But will he tailgate you for a mile or two on an empty freeway because he doesn’t want to pass you on the left? Yes, yes he will:
I cry foul.
So what’s this, yellow for visibility instead of SFPD blue? No seven-pointed star? No oro en paz, fierro en guerra screaming chicken on the shoulder patch, which I don’t know about since I couldn’t see any patch from the side anyway.
I’m forced to assume* that you’d be able to tell dude’s SFPD from the front.
Here he is, on Randy Shaw’s traffic sewer, the first block of troubled Turk Street, in the twoubled Twitterloin:
I approve not, Gentle Reader.
*Or maybe he’s BART? I’m still not sure. In all my years, I’ve never had this much trouble ID’ing the SFPD.
This Chrysler product, having decals I’ve never seen before IRL, has something to do with the filming of Terminator 5 about San Francisco these days.
That’s my first point.
Does This Thing Have A Hemi? Yes, yes it does:
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Also, the code name for the production is VISTA, as you can see on the yellow sign.
That’s my final point.
Here’s what things looked like on August 1, 2014 at a MUNI bus stop that just debuted as a new “commuter shuttle” stop:
I think MUNI meant to say MUNI/COMMUTER SHUTTLES instead of MUNI-COMMUTER SHUTTLES, but who knows.
Note that the small print advises those with Concerns or Complaints to
go to Hell call 311.
Here’s the place, on Hayes at Clayton:
Things were pretty sedate around here before the shuttle program began. (Yes, Hayes is a thoroughfare, as it has the 21 Hayes bus line but that bus doesn’t run as much as the nearby #5 Fulton just to the north or the lines on Haight just to the south.)
Anyway, some of the area NIMBYs are upset, so they started a direct mail campaign and they posted fliers about.
Like here on this rather dirty building, which lost some paint when the fliers came down cause the tape they used was extra strong oh well:
So that’s it – life here is pretty much the same as far as I can tell. I’ve jogged past these two stops, the inbound and the outbound right across the street from each other, four times now, during times when I know that there are hundreds of people milling about the 415 / 628 waiting for dozens of shuttles, and I haven’t seen nothing.
Perhaps the NIMBYs were wrong? Perhaps all good and bad points about life in the 94117 will remain unaffected?
Well, here’s the sign:
I’m reading that as “BICYCLES ALLOWED USE OF FULL LANE CVC 21202″
“V C Section 21202 Operation on Roadway
21202. (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations…”
That’s the rule.
There are exceptions of course – see them below.
But you don’t want the exception to swallow the rule, right?
And actually, what 21202 does is take away your right to use the whole lane.
Now of course, in the opinion of some, all lanes are “substandard width lanes,” so if that’s the case, one of the exceptions listed below will “swallow the rule” and, therefore, 21202 doesn’t mean anything.
But IRL, the rule means something, just saying.
Oh what’s that, you’ve been told different? Well, people tell you different because of their ideology. Hey, would you prefer to hear from a bicycle advocate who’s not an ideologue? Well, here you go:
“Ride to the Right, But Within Limits - When riding slower than the normal speed of traffic, you are required to ride as far right as “practicable” (meaning safe). You are not required to ride as far right as possible, which may not be safe. You are allowed, but not required, to ride on the shoulder. CVC 21202, CVC 21650, CVC 21650.1 9″
Hey, how would that look as a T-shirt? Not so hot, really. It would sound like a lecture, you know, like we all need to keep to the right ‘n stuff.
But it’s the Truth, like it or lump it.
“(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
(4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.
(b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.
Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 674, Stats. 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.
As seen in Civic Center back in the aughts:
How will we remember The Aughts? IDK.
This is how I’ll remember the aughts, a time when you (well, not you yourself, but some people, well, maybe just one person, for some reason) could easily recover from big, big mistakes like this…
Confession: I still have a pair of Crocs (pink, size XXL, thank you very much) from that time Costco sold a few container ships worth, back in the aughts. Of course they weren’t counterfeit, but they were less than $15 and that pissed off the Crocs people oh well.
Back in the 1990′s, Euros went Around The World via French House.
These days, they use tiny BMW’s:
“Around the World with a MINI F56 2014.
Start, 16. June 2014 in Germany.
7 countries, 2 months, 2 people, MINI takes the States, 22.000 km. Kick-off 16. June 2014″
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It’s Around the World in 60 Days.
Bon Courage, you daft punks.
UPDATE: This just came in, FYI:
“MINI TAKES THE STATES Motors Across The Country With High-Flying Send-Off From Tony Hawk
MINI owners from around the world rally from San Francisco to Boston: 14 states, 18 cities in 15 days
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Motorers, start your engines! MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2014 is now underway. The rally kicked off early on July 27(th) with fellow MINI owner and partner, Tony Hawk, performing a MINI inspired skateboarding stunt to send off MINI owners itching to hit the road.
Here are what these signs look like on Sunset Boulevard way out there in the Parkside / Sunset part of outer San Francisco County:
After the recent deaths in this area, SFGov appears to be highly motivated to make changes.
The signage around here is still a fucking mess, but one assumes that some of the older signals that are there might now be coming down this weekend when the new signals get turned on.
Here’s the tunnel view heading north as it stands now – how many signs and lights and banners has SFGov put up for drivers to look at here? I’m counting about three dozen and, actually, drivers can see even more further to the left and right of this scene, including an SFPD vehicle seemingly permanently parked on Yorba specifically for you bad drivers to see and react to.
IMO, the modified pedestrian-activated HAWK light experiment, signals that would flash yellow but never actually go red to stop traffic, is a massive failure.
IMO, SFGov continues to expect waaaaaay too much from its drivers (particularly elderly drivers, particularly those who shouldn’t be driving anymore) and its pedestrians (particularly elderly pedestrians).