A command? A suggestion?
I can’t tell…
Hey look – it’s the streetcar what’s named Desire:
Or at least it’s somebody’s view of what big city living should look like.
Lover I’m off the streets
Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet
With a red guitar, on fire
And best of all, if we’re looking at the History of Forest Hill, and I think we are, there’s not any pesky Chinese laundryman playing basketball on his roof across the street…
I’ve said my piece here.
These numerous street closures are the most extensive yet, IIRC.
And now, on with the show. See you Wednesday!
*** PRESS RELEASE ***
Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury
SAN FRANCISCO – Board President London Breed and City officials today announced plans to mitigate potential issues related to festivities on April 20, 2016. Supervisor Breed, who represents a portion Golden Gate Park and affected neighborhoods, issued the following statement:
“It’s that time of year when nearly 15,000 visitors flood into Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the informal, unsanctioned “4/20” holiday.
Though we welcome celebrations and visitors all year round, some 4/20 festivities in the past have led to horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, damage to public and private property, and strained police, Muni and park resources. And on the following day, 4/21, Recreation and Park staff and volunteers have had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks.
In 2013, I was determined to do something about these impacts to our neighborhoods, and every year since, have worked with City departments to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. As a result, we’ve seen decreased street congestion, increased services and an overall safer day. This is our third year putting together a plan and I am pleased to say we have collectively improved on this process year after year.
To be clear, there is no sponsor for “4/20”, and therefore no fiscal organizer to hold accountable. But as a City who welcomes visitors from all over the world, we need to do everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents. Our goal is to ensure public safety, and as such, there will be no tolerance for visitors who are using “4/20” as an excuse to damage our parks and neighborhoods.
In attendance were Captain John Sanford of Park Police Station, Chief Mike Celeste of Recreation and Parks, Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance, Rachel Gordon of the Department of Public Works, Battalion Chief Victor Wyrsch of the Fire Department and Camron Samii and Ed Cobean from the Municipal Transportation Agency.
City departments worked together put the following measures in place for April 20, 2016:
Increased Police and Juvenile Probation Officer Presence: There will be uniformed and plain clothes officers surrounding Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Park Rangers will also be in full force, ensuring safety within the park.
Traffic Control Officers and Parking Control Officers: There will be Parking Control Officers ticketing and towing vehicles that are illegally parked in residential and commercial corridors (i.e. blocking driveways) and Traffic Control Officers enforcing street closures and facilitating the flow of traffic.
Zero Tolerance for Unpermitted Booths and Concessions: Commercial, unpermitted concessions will not be allowed in Golden Gate Park or surrounding public spaces.
Litter abatement and bathroom facilities: DPW will temporarily install portable bathroom facilities on Waller & Stanyan for public use. Recreation and Parks will put out temporary trash, recycling and compost receptacles throughout the park. Recreation and Parks staff and volunteers will do a sweep of the park in the late afternoon and the following morning. Neighborhood organizations like Taking it to the Streets have also signed to do clean up the following day.
Street Closures & Muni re-routes:
San Francisco Police Department will enforce the following street closures beginning at 10 a.m.:
Haight, Page and Waller streets between Masonic and Stanyan streets
Stanyan Street between Frederick and Oak streets
Shrader Street between Beulah and Waller streets
Oak and Waller streets at Ashbury, Clayton, Shrader, Cole and Belvedere streets
Frederick Street at Shrader Street
Beulah Street at Shrader and Cole street
During the time of street closures, no traffic will be allowed with an exception of Muni buses. Personnel from SFPD may decide additional street closures as crowds grow for public safety.
Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:
N Judah, NX N Express, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid, 33 Ashbury/18th, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic
IDK, man, I don’t really get this newfangled street closure scheme, which is going to make getting to the Sunset even harder this year:
So each block of the Upper Haight will have its own PCO to check and see who lives where? I suppose so.
Anyway, this is news to me…
“420 Day Street Closures
Sharon Meadow Area Closures:
WB Fell @ Shrader Street – Vehicles traveling WB on Fell Street will be diverted from Fell Street onto NB Stanyan Street.
