Posts Tagged ‘street’

The Futility of Sending Out PCO’s to Ticket Cars a Full Half-Hour Before the Street Sweeper Arrives – Here’s What Happens

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

So SFMTA Parking Control Officers ticket cars for blocking a street cleaning truck during weekly street cleaning time, but then drivers come along later, see that the PCO’s are now long gone, and park. And then a half hour later, along comes the street sweeper, but of course it’s blocked by cars what have accumulated the past 30 minutes.

Thusly:

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Of course, drivers are officially allowed to park on a block just after a street sweeper leaves, but this sitch above seems wrong. It makes things seem like street sweeping isn’t any big deal and it’s mostly about raising money for our SFMTA.

Solutions:

Send a second wave of PCO’s out just ahead of the street sweepers, like a few minutes. That would put an end to this weekly parking game right quick; or

Keep the PCO’s closer to the street sweeper in the first place. (This is the better choice.)

I fully understand why the SFMTA will take a program originally designed for some other purpose and change it into a way of raising money for the SFMTA, but when you allow the PCO’s to get so far away from the street sweepers you end up making a mockery of the program….

Spooky: Our Samuels Clock on Market Might be Working Again

Friday, March 31st, 2017

I mean, I looked up and thought, “That might be the correct time.”

See?

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There have been efforts in the past to get this thing running of course.

I’ll check again sometime…

Brand-New, Unloved, Tenantless Building at 6th and Market is Still Empty – But Look, Signs of Life at “6×6”

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Here it is:

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But look, two people going in who AREN’T security guards. I’ve never seen that. So call that a nibble.

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Hey, maybe this was a bad idea?

The Poorly-Designed Intersection at 4th and Market Compels Pedestrians to Queue Up in the Street

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Thusly:

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For some reason, north-south travel has been prioritised here, so people going along Market have to wait wait wait at a red light for no real reason than, IDK, the laziness of those at MUNI, who can’t be bothered to adjust the timing of the signals to reflect ongoing construction?

Looks that way.

Ppl respond by waiting in the street, as seen above, or jaywalking, when they see that nothings really going on during their long long red light…

Bushpocalypse Now – Frisco Sees Its Worst Traffic Ever In 2017 – Highest Number of Registered “Vehicles” in History

Friday, March 24th, 2017

That stat is as of Calendar Year 2015, but our friends at CA DMV are putting the finishing touch on the numbers for Calendar Year 2016.

So is a trailer a “vehicle?” IDK. IDTS. But 2016 looks to be the year we push over the half-million mark for vehicles registerd in Frisco.

And of course that doesn’t include all the new UBER Lyfts from all over.

So here’s the result, from yesterday’s evening drive. Southbound Sansome is all backed up, but look, you can see a PCO Intercepter cart on the scene, to fix everything:

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I was thinking, it’s morphin’ time – time for another round of three-figure parking/traffic tickets for “blocking the box.” But no, the PCO disappeared with a quickness. Leaving SFMTA Dude in the Bush Street HOV lane all by himself. Turns out he was patiently waiting to proceed behind some more stalled traffic. He was soon gone as well.

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Bush Street is always bad, but yesterday was especially bad. Five eastbound cars sat in the intersection for about five minutes. But then they advanced leaving room for a few buses and cars on Sansome to sneak through north and south.

Bush doesn’t get any more crowded than this:

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Anyway, that’s the update.

 

Remembering “Antioxidant” 7-Up Soda: “There’s Never Been a More Delicious Way to Cherry Pick our Antioxidant!”

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Here’s the thing – I’m old enough to remember Never Going To Give You Up / Rick Roll long before ppl started rickrolling each other, but I knew it was wrong back at the time. So you can’t pin that on me. (I thought, “Oh man, what the Hell is this? Is this what cable TV is like?”)

Similarly, there I was at the Fulton Lucky, 94117, and I saw this:

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And I thought, “No way. This will not stand, man.

And it didn’t:

7UP To Drop “Antioxidant” Marketing – Company Agrees to Stop Fortifying Soda with Vitamins

7UP Sued Over Antioxidant Claims on Cherry, Mixed Berry, and Pomegranate Flavors – Antioxidant Comes From Illegal Fortification, Not the Named and Pictured Fruits

All right, play us out, Wikipedia:

Cherry 7 Up : A cherry flavored variant introduced in 1987.[18] Cherry7 Up flavor, with these ingredients listed for the United States version: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, potassium benzoate, red 40. One known ingredient among the “natural and artificial flavors” is apple juice. The version sold in the United States is colored pink and comes in a clear bottle, while the international version is colorless and currently comes in a pink bottle. It was renamed and reformulated as Cherry 7 Up Antioxidant in January 2009. Contains 10% of U.S. daily recommended Vitamin E dosage per 8 fl oz serving (4.2% per 100 ml).[19] On November 8, 2012, Dr Pepper Snapple Group said they will pull 7Up with antioxidants off the shelves to reformulate them by 2013. They also said that its decision was not related to the lawsuit,[clarification needed] but because of consistency across the board.[20][21]

BEFORE AND AFTER: Bike Wheel-Swallowing Potholes on Market Filled in Tout de Suite by SFGov

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

So you don’t feel like waiting behind today’s wider MUNI buses turning right off of Market, say around 4th Street, so you hop into the “fast” lane but stay betwixt the right lane of the streetcar tracks and the peds waiting on the traffic island for the next bus and, oh, streetcar! Whoopsy doodle:

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That’s the most treacherous pothole I’ve seen on Market, in all my years, and that goes back to the 80’s. So all you can do is stop and walk over it, basically, taking care not to get to close to the peds standing on and over the Famous Yellow Line.

Next day, all the potholes on inbound Market next to the MUNI tracks were filled in, just saying:

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Suspect these large holes are formed by some kind of MUNI operation, but I don’t know which one.

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Anyway, the system works, eventually. I mean, the holes get bigger and bigger until ppl can’t stand it anymore, and I guess I caught this process right before (a temporary) resolution…

Keep Frisco Weird: 18th Annual “How Weird Street Faire” Comes May 7th, 2017 – The Time to Get Your Tickets is NOW

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Well actually, the time was earlier on, when they were slightly cheaper, and they’re not tickets per se, they’re Magic Buttons, but anyway:

SUMMER OF WEIRD
The 18th annual How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 7, 2017, Noon to 8pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, Downtown San Francisco, Earth
$20 for a Magic Button at the faire.
For more information visit http://HowWeird.org/

All the deets:

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The Zeitgeist of 2017

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Right here:

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Here’s what you do, you attach the lens of an old Google Glass onto the side of some Snapchat Spectacles and then put on a red Make America Great Again baseball cap and then sidle on into the ZG randomly saying, “OK Glass” every ten seconds or so and then see how that works out..

Our SFMTA’s Official Blessing for Weekend Church Parking on the Medians of Dolores isn’t Working Out

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Take a look, northbound Dolores at 18th:

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Dolores is for moving people about, right? It’s not for parking, non?

It doesn’t make any sense for the SFMTA to approve this kind of chaos, but for the outsized influence of small groups of Interested Parties.