Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’

The Vanishing Mopeds of Haight Street – Perhaps Something Like This should be Your New Ride

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Stylin’!

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My only sighting so far this year.

(The ones I used to see on Valencia and down in that area all seemed to be extra smoky, oh well)

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Mope on!

FGBOTD – Your Ford Motor Company GoBike Of The Day: #11472, a Bicycle Built for Two

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Market Street outbound, in front of that hot new restaurant at the bottom floor of “NeMa” right across the street from taxpayer-subsidized Twitter HQ – you know this fine dining establishment represents SFGov’s annual Twitterloin / Tenderloin / Mid-Market / “New Market” “renaissance,” except actually it doesn’t because this space is totally empty and it’s been so for a while now, oh well: 

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(And this way, this ride is cheaper than paying the MUNI fare, so that’s something.)

(And what a lazy stoker, not even trying…)

This behavior of course violates your TOS, but then again, Ford Motor Company tracks you more than, say, Citibank does in New Yawk, so maybe this all balances out, maybe we’re all a little bit sneaky.

And oh, here’s the skivvy from a former Trump advisor / Ford Motor Company CEO, you know, just last year:

“Listen, here’s the deal. The opportunity is not bikes. That’s not why Ford’s in it. The opportunity is data, and the data is super valuable because…”

And the reply is that all the interested parties worked out a deal where there’s no telemetry on the bike – of course it’s on you, on your smartphone, right?

And when people ask Motivate International about all this, the reply is that there’s no telemetry on the bike. Well, yeah, but the question is what about all this? The profit-motivated Motivate doesn’t seem to want to answer, oh well.

Here’s Ford Motor Company’s answer, in a way. I just don’t understand how somebody renting a bike gets all this stuff tracked while driving a car the next day:

“Driving Characteristics, such as speed, use of accelerator, brakes, steering, seat belts, and other similar information about how the vehicle is used.”

Oh well…

Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, MI Defines “Living Wages” in SF, CA as Being Just 15% Above the Minimum – $16.13 Per Hour??

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

And on top of that, Ford Motor Company (NYSEFS&P 100 ComponentS&P 500 Component) is “proud” to pay just $16.13 per hour.

See?

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And I’ll do the math for you, Gentle Reader, and I’ll show my “work,” heh:

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I think Ford could afFORD to pay about $10 an hour more to each one of its near minimum wage GoBike bike rental workers, especially in high-rent cities such as San Francisco (especially considering all the advertising they’re getting, especially considering how much they jacked up prices from the little-used, low-profile, tax and fee-payer-funded Bay Area Bike Share.)

Alternatively, FoMoCo could stop repeatedly claiming that it’s paying “living wages,” right?

What’s that, FORD is just like Citi in New York, a mere sponsor? Well, not really, as FORD tracks you, the GoBike user, more than Citibank does.  I mean, does Citi track how fast you drive your car the day after you install an app to use a bikeshare rental bike in NYC? IDTS. Like, why would it care? But does FORD?

look closer.

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Ah, mem’ries:

The Real Reason Behind Ford’s Move Into Bike-Sharing – Why would an auto giant want to start an urban bike-sharing business? Here’s a hint: It’s not about the bikes.

“Listen, here’s the deal. The opportunity is not bikes. That’s not why Ford’s in it. The opportunity is data, and the data is super valuable because it tells us these invisible paths that people are taking in this complex city in terms of how they want to get around.”

Oh what’s that, there’s no GPS on the bikes?

But what about your phone, is there GPS and whatnot on that?

There sure is. So that’s how they track your:

“Driving Characteristics, such as speed, use of accelerator, brakes, steering, seat belts, and other similar information about how the vehicle is used.”

And that’s not all…

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The Absurdity of Having New, Super-Wide Onramps Connecting To the Still-Narrow Panhandle Path

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Here it is, your overwhelmed Golden Gate Park Panhandle Path along Fell betwixt Stanyan and Baker:

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It used to be narrower. I remember. Anyway, now it’s twelve feet wide. Inadequate, non?

Compare that width with the much wider, low-volume connector paths that take people to the Panhandle Path. (Yeah, this driver was confused. Sometimes people drive through here, to get across the Panhandle, but I think this was an attempt at parallel parking, possibly Outside Lands-related. The sidewalks/crosswalks are so wide that some people can’t tell that they’re crosswalks. But anyway…)

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So, why not widen the Panhandle Path to a nice round 16 feet?

FGBOTD: Your Ford GoBike of the Day – Impression, Sunrise – Submerged in the Briny Deep of Lake Merritt

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Yet another quite wet Ford GoBikevia Ruth Miller, no filter:

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La mise-en-scene:

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Hey, why don’t we try taking off the FORD logo from all these bikes if this is how the reaction is?

(And why doesn’t Ford PAY people for the data it gathers, if it values this data so so much?)

Question: Does Citibank track “bikeshare” rental users in New Yawk the way Ford is now doing in the Bay Area? Non. Non non non! ‘Cause Ford is getting more data. Now, why is that? (Hey, did our local government officials make a bad deal?) Anyway, that’s something to consider.

I mean, if you install FordPass to rent a bike for 30 minutes, what happens next and for the rest of the life of your smartphone?

Oh, look:

Information We Collect. We collect the following types of information through your use of FordPass or third-party services that integrate with FordPass, such as Ford GoBike, which we also may combine with other information you have previously provided, or that we have collected from other sources:

Information you provide to create an account or sign-in to an existing account, such as name, email address, street address, telephone number, credit card, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You must have an account to use FordPass.

Information we collect through FordPass includes:

Location information collected from your mobile device and/or vehicle, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and location derived from IP address, which can be used to determine your device or vehicle’s current location, travel direction, and speed.

