Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

Just as Our SFMTA Endorses/Permits/Tolerates Double-Parking in Front of Churches All Day on Sundays, Here’s “Legal” Sidewalk Parking

Friday, October 27th, 2017

This kind of thing is allowed for just two hours a week, generally, during street cleaning times.

What I mean by Endorses/Permits/Tolerates is that there’s a zero chance of this ride getting ticketed over the next two hours despite the fact that it’s an automatic that two, three, or four Parking Control Officers will soon be driving past:

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This is one of our SFMTA’s unwritten rules, but it’s a rule nevertheless.

Oh well

As Seen in Frisco: Low Rider Radio Flyer

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

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Frisco’s Parking Crisis Affects the Rides People Buy – But Where Does the Public Sidewalk Start? – No One Dares Say

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

See?

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Don’t try parking like this in Your Father’s Oldsmobile.

Tiny cars are part of the reason why car registration has grown by about 7000 units the past year and it’s at the highest level in SF history…

MCFLY87: Marty McFly’s Toyota, Golden Gate Park – Note Sports Almanac

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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“Little Mouse” Spotted in Huge Golden Gate Park: Golly, It’s a Genuine Fiat 500 Ghia Jolly

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Fiat 500 Ghia Jolly surrey with a fringe on top:

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As seen on JFK:

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Wicker seats, baby!

Perhaps it’s tropponuova” to be called a Fiat 500 Topolino, but shoegazers are on my side…

Shake, baby, shake, you know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake, taking me in with all you’re charms
I’ve never been inside you but you’re so alluring
They call you “little mouse” by name in Rome and Turin

UBER Lyft Driver Takes a Break in a Busy Geary Crosswalk to Fiddle with a Dash-Mounted Cell Phone – OH WAIT, IT’S AN SFMTA TAXI DRIVER

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

IDK, he might have stopped two spaces later, in a metered spot, if it hadn’t been taken. And I know he would have parked one space later, by the hydrant in a red zone, if it hadn’t been taken.

But no, he’s in the crosswalk, for a good long time, talking minutes here, and then it’s dash-mounted cell phone this and cell phone that, just like an UBER Lyft driver:

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I can’t recall seeing such UBER-ish behavior from a regular licensed cabbie.

There’s no radio dispatcher, it’s all app-based these days? Seems that way.

Back in the day, he’d have double-parked on Geary for the ten seconds it takes to offload and then have been on his way.

My, how things have changed in Frisco…

BOOM! An Unkempt Eucalyptus Tree vs. a Mercedes Benz and a Volvo in the Panhandle

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Nothing immediately obvious:

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There’s this note from SFGov…

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But you know, looks normal:

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Except for this:

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And this:

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Myself, I don’t know why we have euc trees in the Panhandle.

Maybe one of them will kill me someday.

(Avenge my death. Avenge me, you know, if you feel like it.)

Yet Another Burden for Overwhelmed Divisadero: Work on a One-Way Block of Scott Commences

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Northbound Scott is now Right Turn Only at Fell, FBOW:

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Anyway, if you don’t want Google buses on Scott anymore, Mission Accomplished.

Assembly Line Production of Self Driving Cars is Here: A Brand-New Bolt, One of 130 – Hayes Valley Meets Uncanny Valley

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Look what I saw coming out of Hayes Valley – it’s VEHT2079, a brand-new self-driving Chevy Bolt all the way from Orion Township, MI. It’s different. Notice the white thingamajigs above the front wheels:

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At first I thought it could have been a Project Titan from Apple, but no. It’s just an updated version of what we’ve seen for a while now.

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Of course that’s the human minder in the driver’s seat, but is that the robot in the passenger seat? Let’s ENHANCE:

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I’ll think of him as Frisco’s Star Trek Data, or Johnny Cab 2017, but you make the call, Gentle Reader

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Off they go, a boy and his robot:

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But not without a few Grove Street hassles. I mean, that’s what GM is doing here, a kind of driving torture test, right?

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And all this is just one block away from the Hayes Street block where Anthony Levandowski’s long-forgotten self-driving Pri-Bot used to get parked, right?

The Future is Now…

The Worst Case of Close Parking I’ve Ever Seen, In All My Years, on the Streets of San Francisco

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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There should have been a Seinfeld about close parkers…