Posts Tagged ‘sunday streets’

If You Subtract the Car-Based Fun Cancelled by “Sunday Streets” from the “Car-Free” Fun Created,” What Do You Have Left?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Here’s Sunday Streets 2017 on JFK in the western reaches of Golden Gate Park:

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What’s missing is a bunch of parked cars on both sides of the street.

The result is this, relatively “people-free” meadows on a weekend day what would normally contain thousands, plus the concomitant bouncy houses and whatnot:

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Of course you can “frame” things as you wish, but in the Frisco of  2017, cars = people.

Sry.

It’s possible/probable that fewer souls come to GGP on Sunday Streets days. It’s also very possible that that’s the way you like it, as you favor one kind of person over another kind of person.

And of course, we’re just talking about one or two days a year, I realize, so no biggee, just like you realize you’re driving ppl away from our biggest park due to some greater goal you’ll trying to attain.

But when you figure that’s there’s no loss, no cons on the list of pros and cons, at all, to a Sunday Streets, well you’re wrong.

Realize that I’m not a bank vice-president from San Mateo County with a marketing degree tasked with increasing cycling in Frisco, I’m just somebody with far more miles, hours, years, decades on a bike in Frisco County than you, yes even you, Gentle Reader, so my sperpective might be a little different than yours.

Sry

Sundays Streets KIcks Off for 2017 in the Mission – It was Fine

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Sunday Streets seems to have been a bigger deal about a decade ago, but oh well.

In the Mission on Valencia yesterday – very nice weather, an OK turnout:

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Cars used to be a big deal at SS. So generally you’d get access to your garage, but somebody would walk in front of your car to keep you at a walking pace. It was a BFD. But these days, things are more mellow. Dude drove down Valencia to park at his residence NBD:

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Here’s the sked for 2017.

One notes that Embarcadero, the original Sunday Street, didn’t make the cut for 2017. Some businesses at the Fish Wharf didn’t like SS, but I don’t know the story…

Boy, Sunday Streets Aint What It Used To Be

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Sorry.

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Oh, I have apologized properly yet?

All right, I’ll say “sorry” again.

I couldn’t really tell where it started and where it ended yesterday – all number of blocks were blocked off for one reason or another. Hey, what if Sunday Streets changed the map and just used up a single street? There’s an idea.

Hey now, Airbnb was there, trying to head off Prop F with all its billions:

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(I think the logo looks better upside down.)

Here’s what’s going to happen – Prop F is going to pass, and then life will go on, and you’ll still be able to Airbnb, either as a tourist or as a room letter.

And then you’ll look back and say to yourself, you’ll say, “Boy, Airbnbing aint what it used to be…”

The Fast-Moving Cars of Sunday Streets 2014 – Boy, There Were a Lot of People Driving Around This Go-Around

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Just saying.

Dude here was driving up Fillmore like it was just another Sunday, going at about 15 MPH. This was on the McDonalds block, which was empty of anything to do with Sunday Streets, so it might have been hard for the driver to know anything special was going on.

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Is Sunday Streets dying?

When “City Family” Workers Kill People Using SFGov Trucks, It’s Not Usually With DPW Street Sweepers, Right? Blaming Victims

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

So why did DPW use a slow, heavy street sweeper in its recent Sunday Streets blame-the-victim life-size diorama

I know not

Official SFGov DPW Life-Size Diorama at Sunday Streets Blames Cyclists for Accidents with Street Sweepers

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

So I guess DPW goes to Sunday Streets to promote itself?

OK fine, but what in the Hell is this at the recent debut of the very chilly/windy Sunday Streets The Richmond District?? Is it a life-size diorama of the aftermath of an imaginary DPW street-sweeper vs. bike collision that happens to be the cyclists fault?

Click to expand – oh my Lumix camera doesn’t have safety shift turned on from the factory?  News to me – I’m used to cameras what adjust exposure more better. Anyway, this shot was overexposed by about three stops, sorry.

So DPW, I know what you’re trying to do, but you’re doing it wrong.

D5 Supervisor Candidate Julian Davis to Star at Sunday Streets Western Addition, September 9th, 2012, 11AM to 4PM

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

I mean, I assume.

