Posts Tagged ‘sfdpt’

The SFMTA’s Current Approach to Bikes in the Broadway Tunnel Doesn’t Seem Better Than the Old Approach

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

After years of work and study…

BROADWAY TUNNEL BICYCLE PROJECT: Staff has sent a work order to
the Signal Shop to have the bicycle symbol flash when turned on. (No
updates)

…this the result, eastbound – a blank, nonsensical, K-Mart-looking diamond what lights up when cyclists are sensed in the BT:

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The old method of alerting drivers was similar, but it actually made sense to drivers when it wasn’t operating.

(The SFMTA seems to think that dreaming up crazy new ideas is its obligation – if you’ve never seen things before anywhere else in the world, that’s proof that the SFMTA is showing “leadership,” apparently)

Now here it is when it’s actually working, which I’ve never seen before, courtesy of Google Maps (from the northern lane – G gives you a choice):

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The big issue is how to handle bikes in the tunnel.

My method, westbound, from Chinesetown, is to walk the bike unless I see the rare ped, and then I dismount and stop while the ped passes me. In practice, this usually means riding all the way through. I think this is agin the current rules, but I don’t think I’m risking getting a ticket or anything.

Now eastbound is a different story, since the grade is generally working your way. The technique is to wait for a wave of traffic to go through and then enter when drivers idle at the red at Larkin. You’ll have a few cars pass you, but that’s better than just blithely ignoring traffic the way most do. Or, you can just ride on the sidewalk, remembering that you’re a second-class citizen when doing so.

Anyway, it seems that the generally dull-witted SFMTA is sophisticated enough to understand that going east and west is different thang here, so that’s good.

So do we want to encourage people to ride through this tunnel? IDK. I’ll tell you, westbound, uphill on the Geary Tunnel is worse and the Stockton Tunnel is way better.

I don’t know what the options are at the Broadway Tunnel. I’m sure most of them are very expensive…

UPS Driver Uses Three-Day-Old Parking Ticket to Try to Avoid Getting More Tickets in the Financh

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

I’ve always suspected this, but here’s the proof:

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The SFMTA MUNI DPT citation you see was three days old. That means that the driver either just leaves the ticket on this truck 24-7 or s/he takes it off at night and then puts it back on in the morning.

Of course, most towns in America have spaces for UPS trucks to park.

But not San Francisco…

Corvette Bummer: The SFPD is _Really_ Stepping Up Enforcement of the “Mandatory Turn at Sixth and Market” Rule

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Sometimes, you’ll see three cars pulled over at the same time. It’s safe to say, “The Grace Period is Now Over.”

Now, what kind of person ignores the giant signs on inbound Market telling them to Turn Right Only?

The kind of person who has a greater tendency to lack a driver license or insurance or registration or registration hardcopy or registration decal. Oh well.

So, that’s life on the Streets of San Francisco these days.

This tike was not happy, that’s for sure:

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What people tend to say to the SFPD is something like:

Well, how am I supposed to get to the Nordstrom?

The answer, involving the mention of Mission Street or Folsom, well that strikes our visitors as craaaaaazy.

So they conclude, if they hadn’t already, that it’s a hassle to drive about SoMA and Union Square and the FiDi.

Which it is.

And some of them vow to never come back.

Oh well.

The Law of Legal Double Parking on Sundays-Only Got Laid Out About 3300 Years Ago in the Middle East

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

There’s just one reason why hundreds of people double-park all over the Mission District on Sundays – you can find it in the King James, Genesis 2:

“1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Dolores, the Trail of Sorrow, where anything goes on the Seventh Day:

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Now they (SFPD, SFMTA, whatever) tell you that they take specific complaints and deal with them, but they lie.

Oh well.

Now I’ll tell you, when I first blew into the 415, I noticed that giant Latin cross atop the highest point in the city and I wondered how on Gaia’s Green Earth it was kosher for Rec and Park to administer the land that the cross was sitting on. RPD spokemodels had a pat answer when people asked about it, but it took a lawsuit from the ACLU and others to tear that playhouse down.

Marshalling evidence will be harder for the people what sue the City over Free Sunday Parking than it was for people what sued the City over the Mt Davidson Cross so oh well…

O.K., here are your San Francisco transit laws, divided up by the day of the week. Enjoy:

Monday: TRANSIT FIRST

Tuesday: TRANSIT FIRST

Wednesday: TRANSIT FIRST

Thursday: TRANSIT FIRST

Friday: TRANSIT FIRST

Saturday: TRANSIT FIRST

Sunday: PARK WHEREVER THE HECK THOUEST WANT

No Parking Tickets for Us, Please – We’re Christians! Free Double Parking Every Sunday on Both Sides of Bush

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

You know, when the Wiccans try this kind of mass illegal parking thing, they get ticketed and towed.

