Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’

Coming Down Masonic, Bike Riders have Five Choices on Which Way To Go at Fulton – Which Would You Choose?

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

IDK, I’ll guess I’ll say that I don’t understand what the SFMTA is doing with Masonic for what, the past couple of years or so?

So, for the still inchoate “transformation” of the 3000 feet of Masonic from Fell on up to Geary, are people still riding their bikes on the sidewalks?

Well, Hell to the yes. And as a matter of fact, now more than ever.

So for instance, the northbound block between Grove and Fulton has bus stop that drivers just ease on over to. You’re going want to be on the absurdly wide sidewalk on this block of Masonic. (I guess when it’s all done, buses will just stop in the slow lane. And somehow this won’t create traffic during the Morning Drive. Somehow.)

Now take a look here, coming down the hill approaching Fulton. Where will you end up after you cross?

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  1. The “fast lane” of Masonic. Potentially legal, but NOPE.
  2. The slow lane. Also potentially legal, but also NOPE.
  3. The bus stop. Well, it leads to the bike lane further south, but that’d be silly. NOPE
  4. The bike lane. Usually peds are in it, instead of the crowded sidewalk, so MAYBE.
  5. The already-crowded sidewalk. You could squeeze between the new garbage can and the vehicle(s) what are seemingly always there on your right. MAYBE.

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I’ll tell you, I never go on the sidewalks of Market, but I always go on the sidewalks of Masonic, or at least on some blocks of Masonic, depending on traffic, conditions, etc. Go figure.

Anyway, you should too. My advice. Until the current morass dries out a bit, or rather, until the long-promised “transformation” of Masonic…

[And oh yes, if you continue on down towards Fell, I’ll tell you to take Central or Ashbury instead of Masonic, depending on your final destination. Or consider the sidewalk, depending, of course, upon traffic and whatnot.]

Does This Existing Bike Rental Business on City Land Compete with This Other Bike Rental Business Also on City Land?

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

I think the Ford people (with the new blue FordGoBike rentals in the background) would say no and the legacy mom & pops (with regular blue rental bikes in the foreground) would say yes yes yes:

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Now, you’d think that if legacy bike rental outfits had cared about this, they would have gotten noncompete agreements in their contracts – you know within a certain number of feet, SFGov wouldn’t rent out to competing bike rental businesses. Oh that’s right, they did get noncompete agreements.

And yet, look at the photo above. So all this kind of stuff plus the recent rise of new-school dockless “bikeshare” has led to legal conflicts, burbling ‘neath the surface even right now.

And this comes after local authoritahs have spent EIGHT FIGURES on establishing (now) old-school docked “bikeshare.”

Oh well.

So look forward to reports of at least a partial resolution of these disputes in 2018. (Of course, everybody would admit that there’s at least some overlap in these business models, the question is how much.)

And in the meantime, the Ford people push onward, trying to go nearer to the Fish Wharf (which is a totally obvious place for a bike rental biz to be) and inside the Heart of the Mission (betwixt Hipster Mission and SFGH) and westward, ever westward, maybe even past Masonic – of course doing all these things by now was already baked into the cake. but you know, for the Ford people, mo $ = mo problems, in 2017 anyway.

And speaking of whom, maybe some of them, those making just $16.13 an hour, barely above minimum, will get a raise in 2018. (This is considered “living wages” by some (some people living outside of Frisco,  of course) so that’s what the Ford PR ppl crow about, but actually, $16.13 aint a living wage in SF, and also actually, this would be considered a living wage by those out-of-state pencil pushers only for certain people, those without dependents, for example.)

Anyway, that’s the update. I’ll tell you, this Gen X’er was surprised to see these govt-sanctioned bike rental outfits cattywampus across the street from each other the other day, hence this post.

ENDOFLINE

The Most People I’ve Ever Seen on Just One “Bicycle” in Frisco – A Party on Wheels

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Later on, I saw that they had these rides at work – “meeting bikes” or something they were called, like you could call a meeting for up to seven people and then ride around whilst conducting bidness. But I never saw a bike meeting IRL.

