This place is a magnet – it attracts all kinds of people.
It wouldn’t seem to be a good place to escape from, after breaking into cars for valuables, but turns out that it is…
Jaywalking laws save lives right? Apparently not, per the “urbanist” urbanautic urbanisti.
But IRL, jaywalking laws save lives.
Such as these poor souls, one would hope. Or at least that was intent…
In other news, railroad crossing laws are a conspiracy from Southern Pacific. I think I’ll write a book about that, or at least a bit for the Atlantic Cities or someplace.
Just Another White Eurocentric “Urbanist”
San Francisco’s horrible pedestrians might try to dart into the street from either side, as here on Hayes:
So why would you hew so close to the right side of this this road? If there’s no oncoming traffic, then it’s straight down the middle for me. I guess I could get a ticket for leaving my lane, but I’m still waiting for that, and it’s been a while.
And actually, ideally, considering sightlines, you’d be even further into the opposite lane at this particular location.
It Is Written.
IDK, how fast do you need to pedal on this downhill stretch of the Panhandle Multi-Use Trail what with the stiff prevailing tailwind and the super-light bike and the super-skinny tires?
I’ll tell you, you don’t need to pedal at all, from Stanyan to the fucking DMV (and Beyond, if the traffic signals work in your favor) – just really pump up your tires and try it sometime.
I’ll tell you, you know who else mixes up sport with transpo? The good bulk* of your BMW drivers, who cause more than their fair share of problems on our roads, despite having better-than-average reflexes and whatnot.
A good portion of your BMW car drivers need to slow the fuck down, and certain other people, perhaps you, see above, might need to as well.
That’s my point.
*Some purchase Beemers as Just Another Luxury Brand these days, of course. These people are excused…
Here you go:
“When Joe Breeze did what thousands of Mill Valley kids had done before him — stood on Miller Avenue across the street from the 2 a.m. Club and stuck out his thumb to hitch a ride — he didn’t know he was changing history.“
Let’s chalk some of this up to a kind of CW Nevius-style local rah-rahing.
Now let’s compare that with a less patriotic, a less Bay Area-centric source like Wiki.*
What’s that, it was only the “mega-success” of MTB what got started on Mt. Tam?
Al right, but that means Cascade Canyon Road is on “a western ridge of Mt Tam …”
“They all came together to race Repack, a steep downhill drop on a western ridge of Mount Tam, plummeting 1,300 feet in 2.1 miles.”
…as opposed to it being on nearby Pine Mountain, right?
So on this map (which isn’t exactly pointing north, oh well) the peaks of Mt Tam are on the lower right, and Pine Mountain is on the left across a chain of lakes, and Cascade Canyon Fire Road (aka “Repack” – you can’t expect Marin Co guv’mint/The Feds to honor that bike-centric name) is in the upper left.
Here’s another map, with Mt Tam way off your screen, down and to the right – knock yourself out.
Anyway at least now, a Chron writer is showing his/her work. So, if you think Pine Mountain / the San Geronimo Ridge / Cascade Canyon Road/Repack is a part of Mt. Tam, then, maybe mountain biking gestated, a little, on Mount Tam, sort of.
But if not, then not.
I’ll tell you, IRL, Repack is way far away from the West, Middle, and East peaks of Mt Tam, so that’s why I’m saying mountain biking was NOT born on Mt Tam.
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Just asking, Bro.
What’s the speed limit on the Panhandle bike path? What should it be?
How fast do you think you can go heading west downhill on this bike path, with you out of the saddle, on your expensive lightweight bike, with skinny high-pressure tires, with your muscular thighs, with a strong tailwind? Bro, you’re going faster than anyone – what’s the point? You’re at the 99th percentile, or 99.9th, something like that, right?
By this point, Bro wasn’t pedaling no mo, ’cause he prolly could see that traffic on Masonic was going to slow his progress anyway. But he wasn’t racing for a light, he was racing along for no apparent reason. Strava, perhaps?
Realize that this path passes over what functions as the sidewalks of Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, etc.
Should SFGov post speed limit signs? Mmmm…
Hey, you know what’s funny? Some people want, effectively, to kick peds off this Panhandle multi-use trail. “Go use the pedestrian path on the south side of the Panhandle [near Oak]” they say.
Is that the right way to look at things?
I think not.
Anyway, that’s the ‘sperpective of somebody who uses bikes to get around, as opposed to using bikes to race around…
Severely taco’ed rear wheel and kinked seat stays:
But as you can see, there’s nothing left to harvest, so there’s nothing left to do but wait for SFGov or the Recology monopoly to haul it off.
Any harvestable parts were probably gone within a half-hour…
Up first we have the Left Side candidates, who have decided to go without smellmets:
Cf. the Right Side candidates, spotted a few days later:
I’m thinking I prefer the right side option, as your typical driver (which of course you should assume just got released from prison a week ago, and is uninsured, and is driving an unregistered vehicle) would be less surprised to see you there.
Mind you, none of these bicyclists was “taking the lane” improperly – all were biking legally.
But foolishly, IMO.
The best option would have been the Panhandle Bike Path, which is just to the left of the left lane of Fell, but these tourists didn’t seem to be aware of its existence.
Perhaps their tourist maps led them astray…