Posts Tagged ‘rpd’

Rec and Park Cancels Spring – But Here’s What Alamo Square Looks Like from the Wrong Side of the Fence

Friday, March 24th, 2017

I understand how it served RPD to shut down practically all of Alamo Square for more than a year, but I don’t agree with it.

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Rec and Park’s Garbage Can Removal Campaign Proceeds Apace – And Here’s the Result

Monday, March 20th, 2017

And what’s the reply? Give us more money, most likely.

Here’s how things are going at currently garbage can-free Dolores Park:

“Rec & Park seems under the impression that garbage cans somehow create litter. No, really: Since cans often overflow and people have a habit of leaving garbage on top of or just off the side of an empty can, a certain civic theory goes that cutting out the cans will in turn cut out the overall garbage. Admittedly, there is a certain logic to this, in the same way that chopping off your hands prevents arthritis.”

And here’s the Panhandle – this can is doing the work of three now:

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(Perhaps for different reasons, IDK. But actually, I’m totally baffled as to why they removed ALL the garbage cans from Dolores Park either. Somehow this makes sense to the ppl inside RPD.)

RPD has all these plans to do things, but there’s nobody around to make it do the things it doesn’t feel excited about doing.

So who runs RPD? It’s Michael D. Brown, basically. So you can either say, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job,” or not.

Brownie wants to build new bridges. Brownie doesn’t want to take care of the existing bridges he’s been made steward of…

Anti-Bicycling Sign on Rec and Park Property, Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Meesa thinks, “HOW WUDE!”

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IDK how official these signs are. (Suppose they were ginned up by the RPD, but I didn’t see the typical coding letters what most SFGOV signs have.)

Anyway, such riding is not allowed, per KRON 4’s world-famous Stanley Roberts

Strange New Vegetable Art Near Kezar – What Do You Call This “Improvement?” – And We’re Paying for This, in One Way or Another

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Through a tax, or a fee, or some new onus owed to some millionaire homeowners association, we’re paying for this:

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And what is it? Does it “transform” the area? Really?

A Lot of Drivers in Golden Gate Park End Up Parking About a Yard Too Far to the Right – What’s Wrong Here?

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The is JFK Drive heading west. What you’re seeing is the westbound lane, then the new parking area people are suppose to use, then there’s the “buffer zone” or the unloading zone or the do not park here zone, and then there’s the bike lane (and then the curb and then a strip of putting green and then the sidewalk).

But drivers don’t feel like following the rules because then they’d be hanging their rear view mirrors out in traffic, so they split the difference and park halfway betwixt the main lane and the bike lane – basically they’re ignoring the marked right-side-only buffer zone and making their own left and right side buffers. Thusly:

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And the two rides in the distance:

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So what ends up happening is that people unload in the bike lane, sometimes.

This is fucked up man.

Even the SFMTA ppl will tell you that.

Hollywood is Back, Now Filming in Golden Gate Park – But Double Parked Mercedes-Benzes Block Area Cyclists – A Yuuuge Production

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

[UPDATE: Oh, it was for Herbalife?]

I’ll tell you, Hollywood just doesn’t get our local parking rules:

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Anyway, this is a large production, with many people and vehicles on site today near our Rose Garden

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Of course, RPD has Rangers on site, but they’re sitting around far away near Stow Lake. And really, the requirement to have them is more of a jobs program than anything else. (So as long as Hollywood pays RPD’s high fees I don’t think a Park Ranger cares what they do – nobody’s likely to try to enforce rules on our paying guests.)

So the “creatives” from Los Angeles County feel put upon because they have to pay big bucks to work in a very expensive place* and then our locals resent the Angelenoses’ general cluelessness.

And it’s like, “We’d be better off in Vancouver,” and I’m like yes! Maybe you all would be…

*NBC’s Trauma was like this. Filming on location was an attempt to make it special but that meant that it couldn’t survive with anything less than yuge ratings

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:

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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.”

It’s Official: Our Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path to Shut Down at Certain Times from October to ???

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Here’s your Construction Closure Advisory:

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If you want to see the concomitant propaganda for Supervisor London Breed and Rec & Park, click here.

In mitigation, this whole deal is kind of a nothingburger – they’ll put up a few signs (but not speed limit signs for bike riders, cause, oh no, we wouldn’t want that, no sir) and I guess paint a kind of crosswalk for peds, to signal cyclists that peds cross over the bike path.

