Posts Tagged ‘road’

Jurassic Park Muir Woods: Nedry’s Crash on the Way to the East Dock Re-Enacted on Muir Woods Drive

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Or, Only In Marin.

InGen featured prominently on this RAV4:

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Seems an attempt was made to extricate, but it failed. This could be the denouement of an ill-fated three point turn. Note that other drivers took advantage of some prime parking space with a quickness:

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Apparently, drivers rejected from the normal parking lots of Muir Woods National Monument fall off of the flat part of Muir Woods Road like every day. These occupants here just wanted to turn around, too bad.

Calling for a tow involves hiking to the main gate, one assumes, as cell phone service is spotty at best. (I’m thinking AT&T would have the best chance of attaining one bar, based upon what people I know have experienced.)

BTW, Nedry is nerdy backwards

Take the “Rapha Rides” Challenge: Just Try to ID all These Frisco Bike Ride Spots in This Short HD Video

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Here’s your well-produced San Francisco / Marin video from (bicycle-oriented cafe?) Rapha

…and here’s your annotated (corrections/additions welcomed, or rather, not unwelcomed) cheatsheet:

0:46 Mamiya 7 II rangefinder film camera

0:51 24th Street near De Haro (Road bike going up and down a cobblestone block, just saying)

0:52 East Bay hills, sunrise

1:06 Former Pacific Stock Exchange building, Pine Street

1:11 Fil-Fil area (Filbert and Fillmore), taken from the site of that former Real Foods what used to advertise “WE ACCEPT FOOD STAMPS” in tony Cow Hollow

1:15 Some kind of anonymous reddish-orange bridge – research required

1:18 Potrero? Like where they filmed Bullitt? IDK

1:26 Vallejo and Fillmore

1:27 Broadway Tunnel, eastbound, dangerous without a camera car pacing you

1:28 C-town, distinctive brick building, but I don’t know it, south side (no satellite dishes seen) of Pacific if I had to guess

1:31 Washington at Grant

1:33 More Chinatown – Stockton?

1:38 13th Street under the I-80, home of appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s Superbowl (Tent) City, 2015-2016

1:39 Back to C-Town – Trenton Alley facing the massive Ping Yuen housing project, Chinatown’s big PJ’s.

1:40 Buffalo Paddock, Golden Gate Park, or Bison, I guess that’s we call them these days

1:41 Columbus approaching Broadway, with basically zero northbound traffic and plenty o’ parking available, unusual

1:45 Folsom at 3rd, also a bit dangerous in that lane without a camera car

1:49 No, I’ve never heard of the “Anchor Steam Ride,” a name you yourself made up?

1:56 La Mision y La Curva De Hospital General

1:57 The Financh featuring Salesforce Tower

2:01 Marin Headlands, winter

2:03 Conzelman Road

2:04 Conzelman Road

2:07 Conzelman Road

2:08 Bunker Road

2:09 Baker-Berry Tunnel

2:17 Conzelman Road

2:20 Conzelman Road

2:22 The Skatin’ Place (formerly 6th Avenue at JFK) Golden Gate Park

2:28 22nd at Carolina

2:32 Marin County snail

2:35 Marin County, winter?

2:41 More Folsom, ‘neath the Fremont Street offramp, prolly should be pedaling that far outside of the nearby bike lane, if only to make all the harried Mercedes drivers happy

2:43 Haight and Pierce (but arguably the Wiggle is nothing but one continuous grade and I don’t think “people set up” this “thing,” it’s just how a creek used to flow southwest on a grid what basically runs east and west, and if you continue on to Market well _there’s_ your hill, in the Laguna, Octavia area)

2:48 15th and S. Van Ness (Wow, 15th is down to one lane here – news to me)

2:50 16th and Mission

I’ll remind myself to check out the other 19 cities similarly video’ed…

And oh, this (you should try showing up to these roadie-oriented meet-ups next month on a fatbike with an electric mid-mount Bosch motor, you know, like a Felt Lebowsk-e, you know, just to see how appalled they’d be) is what they are promoting:

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It’s Official: Frisco Now has More Cars, Drivers Than Ever – DMV Sez We Now Have Over 500,000 Vehicles

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here it is, your brand-new DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES ESTIMATED VEHICLES REGISTERED BY COUNTY FOR THE PERIOD OF JANUARY 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2016

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The figure on the right shows our full one-half million vehicles.

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Cf. the data for 2015: est_fees_pd_by_county.

Of course this count includes motorcycles and trucks and trailers, but the vast bulk of that is made of plain old cars, the likes of which the people employed at our SFMTA and SFCTA falsely say are now “disappearing” from the streets of San Francisco.

You want another example? How about something like:

“SFMTA officials said this was due to factors including increased compliance from drivers, reduced vehicle ownership…

Simply, your “urbanist” friends are lying to you, or rather, lying to themselves. IRL, car ownership was going up in Frisco back then and it still is now. (Are repeated SFMTA misstatements like this Trump-style lying or Trump-style incompetence? You tell me. Moving on…)

To this: These DMV stats don’t count unregistered vehicles, and rides owned by many many ppl with out-of state-plates who live in town but don’t feel too groovy about paying any kind of annual ad valorem taxes to the CA DMV, and all the many UBER/Lyfts driven by all those new-to-Frisco drivers (how many, 40,000?) who live in Sac and Tracy and Santa Clara.

And let’s see, what other shibboleths can we… oh, Driver Licenses are up too, see?

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVER LICENSES OUTSTANDING BY COUNTY AS OF DECEMBER 31 OF YEARS LISTED

That’s also brand-new from the DMV. The relevant numbers for Frisco for 2012-2016 are:

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(Darn it! My prediction for 2016 was  588,392 instead of the actual 558,228. Close enough.)

