Posts Tagged ‘15 mph’

Uh Oh: Short Term, Electric-Powered, Rental Bikes / Scooters and THE HELMET ISSUE – How FordGoBike, LimeBikes and BIRD are Handling Things

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

1) First up are the Ford Motor people – here’s some marketing from them:

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See that? It’s Chinatown! Anyway, these fashion models are on 2018 versions of a FordGoBike. Unlike the 2017 versions, which were/are comically heavy and astonishingly expensive (you’ll find out just how much after yours turns up missing and they send you in to the SFPD to file a report), these new rides are electric powered, the better to compete with the new orange-red JUMP! bikes.

But look closer – these tourists packed their helmets. Now that’s some amazing foresight.

Let’s wait and see if this becomes a thing, this carrying a helmet around all day in anticipation of coming across a rental bike thing. (I don’t think it will.)

2. Limebike is giving away helmets I hear. Maybe to their users, maybe in SF, maybe on Sunday. They might be a bit garish, something like this…

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…but I won’t laugh at you.

(Is a bike helmet and a scooter helmet the same thing? IDK.)

3.  What’s next, oh BIRD. Look what they’re cooking up for us:

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And here’s the current version of AB2989.

Notably:

“The bill would, among other provisions, require the minor operator of a standup electric scooter to wear a bicycle helmet while operating the standup electric scooter.”

See how that works? Through this hocus pocus, helmets would no longer be required for adult electric scooter riders on the Streets of California. (Did I say streets? I shoulda said sidewalks, as:

“(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), a standup electric scooter may be operated on sidewalks and may be parked in the same manner and at the same locations as a bicycle may be parked.
(c) A local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting persons from riding or propelling a standup electric scooter on highways, sidewalks, or roadways.”)

So there you have it. You can handle the looming HELMET ISSUE through marketing efforts, giveaways, or just going to Sac Town to change laws in order to favor your bidness.

Your choice.

Leaving you with a recent shot of our Fulton Freeway, 30 MPH speed limit:

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Oh, and here’s what the old-fashioned-style GoBikes look like:

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The have crazy drivetrains that only make things worse, IMO.

AB2989: Proposed Law to Eliminate Electric Scooter LICENSING & HELMET Requirements? – Plus, SIDEWALK RIDING Would be ALLOWED?

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Well Pa Pa Pa Ooh Mau Mau, Ooh Mau Mau, via Scooter Idiots @ScooterIdiots we learn that BIRD is the word in Sac Town these days.

Check it, is this real life?

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So, if people are beefing about all those ppl illegally riding Bird Rides, Inc rental scooters on the sidewalks of San Francisco these days, well let’s just change California law – is that how this works?

And if people are afraid of getting ticketed by the SFPD for not having a helmet, well, let’s get rid of that rule too.

And if you don’t have a driver license, well fear not, because BIRD is “sponsor”-ing, you know, effectively, an Assembly Bill to take care of that?

(And bike lanes? I don’t really get the part about electric scooters in bike lanes.)

Read all about it after the jump.

Oh caveats:

  1. Helmets would still be required for minors.
  2. Local municipalities could come in with their own sidewalk bans, which would prolly be a shoe-in to pass in Frisco (considering that SFGov has similarly banned sidewalk bike riding for almost all of the city.)
  3. And having a driver license, well, IDK how important that is IRL

IDK what to make of all this…

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New and Improved? The 2016-Era Speedbumps on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park Now Have More Painted Lines

Monday, April 17th, 2017

So these lines are new, that’s the news.

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I’ve never seen this kind of thing. I guess people were getting surprised by the bumps?

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Frisco remains on the cutting edge of paint engineering, it would seem.

I’ll tell you, I go over these things at a steady 25 MPH, but others slow down to about ten and then speed up again to around 30 only to slow down again a short stretch down the road. That’s the update…

Ever More “Speed Hump” Speed Bumps for Golden Gate Park – What’s the Recommended Speed for These Things?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Get up to “speed” here.

Here we go – on JFK looking east towards Transverse / Crossover

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And now close to Marx Meadow looking west – this one will be going in soon:

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I guess this one will go almost all the way across JFK Drive:

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And, now closer to 30th Avenue, looking east – this was the first to be installed, now with a new sign:

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I don’t know when I’ll make it back here with a vehicle. IMO, 20 MPH or so is prolly the limit for you. (I had my decidedly non-sporty ride mistakenly set in SPORT mode, but I don’t think it makes much difference on a road regularity as big as this, but I’ll try it again sometime on my ride’s softest suspension setting.)

OTOH, if you have a brand-new BMW M4 GTS, how about 0 MPH as the limit?

And on bikes heading west, IDK. Look out, Jack, is all I can say.

I think the actual speed limit for the bumps is 25 MPH, but that seems too fast for IRL.

Our SFMTA has reported that some drivers go 32-34 MPH on this stretch of JFK and I’m sure these numbers come from someplace real, but I’m also sure whatever stat they’d report has been manipulated for their own purposes, oh well.

On It Goes…

A Brand-New “Near Term Speed Hump” Speed Bump, Installed on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Here it is:

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These photos are from a few days back, and this bump / hump itself prolly was installed about ten days back. If you hit this thing at 25 + you will feel it, I promise you. My ride was practically made to handle something like this bump with aplomb, and I certainly felt it. Oh, and look, a speedometer system, of sorts:

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Here’s the “near term” language, straight from our incompetent SFMTA.

Humps cause car deceleration without creating the noise, vibration or safety issues associated with their sharper bump cousins.

I’ll tell you, not a whole bunch of drivers go signif more than 25 MPH on the JFK, despite what SFGov might tell you, or imply, with their nonsensical “some traffic travels through JFK at 32-38 MPH type” of stat. Well, sure, some traffic. I go through at exactly 25 which requires a touch of braking on the downhillier parts like near Speedway Meadow. (Hellman Meadow? I don’t think that’ll take for a good long time.) Anyway, if you get on my rear bumper I’ll simply pull over, pretending to get ready to park, and then pull back in after you’ve passed me. But I don’t do that too often.

(If you wanted to decrease illegal “speeding” on JFK, you’d raise the limit to 30 MPH and, conversely, if you wanted to, for some reason, increase illegal speeding on JFK, you’d lower the limit to 20 MPH.)

Anyway, if you want to lower speeds on JFK, you’d put in a brace of speed bumps – that’ll work. Of course, there’d be the noise, vibration, and safety concerns of San Francisco voters, but that will get addressed later, one assumes…

And of course, a few speed bumps is nothing like this recent proposal.

And oh, down Mexico way, if a municipality want to have a nothingburger speed bumps like this, they’d hire somebody to do it one day and then it’d be done the next – it wouldn’t turn into an expensive half-year “project” with countless meetings and endless news releases…

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…

Nice Video: “Brakeless in San Francisco” – Two Bros Bike Down Upper Conzelman Without Brakes – Ends in a Crash

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

A mild crash, that is.

Going down the one-way part of Conzelman on Hawk Hill in Marin County USA: