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CultureBus II? Market Street Railway Says No to MUNI’s $5 F-Line Fare Proposal

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Market Street Railway President President Rick Laubscher has some thoughts this morning about MUNI‘s proposal to raise the cash fare for the F-Market historic streetcar line.

Will the F-Line turn into another fiasco like we just had with the $7 CultureBus 74X? And how will MUNI leader Nat Ford manage to get by making an annual salary that’s merely $308,000 more per year than our Governor’s?

We should get some answers today at City Hall. Stay tuned. 

Here are Rick’s Eight Points:

1. The F-line is a core Muni service and should be treated as such.
2. Muni should collect the fares it’s already charging.
3. The F-line is cost-effective at its current fares.
4. Staff’s revenue assumptions from the fare increase are dubious
5. Different fares at the same Muni stops will slow down operations.
6. “Let ‘em buy a Fast Pass” is not an acceptable response.
7. Exceptionally high fares on the F-line hurt the city’s economic vitality.
8. Muni wants to penalize a line that “people want.”
 
And here’s Rick missive to MUNI riders:

$5 for an F-line Ride? An Open Letter to Nat Ford January 19, 2010 by Rick Laubscher, Market Street Railway
 
On behalf of Market Street Railway, I have sent the email excerpted below to SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.  All are welcome to borrow and elaborate on any of these arguments in your own communications with decision-makers on this matter.

Remember, the SFMTA Board gives initial considerations to its staff’s 2010 budget recommendations, including the proposal to raise F-line fares from $2 to $5, Tuesday, January 19 at 2 p.m., Room 400, City Hall. 

You can reach Mr. Ford at 415-701-4720 or by email here. You can register your opinion with the SFMTA Board members by emailing this address. You can also reach Mayor Newsom at 415-554-6141 or by email here. Your opinion counts.

Read the whole thing, after the jump. 
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San Francisco’s MUNI Bus System Totally Pwned by Halloween Critical Mass 2009

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

San Francisco’s monthly semi-unauthorized bicycle parade was well-attended and exceptionally ugly last night. Did your bike suffer any property damage (“let’s fucking beat up his car!”)? For whatever reason, Halloween Critical Mass 2009 had lots of gaps so that led to confrontations at every intersection – confused car drivers were tempted to just push through to end their lengthy waits. And the SFPD seemed less pro-bike than I’m used to seeing. Oh well.

Now, grab your parasol, pack your marshmallows, count the choppers, put on your PJs, and raise your fixie. Let’s take a gander.

Just look at the stalled MUNI buses and trolleys (trollies?) stretching from Mid-Market all the way back to the Ferry Building last night: 

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The riders could only just sit and stare:

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Stare at this, a car-free Market Street:

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Now let’s take it to the streets. Ichiro was there. He started going on about how there’s “sexiness in the infield.” OK fine:

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About an hour or so after the six-ish P.M. starting time, the stalled buses started to pile up: 

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A happy corker vs. an unhappy corkee at the intersection of 8th and Market Streets.

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After a while, car drivers start getting into this rolling Rorschach test. Some sit on their cars…

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…while others, like this SUV driver, get out to fruitlessly confront the madding crowd:

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IMO, parolees display the least tolerance for CM. Oh well. They just can’t handle it.

A stalled driver gets freaked out by Pumpkinhead:

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Thank Gaia the cops were there:

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Oops, here there are, pushing along the stragglers on Market:

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And then an error – the main body of riders hung a right and headed up Van Ness. That’s not the way to cork MUNI, which got back to normal on Market Street round about 7:30 PM. Oh well. Van Ness from Hayes looking north up to California – the whole thing was entirely filled with bikes:

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So there’s your Halloween Critical Mass 2009. See you next year.

The Final Sunday Streets for 2009 a Huge Success – More to Come in 2010

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The second Sunday Streets at Ocean Beach in 2009 went off without a hitch over Labor Day weekend. There was a bigger fog situation and a smaller crowd this go around, but that was to be expected.

 The Yelpers loved it, anyway.

District 6 supervisorial candidate Rafael Mandelman was spotted on his bike in Golden Gate Park, and of course, Zackdaddy was there with his “football” at the skating area near Fulton and 6th Avenue:

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So let’s give kudos to Mayor Gavin Newsom for enabling Sunday Streets in San Francisco. Read all about it, below.

See you next year!

    “MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES SUNDAY STREETS BECOMES PERMANENT PROGRAM”

“San Francisco, CA—Days before the final 2009 Sunday Streets event on
September 6, Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the continuation of this
popular event as a permanent program in San Francisco.

“This Sunday’s event is the finale for 2009, but Sunday Streets will be
back in 2010 with more routes, longer hours, more San Francisco
neighborhoods and more programs at each event,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“We have created a new tradition in San Francisco that will improve our
quality of life for years to come.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), co-sponsor of
Sunday Streets 2009, will be the lead agency for the Sunday Streets program
starting in 2010. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office will continue to provide
leadership support for the program, and Livable City, a sustainable
transportation advocacy non-profit, will continue as the fiscal sponsor.

“The SFMTA has been proud to join with our City partners and Livable City
to promote healthy family outdoor activities this summer. Working together
on programs like Sunday Streets, we can increase the use of sustainable
transportation to protect the environment and to ensure the City’s
sustainability for future generations,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA
Executive Director/CEO.

Sunday Streets creates safe, fun car-free space on City streets that give
San Francisco residents and visitors an opportunity to get out and get
active. Temporarily closing some streets to automobile traffic opens them
to people for walking, cycling, skating and playing. Sunday Streets events
create a stronger sense of community in every neighborhood they touch and
throughout the City.

San Francisco’s program began in 2008 with two inaugural events. This year
Sunday Streets featured six events along four different routes throughout
the City: April 26 from Fisherman’s Wharf to AT&T Park along The
Embarcadero; May 10 from AT&T Park to the Bayview neighborhood along the
Bay Trail; two events in the heart of the Mission District on June 7 and
July 19 (the latter coincided with the SF Symphony’s free concert in
Dolores Park); and the last two near the ocean, with a route through Golden
Gate Park and along the Upper Great Highway on August 9 and September 6.

Sunday Streets Main Event Area: Lincoln Way at the Great Highway

  • Free bike rentals provided by Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours
  • Sports Basement ‘Lube Fairies’- free basic bike maintenance and information
  • Sunday Streets main information table and media check-in
  • Sunday Streets Sponsor booths
  • Community Based Organization information tables
  • Food vending from local Sunset Merchants
  • California Academy of Sciences “Penguins to Penguins” activity center
  • Solar Telescope Viewing, 11am-1pm, presented by Morrison Planetarium
    (note: this event is dependent upon weather, clouds or fog cancels)
  • Historic displays from “Playland-Not-at-the-Beach” museum
  • Cyclecide pedal powered amusement rides made out of recycled bikes
  • Kid’s Activities- see list
  • Fitness Activities- see list

Kid’s Activities: Main Event Area (Lincoln/ Great Highway) and Great Highway at Sloat

Presented by the YMCA of San Francisco, and Stonestown Family YMCA

  • Heroix 4 Kids
  • It’s Yoga Kids!
  • Hula Hoops, obstacle course, and kid’s games
  • “Penguins to Penguins” activities, presented by the CA Academy of Sciences and SF Zoo
  • Zoomobile and “Leaping Lemur” game, penguin crafts, SF Zoo- Great Highway at Sloat

Fitness: “Athletes Burn Rubber”

Human tire pull with live music by the Brothers Comatose

Presented by Bianchi Fitness

  • 11a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Rock and Pull
  • 11:30a.m.  & 1 p.m. Rock and Juke

Pets: MLK/South Drive near corner of Lincoln Way and MLK/South

Presented by Happy Hounds Massage

  • Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) adoption information
  • Grateful Dogs Rescue adoption and pet service information

Roller Skating: JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, near 6th Ave

Presented by RollerSoccer International Federation

  • RollerSoccer Demonstrations and games all day
  • Free skating lessons all day

Dance: 2 locations: Lincoln at Great Highway and JFK Drive at 10th Ave in Golden Gate Park

Presented by Cheryl Burke Dance, Boomercize (Great Hwy) and Lindy in the Park (GG Park)

  • 10:00-10:30 Learn to Waltz with Cheryl Burke Dance at Lincoln and Great Highway
  • 10:45-11:15: Rhumba with Cheryl Burke Dance
  • 11:30-1:30 pm: Dance workout with Boomercize
  • 1:30-2:00 pm: Brazilian Samba with Cheryl Burke Dance
  • 11:00-12:30 pm, free swing dance lessons with Lindy in the Park
  • 12:30-2:00 pm, Swing Dance in the Park following lessons

Yoga and Martial Arts:  

MLK Drive near Lincoln in GG Park

  • Yoga Presented by Sunset Beacon Center

Live Music:  

Presented by Riptide (Taraval), Rock the Bike and Young Performers International (GG Park)

Rivera Seawall, Taraval Street Fair, Golden Gate Park/MLK

  • Golden Gate Park- MLK, Pedal Powered stage by Rock the Bike
  • Young Performers International band: “Where’s My Toothbrush”
  • Rivera seawa;;, Bluegrass Jam with the Barbary Ghosts
  • Taraval Street Fair- main stage acts 12:00-6:00 pm

Taraval Street Fair: Taraval Street between 46th and 47th Avenues

Presented by the Riptide

  • Live music on the main stage, 12:00 to 6:00 pm
  • The Shi Tones (members of the Mermen)
  • All of A Sudden
  • Burning Embers
  • Arts and craft by local Sunset artists and merchants

Bike: Taraval and Upper Great Highway

Presented by the Presidio Community YMCA Bike Program and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

  • 150 free bike rentals by
    • Bike & Roll (Taraval)
    • Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours (Lincoln and Great Highway)
  • Bike & Roll’s ‘fun cycle, a bicycle built for seven!
  • Sports Basement “Lube Fairies” (Lincoln and Great Highway)
  • Youth Bike Rodeo by Presidio Community YMCA (Taraval)
  • SFBC’s Freedom From Training Wheels (Taraval)
  • Adult Bike Education hands on lessons (at Free Bike Rental Stations)
  • Electric Bike Demonstrations (Lincoln and Taraval)

