the current Brown / Newsom / Lee “strong Mayor” administration. But what can we do about it? I’m thinking a traffic light for peds – that would prolly save a life or two in the coming years. Or allowing for a proper parking situation for TJ’s by letting it build a garage? Or by banning parking on the east side of Masonic on this long block?

Just a few ideas.

Still they come, back and forth, hundreds of jaywalking shoppers,  each and every day

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The Bike Lane in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Should Be Widened

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Some people call it a Multi-Use Path, but really it’s a bike lane that peds can use as well.

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Anyway, widening would make things better all around.

A Rare Sight in the Western Addition: No White Zebra Stripes on This Crosswalk

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I thought they’d all look like this by now.

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Anyway, the zebra people just did Fulton and Masonic the past few days.

Zebra stripes, zebra stripes everywhere soon, looks like.

Photo: If You Park Your Car Like This on the Sidewalk in Front of Your Garage, Some Pedestrian Just Might Kick It

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Boy, if I parked an aging Honda like this and then came back to find part of its right side all stove in like this, I’d think, “Gee, maybe some ped got mad and kicked my car right where s/he wanted to walk.”

And the I wouldn’t park on the fucking sidewalk anymore.

As seen on Masonic, home of absurdly wide (22 feet(!) in some places) sidewalks filled with not too many pedestrians and a whole bunch of cars:

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Zebra Stripes Come to the Crosswalks of Fell Street

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

This is new:

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Now is this the kind of small project that the aides of District Five Supervisor London Breed would dismissively call a “chop shop project,” the likes of which SFGov purportedly doesn’t do anymore?

It sure looks that way to me.

Bush Street Is For Lovers – TRIGGER ALERT: Six Tourists Engaging in Heteronormative Public Displays of Affection

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

I’ve never seen this:

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In all my years…

 

So Many Sidewalks, So Little Time To Go Salmoning Upon Sidewalks – Uh, Franklin Street Isn’t Good For Salmoning

Friday, May 31st, 2013

So yeah, I’ve been riding bikes on the Streets of San Francisco on an almost-daily basis since the 1980′s, right?

But this isn’t the way you do it:

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First of all, this gal came down Franklin Street against traffic from Golden Gate Ave to McAllister and that’s just wrong. ‘Cause cyclists have the right to use both the left and right sides of Franklin so it’s never a good thing to be going the wrong way in the street on that block.

And then she hopped onto the eastern sidewalk as she continued south past the Herbst. Illegal sidewalk pedalers need to realize that they’re second class citizens, right? Because she was going the wrong way and she got locked into this fenced-off sidewalk, there would be nowhere to go if a group of peds had been coming the other way.

So, if you are going to ride on sidewalks, this isn’t how you do it.

Just saying, Brocephus.