And actually, I haven’t seen this ride too much since 2009 either:

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Maintenance is a bear, I understand…

FordGoBike Lament: “Ford makes these crappy Go bikes that are worth nothing but they are going to charge me $1200 if I cannot return it.”

Monday, November 20th, 2017

One of our Ford Go Bikes/
Is missing/
Tonight

All the deets:

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This person might be new in America, but nevertheless sees this sitch with clarity:

“Stolen Ford Go-BIKE #12282 – $100 (alamo square / nopa)
Hello!
Ford makes these crappy Go bikes that are worth nothing but they are going to charge me 1200$ if I cannot return it. Someone stole it from the station I was at at the bottom of McAllister @ Laguna intersection.
I am offering a 100$ reward if found this week! Thanks!
The bike code on the side is #12282″

I wonder what it costs to make a GoBike. It’s certainly not worth $1200, that’s for sure. In fact, a sub-$100 ride from WalMart, a so-called Bike Shaped Object, is a better bike, IMO. Like, it would have actual tried and true gears, like 21 or more for ease of going uphill. And it would therefore have superior gearing range. And it would be lighter. And you wouldn’t have to pay to use it. And you wouldn’t have to worry having to return it someplace, gee the clock is ticking.*

And you wouldn’t have to worry about getting it stolen and being on the hook for $1200.

Oh well.

*Your WalMart tires will wear out quicker – the puncture-resistant Schwalbes on Ford’s GoBikes are superior to anything you’d get from Wally. (And they could be the #1 reason why ppl steal FordGoBikes.)

 

A Pyrrhic Victory on Ashbury: This Bicycle Chain Worked and Yet It Didn’t Work

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

This ride is mostly still here, but I can understand why it was abandoned by its owner:

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Oh, All It Takes to Turn GOLF into a SPORT is the Simple Addition of an Electric Bicycle

Friday, November 10th, 2017

‘Cause I don’t think walking about and/or driving a cart is all that sporty, huh?

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As seen in Lincoln Park, where we pulled up grave sites to put up a golf course.

Ah, golf.

Hawk vs. Rat at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path – Quite a Scene

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Story I heard is that birdie here had just caught a rat, but then fumbled it away because birdie was of afraid of all the people nearby. So it flew up to a tree limb over the bike path to wait for its lunch as passersby inspected the rat carcass:

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Delayed lunch. Nose to extended feet was longer than my shoe, slightly. Throw in the tail and that’s why people talk about “twelve inch rats.’

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I left birdie staring intently at the dead rat from above…

Our RPD has been struggling with rats in the GGP Panhandle recently, for various reasons.

Irate-Appearing, Window-Slapping Road Biker vs. Mercedes Benz Station Wagon on 7th Avenue : You Make The Call

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Here we go, southbound uphill on 7th Ave near Lawton (or Kirkham, one of those).

Oh, Gentle Reader, I almost def. have more experience (in terms of hours, decades, miles, younameit) both riding bikes and driving cars on these Streets of San Francisco than this emo roadie, but is this such a tough sitch to call anyway? I’ll say I’m 99% sure that the Mercedes driver noticed the backup lights on that parked car and was queuing up for a chance to take over that space:

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So what’s the reaction? Whatsamatta you hand gestures and a left-hand window slap:

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And then, the look back, always with the look-back. (Bad car drivers do the same thing.)

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So, where should this driver have waited? In the middle of the car lane? IDK the answer to that, but some might feel that way.

To me, well, I would have gone around the wagon on its left, I would have “taken the lane,” if only briefly.

Just saying…

Rec and Park Where You Want

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

RPD Bro might know he’s loitering in the bike lane, but IDK

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How to Tell You’re in a “Good” Neighborhood in Frisco: Are the Stripped Bike Frames You See Chained or Unchained?

Friday, October 20th, 2017

You see, ’cause in good nabes, ppl just donate unused frames to the street, a La Raza, a la gente, you dig? It’s a donation.

Good Frisco, in this case The Richmond:

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Regular Frisco, in this case, The Twitterloin:

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Keep on Truckin’, Gentle Readers…