(IOW, RPD won’t do jack about the Panhandle’s Southern Path, which is in atrocious condition, ’cause, ’cause, give us more money, is what RPD says. There was a plan to put in irrigation first and then resurface the Oak Street area path, but the irrigation isn’t happening anytime soon, oh well. So I guess when joggers file claims against us, you know, after they fall down due to all the wavy waves of the pavement, RPD / SFGov just pays them off no big deal? Man, RPD is pretty fucked up, I’ll tell you. Anyway, I guess I’ll see joggers take tumbles on a weekly basis from now to eternity.)

Also in mitigation, they’ll open the bike path back up during commuting hours, which is pretty easy since they aren’t really doing anything significant, like widening the paved area to make the bike path 16 feet wide why not, you know, to reflect the increased usage the past decade or two?

Anyway, enjoy your underfunded “pedestrian safety” project, Frisco.

(Which is not to say I’m against painting something to tell some of our more aggressive bike riders to look out for peds in certain areas, but doing this kind of thing is an easy job, not one what requires a million thanks to glorious London Breed, and hey, why not vote for her soon, is basically what RPD is saying.

I mean, take a look:

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A certain type of roadie bike rider, who doesn’t want to break stride/cadence/whatever starts seeing red when he (generally he, overwhelmingly, like I can’t ever recall hearing a woman swearing at or seeing one crash into Panhandle peds) sees something like the above, oh well.)

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Big-Ass Tent, Fell and Masonic Intersection, Golden Gate Park

Friday, September 16th, 2016

When you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others.”

Or not, your choice. (This is as wide angle as my Samsung phone can go – had to tilt it a bit.)

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And once you’ve gained access to THE MIGHTY TENT, there’s another tent to aspire to, the “VIP TENT” what’s either inside of or attached to THE MIGHTY TENT.

Massive “Private Event” Coming to the GGP Panhandle – Take a Look at This Tent – Party Goes to Sept 17th

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

How much is Rec and Park making off of this one?

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IDK. Hey look, it’s right next to our giant new Oakland Warriors ad, the largest in the GGP.

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They’ll start towing cars on Friday…

After you pay your $275 to $10,000 for this shindig, and after you’ve had your name plastered on 12,000 invitations and on “signage,” consider that the people who use the Panhandle Playground right now don’t understand why it’s “failing,” in the words of the Parks Alliance crew, and Rec and Park.

So why not send the $2,000,000(!) what was set aside in 2014(!) to, IDK, our underfunded SFGov employee pension fund, or someplace? You know, instead of shutting down this playground for, what, a year or so, like Alamo Square?

Just asking.

Oh, there’s parasites in the sand? Well, NOT REALLY! (That’s more of a suburban thing, cats ‘n stuff. Aint no cats out in the Panhandle. Lots of rats but no cats.)

Oh, sand is high maintenance? Sorry. Take the 2 mil and use it to pay for upkeep why not? Lots of families come here SPECIFICALLY FOR the sea of sand.

Oh, the arsenic in the wood? Well, NOT REALLY! I’l tell you, if there’s arsenic in your kid, it’s not from the Panhandle Playground. They did a big study ‘n stuff.

Oh what else, you have a new theory of playgrounds? Well guess what, the General Motors people who paid $100k for the existing, perfectly fine playground had a theory of playgrounds as well. Who’s to say that the old theory won’t look better than your 2016 theories, you know, 20 years from now?

Anyway, enjoy your private party on public lands…

TICKETS

Benefits

Golden Gate Park – $10,000

  • 10 guests for the cocktail reception, dinner and entrance to exclusive VIP area
  • Golden Gate Park level recognition on 12,000 invitations, signage and Parks Alliance publications
  • 4 regular-day passes to Outside Lands Concert 2016 (subject to availability)

McLaren Park – $5,000

  • 6 guests for the cocktail reception, dinner and entrance to exclusive VIP area
  • McLaren Park level recognition on 12,000 invitations, signage and Parks Alliance publications
  • 2 regular-day passes to Outside Lands Concert 2016 (subject to availability)

Lincoln Park – $2,500

  • 4 guests for the cocktail reception, dinner and entrance to exclusive VIP area
  • Lincoln Park level recognition on 12,000 invitations, signage and Parks Alliance publications

Glen Canyon Park – $1,500

  • 2 guests for the cocktail reception and dinner
  • Glen Canyon Park level recognition on 12,000 invitations, signage and Parks Alliance publications

Park Ambassador – $550

  • 2 guests for the cocktail reception and dinner
  • Invite and encourage 10 or more friends to attend the party
  • Recognition on event website

Individual ticket – $275