Posts Tagged ‘police’

Exploring Alternatives to the Crowded, Problematic “The Wiggle” Bike Route – “RIDE OAK?” – Sure, or McAllister

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Here you go:

Due to police harassment on the SF Wiggle we have no choice but to ride Oak.”


Well, let’s see, there are LOTS of reasons to not ride the vaunted THE WIGGLE route and also, there are other options asides from OAK.

But let’s consider Oak now. Oh, here’s famous fixie-riding Andy on the left side of Oak, from all the way back in aught-seven.


And look, the dashed lines made a sort of bike lane on the left side – good times. (Unfortunately, this space for bikes is no longer there, due to subsequent restriping.)

Anywho, going straight on Oak instead of taking the Wiggle at Scott is nice because you’ve only got one sort of steep block. I see people take Oak all the time. Oak is good. Oak is fast. Oak is congested a lot of the time due to horrible horrible Octavia Boulevard (what was dreamed up by wealthy homeowners in Hayes Valley), so you’d spend some time weaving about, getting around drivers trying to get on the I-80 / the 101 superslabs, but that’s OK. I’ll add that Oak is for the adventurous, certainly.

So, Oak is far from being a ridiculous choice, a choice TO TEACH US ALL A LESSON about the dangers of the SFPD handing out citations. It’s a viable option.

Or what of Oak and Baker to Fulton to Divisadero to Mcallister to Market? This is THE UNWIGGLE with no wiggling at all betwixt Divis and Market. And look, you’ve defeated the rich people of HV who put a 105 foot wide BOULEVARD betwixt you and your destination, ’cause Octavia is but a nothingburger walking path / federal housing project parking lot on this route – it won’t slow you down at all.

Or Fulton? It’s a bit hillier than McAll and you’ve got big old City Hall in your way, but it’ll do.

Or Golden Gate? That works too.

Or Haight all the way to Fillmore, just to avoid the congested THE WIGGLE?

Notice that all these routes avoid “cycling” a bunch of people through the stop signs at WALLER and STEINER in the Lower Haight.

Those are some of your inbound routes.

As far as using Fell to go back home, well that’s CRAZY TOWN, that’s ill-advised. I rarely have seen that, in all my years.

IMO, the best way to get back is MCALLISTER


…of course, there are other non-THE WIGGLE choices as well.

But feel free to do whatever you want, commiserate with this knucklehead, who lacks self-awareness, as you both deal with $238 tickets from John Law.

Just saying…

The Back of a Brand-New SFPD Police Car Doesn’t Look Too Comfy – Economy-Class Legroom – Hard Plastic Seats

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Is there a Ford in your Future?

Let’s hope it’s not this one:

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If You Liked Yesterday’s Lower Haight Bicycle “Stop-In,” You’re going to LOVE Tomorrow’s Critical Mass – It’s OBEY THE LAW DAY!

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Here’s the thing about Critical Mass, Man – it doesn’t have any LEADERS, Man.

Not officially, anyway.

But people are planning away right now, for tomorrow’s special OBEY THE LAW Critical Mass, July 31, 2015.

So this is the plan, Man.  As with the recent Stop-In, cyclists would collectively stop for stop signs and red lights. The supposed concomitant traffic chaos during a Friday Evening Drive will, somehow, TEACH US ALL A LESSON about something. We’re going to be super-sorry that the SFPD dared to enforce a section of the CVC.

Anyway, that’s the word on the street, from some interested parties. (Oh, and check the official* SF Critical Mass Twitter – maybe they’ll have something.)

We’ll see how it goes. (It’s hard to herd cats, of course.)

Tourists just loooove CM, generally, you know, once they’ve been seated at the CHAYA on Embarc…


…or they’re already nearing their destination at the Fish Wharf:


(Both these shot show serendipitous(sp?) moments – everybody’s trying to understand what they’re looking at.)

But locals, I don’t know. Some of them don’t like the Commute Clot. Like people who would otherwise be taking these MUNI rides home. See how they stretch to the horizon? That was how Crit Mass looked, back in the day


Oh, you’re still here, Gentle Reader? Enjoy:

*And by that, the meaning is unofficial, officially. But, you know, wink wink, Man! Hey, don’t sue us, Man – that wouldn’t be groovy at all. ‘Cause like we organizers for these parades what sometimes have thousands of entrants, well, we have less liability insurance than the average impoverished Airbnb room letter. Man.

Bicycle Activists vs. the SFPD: “Wiggle Stop-In Event” Coming to the Lower Haight on Wednesday – “Advanced Media” Unwelcomed

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Look, a petulance parade:

“On Wednesday July 29th from 5:30-6:30 pm, please join us for our first Wiggle Stop-In event. We want to gather 50-100 cyclists to ride around the Wiggle/Lower Haight and stop at every stop sign in single file order. We want to make the point that, in fact, requiring cyclists to come to full stops at every stop sign is a really terrible idea for everyone on the road.

Grab your bike, ride to the Wiggle (the epicenter will be Waller and Steiner), and wait your turn for your chance to come to a full and complete stop at every intersection. Bonus points if you need to negotiate with other “vehicles” about who should be going first.

