Archive for the ‘bikes’ Category

Years of SFPD Enforcement Have Gotten Through to These Bros – More Respect for Pedestrian Red Lights on Market

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Five or ten years ago, these very same dudes might very well have pretty much ignored this red light for the giant crosswalk connecting Union Square with San Francisco Centre, but now they obey the red, pretty much.

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Word on the Street: “MISSING (NOT STOLEN) – CASH REWARD” – This Sign is All Over The Place

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

If I had stolen this bike, seeing all these signs everywhere just might be enough to motivate me to collect my reward.

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Easy Rider, 94102 – Passive Aggressive vs. the Regular Kind – “People With Bikes” vs. “People With Cars”

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

This is McAllister inbound in the PJ’s, ’round about where the 94115, the 94117 and the 94102 come together in the Western Addition.

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Now let’s pay off on the headline. The cyclist on the left was going about 20 MPH, which really isn’t keeping up with traffic, so she should have been further to the right, IMO, you know, per CA law and per common sense. She was impeding the driver of the red pickup, who should have either passed her or who should have slowed down and stayed in his lane. But no, he just trailed after her like this, mostly in the opposite lane, for more than a block.

Here’s what I do, I just assume that anybody in a car or on a bike is an ex-con who just got out of the Big House and who’s having a bad day already. That’s why I don’t try to block people who want to pass me by teaching them a lesson and why I don’t try to pass people who don’t want me to. And I don’t enforce speed limits. So if you want to pass me going 28 in a 25, I’ll make it easy for you, be my guest.

Anyway, the cyclist, who wasn’t going all that fast and who was effectively blocking other cyclists and any drivers from passing her, is the Passive Aggressive and the pickup driver, who seemed to want to try to make a pass on McAllister for a long time no real reason is the Regular Aggressive.

And also anyway, they both got caught up by the long red light at Gough anyway, so this pointlessness was extra pointless. So, so much for that.

And here’s your Locution Update. Apparently, instead of cyclist or biker or bike rider, we’re now supposed to say People Who Bike, as a way to “emphasize the humanity” or something. But then what would you call car drivers? Well, and I just saw this for the first time this past week, it’s “People Who Drive.”

All right, but I don’t really see how this change really helps anything, just saying…

Red Hyundai vs. Mountain Bike at 4th and Market in Front of the Apple Store on Bike To Work Day 2016

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Get all the details here.

An accident at 4th and Market during the evening drive means that buses will back up Market Street both ways. This was in the the Financial last night:

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This was the scene. I didn’t see what happened.

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An SFPD motor patrol officer said the bike rider had a broken back and a possible broken pelvis. He said that words might have been exchanged between the bike rider and somebody in the red Hyundai before the collision.

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Last I heard, the bike rider was responsive and stable.

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What Happens When You Park Your Bike in Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco – His Legacy Parked on the Sidewalk

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Why on Earth would he go to Brazil to give tips on the already-failed 2016 Summer Olympics, or to Panama to look at a canal – I mean, how is that kind of stuff official business?

Anyway, the best parts of your bike are now gone, so all that’s left to do is prop the carcass up on a pole for somebody to eventually carry it off…

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Can’t Tell If This is an Act of Selfy or Not – Riding Bikes in Golden Gate Park – This is How We Live Now in 2016

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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A Bicycle Built for Two (Nerds) – Unique Tandem Recumbent Bike – Easy Rider 2016

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Never seen this

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Panhandle Bike Path: Aggressive Local Roadies vs. Bunched-Up, Lollygagging Tourists – A Bicycle Freeway or Promenade?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

You know what’s odd? We have the ability to count cyclists (oh, I’m sorry, PEOPLE ON BIKES or PEOPLE WITH BIKES instead, to use the proper post-2015 “framing,” you know, to influence your opinion, you know, subconsciously) but not to how fast they’re speeding downhill on our Panhandle Bike Path.

Hey, what’s the speed limit on this path? Oh, no signs posted. Hey, how fast can a roadie get coming inbound on skinny high-PSI tires, downhill, and with the prevailing tailwind? IDK, 25 MPH pretty easily?

Anyway, here’s the group of slow slow tourists heading east. They didn’t have much respect for the lane lines, as you can see:

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And these two guys passed them going the other way. One was obviously¬†irate. He was all, “USE YOUR HEADS, USE YOUR BRAINS!”

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IDK, man. I get his point about the tourists, but I think his expectations of the Panhandle Bike Path are too high. IMO, we all need to look out for others…

Toddler Racing! – “2016 Strider Cup World Championship” Coming to Pier 35 July 29-30, 2016 – Youths Aged 2-5 on Balance Bikes

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Here it is:

2016 Strider Cup World Championship Presented by FedEx

It’ll look something like this:

People will be traveling from all over the world to get here.

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(Of course, you’ll want to get the Pro version, to give your bike tyke that extra edge.)

See you there, FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!

Optimistic SF Giants Fan / Scraper Biker Heads Into the 2016 Season as an Orange and Black Blur

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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A scraper bike is an ordinary bicycle that has been modified by its owner, typically with decorated spokes with candy-colored pinwheels and matching body and wheel colors, using tinfoil, re-used cardboard, candy wrappers and paint. Scraper bikes are credited for being popularized by Tyrone Stevenson in 2007 in Oakland, California,[1][2] and are an offshoot of the scraper culture of car modification.[3] The scraper bike gained notoriety in 2007 with the YouTube music video “Scraper Bikes” by Trunk Boiz.