Posts Tagged ‘Polk’

Mystery Drone Hovering Hundreds of Feet Over Civic Center – This is What Drone Bros Do for Weekend Fun?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

If I had to guess, I’d say 300-something feet:

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What the point of this – I know not…

Textbook Traffic Calming Seems to Irk Some SFMTA Employees, Ones Stuck at an SFMTA-Created Bottleneck, Oak and Octavia – Extra Parking Spaces vs. Flow

Monday, February 26th, 2018

PCO RTB – Parking Control Officers Return(ing) To Base.

Here’s the Polk Street version – just take the bike lane, easy-peasy. Not looking for violations, just repositioning:


But Oak, the Great Eastern Way, a Freeway Substitute, well for some reason, our SFMTA decided to offer street parking to our tech-heavy newcomers living in expensive new units in a now-fashionable part of the Western Addition. See? No bike lane = stuck on Oak like everybody else:


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Just saying…

Flighty Driver Runs a Red in a Model X with a Factory Plate – This Isn’t a Good Look for Tesla Motors

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

You can generally go right on red to get onto Polk, but you need to stop first – there’s the rub. Or maybe slow down enough to qualify for a California Stop. But When you treat a red as if it were a green or a yellow, well, that’s running a red, six-figure Tesla driver:

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You see a lot of Teslas with manufacturer’s plates about Frisco. IDK why…

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[UPDATE: Oh, I said plates even though I know/knew that the DMV only issues one MFR plate at a time, and not in pairs the way it usually does for most cars. This means that the driver of this ride has an excuse for not having a Front License Plate, unlike so so many other Tesla drivers on the Streets of San Francisco these days. And I should note that this station wagon looks exceedingly ugly, from the standpoint of a normal person in 2017 – it’s on a par with a memorably ugly vehicle like a Pontiac Aztek, something like that. And the ridiculously large Conestoga wheels don’t help neither. Sry, not sry.]

Look Who’s Driving Down the Bike Lanes of Polk Street Now: That’s Right, It’s SFMTA Employees at the End of Their Shifts – Mercy Me, We Got Ourselves a CONVOY

Monday, November 13th, 2017

I still haven’t figured out how the SFMTA wants drivers to travel south from your greater Pacific Heights, Cathedral Hill, 101 Corridor, Polk Gulch, TenderNob, Twitterloin area. My latest theory is Hyde through the Tenderloin, but what I know is that Gough, Van Ness, and Polk ARE NOT the way to go.

And guess who else knows this, our SFMTA. See?

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These PCO’s aren’t handing out tickets, they’re repositioning after handing out tickets. So to get around, they simply drive their gas-powered Cushmans south on the new green bike lane through Polk Gulch, block after block:

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That’s your SFMTA

Lyft Driver Fed Up with the SFMTA’s New Polk Street Layout Drives the Wrong Way to Escape

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017


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Not sure how the SFMTA wants people to travel south on the weekends. Gough is no picnic, Van Ness is worse, and Polk is a parking lot, so I suppose Hyde, which used to have timed lights and now not as much, is left to pick up the slack…

Come See the 1979 “White Night Riot” Reenacted at City Hall – ABC’s “When We Rise” Miniseries to Disrupt Traffic Friday Night

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Here’s the background and here’s your traffic advisory


It’ll be just like when they shot that Milk movie…


…except without Sean Penn


Hipsters Spotted Well North of Polk Gulch – Possible Breeding Pair – Nesting Rituals Noted

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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Game of Thrones: Ed Lee’s Handler’s Ignore Advice from Jim Ross – A Photo Op in the Iron Throne

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

First there was this, from a couple years ago:

And then yesterday, there was this warning, from political consultant Jim Ross:

 If any elected official sits in this, their staff should be fired.”

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And then a couple hours later, there was this, via Villy Wang:

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Oh well.

Surprisingly Good Sportship on Polk Street from Royal Liquors: “THANK YOU SEATTLE! BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME”

Friday, March 13th, 2015


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Does it seem that the 49ers are less popular since they left town?

Just For The Record, the Reason Why There’s No Old-School Traffic Light at Polk and Fulton is 100% SFGov’s Fault

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

There are some gray areas in how the SFPD enforces CA’s Failure To Yield Vehicle Code section upon drivers, certainly, but take a look here to see a case of black and white. The white Nissan on the right failed to yield to the ped on the left, smack dab in front of the Main Entrance to City Hall:

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Fundamentally, this is Fulton and Polk, and I’ve always wondered why there wasn’t a traffic light here. Of course City Hall takes up two city blocks and that’s why Fulton disappears here, but wouldn’t the driver compliance rate be orders of magnitude higher with a simple red-amber-green light?

Did I say simple? What I should have said was stupid, because all the SFMTA and the DPW does is “smart,” right? Smart this and smart that. And that means that basic design, the likes of which drivers generally understand the world over, must be stupid, right?

So yeah, that tour bus operator blew though crosswalk and SFGov lost a retiree/contractor and it’s hard to see how the SFPD could write a police report placing the blame upon anyone other than the driver.


But what if the NTSB took a look, what would it say? Would it say, yeah there should have been a light here from the get-go? I think so. I’m saying it would parcel out some of the blame to SFGov, right? As with the pilots of that Asiana flight at SFO, yes, sure, pilot error, of course, but also some blame for SFO operations, some blame for Boeing perhaps as well, and some blame for the SFFD.

But SFGov don’t see things that way. SFGov’s solution is to ban tour bus drivers from yakking to passengers and, oh yeah, let’s put in a non-smart red-amber-green stoplight, but we only have enough money to put in like five traffic lights per year, please give us the SFMTA more money.

So are you “all about safety,” SFMTA? I don’t think so.

Oh what’s that, this is the Great Hall of the People we’re talking about so peds shouldn’t ever have to wait at a red light or at an “upraised hand” signal? Mmmmm…

So really, you all aren’t all about ped safety, you’re about pedestrian rights, right? Like “I’m the NRA, except for pedestrians” or “I’m the NRA, ‘cept for bike riders?”

Here’s a quote:

“…less inviting. Plus pedestrians have to wait at red lights before crossing, slowing down walking. Given that Haight is a commercial corridor the pedestrian environment is key for business.”

None of this “advocacy” against what’s altogether a quite-sensible plan for Haight Street from the SFMTA has anything to do with safety, with keeping peds safe from others but also safe from themselves.

Oh what’s that, you want to cite safety as your goal, but you actually have quite different goals? OK fine.