Archive for March, 2018

Did We Just Hit Peak Auto? – New DMV Stats Show Fewer Registered Vehicles in SF for the First Time Since 2011 – But Licensed Drivers in SF are Up

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Here’s your background, from a year ago.

And here are your stats for 2016:


And here are your stats for 2017, released just today:


So that’s about a half a percentage decrease for registered AUTOS as well as all registered VEHICLES from 2016 to 2017.

And here are your licensed driver numbers for San Francisco County for the past five years, also just released:


That’s about a 1% increase, year over year.

So there you have it – instead of a relatively steady increase averaging 7000 or so automobiles per year, we’ve just had a decrease of about 1900 autos, for whatever reason.

Perhaps 2016 will end up being Peak Auto for San Francisco – we’ll see.

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AN SFMTA MYSTERY: This Car was Illegally Parked on a Sidewalk Right Next to Four PCOs, Yet It Didn’t Get Cited – How Come That?

Friday, March 16th, 2018

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Here are the other three:

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Simply, PCO’s won’t cite sidewalk parking during (usually) weekly street cleaning time, barring somebody calling in a complaint about sidewalk blockage.

This is a POLICY. It might not be written down, but it’s a policy nevertheless…

Stingray, Presidio

Friday, March 16th, 2018

But is it Art?

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Get your own – just $399.99, which is full retail despite what some dick might tell you.

Now THAT’s What I Call a School Walk Out – The Urban School, Golden Gate Park Panhandle – “Enough! National School Walkout”

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

March 14, 2018:

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PAPER DRIVERS: If You Actually Pay Bridge Tolls Every Day in the Bay Area, You’re a Big Sucker – Presenting FasTrak UBER / Lyft-Style

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Gentle Reader, is these UBERs and Lyft cars new?

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No, they is not.

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And that means that they should have real license plates by now, right?

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I think I saw all these cars on the Streets of San Francisco over the course of a few hours. There were more I came across, I’m sure.

But with great plates come great responsibility, meaning that with real metal plates you’ll get busted for not paying bridge tolls, due to license plate scanners.

Now I understand that paper driver is already a phrase, meaning something else, but to me, a paper driver is one who drives across as many local bridges per day as possible over the next year or two afore there’s a chance of actual enforcement starting.

We might get some penalty starting in 2019, but IDK how effective it will be.

Oh well.

Enjoy paying your bridge tolls, suckers, while the UBERs and Lyfts ahead and behind you cross over the bay for free…

Beauty Tips from America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

That would be SFMTA MUNI DPT – they’re all “UPDATE YOUR MAKEUP.” See?

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So then I talked with ppl and they’re telling my look is “so 2011,” but everybody was afraid to tell me. I guess I will need to “UPDATE.”

Thanks for the tough love, MUNI! I needed it.

LONDON Calling – Bus Stop Ad Seems In Apropos-Priate

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Well, look what I saw just after I encountered this political ad on Geary this afternoon

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How come I know this rule and London Breed and/or her ppl don’t?

A Gasoline Mystery: 76 Station Charges Just $2.32 per Gallon But the Chevron Across the Street is Asking $3.40 – What Madness is This? – 1400 19th Ave v. 1401 19th Ave.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

I remember, back in the 1990’s, in Hawaii, paying (ever so slightly) over $20 for a tank of gas* for the first time in my life.

But you know, from that perspective $2.32 at a 76 station doesn’t seem all that expensive, at all, you know, for 2018:

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And here’s your Chevron – note the cash price. That’s a whopping 46% more:

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And of course, these stations are right across the street from each other, in our Middle Sunset, or whatever ppl call it:

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It’s a mystery…

*I can also ‘member the first time I spent three figures on a single tank – that was in Marin, in the Early Aughts. Good times…

Spot the Drone in Dolores Park

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

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I don’t really “get” drone ownership, or dronership as you might say.

What’s the point of this, flying near / around some hippies’ frisbees?

It’s SCOOT’s World, We’re Just Living in It – The Solution to All the New SFMTA/UBER/Lyft-Created Traffic is a Quick Quiet Electric Scooter – (NOTE: Some Lane-Splitting Required)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The Future is coming at you on just two wheels:

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This bit should make my point:

“Thanks to California’s tolerance of lane-splitting (thanks, California!), a scooter can sneak between cars and maneuver around the ubiquitous construction zones and double-parked delivery trucks, cabs and buses, which can reduce trip time dramatically.”

If you can lane-split through stalled traffic at 5 MPH to get to the front of the queue, well, that could get you to your destination two or three times faster than MUNI, UBER, Lyft etc, right?

Just saying…