The answer is “NO.”
Is it legal for him to bike on the sidewalks of SF? IDK. It depends on his age.
The SFMTA makes all kinds of mistakes all the time, but it’s afraid to admit that it ever might have made a mistake ever, oh well.
Check out the newish light signals at Fell and Shrader:
(Filmed in Nike-Vision, except this woman is a real person who lives in the area and just happened to be passing through – quite unacceptable to those who reside in Niketown.)
So I understand the red bike and the upraised hand signal – so far so good.
And I understand the next phase, the I-do-what-I-want phase:
And then there’s this:
And then this:
And then back to all-red.
So now I understand what the SFMTA means, but I needed to study the lights.
IMO, the SFMTA should be focused on safety instead of ideology. IMO, the SFMTA should strive to keep things simple. IMO, the SFMTA should factor human nature into into its signal schemes. For example, this woman here entered into the intersection way late and had to rely upon the driver seeing her. Is the SFMTA at all curious as to why people might be confused by this unique-in-the-world intersection with its current signal setup? Not at all.
The thing about Bay Area Bike Share is that the bikes aren’t good and they cost a lot of money to rent. This is by design. (Part of it has to do with the govmint not wanting to get static from all those companies what rent normal bikes to tourists.)
Now, are there any BABS stations anywhere near the west si-iiiide of town? No, not even close.
So these people, who made it all the way Way Out West, to the farthest reaches of SF County, what are they thinking? Are they thinking, “Hey, we’re paying $28 an hour for our bikes – let’s hang out and have a picnic?” Nope. They’re thinking, “We’re paying $18 to rent these bikes all day long.”
IDK. I’m sure BABS knows, but they’re not saying. Perhaps they go easy on the tourists and give a partial refund when somebody faces a $100 rental bill.
Or maybe the tourists think, “Oh, I got a bike for the next three days and it will cost just $22 – America, What A Country?”
As seen, later on, on the western reaches of JFK Drive, pushing the old ball and chain back up through the miles it will take to get back to the nearest station:
And the workers get paid close to minimum wage? And some out of state company will end up making millions or tens of millions of dollars off of this program? If you approve of BABS, with all its issues, then you’d approve of any possible bike program that could be dreamed up by anybody. I minimize the cost to myself by never ever using it – that way, these people only get my tax money and not any of my after-tax take-home pay.
Why not instead just buy bikes with the same amount of tax money, you know, bikes that are twice as good and ten times cheaper and then simply give them away? I’m srsly.
Oh, you’re happy because more people are riding bikes? Well, walking’s good too, right?
I can understand how this program might benefit a small number of people* on a daily basis, but I don’t think the cost is justified. At all.
This is what I’m talking about:
“Let me start by saying, I had a blast when riding these bikes. We rented 6 bikes and rode them for hours. We were charged $80 per bike, so $160 per credit card as you can only rent 2 bikes per card. They DO NOT explain very clearly that you pay $9 for the day but you have to have it docked every 30 minutes or they charge you more. We called and emailed and explained everything to them (they are used to people complaining about this) they sent us a very mean email telling us that it’s our fault that we didn’t read their deceptive instructions correctly. Then have us 25% back to shut us up. What a Bay Area bike share scam! I give it 1 star as it was a blast of a day but not worth it overall. Will NEVER use again and tell EVERYONE about this horrible experience.”
“Please do yourself a favor and don’t use Bay Area Bike Share. It’s a total rip off. Husband and I paid $68 to ride these heavy, hard to use bikes for 2.5 hours. Also, customer service is a joke. They don’t care one bit, as they are truly scammers. They make it seem like you’re paying $9 for a 24-hour period. NOT TRUE. Completely misleading.”
And here’s a sample from the Yelp posts what got taken down – see if you can get the gist of Yukiko N’s beef against BABS:
“With the help 24 hours , is a place of $9 , to see the credit card debit of after one month and $ 158 in ! Many times , and also contact us by e-mail address , one week Nashinotsubute . When the phone , $ 9 in membership , ridiculous that the use of more than one hour is considered overtime answer ! Absolutely not recommended.”
