Tuesday, May 03, 2011

More MTA stupidity

Streetsblog quotes Mike Sallaberry:

“We determined it [left turn signal] has a great ‘bang for the buck’ value on improving safety and bicycle flow on a heavily used crosstown route,” said Mike Sallaberry of the SFMTA Sustainable Streets Division.

Anyone familiar with the Scott/Fell intersection knows that cyclists now make a left turn on the red light onto the bike lane on Fell Street, which means that Sallaberry is not only not getting city taxpayers a "great bang for the buck" but he's wasting money with this foolishness.

Recall that Sallaberry was the MTA official who failed to sell my neighborhood on the wisdom of taking away street parking on Divisadero to create a transit lane for the #24 Divisadero bus during commute hours.

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17 Comments:

At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why were you against taking away parking on Divis for the 24?

Why do you hate Muni???!!!

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I don't hate Muni. On the contrary, I think it's a pretty good system, considering City Hall consistently underfunds it. I don't own a car and ride Muni or walk everywhere.

No one at the meeting I wrote about---I linked the story---was in favor of what Sallaberry wanted to do. (One woman was willing to allow the changes on a trial basis.)

Divisadero is already radically short on street parking in the commercial area, which is why it will never be a destination like the Ninth and Irving neighborhood or even the Mission.

Besides, when the city did its makeover of Diviz last year, it eliminated bus stops at Fulton and Ellis Streets, which has noticeably helped improve the speed of the #24 line through that part of the city.

 
At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over on streetsblog, that groupthink bunch of bike nuts a poster named Easy as Pie is now promoting vandalism on cars. Using a bike lock to scratch and damage cars.

What next? Will the bike nuts start using guns to shoot car drivers.

More insanity from these nut bags.

 
At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because one speaks for all...

 
At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can anyone logically say one person speaks for all cyclists? If a driver kills someone while driving drunk, are all drivers then insane assholes? No. Each person is an individual, did you skip grade school? This is basic human stuff here.

Anon is the kind of person who would see a cyclist pause instead of stop at a stop-sign then harass the next cyclist they saw because they are all "bike nuts". Or have a fixie get too close one day and sue the city to make sure all cyclists remain in harm's way.

 
At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fixies should be completed made illegal to ride on the public streets. They are uncontrollable.

When a cyclists advocates damaging cars, then we can see they are out to harass drivers at any cost.

Wrong. Dangerous. Entitled. Illegal.

 
At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another drunk driver killed someone last night.

ALL DRIVERS SHOULD LOSE THEIR LICENSE!!!!

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger Mike Sallaberry said...

Unfortunately, Mr Anderson doesn't relay the fact that the initial parking proposal for improving the 24 was vetted with the community and, when there was opposition, revised it in a way that was roundly supported by the community and still effective at improving travel time by the 24. That included the bus stop consolidations and the traffic signal modification at Oak/Divisadero.

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The bus lane was a bad idea and was opposed by the community, but you're right that eliminating bus stops at Ellis and Fulton has helped the #24 on Divisadero.

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

By the way, I walk through the Scott/Fell intersection every day, and I've never seen a cyclist wait for the green light before making the left turn onto the bike lane on Fell.

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never? As in not once?

Fuck you Rob.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

No, never. Now my data base includes only those cyclists coming up Scott to make that turn as I arrive at the intersection. But it's safe to say that very few cyclists wait for the green light to make that turn.

 
At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so full of shit. You have blinders on and only see (most likely only remember) what you want.

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You're projecting your own shit. Anyone who knows that intersection knows what I'm saying is true.

 
At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not arguing that it doesn't happen often, but there are people who stop. And if the intersection was redesigned to not leave cyclists in the middle of nowhere with cars buzzing them at 30 mph, then maybe more would stop. But to say that NO ONE stops, you are just an ignorant asshole.

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

How exactly would you design that intersection? The bike lane is on the south side of Fell Street. If it was on the north side, the new lights would make sense, and cyclists would have to wait for a green light to get to the other side of the intersection to access the lane (As I've suggested before, putting the bike lane on the north side of Fell would also avoid the present conflict the lane has with drivers going in and out of the Arco gas station at Fell and Divisadero, but I think city cyclists seem to like that conflict with a business---owned by BP!---that provides fuel for those devilish motor vehicles).

As it is, cyclists now make the left turn on the red light into the bike lane. The only risk in doing so is the fast-moving traffic coming down the hill on Fell Street. If a driver makes the left turn onto Scott from Fell, it puts the left-turning cyclists in danger.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

$187,500 for a traffic light that cyclists will ignore.

 

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