Random shots from 2016:
Posts Tagged ‘sfgov’
The “Innovation Capital of the World” Doesn’t Have a Backup Plan When Traffic SIgnals Go Out at McAllister and FillmoreWednesday, November 9th, 2016
Talking about Frisco here, of course, but I suppose we don’t hear that phrase all the time the way we used to. But “World Class City,” that’s going as strong as ever, when somebody wants to spend Someone Else’s Money on something new…
Anywho, obviously traffic signals are going to have issues from time to time, but what ends up happening at McAllister and Fillmore is that the traffic signals sometimes go totally dead, as here:
The solution of course is to flash all the lights red, which this intersection is capable of, but not during yesterday’s evening drive, oh well.
We could and should do better here…
Well, here’s the news:
“Competitive” means more expensive, right? Maybe not now, but next year, right?
Not that PG&E is so great…
…but I don’t think our PUC should be so proud of the low opt-out rate for its new program.
Anyway, just by doing nothing, you, the SFPUC customer, are “combating” global climate change. OTOH, if you opt out for the PG&E you’ve had for decades, well, you’re a horrible monster.
That’s the update.
If SFGov were serious about “Vision Zero” 2024, which it’s not, it would have already started with SFGov traffic.
San Francisco Had At Least _41_ Traffic Fatalities during the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year – Is This a Record?Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Here it is, the data from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016:
BUT, this chart excludes “3 pedestrian light rail vehicle (LRV)-related deaths, which are not routinely reported to SWITRS, to ensure comparability between data,” whatever that means.
I think it means that if the SFMTA runs you over, it shouldn’t be counted as a San Francisco traffic fatality, even though, of course, it would be.
And then, what about deaths from Caltrain? Are those counted? And what about deaths on freeways, like the I-80 and the 101? I don’t think these are counted either.
And what about deaths from regular SFMTA buses. I suspect there’s resistance to tallying all those up, for whatever reason. For example, in 2014, somebody got hit by a westbound #38 bus on Geary near Pierce(?) and that didn’t make it on the official “San Francisco Police Department Summary Reports on Fatal Traffic Collisions” report for that calendar year.
Speaking of which, I don’t think the SFPD makes that report/makes that report available to the media anymore, for whatever reason.
Anyway, that’s at least 41 traffic deaths in one fiscal year – that seems very high. Perhaps it’s the highest ever, IDK.
Mmmm, what if the Dear Leader of North Korea sent word to the Traffic Commissioner of Pyongyang about how all traffic deaths would be eliminated by a certain date in the near future? I’m sure the Commish would say that this goal will certainly be achieved, even though the commish him/herself would certainly know that such a thing is impossible IRL. Otherwise, the commish might get shot, right?
Well, no SFGov workers ever get shot by City Hall, but they act as if risking a promotion is like risking getting executed, so they’re all, “Yes, there’s a chance that Vision Zero will work,” but by the year 2024 and all years after that, forever, seriously? Isn’t there some obligation on SFGov employees to admit that this goal would be desirable, but that it’s, of course, impossible? IDK.
Not saying that Vision Zero, whatever that phrase means, is causing this increase, just saying that Vision Zero, which is basically old wine in new bottles, doesn’t really have an effect on the statistics.
Closing with the news from the Traffic Commission of Pyongyang, NK:
“Goal: Zero Traffic Fatalities by 2024
Goal Status: NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
Fiscal Year 2015-16 Result: 38 traffic fatalities
This metric measures the number of traffic fatalities occurring in the City and County of San Francisco. Every year in San Francisco, about 30 people lose their lives and over 200 people are seriously injured while travelling on city streets. Vision Zero, adopted as a city policy in 2014, is San Francisco’s commitment to eliminating traffic deaths on our streets by 2024. Through building better and safer streets, educating the public on traffic safety, enforcing traffic laws and adopting policy changes, we can save the lives of all road users—people who walk, bike, drive, or ride public transit. Achieving Vision Zero requires leadership and commitment from City agencies, elected officials, community stakeholders, the public and the private sector to find the right solutions for San Francisco.”
So what’s happening here?
Are we not going to have SFMTA taxicabs in 2024?
Oh, we will, but they won’t ever injure anybody ever, because…?
VZ2024 is impossible, if only because SFMTA-regulated taxicab accidents will continue to occur in the future. So even something like Vision Zero SFMTA Vehicles 2024 is impossible.
To suggest that there’s even a remote chance of this fantasy coming true is to seriously seriously underestimate the problem..
This scene is about ten yards south of the slot, but I consider it part of The Financial District:
Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Don’t stop believin’
Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Here’s the machine at work:
And here’s the business end, way up high:
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