Tuesday, October 29, 2013

5/5L Fulton Bus Line Upgrades - Loss of 16 Parking Spots an Unspeakable Tragedy

Introducing the 5L- Muni's 5 year long plan to remove 16 parking spaces
Photo: Ron Pragides/Twitter
While 19,000 Muni riders are rejoicing over the new "upgrades" to the 5-Fulton, others are livid. The changes included stop removal and adding a limited service,  but it also contained a more sinister component: removing over a dozen parking spots to make more room for double bus loading and "safety improvements".  Muni's radical change to parking has at least 16 people fuming.

16 of 114 parking spaces have been eliminated along the 5 Fulton route!  All in the name of 19,000 riders shaving 10-20 minutes from their trip?  This is MADNESS!!!
Image courtesy google maps.  
The loss of these parking spaces is a tragedy, and got car lovers thinking, "why wasn't I informed about this plan during the last 5 years?!" Other complaints ranged from "There were only 3 meetings" and "why was there only a dozen community outreaches and approval processes?!  They should have done more!"  Vehicle owners are upset that the SFMTA would even think of giving up their parking spot just because it might shave 10-20 minutes off 19,000 transit rider's commute times.

When Brett Johnson noticed his personal on-street vehicle locker was removed for a more efficient and safer bus system, he was rightfully upset, "Now look, I'm all for a better, faster, safer bus route, but don't you dare take away MY parking space, and also leave everything else exactly the same."

Enjoy your new 5-Fulton as we destroy your on-street parking dreams!
image found here.  
Taking a page from Howard Chabner's Save(parkingandspeedingon)Masonic playbook, the group decided to start a "Save5Fulton"site.  The car park loving gang proposes they scrap the existing plan, go back to the drawing board and build upon "common sense solutions" They propose a plan that doesn't change any on-street parking, adds more parking, adds more traffic lanes, speeds up traffic, and adds some more parking again.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bikesore of the Week - Double the Displeasure

It's bad enough when bike are parked around town, but now we have to look at this bike abomination?  Go back to the drawing board you artsy fixed gear hipster aholes! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New York City - Times Square in Ruin

Veronica Moss Visits Times Square and shows us the wanton destruction these pedestrian "improvements" have had on the city and even if traffic has gotten better for motorists, it's still the worst idea ever.  I foretold of this doom years ago.  I wish you were my daughter Veronica Moss!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

SFPD Citing Bikers - "Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel"

Ticketing a biker is just this easy.
Image found here
The San Francisco Police Department has a limited amount of time and resources, and they're using it to tackle some of the big issues in the city; issues like Chess players on Market Street, enforcing dog bans in parks, and most importantly, busting bikers.

Deputy Kent exclaimed, "We're tired of trying to catch motorists speeding, illegal U-turns, running red lights, and endangering pedestrians and cyclists.  We heard that some bikes are strolling through stop signs at a couple miles an hour and we thought to ourselves, 'this is going to be easy!'"

Cop nestled into a bike lane to easily ticket a biker.
Image found here.
SFPD started the FIAB campaign when they realized they could catch bikers by walking, a light run, or in some cases, driving a block to ticket them.  "These people are pretty much endangering themselves, and that's just unacceptable to the SFPD for, reasons."

We also need to enforce the idea that these mechanical pedestrian extensions are a danger to society.  "I know people get this idea from Denmark and The Panhandle that bikers and pedestrians can coexist without stop signs and stop lights, but this is America!" said Kent.

Cop Ticketing Jaywalker for endangering his life because, "We care? *wink*  and it's super easy"
Image found here.
If the "Fish In A Barrel" program is a success, the SFPD hopes to completely abandon the little time they spend enforcing motorist laws and focus on Jaywalkers, texting pedestrians, and ticketing old and handicapped people who can't make it through the crosswalk in time.  "Even though motorists kill, maim, and destroy, it's just so much easier for my crew to catch people endangering themselves instead."

The Netherlands' bullshit idea that bikes and people can coexist in peace, rainbows. and unicorns  

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bikesore of the Week - Golden Gate Park

Disgusting bike orgy, courtesy of Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park hosted the "Hardly Strictly" event over the weekend, and rather than allow people to drive cars to the event like real Americans, they only allowed bikes and walking in the park.  The bikenuts parked them on a half mile stretch of asphalt that could have housed a few dozen cars.  What a total waste of space!