Archive for the ‘cars’ Category
Hitting the Carshare Trifecta: This Tiny Prius C Sports an Uber Logo, the New Smaller Lyft Mustache and “Local Motion”Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Looks like this Toyota swings both ways – it can work for both Lyft and Uber, apparently. (BTW, that’s the new Lyft on-dash mustache – a big improvement, IMO.)
Throw in a FasTrak and cell phone holder suction-cupped to the windshield and this car is ready to make money money money!
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Chicanery in the Presidio: An Actual Street Chicane Has Been Put in to Slow Down Drivers in a Housing AreaTuesday, July 8th, 2014
Here we go:
A chicane is an artificial feature creating extra turns in a road, used in motor racing and on streets to slow traffic for safety. Chicane comes from the French verb chicaner, which means “to quibble” or “to prevent justice.”
And here’s an example of one, in the Presidio on Washington Boulevard near Nauman Road by base housing:
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(One assumes that area fire departments would simply drive over these chicanes on Washington Blvd. in an emergency)
Someday I’ll drive through this chicane in a car – it’s on my bucket list.
Which is sort of funny.
At first I thought this could have been part of traffic enforcement, but it turned out to be a quick TJ’s run.
And this was after the officer beeped (not with a regular car horn, but with the loud, low growling noise that these cars can make whatever that’s called) at a pedestrian, for some unapparent reason, unless it was a routine beep to say Here I Come On The Sidewalk, Look Out Peds!
In mitigation, the officer didn’t park in a stall at the mostly-unused Lucky Penny parking lot at Geary, seen camera right.
And this technique is a lot more efficient than queuing up for a space at the badly-engineered TJ’s lot.
And this parking job didn’t block traffic at all.
Anyway, I’ve never seen this before – it’s kind of a funny way to park, IMO.
Transit First for Thee/
But Not For Me!
The Outer Richmond District: Where Every Day is Christmas and Every Night is New Year’s Eve – Parking on the “Lawn”Monday, July 7th, 2014
When SFGov hasn’t the will to enforce the laws and regs it enacts and you ask them about it, a govt rep will start talking about “complaint-driven” enforcement.
And that means no enforcement at all.
So feel free to pave over your front yard and then paint your brand-new parking spaces in alternating red and green, you know, to celebrate, Christmas-style:
(Actually, the most exciting time in the Outer Richmond is the evening of the Fourth of July and the morning of the Fifth of July, what with the illegal fireworks and all…)
Oh Outer Richmond:
You’ve got the biggest heart
Sometimes I think you’re just too good for me
Every day is Christmas, and every night is New Year’s Eve
Will you keep on loving me
Will you keep on, will you keep on
Bringing out the best in me?
New “Upshift” Company Delivers a Rental Car to You – It’s the “Uber of Carshare” – It’s Bicycle-Assisted Car RentalsFriday, July 4th, 2014
Upshift is here, or at least it’s here in the Russian Hill and Nob Hill areas.
Here’s how it works:
“1. TAP A BUTTON – Anywhere in San Francisco. Get a car for the day with one tap. It’s that easy.
2. GET A CAR DELIVERED – Get a Small, Medium, Large, or Luxury vehicle delivered in 60 minutes. You drive it for the day & our driver rides off on a bike! Introductory rates from $49/day.
3. LEAVE IT ANYWHERE – Drop it off wherever you like in the city. We’ll come pick it up. That’s it. You’re done.”
So your rent-a-car will arrive double-parked at your front door with a green Bianchi or whatever on top and an inner-city sweathog inside. The Upshifter will simply hand you the keys and then pedal away.
(I’ll note that bicycle theft is an issue in San Francisco, just saying. Who’ll be the first Upshifter to lose his/her ride?)
All right, all the deets:
“Upshift is an exclusive, members only car club. Get the freedom of owning a private car with the luxury and convenience of a car service. Push a button, get a hybrid, SUV, or luxury car delivered. You drive it for a day. We pick it up when you’re done. No need to return to the same location as long as it’s in our zone (includes all of the core areas of San Francisco). We professionally operate a fleet of cars out of a single garage. Cars can only be taken out by the day only to start. Subscription pricing and recurrent bookings (eg, deliver a car every Tuesday at 7 am) for regular usage needs. The main limitation of carshare today is parking, not vehicle cost.”
Founded by Ezra Goldman. Who’s that?
Upshift makes getting out of town easy. Just push a button on your phone, get a car for the day delivered to your door, and get out of town. We’ll pick it up again anywhere in the city when you’re done, even at a different location from where we delivered, enabling a “one way” service. Payment is all done through your Upshift account, with no cash or card transactions and no paperwork.
Your next car fits in your pocket. And someday, it will drive itself to your door.
Upshift provides club members great cars on demand at the push of a button. We’ll pick up and drop off anywhere in the city- even in two different locations for one way service. Upshift provides more convenience and flexibility than car leasing with less cost, commitment and hassle.
We have spent over 2 years developing the model and getting backing from the world’s best carshare, autotech, and insurance experts around the world. Carsharing takes 9-13 cars off the road for each car we put on the road, unlocking new park space for more livable cities. We enable a transition to a car-free urban lifestyle, taking 1M cars off the streets, to save 10B pounds of CO2 per year by disrupting the car leasing market.
Well, welcome to town, Upshift.