Posts Tagged ‘bicycles’

Pop-Up Ford Motor Company Bikeshare Rental at Fell and Central – Vandalized Already – Where Can the Next Station Go?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is:

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The SFMTA or somebody experimented with this part of this part of Central by putting long-lasting,  downtown-style hash marks on the ground, as if they were going to put meters here. But these spaces are gone now, of course:

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Here’s a post, from a protester, one supposes:

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(I’ll tell you, this is an amateur effort. I don’t think this is the way to organize after missing your chance before installation. Perhaps you might get some palliative cliches from London Breed’s office (but I wouldn’t address her as a mere Supervisor, oh no), but the other two literally get paid to promote corporate bike rental / advertising in Frisco.)

Here’s the vandalism, on the Ford part. It’s already been cleaned as best as you can expect from the basically minimum-wage (15% over minimum – hardly “living wages,” as was promised and as is still claimed) workers:

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La mise-en-scene:

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There was conflict online as well. Some of it looked like this:

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That discussion of bicycle activists vs. area locals went on and on, oh well. I’m not sure how the Ford Motor / Motivate crew went about doing its vaunted outreach, but it seems to have been pretty minimal. I think the Bay to Breakers people have put a lot more effort in, by way of comparison, with less at stake.

Anyway, the Ford Motor people are out there, scouting more locations. The next location after this certainly won’t be at Hayes and Cole, which was Ford’s original choice. Apparently, about ten locals yammered about this and that was all it took to get Ford to back down. Of course, that was before installation.

Now, feverish with victory, the residents of Hayes and Cole are discussing where the next Ford Motor station should go, to fill in the network. I think the suggestions were John Adams campus of CCSF at Hayes and Masonic, USF, the Panhandle, and maybe St. Mary’s, I forget. But they sure as Hell don’t want anything like the above anywhere on the far end of Hayes Street.

It wouldn’t take much for Ford to take its half-assed, minimal notice and turn that into actual notice, if it wants its expensive marketing effort to be less controversial…

If You’re Going to be a Bicycle Bandit in Marin County, This is How You Should Do It – Speeding Down Hill 88

Friday, July 28th, 2017

I don’t know what you’d call this area – Hill 88 is to the right, so I guess you could say Wolf Ridge or Tennessee Valley, and Bro ended up at the saddle with Gerbode Valley. Speaking of which, Where’s Waldo?

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Oh there he is, way down there, speeding along the Miwok Trail, the part what’s not allowed for bike riders.

But he could see that nobody had just started down and that nobody had started coming up, because he waited for a while.

Why are bikes banned on this one section? IDK. Prolly because it’s Steeper Than Average. And it’s narrow in parts, let’s call it singletrack.

But it’s in good shape, as a trail. So I guess all that makes it A Challenge…

These Poor Women Have NO IDEA Their FORD GOBIKE Joyride to Sausalito Will Cost Them MORE THAN $100

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Ford GoBike: The Bay Area’s bike share program, named for Henry Ford.

Motivate International, formerly Alta Bicycle Share, famous for labor issues.

Anti-competitive agreement with SFGov.

Burdensome SFMTA STATIONLESS BIKESHARE PROGRAM PERMIT APPLICATION.

Clumsy efforts in the Mission District, suspicion over Ford Motor Company’s FordPass

This is so sad. Here’s what tourists see when they’re thinking about renting a FORD-branded rental bike in Frisco:

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So, one trip is $3 and you can rent a bike for all day for just $10. Of course there’s more in there, stuff about how you have to check your bike back in within 30 minutes or you get hit with late fees, but the tourists don’t see that part.

How do I know this?

  1. Well, check Yelp. That litany is for the service what ended last month, the not-much-used and taxpayer-funded Bay Area Bike Share, but the successor service, the taxpayer and Ford Marketing-funded Ford GoBike joint, gets the same complaints. See below.
  2. Also I’ve asked people when I’ve seen them in / going to Sausalito. A man in one group said that they were paying $10 per 24 hours and a woman in this pair, as seen on the Golden Gate Bridge, said they were getting their rentals for “$9 for the whole day.”

