Posts Tagged ‘babs’

The Toughest Job You’ll Never Love: Work for Ford / Bay Area Bike Share / Motivate for a Whopping $1 Above Minimum Wage

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

IDK, man. I still see more people sitting on locked up BABS bikes than people actually using them.

And how many millions have we spent on this program?

It’s making some people rich, but not its workers, not at, what, a nominal amount north of min wage?

Do you like bikes? Well, then why don’t we take all this money and simply give bikes away to residents? I mean, you know, as a mental exercise, something to think about. As things stand now, nobody really uses these rides ($9 minimum, ouch, so I’ve never even tried them, plus a nice $1200 charge on your credit card if you lose it, or in the event you have a hassle checking it back in and somebody steals it), but, somehow, this whole deal makes some people happy, and Ford (Motor Company) can get a Super Bowl ad snippet out of it, OK fine.

Anyway, have at it:

Bay Area Field Team Member (SOMA / south beach)
About Bay Area Bike Share
Bicycle sharing is a sustainable, healthy, and community-based transport option that enhances urban livability and mobility. Bay Area Motivate currently operates 700 bikes & 70 stations in the Bay Area with plans to expand the system — tenfold – with 7000 bikes by the end of 2018.

Overview of Position:
As a Field Team Member, you will play a fundamental role in Bay Area Motivate bike share operations. You will be responsible for maintaining the overall functionality and ride-ability of the Bay Area bike share system. Working under the primary guidance of the Operations Leadership Team, a Field Team Member will assist and support redistribution of bikes, maintain and repair all stations and related equipment, while supporting general bike share operations across the System.

TO APPLY: https://850.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/motivate/Posting/View/493

Primary Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
Redistribution
▪ Operate a large vehicle or bike train (large tricycle with cart) to redistribute bikes as required, based on real-time demand data
▪ Load/unload vehicles with bikes and dock/undock bikes at stations which requires repetitive motion and individual responsibility for lifting up to 50lbs
▪ Evaluate bike condition, document and record data regarding bikes and related equipment, and escalate if needed
▪ Communicate effectively and efficiently using verbal, written or typed communications with supervisors, managers and support related positions
▪ Partner and work collaboratively with Operations Leadership, fellow employees and related positions to assess, evaluate and determine inventory management and control
▪ Keep and maintain clean and presentable work areas, tools and equipment which may include, but is not limited to, company vehicles and work locations, at all times
▪ Perform bike valet duties including corralling and securing bikes, clearing stations, and helping customers

Station Maintenance, Appearance and Repair
▪ Complete station maintenance in a professional and timely manner consistent with all Bay Area Motivate (BAM) policies and procedures. Report any and all issues or concerns with Station performance to Deputy Operations Manager or designee.
▪ Ensure bike stations are operational which may require reboot of stations, replace station batteries, swap SD cards, and similar responsibilities as necessary
▪ Timely response to all station emergencies or identified issues, include tracking, recording and reporting all work orders

General Responsibilities
▪ Follow safe work practices and help create and maintain a safe work environment
▪ Follow any routes and assignments as delegated by dispatch and maintenance
▪ Communicate professionally and timely with all customers, management, vendors and employees
▪ Escalate issues as needed to Operations Management or designated Bay Area leader
▪ Work with all Motivate employees and team members to ensure timely and productive workflows
▪ Complete valet duties including corralling, securing and distributing bikes as needed
▪ Additional duties and responsibilities as determined by management.

Required Skills and Experience:
▪ Minimum 18 years of age or older.
▪ Valid Driver’s License and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record.
▪ Demonstrated success meeting and exceeding Bay Area Motivate performance expectations.
▪ Experience operating vehicles in congested city traffic.
▪ Knowledge of Bay Area geography and street layout.
▪ Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other technology as needed to perform the essential functions of the job
▪ Interpersonal skills — open to others’ ideas; patience and willingness to experiment and try new things while working collaboratively.
▪ Dependability and schedule adherence — ability and commitment to working all scheduled work hours. Bay Area Motivate work schedules may include, evenings, weekends and holidays.
▪ Ability to effectively and professionally communicate with management, co-workers, vendors and customers
▪ Ability to lift up to 50 pounds; stoop, bend, and stand for long periods of time.
▪ Willingness to work outdoors, year-round and in all weather conditions.

TO APPLY: https://850.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/motivate/Posting/View/493

The above description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. From time to time, and related to the nature of work performed to accomplish Motivate’s Mission, employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities.

Motivate is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Motivate is a drug-free workplace.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

This Type of Person is Why “Bay Area Bike Share” has a Very Low 1.9 Star Yelp Rating

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Now you’d think Frisco’s tourists would love love love an area taxpayer and feepayer-subsidized bicycle rental service with stations all over touristed areas like Market Street.

But some don’t because they get confused about the confusing pricing scheme, and they think wow, $9 for 24 hours? Man, we’re going to ride on out to Ocean Beach, whoo hoo!

But then it turns out that your credit card gets charged like low three-figures, because you didn’t check in your bikes every 30 minutes.

These bikes, coming back inbound from the West Side, where there are no BABS stations, are overdue and on the clock. They have exceeded their 15-minute combat radius:

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And then our tourists rage against BABS the only way they know how – on the Yelp.

