Posts Tagged ‘traffic’

Yet Another Burden for Overwhelmed Divisadero: Work on a One-Way Block of Scott Commences

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Northbound Scott is now Right Turn Only at Fell, FBOW:

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Anyway, if you don’t want Google buses on Scott anymore, Mission Accomplished.

The Failure of the Federally-Funded SFPark Program is Shown on Clement – Saturdays v. Sundays

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Was this shot of Clement taken on a recent Saturday or a recent Sunday? Well, IDK, as the parking / double-parking / handicap placard free parking abusing looks pretty much the same to me:

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This is despite the fact that Saturdays reflect implementation of the more market-rate SFPark approach but Sundays, well Sundays are ANYTHING GOES DAYS, due to our SFMTA board deciding that FREE SUNDAY PARKING was GOOD, and then DECIDING THE FREE SUNDAY PARKING was BAD, but then deciding that FREE SUNDAY PARKING was GOOD once again.

Myself, I’m not the kind to max out a parking meter and then lollygag about tending to bidness, as that (along with taxis, UBER, Lyft) is for non-cheap people, right?

Anyway, in part due to an extremely high amount of handicapped placards issued about town, the parking sitch looks pretty much the same from Saturday to Sunday.

If our SFMTA was really serious about increasing “parking availability” here, it’d jack up meter prices and then institute charging for parking on Sundays again. We’ll have to wait and see when that will happen.

What JFK Drive Looks Like with Three Lanes of Traffic Heading West, As If We Had a Hurricane

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

This was a rare occasion yesterday. Anyway, you had three lanes of traffic, one the regular lane, another the parking lane, and the last the bike lane:

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No subways, no freeways out this way of course. So even a small disruption turns things to gridlock. So, far from being “resilient” (a quite-favored term in the 20-teens), we are fragile.

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Oh well…

In One Photo, How SFGov’s Vaunted “VISIONZERO 2024” Campaign Isn’t Going to Work Out – By 2024 or Ever – An Unfunded Mandate

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Do I have that right? Like SFGov simply mandated away any and all transportation-related injuries and deaths starting in 2024 and continuing into eternity – that’s SF’s Vision Zero.

Note that this plan will fail only after all incumbents have termed out, how convenient that is.

The thing is that the amount of effort required to even come close to attaining this vision, one that governmental employees are compelled to say they think could actually come true, I mean they have to say it even though there’s no way that they could actually believe, I mean their $300K+ per year pay packages require them to say that, is not even close to being funded.

So this is the kind of thing we end up with:

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Now, is this “improvement” an actual improvement, you know, ’cause some “improvements” are later disavowed by the SFMTA and other so-called improvements don’t actually improve anything? Well, sure, a bigger, better traffic signal. Fine.

But has this intersection now been “transformed” in preparation for 2024 when Frisco will become the only city in the world with a population of more than a half-million to have zero transportation-related injuries? No, not at all.

And is Frisco going to revisit this intersection afore 2024? I seriously doubt it, based upon their scheduling.

So this is it, this one intersection is now Vision Zero 2024-ready.

Except it’s not. And that’s because traffic signals don’t cause traffic accidents, people do.

In almost all of the cases of course.

IRL, traffic accidents are caused by negligence or recklessness. And that kind of thing is what our SFMTA isn’t addressing, not really.

Of course, we could simply ban private vehicles from San Francisco, but even that wouldn’t make the quite impossible Vision Zero possible. And of course banning private vehicles would be quite a heavy lift.

So that’s the state of Vision Zero 2024 from the standpoint of 2017…

How People Got Around Frisco BEFORE Lyft and UBER: The Secret Phone Numbers of Veteran’s Cab in SoMA

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is: Gritty HARRISON 1500 –>, lovely COSTCO #144, and of course, the Italianate red/white/green of VETERAN’S CAB 502-1300 all down at 11th and Harrison in SoMA:

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I don’t know how things work now but back in the day if you were a regular / reliable customer, cab companies / drivers would give you secret phone numbers that would get you to Dispatch quicker than the public “sucker” lines that you’d see: in the phone book (yes, an actual book); painted on the sides of cars; or, in the case of Veteran’s, lit up in neon for tout le monde to see.

