IDK why purple:
I guess it stands out under the glare of red lights?
Keep up the good work, SFFD.
I guess he sort-of-stopped in the middle of this crosswalk on Market outbound near Jones…
…like you can see more than one red here, when the light is against you…
…but a second later he was off again, to wait for the reds at 7th:
The signals at the goofy intersection of Market, McAllister, and Jones seem to be messed up lately, IDK why. There was a big redesign to make most of McAllister a two-way street in this area and that worked out OK I s’pose but this hasn’t been a good place to be in 2016.
(Note that the anti-pedestrian chains on the north side of the foot of McAllister have been removed, perhaps to fight crime. This place is pretty dysfunctional, of course.)
Anyway, here’s the kicker – the quite insincere I PLEDGE SAFE STREETS bumper sticker on the back:
On It Goes…
It’s Rental Vintage Cars:
So, if you park on the double yellow line, it’s OK?
I remember when they used to use big trucks, like this one driven by William Randolph Hearst III in an Examiner ad from back in the day.
Anyway, the driver stops in the middle of McAllister, drops off his load, and then idly chitchats with bodega operators while his minitrucks idles – this makes the block look like a crime scene, if only temporarily.
This is How We Live Now, in 2016…
As these tourists from Oregon will soon discover. They merely stopped in a yellow truck loading zone cut into the vast sidewalks of Market Street. When they finally noticed the PCO standing directly behind them, they bolted away outbound, like this:
But that doesn’t help, as stopping is parking and they were illegally parked.
The next step will be the bill for $91 coming in the mail, but, unlike most people with Oregon plates in Frisco, this crew looks like they’re actually from Oregon. So maybe the SFMTA will track them down to figure out a mailing address? Or maybe they’ll bide their time until this ride accumulates five tickets, and then it’ll be a towaway / Denver Boot?
A better strategy for drivers would be to talk to the PCO instead of just driving off, but I’m not saying that would necesarily work either…