Read and learn.

And this is still going on, in 2017.

The “solution” to this issue is that you get an automatic 50% refund just for asking.

Not much of a solution.

Out of gas already, trying to come up from the Great Highway through Golden Gate Park on a $1200 (if you lose it, or don’t check it back in entirely properly, but that’s another story) very heavy, electric motor-free, single-speed bike, about seven miles from where it was checked oot, eh?

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Oh well…

Why is Frisco So Mad About the Idea of Bluegogo Offering 99-Cent Bike Rentals? Could It Have Something to do with This?

Friday, January 27th, 2017

So how many millions have we spent on this program, the one what’s Yelp-rated at less than 2 stars even though it’s heavily subsidized by John/Jane Q. Public?

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I mean, is this what you wanted, SFGov? Srsly, I see more people sitting on these rides when they’re locked up than actual customers riding them.

OTOH, I see that Bluegogo’s similar bikes are in private parking spaces, currently, anyway.

Hey, maybe this whole deal, plus the more recent deal with FoMoCo was a bad idea?

Just asking.

Seattle has just given up on its similar program, just saying.

Wouldn’t we be better off just buying Walmart bikes (for like $74 each, I’m srsly) and handing them out for free to SF citizens instead of getting involved with Ford, if the goal is to get more ppl on bikes?

Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.

Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.

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Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.

And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?

And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:

I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.

But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.

Oh BABS, will you ever win?

SAME OLD STORY: Big Mercedes Double Parked on Market Street

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Someday I’ll ride one of these big heavy bikes, definitely for 30 minutes or less though…

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(BABS / Ford doesn’t care what you think about BABS, not really. It will give you half your money back if you get confused by its marketing and end up getting charged ten times more than you thought you would, IF you contact them about your experience, so there’s that…)

Bay Area Bike Share (BABS) is a Smorgasboard of Illegal Parking, and Driving – And Let’s Check in That Yelp Rating

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Market Street, yesterday:

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Is this official, like from Ford? IDK.

And then they have their big Nissan vans – they double park, park on the sidewalks and make illegal turns off of Market all the time. Is that kosher?

And what’s up with these Ford pickups all illegally parked next to each other basically every day at the BABS station on Market near 5th? They’re still showing up. Does the reflective triangle make everything OK? IDK

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Any connection here? IDK.

And the Yelp ratings are in the cellar, still. Seems like people are paying a lot of money for these bikes, considering what they get, and some people at some companies are millionaires now, and speaking of millions, taxpayers will end up paying tens of millions afore this program gets defunded or whathaveyou.

All is not well in BABS-land these days.

And I can’t wait to see all the Ford ads, which, one assumes, will be plastered all over, soon…

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?

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And not just one day:

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Day after day:

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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?

Reverse Spin Class, Bike “-Share” Bike Rental, Market Street, USA

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

I’ll tell you, I see more people sitting on these rides stationary without paying money than I see people riding these bikes with paying money.

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Wow, pretty low Yelp score there, huh Bay Area Bike Share? Oh, what’s that, you don’t care, because you’re a millionaire lady with a fat government contract? OK fine.

Anyway, this guy was spinning backwards – that’s a first for me. Sometimes people don’t spin at all – they just talk on the phone, or play the Candy Crush or whathaveyou as I roll by on my $96 Walmart bike, which, you know, we could just buy for and give away free to all residents of Frisco who wanted one, for cheaper than what we spend, year in and year out, forever, on the Bay Area Bike Rental Share.

Oh well.

Urban Spin Class, Market Street – A Chair is a Chair

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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Government-Subsidized “BAY AREA BIKE SHARE” Tries to Rip Off Tourist for $300, Only Steals $150 – When Will BABS Solve This Repeated Issue?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Suffer Fabian:

“Wow, watch out guys, especially tourists, that’s a total rip-off! Wrongly assumed it would be like bike share services in Europe, 30 minutes free of charge and for a day pass (i.e. renting the bike for the day) would cost me 9$. Took 2 bikes for 2 days for my girlfriend and me thinking I would at the end cost me something like $36 – which sounds reasonable for those heavy, sometimes poorly maintained bikes. They charged me at the end more than $300! Ridiculous. Cannot see how this is a sustainable service. Ended up paying half after intense discussions which is some relief, however for $150 I could have rented out 2 high-end mountain bikes for that price.”

Here’s what the tourists see:

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I know there are more words around this image, but I’m just telling you what the tourists see.

Is BABS aware of this issue? Yes, but it just doesn’t give a fuck. They’re all like “fuck you, pay me,” or actually, they’re like oh, well, just pay half then. That’s the deal – get charged waaaaay too much money by mistake and then talk your way down to 50% of the overcharge. It’s like a unwritten BABS policy now.

And believe it or not, BABS would have only a 1.5 star Yelp rating but for its hectoring of customers who dare give it a one-star review, and but for the shill 5 star reviews.

It goes on and on:

I’m giving one star because the quality and condition of the bikes is absolutely horrible. All the bikes are heavy pieces of junk! Forget investing in more docking stations Bay Area bike share, invest in better bikes!! I’ve been to many cities around the world and all the bikes there looks way better than the ones we have here.

Perhaps BABS deserves its abysmal two-star Yelp rating?