Archive for the ‘bikes’ Category

Our Fell Street DMV is a Hotbed of Bicycle Theft, For Some Reason

Friday, August 19th, 2016

This is from yesterday, but it’s been like this for decades:

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Back in the day, you’d see broken U-locks (which you didn’t necessarily want to leave on scene and you definitely didn’t want to get caught with) in the bushes. But these days, there’s less effort and more reward in leaving the lock alone and simply taking parts, oh well…

Bicycle Commuter, McAllister – Going Uphill – Impressive

Monday, August 15th, 2016

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Four Choices Here on Market Street – How Would You Handle This Parked Bus?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

You can:

1. Go to the right, as shown, but sometimes there’s not enough room to do so.

2. Go to the left, but sometimes there’s not enough room to do so.

3. Go into the left lane, but there’s a huge wheel-swallowing gap in the road for the huge metal BART/MUNI subway grate, and if you fall down and get run over by a streetcar, a member of the SFPD just might say you weren’t riding “in the bike lane.”

4. Line up behind the stalled bus like you’re a car driver, for 10 to 150 seconds.

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I’ve done all four.

(I understand about where the BART entrances are placed, but I’d widen some lanes here in some places, at the expense of the (sorry, “urbanists”) overly wide sidewalks of Market Street…)

Choose or lose.

Reverse Spin Class, Bike “-Share” Bike Rental, Market Street, USA

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

I’ll tell you, I see more people sitting on these rides stationary without paying money than I see people riding these bikes with paying money.

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Wow, pretty low Yelp score there, huh Bay Area Bike Share? Oh, what’s that, you don’t care, because you’re a millionaire lady with a fat government contract? OK fine.

Anyway, this guy was spinning backwards – that’s a first for me. Sometimes people don’t spin at all – they just talk on the phone, or play the Candy Crush or whathaveyou as I roll by on my $96 Walmart bike, which, you know, we could just buy for and give away free to all residents of Frisco who wanted one, for cheaper than what we spend, year in and year out, forever, on the Bay Area Bike Rental Share.

Oh well.

When the SFPD Says You Weren’t in the Bike Lane, This is the Lane They’re Talking About – Mind the Wheel-Swallowing Gap

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

What does our SFMTA spend its billions on? IDK. But what about this train track gap on Market and above BART?

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Pretty sure pretty all road bike tires would go right through this gap.

Oh well.

Frisco Traffic: Historic Streetcars, Bike Riders and Unregistered Ferraris

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

As seen on Market Street:

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Properly registering and insuring a pricey weekend car is prohibitively expensive in California, on a per-mile basis, so that’s why so many people don’t do it. You gotta pay them “use taxes” to get started and then you face annual ad valorem taxes.

Oh well.

GOOD NEWS: We’ve Found Your Stolen Bike! – But, BAD NEWS: It’s Been Chopped-Shopped and is Now Untraceable

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Being slowly pushed down Market in the Financh, and to certain dismemberment:

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As seen on TV

Only In Marin: “BIKE LAME” Stencil Still Going Strong in 2016

Monday, July 25th, 2016

(I didn’t think I had this shot, but it turns out that I do.)

As seen on the way up to Mt Tam, a little down the hill from Bootjack:

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Imagine a 40-something BMW driver of Marin County who says to¬†himself, “GOTTA MAKE TIME, GOTTA MAKE TIME” when he’s 15th in a line of cars behind a weekend peloton –¬†that’d be my #1 suspect for the perpetrator of this graffito crime…

Urban Spin Class, Market Street – A Chair is a Chair

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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Biking on Market Street, Betwixt an Uber and a Honda

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

A little timid but she made it through…

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This is Fifth Street on the way to Union Square.