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A Crazy New SFMTA Plan to Allow Bike Riders to Run Red Lights on Fell and Oak in the “Panhandle-Adjacent” Area

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Here it is: The “Fell and Oak Streets Panhandle-Adjacent Bikeway Feasibility Study”

The basic idea is to take out one of the four lanes of Fell and one of the four lanes of Oak along the Golden Gate Park Panhandle from the Baker Street DMV to Stanyan and turn them into dedicated bike lanes.

You don’t need to even look at the report to know that this idea is “feasible” – obviously, our SFMTA can do this if it wants to:


But why does the SFMTA want to do this? This is not stated in the report.

As things stand now, you can ride your bike on the left side of the left lanes of Fell and Oak, or on the right sides of the right lanes of Fell and Oak, or in any part of any lane of Fell and Oak if you’re keeping up with traffic (but this is especially hard to do heading uphill on Fell), or on the “multi-use pathway” (what I and most people call the bike path) what winds through the Panhandle.

So, why not widen the bike path again, SFGov? It used to be 8 foot wide and now it’s 12 foot wide, so why not go for 16 foot wide? (Hey, why doesn’t our SFMTA simply take over Rec and Park? You know it wants to.)

My point is that it would also be “feasible” to somehow force RPD to widen the current bike path (and also the extremely bumpy, injury-inducing Panhandle jogging/walking path along Oak) independent of whatever the SFMTA wants to do to the streets.

Anyway, here’s the news – check out page 12 of 13. No bike rider (or what term should I use this year, “person with bikes?” Or “person with bike?” Or “person with a bike?”) is going to want to sit at a red light at a “minor street” when s/he could just use the bike trail the SFTMA figures, so why not just allow them to ride on Fell and Oak without having to worry about traffic lights at all? And the pedestrians? Well, you’ll see:

“Minor Street Intersections

The minor cross-streets in the project area from east to west are Lyon Street, Central Avenue, Ashbury Street, Clayton Street, Cole Street, and Shrader Street. Each is a consistent width of 38’-9” curb-to-curb with 15-foot wide sidewalks. All of these streets are discontinued [Fuck man. How much colledge do you need to start talking like this, just asking] at the park, each forming a pair of “T” intersections at Oak and Fell streets. The preferred control for the protected bike lane at these “T” intersections is to exclude it from the traffic signal, allowing bicyclists to proceed through the intersection without stopping unless a pedestrian is crossing the bikeway. Due to the relatively low pedestrian volumes at these intersections, it is expected that people using the protected bike lane [aka cyclists? aka bike riders?] would routinely violate the signal if required to stop during every pedestrian phase, creating unpredictability and likely conflict between users on foot and on bicycles. This treatment also recognizes that in order to attract many bicycle commuters, the new protected bike lanes would need to be time-competitive with the existing multi-use path that has the advantage of a single traffic control signal for the length of the Panhandle.

Excluding the protected bike lane from the traffic signal requires installing new pedestrian refuge islands in the shadow of the parking strip. The existing vehicle and pedestrian signal heads currently located within the park would also need to be relocated to new poles on the pedestrian refuge islands.

Implementing these changes would cost between $70,000 and $150,000 per intersection, and require the removal of approximately four parking spaces per intersection. Over the eleven minor-street “T” intersections along the Panhandle (excluding Fell Street/Shrader Street which which has been discussed separately), the total cost would be between $0.9 and $1.5 million dollars and approximately 48 parking spaces would be removed.

This design introduces a variety of benefits and compromises [“compromises!” Or maybe “costs,” as in a cost/benefit analysis?] for pedestrians crossing to and from the park at the minor intersections:

Pedestrians would be required to wait for gaps in bicycle traffic to cross the protected bike lane (which may present new challenges to people with low or no vision). Design treatments for the protected bike lanes (e.g., stencil messages, rumble strips, signs) should also be considered to clearly indicate the necessity of yielding to pedestrians to people on bicycles.”

