Posts Tagged ‘traffic’

Useless Make-Work: Four Parking Control Officers Standing About Mission and South Van Ness During the Folsom Street Fair

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The problem here isn’t that this intersection needed a brace of PCO’s – the problem here is that this is a giant three-way intersection near the Folsom Street Fair.

There are four here, all told, all in the southern part of the intersection. What are they doing?

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How are they helping?

Is this SFGov’s way to fix the problem of the Warriors wanting to put their arena right next to already-existing UCSF Mission Bay – they’re just going to bill the Warriors to have four PCOs standing around a bunch of intersections?

How will that help?


Golden State Warriors Arena Boosters Meet Today, September 23rd, at The Ramp, 855 Terry A. Francois Blvd

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

All the deets:


NBA Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy To Be Displayed At Tonight’s Event Hosted By Neighbors, Small Business Owners, Community Leaders

SAN FRANCISCO – Tonight Warriors Ground SF, a coalition of neighbors, small business owners, and community leaders, is partnering with the South Beach Mission Bay Business Association to host a special event supporting the 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors and their proposed sports and entertainment center.

Attendees will include fans and supporters who live or work near Mission Bay and South Beach. Newly appointed Golden State Warriors Arena Project Chief Operating Officer Stephen Collins will be on hand to conduct a Q&A with attendees, moderated by South Beach Mission Bay Business Association President Patrick Valentino.

***Guests will also have the opportunity to take a picture with the NBA Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.***

WHAT: Community Event Supporting the Golden State Warriors’ Proposed Sports and Entertainment Center; Photo Op with Trophy

WHO: Stephen Collins, Chief Operating Officer of the Golden State Warriors Arena; Neighbors, Project Supporters

WHEN: TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Ramp, 855 Terry A. Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA

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About Warriors Ground SF

Warriors Ground SF is a neighborhood organization that brings together enthusiastic supporters of the Golden State Warriors’ mixed-use development project in Mission Bay – including community leaders, fans, business, labor, entertainment industry representatives and residents from across the entire city.

Our coalition is about more than just basketball. Warriors Ground SF has been made possible by months of open, above-board dialogue and community planning. In a larger sense, it is the result of many years of public planning for our neighborhood. Many of our supporters have been participants in this extensive public process, which has shaped the Warriors’ development so that it meets the community’s needs.

About South Beach Mission Bay Business Association

SBMBBA represents restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and professional services businesses in the South Beach Mission Bay neighborhood in San Francisco.

Our mission is to actively engage neighborhood businesses through sustained outreach, monthly meetings, networking and small business related events. SBMBBA promotes and advocates for member businesses, while working with city departments to build a stronger local community.

So, San Francisco Simply Can’t Afford Traffic Signals on Geary, Where They’re OBVIOUSLY Needed?

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Man, this is not how I’d cross wide, wide Geary, I’ll tell you:

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The driver of the car heading inbound in the fast lane didn’t see these peds, so a passenger held out his arm as a way of apologizing, oh well.

The way to cross Geary would be to wait for reds at adjacent intersections OR to cross where there is a signal.

That’s what I’ve learned as a walker on the mean Streets of San Francisco.

Instead of going on a massive signal installing campaign, SFGov would rather promise you Pie In The Sky, a promise to repeal the laws of physics and human nature by the year 2024, you know, by the time that all the pols what voted for said Pie In The Sky have termed out, conveniently.

VisionZero they call it.

Look Closely – Our SFMTA N Judah Express Jammed Up at Oak and Masonic – Urban School Work + Poor Design

Friday, September 4th, 2015


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Is somebody in charge here?

‘Cause if somebody is, I’d have a few notes.

This Double-Parked Moving Van is a Preview of the Coming “Improved” Masonic Avenue During Rush Hour

Monday, August 24th, 2015

There are proper ways of moving furniture into and out of a place on Masonic, but this method…

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…isn’t one of them. Dudes were here for a good long time on a relatively quiet Saturday afternoon.

Of course there are pros and cons to the coming changes to Masonic, but one thing’s for sure – the backups are going to be epic.

SFGov and Traders Joe’s Both are In Denial of This Persistent Jaywalking Problem at the First Block of Masonic

Friday, July 31st, 2015

I suppose I’ve been harping on this issue over the years.

Who created this problem? SFGOV, including  the Planning Department, for starters.

Who can do a better job of fixing things? SFGOV, including the SFMTA, for starters. And IDK, SFPD and DPW? And Trader Joe’s as well.

