Posts Tagged ‘BP’

Owner of All-Electric Nissan Leaf Car Smugly Waves Good-Bye to British Petroleum

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Thusly: 

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Quick question: Is this the front of the car or the rear? Mmmm….

Here’s How That Whole Fell and Divisadero ARCO Station Bike Lane Situation Worked Out, On a Busy Day

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Pretty much. The basic idea was to take out a few parking spaces. Getting that done in touchy, touchy San Francisco took about a half-decade

So, it used to be all like this:

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And now it’s all like this, on a busy day:

For whatever reason, probably something to do with gasoline prices, this station doesn’t seem to get long lines on Fell as much as before.

Anyway, case closed for now…

That Whole Fell and Divisadero ARCO Gas Station Bike Lane Situation Worked Itself Out, It Appears

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Thusly:

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The whole process took a few years

Anyway, there’s your update.

Fell Street ARCO Station Update: New Green Bike Lane Helps But Cars Still Allowed to Park Too Early

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The evening drive is still going on every day at 7:00 PM on Fell Street and the famous gas station is still open for business every day, so why do we allow drivers to park their cars in the new gas queue lane starting at 7:00 PM every day?

Couldn’t the no-parking hours be more closely matched to the ARCO station’s operating hours instead of just being 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM? Sure it could.

Just after 7:oo PM, when all the City’s recent hard work is for naught:

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Are a handful of rich NIMBYs more powerful than the City and County?

Oh well.

Drivers Appear to be Responding Well to Latest Change at Fell Street Arco – A Green Bike Lane

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Well BIKE NOPA and Streetsblog SF were out there on Fell Street yesterday to see DPW painting the Fell Street bike lane, or the bulk of it, green.

And here’s the result, cars queueing up in a special lane created earlier this year. See? They seem to finally be figuring things out:  

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Find some history mastubatory fantasies of one Joshua Hart here. (Apparently, he’s a Golden God, or something: “Fix Fell Wins Green Bike Lane on Fell Street“) Anyway, the real history is out there if you want to look for it.

Is this MISSION ACCOMPLISHED for the Fell Street ARCO? I don’t know. The whole idea was to take out parking spaces so that drivers waiting for gasoline wouldn’t queue up in the bike lane and that appeared to be how it was working yesterday. The big issue was getting the residents in the area to give up a few parking spaces – that was one of the hold ups.

It’s not immediately obvious what more the City can do at this point. The open question is how drivers will behave over the coming days, weeks and months.

On it goes…

BP Official: “I Would Serve Gulf Fish to My Family” – After Two Decades, Life Imitates The Simpsons

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Let’s see what BP C.O.O. Doug Suttles had to say on August 1, 2010:

“BP’s chief operating officer says he would eat fish from the Gulf of Mexico and would let his family eat it, too.”

Now, let’s see what nuclear power plant owner C. Montgomery Burns had to say on November 1, 1990:

“This fish is a miracle of nature. With a taste that can’t be beat. [rubs his tummy]  Mmm-mm!”

Marge carries the entree to the table:  It’s fish.  Three-eyed. Monty reluctantly hands over his plate, and Marge serves him the head. Burns reluctantly takes a forkful, chews, then spits it out. The piece of fish flies across the room.  Cameras flash furiously, and the media leave, all before the fish hits the floor. Within minutes, word is out, and Monty’s campaign is ruined.”

The Great Fell Street ARCO Station Bike Lane Rejiggering is Finally Upon Us

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Michael Helquist of BIKE NOPA is all over the recent changes at the BP ARCO gas station on the corner of Fell and Divisidero.

Here’s what changed a few days ago at the station itself. Looks like we have new macadam and new stencils telling drivers not to go in through the out door. This looked like quite the construction site a few days back:

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I’m not sure what to make of all the changes. As per usual, the “neighbors,” the selfish, property-owning NIMBYs, had far, far too much say on this matter. A normal city would have just taken out a bunch of parking spaces years ago. Oh well.

On It Goes.

Fell Street ARCO Gas Station Protest Attracts Lots of Attention

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Well the “possible arrests” didn’t occur last Friday evening down at the famous Fell Street ARCO station near Divisidero, but lots of media vans showed for the “misdirected” protest, so that’s something. Read all about it here, here and here.

This Toyota driver got hectored so much other drivers were able to jump the queue. Pwned:

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This driver waiting for gas also got hectored for talking a on a cell phone the wrong way:

“ARCO – part of BP” - this slogan could use a rethink:

Most cyclists in the evening drive managed to get by and on into the Panhandle:

Everything got back to normal by today, anyway.

They say a fix is coming (and what about the route from the Panhandle to Scott Street and the start of the Wiggle Bike Path? Who will protest that?)…

At Long Last, a Fix for the ARCO Station at Fell and Divisadero – Drivers Off the Bike Lane

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Things were worse back in aught-seven, back when drivers waiting to fill up at the always-cheap ARCO station on Fell Street in the EaPA would queue up big in the bike lane. But it’s no picnic these days neither, as you can see in this shot from a few days ago:

Well, comes now award-winning Michael Helquist of BIKE NOPA to learn us about planned changes:

“‘We have a design hashed out to take out parking on the south side of Fell Street,’ James Shahamiri, MTA Assistant Traffic Engineer, told BIKE NOPA. The new design would designate the former parking spaces as a curbside queue for motorists awaiting entry to the gas station.”

(IMO, that’s a painfully obvious solution that any other town in ‘Merica would have implemented years ago when the issue first cropped up. But oh well.)

So, you see them cars parked on the left side? You know, the Porsche 944 (or 968?), the Saturn S-Series, and the Honda CR-V cute-ute SUV? They’re parked in spaces that could soon be the ARCO queue.

What’s that, NIMBY? Over your dead body you say? O.K., well, I think this cake is already baked, but maybe you’ll be able to hear more about all the deets at this meeting:  

*NOPNA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 18th
Jannah Restaurant, 1775 Fulton Street, between Central and Masonic Avenues
7:00 pm, visit with neighbors
7:30 pm, meeting begins
9:00 pm , meeting ends
 
Change is Good, huh?  

How Dasani, Fiji and Evian WON’T replace Exxon, BP and Shell

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Or, How the Examiner Embarrasses Itself With Japanese Water Car Story.

Now, over at the Denver Green Living Examiner, writer “Linnae Selinga-Puyear” has this bit called “How Dasani, Fuji and Evian will replace Exxon, BP and Shell.” (Of course she probably means Fiji Water and not Fuji, but let’s not dwell on that as it’s probably equally stupid to get your drinking water either from the slopes of Mount Fuji or from the South Pacific.)

As stated before, you can use water to make a car go down the road, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s powered by water. If the Genepax company in Osaka, Japan were claiming something along the lines of cold fusion, then there’d be a chance, an incredibly small chance, but still a chance they might actually have something.

Is this a real Japanese Water Car?

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It must be tough to come up with “something green” on a regular basis for today’s demanding readers. Even if you’re sort of joking around, you’ve got to try harder to show you don’t believe in fairy tales. Especially automotive-related fairy tales in the age of $5 per gallon gasoline.

Don’t you think?