I can’t recall anything at all about 415 502-1300. I suppose it was ahead of my time. (Maybe it connects you to UCSF these days.) But I DO recall 415 552-1300 from the pre-UBER/Lyft era. At that time, if you gave that line a jingle ’cause you needed a taxi at, let’s say 7:00 PM on a Saturday night, you’d most likely get a busy signal, oh well.

Why? Well it’s ’cause there were <1000 taxi medallions in Frisco for the longest time. This shortage meant that cabbies could make bank, especially considering how cheap rents were Back Then compared with now. It was such a sweet job that former Mayor Willie Brown drove a taxi to pay his way through UC Hastings Law School back in the 1950’s. And in the 1980’s, Frisco was gaining a national reputation as a place where it was hard to find a cab. Read THE MAYOR, THE CABBIES and the 84 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION – Historical Essay by Rua Graffis, United Taxicab Workers, 1996 for the reason why.

Anywho, just think about what phone number cabbies would use to call in for a tow truck if a taxi broke down – they sure as Heck wouldn’t use the sucker line, right? They’d call a number where somebody would actually pick up. That’s the kind of number that you’d want to use.

What’s that, you lived out at 25th and Irving way out there in the Sunset? Well in that case, you might have had to wait / give up on getting a taxi, but at least an effort would be made. Or maybe a taxi driver heading in that general direction would drop off and then swing on by in 20 minutes or so.

I’m not saying that that was great, but all this attention paid by the taxi industry to those who knew how to get through meant there was less attention paid to some tourist / newcomer who didn’t know anything.

Of course, our Chamber of Commerce and our tourist industry HATED this situation, but then, in part due to the difficulty certain ballers (like Travis K) had finding a taxi in Frisco ’round about a decade ago, ALONG CAME UBER AND LYFT.

Now, any rube can get a ride, but traffic is much worse, and getting worser, so who knows which era you’d prefer.

Ah, mem’ries…

Lyftpocalypse Now: How Our SFMTA Could React to the Rise of UBER with One Simple Trick at Oak Octavia

Monday, May 8th, 2017

You know what a pigeon drop is? I sort of do, but I still don’t get it, not really. I’d be like, well, how is this going to work. And it was the same thing with the Octavia Boulevard disaster, which pitted a handful of landed millionaires of Hayes Valley, like a just a few homeowners, against all the little people of the West Side. It went back and forth a few times, but the West Side eventually lost and that’s how we ended up with the Octavia Boulevard disaster. Anyway, I never believed in it and I still don’t.

So that was then and this is now – traffic backed up all the way up and over the hill, going west from the Octavia Bottleneck. And this isn’t rush hour, this is just some random weekend day, when MUNI doesn’t even try, not really.

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So I’m guessing that most of these drivers are trying to get to a freeway, but this plays Hell with crosstown traffic, which is down to Just One Lane.

But look ahead here – there’s a line of parked cars on the left side starting with a red one, see?

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So why not just get rid of parking here? Wouldn’t that ease the bottleneck?

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It sure would.

Of course our SFMTA is mad at UBER / Lyft these days and yes the arrival of all these Priuseses has hurt mobility, but why doesn’t the SFMTA react? Why can’t it fix its mistakes of the recent past?

What’s that, the SFMTA wants “buy in” from HV? But why is the SFMTA bending over backwards for HV over like eight or so highly intrusive parking spaces? I don’t get it.

And really I never did.

UBER Lyft Weekend Update: OMG, Please Please Please Learn How to Drive in Frisco

Monday, May 1st, 2017

So here’s an UBER Lyfter from Only God Knows Where (Merced? Santa Cruz? IDK) who’s taken the opportunity to block the fast lane of traffic going the opposite way on Masonic with his ride? See him there?

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So yeah, this is a legal turn (currently) and you’re allowed to wait in your own lane, but you’re not allowed to plant the front of your car into the oncoming lane, right?

Of course, yet another UBER Lyfter was doing the same thing in the southbound lane in a kind of TNC paux de deux, but that’s no excuse and that driver could look forward to a break in traffic, but you can’t, in part, due to the line of traffic you created yourself. So you block two lanes of traffic until your light turns yellow and even you realized that’s it’s time to complete your turn.

What’s that, you need to turn here? Well, obvs, but you’re doing it wrong and for no reason. Wait in your own lane, Dude.

What’s that, you just started driving here and/or there’s a 90% chance you’ll be moving on from this gig afore year’s end, so even if you learned how to drive in Frisco, it won’t help with whomever replaces you? Well, you got me there, Travis. You got me there. Moving on…

To this. So UBER Lyfter in the red car here on Pine is being told by GPS to turn left now, but get this, the driver is in the middle lane and whoops, there’s traffic, like the white car UBERer you can see. What’s the solution? Simply come to a dead stop in the middle of Pine, patiently signalling your intent to turn left. If this takes like ten seconds, well who cares, because you need to turn left here.

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Anyway, that’s just part of the weekend.

UBER Lyft drivers, welcome to Frisco, but you all are FAILING, and in a big way. Try harder to stay outta the way when you visit the 415…

Annual 420 Day 2017 – 1) Huge Vapor Cloud; 2) Minors’ Meadow; 3) The Bum Rush; 4) Unnecessary Street Closures 5) SFGov Featherbedding

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

1) Hippie Hill before 4:20 PM:

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Hippie Hill at 4:20 PM:

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2) People were getting carded at the gate, so what to do? How about hang out betwixt Kezar and Stanyan, how’s that? A high school scene:

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3) Alternatively, there’s always the bum rush. Hundreds made it through this one rupture over a period of about three minutes. Security guard in the yellow on the left there knew just what to do – he shut things down with a quickness. You can see some of the lucky ones past the gate to the left of the unecessary ambulance. Why would you bum rush? You’re a minor, you want to bring in your glass bong, and/or you didn’t want to wait so long in line – those are my top three guesses:

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4) Traffic was going pretty good until SFGov started shutting down streets:

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I don’t know why they do this – seems an overreaction:

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So Hayes Street temporarily becomes New Fell Street

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Count the #21 Hayeseses totally stuck in traffic:

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5) So when SFGov complains about how much money it has to spend on Annual 420 Day, leaving aside how much effort it puts into promoting tourism, like how it sent its white collar worker$ to “volunteer,” you know, on the clock, for the NFL’s Super Bowl Experience or whatever the Hell it was called last year, take a look at this unecessary featherbedding – it’s a street sweeper sweeping nothing. How much does this cost, a $1000? IDK

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Anyway, all this foo forall seems a make-work program for SFGov to placate the millionaire homeowners in the area, you know, on Annual 420 Day.

JMO.

SURF’S UP: If You’re a True Coachella 2017 Baller, You’ll Fly There, Twice, on a Turboprop Airliner for $3000

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Do you know the way to COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL?
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You know, this is the point where I’d usually offer up some kind of critique, but I can’t really think of any.
Now IIRC, this post here raised my ire, since a turboprop isn’t a jet, but I can’t hold the Surfers liable for that,
And then’s there this BS:

Don’t Fly on Props – JetSmarter‎ Ad try.jetsmarter.com/‎ Fly year round on jets for less than Surf Air.”

You know, I think I have a beef against almost all aviation-related start up except this one.

 Anyway, have at it:
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There Should Be a Traffic Signal Here at the Start of JFK Drive in GGP – This Photo Shows Why

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

This JFK inbound at Kezar, on the way to Oak.

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It gets backed up, as you can see.

This congestion is a function of the lights at Oak and Stanyan. The cars you see here dribble through the stop sign one by one. It could easily take five minutes or more for the cars you see here to make it through, oh well…