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But the real price for pedaling through Frisco,* over the bridge to Sausalito in Marin County and back again is $16 for the first hour and then $12 an hour after that. So if your trip takes five hours, which is totally possible, then you’re paying $64 per bike. Times two is $128. Minus the $20 they already knew about leaves us with $108 MORE THAN EXPECTED.

Of course less time = less money and more time, as you can read about on Yelp = more money.

Hey, are the people at Ford Motor Company, Motivate International, and/or SFMTA/SFGov aware of this issue?

YEP.

Now, do they give a care?

NOPE, apparently not.

Oh well. So if your goal is to market Ford Motor Company to youth and to get “more butts in bikes,” then having newcomers pedal two-wheeled advertising vehicles where other ads aren’t allowed (like on the GGB) is great. You’d want ALL of Frisco’s tourists to make the same mistake.

Now, isn’t it ironic, don’tcha think, that our SFMTA insists (in one line item on a grocery list longer than your arm) that any competitors to FORD MOTOR COMPANY GOBIKE properly make clear to users how much they have to pay, but the existing government-approved, government-funded (IDK, monopoly? or) entity isn’t doing that at all currently, and hasn’t done for the past few years as well?

PROPOSALS:

  1. Hey, why not change GoBike’s misleading language to something that tourists, you know, some of whom don’t have the best handle on English, can understand, like NON-misleading language?
  2. Hey, why not have a text message sent to users telling them that their time is up when their time is up and then say, OK, it’s $12 per hour starting now?

And I’ll tell you, I don’t like the phrase THREE DAY PASS that FoMoCo uses for its $20 option either, and here’s why. If Sarge gave Gomer Pyle…

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… a three-day pass to go off-base, would he have to come back to base every half-hour? I think not, Gentle Reader. I think not.

Anyway, that’s what I ponder when I see all those GB’s on the GGB.

Ah, the Yelp:

“I like the Bikes but the renting cost of the Bikes are very  expensive. There are 3 options to rent the bikes: Short-term pass 3 dollars for 30 minutes, the day pass $9.95, and 3 day pass $19.95. I picked 2 Bikes for the day pass for $9.95 each. I thought that was good price for a day and only rode 2 hours and 15 minutes and returned the Bikes. However, they charge me $73 that is super expensive. The tricky part is the Bikes only allowed for 30 minutes if u want to bike more than 30 minutes, you will pay $3 for extra 15 minutes. That is why I end up paying more than $70 2 Bikes for two hours.”

“FRAUD ALERT! I was so excited when I heard about this service that I went right to their website to sign up. However, what they state in bold print about costs and ride time on their website is not what you agree to in the fine print of your membership agreement. Coupled with the fact that a company that is engaging in shady (i.e. illegal) activities from the gate, now has your credit card number, a link to your specific clipper card, and an app on your phone all before you ever even get on a bike is, in my opinion–A BIG RED FLAG. READ THOSE ENDLESS PAGES SCROLLING DOWN YOUR SCREEN BEFORE YOU CHECK THE “AGREE”  BOX.”

“I’m never using this service again. The digital display on the payment machine said the one day pass was $9, but I paid $49 for a bike for three and a half hours. I could buy a bike with $49. It’s ridiculously expensive. Charging the extra fee over $9 seems to be a scam.They should change the marketing from one day pass to 30 MINUTES PASS!! $9 for the pass is right up to 30 minutes, but from the moment over 30 minutes, you have to pay the extra fee $7 per 30 minutes. Keep in mind. I wish other people would never go through the same situation as me. This service is the worst one I’ve ever gotten in SF.”

Yours, in struggle.

