Posts Tagged ‘StreetsBlogSF’

Octavia Boulevard Update: Anybody Who Claims This Short Road Has “High-Speed Motor Traffic” is Lying

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Simply.

Now if you want real “high-speed motor traffic,” well then look to the 280 freeway.

But if you want a poorly-designed glorified freeway offramp with lots of slow-moving bumper-to-bumper gridlock, well then Octavia is your bingo.

See? This is typical. Traffic has been jammed up here starting about a week after this road opened. This is exactly what low-speed traffic looks like: 

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A note to advocacy journalists who think it’s their job to lie:

No it’s not!

Lying hurts your case. Lying doesn’t help your case.

 

The Earnest, Monomaniacal, “Livable Communities” Crowd Despises Our New City Target – Yet, New Bikes There Cost Just $179

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

You know, there was a time when StreetsBlogSF did actual journalism. That time was back in 2010.

These days, things are different.

What’s the target of your wrath? People who want to shop at CityTargetSF West?

And yet, the cheapest place to buy a new bicycle in town is at …City Target

Check it:

Oh, this kind of hybrid bike sucks because it’s not like your four-figure roadie ride?

OK fine.

Oh, what’s this, real people who aren’t transit nerds actually enjoying themselves up on Target Tor on Opening Day?

Looks that way to me:

In closing, Park Slope Neighbors. Ha ha ha!

Enjoy your cult, gentlemen.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu vs. Chris Bucchere – Who’s the Better Cyclist? Checking with the StreetsBlog Crowd

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Let’s see here, in one corner we have super nerd and Board President David Chiu, who almost always wears a fucking suit* when he drives his bicycle hither and yon.

He even goes Down Peninsula Way sometimes, to check out the reverse commute some San Franciscans do.

Now, you’d think that’d earn him huzzahs from the monomaniacal “livable streets” StreetsBlog crowd, but you’d be wrong.

You see, he ran afoul of that crew by being on the fence with the recent SFTAMUNIDPTSFBC effort to remove street parking from the bulk of Polk.

For that reason he now gets criticized for riding his bike in the wrong fashion, like how he pedals ‘n stuff.

Isn’t that absurd, to say that about this supernerd?

Yes. He does fine on Market Street, AFAICS.

See?

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OTOH, Strava-obsessed Chris Bucchere, who was involved with death of a pedestrian near an intersection of the very same Market Street, well he, apparently, is/was the victim of a “lynch mob” (look it up, you’ll find it) when he got/gets called an “asshole” (most typically from fellow self-identified cyclists) for his actions before during and after the death of pedestrian Sutchi Hui.

Oh well.

Isn’t there a lesson to be learned form the Chris Bucchere case? Shouldn’t the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition be willing to even mention his name? Yes, I know it doesn’t help fund-raising and membership and whatnot, but wouldn’t it be a good thing to debate?

Because really, what eventually happens with the Chris Bucchere case  doesn’t really matter. It’s the future Buccheri we need to worry about, right?

Anyway, David Chiu is a better cyclist than Chris Bucchere.

*Something to do with “respect for the voters,” or something

The Most Detailed Report of the Chris Bucchere vs. Sutchi Hui Hearing – Why Red/Yellow Doesn’t Really Matter

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Well, here it is, the most-detailed report yet of the latest Chris Bucchere vs. Sutchi Hui hearing, courtesy of  writer Kashmir Hill.

Here’s her conclusion:

Bucchere was going far too fast, but he may have run a very late yellow rather than a red, a mistake made worse because of the pedestrians entering the crosswalk very early. Everyone was being too aggressive in their commuting, but Bucchere’s aggressiveness held the highest risk for others.”

And here’s some more:

“The case interested me because press reports indicated that data from Bucchere’s Strava account — an app that bikers can use to track their rides — had been used to show how fast he had been going and to prove he had ignored stop signs. District Attorney George Gascón told me the Strava data was part of the reason the city had decided to bring such severe charges against Bucchere. ‘It implies he was trying to compete with himself,‘ Gascón said. Bucchere’s online comments also played a role. ‘His helmet was more important than a human being.’”

Take a look for yourself, read the whole thing. And then decide if the prosecution of Chris Bucchere has anything to do with a so-called “lynch mob.”

And for all you StreetsBlogSF fans out there, ask yourself this:

Would this case be international news without the Strava race-against-yourself-and others angle and/or the “heroic” helmet posting? And would there even be a case at all?

That’s the difference, that’s why this case is getting attention.

R.I.P. Sutchi Hui.

StreetsblogSF Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Likes SFMTA MUNI DPT Charging for Parking on Sundays

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

“Some Tips to Help SF Weekly Get Over the Free Parking Obsession.

DOES THE SF WEEKLY HAVE AN “OBSESSION” WITH FREE PARKING? NO. SO YOU’RE WRONG, STREETSBLOG. AND YOU’RE DOING A DISSERVICE TO YOUR 80 OR SO DAILY READERS / COMMENTERS WHEN YOU LIE ABOUT STUFF, RIGHT?

