Posts Tagged ‘bikes’

Kiosk-Enabled Open Air Bicycle Chop-Shop on Market Near Second is Now Out of Control

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Parts from many stolen “donor bikes” are here – maybe a couple dozen?

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And how many Franken-bikes could you build with the parts here? IDK, maybe a half-dozen?

On It Goes…

The King of Stolen Bicycles and Bike Parts, San Francisco, the West Coast Capital of Stolen Bikes – Building Frankenbikes

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Harvest harvest time

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You reap what you sow, I reap what I sow

Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.

Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.

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Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.

And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?

And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:

I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.

But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.

Oh BABS, will you ever win?

Chariot Van in Red, “BUS-ONLY” Lane on Market: Is This Kosher?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

IDK

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Is this what “Smart Mobility” is, FoMoCo?

Frisco’s Most Aggressive Driver is, and I’m Srsly, a “Tiffin Walla” Delivering Vegetarian Fare for “Green Tiffen”

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Let’s see if I can pay off on the headline.

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This ‘splains tings:

Tiffin Wallas aka Delivery Crew

I’ll tell you I’m not a cop, so I couldn’t name you the numerous CVC violations I witnessed Fast and Furious over the course of about 20 seconds going from Market Sutter Sansome and then across Bush and then she lost me. Everybody has different standards for what’s appropriate driving, but geez, man. (It’s the electric assist what encourages this, IMO.)

[Turbo Charged Interlude] You want some website copy? Here’s some website copy:

Adrian founded Green Tiffin in fall of 2013 in San Francisco, although the idea seed was planted early in his childhood.

Now where was I? Oh:

Compensation and benefits: 

– Guaranteed base hourly pay + delivery incentive 

Zip through San Francisco hills with Green Tiffin electric bicycles

– Look sharp in our delivery coat

– FREE healthy and sustainable lunch on workdays

– A pathway for development 

– A fun and fast-paced working environment 

I’ll tell you, a cab company in Frisco used to have a “racing” system of dispatch where the closest driver would be assigned a fare but others were free to swoop in to get there first – this was to prevent cabbies from lying too much about how close they were to the customer. Anyway, one time two cabbies working for the same outfit crashed into each other trying to win this game so that ended the racing system of dispatch.

And then Dominoes Pizza with its 30-minute guarantee, right?

And now Green Tiffen.

I’ll tell you Green Tiffen, I don’t think you’re on a “sustainable journey.”

Hollywood is Back, Now Filming in Golden Gate Park – But Double Parked Mercedes-Benzes Block Area Cyclists – A Yuuuge Production

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

[UPDATE: Oh, it was for Herbalife?]

I’ll tell you, Hollywood just doesn’t get our local parking rules:

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Anyway, this is a large production, with many people and vehicles on site today near our Rose Garden

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Of course, RPD has Rangers on site, but they’re sitting around far away near Stow Lake. And really, the requirement to have them is more of a jobs program than anything else. (So as long as Hollywood pays RPD’s high fees I don’t think a Park Ranger cares what they do – nobody’s likely to try to enforce rules on our paying guests.)

So the “creatives” from Los Angeles County feel put upon because they have to pay big bucks to work in a very expensive place* and then our locals resent the Angelenoses’ general cluelessness.

And it’s like, “We’d be better off in Vancouver,” and I’m like yes! Maybe you all would be…

*NBC’s Trauma was like this. Filming on location was an attempt to make it special but that meant that it couldn’t survive with anything less than yuge ratings

What Happens When You Hail an UBER / LYFT to an Address Like 525 Market? – Temporary Chaos, That’s What

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Market in the Financh is down to just one lane, in parts, these days, right? So you can’t just stop and wait for your fare to come down an elevator, right? Frisco aint Tracy, CA, right?

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After getting yelled out by Bike To Work Day, Uber driver from the South Bay scooched on over enough to let more people squeeze by.

It’s just not possible to legally pick riders up like this, sry.

On It Goes…

Here are the New and Improved Safe Hit Posts at the Start of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Monday, October 31st, 2016

And here’s the SFMTA’s official defense.

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Anyway, the innocuous posts have been replaced, officially. The average driver would typically infringe upon the neutral zone at the very least and that’s not the case anymore…

Sprig Delivery vs. the SFMTA – How Hard is It to Treat Market Street as a Place Where You Can Park a Car for 5 Minutes?

Friday, October 14th, 2016

I’ll tell you, I don’t have the balls to just park a ride on Market and then sass the SFMTA mounted sergeant(?) PCO’s what show up, but somebody at Sprig does, apparently. And no ticket was issued? Man, that’s lucky. (Delivering anything anywhere near the Financh is HARD, certainly.)

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Can’t recall seeing two SFMTA employees on bikes at the same time, in all my years. You know, as Obama said at a fundraiser up in Pac Heights about rural Pennsylvanians who “cling” to their guns, our SFMTA clings to its cars and free parking spaces, oh well. Every SFGov agency is like this – they’ll agree in principal to get rid of / reduce their rides, but then when it comes time to actually do that, they’ll be all, “Well don’t count this car. It’s essential. Take away cars from Some Other Agency.” Poor poor SFGov, so addicted to cars it is…

Mobile Bike Store, Under the Freeway, Frisco

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

How many bike wheels does one person need?

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