*That’s a long way already on these hefty bikes as the stations closest to the Golden Gate Bridge are FAR AWAY, currently.

[UPDATE: Oh, it used to be that Motivate International would offer people who misunderstood the pricing structure a 50% refund, but now I see that 100% seems to be the new standard.

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This is sort of funny since this has been a Known Issue for years (plural). END UPDATE]

New-School “Bike-Share” Style Electric Rental Bikes Already Tagged, Even During the Testing Phase

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

This photo pays off the headline, so no further elucidation is needed, I don’t think. As seen ‘neath a giant street art rat on Haight:

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Seems Ford Motor Company thinks it bought quite a bit for its $49 million dollars, including buying a kind of monopoly on bike-share bicycle rental? You tell me. It’s certainly not saying Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom, let’s bring more bikes to Frisco, oh no. That’s Ford Go-Bike for you.

Maybe Ford is worse than the taggers of the 94117, IDK.

Mommy, what’s FordPass?

These technologies cannot be deactivated in FordPass and do not respond to “Do-Not-Track” requests.

If you object to any changes to FordPass or to these Terms, your sole recourse is to stop using FordPass.

Further deets on this Brave New World of GoBike, in the Year Of Our Ford 1:

“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.

Here’s How Ford Motor Company’s GoBike Bicycle Rental Scheme Moves Its Bikes Around: A BIG TRICYCLE

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Here’s the scene from the E’ville Eye News:

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At first I thought, wow, they must be using their burliest worker to push this trike trailer around, but then I saw the battery holder(?) beneath, for the electric assist, one assumes.

This is a better look than GoBike predecessor Bay Area Bike Share, which was known for its Mercedes trucks what would park wherever, like in the slow lanes of Market, for example:

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Or like this, also double-parking on Market:

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Or like this, halfway on Market and halfway on the sidewalk – IDK if this is considered better behavior or not:

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And sometimes all the way on the sidewalk. Again, IDK if that’s considered “better” than simply double parking.

And let’s not forget about BABS supes – they could park in the slow lane of inbound Market as well, because, IDK:

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And then with the illegal turns off of Market, like making a awkward left turn going inbound Market onto Sansome. Again, I don’t see how that could have been legal yet it was routine.

(Hey, QUESTION: Does Michigan-based FoMoCo think that $16.13 per hour really is at or above “living wages” in the bay area in places like Frisco, E-Ville, Oaktown, Berzerkeley, etc? Mmmm…)

Anyway, like I said, a bike trailer is a better look for Ford’s marketing division than a big truck…

Rec & Park Finally Shamed Into Repaving the Panhandle’s Southern Trail – Hundreds of Further Pedestrian/Jogger Injuries Averted

Friday, July 7th, 2017

This is the newly-paved pedestrian (meaning no bikes / skateboards allowed) path along Oak in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle (or as RPD now refers to it, Panhandle Park, but of course the Oklahoma Panhandle is still a part of Oklahoma, right?)

I’d see people, mostly joggers, falling down on this formerly bumpy path all the time, but RPD didn’t care ’cause it had/has some plan for “irrigation,” whatever that means.

Of course, they can always dig this up whenever they get to their irrigation issue, you know, in a decade or two.

Here it is, enjoy:

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Surprise! Newly Refurbished Baker-Barry “Five-Minute” Tunnel is 1) Bright; 2) Dry; and 3) Not Smelly, At All

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Here it is:

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Here’s how things used to be – dark, wet and smelly:

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Area Yelpers are not yet yelping about the improvements, but they will, someday, I’m sure:

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All the deets, from our feds:

Marin Headlands: Tunnel and Scenic Overlook Parking/Pull-Outs

Tunnel re-opened June 3, 2017

Updated June 6, 2017

The major phases of the Baker-Barry Tunnel preservation project are complete. Crews have addressed fissures and cracks in the tunnel wall, pumped polyurethane into the gaps around the tunnel lining, and installed a new, more energy-efficient lighting system. The historic tunnel is now preserved to bring the next generation of park visitors to the Marin Headlands.

