Posts Tagged ‘bike’

Uh Oh: Short Term, Electric-Powered, Rental Bikes / Scooters and THE HELMET ISSUE – How FordGoBike, LimeBikes and BIRD are Handling Things

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

1) First up are the Ford Motor people – here’s some marketing from them:

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See that? It’s Chinatown! Anyway, these fashion models are on 2018 versions of a FordGoBike. Unlike the 2017 versions, which were/are comically heavy and astonishingly expensive (you’ll find out just how much after yours turns up missing and they send you in to the SFPD to file a report), these new rides are electric powered, the better to compete with the new orange-red JUMP! bikes.

But look closer – these tourists packed their helmets. Now that’s some amazing foresight.

Let’s wait and see if this becomes a thing, this carrying a helmet around all day in anticipation of coming across a rental bike thing. (I don’t think it will.)

2. Limebike is giving away helmets I hear. Maybe to their users, maybe in SF, maybe on Sunday. They might be a bit garish, something like this…

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…but I won’t laugh at you.

(Is a bike helmet and a scooter helmet the same thing? IDK.)

3.  What’s next, oh BIRD. Look what they’re cooking up for us:

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And here’s the current version of AB2989.

Notably:

“The bill would, among other provisions, require the minor operator of a standup electric scooter to wear a bicycle helmet while operating the standup electric scooter.”

See how that works? Through this hocus pocus, helmets would no longer be required for adult electric scooter riders on the Streets of California. (Did I say streets? I shoulda said sidewalks, as:

“(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), a standup electric scooter may be operated on sidewalks and may be parked in the same manner and at the same locations as a bicycle may be parked.
(c) A local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting persons from riding or propelling a standup electric scooter on highways, sidewalks, or roadways.”)

So there you have it. You can handle the looming HELMET ISSUE through marketing efforts, giveaways, or just going to Sac Town to change laws in order to favor your bidness.

Your choice.

Leaving you with a recent shot of our Fulton Freeway, 30 MPH speed limit:

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Oh, and here’s what the old-fashioned-style GoBikes look like:

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The have crazy drivetrains that only make things worse, IMO.

AB2989: Proposed Law to Eliminate Electric Scooter LICENSING & HELMET Requirements? – Plus, SIDEWALK RIDING Would be ALLOWED?

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Well Pa Pa Pa Ooh Mau Mau, Ooh Mau Mau, via Scooter Idiots @ScooterIdiots we learn that BIRD is the word in Sac Town these days.

Check it, is this real life?

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So, if people are beefing about all those ppl illegally riding Bird Rides, Inc rental scooters on the sidewalks of San Francisco these days, well let’s just change California law – is that how this works?

And if people are afraid of getting ticketed by the SFPD for not having a helmet, well, let’s get rid of that rule too.

And if you don’t have a driver license, well fear not, because BIRD is “sponsor”-ing, you know, effectively, an Assembly Bill to take care of that?

(And bike lanes? I don’t really get the part about electric scooters in bike lanes.)

Read all about it after the jump.

Oh caveats:

  1. Helmets would still be required for minors.
  2. Local municipalities could come in with their own sidewalk bans, which would prolly be a shoe-in to pass in Frisco (considering that SFGov has similarly banned sidewalk bike riding for almost all of the city.)
  3. And having a driver license, well, IDK how important that is IRL

IDK what to make of all this…

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Ford’s Bike “Share” System has been Heavily Subsidized, by Ford Marketing and Taxpayers – Yet FordGoBike is Very Unpopular on Yelp These Days – Why’s That?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

There are a lot of reasons why People Hate Us On Yelp, lately. Feel free to see why, on Yelp.

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Hey, which costs more, a heavy clunky slow FordGoBike or an electrified JUMP bike? At $1200 (plus an “admin fee”), a Ford GoBike costs more. How can this be?

IDK.

Anyway, maybe the Ford ppl will have better luck over the next 30 days. We’ll see.

In the meantime, the dockless and/or electrified and/or scooterly competition will continue to eat Ford’s lunch…

Listen Ma, No Hands!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

It used to be, “Look Ma, no hands.”

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And actually, you don’t see ppl talking on cell phones as much these days…

Stingray, Presidio

Friday, March 16th, 2018

But is it Art?

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Get your own – just $399.99, which is full retail despite what some dick might tell you.

Male v. Female – Bike Rider v. Motorcycle Rider – A Less Than Warm Welcome to Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Not sure what this Bro’s beef was. He might have thought she would intrude upon the outbound JFK Drive bike lane, and I too thought she could do just that, but I don’t think she did, not really, IIRC. But you know, the kind of ppl who flip off others thusly prolly do it like five times a day, so NBD I s’pose:

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Some roadies can be a little, you know, unnecessarily intense…

FordGoBike in the Presidio vs. an Electric JUMP! Bike in the Presidio: One Makes Sense, But the Other is a Mystery – Is GoBike Failing?

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Have you seen all the bright neon (orange? red?) JUMP! bikes all over Frisco these days? That’s not surprising since they’re getting used, a lot. A lot more than the clunky, heavy, legacy GoBike “bikeshare” bikes from Ford Motor Company in what’s basically a continuation of Bay Area Bike Share what got started like a half-decade ago and what’s cost us eight figures already.

