There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fun with Google Street View

Back in November, I blogged about the inherent dangers in the way the buses arriving at the University 65th transit center from the north, east and west drop off riders and then expect them to cross Q Street to transfer to light rail. This discussion was originally prompted by what happened to a couple of blind bus riders. I came up with a handy map using Google Map's satellite view and drew some lines showing my alternative.

Now Google has added "Street View" to some of Sacramento's streets. Here's the street view of where Sacramento Regional Transit expects the blind to navigate when they are dropped off by buses.


Click on the image and hold the button down and then drag the view around. This is a 360-degree image. Click on the Q St. SE arrow and move to the cross walk that RT says is sufficient for the safety of its riders and then click on the Q St. NW and move back to the station. Obviously, the people who think this is a suitable alternative to having buses drop off people at the station and then entering the bus parking lot are not blind.

Not all of Sacramento has been mapped yet. When you are looking at a Sacramento area in Google Maps use the "Street View" button. This will display blue lines indicating where the street view is available.


You can drag that gold guy to any blue street and then click on him to see the view from that point.

4 comments:

Brian Goldner said...

yay! streetview has finally made it to our fine city! my only regret is that i didn't get to wave as they passed my house...

John said...

I can tell from a picture of a neighbor's house that the photos were taken at least six months ago.

In the future, it would be really fun if Google would announce the times they will be in a neighborhood. I like the idea of personalizing my location by appearing in the photo.

On the flip side, there's the problem of being immortalized as having been on a street that you didn't say you were visiting.

Brian Goldner said...

tomorrow i'm taking one of the most important tests in my life, and unfortunately i have to venture out into the 'burbs to take it. Google Streetview showed me that biking the 5 miles up sunrise blvd is going to be tasking (no bike lane, fast moving agitated traffic in very hot weather) and SacRT's only bus that covers that distance only runs once an hour!
Now I know what you must have to deal with on a daily basis!

John said...

Good luck with the test.