Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’

Swag Report: This Year’s BIKE TO WORK DAY Swag Bag is Remarkably Swag-Free

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

It’s about 12% swag, by weight:

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The rest of it is marketing.

Back in the day, you’d see people actually using these bags, but they were nicer back then and the universal charge for grocery bags wasn’t the norm. Anyway, seeing these things used in the wild is a rarer sight.

And the SFBC appears to be more independent of the SFMTA, garnering sponsorship from competing personal injury attorneys. THe SFMTA used to offer up SFMTA-branded swag, but not no mo.

Anyway, numbers. Actual swag: 28 grams worth of Clif Bar, the exact kind they give away at work, except the swag is a Fun Size. (But it is legitimate swag.) Total “swag” bag weight this year: 243 grams.

Not complaining, just explaining.

How 90-Degree Parking and Double Parking are a Bad Combination on Busy Baker Street – A Turned Head of Disapproval

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Prolly there shouldn’t be 90-degree parking here and there should be a white zone here in front of this large institution on Baker so that your relatives or taxi drivers or Paratransit drivers or even some of those hated UBER Lyft drivers in economical Priuses can come by and drive you someplace, but our SFMTA just loves to add parking to certain blocks for certain reasons at certain times. It doesn’t really make sense overall, but that’s just the way our SFMTA is.

So we end up with this kind of sitch.

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So normally a bike rider can simply go around a double parked car, but with this kind of set up I wasn’t sure if this bicycle “activist”-type person would be able to make it past easily, you know, due to all the stalled traffic from rush hour and whatnot. She had just the mildest of reactions that you could expect, just a slight WTF head turn to the right to the let the driver know, “Bad form, Dude.” (Of course our Bro-iest of bike riders would dismount and start slapping body panels – that’s the range of reactions you can expect.)

So whose fault is this? IDK. Hey, why not go back to regular parking here? Now that’s an idea.

(Our SFMTA wants UBER Lyft drivers to circle about for 10-20 minutes and then hike to the lobby to make a legal pick up, one assumes…)

When You Go Too Far With Your Motorized Bicycle and End Up Building a Car – As Seen in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Putt putt putt putt on JFK through GGP…

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DDBCB: Double Decker Bamboo Cargo Bicycle, Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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Living the Dream: $500 Indiegogo Electric Fat Bike Spotted in the Wild – At Home on Ocean Beach

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Background here.

And what’s this?

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It’s a Sonders E-bike, being ridden as it was meant to be.

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So I guess some kickstarter-type deals work out for some people – that’s the lesson.

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…

BICYCLING AGAINST OIL WARS – Dude’s Still Here in 2017

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

This iconic icon is, IDK, iconic or something:

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A Closer Look at the Brand-New “Safe Hit Posts” on Fell, Installed Either by the SFMTA or the SFMTrA, Still Can’t Tell

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Thought I’d find out about these freshly-installed plasticky street posts with a quickness, but I haven’t.

Here’s a closer look:

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You’d think the SFMTA would be crowing about something like this, if they done it:

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I’ll agree that these posts sure do “look official.”

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And here’s a glance at some now-official posts on the other side of Stanyan:

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They’re not aging well, oh well (but that was to be expected).

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I’l need to hear from an official SFMTA spokesmodel afore I know for sure that these are official…

Sprint’s Giant Sidewalk Ad on Market Near Third

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

I guess putting the ad on the bike and then parking it here for tout le monde to see makes this exercise almost legal:

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It was there the day afore as well.

That’s using your noodle, Sprint!