Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

ParkMerced’s Pro-UBER Video is a Real Howler – Are UBER Drivers Really So Great?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here’s the fantasy, quite obviously a fever dream from somebody who doesn’t live in Frisco (and that includes the farthest reaches of Frisco County way down there in the South West Corner, you know Daly City North, you know, like ParkMerced):

Here’s the reality:

“I DO know that a lot of these Uber/Lyft cars drive like complete assholes. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting one that blithely drifted into my lane on Franklin going about 35 miles an hour. They routinely just stop wherever they happen to be and throw on the hazards, not giving a single fuck about the line of cars behind them, which is one thing if you’re on deserted 28th and Noriega and quite another if – as I saw this weekend – you’re on very crowded Fell Street, which is essentially a three-lane freeway with timed lights and on which any impediment immediately causes a blocks-long backup. And so on. I’m not advocating getting rid of Uber and Lyft. I’ve used their services and may do so again in the future. But it seems a little crazy that we’ve allowed this many essentially unregistered cabs to flood the streets with no screening process or driver safety and etiquette class or anything. 61 cars in a relatively short time is a lot.”

I don’t object to Parkmerced, but I object to its UBER fantasy commercial.

Here I stand, I can do no other. Is that so wrong?

San Francisco Had At Least _41_ Traffic Fatalities during the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year – Is This a Record?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here it is, the data from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016:

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BUT, this chart excludes “3 pedestrian light rail vehicle (LRV)-related deaths, which are not routinely reported to SWITRS, to ensure comparability between data,” whatever that means.

I think it means that if the SFMTA runs you over, it shouldn’t be counted as a San Francisco traffic fatality, even though, of course, it would be.

And then, what about deaths from Caltrain? Are those counted? And what about deaths on freeways, like the I-80 and the 101? I don’t think these are counted either.

And what about deaths from regular SFMTA buses. I suspect there’s resistance to tallying all those up, for whatever reason. For example, in 2014, somebody got hit by a westbound #38 bus on Geary near Pierce(?) and that didn’t make it on the official “San Francisco Police Department Summary Reports on Fatal Traffic Collisions” report for that calendar year.

Speaking of which, I don’t think the SFPD makes that report/makes that report available to the media anymore, for whatever reason.

Anyway, that’s at least 41 traffic deaths in one fiscal year – that seems very high. Perhaps it’s the highest ever, IDK.

Mmmm, what if the Dear Leader of North Korea sent word to the Traffic Commissioner of Pyongyang about how all traffic deaths would be eliminated by a certain date in the near future? I’m sure the Commish would say that this goal will certainly be achieved, even though the commish him/herself would certainly know that such a thing is impossible IRL. Otherwise, the commish might get shot, right?

Well, no SFGov workers ever get shot by City Hall, but they act as if risking a promotion is like risking getting executed, so they’re all, “Yes, there’s a chance that Vision Zero will work,” but by the year 2024 and all years after that, forever, seriously? Isn’t there some obligation on SFGov employees to admit that this goal would be desirable, but that it’s, of course, impossible? IDK.

Not saying that Vision Zero, whatever that phrase means, is causing this increase, just saying that Vision Zero, which is basically old wine in new bottles, doesn’t really have an effect on the statistics.

Closing with the news from the Traffic Commission of Pyongyang, NK:

“Goal: Zero Traffic Fatalities by 2024
Goal Status: NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

Fiscal Year 2015-16 Result: 38 traffic fatalities

This metric measures the number of traffic fatalities occurring in the City and County of San Francisco. Every year in San Francisco, about 30 people lose their lives and over 200 people are seriously injured while travelling on city streets. Vision Zero, adopted as a city policy in 2014, is San Francisco’s commitment to eliminating traffic deaths on our streets by 2024. Through building better and safer streets, educating the public on traffic safety, enforcing traffic laws and adopting policy changes, we can save the lives of all road users—people who walk, bike, drive, or ride public transit. Achieving Vision Zero requires leadership and commitment from City agencies, elected officials, community stakeholders, the public and the private sector to find the right solutions for San Francisco.”

Honda Driver is More Native than You: “I NATIVE” – OIOW, U FORINR?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

“Born and raised,” you see?