Let’s show Capt. John Sanford of Park Station that his choice to crack down on cyclists who aren’t following the letter of the law not only doesn’t make anyone safer but actually would create terrible conditions on our roads.”

Here’s your background:

And here’s your prior stab at a media stunt in this area, conducted by someone unfamiliar with, you know, our First Amendment:

This is What an SFPD Pedestrian Enforcement Action Looks Like at Oak and Masonic, Where Peds are Injuring Themselves Lately

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The past few months we’ve had at least three jaywalkers/jayjoggers blow across Masonic on the north side of Oak against the ped signal only to end up getting hit and injured by a vehicle.

Therefore, Park Station had a pedestrian-focused enforcement action* a few days ago.

Here you go, here’s a Stanfoo grad hopping down the bunny trail – right past a cop and into traffic about 15 seconds too late (assuming you’re legally allowed to run into a crosswalk, even with a green**):

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Guess what – no ticket for her. Not even a warning. (Dude just told me he was specifically out there to hand out tickets, oh well. Maybe he was saving his energy for more flagrant violations, IDK)

Oh, here we go – here’s a ped red citation on the south side of Oak:

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On It Goes…

*I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen an SFPD ped-only enforcement action in all my quarter-century plus on the Streets of San Francisco. I’ve seen numerous cyclistfocused and driver-focused actions, but never for peds. 

**There are nuances here. Is this crosswalk part of a “wilderness trail” ala Masonic at nearby Fell? I know not. 

“SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE” – Making a Mockery of Our SFPD Bomb Squad

Monday, July 13th, 2015

A bag labeled SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE. OK fine:

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Speaking of which, best official logo ever:

Keep ridding us of those 100 foot long sticks of dynamite, Giant Bald Eagle…

Dogged Elephant Dr. Hamburger!? – Scenes from the Controversial McDonalds at Haight & Stanyan – SFGov Wants to Shut This Place Down?

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Here’s Camden Avery’s Hoodline update from a couple months ago, and that leads us to this – Stanyan McDonalds owner CC Yin is the “Asian Mr. McDonalds,” a “dogged elephant,” AND “Dr. Hamburger!” Oh my.

Anyway, here are some shots taken since SFGov’s rumblings about shutting down the joint made the news.

What’s this – beat cops?

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And then, as I was passing by again a couple  hours  later, a different set of beat cops:

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I hadn’t noticed as many cops here, you know, historically.

Here’s the famous patio – it looks like a ghost town these days, most of the time, but this is where a handgun ended up skidding along the bricks before an SFPD arrest about a month ago. AFAIK:

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Here’s a shot from the parking lot, across Stanyan. Is Mickey D’s responsible for this as well?

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And look, it’s SFGov itself enjoying the parking lot:

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Speaking of which, it looks like ZipCar has a deal to use this underused lot:

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Le mise en scene – it’s pretty bucolic most of the time, actually:

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A small silver security guard car is over to the right – prolly it itself scares away a lot of hippies these days:

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Two women loitering, I suppose. Is this threatening to area residents?

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And there go the loiterers, cutting through the lot.

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Are you bored? I’m bored.

I’ll tell you, if you can’t handle the Stanyan Street McDonalds, you can’t handle much.

The Great Schlep: Students at the University of San Francisco Have To Bend Over Backwards to Move In and Move Out

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

This is just one part of The Trek – can you see them all, laboring their borrowed carts up Lone Mountain going to where – a moving van somewhere near Geary in the Inner Richmond?

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Poor students!

Come to think of it, USF goes out of its way to avoid pissing off its neighbors on Moving Days

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I guess that’s the price you gotta pay when you’re an Urban University…

Not Complaining, Just Explaining: See How a Jogger Handles the Revised Intersection of OAK and MASONIC

Friday, June 5th, 2015

What you’ll see isn’t the world-famous Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path – that’s on the north side, the Fell Street side. What you’ll see is the south side, the bike-free path near Oak.

Brocephus on the left here is jogging east and he’s way late – he missed his chance to enter the crosswalk on his green. OTOH, the taxi can enter the intersection.

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No matter, here’s the jogger going more south than east, “jogging” around a Prius:

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Hey, are you allowed to run into a crosswalk in CA? Uh, not really. And hey, isn’t this crosswalk excessively wide? Uh, yes it is.

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By this time, the left turn arrow phase started and the jogger exited the intersection. A happy ending, I suppose.

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This intersection now has three signal phases, for better or worse – people are still getting used to it.

The fundamental problem here has been that traffic backs up on the left side of Oak due to all the people who want to go north on Masonic -it’s kind of a bottleneck so that’s why we got the new left turn arrows.

If this jogger had been hit by a vehicle, the SFPD would have found him at fault, the same way it found the majority (50-something percent) of pedestrians at fault for their deaths last year, calendar 2014.

]If you say, well any struck pedestrian was “in the crosswalk,” well that’s pretty much useless as you’re not giving enough information to determine fault and, in fact, a pedestrian can be outside of a crosswalk, let’s say just outside, you know, close enough, and still be held not at fault for a collision, in California anyway. (This isn’t really a written-down law, it’s more of a case of judges following how other judges have ruled in the past.)

OTOH, you can be in the absolute middle of a crosswalk, as Brocephus was,  and be held at fault for your death / injury.

It all depends…