I’ll tell you, my guess is that most of the FordGoBikes I’ve seen in the Presidio and points north, sometimes way north, like out of the county north, and we’re talking about a lot, like hundreds I myself have seen these past nine months, are being pushed / pedaled by PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THAT THEIR $10 “DAY PASS” isn’t actually a day-pass and that they’ll soon be met with an unexpected high two-figure or low three-figure bill from the Ford ppl.

How do I know this? Well, I go up and ask them about it.

Of course, some know that they’ll get hit with hours and hours of penalty fees – and they just don’t care. The deal’s worth it for them. Well, that’s fine with me, be my guest.

But this?

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These ppl near the Great San Francisco Bight, let’s call it the Baker Beach area, have a loooooong way to go to get their heavy rides back into even the nearest GoBike rental station.

But look at this, unexpected JUMP bikes up at the Sports Basement. So this makes sense – two ppl pay two dollars to trek from where, SoMA, the Financh, the Twitterloin? All of those places are within range I figure, what with pedal assist and all. Then they’ll pay another two bucks to get home? If so, that makes sense to me as well:

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Now, do I approve of JUMP’s video/photo policy what allows Social Bicycles Inc or whomever to use images of you* and your face, (your pretty face!) however the Hell they feel, with no payment to you? Well Hell no. But that’s the deal our local alphabet soup (SFMTA SFCTA MTC BAAQMD it doesn’t matter) struck. Sorry.

OTOH, people are loving the JUMPs.

And hey, speaking about the alphabet soup, are all those govt ppl pleased with how FordGoBike is doing these days? Oh, Hell no.

And how many stations should have the FoMoCo ppl have had west of Masonic by now? Lots and lots. But how many to they have IRL? Zero. (And the prospects for anything soon look bleak – the more the Ford ppl push on installing rental stations, the more pushback they’ll get from residents. I’ll tell you, I can’t believe how many tens of millions of dollars Ford is going to spend over the next six years compared with what they’ve gotten so far. JMO.)

In conclusion, JUMP good, FORD bad.

We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out when GoBike Goes Electric, you know, a little bit, in April…

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Which Inspires More Protest: A 54-Bed “Lockdown Mental Ward” at Hayes and Shrader or a 20-Bike Rental Station from Ford? – See Petition for a 49 Square Block FordGoBike Ban

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline, but I’ll tell you, it’s not even close.

There’s this, at St. Mary’s – it inspired nary a peep of any protest, AFAIK.

But then there’s this, a neighborhood petition against a proposed FordGoBike rental station, also at Hayes and Shrader right across the street from St. Mary’s – it would convert five current parking spaces into a leased bike rental station. There are many Martin Luthers in this nabe, with the hammer and the nail at your door. Go ahead and read:

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See that? Petitioners are looking for a DMZ, a DeMotivateinternational* Zone, not less than seven blocks in any direction from Hayes and Shrader. You see? ‘Cause they just chased away another proposed station at Hayes and Clayton just last year, and they don’t want the Ford ppl coming with yet another proposed station anywhere close by.

I’ll tell you a story. Back in the 1990’s, (Old) General Motors went and spent six figures to pay for a playground, pretty close to Hayes and Shrader in Golden Gate Park. Here’s what happened – defacement of the letters forming the name of one of GM’s divisions, with extreme prejudice:

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See that – the signage marring was the response to too much corporate advertising for locals to handle, even though all GM did was to buy us a playground.

So that’s the environment that these corporate types from Michigan and New York don’t seem to understand. ‘Cause here they come, and then this happens, on Hayes Street as it happens:

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Do you see the similarity here, the reaction to marketing efforts from America’s #1 and #2 automakers?

Of course, Ford has some supporters, but they tend to be people who think it’d be a great idea to ban cars from Frisco altogether.

Isn’t it ironic?

Dont’cha think?

(‘Cause that’s the whole idea, of FoMoCo marketing cars to young people, who, you know, are hard to market to.)

In conclusion, large new mental ward MEH, small corporate bike rental station HELL NO.

This has been your Hayes and Shrader Update.

As to the future, well, IDK which side will win. As for our SFMTA, it’s all:

“…We (SFMTA) do not issue permits for bike share stations in front of buildings where the residents and/or property owners object.”

Or at least that’s what one of their senior planners said last year.

We’ll see…

*The operators of our local short-term bicycle rental monopoly. They used to be known as Alta Bike Share, but that name got wore out, owing to labor issues, among others. 

Textbook Traffic Calming Seems to Irk Some SFMTA Employees, Ones Stuck at an SFMTA-Created Bottleneck, Oak and Octavia – Extra Parking Spaces vs. Flow

Monday, February 26th, 2018

PCO RTB – Parking Control Officers Return(ing) To Base.

Here’s the Polk Street version – just take the bike lane, easy-peasy. Not looking for violations, just repositioning:

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But Oak, the Great Eastern Way, a Freeway Substitute, well for some reason, our SFMTA decided to offer street parking to our tech-heavy newcomers living in expensive new units in a now-fashionable part of the Western Addition. See? No bike lane = stuck on Oak like everybody else:

 

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Just saying…

FIRST LOOK: Bike Rider with “81” on Jersey – SECOND LOOK: “I AM 81”

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

I know JUST the thing to give on her next birthday:

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