Parking and pull-outs are now open to vehicles on Conzelman Road east of the McCullogh traffic circle.

For a summary of the work to date and photos inside the project, read this recent article in the Marin IJ.

 

About the Tunnel Preservation Project: Safer Surfaces. Better Lighting.

This project repaired the tunnel’s concrete structure. Repaired cracks and leaks resulted in a slippery film of sediment that created a safety hazard for vehicles and bicyclists.

A new tunnel LED light system will reduce energy use by an estimated 40% from what was the single largest energy user at Golden Gate National Recreation Area! The new lights also better illuminate the tunnel for vehicles and bicyclists.

We also replaced water and sewer lines mounted in the tunnel. The outdated water and sewer lines were subject to frequent breaks which resulted in tunnel closures.

JUMP Electric Bikes, from Social Bicycles, Spotted in the Wild – Let’s Hope Expensive Motivate / Ford “GoBike” Rental Doesn’t Interfere

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

You know, the way they, Motivate International Inc. / Ford Motor Company, lobbied SFGov, hard, against harmless Bluegogo bike rental just a little while ago.

This wasn’t a photo opportunity, just a random sighting of people testing out this new program in Golden Gate Park today.

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One imagines they’ll let you use these rides for more than a half-hour…

North of Panhandle Area REJECTS Losing Four Parking Spaces for a Ford Motor Company GoBike Station – And SFMTA is Cool With That

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

I’ll tell you, I was unaware of this issue:

“To Hayes/Cole and Panhandle Residents: Thanks to all who signed our letter, telephoned, emailed and spoke at the SFMTA hearing on Friday 6/17/2016. SFMTA Senior Planner Heath Maddox confirms that they will NOT site a bike dock at Hayes and Cole Street. From his email:

‘…We (SFMTA) do not issue permits for bike share stations in front of buildings where the residents and/or property owners object. Motivate will need to find another spot in this grid square.”

Way to activate and organize and engage neighbors!!!”

So let’s see here, all this reminds me of:

  • The recent campaign to prevent Google buses (from the actual Google) from stopping at the #21 Hayes bus stops at Clayton;
  • The campaign to prevent Facebook buses from continuing to use a stop at Hayes and Masonic (so it got moved to Fell and Masonic, and of course, a ton of people along the three affected properties complained about that, but obvs not enough); und
  • The campaign (operated by minimum wage workers hired temporarily off of craigslist by an area coffee kingpin) to “save” one of two SFMTA bus stops on the same side of the same short block of inbound Hayes between Masonic and Central

I don’t exactly get this standard from SFMTA Senior Planner Heath Maddox – if people object to the SFMTA doing something, then it won’t do it? I don’t think that this is the actual standard IRL.

On the other hand, if you yammer enough at the SFMTA, it just might take away parking spaces from those who don’t know how to yammer as well, you now, those poor souls who live just a few blocks away.

Some would call this democracy.

A New Low for Walmart: The $35 Bicycle, Assembled

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

It’s a real bike with shifters and whatnot. Kind of heavy. And there were others there for sale as well.

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My current ride is one what costed $74 – a (Bike-Shaped Object) (BSO), pejoratively. (It replaced the $98 model what got stolen in the 94111 in 2016, Frisco being the west coast capital of bike theft ‘n all.) I didn’t think my wiener would appreciate the saddle so it got replaced. And the goofily-sized 27.5 inch rear tire lasted like two months – it got replaced with a Schwalbe anti-puncture commuter model for $35. I have another Schwalbe as well, ready to go as soon as the front tire flats out or wears out. A $15 U-lock (with 5 keys!) has sufficed so ar.

Anyway, you can buy a real 21-speed bike, prolly aimed at the teen market, for $35, sometimes, at Walmart.

America, what a country!