Posts Tagged ‘traffic’

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:

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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.”

Frisco Traffic: Historic Streetcars, Bike Riders and Unregistered Ferraris

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

As seen on Market Street:

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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.

Oh well.

Our SFMTA Lacks the Energy to Keep Up with the Foot of Golden Gate Avenue, So Unofficial Orange Cones Mingle with White Posts

Friday, 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.

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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…

Tiny Grant Avenue Gets Blocked for Minutes as Tourists Hop On and Off a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

At the entrance to Chinatown:

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And here’s the reverse angle of the same bus at the same place, with people still hopping on and off minutes later:

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How long is this process supposed to take, BigBusTours?

Our SFMTA is Taking Over More Streets for Its Use – Here’s How Sansome is Going – Wrong-Way SFPD

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Here’s how the formally one-way Sansome is looking at Broadway these days

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And here’s the result – heading north out of the Financh:

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The SFPD doesn’t mess with this mess as it can just go north in the southbound lane.

This is another kind of meh SFMTA initiative. It’s not a game-changer and it doesn’t appear that it will ever become any part of any game changer, even when added with other things…

After Being Criticised, Our SFMTA Puts Up “Safe Hit Posts” on Golden Gate Avenue

Monday, July 18th, 2016

These two white posts have been installed at the foot of Golden Gate:

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Here’s the view from Market:

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The unofficial orange cones are still around though.

I suppose this closes a chapter on the book of the new Golden Gate Ave bike lane

CARMAnation is Still Trying to “Disrupt Parking” in Frisco

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Here’s the pitch..

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and here’s the story, from a couple years back.

“lya Movshovich

Hi All,

You cannot monetize public assets for individual company gain. Just because an app can be built, doesn’t mean it should be.

I’m a Co-Founder and CEO of a San Francisco based startup called CARMAnation (www.carmanation.com). We look to help solve parking issues via the true intentions of the sharing economy – working with the community to benefit the community. Our users share their PRIVATE available parking spots with one another.

Having tech startups trying to solve the parking problems with their own unique approach means there is a need to disrupt the industry. Technology is a wonderful thing, it can solve/simplify a lot of problems, but it has to be done right, otherwise “Monkey Parking” is what happens.”

I wonder how they’re doing.

Cf. SpotOn

The “SFMTrA” Puts Up Traffic Cones on Golden Gate Avenue

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Here’s the scene at the foot of Golden Gate yesterday during the Evening Drive – what’s new is the orange traffic cones:

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Our SFMTA didn’t put up the cones, the SFMTrA did. See?

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So of course these cones are unofficial (unlike this one from last week, when a made member of our City Family put an orange cone near the curb so drivers wouldn’t run over the legs of people warming up in the slow lane of Market inbound).

On it goes

Wow, That was Fast: Here’s the New Bike Lane on the Twitterloin Part of Golden Gate Avenue – Lots of Congestion Already

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

So I heard that the beginning part of Golden Gate in the ‘Loin, the Tender / Twitter -loin, was going to get a bike lane just a few weeks back. And I says to myself, I says, “I better check it out afore things change.” And I did but then I thought, no, neighboring McAllister is a much better way to travel inbound, even though our SFMTA / DPW just recently rejiggered the traffic lights in front of the troubled Hibernia Bank Building most unhelpfully.*

But then a week later, I saw this – it’s just a paint job, for now:

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Speaking of signal timing, I think you’d really need to hustle to make the green lights. I’ll be satisfied to be delayed by just one red light from Polk to Market – prolly the one at Hyde Leavenworth.

Anyway, speaking of that area, drivers turning right from GG onto Hyde just might get in your way. A lot. We’ll see how this works out.

Oh, and here we go – on the same day, just by coincidence, I came through in a car. Lots of backed up traffic, as one might expect, oh well. See the pedestrian timer? The light turned red soon after and it was stop and go at each intersection even though traffic was not backed up at the intersection with Market, oh well:

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So now Golden Gate seems more like the foot of troubled 6th Street, which is the SoMA street what GG feeds into.

IDK, maybe I’ll start using this part of GG every day. The new bike lane is in beta, more or less, so we’re not yet aware of all its issues.

Well see…

*So they take the trouble to make the foot of McAllister a two-way street and things seemed to be working out, but then they make the intersection with Market a mess with blocked #5 Fultons all over. Perhaps this is due to nearby construction? Our SFMTA has a real problem with traffic light timing – it’s like it doesn’t care a whit. The SFMTA isn’t a safety organization, it’s an un-safety organization. This isn’t a money problem, it’s a management problem. Sry.

Our SFMTA Declares War on the Evening Drive on or Near Market – Raising Money on “Blocking the Box” Enforcement

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Of course I’ve been around in Frisco longer than the SFMTA so I  have sperpective on the SFMTA that differs from how the SFMTA looks at itself, like it’s a “forward-looking” agency and whatnot.

Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of saturation of PCOs on our streets during the PM commuting hours. So take a look at that link and then look at these from Friday.

Like on Thursday at Bush and Sansome, you had a PCO with his hands in his pockets simply waving cars through at the proper time. But on Friday, Here Come Da Judge, handing out tickets with abandon. I’ll tell you, this Prius driver didn’t do himself any favors, as it doesn’t really speed up your commute to improperly sit in a crosswalk for a minute or so. But it DOES get you a fat three-figure “parking” ticket. Sure, try to fight it, but PCO dude just took a digital photo of you, so lots of luck:

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What’s this another Prius 30 seconds later? A ticket for you too, prolly, I couldn’t tell. But the Nissan on the left? That’s what the PCO is writing up right now.

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So why do some PCOs help wayward drivers from out of town not block the box some days and yet on other days just sit back and ticket away? IDK

Now let’s head over to 6th and Market to see an Uber driver gesturing “what’s a matta you” to a PCO stationed there

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Unlike Bush and Sansome, drivers coming down Golden Gate to 6th (and later the 101 or Bay Bridge) actually have a chance of not blocking the box  if they creep through the intersection right before a yellow. So maybe this Prius driver didn’t get a ticket after all. Even though he’s yelling at somebody with the power to hand out tickets.

And here’s the PCO, making hand-written notes? Recording a license plate number? Writing poetry? IDK.

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Anyway, I’ve seen many sorts of strategies from our SFMTA over the years / decades. I don’t really understand them all. Alls I know is that the SFMTA strives to become bigger bigger bigger each and every year, whether it acts properly or not. Oh well.

And I’ll tell you, I’d never go to Walnut Creek or Mountain View and block the box, and if I did, I wouldn’t go on a loud tirade against anybody who might give me a block the box citation. But, for some reason, out of towners with long long commutes in their Toyota Priuseses do, oh well…