Remember, “DON’T SNITCH ON CRIME.”
Remember, if it’s not on video, it didn’t happen.
All right, let’s get ready for take 27 – let’s get this right, people…
IMO, Nike should make sure that these types of signs hit the streets like six days before the annual Nike Womens 13.1-Mile Marketing Effort
(Interesting font there, SFMTA!)
The way things stand now, notice is insufficient.
(The person who will tow your ride Sunday morning will live south of SF, and have bible verses cited on the side of his tow truck, if Past Is Prologue.)
This was at least the second attempt:
Transportation in San Francisco certainly can be a hassle for newcomers, and the Euro Airbnbers, well, they’re like super newcomers, they’re fish out of water in SF’s low-rise western suburbs.
But they’re probably better off here in the Western Addition than in pricey Union Square or less-pricey, bedbug-ridden “Near Union Square.”
But it happens now:
Part of the blame has to do with Octavia Boulevard, and of course Fell and Oak aint what they used to be.
Anyway, this is what a “complete” street looks like.
I thought there might be an accident or construction on the other side of Scott up the hill, but no, it was clear as a bell over there.
This effort appears to be similar to the SFMTA’s attempt to add traffic signals on Haight at Scott and Pierce.
This isn’t the worst example of NIMBYism, but I’d say it’s fairly alarmist, fairly absurd.
I’ll just say that, generally speaking, it’s generally harder to get around town these days by car, by bike and by MUNI, compared with ten or twenty years ago. Part of this has to do with our newer, absurdly-wide sidewalks, designed for pedestrian “comfort.”
And yet, most ped and cyclist deaths in San Francisco involve fault from the peds and cyclists. Here’s 2014:
“The Police Department found that in the 17 pedestrian deaths, drivers were responsible for eight and pedestrians were responsible for nine. Bicyclists were responsible in all three instances when they died.”
(I should do a video on how to be a pedestrian in SF. It might involve some jaywalking but it would also involve extreme alertness on behalf of peds. You see, the way to prevent a lot of ped deaths in SF would be to get inside their heads to see what’s going wrong.)
IMO, the SFMTA should leave McAllister alone and then start taking out as many bus stops as politically possible.
I’ll tell you, not that many cyclists pass by Broderick and McAllister compared with Scott and McAllister, it seems, owing to geography. So looking at McAllister and Scott, it seems that the lights will be timed against cyclists using FULTON DIVISADERO MCALLISTER eastbound as an alternative to the already-overcrowded Wiggle route to get from the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to the Financh.
So for my own selfish reasons, I’d prefer that MUNI not make these changes, but who am I to stand in their way? What the MUNI people are saying is that we’ll all be better off overall, and 40 seconds each way each day will add up to millions of seconds, eventually.
In conclusion, meh. If MUNI wants to put in lights, we should let them do it.
You want to see democracy in action? Simply go to all the meetings involving “Area Q” and then push and push and maybe the SFMTA will eventually throw you a bone by including or excluding your block from this or that parking scheme. It’s too late to get started now, but, you know, for next time.
Remember, you’re not paying for parking, you’re paying the SFMTA to prevent others, the auslanders, from parking in “your” neighborhood.
Oh, and here’s what doesn’t work – standing betwixt the SFMTA and a pot of money it really wants:
No no, the SFMTA has already decided it’s up for the job of creating and profiting (managing, they call it) from the Q.
Area Q is a done deal, more or less.
I’ve already made this post, but I’ve just come across the route map for 2014’s Nike Women’s Half Marathon, and if this tiny blog can prevent just one unnecessary tow-job this weekend, well that’s blogesse oblige, mon frere.
If I were Nike, of Beaverton, Oregon, I’d refund the $500-$1000 tow fees that a bunch of San Franciscans are going to be getting come Sunday morning, on a case-by-case basis.
If I were Nike…
All the deets on street closures:
I think so.
Oh here we go:
“Scott Street will no longer be a convenient route for driving in the southbound direction.”
What the SFMTA is saying here is:
Scott Street will no longer be a possible route for driving in the southbound direction.
Hey SFMTA, instead of all this, why don’t you say what you mean and mean what you say?