“The folks at SF Weekly seem really upset about the end of free car parking on Sundays.”

BY FOLKS PLURAL YOU MEAN ERIN SHERBERT SINGULAR? YES YOU DO. WRONG AGAIN.  AND IS SHE “REALLY UPSET” NO. WRONG AGAIN. AND DOES SHE EVEN “SEEM” TO BE REALLY UPSET? NO. WRONG AGAIN.

The shock is apparently severe enough that Erin Sherbert put up a post yesterday directing readers to sign the petition demanding an absolute end to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s expansion of parking meters, launched by the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF).

DID SHE “DIRECT” READERS TO DO ANYTHING? NO. WRONG AGAIN.

Many San Franciscans tired of the free parking mess on commercial streets actually aren’t “pissed off about paying for parking on Sunday.”

HOW MANY? ENOUGH TO SUPPORT ADVERTISING ON THE STREETSBLOG? NOPE! THAT CAN”T BE TOO “MANY,” HUH? OH, THAT REMINDS ME, FORK OVER $60K TO ME RIGHT NOW SO THAT I CAN CONTINUE TO SUSTAIN MY UNSUSTAINABLE BLOG!

But in a sign that you don’t need a parking PhD to get why meters make streets work better for everyone, SF Weekly’s readership seemed to welcome the end of free parking on Sundays.

OH A PHD IN PARKING! IF ONLY!

SF’s dysfunctional free Sunday parking regime was a burden to everyone who had to circle the block endlessly for a spot, everyone who had to put up with commercial streets clogged with traffic, noise, and exhaust, and all the merchants who lost business because of the lack of parking turnover.

SO NOW IT”S EASY TO PARK ON SUNDAYS? REALLY? I DON’T THINK SO. PERHAPS ALL THE SPIN COMING FROM SFTMA MUNI DPT SFPARK MIGHT NOT BE 100% ACCURATE? GEE, PERHAPS ORGANIZED RELIGION HAD A LITTLE SOMETHING TO DO WITH FREE SUNDAY PARKING BACK IN THE DAY AND, COME TO THINK OF IT, THESE DAYS (UP UNTIL NOON, ANYWAY) AS WELL. MMMM… AND MAYBE SFMTA MUNI DPT SFPARK WON’T BE CHARGING “ENUF” IN CERTAIN AREAS TO GARNER ALL THE BENEFITS THEY ARE PROMISING. WE’LL SEE….

All told, free Sunday parking was much more “oppressive” than paying a price to use scarce street space for automobile storage.

SING IT, PREACHER MAN!

That’s why supporters of SFPark started their own petition encouraging its expansion. It’s a point we make repeatedly on Streetsblog, and hopefully the editors at SF Weekly got the message coming from their readers.

YOU “REPEATEDLY” MAKE THE SAME POINT ON YOUR UNSUSTAINABLE, MONEY-LOSING BLOG – WHO’S “OBSESSED” NOW?

This post is made possible by a grant from GJEL Accident Attorneys, a Bay Area law firm committed to representing pedestrians and cyclists.

WHAT?

The content is Streetsblog’s own, and GJEL neither endorses nor exercises any editorial control.

WELL, THAT’S  REASSURING.

ALL RIGHT, ENJOY YOUR FANTASY LAND, WHILE IT LASTS.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…

I Am Become Rob Anderson, #3: StreetsBlogSF Isn’t Simply a Blog, It’s a Religion (Or a Cult, Your Pick)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Exhibit A:

Media Coverage of Pedestrian Deaths Misses the Big Story

I don’t know, I think the coverage was perfectly cromulent, but let’s take a look:

“A vague description…”

UH, WHAT DO YOU OFFER THAT’S BETTER, STREETSBLOGSF?

from Bay City News labeled Ferguson a jaywalker

A “JAY” WAS ORIGINALLY THE TERM FOR A COUNTY PERSON BUT THE CURRENT DEFINITION SURE SEEMS TO FIT

“apparently walking outside of the crosswalk”

WELL, IF YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLOCK ON LOMBARD, THEN YOU’RE WALKING “OUTSIDE OF THE CROSSWALK,” RIGHT?

when he was ”struck by a passing vehicle.”

WELL, HOW ELSE DO YOU SAY THIS?

There was no mention of the driver’s speed.

UH, GEE, THERE WAS NO MENTION OF THE DRIVER’S CURRENT IRS TAX COMPLIANCE NEITHER, RIGHT? SO WHAT? WASN’T THIS PED 100% AT FAULT FOR HIS OWN DEATH? I THINK SO.

(The driver was only mentioned to note that he or she was “very cooperative.”)

WELL, WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?

And here’s the latest:

“Correction: Streetsblog SF does have the most Twitter followers of any news source in the Bay Area.”

Oh, but you’re not a Bay Area news source, you’re more like a religion.

Keep on trying StreetsBlog SF. Maybe someday you’ll become a real blog…