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Bicycles in the Sky (Valencia Street Skycycle)

September 10, 2014
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Hooray! According to Bernalwood, a raised bikeway is coming Valencia Street!


Well, about 551 feet of it. (image via Bernalwood)


This is part of the Mission/Valencia Gateway project. From the SFBC:

San Francisco is set to get its first raised bikeway next year! The showcase bikeway is part of the Mission/Valencia Gateway project and will stretch southbound on Valencia Street from Cesar Chavez Street to Duncan Street. This one-block bikeway heralds a completely new type of bicycle infrastructure to our city, one that will become more common in the next few years, as raised bikeways are integrated into the Masonic Avenue and 2nd Street projects.

Raised bikeways are common in great bicycling cities like Copenhagen, but relatively new in the United States. Raised bikeways create a protected bikeway without bollards or barriers, instead building the bikeway at an intermediate level between the sidewalk and roadway.Learn more about raised bikeways and see designs here.

The raised bikeway is an unexpected but very welcome enhancement to the Mission Valencia Green Gateway project, which wrapped up public outreach last year after three community open houses as well as feedback from hundreds of neighbors and SF Bicycle Coalition members. In addition to the raised bikeway, the final project design also includes wider sidewalks, permeable pavement and two new plazas, one at Mission and Valencia and a smaller one at Duncan and Valencia.

Hooray! Though @TheRealWBTC thought it was a bit different:

Had the mid-twentieth century had its way, this might have been! A 1956 proto-BART proposal had an elevated train running down Valencia Street! This would have obviously been abandoned and converted into a High Line West at some point. Behold the Valencia Skycycle!

valencia bike skyway

Of course, the Raised Bikeway is just an intermediary step towards the glory that is Valencia St Park!

valencia street park flip

New York Burrito

August 20, 2014
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A New York burrito. (via @sjiang, one of our undercover agents)

new york burrito

No pizza in San Francisco is this bad.

This “burrito” contravenes all known protocols and traditions. Also, it is incredibly dangerous to compromise the structural integrity of a burrito by removing the foil. A properly wrapped burrito is about 70-80 PSI, and by defoiling the burrito you are taking your very life in your hands.

Therefore, for the safety of New York City and its boroughs, we are arming the Burrito Railgun and disengaging the humanitarian safeties.

burrito rail gun launch

Take cover, Manhattan, for a we shall met a fiery rain of al pastor upon the unworthy, inbound at 29,000 mph.

burrito rail gun hunters point





July 11, 2014

Did anyone else notice a giant burrito floating over Bernal around lunch?


Bigger question: is this related to Star Trek IV?

Or is it more along the lines of


Hopefully they will not proclaim


Jesus Sutro

June 30, 2014


Jesus via @cartdawg, Sutro via Wikipedia.


June 11, 2014

Today’s guest on Burrito Justice Radio on was none other than @seismogenic, an anthropomorphic friend who is a newly minted seismologist with the USGS down in Menlo Park. If you want to hear about

  • SF, LA and Imperial Valley faults
  • earthquake forecasting, prediction and early warning
  • SF geology
  • chert
  • serpentine
  • some really good earthquake music (seriously)

…here’s the replay link. (And if you like what you hear, why not make a donation?)


May 29, 2014

My guest on on Wednesday was none other than @guero310, that rare breed, a second-generation Missionite!

show archive (big mp3)

Lots of great talk about the neighborhood in the 70s and 80s and 90s, as well as his dad in the 50s. We covered Groger’s Western Store, and taqueria history and pricing. $2.88 for a burrito and coke!

And his playlist:

  • Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
  • To Cool For This Crowd – Girls in The Eighties
  • Thursday – Asobi Seksu
  • Clumsy Sky – Girl In A Coma
  • Jaulas – La Plebe
    • Sat, May 31st 2014 Sacramento, CA at Southside Park
    • Sat, Jun 28th 2014 Oakland, CA at Oakland Metro Operahouse
  • La Chuchilla- Aterciopelados
  • Clumsy Sky – Girl In A Coma
  • Swim Surfer Blood
  • Jaulas – La Plebe
  • Spanish Bombs – Tijuana No!
  • Swim – Surfer Blood
  • Chihuahua -Bow Wow Wow
  • Bratty B – Best Coast
  • As The World Falls Down – Girl In A Coma

Imperial Overreach

May 28, 2014

Bernalwood reports: David Campos has tried to eat Precita Park!


(h/t @strngwys for the GIF. Godzilla and Bernal, oh man.)

While La Lengua has had its differences with the Bernalian Hegemony, we support microhood rights rather than amalgamation.

Precita is Bernal. Period. Try talking to people next time, David.

UPDATE: Precita Park has been removed from the Calle 24 District.


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