Cross-park traffic, use:

  • Chain of Lakes Dr., 41st Ave. in the Sunset or 43rd Ave. in the Richmond
  • Crossover Drive, 19th Ave. in the Sunset or 25th Ave. and Park Presidio in the Richmond
  • Stanyan St. east of Golden Gate Park

For more traffic and transit information, go to: www.sfmta.com

The intersection of Great Highway at Lincoln will not be open to vehicle traffic on Sept. 6 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Sunday Streets Great Highway 2009 a Huge Success

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Well, yesterday’s Sunday Streets went off without a hitch under the pouring sun (after the fog went away, sort of). Check it out at the Richmond District Blog and elsewhere.

Here’s the heart of the party, at the intersection of Lincoln and the Great Highway in the outer Outer Sunset. Click to expand:

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Even auslanders came into The City yesterday to enjoy the Sunday of limited car access:

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Electric bikes everywhere in Golden Gate Park, for rental, for purchase, whichever:

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Plenty of young families made the scene:

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Aikido in the Park? Mochiron, tomodachi:

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It was just a little foggy out near the blue Pacific…

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…but the fog umbrellas proved useful:

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Hey, it’s District 6 Supervisor-Elect Debra Walker getting her ride attention at the free Sports Basement temporary fix-it shop:

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So my Kawasaki Ninja (I kept telling them that it’s just a 600) isn’t welcome but this gas-powered “go-ped” is? Mmmmm

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 A tow is always nice when you’re skateboarding on the Great Highway:

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Plenty of engineers around…

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And a bit of a wait for the N Judah at the end of the day, but oh well.

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Yes DPW was fairly agressive about getting traffic moving again at 2:00 PM and yes, some cars trying to get across GGP were a-honking after waiting a while for the flow of bikes to stop, but all in all, everything seemed to work out.

See you again on September 6, 2009!

Sunday Streets 2009 Kicks Off at San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Today’s Ciclovía-inspired Sunday Streets, from South Beach all the way up the waterfront on up to Aquatic Park, went off without a hitch. Lot’s of people were biking, skating and walking around in the northbound lanes of the normally car-choked Embarcadero.

But let’s start from the beginning, with the suits. Here’s District 2 rep and President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu at last week’s press conference, which is ably described here by Erin Allday. You’ve got to assume Mr. Chiu has gotten an earful from the businesspeople in his district.

But it was all smiles with mayoral stand-in Wade Crowfoot and all the representatives of participating agencies and oranizations, including the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, as represented by Executive Director Leah Shahum on the right. Today’s S.S. seemed not as big a spectacle as last year’s kickoff, but that’s only to be expected due to the time of year and the shorter course.  

Now, on with the show today. A lot of people, but not too overwhelming. As promised, corporate signage was minimal, AFAICS.

Here’s what you want to see, a 500-pound bicycle built for seven complete with a sound system playing Stevie WonderSFBC Director Dan Nguyen-Tan (second from right) can be seen stoking this $13,000 Cobi Conference Bike around AT&T Park.

Some of the trolleys were full (like this one near the Ferry Building) and some were almost empty:

And what’s up in the sky but a World War II-era B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast. Sold off by Uncle Sam for $750  back in 1946. Take a flight yourself for just $400:

R2D2 and Zackdaddy dribbled a soccer ball up the Embarc while on inline skates:

The MSM appeared fascinated with facepainting:

A “Lube Ferry” from the Sports Basement doling out some free adjustments at the foot of Market Street

Mark your calendars for the rest of Sunday Streets 2009:

  • Sunday, May 10: Waterfront Route in the Southeast Sector, highlighting the San Francisco Bay Trail, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in May. From AT&T Park to the Bayview Opera House, along the Bay.
  • Sunday, June 7: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street,
    Valencia Street and 19th Street
  • Sunday, July 19: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street,
    Valencia Street and 19th Street
  • Sunday, August 9: Great Highway Route. Connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach.
  • Sunday, Sept 6: Great Highway Route. Connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach.
  • More deets after the jump.

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    The Charming Historical Street Cars of San Francisco’s Embarcadero

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    This is what rush hour looks like on San Francisco’s famous Embarcadero waterfront road.

    These electric trolleys operated by MUNI are from all over the world.

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    A Pacific Electric Railway Red Car Trolley on the Streets of San Francisco

    Sunday, January 25th, 2009

    San Francisco’s MUNI has it’s very own Pacific Electric Railway Red Car, #1061. The Red Car system of Los Angeles County died out, as detailed in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, so the Market Street Railway decided to re-use the red-and-orange paint scheme as an homage. 

    This particular PCC railcar was never in L.A. It spent most of its life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The real El Lay vehicles were double ended – this one has a front and a rear.

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    No matter, people love it anyway. Look for it on Market Street’s F-Line.