Posts Tagged ‘vision’

Examples of Two Kinds of Horrible San Francisco Pedestrian – Human Nature vs. Infrastructure – Why “Vision Zero” 2024 Won’t Be Attained

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Bro on the left with the dog is “jumping the green” – he had to abruptly stop in the middle of California inbound once he noticed outbound traffic:

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Were he and his dog were to be hit, the SFPD would find him at fault, yet people would say, “Oh, he was in the crosswalk. He was Murdered By Traffic through an Act of Traffic Violence.” (And then somebody would point the History of “so-called Jaywalking.”)

In any event, you can live your whole life as a jaywalker and never get hit by a vehicle and, in fact, most people manage to pull this off. Moving on…

To this, the woman on the left who started on a yellow. Now, speaking of infrastructure, should there be a “ped only” signal with a countdown timer here? Sure, why not? Oh, the reason why the SFMTA can’t do something is because it doesn’t have enough money and employees? Well, that’s one viewpoint – that’s the SFMTA’s viewpoint, certainly.

Of course, most of the ped deaths on the streets of San Francisco last year were the fault of the peds themselves. Refusing to acknowledge this aspect of traffic safety, the way SFGov is doing right now, means that Vision Zero 2024 will fail.

Traffic safety is a people problem, not an infrastructure problem…

Double Fantasy: Nobody Actually Believes That SF Vision Zero 2024 Has a Chance of Succeeding, and Yet…

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

…the party line from both SFGov and the SF “Vision Zero Coalition*” is that there’s a chance of eliminating all transportation deaths in San Francisco starting from 2024 and then continuing in perpetuity.

The arrangement looks something like this:

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The way to prevent transportation deaths is to get inside the heads of people to find out what went wrong. The Vision Zero Coalition calls that kind of approach “victim-blaming” and then focuses on traffic bulbs and tree-filled medians.

Here is reality, from 2014:

“The Police Department found that in the 17 pedestrian deaths, drivers were responsible for eight and pedestrians were responsible for nine. Bicyclists were responsible in all three instances when they died.”

One area where SFGov could apply an NTSB-style safety culture approach would be with MUNI operators in particular and SFGov employees in general. But there’s no chance of that happening, I don’t think. So SFGov isn’t serious. SFGov likes to host photo ops, but SFGov isn’t serious.

Oh well.

*All these groups:

Alamo Square Neighborhood Association
California Walks
CC Puede
Central City SRO Collaborative
Chinatown Community
Development Center
Chinatown TRIP
College Hill Neighborhood Association
Community Housing Partnership
Council of Community Housing Organizations
Excelsior Action Group
FDR Democratic Club of San Francisco
Folks for Polk
Friends of Monterey Blvd.
Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association
Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco
Lighthouse for the Blind
Livable City
Mission Community Market
Mission Economic Development Association
National Federation of Filipino American Associations
North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
SF Housing Action Coalition
SF Bay Walks
San Francisco Unified School District
Senior & Disability Action
South Beach Mission Bay
Merchants Association
Tenderloin Housing Clinic
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
United Playaz
Walk San Francisco
Yerba Buena Alliance

Are You Ready to Laugh? MUNI’s Latest Vision Statement is “San Francisco: Great City, Excellent Transportation Choices”

Monday, November 14th, 2011

[UPDATE: Akit weighs in with alternatives. A sample:

“We continue to suck, and the public knows it.”

“Proposition G saved us millions, and we used it to pay for the central subway.”

“There’s no such thing as a guarantee, except fare hikes and cuts in service.”

“We love cameras, including the malfunctioning ones operating on our entire fleet.”]

Look what just popped up this AM on MUNI’s section of Al Gore’s Information Superhighway (AGIS):

“Vision: San Francisco: Great City, Excellent Transportation Choices”*

What a fucking joke.

Leave there be no doubt, San Francisco will never ever have “excellent” transportation choices.

(To wit, what about the politically-motivated Central Subway boondoggle – is that an excellent choice or is it a terrible, political choice?)

Oh well.

But, as always, You Make the Call.

I wonder what the old “Vision” was. At least with the draft Mission Statement (see below) or the  TEP “Transit Effectiveness Project” (which was great on paper, but never really got off paper for the most part) we had realistic words.

Oh well.


Draft SFMTA Strategic Plan

*Now what if it said, “Excellent City, Great Transportation Choices?” Wouldn’t that be better? Or how aboutExcellent City, So-So Transportation Choices?” I think we should strive to have a merely average transit system. That’s my Vision.

“Draft Vision
San Francisco: great city, excellent transportation choices
Draft Mission Statement
We work together to plan, build, operate, regulate and maintain the transportation network, with our partners, to connect communities

Items for Discussion
• Does vision sound right in terms of where we want to be?
• Does mission capture what we do?
• Have we identified the right goals to achieve the vision?
• Have we identified the right objectives to achieve the goals?
• Will the performance indicators give a good picture of how we’re doing?
• Are the performance targets too timid or aggressive?
• Should we be more explicit (e.g., modal priority, maintenance & expansion)?
Next Steps
Revise and review the Strategic Plan (November 2011).
Present the Strategic Plan to MTA Board (January 2012).
Begin developing initiatives and actions (January 2012).
Coordinate the Capital and Operating Budget with the Strategic Plan (April 2012).
Each Division develops plans to implement the Strategic Plan (June 2012)

20-40: Welcome to My World

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Actually, it’s more like 20-200, IRL.

But thank Gaia for eyeglasses – they get me to a post-op Tiger Woodsian 20-15.


The New Parkmerced Vision Plan Looks Awesome – It’s a Whole New City Down There – The Future is Now

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

For starters, get up-to-speed on The Future of Parkmerced over at Curbed SF, and check 0ut the ParkMercedVision as well.

Now, here’s the news – there are brand-new reports, or at least drafts of reports, like this one available now. Enjoy:

Parkmerced Vision Plan 10.14.10 DRAFT

Personally, I think Parkmerced was an innovative idea, back in the day, but it’s one that shouldn’t have been executed. However, these plans for 2025 and 2030 could turn a zero into a hero. IMO.

Anyway, even if you don’t care about the Future of PM or its effect upon southwestern SF, the new draft pdfs have some nice photos. Like this:

Now, here’s what our Planning Commission has to say:

Upcoming Public Hearings at the Planning Commission:

November 18, 2010:

Overview of the Project and Development Agreement
(Informational Only – No Action)

December 9, 2010:

Overview of the Project and Development Agreement
(Informational Only – No Action)
Initiation of Amendments to the Planning Code, Zoning Maps, and General Plan (continued from Oct. 21)

See you there!