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Posts Tagged ‘SFPD’
Hands-Free? Free to Do What, Spank Your Monkey? SFPD Says Porsche Driver’s Phone Sex Causes Collision with TreeTuesday, May 5th, 2015
I would Like this SFPD Facebook entry, but I don’t know how! (Isn’t that sad?)
Anyway, make up your own jokes here:
INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION
MLK & Chain of Lakes (Golden Gate Park)
04-25-2015 4:12 AM
A Porsche was traveling eastbound on MLK at an unsafe speed when the driver ran off the road and collided with a tree. He told officers that he was having a phone conversation of a sexual nature (it’s unknown whether this conversation was hands free as required by the vehicle code). He suffered major injuries and major damage to his car. He was cited for speeding and for driving with a suspended license.
City Target at Geary and Masonic is So Attractive to Drivers, Lots of Them are Making Illegal U-Turns to Get ThereTuesday, May 5th, 2015
Here’s the sitch – drivers southbound on Masonic south of Geary want to get to the City Target lower level parking lot.
Here we go, looking south, with City Target to the left and behind a bit, so drivers need to make a U-turn at the light:
To help with this, our SFMTA rigged the traffic signals (which were paid for by Target, BTW) to start the green light phase of Masonic with a left-only signal for southbound traffic only, allowing one, two, three, or four cars to make a left or hang a Louie, depending on how alert the drivers are.
However, drivers who aren’t at the start of the queue know that it’s simpler and faster to make the U-turn further north, as this car just did:
So now we’re looking north, Gentle Readers, in all the rest of the shots – Tar-GHEY du Ci-TAY is to the right.
So the question is whether this is an illegal turn over the double yellows…
This sedan is making a legal left to go east on Anza as the Jeep in the background is making an illegal U to get to City Target:
I saw three drivers do this in about ten seconds the other day. I’m thinking it’s illegal but drivers are unlikely to get busted for doing it.
Now the bonus part about making a U-turn to use the lower lot is that it’s easier to find parking there and it’s generally easier to exit from, depending on where you’re heading after your shopping session.
I’ll say that once you’ve gone past the lowest parking level, getting out of the City Centre mall and back on your way can be convoluted – like even the best path might appear to be the “wrong” way to go.
Of course, nobody would design a system such as this – it’s just an accident of history. The question is how to handle things.
IMO, the SFMTA handled this sitch the wrong way.
Examples of Two Kinds of Horrible San Francisco Pedestrian – Human Nature vs. Infrastructure – Why “Vision Zero” 2024 Won’t Be AttainedTuesday, May 5th, 2015
Bro on the left with the dog is “jumping the green” – he had to abruptly stop in the middle of California inbound once he noticed outbound traffic:
Were he and his dog were to be hit, the SFPD would find him at fault, yet people would say, “Oh, he was in the crosswalk. He was Murdered By Traffic through an Act of Traffic Violence.” (And then somebody would point the History of “so-called Jaywalking.”)
In any event, you can live your whole life as a jaywalker and never get hit by a vehicle and, in fact, most people manage to pull this off. Moving on…
To this, the woman on the left who started on a yellow. Now, speaking of infrastructure, should there be a “ped only” signal with a countdown timer here? Sure, why not? Oh, the reason why the SFMTA can’t do something is because it doesn’t have enough money and employees? Well, that’s one viewpoint – that’s the SFMTA’s viewpoint, certainly.
Of course, most of the ped deaths on the streets of San Francisco last year were the fault of the peds themselves. Refusing to acknowledge this aspect of traffic safety, the way SFGov is doing right now, means that Vision Zero 2024 will fail.
Traffic safety is a people problem, not an infrastructure problem…
The Dueling Flyers of BLOCK THE TECH COMMUTE 2015 – Teamster Drivers Fighting Back – May Day, Friday May 1stThursday, April 30th, 2015
Well here you go, it’s BLOCK THE TECH COMMUNTE via IndyBay.
But read on to see the reply from the Teamsters.
On It Goes…
AN OPEN LETTER TO “BLOCK THE TECH COMMUTE”
We are shuttle bus drivers for bus companies who have contracts with Facebook, Apple, Google, eBay, and more. We are mostly people of color. We live in communities such as East and West Oakland and Bayview/Hunter Point. We share your concerns about gentrification. The Bay Area’s skyrocketing rents and housing prices have pushed many of us out to Antioch, Pittsburg, Tracy, Manteca, and even farther.
Your efforts are hurting us, not helping. We are on the front lines of fighting income inequality in the high tech industry by organizing with the Teamsters union. In the last few months, over 225 of us at two shuttle bus companies won union elections. Those of us who drive for Facebook just won a union contract that includes $9/hour average wage increases, fully paid company health care, 5 weeks paid vacation, sick days, a pension, and higher pay for those of us who work split shifts.
In March, you attacked a Loop Transportation/Facebook bus that one of us was driving at MacArthur BART. You attacked a union bus driver for a good employer who pays good wages and benefits. That did not help our cause – it hurt it.
We call on you to join our efforts to hold high tech accountable to workers. If you want to make the economy work for struggling Bay Area families, then help the other drivers organize a union with us. Help push for affordable housing. But please don’t stop our buses.
May Day is for workers. Respect the shuttle bus workers this May Day.
Our SFMTA “Blocks The Box” – Hey MUNI, Don’t Block The Box – Hey SFMTA, Let’s Teach You How to Not Block The BoxTuesday, April 28th, 2015
This was the scene about halfway through the green phase for traffic to head north from 3rd Street across Market. The MUNI artic got stuck due to peds crossing Market on the east side of the intersection:
Is this against CA law? Yes. Should the MUNI operator have gotten a ticket? Yes.
Is the SFMTA perfect the way it (apparently) thinks it is? No. And should MUNI operators have better training and a robust carrot and stick program to encourage better behavior? Yes.
KRON-TV’s Big Stanley Roberts vs. the Little Lebowski of the Southern Wiggle: “I Don’t Want To Release This Footage”Friday, April 24th, 2015
Welcome to ‘Merica, Dude: