I had no idea.
Now that is a neat trick.
Not texturizing, they're shaking the pavers to lock them into the sand.
Nevermind. They looked like pavers.
Mission accomplished, I would say.
With electric cars offering so little in the way of approach-noise, I can see this becoming a cheap means of returning vehicle audibility back towards levels we'd come to expect from the internal combustion engine. Shame that.
Blind people not withstanding, we wouldn't even need that if people didn't just wander randomly into the street without looking. I've never seen it so prevalent as it is in SF. I didn't think I'd have to pay so much attention when I go through a green light.
Come to Wellington. People would rather not use a light-controlled crossing literally 5 metres away and prefer to cross skipping between buses. Hell, I've had colleagues mock me for spending an extra 30 seconds enroute to getting coffee rather than, you know, hoping the guys piloting the 11 tonne vehicles don't make a mistake.
(Of course, then I've been hit at crossings by the local species of arsehole cyclist, so it's not proof against fuckwits on wheels...)
True. Hell, in San Francisco, buses occasionally hit people that are properly waiting on the sidewalk to cross the street. I guess you can't win.
there are many instances where jaywalking is actually safer: you're usually actively watching for and avoiding incoming traffic instead of assuming that drivers will actually yield at zebra crossings or stop at traffic lights ;)
I regularly enjoy the theory that it is perfectly cool to light the walk signal while turning traffic has the green because hey, they have to yield to pedestrians, right?
Jaywalking where oncoming traffic can only come from two visible directions is better than navigating turning traffic with a green plus turning traffic making right-on-red.
Your images are all showing up as 'egg testicles' in google reader. Just a heads up - I was thoroughly confused for a minute.
Google Reader is full of shit. And apparently it has been un-staffed for years.
Touché. And almost on the mark regarding your three month prediction.
After looking at this again and again, I think I've finally figured out what I'm supposed to be seeing. Are they using a metal form and a tamper to cut a grid pattern into the asphalt? And if so, do they go along behind and fill in the cutouts with anything? (I live in Atlanta, where the only streets that look like that weren't done on purpose. I assume that's why I had such trouble figuring out what was going on here in the first place.)
I don't think any filling happens after.
I'm really hoping that is not asphalt. Asphalt is hugely expensive these days. I'm hoping SF is actually trying out something more regular than cobblestones, but which will age well. Lots of other cities have incredibly pretty alleyways, which drivers prefer not to use because of the stonework, rather than asphalt.
They do that in Ireland for the wider "ramps" (speed bumps). They look like bricks but it's just red coloured asphalt that they flatten a wire mesh over. It's a neat trick.