Posts Tagged ‘spaces’

So Cars Can Park 90 Degrees from the Direction of Traffic on Parts of Fulton Now? I Cry Foul

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Uh, what in Hell is this?

Is it Transit First?

Once again, the SFMTA makes lanes too narrow in order to make some point.

Market Street is safer than these two outbound blocks of Fulton in the Western Addition. I’ve run this gauntlet exactly once, and I ended up forcing two cars across the double yellow lines. Is there a limit to how far parked cars can jut out into traffic, like, can a limo park here?

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I approve not.

I guess I’ll find a new way home, no biggee.

And if I want to get to the “ghetto Lucky*” of the Western Addition, I’ll “take the lane” or take the sidewalk or something.

Hey, I know, why not go back to normal parking and then the SFMTA could put in a bike lane like it likes to do anyway? Is the SFMTA going to take out parking on Central “Avenue” – that could be the plan.

*I guess people call it this because it’s not a Whole Foods or a TJ’s or a Buy-Rite. (The shrinkage / shoplifting rate is pretty high here, I understand.) And you can live above this Lucky but it’s awfully expensive, especially for a ghetto…  

College-Educated Woman Baffled by the SFMTA’s Horrible New Painted Lines on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

You see? She’s going the wrong way on the wrong side of the street in the door zone / loading area for cars legally parked on the eastern part of JFK

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I guess that makes this Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #4, but I’m not saying that this is a common thing or anything. I mean, do you think she ran against traffic before these crazy bike lanes were put down? I don’t.

(And speaking of guessing, the median San Francisco resident aged 25 and over has at least one college degree, so that’s why I said college-educated woman. I mean, her appearance just screamed post-collegiate.)

In closing, those new JFK bike lanes be crazy.

Or in other words:

New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

Coalition of 48 San Francisco NIMBY Groups Opposes the Coming Changes to Masonic Avenue

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Well, this is news to me. See below.

I’m not seeing a path for victory for the SaveMasonic people, just saying. I mean the SFMTA wants to spend money, the money was gotten, so why would the SFMTA change its mind all of a sudden now that it’s gotten what it wanted?

A recent window sign seen on, where else, on Masonic:

All the deets:

“Metropolitan Transportation Commission
101 – 8th St
Oakland CA 94607
Re: Agenda Item 9(a) – OBAG – Masonic Avenue Complete Streets — MTC,
September 25, 2013

Dear Ms Worth:

The Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods (CSFN) is an “umbrella” organization comprised
of 48 individual San Francisco neighborhood associations representing thousands of the city’s
residents.
At its September General Assembly delegates from the CSFN member organizations voted
unanimously in support the following resolution.
Resolved, that the CSFN urges that elected officials, the SFMTA, the
SFCTA, and the MTC must
1. rescind and withdraw their approval and support of the current
Masonic Ave redesign plan,
2. adopt an alternate plan that maintains traffic flow,
3. retain curbside parking on Masonic Ave,
4. establish a better, alternate bicycle route on nearby streets, and
5. install pedestrian safety improvements.
The proposed Masonic Avenue Complete Streets project is estimated to cost $18 million at a
minimum. This money could be better spent. Many affected residents did not receive notice of the
project; adequate EIR has not been performed.
The Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods, which reflects citywide neighborhood concerns,
passed this motion unanimously. We urge you to take into account deeply-felt neighborhood
concerns about this. A large part of the city will be negatively impacted by this ill-thought-out
plan. These plans for Masonic Avenue would thwart neighbors’ efforts for real improvement.
In reviewing the plan that you now have before you, we found that there will be significant
impacts that warrant careful inspection and consideration.
CSFN respectfully and very strongly urges you to withdraw the Masonic Avenue
Complete Streets project from OBAG funding until such time as it can be
meaningfully studied, reviewed, and presented to the public.
Thank you for your careful deliberations in this matter; we appreciate your support and
action.

Sincerely,
Judith Berkowitz

President

Cc: Vice Chair Dave Cortese, Alicia C. Aguirre, Tom Azumbrado, Tom Bates, David Campos,
Bill Dodd, Dorene M. Giacopini, Federal D. Glover, Scott Haggerty, Anne W. Halsted,
Steve Kinsey, Sam Liccardo, Mark Luce, Jake MacKenzie, Joe Pirzynski, Jean Quan,
Bijan Sartipi, James P. Sperling, Adrienne J. Tissier, Scott Wiener; Kimberly Hughes,
Georgia Lambert

Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods Resolution Regarding Masonic
Avenue Complete Streets