Leave us review:

If you voted for Ed Lee for Mayor, your choice for the next D5 Supervisor is London Breed.*

OTOH, if you voted against Ed Lee for Mayor, your choice for the next D5 Supervisor is Julian Davis. Throw in a couple other choices if you want, but make sure neither one is London Breed or Interim Supervisor and Total Sellout Christine Olague. (Or should I say Christine “8 Washington” Olague? Or should I say Christine “Perjurer Accomplice” Olague?)

Easy Peasy.

Come out and say hi to Julian, I’m sure he’ll be there, this Sunday:

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Hey, is PG&E a “Sponsor” of this event, on September 9th, 2012, the two year anniversary of PG&E’s San Bruno Pipeline Explosion, the one that killed eight souls? I think so.

(I wish San Francisco had just an average kind of utility monopoly instead of motherfucking PG&E. Speaking of which,  a while back they inquired about how much it would cost to advertise some PR campaign on this tiny blog. I was like GTFO – I ignored it. Interestingly, presented with a similar offer, the San Francisco Bay Guardian said bring it, and so then PGE’s signature blue banner ads started appearing at SFBG.com, I’m seriously. Ah memories. )

Anyway, see you at Sunday Streets Western Addition 2012.

*I’m sure he’d be delighted to have her on board. Now, she’s a little PO’ed these days about how she kind of got screwed over by Interim Mayor Ed Lee earlier this year, oh and by Willie Brown and Rose Pak and all, but  I’m sure Mayor Lee and his minders would adapt to London’s election swimmingly. (Of course Ed Lie said he would stay out of this particular race and of course now he’s now picking sides in D5, you know, just a few months later, but he also said he wouldn’t run for Mayor. In fact that’s why he became Interim Mayor, based on that other promise. Hence the sobriquet Ed Lie.) Anyway, Republican billionaire Ron Conway threw her a few bucks a little while ago – that’s telling, IMO. Oh, and DiFi just endorsed her, and you can’t get any more Establishment than DiFi I don’t think. 

San Francisco Briefly Freaks Out Over Unannounced Siren Test for the End of Sunday Streets 2012?

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Looks as if we got our weekly Tuesday Noon Siren Test in early when some of San Francisco’s emergency sirens went off today at 3:45PM to … mark the end of Sunday Streets Chinatown?

Take a look:

The siren signified the end of Sunday Streets this week in Chinatown. We apologize for any concern.”

So more than just the one siren went off and that was the mistake?

Why should our City Family be horsing around with the emergency sirens in the first place?

So we should call them San Francisco’s Emergency/End of Sunday Streets sirens?

Anyway, it sounded like this:

Here’s an update from Tom Prete of Ocean Beach Bulletin:

“A siren from San Francisco’s Outdoor Public Warning System sounded at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, but a City Twitter account stated that the siren was activated accidentally.”

And here comes Johnny-come-lately AlertSF.org:

“The sirens were activated citywide inadvertently this afternoon. There is no emergency in San Francisco.

Thank you,
Alert SF”

A Modest Proposal: “Sunday Streets Treasure Island” – Next Time the Bay Bridge Shuts Down – Just Walk to TI!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

So, if this is worth doing on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

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…why not let’s have a Sunday Streets on the western span the next time Caltrans or whoever does work on the eastern span, you know, the next time they shut down the bridge over a three-day weekend.

Then people could walk or ride their bikes to islands Yerba Buena and Treasure, if only for one day.

So sure, leave a lane or two open on the western span for TI residents to escape the isles and for trucks to service the eastern span. And maybe Homeland Security could have a few snipers around in case a sleeper cell tried to attack the main suspension cables.

But that’s it, that’s all we’d need to do.

All right, make it so.  

Justin Herman Plaza Update: 2011 Had OccupySF, Opposing Bank of America, But 2012 Has “Bank of America Sunday Streets”

Monday, March 12th, 2012

2011:

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And this was yesterday during the kick-off of “Bank of America Sunday Streets* 2012”

You see, back in 2011, we opposed Bank of America, but now everything’s A-OK, it would seem.

2011 was bad for BofA, but spending a few thousand dollars on Sunday Streets makes up for that, the thinking goes.

“Financial partners include… PG&E, Lennar, Park Merced…”

Oh well.

*Kind of lackluster, actually. People don’t seem to care as much about this event as much anymore. It’s become more kind of a private-public, corporatist, corporate sell-out these days. Anyway, you can see some of its tents on the left and a few cyclists going past the Ferry Building, if you look hard enough.