Oh well. No church has yet laid claim to free, government-sanctioned parking in the middle lane of Bush Street,* but God Only Knows what the future will bring.

Remember, we’re a “Transit First” city. See you next Sunday:

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Merry Part.

* Would that be called triple parking?

Heartless SFMTA Gives Classic Mustang The Denver Boot – 45 Years of Life and Now This

Friday, December 10th, 2010

San Francisco’s NIMBY-esque neighborhood parking program has claimed yet another victim.

SFMTA ought to make an exception for classic cars, right?

Poor little feller:

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Only Angle Grinder Man can save him now…

No Amount of Arguing Will Fix Your Parking Ticket in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Here’s what the Golden Gate Park park patrol will tell you when you complain about the parking ticket that you just got – they’ll tell you to just file a protest. The problem with that is that process would appear to more trouble for this irate LS460-driving yuppie than just paying the $88 plus whatever fees they’ve tacked on these days at Customer Service.

(That’s right, this tourist is now a “customer” of the DPT or MTA or whatver they call themselves these days.)

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Now if you point out that these people are handing out red zone tickets at a “red” curb that has no signs and, in fact, has 95% of the red paint worm away, they’ll just talk about how “Crazy” Rob Anderson‘s court injunction prevents anything from getting done. Oh well.

Welcome to San Francisco…

What Does This Photo of a 38 Geary Bus Stop Tell You About MUNI and San Francisco?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Do you think that the people who installed the tree, the garbage can, the bus shelter/ad, and the curved stone walkway (on land that belongs to the nearby apartment complex) were all working together on this one?

I don’t. But at least the forgotten peds have the patio pavers now so they don’t have to walk through mud anymore… 

Looking west into the pouring sun:

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I mean, MUNI sucks, right? Don’t the people at MUNI know that by now?

Car-Free Market Street Now Enforced, Effectively, By Empty Police Cars

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This was the scene yesterday morning between Sixth and Seventh  – notice the lack of private vehicles?

There are two reasons, it appears, why people coming inbound on Market would obey the new-ish Right Turn Only signs at the intersections of Tenth and also Sixth streets now that the Parking Control Officers are gone.

The first has to do with the police cars parked on Market on Sixth. See the SFPD po-po car on the far right? And there’s another one parked just past Sixth, right in the field of view of drivers when they are deciding whether to risk getting a moving violation.   

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So that’s 6th, now here’s 10th, where recent changes have made the prospect of driving on Market straight past 10th, something drivers have done for more than a century, untenable. There are about two dozen arrows staring you in the face and a huge orange and green “RIGHT TURN ONLY” flashing away. Plus there’s a Safe Hit post in the middle of the lane – that won’t bother fire truck drivers a whit but, private vehicle drivers, well, they’re not going to clunk-clunk over that post on a regular basis. 

That post plays a big role in getting cars to turn at Tenth but you can’t have the same setup at Sixth, which is a two-way street. I guess that’s where the police cars come in.

Now, I’ll tell you, a few days back I watched most of the inbound cars  on Market (like 70-something percent during seven light cycles) go straight. However, there were no police cars parked in the area at that time. Maybe that’s the difference.

Let’s wait and see how drivers behave in a month or so…

Car-Free Market Street Struggles – Sixth Street Turn Compliance Rate Close to Zero Percent

Friday, March 26th, 2010

First of all, there never was a car-free Market Street, even on the inbound lanes during the past six months when Sixth Street and a few other places were staffed with two(!) (and sometimes more!) Parking Control Officers who would encourage drivers to turn south into SoMA.

(I won’t miss them, personally, what with some of them parking their little Cushmans right where bikes are supposed to go and then oftentimes yakking to each other in the middle of the street, seemingly oblivious to traffic.)

And second of all, now that the PCO’s are gone, private vehicles on inbound Market just truck on by Sixth Street, ignoring the Right Turn Required signs.

As here. (That blue Camry looks like it’s turning right from Market but, in fact, just came from Golden Gate Ave.  across the intersection):

Particularly when you have a lead car illegally head on down Market, the cars behind tend to blindly follow. Car drivers are sheople. Oh well.

Sic Transit Gloria Chariot-free Venalicium Via