Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Test Riding the New and “Improved” Masonic Boulevard – It’s Not Going to be a Night-and-Day Difference, Safetywise

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Here you go, heading south, in the downhill direction – you’ve got your new median on the left, your downsized two lanes of traffic, your removed bus stops (so MUNI will just stop in traffic in future), your (slightly) raised cycle track and then your preexisting houses and driveways on the right:

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And here’s your reverse angle:

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So this isn’t much of a difference, safetywise, right?

What else, oh, for the next year or two of construction, we’ll continue to see this kind of half-assed engineering – this is a wheelchair ramp, of sorts:

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Hey, why would bike riders even want to get onto the sidewalks of Masonic? Well, you should try it sometime, as this person ahead of me wisely was doing. (And boy, if you threw in heavy rain and a few epically drunk drivers, the likes of which killed a pedestrian and a bike rider on this stretch of Masonic the past decade or so, well that’d make the sidewalk even more appealing.)

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Those are USF trees you can see on the right in the above photo. This used to be the narrowest sidewalk of Masonic north of Fell, but as you can see it’s quite wide now.

But look, turnabout is fair play, as peds seems to enjoy walking in the new bike path. That’s a bus stop there on the left, complete with a cut out to please Area Residents:

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There are costs and benefits to these changes, of course. It’s too bad that our SFMTA didn’t even try to document them…

The Safety Trees of Masonic – Somehow These New Median Trees from the SFMTA will Increase Safety – Somehow

Friday, November 17th, 2017

On it goes, the changes at the 3000 feet of Masonic north of Fell:

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It Takes A Village … of SFMTA Workers to Paint “Stop Lines” on Fell Street, In the Wake of a Recent Accident

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

As seen this AM:

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They must be repainting the worn out crosswalk, right?

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Well, maybe not:

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This is the result – brand new stop lines for drivers:

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I don’t know how right-on-red will work here. Maybe you’re supposed to stop twice, once at the stop line and once at the actual crosswalk.

Yet Another Burden for Overwhelmed Divisadero: Work on a One-Way Block of Scott Commences

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Northbound Scott is now Right Turn Only at Fell, FBOW:

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Anyway, if you don’t want Google buses on Scott anymore, Mission Accomplished.

HOT DUCK! – Instagram Loves It, but Yelp Does Not – A Very Red Restaurant Out In The Avenues

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

This place at Clement and 20th is photogenic, certainly, I mean you can see ppl posing:

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But uh oh

Don’t Try Flying Under Our Golden Gate Bridge with an Airplane, But with a Chopper, Well BE MY GUEST

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Because, apparently, all the reasons why airplanes aren’t allowed to horse around with the GGB have ZERO APPLICATION to helicopters. See?

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Apparently…

THE FUTURE IS NOW: New “CITIZEN” App, fka “VIGILANTE”(!), Hits Frisco – Real Time Crime Reports on Your Smartphone

Friday, September 29th, 2017

FKA being, of course, Formerly Known As.

Anyway, this app is now operational and available in San Francisco.

Lets check it:

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Well, this certainly could be true late night at a 24/7 McD’s:

“MAN BRANDISHING KNIFE IN McDONALD’S”

So it seems to be working, FBOW.

Maybe in the future, it’ll let us know about nearby red balls, or brown:

Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers¬†filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

FIN

Stanley Roberts Gets Results: SFMTA People Behaving Less Badly After Report on KRON4

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Here’s the result: MUNI workers parking in the exclusive MUNI-only parking lot:

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Of course, this might seem a little odd since our SFMTA MUNI has a “transit-first” policy, but this sitch is an improvement over what’s been going on for years, an improvement over City Family workers allowing other City Family workers to park wherever the Heck they want.

Anyway, I just happened to notice this distinct Caddy car, which used to improperly park all the live-long day on Geary

Here’s the early August report from Stanley Roberts what embarrassed our SFMTA MUNI into compliance, if only for a short while so far:

Where in Frisco Does UPS Just Leave Your Delivery in Front of Your House? Presidio Heights, That’s Where

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

See? It’s like this place is Mayberry R.F.D.

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In my ‘hood, that box would be gone in a New York minute.