Archive for the ‘bikes’ Category

Frisco Traffic: Shirtless Recumbent and All-Electric Scooter

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016


Here’s Where Your Stolen Bike Gets Disassembled, Jumbled Together with Other Bikes, and Reassembled for Resale

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Some of these RVs are live-work space for bikes thieves, oh well:


It’s Official: Our Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path to Shut Down at Certain Times from October to ???

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Here’s your Construction Closure Advisory:


If you want to see the concomitant propaganda for Supervisor London Breed and Rec & Park, click here.

In mitigation, this whole deal is kind of a nothingburger – they’ll put up a few signs (but not speed limit signs for bike riders, cause, oh no, we wouldn’t want that, no sir) and I guess paint a kind of crosswalk for peds, to signal cyclists that peds cross over the bike path.

(IOW, RPD won’t do jack about the Panhandle’s Southern Path, which is in atrocious condition, ’cause, ’cause, give us more money, is what RPD says. There was a plan to put in irrigation first and then resurface the Oak Street area path, but the irrigation isn’t happening anytime soon, oh well. So I guess when joggers file claims against us, you know, after they fall down due to all the wavy waves of the pavement, RPD / SFGov just pays them off no big deal? Man, RPD is pretty fucked up, I’ll tell you. Anyway, I guess I’ll see joggers take tumbles on a weekly basis from now to eternity.)

Also in mitigation, they’ll open the bike path back up during commuting hours, which is pretty easy since they aren’t really doing anything significant, like widening the paved area to make the bike path 16 feet wide why not, you know, to reflect the increased usage the past decade or two?

Anyway, enjoy your underfunded “pedestrian safety” project, Frisco.

(Which is not to say I’m against painting something to tell some of our more aggressive bike riders to look out for peds in certain areas, but doing this kind of thing is an easy job, not one what requires a million thanks to glorious London Breed, and hey, why not vote for her soon, is basically what RPD is saying.

I mean, take a look:


A certain type of roadie bike rider, who doesn’t want to break stride/cadence/whatever starts seeing red when he (generally he, overwhelmingly, like I can’t ever recall hearing a woman swearing at or seeing one crash into Panhandle peds) sees something like the above, oh well.)


So Ford Sponsors Bay Area Bike Share and then Ford 4×4 Pickups Park on the Sidewalks of Market at 5th?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Right next to a BABS bike station?


And not just one day:


Day after day:


Why do they all look so samesy? Why are they all four wheel drive? So maybe they’re not from FoMoCo (M stands for Mobile! Oh wait, “Mobility” in the parlance of 2016), you know, directly, but some company of contractors bought them as a tax write off and they’re working in the area? IDK.

They shouldn’t be parking on the sidewalk though, right, SFMTA?

Passive-Aggressive #5 Fulton Driver Purposefully Blocks Bike Rider, for Some Reason – An Unsmooth Operator

Friday, September 16th, 2016

So maybe this bus driver thought this bike rider should have held back and not try to enter the two feet of space betwixt the moving bus and the parked cars on the right as the bus rolled its way to the Financh So the driver turned to the right and stopped, with the nose of the bus right next to a parked car, forcing the rider to pass on the left, as seen:


I’ve never seen this kind of purposeful blocking. Perhaps the driver was teaching a lesson about the wisdom of entering what was (admittedly) a tight space. That’s prolly the most optimistic interpretation.

Or perhaps this MUNI operator was having Yet Another Bad Day and this is some kind of portent.

IDK, man. A bus isn’t a toy, right SFMTA?

MANSPLAINER: Your Bike Tires Need More Air

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Social convention prevents me from telling you directly that your bike tires (or at least the back one, but prolly both) need more air:


Let this be a lesson to all of us – we all need more than 5 PSI in our tires to get about town.

Thank you, drive through!

MIND THE GAP: Subway Grate on Market More Than Capable of Swallowing a Large Bicycle Tire

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

A huge 29-inch by 2.something wide bike tire fits in this grate near 2nd Street no problem.

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Apparently, our SFMTA MUNI loves this setup, but it’s led to accidents. Maybe they’re waiting for the Feds to fund a project to change things here, IDK.

Anyway, you really need to look out on Market near Second…

$99 WalMart Bike Comes to Frisco, and Promptly Gets Killed – Owner Simply Abandons Carcass

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

4th and Market is a tough area for bicycle security, certainly

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We don’t have any WalMarts here in SF, of course, but it’s easy to start over again if you’re only paying $99 for the bike.

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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