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Making Room to Enjoy Spectacular Twin Peaks by Aaron Bialick
Friday, April 15, 2016
But the SFMTA isn’t really making anything is it?
Access by foot and bike is pretty limited, the road that loops around the mountain top in a “figure 8” is underused by car traffic and the loop’s intersections are confusing.
OK, well, “access” by foot and bike will still be “pretty limited” after the SFMTA completes the scheme it came up with, right? And let’s take a look at that road, on a dreaded sunny day:
Now, would you say that the east (left) side of this figure 8 is “underused?” No, not at all!
Hey, is being “car-free” a good thing? Like is it as good as being something like herpes-free? One wonders.
On Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Directors will consider approval of a pilot phase…
This means that the SFMTA is going to do what it wants to do, with the little bit of money it can scrape up to enact its ideology.
The project was shaped with community feedback…
First of all, there’s no community up there atop Twin Peaks. Second of all, if there is, it’s tourists (international, national, regional, and local) and this plan cooked up by the SFMTA is about as anti-tourist as one could imagine.
We’d also create legitimate parking spaces at the center and south intersections to address the illegal parking that already occurs.
WHAT WHAT? So all these People With Cars, the hundreds of People what congregate up there sometimes, they’re parking on the side of the highway “illegitimately?” So it’s legal but it doesn’t comport with SFMTA ideology? Or maybe it’s illegal, but our SFMTA hasn’t seen fit to put up signage what explains things nice and clear for visitors who don’t really have a good handle on English? And so all the scores of places where people park now and, indeed, the past century, all of that was not and is not “legitimate?” Whoo boy.
So the plan is to decrease access IRL and advertise this paint job (that doesn’t add ANYTHING) as one what will “increase” access.
Will that cost anything? Yes.
Will it cost the vaunted SFMTA anything. No, not really. Just a bit of paint…
“Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury”Monday, April 18th, 2016
I’ve said my piece here.
These numerous street closures are the most extensive yet, IIRC.
And now, on with the show. See you Wednesday!
*** PRESS RELEASE ***
Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury
SAN FRANCISCO – Board President London Breed and City officials today announced plans to mitigate potential issues related to festivities on April 20, 2016. Supervisor Breed, who represents a portion Golden Gate Park and affected neighborhoods, issued the following statement:
“It’s that time of year when nearly 15,000 visitors flood into Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the informal, unsanctioned “4/20” holiday.
Though we welcome celebrations and visitors all year round, some 4/20 festivities in the past have led to horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, damage to public and private property, and strained police, Muni and park resources. And on the following day, 4/21, Recreation and Park staff and volunteers have had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks.
In 2013, I was determined to do something about these impacts to our neighborhoods, and every year since, have worked with City departments to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. As a result, we’ve seen decreased street congestion, increased services and an overall safer day. This is our third year putting together a plan and I am pleased to say we have collectively improved on this process year after year.
To be clear, there is no sponsor for “4/20”, and therefore no fiscal organizer to hold accountable. But as a City who welcomes visitors from all over the world, we need to do everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents. Our goal is to ensure public safety, and as such, there will be no tolerance for visitors who are using “4/20” as an excuse to damage our parks and neighborhoods.
In attendance were Captain John Sanford of Park Police Station, Chief Mike Celeste of Recreation and Parks, Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance, Rachel Gordon of the Department of Public Works, Battalion Chief Victor Wyrsch of the Fire Department and Camron Samii and Ed Cobean from the Municipal Transportation Agency.
City departments worked together put the following measures in place for April 20, 2016:
Increased Police and Juvenile Probation Officer Presence: There will be uniformed and plain clothes officers surrounding Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Park Rangers will also be in full force, ensuring safety within the park.
Traffic Control Officers and Parking Control Officers: There will be Parking Control Officers ticketing and towing vehicles that are illegally parked in residential and commercial corridors (i.e. blocking driveways) and Traffic Control Officers enforcing street closures and facilitating the flow of traffic.
Zero Tolerance for Unpermitted Booths and Concessions: Commercial, unpermitted concessions will not be allowed in Golden Gate Park or surrounding public spaces.
Litter abatement and bathroom facilities: DPW will temporarily install portable bathroom facilities on Waller & Stanyan for public use. Recreation and Parks will put out temporary trash, recycling and compost receptacles throughout the park. Recreation and Parks staff and volunteers will do a sweep of the park in the late afternoon and the following morning. Neighborhood organizations like Taking it to the Streets have also signed to do clean up the following day.
Street Closures & Muni re-routes:
San Francisco Police Department will enforce the following street closures beginning at 10 a.m.:
Haight, Page and Waller streets between Masonic and Stanyan streets
Stanyan Street between Frederick and Oak streets
Shrader Street between Beulah and Waller streets
Oak and Waller streets at Ashbury, Clayton, Shrader, Cole and Belvedere streets
Frederick Street at Shrader Street
Beulah Street at Shrader and Cole street
During the time of street closures, no traffic will be allowed with an exception of Muni buses. Personnel from SFPD may decide additional street closures as crowds grow for public safety.
Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:
N Judah, NX N Express, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid, 33 Ashbury/18th, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic
Whistling-Blowing Park Ranger Harshes Owner of Unlicensed, Unleashed Dog in the Golden Gate Park PanhandleFriday, April 8th, 2016
Camera left shows the Ranger and camera right shows the errant dog owner.
I’ve never seen this:
I’m assuming the dog’s unlicensed, as the vast majority of canines aren’t licensed in Frisco and I imagine the rate for non leash owning dog owners is lower still.
Don’t know if any woo woo or wee wee came out or if it was picked up.
The owner and dog sauntered away, with no threat of getting cited, it appeared.
Anyway, I’ve never seen this…
Our SFMTA’s Plan to “Increase Access” at Twin Peaks WIll Actually Decrease Access – Trying to Figure the Figure 8Friday, April 8th, 2016
IDK, man. On the one hand, SFGov promotes the 49-Mile-Drive, but OTOH, SFGov wants to make it more difficult.
Take a look here down below – where are all these cars going to go after this plan gets going?
The plan, advertised as one what would “increase access,” will decrease access, obviously. Parking areas will be decreased by a whole lot. Oh what’s that, that’s a good thing AFAYAC, Gentle Reader? Well, fine – but let’s agree that taking out scores of places for people to park is going to make for a less-busy Twin Peaks, for better or worse.
And hey, are these people glorious Pedestrians / People With Bikes or are they terrible, horrible People With Cars? One simply can’t tell. Some locals walk and bike up here, but I see very few tourists attempting to do so. Mostly they come by tour bus or car, FWICS.
On It Goes…
Here are Your Expensive New “420 Day” Street Closures Coming April 20th, 2016 – THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC – Here’s a MapTuesday, March 29th, 2016
IDK, man, I don’t really get this newfangled street closure scheme, which is going to make getting to the Sunset even harder this year:
So each block of the Upper Haight will have its own PCO to check and see who lives where? I suppose so.
Anyway, this is news to me…
“420 Day Street Closures
Sharon Meadow Area Closures:
WB Fell @ Shrader Street – Vehicles traveling WB on Fell Street will be diverted from Fell Street onto NB Stanyan Street.
NB Stanyan @ Fell Street – Vehicles traveling NB on Stanyan Street will not be able to use Fell Street loop to WB Fell Street. All vehicles will be directed to stay on NB Stanyan Street.
WB John F. Kennedy Drive from Stanyan Street – No vehicular traffic allowed
EB Lincoln Way @ Kezar Drive – No vehicular traffic allowed.
WB Frederick Street at Kezar Dr./Lincoln Way – No vehicular traffic allowed.
NB Stanyan Street @ Frederick Street – No vehicular traffic allowed.
