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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
Oh No, Shaming! – “Referee the Wiggle” Event Coming April 23rd to “Red Card” Cyclists at Infamous Waller and SteinerWednesday, April 15th, 2015
I’ll tell you, I’m not a big fan of the vaunted The Wiggle bike route and here’s why:
FOR MOST PEOPLE, THERE’S A BETTER WAY TO GET FROM THE PANHANDLE TO DOWNTOWN, TO GET THERE AND BACK AGAIN
That’s why. This was my stab at promoting the Northern Wiggle,* aka the McAllister Pass,** aka the Hastings Cutoff. *** Some people listened, but most did not, oh well.
Anyway, aside from this route being a third of a mile shorter and faster and safer and relatively ped-free, it NEVER gets any SFPD Bicycle Enforcement Actions, the way, say, the intersection of Waller and Steiner gets.
Speaking of which, now more people are joining the SFPD, to “referee the Wiggle,” if only for a short time.
“Referee the Wiggle
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:00pm – 3:30 pm
Waller and Steiner st – The Wiggle
While 95% of cyclists using the Wiggle are really incredibly respectful of other road users, there is that small minority who give us all a bad name. I’ve always wanted to dress as a referee and hand out yellow and red cards to bad cyclists (and maybe some cars and peds too) and I’m using NOW! as my excuse!
Come join me in shaming the few bad cyclists out there and making the Wiggle just a little bit safer and more courteous!”
*I, myself, wiggle from street to street north of the Panhandle on my way inbound to Fulton and Scott – it depends on traffic.
**The pass over Alamo Heights, which the Southern Wiggle route mostly avoids by generally following the route of the former creek what used to drain the kind of valley where the Golden Gate Park Panhandle sits now.
The news of the day:
Boy, it wouldn’t take too much effort from a few members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to hop on this particular bandwagon.
Now, which street to rename?
Hey, how about Laguna, the location of our Chinese Consulate? My, wouldn’t that be “provocative?”
In related news, here’s what a small stretch of Laguna looks like now, right in front of the consulate – see the brand-new NO STOPPING ANY TIME signs?
They’re also on Geary, so that means the Western Addition has lost maybe ten parking spaces, in the name of security, one supposes.
Actually, I’m surprised that parking lasted as long as it did, as it was such an obvious security issue.
On It Goes…
When is an SFPD “Sting” Operation NOT an Actual Sting Operation? It’s When the Motor Patrol Works “The Wiggle” on BTWD 2014Friday, May 9th, 2014
Ah, Bike To Work Day, that special day when the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition can bask in the glory that it endorsed the election of appointed Mayor Ed Lee. (Hey, did you know that he was the first Asian-American appointed Mayor of San Francisco? He’s very proud of that, all those years of obsequiousness plus the outright lying required to pull that one off.)
Anywho, this was the scene last night at the intersection of the so-called Wiggle bike route through the Lower Haight area.
One SFPD buckethead was stationed at this corner of Waller and Steiner and the other was cattywumpus across the street snaring those who blew threw the stop sign even while the SFPD is yelling, “Stop sign, stop sign.”
Simply, there was no element of deception involved so, ergo, this cannot have been a sting operation. Case closed.
The cyclists were cautious and confused, mostly. They didn’t know how long to stop. Some stayed there for like ten seconds trying to remember how to signal a left turn. Traffic backed up a bit, as you can see:
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Anyway, the bike coalition people called up SFPD higher-ups to see if there was a “sting operation” going on but of course they said no, because, as stated, this kind of thing isn’t a sting operation.
Oh, here’s Officer Scott’s ride from last night. Ask him about his “Porsche 996″ (aka 911) sports car and get his opinion about whether he considers it a “modern Porsche.” I’m sure he’ll have an answer.
Oh, I saw scores of cyclists and two cops – here’s the racial makeup:
SFPD: 100% African American
Cyclists: 100% Caucasian*
People, you oughtta stay off the Wiggle – you can easily avoid it by turning a block sooner or a block later.
And oh, do you think Officer Scott loves it, just loves it when you all take to the Twitter? Indeed he does.
All right, ’til next time…
* You know, rounding up. Oh, you’re 1/32nd Cherokee or one-quarter Chippewa? Good for you, Caucasian! Good for you.
Meet R. Scott, the Super-Chill SFPD Motorcycle Cop Who Gives Stop Sign Tickets to Cyclists on the Wiggle Every DayTuesday, September 24th, 2013
Or at least it seems like every day.
Here he is on Waller in the Lower Haight last week. See? He’ll park his motorcycle and then stand in the street pointing to offending cyclists and counting out, “!, 2, 3, 4, 5…”
And then everybody gets to wait while he processes all the tickets.
Thusly. Now actually, a couple of these folks were just waiting for their friends, prolly because they didn’t fail to yield prolly because you had Officer R. Scott yelling away:
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Here we go:
Yeah, so I know this is the same thing as last year but I’m surprised to see the sustained nature of this recent enforcement action.
1. Officer Scott has a “weakness.” Guess what, it’s sports cars! Owns a Porsche 996 he does. Then he explains that it’s a “modern 911,” which it sort of is.
2. Does he have advice for cyclists? Yes. It’s “SLOW DOWN” and it’s “you should be wearing a helmet” and “you should have your lights on.”
3. Does he also have a lecture? Yes. It’s “that call you just heard on my radio is about an assault with a hammer – I’d rather be answering that call.” See? Its like a guilt trip for all the recalcitrant cyclists of SF.
4. When the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition tells people to take the Wiggle route, is it basically telling them to not stop at stop signs? Yep, pretty much.
5. Do most of the people who live near the intersection of Steiner and Waller approve of this enforcement action? Yep.
6. Do many people coming up and down the Wiggle go too fast for conditions? Yes.
7. Do most of the offending cyclists bother to slow down just a little, you know, to make what’s called an Idaho stop (or a California stop or an Oklahoma stop)? No, they just blow right through. How did this culture develop? IDK, fixies?
8. Is there a way to avoid all this rigmarole by using the Unwiggle, the same basic route but using Fillmore and Pierce instead of cop-heavy Steiner and Scott? Yep.
Man, I’ve seen tons of fixie bike riders run red lights and fall down and whatnot when faced with a traffic light at the bottom of a steep hill.
But skateboarders, well, the good ones just put a foot down (or pop a wheelie) like it ain’t no thang.
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Like it ain’t no thang at all…