NB Stanyan @ Fell Street – Vehicles traveling NB on Stanyan Street will not be able to use Fell Street loop to WB Fell Street. All vehicles will be directed to stay on NB Stanyan Street.
WB John F. Kennedy Drive from Stanyan Street – No vehicular traffic allowed
EB Lincoln Way @ Kezar Drive – No vehicular traffic allowed.
WB Frederick Street at Kezar Dr./Lincoln Way – No vehicular traffic allowed.
NB Stanyan Street @ Frederick Street – No vehicular traffic allowed.
Haight Street Area Closures:
(Residents on the following streets will be allowed access with proof of residency)
Waller Street @ Shrader Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Cole Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Belvedere Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Clayton Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Ashbury Street – No NB traffic allowed
Masonic Ave. @ Haight Street – No WB traffic allowed on Haight Street
Masonic Ave. @ Page Street – No WB traffic allowed onto Page Street
Oak Street @ Shrader Street – No SB traffic allowed on Shrader Street
Oak Street @ Cole Street – No SB traffic allowed on Cole Street
Oak Street @ Clayton Street – No SB traffic allowed on Clayton Street
Oak Street @ Ashbury Street – No SB traffic allowed on Ashbury Street
420 Day Street Alternative Routes
The following streets will be open for NB and SB travel:
The following streets will be open for WB and EB travel:
Frederick Street as well as parallel streets south of Frederick Street will be open.
Here’s how things look in Japan in 2016 at a nothingburger, random train station:
What do you call these, pocket doors?
Hey BART! Are you up to speed on this?
Imagine installing these automatic safety doors at just one station, like at Powell. It would be an implementation nightmare, just saying.
(OTOH, those cool-looking exposed bulb chandeliers, well putting those into a BART would be a snap…)
Anyway, hop to it BART/MUNI – get on this, like stat.
Your view of the Lafayette Hillside Memorial whilst speeding by on the 24:
Here’s the link – it was dispensing free tickets as of 2:20 PM today. Registration with Ticketfly required.
I guess that whole deal about getting detained by the SFPD at Outside Lands 2015 got worked out…
Imagine you’d want to show up super early for this one.
Look, a petulance parade:
“On Wednesday July 29th from 5:30-6:30 pm, please join us for our first Wiggle Stop-In event. We want to gather 50-100 cyclists to ride around the Wiggle/Lower Haight and stop at every stop sign in single file order. We want to make the point that, in fact, requiring cyclists to come to full stops at every stop sign is a really terrible idea for everyone on the road.
Grab your bike, ride to the Wiggle (the epicenter will be Waller and Steiner), and wait your turn for your chance to come to a full and complete stop at every intersection. Bonus points if you need to negotiate with other “vehicles” about who should be going first.
Let’s show Capt. John Sanford of Park Station that his choice to crack down on cyclists who aren’t following the letter of the law not only doesn’t make anyone safer but actually would create terrible conditions on our roads.”
Here’s your background:
And here’s your prior stab at a media stunt in this area, conducted by someone unfamiliar with, you know, our First Amendment:
The past few months we’ve had at least three jaywalkers/jayjoggers blow across Masonic on the north side of Oak against the ped signal only to end up getting hit and injured by a vehicle.
Therefore, Park Station had a pedestrian-focused enforcement action* a few days ago.
Here you go, here’s a Stanfoo grad hopping down the bunny trail – right past a cop and into traffic about 15 seconds too late (assuming you’re legally allowed to run into a crosswalk, even with a green**):
Guess what – no ticket for her. Not even a warning. (Dude just told me he was specifically out there to hand out tickets, oh well. Maybe he was saving his energy for more flagrant violations, IDK)
Oh, here we go – here’s a ped red citation on the south side of Oak:
On It Goes…
*I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen an SFPD ped-only enforcement action in all my quarter-century plus on the Streets of San Francisco. I’ve seen numerous cyclist–focused and driver-focused actions, but never for peds.
**There are nuances here. Is this crosswalk part of a “wilderness trail” ala Masonic at nearby Fell? I know not.