Haight Street Area Closures:
(Residents on the following streets will be allowed access with proof of residency)
Waller Street @ Shrader Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Cole Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Belvedere Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Clayton Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Ashbury Street – No NB traffic allowed
Masonic Ave. @ Haight Street – No WB traffic allowed on Haight Street
Masonic Ave. @ Page Street – No WB traffic allowed onto Page Street
Oak Street @ Shrader Street – No SB traffic allowed on Shrader Street
Oak Street @ Cole Street – No SB traffic allowed on Cole Street
Oak Street @ Clayton Street – No SB traffic allowed on Clayton Street
Oak Street @ Ashbury Street – No SB traffic allowed on Ashbury Street
420 Day Street Alternative Routes
The following streets will be open for NB and SB travel:
The following streets will be open for WB and EB travel:
Frederick Street as well as parallel streets south of Frederick Street will be open.
Will the SFMTA/RPD’s Car Ban Plan for the East Side of Twin Peaks Increase Access or Decrease Access? Take a Look at This PhotoTuesday, March 15th, 2016
Take a listen, to Phil Matier here.
And then take a look, at what an Ivy Leaguer / Attorney / Former Gavin Newsom Jogging Buddy Who For Some Reason Is In Charge Of Our Park System has to say here:
As he sees it, the plan “increases the recreational accessibility of the area and makes it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.”
As for safety, we’ll have to wait and see. But as for “accessibility,” this is going to be a Big Fat Decrease.
Here’s the east side of Twin Peaks Boulevard as it looks when the parking lot at Christmas Tree Point is all fulled up:
Where are these people going to go? Not Twin Peaks, that’s for sure. This plan will decrease access, certainly. (Or is the SFMTA going to run a shuttle bus up here? IDTS)
And oh, here’s how Phil Ginsburg attains access himself, using a car:
Proposed Figure 8 for Twin Peaks: Let’s See if SFGov’s Half-Ass Overgoverning is Better than Its Half-Ass UndergoverningWednesday, February 24th, 2016
Losing one lane of traffic should be no problem, but I don’t know where our tourists will be able to park after the SFMTA gets through.
They kind of make things up on their own now.
The fourth of July is prolly the busiest day of the year up here, for the fogworks shows you might be able to see some years
Rec and Park has no idea what it’s doing, as you can see, as per usual. What did they do, just put up some signs and walk away?
Anyway, that’s the update from the Wild West…
Sorry, Muggers and Vandals: The SFPD has Planted Itself Atop Twin Peaks – Look Out for License Plates Scanners!Monday, February 1st, 2016
So yeah, tourists have been getting mugged lately up at the lookout at Twin Peaks on Christmas Tree [Holiday Tree?] Road. And the grotesque “50” sculpture ad from the NFL people has been “getting the business” from locals who think that Ed Lee got snookered by wasting our city’s time/ money / effort on hosting the NFL’s parties for Super Bowl 50. And, oh it’s Super Week starting today and The Eyes Of The World Are Upon Us.
Therefore, why not have an officer sit up there in a radio car with the lights on playing Candy Crush*? Sitting, waiting/ anticipating…
That’s your view as you drive out of the big parking lot, and the entrance and exit are basically at the same place. I’ll tell you, this certainly sends a message to those who want to mayhem up there. And I’ll tell you, this place is a magnet for yahoos right up there with Haight Stanyan or Pier 39.
So, Is This Good Policing? IDK.
But this certainly Sends A Message, no doubt.
*Just guessing! But Man, the SFPD sure loves its smartphones is all I’m saying.
Here’s Why People at This Train Station in Japan Don’t Fall / Get Pushed Onto the Tracks – Could MUNI / BART Afford This?Friday, January 8th, 2016
Here’s how things look in Japan in 2016 at a nothingburger, random train station:
What do you call these, pocket doors?
Hey BART! Are you up to speed on this?
Imagine installing these automatic safety doors at just one station, like at Powell. It would be an implementation nightmare, just saying.
(OTOH, those cool-looking exposed bulb chandeliers, well putting those into a BART would be a snap…)
Anyway, hop to it BART/MUNI – get on this, like stat.