Oakland Warriors Pay $25K to Plant Their Logo in Golden Gate Park – See It Starting Sept 10th

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

[UPDATE: Will the new logo be for the Warriors, like this recent effort, or will Centre Court feature something called the “Good Tidings Foundation,” located, oddly, down in the Peninsula. It all has to do with the all-important “donor recognition plan” and the “donor recognition court markings.” Note that there is “no known opposition” to all these square yards of blue paint, mostly ’cause most people don’t know about it yet. Mostly. Oh, and if you wanted local support for your corporate logos from people in the Haight Ashbury area, you’d be better off calling your nonprofit the Good Wiccan Foundation, and I’m srsly. Merry part.]

Here’s how things looked last month, August 2016, at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Basketball Courts:


And here’s how things looked in late August – new blacktop and new blackboards, about what I expected:


But oh ho, now it’s all like this – an ocean of blue.

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Warriors Blue:

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Specifically Warriors Royal Blue (#006BB6; RGB: 0,107,182) and Golden Yellow (#FDB927; RGB: 237,23,76).

IDK, man, isn’t that a bit much?

And look, here’s what’s coming – a GSW roundel in the middle. Like this:

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Like what the troubled Brown, Jr., Willie Middle School has, somewhat controversially.

I’ll tell you a story.

Just south of the (formerly) blacktop courts of the Panhandle…

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…lies the Panhandle Playground. It looks like this:

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It’s a Kid’s Kingdom, just like many other playgrounds in America. General Motors paid for it back in the 1990’s. But of course now you can’t see who paid for it because Area Residents chipped away at the dedication plaque until it became illegible. It used to say, “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.”

See what I mean here? This sign was pretty subtle compared with what the Oakland Warriors have in store for us.

How big will the logo be? IDK, exactly. But will it be the largest corporate logo in Golden Gate Park? We’ll see.

Oh what’s that? All this is for Nate Thurmond who just passed on? Well yeah, but it already was for Nate. See?

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This pedestal has been here since the year 2000:

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Somehow, we managed to honor Nate without a sea of blue paint.

Here’s the agreement itself, if case you want to paint GGP in your own corporate colors.

“…a grant-in-place, valued at approximately $25,000 to perform maintenance and repairs to the Courts (the “Grant”) including, without limitation:  Resurfacing the courts  Painting new court lines and center court symbol  Demolishing the existing basketball post and backboard systems  Installing new basketball post and backboard systems…”

Take a look yourself at the contract with SFGov. It says the courts “need” new paint, but, in fact, they didn’t. Paint some new court lines, sure, but where is all this blueness mentioned in the K itself? We managed just fine without the Ocean of Blue we have now and the yellow “symbol” (logo) we’ll soon get, right?

The blue dominates the dojo now, wouldn’t you agree?

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And oh yeah, the regulars don’t like the courts being closed. So they lash out:

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Actually, the courts have been playable for a while now, but I guess they’re still fenced off in anticipation of the ribbon cutting on Saturday. (Oh, and the hoops themselves each have plastic chastity belt covers locked on to prevent any premature use.)

Anyway, here’s your notice:

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All right, let’s leave this scene…

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..and ponder whether GM should be allowed to buy a $25,000 ad on the neighboring Panhandle Playground. After all, GM paid for the playground originally, and they’d even pay for all the materials for their giant logo ad. And what the heck, we could let them paint everything GM Cobalt Blue (#0F3796; 15, 55, 150), as long as they paid for the paint itself, and then Everybody Would Know how great GM is. So what’s the diff between this idea and the actual deal Rec and Park just agreed to?

I’ll tell you, the GSW new logo (one supposes it will be installed afore September 10th, 2016, the day of its coming out party) will be seen, every day, by many many UCSF people from the nearby Parnassus Campus. How do you think they’re going to react when they see it, after all the Warriors have done to screw over UCSF at Mission Bay?

We’ll see.

“GRANT AGREEMENT AND PERMIT TO ENTER Between Good Tidings Foundation and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (dated June 23, 2016 for reference purposes) This Grant Acceptance Agreement and Permit to Enter (the “Agreement”), is dated for reference purposes only as of _________________, 2016, by and between the City and County of San Francisco (“City”), acting through the Recreation and Park Department (the “Department” or “RPD”), and Good Tidings Foundation (“Good Tidings”), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (collectively referred to herein as the “Parties”) yada yada yada…

“V-O-Cal?” – RPD Chain Gang, Twin Peaks – “You can make friends and earn community service hours!”