But Somebody told you that Young People Don’t Drive Anymore? Sry, Gentle Reader, that’s another misunderstanding. You see, it turned out that the recent recession-related dip in Vehicle Miles Traveled was actually RELATED to a RECESSION.

I’ll cheerfully concede that changes are afoot transportation-wise these days, but I just need to point out that our supposedly all-knowing and all-seeing SFMTASFCTA people have made a lot of mistakes and errors lately. That’s all.

What else. Oh, how about the reason why it still makes sense to own a car in Frisco. Take a look at this character:

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Yes, that’s sanctimonious urbonaut and State Senator Scott Wiener in his aging, gone-to-Hell Nissan. (And of course he won’t cop to this 2016 incident of getting caught and photographed by a journalist while texting in traffic, because, IDK, it would draw attention to his foolishness? But that’s not my point.) My point is that the reason why it makes sense for him to operate this cheap, old, reliable car in Frisco, even though he lives close to transportation and even though he could UBER Lyft everywhere, is because he can drive around for as many miles as he wants for less than $1000 a year, including insurance, registration, gasoline, gasoline taxes – the whole lot. I’m aware of this because I have an aging, gone-to-Hell Toyota that I drive around as much as makes sense. So I can’t see how our existing stock of indestructible Nissans and Toyotas, Cadillacs, Lincolns too, Mercurys and Subaru are going to be obsolete this year or next year or the year after that or the decade after that.

That’s my point.

Look at all these rides in the Sunset for example. This is Frisco in 2017:

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I don’t see how our SFMTA is going to take away these cars, have them whither away, Comrade, only to have some unknown tranpo system spring up to remobilitate these isolated souls living way out in the west side. MUNI is a high-cost low-speed system which is run for its employees and is hobbled by union “work rules.” How is that going to change anytime soon? And UBER Lyft, well the current service offered at current pricing is unsustainable, you know, financially. If you want to tell me how everything’s going to change I’ll concede – sure, eventually things will change. But how are you going to stop Sunset and Parkside residents from going to the nearby malls and Targets of San Mateo County by using the cars they own now and the cars they continue to buy? Our installed base of rolling stock is our installed base of rolling stock – these cars can and will live out their lives for decades more on the Streets of San Francisco. Sry.

PREDICTION: Car ownership and Driver License possession in the City and County of San Francisco will be once again UP to record-breaking numbers in 2017.

For better or worse.

Sry.

An Uber / Lyft Prius Hits a Pedestrian and Somehow Winds Up on the Shoulder of Inbound I-80 Near Pinole? – And Is This a Private Investigator?

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

As seen Friday afternoon, a few klicks southwest of Pinole:

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The Prius on the left has UBER and Lyft trade dress. It appears to have hit somebody at speed.

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The very similar Toyota Prius Hybrid on the right could be a fellow TNC driver, or an accident investigator the kind of which taxi companies send to accident scenes sometimes.

What happened here is a mystery to me.

ONLY IN MARIN: Irate Homeowner Makes a Sign to Quiet Noisy Bike Riders

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Hey Bro, can you keep it down Bro?

As seen on, and I’m srsly, the still inchoate California Cheese Trail:

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I suppose a giant propane truck, the kind you see all over West Marin, gets a pass from this area resident, as its driver prolly isn’t yelling to his bros stuff like, “Hey Bro! Did you see that…”

Trek Factory Racing? – Holy Toledo – As Seen in Frisco’s Financh

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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“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:

Friday
5pm – Registration and camping opens
Saturday
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.
Sunday
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…

An Algonquin Round Table in the Middle of Masonic – People, GET OUT THE WAY After Minor Fender Benders

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Look at this:

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You can’t do this – it’s agin the law.

Sry.

The Advisability of Riding Your Bike Through the Bunker Road Tunnel Whether the Light is Green or Not

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Here it is, your Bunker Road Tunnel* to Rodeo Beach and beyond.

The driver of this old Datsun(!) pickup truck seemed to be giving this cyclist a little bit of room, but then a shout came out…

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…from this guy going the other way. So whoops, the Datsun driver moves a yard or two to the right. Thusly:

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Bikes have dedicated lanes in this tunnel but cars don’t. Does that mean that bikes don’t have to wait up to five minutes for a green light the way cars have to? I know not. The surfer dudes in the 4WD pickup could not possibly look more like Marin Locals, like Regulars on this stretch of road, but the driver was surprised to see a cyclist going the other way? Now because it’s a tunnel, shouting works, but what if dudes had had the radio on and couldn’t hear? There could have been an accident.

Seems that waiting for the green would be safer. There’s room for debate, I suppose. (I think I’d want to see a sign saying it’s OK for bikes to proceed afore I ran a red light…)

EPILOGUE:

A single-lane tunnel carries Bunker Road from the Rodeo Valley to U.S. 101. Built in 1918, this tunnel is known as Baker-Berry Tunnel but also known as the Bunker Road Tunnel or the Five Minute Tunnel. A date stamp on the western entrance to the Baker-Barry Tunnel lists 1994, which may have been the year the tunnel was retrofitted for earthquake protection or reconstructed for other reasons. Additional work was completed in 2013 to allow for wider approaches for bicyclists. A traffic signal governs the flow of traffic into the tunnel, since only one direction may proceed at a time.

*Some mock the Yelp for rating a tunnel:

“Solid four-star tunnel… Screw you, Yelp.”

“What can I say, it’s a hole in the ground..lol”

The Center of San Francisco is the Still the Wild Wild West – Twin Peaks Seems to be a Kind of Lawless Area

Friday, March 11th, 2016

This place is a magnet – it attracts all kinds of people.

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It wouldn’t seem to be a good place to escape from, after breaking into cars for valuables, but turns out that it is…