Posts Tagged ‘street’

Laughably Timid UBER Self-Driving Volvo REFUSES to Make a Right on Red, Despite Lack of Peds, Cross-Traffic

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Here’s the thing about Fell Street – you gotta wait a looong time to cross it during rush hour, cause signal timing changes based upon what day of the week it is. I’m srsly.

So if you get a red light, it’s your obligation to look about and then decide whether to turn right on red.

And that brings us to this sad scene, with the UBER Volvo just parked at a red, patiently waiting, for a loooooong time. Check it:

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Now I’m not saying that this Volvo should just stop for an instant and then take off willy-nilly. No no. You gotta creep a bit, you know, see how things look. And then you creep a bit more. And then look, it’s clear, and now you’re on the trolley. And, due to the timed lights setup, you’ve guaranteed yourself a green at the next light, and so on, and so on.

But obstinately waiting, IDK, seems selfish, non?

And you never know who might be behind you.

Why not be more like these robots, Evil UBER Volvo Robot?

Giant Eucalyptus Attacks Pickup Truck, Wins – Someday, Somebody Will Get Killed by a Tree in Our GGP Panhandle

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Our RPD’s way of taking care of trees appears to be to wait for them to fail and then haul off whatever hits the ground. IDK, do Blue Gum Eucalyptus really belong here on the somewhat sandy fringes of the Great Sand Wastes of the West Side? No, not really. But they’re here now, and they’re just waiting to kill you.

Here’s your clue as to what happened:

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A definite prob here:

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The sad message to our heartless SFMTA MUNI DPT:

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And look, no ticket on sweep day. Que bueno!

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And here’s the offending tree branch, cut up into firewood:

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I suppose both tree and truck will both live on, a bit worse for the wear.

But this tree and others like it? Well, THEY SHOULD ALL BE DESTROYED.

JMO.

Remembering the Aughts: When Female SFPD Officers were Allowed to Wear Earrings and How They Violated Policy

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Here we go, a shot from 2009 on Market, from some protest. These two stood out. And I thought, can the popo wear earrings in Frisco?

And here’s your answer, or at least it was back during the earliest part of our current millennium:

5. JEWELRY AND ORNAMENTS (also see DGO 11.08, Grooming Standards).

On-duty officers shall not wear jewelry or personal ornaments that are visible except:

a. A wristwatch.

b. A total of 2 rings that are consistent with officer safety. An engagement and wedding ring set will be considered as one ring.

c. A conservative tie bar or tie tack.

d. Female officers may, in addition, wear the following:

1. Hair clips or pins that match the color of the hair.

2. One ear post in each ear. The post must lie flush with the ear and be plain metal, gold or silver colored. The face of the post is not to have a diameter of more than three-eighths (3/8) inch. Nothing shall hang from the post.

So that’s your answer, no danglies.

TMYK 🌈

Outrageousness: New Extreme Sport Allows Euros to Skateboard Down Our Cable Car Tracks – Video – “Probably Illegal”

Monday, May 15th, 2017

[UPDATE: All the deets here, including the expected stern reaction from our generally-mismanaged SFMTA MUNI DPT.]

Here the video, de la Mecanique Populaire:

These Skaters Hacked Cobblestone Streets With Boards That Hook Into Tram Tracks – Their ingenious innovation created a new extreme sport.

And a few screengrabs. Any cable car bell ringing you might hear is an admonishment – “Hey Euro, stop that,” one imagines:

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What’s funny is that Dude has a big old handbrake for our extra steep Cable Car hills, but not anywhere else he has journeyed:

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Play us out, PM:

“Their innovation has spread around the world, to cities with tram tracks from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, creating a new extreme sport. Skating like this looks pretty dangerous, and we’d guess that hijacking tram tracks like this is also probably illegal. But it also looks like a whole lot of fun.”

Oh, here it is on YouTube: Cobblestone Riders

Seems a bit corporate

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjqrzakGTqwLpk_WtxQQXww

TWO-HOUR TOUR: “A Private Cruise on the Boat Tram, Just for You, June 4th 2017” – $40 for Two Hours

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip…

The latest from our Market Street Railway:

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A bit pricy for me, but this fundraiser might be right for you.

How 90-Degree Parking and Double Parking are a Bad Combination on Busy Baker Street – A Turned Head of Disapproval

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Prolly there shouldn’t be 90-degree parking here and there should be a white zone here in front of this large institution on Baker so that your relatives or taxi drivers or Paratransit drivers or even some of those hated UBER Lyft drivers in economical Priuses can come by and drive you someplace, but our SFMTA just loves to add parking to certain blocks for certain reasons at certain times. It doesn’t really make sense overall, but that’s just the way our SFMTA is.

So we end up with this kind of sitch.

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So normally a bike rider can simply go around a double parked car, but with this kind of set up I wasn’t sure if this bicycle “activist”-type person would be able to make it past easily, you know, due to all the stalled traffic from rush hour and whatnot. She had just the mildest of reactions that you could expect, just a slight WTF head turn to the right to the let the driver know, “Bad form, Dude.” (Of course our Bro-iest of bike riders would dismount and start slapping body panels – that’s the range of reactions you can expect.)

So whose fault is this? IDK. Hey, why not go back to regular parking here? Now that’s an idea.

(Our SFMTA wants UBER Lyft drivers to circle about for 10-20 minutes and then hike to the lobby to make a legal pick up, one assumes…)

Hey, Where’s ACADEMY?

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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Oregonians Make Themselves a Temporary Home on Busy Busy Fell Street

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

You’re not supposed to park large vehicles such as this at night at this location anymore, but I think enforcement is “complaint-driven,” at this point and I’m not going to complain.

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Entering your home from the fast lane of Fell is the tricky part…

Crazy Genoa Place Alley is a Two-Way, One-Lane Street

Friday, April 28th, 2017

As seen in North Beach:

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How to Cross Fulton in the Avenues as a Pedestrian: Act Like You are a Jaywalker, Whether You are or Not

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Let me explain. Bro here crossed all willy-nilly, which isn’t illegal at all, but it’s dangerous because he didn’t get a buy in from all the drivers. See?

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All these cars were moving with the exception of the black car on the left. The white truck in the fast lane should have stopped but didn’t.

What I’d suggest is waiting for a break in traffic first, as if you were a jay walker.

And the bigger suggestion would be to put traffic lights on Fulton.

Of course our SFMTA has no interest in doing that.

Oh well.