Archive for March, 2012

Look At The Hearts And Stop Burning Reds

Two new sets of hearts got tossed onto the telephone wires along The Wiggle yesterday. The set pictured above hangs at the intersection of Scott and Oak Street, and it’s the first time I’ve seen the hearts at this location.

I’m happy to see the hearts at this intersection, because on a daily basis I witness a lot of kooks on bikes making bad decisions by going early on the red light at Scott St and racing to Fell St.

Now I’ll roll a stop sign if it’s safe, but the three streets at the end of The Wiggle, starting with Oak St, are basically timed lights which improve the safety of bicyclists along the route. Here’s how to approach them:

Scott at Oak St – Grab some top tube and look at the hearts until you get the green light. You could go on the walk signal, but that’s going to put you at the Fell St intersection too early for the left turn signal.

Scott at Fell St – Approach at a leisurely pace, enjoying the bike lane. If you waited for the green light at Oak St and rode casually to Fell St, you’re going to get the left turn signal at just the right time. Crossing Scott St to turn onto Fell St while the light is still red will get you hit by a car, eventually, and I don’t want to see that.

Fell St at Divisidero – You’ve got to really be moving to make the green light (or, you risked your life crossing Scott St before Fell St and turned on red), so just ride leisurely towards Divisidero. Good luck with the cars and the gas station. For now, it’s just a crumby situation and you’ve got to be aware of your surroundings. I tend to let bicyclists who I know can really haul it up Fell St go in front of me at Divisidero, because it’s just polite, and without a separated bike lane on Fell St passing a fellow cyclists is a risky maneuver.

Riding a bike is all about efficiency so if you maintain momentum, even at a slow pace, you’re going to maximize your energy and have a better ride. In closing, take it easy, look at the hearts, and smile because you’re on a bike.

Getting Spit Out The Wiggle Into The Sunrise

Not a bad morning to be riding your bike in San Francisco.

Aquatically Radical License Plate

The actual license plate is shown in the first frame of this animation. It is a solid purple background with the sailfish. That alone is awesome, but the 1980s MTV treatment that it got helps.

Betting On Stranger’s Skee-Ball Games

Last week I found myself drinking canned beer with a friend at the Buckshot in the Inner Richmond. From where we were sitting at the bar there was a direct view to the skee-ball machines. Normally I wouldn’t think anything of this because who wants to watch strangers play skee-ball, but that night there was an official San Francisco skee-ball league game taking place (yes, a skee-ball league exists, go figure).

After watching the same people from each team roll game after game, you started to get a sense of their skill level and could more or less determine their average high score per game. Naturally, this lead to small stakes gambling. $1 bets. Loser buys next PBR. That sort of thing.

What we found out is that betting on stranger’s skee-ball games is fun, and not surprisingly, very addicting.

For betting lines, we stuck to over/under on the score per individual player. Before someone rolls their first ball, you propose a score and bet on whether you think it’s going to be higher or lower, and see if your friend will take the bet.

For example, say I bet my friend one PBR that a player is going to get higher than 400 points on one game. That’s a pretty good bet for my friend to take. 400 is a tough score to reach. If that player rolls a score equal to, or less than 400, I owe my friend a beer. If it’s 401 or higher, I get a free PBR.

Obviously there are other factors you can bet on, like how many times a player will hit the 80-point circle in a row, but over/under seems to be the easiest to track.

It was fun. I hope to do it again sometime.

“Lovin’ It” Wherever You Damn Well Please

Irvine, California is home to some of our nation’s most fearless fast food renegades.

[via Andrew “clappnasty” Clapp]

San Francisco Bike Commute

Considering riding your bike to work on streets of San Francisco? My buddy HumSF gives you a cyclist’s-eye view of his daily commute from the 94118 to the 94107.

He’s been riding in the city for a while, so if you’re a beginner I don’t recommend weaving in and out of traffic along Oak St, but doesn’t riding your bike look fun? It is!

You’ll also be on the edge of your seat as the ride takes you through a section of The Wiggle, the city’s “crash course for bikes!” Oh my!

How To Not Have Your Van Broken Into


via FourShore

Urban Jungle

Our friend Roberto takes us all on a walk through the Tenderloin Zoo, so you don’t have to. The artist seemed to be leaving clues along Hyde Street of a gorilla in the Tenderloin, which you eventually find on the corner of O’Farrell Street.

Seasons Change

The closing scene from a play called “Winter, the Season that Never Was.” Believe it or not, without fear of avalanche, people were skiing on the day this photo was taken.

Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, New York.

[photo by Heather Madey]

Stand Up Paddle Skateboarding Looks As Dumb As It Sounds

Just because I unfortunately watched a little of the video, I’m making you all do the same. An Unridden Season has the low down on this idiotic sport traffic hazard currently terrorizing New York City.

Ugh. So there’s this. I actually saw this guy last weekend flying down the pedestrian walkway along the West Side Highway while I was playing basketball. It was remarkably bizarre at the time, and watching this video now, it still is.

I’m not one to knock trying new things, but there’s “trying new things” and then there’s flat out being a jerk.

[via An Unridden Season]

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