Here’s a recent example, just a couple of Bros on the west side of Masonic wanting to get to a parked car on the east side, just above the SFMTA’s Presidio Yard. (Note that they might not even be TJ’s customers, but their transit across four lanes of traffic is at the same place where shoppers do it.)

All these southbound cars have stopped for the red light at Geary. So far, so good:

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But uh oh, cars are now coming up from Geary in the northbound lanes – it’s time to rethink and try again later:

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Or, in this case, spend 2.5 minutes going down the hill to Geary, wait for the green light, and then ascend back up Masonic.

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This is the choice people face. Sometimes they err and get hit by a car.

I’ll tell you, if you look at the death rate in Frisco due to earthquakes the past century vs. the death rates of Trader Joe’s shoppers jaywalking in front of TJ#100 the past decade or so, they’re about the same.

What can SFGov and TJ’s do now to fix things, to account for Human Nature?

Examples of Two Kinds of Horrible San Francisco Pedestrian – Human Nature vs. Infrastructure – Why “Vision Zero” 2024 Won’t Be Attained

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Bro on the left with the dog is “jumping the green” – he had to abruptly stop in the middle of California inbound once he noticed outbound traffic:

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Were he and his dog were to be hit, the SFPD would find him at fault, yet people would say, “Oh, he was in the crosswalk. He was Murdered By Traffic through an Act of Traffic Violence.” (And then somebody would point the History of “so-called Jaywalking.”)

In any event, you can live your whole life as a jaywalker and never get hit by a vehicle and, in fact, most people manage to pull this off. Moving on…

To this, the woman on the left who started on a yellow. Now, speaking of infrastructure, should there be a “ped only” signal with a countdown timer here? Sure, why not? Oh, the reason why the SFMTA can’t do something is because it doesn’t have enough money and employees? Well, that’s one viewpoint – that’s the SFMTA’s viewpoint, certainly.

Of course, most of the ped deaths on the streets of San Francisco last year were the fault of the peds themselves. Refusing to acknowledge this aspect of traffic safety, the way SFGov is doing right now, means that Vision Zero 2024 will fail.

Traffic safety is a people problem, not an infrastructure problem…

This Sign Never Lies – I’ll Give You 420 Guesses Why You Should EXPECT DELAYS Today on Fell Street from around 3-7 PM

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Click on the photo to animate the GIF, to see why you should EXPECT DELAYS:


Let me just say that if you get all worked up fretting about the trash that’s going to be left after the hippies leave after 4:20 PM, then THERE”S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.

Closing with your 411 on 420 in the 415:

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If Trader Joe’s Needs Traffic Cones for Its Parking Lot Off of Masonic, It Simply Steals Them from MUNI

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Or so it appears:

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The Good and the Bad of Our SFMTA’s Recent Rejiggering of Oak Street Near Horrible Octavia “Boulevard”

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

What’s this? Well, it’s traffic backing up on Oak from failed Octavia Boulevard all the way up to the top of Alamo Heights, like Fillmore.

Why? Let’s hear about the SFMTA’s 2014 to-do list from Rose Garrett of Hoodline:

Restriping Oak between Octavia and Laguna and reconfiguring parking so that two full right turn-only lanes would stretch the entire block of Oak and two additional lanes would continue straight

What’s happened is a change of driving culture so that nowadays, drivers feel less like suckers when they queue up in the right lane of Oak and there’s less line-jumping to the right between Laguna and Octavia:

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None Shall Pass! over this newly painted solid line:

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Some still do of course, but this happens less than before:

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Now’s not the time to get into why the 100% perfectly earthquake safe Central Freeway was ash-canned for this deadly Octavia Boulevard monstrosity. But now, apparently, is the time to try to fix things, you know, a decade later.

Already, those wishing to stay in Frisco now have a clearer shot of escaping this mess by using the left lanes. New construction with $3000-something per month non-rent controlled studios will dominate the north side of this block. We’ll see how this one goes.

It’s hard for a needlessly prideful political animal like the SFMTA to admit that it made a mistake constructing this “vision” of the New Boulevard Movement or whatever the Hell it was called backed when the failed Boulevard Movement was in full swing. But now, after some Berkeley prof has gotten all that money in consulting fees and basked in the glory of those award ceremonies, our SFMTA is less possessive of its creation – it’s more willing to admit its mistakes, if not through a press release, but at least by trying to fix things.

Now, is it good for traffic to back up a half-mile on a regular weekend afternoon? No, but this is an improvement nevertheless.