As seen on Clement:
This Prius is a lowrider now…
It’s like this, or one assumes.
Northbound Corolla on Fillmore turns right onto Turk, but Turk’s a one-way the other way in the Western Addition. So BAM into a Prius C. And yes, that’s Northern Station in the background. And I’m guessing about the 16 year old part, but you tell me, Gentle Reader. (I’ll tell you, one time I crashed into a 16 year old’s Honda at Mcallister and Gough. He was driving an Accord older than him when he decided to make his own turn lane onto Gough. He asked if I could do him a solid by not reporting this incident to anyone. I was like, “Yeah, right.” Then I told the SFPD to leave after some people called 911. So then I rode over to SFGH with my left arm held straight down since it wasn’t bending at that point. So then I gave up on SFGH after about five minutes. So then I made it home and then over to St Mary’s. By this point I was holding my arm at a 90 degree angle ’cause it wouldn’t go straight anymore – this caused problems for the X-ray tech. So then I had to go to a meeting in the Marina for the proposed Fisher Family Modern Museum. So then I went back to St Mary’s for the results. The upshot is that my left elbow, to this day, still quietly clicks when I flex it, depending on which direction my wrist is facing, but the 16 year old’s insurance policy paid St Mary’s and I ended up with a few thousands for my trouble. Basically, I sold my 100% good elbow for a 99% good elbow, and it took about ten hours out of my life. That’s what I think about when I think about 16 year olds causing accidents in the Western Addition. But I digress…)
Or you could call this “traffic violence,” but I don’t.
One time, a Dude headed to the West Side hit my Toyota and it looked better than these cars and I thought it was totally driveable but it wasn’t and my estimate ended up being $18K(!), oh well. This is definitely a reportable accident even without injuries – this is no way to start your Driving Life:
And yes, the Prius driver was NOT AT FAULT – I’m as shocked as you are.
Anyway, let’s be careful out there.
Here it is, looking pretty normal, or about as normal as you can expect for a quarry pond in human-created Golden Gate Park:
Now here’s your background:
Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park overrun by Vivian Ho
And here are the troublesome critters themselves – never seen one myself:
Poor little feller. Michael Linnenbach (commons.wikimedia.org)
And this was the proposal, from a half-decade back:
Let’s just drain the Lily Pond and kill the frogs by Matt Smith
Clearly, it was time to call in the Frog Doctors:
Or, in the words of Rec and Park, “adjusting the PH level” was called for.
“Another example of biological controls to manage pests is the collaboration between the Department and the California Department Fish and Wildlife, in this case, the partnership has eradicated the invasive African Clawed Frogs by adjusting the PH level in the water in Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond”
By that, they meant this – going to the sto’ and then pouring in some motherfucking bleach, man:
Chemicals were everywhere:
Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. cooked up a batch of white powdery stuff…
…and they went to town:
It was a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…
Check this one-minute video of the place at that time:
PETA, well PETA was NOT happy about any of this:
“According to media reports, the California Department of Fish and Game and the city of San Francisco are considering draining Lily Pond at Golden Gate Park in order to kill thousands of African clawed frogs who reside there. Reportedly, the frogs were released from research laboratories only to be deemed “invasive” through no fault of their own. Once the pond’s water levels drop, these animals will slowly suffocate to death. PETA apprised officials of our concerns, and while they stated that other methods were on the table, they did not guarantee that this cruel initiative would be stopped. Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Please urge the California Department of Fish and Game and city officials to halt all plans to drain the pond while aquatic animals remain at the location. Also, ask them to mercifully euthanize the frogs rather than subjecting them to agonizing deaths if alternative methods of control are impossible.”
I don’t know how all that worked out, but this was the scene a couple months back, via Tony T – ‘dozer and digger:
And that brings up up to present day, what you can see from the first photo up above.
You can’t visit just yet, as RPD is behind sked, oh well:
And there you have it.
Nous salouns le retour, Lily Pond!
May you remain frog-free forever…
Both these drivers seemed to be in a big hurry, based upon how fast they were racing towards a red light, one that they should have known would have been red if they’ve driven about Frisco for more than a week (which I’m very confident they have), and yet, here’s the view you’d have as a knocked-down ped seeing them drive off.
Note where in the lane the LTC driver stopped for a red:
Let’s see here, description – it was a Town Car, black, no license plate. THIS DESCRIPTION IS WORTHLESS TO ID A CAR IN FRISCO.
And the other – it was a Prius, IDK, black, tan, grey, beige, something like that, I couldn’t read the license plate. THIS DESCRIPTION IS WORTHLESS TO ID A CAR IN FRISCO.
Our license plate scanner-reliant popo should routinely pull over these types of rides to check up on things, IMO.
Some harried drivers got a little honky when they thought the spotted this Lyft taxi driver cutting in line to park at the Trader Joe’s Masonic gro sto.
But of course, this was just a routine pickup of a TJ’s shopper with groceries.
To me, getting picked up right outside the door of the store is the height of luxury, but I’m not handicapped or anything.
This lot is not set up this kind of pick up, IMO, and yet everything appeared to work out.
And speaking of car horns, if you’re trying to say anything other than “HERE I AM” or “HEY, I’M HERE” when you’re a-honking, you’re prolly doing things wrong.
Well, I suppose it’s three peds, actually. Now let’s see how they do:
The two peds on the left act properly and the jogger ped does not.
There’s room for improvement at this intersection, SFGov/SFMTA.
Here’s the sitch on Lincoln – this ped gave a what’s-a-matta-you gesture to the driver of this Toyota Prius, for not yielding to her, basically. Then she continued to jog across one (who knows which – they all look the same to me) of the Avenues:
But here’s the thing. Peds aren’t really allowed to run into crosswalks in CA. Live it, love it, learn it, from CVC 21950:
“No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.”
Now am I saying the Prius driver was in the right? IDK, perhaps not, perhaps s/he was Idaho Stopping through his/her stop line. But any accident that would have resulted here would have been at least partially the ped’s fault.
That’s why this ped’s sanctimonious display is worthy of comment.
And that comes on the heels of this, back in April:
The way our SFMTA has this intersection set up now is that joggers only have about 7 seconds to start crossing Masonic during a 75 second signal cycle. Assuming they don’t purposefully speed up or slow down to catch their green, that means they have less than a 10% chance of not encountering a red signal for crossing. Human nature being what it is, people jog across against the light and the resulting accident is the jogger’s fault. Check it:
Anyway, that’s why so many people are getting hit by cars at this intersection.
For whatever reason, the SFPD isn’t motivated to enforce the CA Vehicle Code upon peds, so this is the result.
If you believe in ped safety, you’d be in favor of a ped enforcement action here, to learn the joggers. OTOH, if you get paid to promote ped “rights,” then you’d disfavor a ped enforcement action here – you’d bend over backwards to displace blame. I mean, these peds aren’t “mistakenly” jaywalking, they’re doing it on purpose, right?
Choose or lose…