Posts Tagged ‘bikes’

Rec and Park’s New Sign in the Panhandle Directs Tourist Pedestrians AWAY from the Multi-Use Path Abutting Fell

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Let’s pay off on that headline right now.

Looking east from Stanyan:

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Enhance!

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Oh here we go: Bikes to the left, peds to the right, see?

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Now I say tourists ’cause locals already know that they can tread upon “the bike path” in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

The real solution would be to widen this path what functions as a sidewalk for the south side of Fell, but for some reason, our RPD SFMTA SFCTA DPW alphabet soup don’t want to do that.

(And their next step will be to add painted crosswalk-type lines on the multi-use path where it intersects with what would be the sidewalks of Shrader, Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, Central, and Lyon if it weren’t for the existence of Golden Gate Park, the better to avoid any more bike v. ped accidents.)

Anyway, for better or worse…

Old NISHIKI Mountain Bike from the 1980’s is the Un-FordGoBike: Old, Cheap, Light, Reliable, Sustainable, and NOT an Advertising Vehicle, At All

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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Old: Well, sure, just look at it. (Reminds me of the “MOTIV” “brand” bikes I bought for $199.99 at the South Airport Drive (which is,oddly, located north of SFO) Price Club (loaned it to a bro, told him how to lock it up in the Tenderloin, was ignored, so it got stolen) and at a Costco (road it for 13 weeks, then sold it at the end of summer, then came home). And it also reminds me of the Trek 8000 I bought for $560 (retail was $899 and similarly had a saddle what towered over the handle bars – 4 inches higher in altitude IIRC) that had “luxurious” LX shifters what were two generations newer than this Nishiki. In any event, this Nishiki is old.)

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals are new new new.

Cheap: Well, sure.  You could buy one  yourself for less than the $150 it’ll cost you just to get started or just one year with FORD.

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals will run you $1200 if you happen to lose one. (IDK if they’ve made people actually pay this amount, as the publicity would be highly negatory, good buddy.)

Light: Oh yes, quite.

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals are heavy metal, designed to be clunky. (On a lark, some roadies rented some GoBikes to race them across The Bridge and up Conzelman to the top of Hawk Hill. It was treated as a kind of a joke given the design of the Ford Motor rentals. (And even though this speed contest violated some clauses of FoMoCo’s detailed and lengthy agreements, some at Motivate, International promoted it on social media, at least for a while.))

Reliable: Well, sure, just look at it. It’s honest machinery what shows you how it works.

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals need a whole crew of workers what get paid just 15% more than the bare minimum wage. (Are they experts on the new-school rear hubs by now? I hope so.)

Sustainable: Well, sure. What’s stopping this Nishiki from going another 40 years on the mean Streets of San Francisco?

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals are mostly funded by something like $50 million worth of Ford Motor Company marketing money. Who’s to say that this K(ontract) will make it even the seven years specified? And that brings us to…

Not an Advertising Vehicle, At All. Well, sure, it says NISHIKI on it, but there’s nothing stopping you from taking it off – I mean that wouldn’t violate your Rental Terms or your Rental Agreement, etc. Right? So that’s part of the reason why Ford is paying to buy up parking spaces in Frisco – the advertising placement.

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals are Advertising Vehicles. That means that if the Ford Motor / Motivate International people happen to catch you on one of their rental bikes, you know, and then take a picture of you, or make a video of you, well, you’ve already signed your rights away to YOUR image. See what I mean? (Oh what’s that, you don’t care? All right, well I bet I could point out something in the agreements that you wouldn’t cotton to.) Myself, well I’m not worried about my photos rights cause any images of me on a FoMoCoGoBi have gotta be fakes, plus I don’t think there’s any advertising edge to be garnered using my image anyway.

So there you have it, Yet Another Corporation Trying To Make Money Off Something That Oughtta Be Free, 2017 Edition.

The Term FRISCO is Having Another Great Year – “Frisco Bay Sting-Rays” – License Plate: “FRISCO,” Natch

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

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This Harmless Rental Bike Locked Up on Market is Seen as a HUGE THREAT by Ford Motor Company – A Dubious Public Private Partnership

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

A JUMP bike seen a few days back:

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So, let’s say you want to compete with Ford Motor Company’s high cost GoBike service. You could offer to buy up some parking spaces from the SFMTA and you know, plan out how big your concomitant billboards will be, but uh oh, FoMoCo occupies the field with an exclusive agreement signed by SFGov.