That’s just a taste. Read on and on to see why the Yelp rating is so so low….
*People who should prolly just buy a bike and learn how to take care of it and then ride it around.
So of course, with something so valued, you gotta lock that down.
As seen in the Western Addition – this thing runs $1000-something, believe it or not:
OTOH, my bike trailer costed $100-something, but I don’t think it has bearings or whatnot. (Like Robinson Caruso, it’s as primitive as can be, kind of like a Roman chariot, actually.)
But it gets the job done and it keeps me out of Cougar Country, so fine…
Bike thievery is an occupation in San Francisco, America’s Capital of Bike Thieves, East of Manhattan.
The wheels and the handlebar are gone, but there are a lot of pieces I could use in my junk drawer.
And this rig isn’t even locked up.
IMO, it would be kosher to harvest this ride, to profit, in a way, from bike thievery…
What’s amazing is that San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department, which in its current iteration is a money-hungry, mafia-esque outfit run by a lawyer* who worked on the Gavin Newsom campaign back in the day, relented after first trying to impose dramatically higher fees. Do you want me to cite all the annual events that the RPD has fee’d to death under the Ginsburg Regime? I could do it. Except now I’ll need to take Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic off of that list.
This lowering of RPD’s highly inflated fees is unprecedented, is it not?
Anyway, all the deets:
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA
7 am to 4 pm
Park your vehicle on beautiful Hellman Hollow (aka Speedway Meadow) for a donation to benefit the developmentally disabled.
Cars & trucks $40, motorcycles $20, bicycles $10.
1987 or older year limit for vehicles. no vehicles larger than 3/4 ton pickup. No other vehicles allowed on meadow. No exceptions. No in & outs.
No vendors or amplified music. Please respect the Park and its neighbors. The SFPD will be on duty and issue citations for traffic and parking violations.
San Francisco Old Car Picnic benefits programs for the developmentally disabled.
Bring your BBQ! Bring your camera! Everyone is welcome!!!”
All right, see you there!
*I’ll tell you, compared with this irate lady, I came down on the other side of the Stow Lake Boathouse vendor issue, and the Beach Chalet soccer field issue as well, but she’s spot-on on the subject of Phil Ginsburg, who dreams of becoming Mayor, someday:
“For Ginsburg, who began using the words “privatization” and “Golden Gate Park” together almost immediately after his jogging buddy, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, appointed him, Stow Lake is just the beginning. If Ginsburg has his way, every inch of Golden Gate Park will be “privatized” and bringing in boatloads of cash. Ginsburg left his position as Newsom’s chief of staff in 2008, citing as the reason the ambiguous “desire to spend more time with his family.” Evidently he quickly grew tired of his family because he accepted the Rec and Park job just one year later, even though he had no experience managing parks. In August of last year, he quietly fired every Rec and Park director (the low-paid people who actually do the hands-on work) and hired more six-figure middle managers. Each is expected to generate revenue up to 10 times the amount of their salaries, effectively turning them into sales people.”
The light for this car was green green green, perhaps for two seconds as the cyclist that you can see on the right came down from the Panhandle bike path, camera left.
OTOH, the cyclist on the left saw the lights and managed to not run the red light – you can see her sort of chuckling at her friend there.
IMO, this would have been a 100% cyclist-at-fault accident, but I’m not 100% sure it would have gotten written up as such, oh well.
I’m also not sure why the SFGov/SFMTA/SFBC Establishment established this set-up to route traffic from the bike path into Golden Gate Park/JFK Drive – I suppose it’s a bit faster for cyclists, compared with the obvious alternatives.
But the whole system breaks down if the nut behind the steering wheel, or in this case, the handle bars, doesn’t know when she has lost the right of way…