Posts Tagged ‘traffic’
A Modest Proposal to Lessen the Impact of Horrible Octavia “Boulevard” by Removing Parking Spaces on OakWednesday, October 12th, 2016
The cars on the left lane of this block are parked, which is part of the reason why this block of Oak has idling cars on it all the time.
So why not make the left a tow away zone, allowing drivers to get through this congested block more easily? All the SFMTA would have to do is take out like eight spaces:
I mean, is this situation here what was “envisioned” a dozen years ago?
How to Ask Our SFMTA to Not Give a Ticket for Excess Parking? – ONE SIMPLY TRICK! – Use an Orange Traffic ConeTuesday, October 4th, 2016
I’ve seen this all over town:
Does it work?
But the owner of this car is telling/asking PCOs to not get ticketed, either due to being an SFMTA employee, or some other SFGov employee or being a minimum wage contractor hired through The City or some Community Benefit District to sweep up the sidewalks, or having some color of authority…
Myself, I’ll be spending September 7th putting superglue in the 3.5mm TRS headphone connector of my Samsung Galaxy, in sympathy with my Apple-using Brothers and Sisters:
And now, one more thing: j/k. Enjoy your new headphones, your Blueteeth. I’m sure they’ll work most of the time. And if not, well, just throw all your stuff and buy some more shiny from Big A – you’re worth it, you deserve it…
San Francisco Had At Least _41_ Traffic Fatalities during the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year – Is This a Record?Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Here it is, the data from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016:
BUT, this chart excludes “3 pedestrian light rail vehicle (LRV)-related deaths, which are not routinely reported to SWITRS, to ensure comparability between data,” whatever that means.
I think it means that if the SFMTA runs you over, it shouldn’t be counted as a San Francisco traffic fatality, even though, of course, it would be.
And then, what about deaths from Caltrain? Are those counted? And what about deaths on freeways, like the I-80 and the 101? I don’t think these are counted either.
And what about deaths from regular SFMTA buses. I suspect there’s resistance to tallying all those up, for whatever reason. For example, in 2014, somebody got hit by a westbound #38 bus on Geary near Pierce(?) and that didn’t make it on the official “San Francisco Police Department Summary Reports on Fatal Traffic Collisions” report for that calendar year.
Speaking of which, I don’t think the SFPD makes that report/makes that report available to the media anymore, for whatever reason.
Anyway, that’s at least 41 traffic deaths in one fiscal year – that seems very high. Perhaps it’s the highest ever, IDK.
Mmmm, what if the Dear Leader of North Korea sent word to the Traffic Commissioner of Pyongyang about how all traffic deaths would be eliminated by a certain date in the near future? I’m sure the Commish would say that this goal will certainly be achieved, even though the commish him/herself would certainly know that such a thing is impossible IRL. Otherwise, the commish might get shot, right?
Well, no SFGov workers ever get shot by City Hall, but they act as if risking a promotion is like risking getting executed, so they’re all, “Yes, there’s a chance that Vision Zero will work,” but by the year 2024 and all years after that, forever, seriously? Isn’t there some obligation on SFGov employees to admit that this goal would be desirable, but that it’s, of course, impossible? IDK.
Not saying that Vision Zero, whatever that phrase means, is causing this increase, just saying that Vision Zero, which is basically old wine in new bottles, doesn’t really have an effect on the statistics.
Closing with the news from the Traffic Commission of Pyongyang, NK:
“Goal: Zero Traffic Fatalities by 2024
Goal Status: NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
Fiscal Year 2015-16 Result: 38 traffic fatalities
This metric measures the number of traffic fatalities occurring in the City and County of San Francisco. Every year in San Francisco, about 30 people lose their lives and over 200 people are seriously injured while travelling on city streets. Vision Zero, adopted as a city policy in 2014, is San Francisco’s commitment to eliminating traffic deaths on our streets by 2024. Through building better and safer streets, educating the public on traffic safety, enforcing traffic laws and adopting policy changes, we can save the lives of all road users—people who walk, bike, drive, or ride public transit. Achieving Vision Zero requires leadership and commitment from City agencies, elected officials, community stakeholders, the public and the private sector to find the right solutions for San Francisco.”
As seen on Market Street:
Properly registering and insuring a pricey weekend car is prohibitively expensive in California, on a per-mile basis, so that’s why so many people don’t do it. You gotta pay them “use taxes” to get started and then you face annual ad valorem taxes.
Our SFMTA Lacks the Energy to Keep Up with the Foot of Golden Gate Avenue, So Unofficial Orange Cones Mingle with White PostsFriday, July 29th, 2016
For a few days anyway, you’d see just a pair of white safe hit posts from the SFMTA here at the foot of Golden Gate near Market. But then along comes the unofficial SFMTrA to put the unofficial orange cones, which instigated the SFMTA into putting in the white posts, back up.
So this is how the story ends, with the lazy SFMTA asking for more money to do what it’s paid to do already and some dude maintaining the orange cones on a regular basis…