We have a bypass that goes crosstown for cyclists called the wiggle. This is a bike path that follows streets around the Haight-Ashbury hill. A person new to town does not understand that it is possible to get from the Mission to the Haight without going up any major hill. In San Francisco, we have 43 hills over 47 square miles. This means we have one hill for every 1.1 square miles. Although SF is not one continuous grid pattern, most hills can be avoided by simply jogging over one block.
Dear bike riders, take the parallel street! Usually there is a nice residential, less commercial street just off of a transit artery that is immensely safer for less conflict collision: Scott Street or Baker off Divisadero for starters—Page Street instead of Oak or Haight—Valencia instead of Mission. Howard Street, for example, has marked bike lane sharrows instead of scary Mission Street. Take Polk Street instead of busy Van Ness, which is highway 101. The list goes on. It just is not safe to be on Van Ness or Divisadero during Peak Period-- what most commuters call Rush Hour.
Sharrows are the arrow like bike icons indicated a shared lane with vehicular traffic. They are stenciled in the center of the lane so cars are not in a reduced width lane because of a separate lane for bikes. All these extra paint marks on the street do make for a confusing first time if you are in a car visiting San Francisco. What with transit islands and taxi and bus lanes, the driving space for regular traffic becomes constricted. This philosophy is extended to discourage automobile use, but with the advent of ride share vehicles in large numbers, the squeeze play can become not unlike a video game. But unlike on a screen, injury and collision is real.
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Scott street bike path on "The Wiggle"
If you are aware of car numbers, chances are you have a good handle on understanding the system. If your awareness extends to run number, car number, cap number, and line number, then your status is elevated to that of a Muni God. By reading this book, you too, can be elevated unto that Heavenly Status.
One of the regularly occurring delays are those boarding passengers who cannot locate their pass or change. Their fumble to locate the pass takes many forms: Unable to pull the pass out of a pocket from behind a jacket: The pass is in a clip or wallet that is too fat for the pocket opening: The pass around around their neck on a lanyard is tucked tightly behind a jacket that has tough snaps or zippers. Making transit free would eliminate all of these delays.
Some of these flash presentations are hilarious—or frustrating, such as not knowing where the transfer is. True, the transfer paper is extremely thin, and very hard to find when you don’t remember where you put it. But oh, the Drama: Not having the fare counted, or not knowing the fare: Not having a clipper card with money on it: Having more than one clipper card in the wallet and triggering the shutdown alarm: Having a bank card or other magnetic strip rendering the clipper card inactive: Displaying an invalid fare: Dropping money or belongings on the floor, or down the steps, or out the door! Dropping tobacco leaves or clothing threads or hair in the coin drop: Placing folded bills in the coin drop—sliding dimes into the bill meter—What were you doing while you were waiting for the bus to come?
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The Plea Bargain
This was used in the movie "Speed." Annie makes it to the doomed bus as Sam the bus driver jokes that this boarding point is not at the bus stop. I have expanded this with the train and plane analogy of questions. " Where do you catch a train?" "At a train station." "Where to get on a plane?" "On a jetway at an airport." "And where do we get a bus?" Some of you latecomers are so puffed up with pride, you may never get on a bus. But if you pronate yourself as if praying to the Muni God of Nigh, the Transit Operator, Grace has been known to open the back door! (occasionally.) This would be a good chapter for a movie. I wish I could call up some clips on the plea bargain. The plea bargain can come silently with the eyes, or with a huge, loud, profane word! The more over-the-top, the better!
We have so many obstacles in the bus zone from magazine stands and street poles, we really don't need bikes to add to the problem.
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FAQ's : Q1:Doug how many book versions are there?
A1: I have written three books; Dao1 in 2012 (rev. 2016)- Finding Zen in San Fran Transit; Dao2- The Art of Driving a Bus -A Line Trainer's Guide 2015; and Dao3-The Trolleybus of Happy Destiny 2018.
Q2: What formats are they in?
A2: Softcover, Hardcover, e-reader, and audiobook.
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Durable materials seldom fail. Quality Endures.
Meet the MACK, a 1950's Motorcoach still in mint condition.
Just like Tom Hanks in Polar Express, we still made change and punched tickets.
These old toggles still work great and are a lot more durable than the knobs we have now: this was built to last.
Turn signal cowling on the 1969 GM Bus on display by Ferry Plaza on Muni Heritage Day 2019.
"To the moon Alice, to the moon."
These colors remain bold to this day.
Copper pedestrian reflections.
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