Oh, well, then go “stationless,” how about that?

But uh oh, SFGov has crafted the most restrictive rules possible. Check it – STATIONLESS BIKESHARE PROGRAM – PERMIT APPLICATION

So hey, who do you think just loves this massive Barrier To Entry? Ford Motor Company. Hey, whose representatives so much as said this at meetings ‘n stuff? Ford Motor Company’s

So IDK.

Hey, is this orange-red bike “better” than a Ford Motor Company GoBike?

Hell yes.

And is it cheaper?

Well, pretty much.

Anyway, my points are that This Harmless Rental Bike Locked Up on Market is Seen as a HUGE THREAT by Ford Motor Company AND that this whole, expensive seven-year deal is A Dubious Public/Private Partnership.

Here It Is, a New Bike Lane for the Vaunted SFMTA “Streetscape” “Improvement” Project on Masonic

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Here’s the west side of Masonic betwixt Hayes and Grove these days:

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This doesn’t seem like much, this doesn’t seem like much of a “transformation” of this windswept corridor:

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Are old people going to hug each other more? I guess? Actually, all these people look like they just scored, or are about to score, or want to score with you, Gentle Reader:

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It’ll be the Miracle of Masonic! Or something.

Anyway, the primary effect will be more congested rush hours and fewer bike riders on the sidewalks.

But we’ll see.

In the meantime, feel free to continue to ride on the excessively wide sidewalks, where they exist, depending on conditions. And by that I mean the hilly blocks north of Fulton in particular. 

You know, like this:

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That’s the choice that most people make. Some transition back to the street after passing McAllister, Golden Gate and Turk. Others cruise all the way to Anza, where the existing sidewalk turns normal. Downhill is a different story of course. Most stay in the street the whole way. I tend to wait at Mcallister and then start coasting when I know I’ll pass Fulton with a green. (This kind of bike riding isn’t “comfortable,” mindless, thoughtless bike riding for ages ranged 8 to 80, but I’m not sure this stated goal will be attained whenever this pork barrel project gets completed. We’ll see.)

That not very busy sidewalk you see above will get even wider, and a median will go in so that will push the two lanes of traffic to the right a bit. I don’t know what’s going to happen to the trees. Maybe they’ll stay. (Of course, the ones that made up a small grove near the MUNI stop on Geary inbound at Masonic have already gotten the chop, for some related art project, oh well.)

And all these plans are just a guess, as I don’t keep up.  Maybe they’ll get done next year? IDK

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?

Teaching Little Ones the Importance of Proper Bicycle Lockage on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Monday, August 14th, 2017

This is how some adults lock their rides:

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Compare that with how this tyke locked his old-school Strider – you’d need to use hand tools to walk away with this bike:

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ADVANTAGE: Area Toddler.

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.]

In Lieu of Speed Limit Signs for Bicycles in the GGP Panhandle, We Now Have, “SLOW DOWN! – ENJOY the PANHANDLE”

Friday, August 11th, 2017

See? Note the care that this tagger used to not block the new “wayfinding” feature.

I saw one of these notices near Baker. This is near Ashbury:

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I’m guessing an Area Pedestrian thinks some go too fast on their bikes.

And actually, you don’t even need to pedal when coming inbound – starting at 0 MPH at Stanyan, you can coast all the way to the DMV and end up going 16.3 MPH, on knobby tires no less, just saying…

A “Needle Bandit” Strikes Ford Motor Company GoBike Rental Bikes in the Castro Area

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

See?

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That’s Ford, which is a Corporation but also a person that some might not like. In Frisco, that’s two strikes already.

Compare that to what happened to GM back in the day. This is at the Panhandle Playground:

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See that? It used to say:

WELCOME
TO
KID’S KINGDOM
DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL
SATURN DEALER

A Saturn was a kind of crummy General Motors car. Anyway, this subtler form of advertising was just too much for area locals.

I know this might be hard to understand if you’re peering in from Cary, NC or Dearborn, MI or Brooklyn NY while trying to make money here…