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In Texas, anybody can be a native

So Much For Frisco’s Oversize Vehicle Overnight Parking Ban on Fell Street – Still Life in Mobile Homes

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

This was the promise, back in aught-twelve:

In 2012 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors enacted a new violation in the SF Transportation Code to address inappropriate parking of oversized vehicles on city streets. SFTC Section 7.2.54 prohibits parking a vehicle over 22 feet in length or over 7 feet in height, or camp trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, house cars, trailer coaches, mobilehomes, recreational vehicles, or semi-trailers, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. when SFMTA signs are posted giving notice.

And yet this is the reality, in 2016. (I’ll note that the one in front has the brand-name “BRAVE” written on it in large letters – that’d certainly be true if the owner/renter planned to leave it there past midnight.)

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The millionaire homeowners of Fell wanted these rides gone from their view, but, well this is what they’re staring out when they walk down their stoops these days.

Of course this photo was made in the daytime, so maybe this caravan moves out every night to neighboring streets without the SFMTA ban? IDK, cause I’m sleeping during those hours, usually.

But actually, a ticket for just $110 sounds cheap compared with the cost of a tiny Airbnb apartment in the 94117 what could go for double that, easily, for one night.

I’ll have to do an RV nose count next time I’m skulking about the Panhandle after midnight…

Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell-Car Spotted in the Wild

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

This is the second Toyota Mirai hydrogen car I’ve ever seen (unless it’s the first and it’s the same ride I saw inside the dealership on Geary last year):

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Anyway, these vehicles are out on the streets of San Francisco now, that’s the update…

Mantra: “Zipcar is AVIS, Car Share is Rental Car, Zipcar is AVIS, Car Share is Rental Car, Zipcar is AVIS, Car Share is Rental Car…

Friday, August 19th, 2016

How is “car share” not car rental?

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Somebody should ask SFGov / SFMTA about this…

Here’s Another One: BEEPI – A Way to Buy Used Cars – Kind of Like Craigslist, But WIth a 10-Day “Cooling Off Period”

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

This one is new on me:

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IDK how this works IRL.

Might be appealing to you…

The Quiet Scene After a Hit and Run on Clement?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

One assumes. The Mercedes driver seemed combobulated enough, but she was satisfied to sit there for minutes and minutes. (This would not have been my reaction.)

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One attempts to offer assistance, but then one just moves on with one’s day as the snap crackle and pop, pop, pop of traffic driving over Mercedes plastic fades away…

Well-Paid SFMTA Employee Proposes Limiting “Access” on JFK Drive – Westbound Travel Banned, 15 MPH Speed LImit

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Here it is:

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(A pay package of about $130k a year (TCOE – Total Cost of Employee), well that’s pretty well-paid for a low-stress job, non? It’s not like being a coal miner or anything. Correct me if I’m way off on this, of course.)

This proposal certainly would reduce traffic, overall, by a very slight amount. It would also increase westbound traffic on Fulton, and Lincoln too I suppose, by a significant amount. But before our SFMTA does that, it should “daylight” every intersection in the Richmond District – that means taking out a parking space or two on every block so that westbound drivers can see southbound peds approaching crosswalks to get to Golden Gate Park.

Actually, it should do that anyway.

Actually, it should have done that before already.

I’m not talking about talking about daylighting, I’m talking about actually doing it. JMO. (I already know the reasons why our less-than-competent SFMTA hasn’t done so by now, just saying.)

Anyway, consider the knock-on effects afore you shut down JFK is all I’m saying…

I Think ZIPCAR Rental Car is Calling You a Loser Here If You Don’t Drive Around with Friends

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

(Oh, I’m sry, Internet – I should have typed that as “looser,” you know, for clarity.)

Anyway, what do you make of this banner ad?

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In my day it was “HANG UP AND DRIVE” but in these days of miracle and wonder, it’s “LOG OFF AND DRIVE?”

And in my day Avis was all “WE TRY HARDER,” but in these days Avis calls itself “zipcar” and it tells you to “GET A CAR AND GET TOGETHER?”

OK fine.

All right, c u ltr, u car-free loosers…