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Here’s the scene, located hundreds and hundreds of feet above us Frisco Flatlanders:

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And here’s the pitch, from the RPD, and from V-O-Cal (Volunteer for Outdoor California).

IDK, man, I think they’re pushing this outdoor metaphor a bit far, you know, for an urban area:

5pm – Registration and camping opens
7:30am – Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am – Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm – Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm – Head back to camp.
4pm – Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm – Dinner and entertainment.
8am – Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am – Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am – Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm – Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm – Celebrate the work and say goodbyes

(It’d be like “camping” at Piers 30-32 and then “hiking” to Pier 39 to do some yard work, IMO.)

Anyway, thanks for your work, V-O-Cal volunteers.

And I’ll tell you, TP is a “smaller” place now – it seemed to be at capacity and yet there wasn’t a whole big crowd of people there the way we had, on dreaded sunny days, back before RPD and the SFMTA took away all those parking spaces…

Big-Ass Tree Branch Falls on Panhandle Bike Path, Again, Again, Again, Again, Again…

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Near Fell and Clayton this afternoon:

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This kind of thing happens with regularity…

Ferry Bocce: Historic OccupySF Site Now Used for Bocce Ball – A Playground for Children was the Alternative

Friday, June 17th, 2016

I’ve never seen this bocce court at the south end of Justin Herman Plaza used for league play, but it looks like somebody’s making a stab at it now.

This was in the middle of the day. serving alcohol to passersby?

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And here are your sponsors:

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Well at least they’re finally using this wasted space for something. Except for Occupy, this place has been a town for ghosts the past half-decade

A playground would have worked better here, IMO. They put one in at the extreme north end at Washington, yes, but what I’m saying is that a playground would have worked better here…

Rec and Park Advertises Itself With Too Many Banners – So Prevailing Winds Blew Its Fence Over at Alamo Square

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Here’s the news from yesterday, from Hoodline.

And here’s how things looked a couple days back. Notice all those banners?

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Anyway, that’s old news. The new news is that the fence has been righted and all those many many banners have been removed, ’cause, as I’ve already said, our RPD is tremendously focused upon telling us how great it is.

What are we, North Korea?

At this same location, RPD thought it was a good idea to advertise the NFL with a tacky statue, such a good idea that RPD waived any and all of the fees it loves to charge everybody else. RPD didn’t understand how locals would react. It had to be taken away before the Big Game due to repeated attacks from locals.

And of course, this is also where RPD banned our poor tourists from gazing upon the Painted Ladies. Oh, until they carved out a section of Alamo Square like they should have done in the first place.

And oh, all the streetlights in shut-down Alamo Square are still burning 24-7-365 because electricity is free? IDK what they’re thinking over there.

That’s your clumsy RPD Alamo Square update for 2016.

So far…

Clumsy Rec and Park (RPD) Relents, Opens “Painted Ladies Viewing Area” at Alamo Square – Tourists Rejoice

Monday, June 13th, 2016

First it was all like this. All four square blocks of the Square were fenced off to one and all. Sad!

But now, it’s all like this, as of Friday afternoon, so now you can follow our visitors in to gaze upon the (sort of) Full House houses:

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Expensive temporary signage to promote … our clumsy RPD:

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Here’s the view from Hayes:

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Is this the same RPD what carelessly rented out this very same part of Alamo Square to the NFL earlier this year?


How To Get Reserved Parking on the Streets of San Francisco: Become an SFGov Department Head – Doesn’t This Look Bad?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

I think it looks bad.

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What’s wrong with MUNI, Phil Ginsburg?

It Takes a Village To Mow The Lawn: RPD Rolls in the Heavy Equipment to Sustain the (Ultimately) Unsustainable Turf of the Panhandle

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Hey, here’s an idea – why not let’s give up on maintaining all this quite unnatural turf betwixt Fell and Oak?

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What are we operating here, the grounds of Downton Abbey 94117?

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We’re in a drought, right?

RAT PATROL UPDATE: Rec and Park Takes Away Trash Cans at the Panhandle Playground, But Citizens Simply Replace Them with Garbage Bags

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Like this.

You know, for better or worse.

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Get up to speed on this pressing matter right here, but TRIGGER WARNING: Rats!