Posts Tagged ‘wiggle’

San Francisco’s Wiggle Bike Route is Over Capacity, Right? – Here’s What It Looks Like to Take the “Northern Wiggle” to McAllister

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Instead of taking Oak to the Wiggle bike route when you hit the eastern part of the Panhandle, why not take the “Northern Wiggle” route to Mcallister the next time you need to get downtown?

So, from around Masonic and Fell, take the flattest route you can find to get to Fulton and Divisadero, then go one block uphill to McAllister, then ride all the way down to Market Street with a minimum of red lights and cops.

Thusly:

That’s how you do it…

Oh, and you know, those jaywalking pedestrians are a pain, right? Somebody ought to “outreach” them, “educate” them on how to walk, huh?

CW Nevius vs. The Wiggle Bicycle Route, 2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle’s worst writer takes on The Wiggle here.

(As usual, his reliance upon quotes from rich, white, older homeowners leads him astray.)

Leave us begin:

Local residents sometimes sit at the corner of Waller and Steiner streets and place bets on the bicyclists as they approach the stop sign.

FALSE.

Worse, when she yelps, “Watch out!” when riders nearly hit her, the response is often, “F- you. Mind your own business.”

FALSE.

“Our message is that pedestrians always have the right of way.”

FALSE. THAT MIGHT BE YOUR MESSAGE, BUT IT’S NOT CORRECT. NOT IN CALIFORNIA, WHERE PEDS ARE ROUTINELY HELD AT FAULT FOR THEIR OWN DEATHS…

“You literally have to play peek-a-boo,” said Marshall.

FALSE. YOU DON’T LITERALLY HAVE TO PLAY PEEK-A-BOO, ONE-PERCENTER. WHY DOES THE MSM ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE CRYBABIES?

 The most likely solution is to create “bulb-out” corners for pedestrians.

ASSUMING FACTS NOT IN EVIDENCE, ASSUMING THAT BULB-OUTS WILL “SOLVE” THE ISSUE YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, NEVIUS.

“Bulb-outs reduce the length of the crossing and also forces the bicyclists to slow down because they make the corner sharper,” Hodge said. “And (police) enforcement is increasingly important. We want to work with the police to identify space and behavior that are dangerous.”

UH, IS THE SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE COALITION TELLING PEOPLE TO STOP AT STOP SIGNS? IF SO, THAT’S NEWS TO ME.

While those sound like good ideas, there is a school of thought that says the more accommodations the city makes for bikes the more entitled the riders become.

OH, IS THERE ALSO A SCHOOL OF THOUGHT THAT SAYS THE MORE ACCOMMODATIONS THE CITY MAKES FOR REPUBLICANS, SUCH AS CW NEVIUS, THE MORE ENTITLED THOSE REPUBLICANS BECOME?

“I’m no angry motorist. I don’t even own a car,” Marshall said. “But once they completed the bike lanes and made it a complete route, in the minds of cyclists it has just given them the license to just go.”

UH NEVIUS, JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY SAYS SOMETHING AND BELIEVES IT, THAT DOESN’T MAKE IT TRUE. IMO, THE POPULARITY OF FIXIES HAS HAD A GREATER EFFECT. AND OF COURSE, THE WIGGLE HAS BEEN A “COMPLETE ROUTE” SINCE THE 1800′s.

Bike advocates would probably disagree, but Beckstead suggested a simple test.

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU SAYING, NEVIUS? WHAT THE FUCK DOES THIS MEAN? THE WORLD WONDERS. BIKE ADVOCATES DISAGREE THAT BECKSTEAD SUGGESTED A SIMPLE TEST?

USE YOUR WORDS, NEVIUS.

Uh, How Are You Supposed to Cycle from the End of the Wiggle Behind the Safeway to Market Inbound, Legally?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

This has been a mystery to me.

You’ve just come from the Lower Haight by going behind the Church Street Safeway to end up at Point A and, of course, you want to use Market Street to continue your journey inbound so first you’ll need to get to Point B.

Most cyclists just ride in the crosswalk, as dude in the photo is doing, but that’s illegal in CA currently, is it not?

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I guess you are supposed to walk your bike across Buchanan and then wait for the signal and then walk your bike across Market and then continue your journey.

Otherwise, you’re doing it wrong…

How Cyclists Can Get Downtown Faster by Avoiding the Wiggle: McAllister’s Route 20 Vanquishes Octavia “Boulevard”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

[UPDATE: And, you know, I guess I hadn't considered the one-way streets. Particularly inbound, they can get you there fast if you're up for lights timed at 20-something MPH. I've seen people on Oak and Golden Gate inbound, but, due to geography most likely, I haven't seen that many using the outbound analogs Fell and Turk. See footnote.]

Well here we go. This shot from United 931 shows, in high relief, why you’re better off talking McAllister Street, Bike Route 20, to downtown from the Panhandle and vice versa.

You see Alamo Square inside the red box on the lower left? It’s the summit of Alamo Heights, sitting there in the sunlight jutting in from the left.

The vaunted Wiggle bike path takes you from the Panhandle through Lower Haight and then behind the Church Street Safeway to Market Street and beyond. Your preferred alternative has you leaving the end of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle by taking Baker north to Fulton to Divisadero up to McAllister. That’s the pass over Alamo Heights – it’s the intersection of McAllister and Divis. Then it’s all the way downhill to Market.

You’re going between the camel humps, between Alamo Square and Kaiser Heights (seen in the sunlight on the left side).

Via jpp123

Now it’t true that Route 20, aka the Snickerdoodle, does have you climbing up, outbound, 20 more feet vertically, net, than the Wiggle (and also inbound – there’s one block of Divis that’s uphill a bit) and it’s also true that Route 20 has a couple steeper blocks betwixt Fillmore and Pierce in the Western Addition.

But, Route 20:

Is a third of a mile shorter

Is faster*

Has better pavement

Has you waiting less time staring at red lights (which is nice when compared to the Wiggle’s concomitant Market Street section with the Octavia Boulevard obstacle, which has traffic signals biased for car drivers heading north-south using Octavia)

Avoids hated Octavia Street / Boulevard entirely (cause Octavia simply doesn’t exist as a road in the McAllister area – it’s like you have a permanent green light)

Has less traffic

Has fewer peds to deal with

Has fewer cyclists to deal with (cause, you know, especially in the Lower Haight area, you just don’t know what those cyclists are going to do)

Is, due to the factors cited above, safer

Avoids the ridonculas behind-the-Safeway-to-inbound-Market puzzle that makes no sense (that I can see – I don’t know how to get across Market at Duboce legally without getting off and walking in the crosswalk)

Has zero cops sitting around handing out tickets (because you’re avoiding Fell and Scott, and Duboce and Steiner, and Haight and Pierce, and all the other places the SFPD hangs out during those periodic stop sign and red light enforcement actions)

Has Gallery 1269 to look at (optionally)

So, I don’t care, go whichever way you want. I’m just saying the Wiggle is the wrong way to get the Panhandle (and Beyond) from Downtown.

And vice versa.

*I suppose that jinking over to Oak and taking it all the way (almost) to Market might be faster still, although you’d have to decide which side of the street to go on. (The left side has more room, but there’s no longer a dashed line to keep left lane traffic out of your way. The wait at Octavia Boulevard might slow you a bit, however.

Oh, and there’s Golden Gate Avenue as well, inbound…

Know Your San Francisco AIDS Foundation Needle Exchange Program – Nine Operations Each Week

Monday, October 17th, 2011

It’s been a while, and things have changed a bit, so here we go again.

As seen behind the Church Street Safeway:

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All sites offer the following services:

  • Sterile syringe exchange
  • Safer injection and sex supplies
  • Printed resources and information on drug treatment, medical care, and health & social services

Additional services available at individual needle exchange sites are listed below along with site times and locations.

Site listings by day of the week

  • Monday, 7pm – 9pm: Ivy Street (between Polk & Van Ness/Grove and Hayes, next to Tom Waddell Clinic) (Yahoo! map)
    • Anonymous, free, oral HIV testing – Tenderloin Health 
    • Urgent medical care
  • Tuesday, 10am – 12 noon: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
    • Urgent medical care and referrals
  • Tuesday, 6pm – 8pm: Duboce (between Church and Market) (Yahoo! map)
  • Thursday, 12:30pm-1:30pm: Martin De Porres @ 225 Potrero Ave between 15th & 16th  (Google map)
  • Thursday, 7pm – 9pm: Hemlock Alley (between Post and Sutter/Polk and Van Ness) (Yahoo! map)
  • Friday, 12 noon – 2pm: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
    • HIV, Hep C testing, 12-2pm
  • Friday, 6pm – 8pm: 234 Eddy Street (near the Windsor Hotel) (Yahoo! map)
  • Friday, 7pm – 9pm: Mobile Outreach based at 16th Street @ Mission (Yahoo! map)
  • Saturday3pm – 11pm: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
Get the FAQ after the jump.
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Look What the Bicycle Coalition Has in Store: Bringing Back Hated Traffic Circles, Shutting Down Buchanan

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Ah yes, it’s the ThinkBike workshop of September 2011, whatever that was.

Now, remember the traffic circle imperative that was foisted upon us eight years ago? Oh man, did that ever suck. But, there were studies that showed how magical and great traffic circles would be, so the experiment began.

Most considered it a massive failure, but somehow the welcomed death of the Waller and Page Street traffic circles was “sad,” or something, for some people:

“Coalition project manager Josh Hart, however, acknowledges the circles may need some fine-tuning to better protect pedestrians and bicyclists. ‘People should give them a chance,’ he said. ‘It would be really sad to see this experiment fail.’”

No fine tuning was needed as fine tuning wasn’t the problem. The problem was the traffic circles themselves.

Well looky here. They’re ba-ack. Or at least some people somewhere want them to come back in some kind of recent fever dream / workshop.

See?

(That’s Page on the right – imagine a big arrow with an N next to it pointing to the left.)

This plan would ostensibly convert this part of Scott into a “slow shared street” but of course it’s a slow street and a shared street right now already, so I don’t know about that.

I’ll tell you, the San Francisco Fire Department would take a dim view of this plan, but oh well.

IRL back in the day, you’d never know what car drivers would do at traffic circled intersections - sometimes they’d stop anyway at each circle, sometimes they’d treat the circle like a Formula 1 road race chicane and cross over the crosswalks without slowing down. The promised gardens in the middle of the intersections were supposed to make the neighbors happy but that didn’t work.

The graphic also mentions deterring ”cut-through traffic” on Scott Street, but isn’t that the whole point of Scott Street? You know, so people can cut-through from one part of town to another?

Oh well.

Now here’s Market, Duboce, Buchanan which is no picnic for cyclists these days, particularly people using the Wiggle route inbound going behind the Church Street Safeway:

You make the call on this one. I’ll just note that the current situation is a mess.

I don’t think I’d favor slowing down Market Street traffic any more than it’s being slowed down now by, among other things, nearby Octavia Boulevard, which for some reason takes the lion’s share of the minute and a half traffic signal cycle.

OMG, McAllister Street to Become a Two-Way August 4th – All the Way to Market for Bikes, MUNI, and Taxis

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Well, here you go – in four short days, McAllister will become a fully two-way street.

This should speed up the #5 Fulton inbound, huh?

And now there’s even less excuse to use the Wiggle bike route (as McAllister and Divisadero make up a superior route to and from the Panhandle, sorry for saying that over again but it’s totally true.)

The News of the Day: 

“The SFMTA Announces Reconfiguration of McAllister Street

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that, effective Thursday, Aug. 4, McAllister Street east of Hyde Street will be reconfigured. Also, Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market) will be converted to two-way. The traffic reconfiguration and correlated completion of the overhead contact system (OCS) rehabilitation in this area mean that the nearly 16,000 annual 5 Fulton Muni trolley bus customers will now have a more direct trip downtown. The change will save the Agency more than $200,000 a year in operating expenses.

Effective Aug. 4, the new configuration will allow Muni, commercial vehicles and bicycles to travel eastbound on McAllister Street between Hyde Street and Charles J. Brenham Place. All other eastbound McAllister traffic will continue to turn right at Hyde Street. Only bicycles, taxis and Muni vehicles will be allowed to turn east on Market Street from McAllister Street. All other traffic will be required to turn right onto Market Street. All traffic will be able to make a right turn from northbound Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market Street) onto eastbound McAllister Street to access the block between Charles J. Brenham Place and Jones Street. The attached maps show the changes in the traffic configuration.

The current 5 Fulton route requires inbound vehicles heading downtown to make a right on Hyde Street and then a left on Market Street. The new route, made possible by new overhead wires in the eastbound direction, will allow buses on this route to go straight to Market Street, saving up to three minutes per trip. The changes to the 5 Fulton route will take effect after the testing of the new OCS in August.

The SFMTA’s Capital Investment Program includes the rehabilitation of the aging trolley bus OCS in various parts of the City. This vital work includes replacing existing poles and overhead wires. Rehabilitation of the OCS improves safety and service reliability and helps keeps Muni in a state of good repair. The OCS construction began last summer and was part of the 21 Hayes Pole Replacement project.”

Hurray?

Hurray!

Surf McAllister: Simple Geometry Explains Why It’s Better to Roll on McAllister Street Rather Than the Overhyped Wiggle Route

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I suppose this longboarder could have taken The Wiggle bike route, but he’s carving down McAllister instead. See?

The hilly part of McAllister – it’s a couple blocks: 

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So, if you are headed from the Financh or Mid-Market to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, taking McAllister to Divis is:

1. Shorter (by about a third of a mile);

2. Faster.

3. Safer.

And there are no cops handing out tickets for those who California-stop through stop signs. (The Wiggle is a cop magnet, of course – look for them on Haight and Scott.)

And, best of all, Octavia Boulevard, the place where Wigglers generally need to stop to watch the cars go by, is just a nothingburger by the time it gets up to McAllister Street. (The last thing our failed Octavia Boulevard needs is more activity, that’s for sure.)

Hurray!

“PEPSI Oak Fair Market Food & Liquor” – Boy Stands on a Ladder to Support a Tree – Your Fake Banksy of the Month

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Oh, due diligence reveals that I’m little late to this dance.

Anyway here’s what you can see these days at Fell and Scott in the EaPA – south of NoPA and north of SoPA:

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From a distance, it looks like a real tree.

To me.

The Green Bicycle Box on Scott Near Oak Appears to be Working as Designed – It’s Getting Used, Anyway

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Our Scott Street Bike Box appears to be working as desgined.

So much so, that there’s not enough room for all the cyclists, at times.

The thing remains invisible to drivers at night, but that doesn’t appear to have caused any issues, AFAIK.

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The SFPD apparently had a short-term enforcement action against cyclists cheating on the left turn most of them make a block later at Fell, but I haven’t heard about anything like that lately.