Posts Tagged ‘beach’

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…

Lobos Creek Doesn’t Look Very Frisco at All

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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Wiki has a critical stance:

Broken pipes also leak raw sewage into the creek, causing a pool at Baker Beach and Lobos Creek where children play to be the most contaminated in the Bay Area.[5]

I would say, AT TIMES most contaminated, sure.

(It can’t be so so contaminated all of the time, right? Else our ER’s would be full, right? I mean, people swim in these pools on Baker Beach…)

The Illegal Fire Pits of Ocean Beach

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

These can be found right next to the legal fire pits of Ocean Beach. I guess people feel there aren’t enough.

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And here’s the news about the Ocean Beach Fire Program

The Storm Warning Flag Some Homeowner on Lower Great Highway Flies near Ocean Beach, on Windy Days

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Quite a private weather station up there, around Rivera or so, IIRC:

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How Marin Rolls: In Honda CR-V’s – CR-V, Prius, CR-V, CR-V, CR-V

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

They’re everywhere:

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Beach Horse, Mountain Horse, Marin County

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Up, up, up – this critter is the SUV of Horses:

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Never seen this…

The Signage Where Lobos Creek Drains onto Baker Beach Says What Now? – Something About Water Quality?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

FIrst of all, I think our Feds could do a better job with signage here, at Baker Beach:

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And second of all, I think the sign should say that this water is generally OK for kids to play in/around, except for times after it’s been raining. I think.

And there’s this:

San Francisco and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which has jurisdiction over Baker Beach, are working with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on monitoring studies in an attempt to locate the source of the coliform, fecal coliform and enterococci detected where Lobos Creek meets the ocean. “It’s a spring-fed creek. We don’t know what’s causing it,” said Michael Kellogg, the supervising biologist for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “Runoff is not an issue at Lobos Creek, which is percolating ground water.”

Anyway, this is the sign I can remember seeing, but it’s gone now…

Daniel-San, 94970 – A Karate Kid Exactly 400 Miles up the Pacific Coast Highway from Leo Carrillo State Park

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Wax on, wax off, or something, just off of the One, just south of Stinson Beach, Marin County – dude held this pose for a while:

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Relive the 80’s here.

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The Advisability of Riding Your Bike Through the Bunker Road Tunnel Whether the Light is Green or Not

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Here it is, your Bunker Road Tunnel* to Rodeo Beach and beyond.

The driver of this old Datsun(!) pickup truck seemed to be giving this cyclist a little bit of room, but then a shout came out…

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…from this guy going the other way. So whoops, the Datsun driver moves a yard or two to the right. Thusly:

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Bikes have dedicated lanes in this tunnel but cars don’t. Does that mean that bikes don’t have to wait up to five minutes for a green light the way cars have to? I know not. The surfer dudes in the 4WD pickup could not possibly look more like Marin Locals, like Regulars on this stretch of road, but the driver was surprised to see a cyclist going the other way? Now because it’s a tunnel, shouting works, but what if dudes had had the radio on and couldn’t hear? There could have been an accident.

Seems that waiting for the green would be safer. There’s room for debate, I suppose. (I think I’d want to see a sign saying it’s OK for bikes to proceed afore I ran a red light…)

EPILOGUE:

A single-lane tunnel carries Bunker Road from the Rodeo Valley to U.S. 101. Built in 1918, this tunnel is known as Baker-Berry Tunnel but also known as the Bunker Road Tunnel or the Five Minute Tunnel. A date stamp on the western entrance to the Baker-Barry Tunnel lists 1994, which may have been the year the tunnel was retrofitted for earthquake protection or reconstructed for other reasons. Additional work was completed in 2013 to allow for wider approaches for bicyclists. A traffic signal governs the flow of traffic into the tunnel, since only one direction may proceed at a time.

*Some mock the Yelp for rating a tunnel:

“Solid four-star tunnel… Screw you, Yelp.”

“What can I say, it’s a hole in the ground..lol”