Whereas, Masonic Avenue is an arterial road used daily by 32,000 vehicles, 13,000 bus riders,
over 1,000 pedestrians; and
Whereas, the proposed Masonic Avenue redesign will permanently remove two traffic lanes during
rush hours resulting in increased not reduced congestion on Masonic and surrounding
streets; and
Whereas, pedestrian safety will be lessened, not strengthened; pedestrians boarding the bus or
crossing the street must step over the bicycle lane; and
Whereas, EMS response time will be reduced; new traffic lanes are inadequate for wide emergency
vehicles; and
Whereas, the loss of 167 parking places will adversely affect residents, disabled, seniors, visitors
and others; and
Whereas, MTA counted 31 bicyclists during peak hours on Masonic Ave; nearby Baker St. with
less than 10% of Masonic Ave traffic provides an alternate bicycle route; therefore be it
Resolved, that the CSFN urges that elected officials, the SFMTA, the SFCTA, and the MTC must

1. rescind and withdraw their approval and support of the current Masonic Ave
redesign plan,
2. adopt an alternate plan that maintains traffic flow,
3. retain curbside parking on Masonic Ave,
4. establish a better, alternate bicycle route on nearby streets, and
5. install pedestrian safety improvements.

Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #3, Riding in the Loading Zone

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Let’s see, how can I phrase this? How about:

New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

Or this, or this,whichever.

Now here’s the reaction from a former San Francisco Bicycle Coalition member from just last week:

“JFK used to be one of the most stress free roads to bike on. I curse the SF bike coalition whenever I take it now. You shouldn’t shun a group because of one move you disagree with but the disparity between how much I loved biking this road before to how much I dislike it now is just too great. They’ll never see another penny from me. Such an unneeded change done just because they could.”

On to new business

Believe or not, these cars are legally parked on JFK  Drive. Most of the cyclists are where they belong, but what about the people who ride in the loading area in the “door zone?” Is that what cyclists are supposed to do? Is it legal? Should it be? Should they, somehow, know what the SFMTA was thinking? Should the cyclists get cited to “teach them a lesson?”

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I don’t know.

And the SFMTA is proud because they’ve determined that cyclists are going slightly slower now?

Yep.

The SFMTA Gods Must Be Crazy – Absurd Painted Lines on JFK Drive Confuse Handicapped Parker

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Let’s see, how can I phrase this? How about:

New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

Or this, whichever.

Now, on to new bidness. Check out these handicapped parking spaces on JFK Drive outbound just past the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

The driver of the car on the right has a valid handicapped placard so she parked her ride right next to the blue-painted curb with her two right wheels well within the 18 inch maximum allowed under the law. Which would be job done in most places in CA. But what grandma doesn’t know is that this stretch of JFK Drive is now Harvard-Boy Ed Reiskin* Crazy Land.

In HBERCL, drivers should park their vehicles 18 feet from the curb, as shown by the jelly bean shaped Lexus** RX on the left.

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Does this make any sense?

I’ll tell you, my nana isn’t driving these days owing to her recent stomach surgery, but what would I tell her if she wanted to park her Hyundai in GGP?

I’d tell her, welcome to Harvard-Boy Ed Reiskin Crazy Land. I’m saying that I feel sorry for handicapped drivers who are confused by the one-of-a-kind-in-the-world layout that was just installed to make a political point and to respond to pressure from local political groups. I’m saying that the SFMTA should take account of the users of JFK, you know, grandmothers from Nevada, families from Daly City, you know, the people who are invisible to the SFMTA. I’m saying I feel sorry for this particular*** frustrated grandmother.

Hey SFMTA! Your crazy painted lines are not a “huge success.”

Hey SFMTA! What are you going to do about fixing JFK Drive for its users? Oh nothing, because you think it’s perfect because it was just put in by the SFMTA?

OK fine.

But IRL, what you’ve done is not perfect.

Not perfect at all.

* Hi Ed! Hey, do you know what happened to Jin Lai last month? His guts were squeezed out of his body “like toothpaste coming out of a tube.” A better-run MUNI would have these guards installed 99.something percent of the time, right? And MUNI could be better-run using the same amount of money that we’re giving you now, right? Are you the best person in the world to run MUNI? Obviously, you inherited a bunch of ingrained practices, but you wanted this job, right? You get paid big bucks to do this job, right? What kind of grade would you give yourself on this incident, Ed? If it’s not an “F,” you’re in denial. Deep denial. 

**Grandma’s placard is almost certainly legit. The one on the Lexus has about a 50-50 chance of being legit. If it were a V8 or V12 Mercedes Benz, those odds would go down to about 10%. That’s how it goes with CA’s corrupt free parking handicapped placard honor system.

***She ended up hanging a Louie and motored off, as there were no spaces available at this time.

Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #2, Parking Lane Too Small

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Now of course the westbound driving lane of JFK Jr. Drive is pretty narrow as well, by design, to make drivers think about maybe not driving into GGP next time.

But anyway, this  here is the parking lane, which drivers don’t understand. They worry about cyclists catching thier driver-side rear view mirrors for one thing. So they sort of ignore the lines.

Now this particular vehicle has an owner with a brand-new ticket for $189 (before fees, oh, the fees), but I think that has to do with leaving it overnight in the park, or parking on JFK during a “Healthy” Sunday, that kind of thing: 

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Realize that this absurd lane scheme is a recent idea what sprung from the SFMTA Brain Trust. They think that this is a huge success since some faster cyclists now avoid the area and average speeds have come down a skosh. OK fine. Realize that the SFMTA thinks it’s doing a bang-up job running MUNI.

There will be a quiz. Better bone up now:

Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Jr Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #1, Tripod Zone, Hummer Limo Zone

Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Jr Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #1, Tripod Zone, Hummer Limo Zone

Monday, September 30th, 2013

People come from all over the Bay Area and from all over the world to see Golden Gate Park, right?

So, how long will it take the SFMTA to educate all the drivers in the world about how to park on JFK in the eastern part of GGP?

Never, that’s how long.

To wit, check out this recent scene:

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The camera tripod takes up half of the dedicated westbound bike lane and the driver of the lovely stretch Hummer limousine takes up the other. And I believe that’s a horrible Pontiac (ask your folks, kids – it was like a sporty Chevrolet) G6 (yes, GM’s marketers intentionally made it sound like a private jet, and yes, “you get a car and you get a car” on Oprah) parked in the “door zone” making part of the bike lane the door zone.

What’s this, is it a “teachable moment” for the citizens of the world? I suppose. But where did you learn _your_ lessons from, SFMTA? From Europe?

From Europe exclusively?

Why is that?

Mmmm….

Anyway, the difference betwixt how the SFMTA wants people to behave and how people actually behave is one, just one, reason why the SFMTA’s JFK Jr bike lanes are fucking horrible.

Disrupt Parking: The Kids from the SpotOn Parking App Have Got the NoPA Western Addition Covered – Look for Iconic Orange Cones

Friday, August 9th, 2013

They’re trying, I’ll give you that.

See?

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Yeah, I don’t know….

You know, if I dropped out of an Ivy to start up a transportation app in Frisco, I think I’d offer an Android version, you know, for the 79% of the world what rolls that way.

But that’s just me.

Anyway, they’re not per se illegal from the get-go, and that’s so unlike a lot of Ron Conway*-type startups what litter the 415 these days, so they’ve got that going for them…

*Hey, did Ron Conway really try to improperly intervene with SFGov over the parking spaces near Pinterest HQ? Ooh, that’s pretty cheesy, RC!

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District Drives to the Meeting About Eliminating Parking Spaces on Polk Street – Ironic?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

I’m not finished yet.

Look at this official Bay Area Air Quality Management District staff car. What powers it? Gasoline. Evil, evil gasoline.

Now let’s leave aside the half-assed parking job directly in front of the latest Polk Great Streets Complete Streets “Improvement” Meeting. Oh wait, let’s not. Parallel parking involves being parallel, right? Work on that, BAAQMD. And should you have left your ass hanging over the official SFMTA red zone? Have you no respect for The Law, BAAQMD?

Hey BAAQMD, where’d you come from to get to the corner of Bush and Polk? Tell me and I’ll then tell you which crappy SFMTA bus line you all could have used to get to the meeting. I myself came up Sutter from the office ’cause it’s relatively flat. See? I’m loaded with info!

Conveniently using one of the many parking spaces it wants to eliminate in the Polk Corridor. Let’s call this shot The High Cost of Free Parking:

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Hey BAAQMD! Do you pay the meters when you park you gasoline-powered cars about town on the weekends? I think we had a big deal about this issue just last year, right? Oh no, you just leave the meter flashing EXPIRED EXPIRED while you tend to your bidness for hours? OK fine.

Oh well.

The BAAQMD isn’t an Air Quality Management program, it’s a jobs program.

It’s a jobs program for the people who work for … the BAAQMD.

Just saying.

The Wasteful, Unused, and Unnecessarily Long Driveway at 1124 Fulton near Alamo Square – It’s Huge!

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

I”m surprised that there isn’t like 15 cars parked on this thing 24-7:

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This must be the biggest amount of unused space in the entire Western Addition.

Hooray?