Monday, May 31, 2010

Walking Men 99

I don't know why I hadn't heard of this before! Artist Maya Barkai has covered a construction wall near Ground Zero in New York City with 99 images of 99 different 'walk' signals from around the world. I'm fascinated by these different signals and I love this piece of public art!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pedestrian Turn Signals

Because, you know, interacting with people is, like, gross. Sixty or so years of car culture and our sick minds come up with things like these:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

No, Parking

A couple months ago I wrote about new parking meters the city had installed along Brannan Street between 7th and 8th. 20 or so new revenue-generating parking meters is a small, but good development. Even smaller but very puzzling is the absence of meters at two spaces in front of a perennially for-lease building.

These two spaces are in front of roll-up doors that bear stenciled 'NO PARKING' signs and curb cuts. Naturally, these are driveways. Hence, no parking meters, right? Not so. Immediately behind the roll-up doors is a plate glass window.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Consider it Done

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority has created a Facebook page in order to relay announcements and gather feedback from the public. If only changing SF's parking policy was so easy.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rail-ready BRT

The Transport Politic follows up today on news of Ottawa, Canada's plan to convert it's bus-only Transitway to light rail. It's worth reading because the Geary BRT project here in SF is using exactly the same "rail-ready" model that Yonah Freemark attributes to Ottawa, a model that may not realize the kind of cost savings its proponents frequently cite.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hello BART

Did anybody catch the BART reference on tonight's new episode of The Simpsons? Hilarious!

Note, in the show's 20-year history this isn't the first reference to our BART, but there haven't been many.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I gotta say, it's really tough to be an advocate for Muni these days.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

TransForm Wants to Know How Low You Can Go

According to TransForm, The average American driver drives 250 miles a week. In an effort to get that number as low as possible, the local transit advocacy organization is holding its Car-Free Challenge the first week of June. Check out their first promo video:

And if, like me, you're already car-free you can and should still sign up!