Mobile Device Information, such as software or operating system version, unique device identifiers, IP address, mobile network information, and mobile phone number.

Vehicle Information, such as the VIN, hardware model and part numbers, status of vehicle systems (e.g., fluid levels, tire pressure, and locks), vehicle diagnostics, odometer, and other information about how the vehicle is performing.

Driving Characteristics, such as speed, use of accelerator, brakes, steering, seat belts, and other similar information about how the vehicle is used.

Information about how you use FordPass or third-party services that integrate with FordPass, such as when and for how long you use features and when you contact us, a record of your communication.

FordPass may also contain online tracking technologies (e.g. Adobe Analytics and Aptelligent) on your mobile device that collect non-personal information about how FordPass is used and how it is performing including if it crashes, and which may be able to be connected across devices and over time. These technologies cannot be deactivated in FordPass and do not respond to “Do-Not-Track” requests.

How We Use Information We Collect: We use your personal information – information that reasonably identifies you – to provide you with great functionality and services, allow you to control certain vehicle features, fulfill requests you’ve made in FordPass, personalize your experience, troubleshoot problems, develop new and improved products, services, and marketing strategies and research, to protect safety, property, privacy, and security, or to comply with legal requirements. WE MAY send communications about products, services, offers, promotions, news, and more that are customized based on your personal information, including your location, speed, and driving characteristics. You may choose not to provide certain personal information (such as not entering a VIN to connect to your vehicle or not entering a credit card to use My Wallet services), but this may limit or prevent use of certain features. We may use and share non-personal information for any purpose.”

Is this a fair deal?

[UPDATE: Oh, I guess it got fished out today around 3:00 PM – who knows, maybe it’s back in service already.]

FGBOTD: Your Ford GoBike of the Day – #12535 Headed to the Chop Shop – Harvest, Harvest Time

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Neoliberalism is having a hard time getting going in Frisco.

Take a look, via Nishant.

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The Ford Motor Company workers laboring (in the Bay Area? North Carolina?) are stumped as to this location – can you guess? Hint: alTrainCay racks-tay.

Myself, I’d rather steal a $98 Walmart bike (like the 21-speed 29’er I lost near Cal / Battery last year – it had a nice bell, and one good replacement tire, and a wiener-friendly replacement seat) than a pretty much useless yet very expensive ($1200!) Ford Motor Company GoBike rolling advertisement.

Remember, Ford doesn’t track you through the bike, but through the app what you use to get the bike. Think on that. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

HOW FORD TRACKS YOU

Look closely. ⬆️⬆️⬆️

Weepin’ time reapin’ time harvest harvest time
You reap what you sow I reap what I sow

FGBOTD, Your Ford Motor Company GoBike Of The Day: Taking Your Rental Bike on MUNI for Just $12/Hr

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Good times.

Via CactusJ:

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I can’t explain this, but I have several theories.

All right, back to my Ford research

Jumping the Bike Box

Friday, August 4th, 2017

IDK, you got a green box for a reason, right?

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That’s where you belong. Otherwise you’re in the way, so why not back up your hoss a couple yards, cowboy?

Rec and Park’s New “Wayfinding” Signs in the Panhandle Have Amazing Anti-Graffiti Capability

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

I don’t know if the capability is new, but the signs are new.

So here was when they first got tagged and here is after cleaning:

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It seems like they’re coated with Teflon, like a nonstick surface you’d cook eggs on.

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Touché, RPD. Touche.

Brand-New “Wayfinding” Signs in the Panhandle Tagged Already: Anti Bike Graffiti – Plus, NoPA is OUT and DivCo is IN

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

So let’s see, first the good news. RPD moved the placement of their signs just like I asked them to. Amazing. One of the old signs, which actually were pretty new, totally blocked the view of peds trying to get across the Golden Gate Park Panhandle bicycle freeway, otherwise known as the Panhandle Path. So you’d be looking to the west, where riders are coming downhill, and then RPD’s sign would be in the way. So that’s great.

Now, the new signs still have the SEVEN NO’s listing RPD’s rules, but they also have “wayfinding” up top. (Which is prolly why they moved the signs – the addition of the arrows telling tourists which way to go. You know, our RPD isn’t really all that big on safety, despite what it might tell you.) See?

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The sign is pointing you right to NOPA, but it’s all “Divisidero Corridor?” I thought that was already a failed place name? Mmmm. Haight-Ashbury is fine of course, but what’s this, “North Panhandle” points straight north of the Panhandle. This is another dis on NoPA, non? I’ll tell you, some neighborhood NIMBY/homeowner’s group calls the North Panhandle WEST NOPA, which translates as the area west of the area that’s north of the area that’s east of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. I’m srsly. Here’s your reverse angle, looking west:

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So RPD left some room for taggers, as you can see in the first photo, and of course in the above photo, some pedestrian lined out the bike rider symbol with the international sign for GTFO.

(I know a lady who lives on Shrader who got hit by a bike rider going about 20 MPH, which is easy to do when you’re heading east since it’s downhill.* It doesn’t take much effort to get her to bring up the subject, as this accident is still on her mind. IDK, RPD refuses to widen this multi use path next to Fell. And RPD refuses to post a speed limit. Anyway, there’s a strong contingent of peds in the area who Don’t Like Bikes.)

So that’s it, enjoy your new signs, Frisco.

*You know, you don’t even need to pedal to go from Stanyan to the DMV on Baker eight blocks away, right? I can start from 0 MPH and make it to the DMV going at 16.3 MPH with big, wide, knobby tires, so that means that roadies with tiny tires, some of them pumping away with their heads down or even with their butts out of the saddle, well, maybe some of them are going too fast.