Posts Tagged ‘cars’

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.)


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…

Just What Frisco Needs: More BMW Owners from Back East

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

I guess moving to the 415 is still a thing, so you fly on over from New Yawk or Joisey and then have your Beemer loaded up in a car carrier for delivery direct to your new stoop in the Western Addition:


Welcome, Auslanders.

Church Street Update: Two Cars Turning Left – One from the Left Lane and One from the RIght Lane

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Both these drivers wanted to turn left on northbound Church and left turns are allowed on weekends, but I can’t tell you which driver is turning left from the wrong lane.


Oh well.

There’s a similar situation on nearby Octavia “Boulevard” with right turns – drivers wonder if it’s legal to turn right from the middle lane. Apparently, putting up signs is considered “bad design,” which is ironic since all of Octavia Boulevard is bad design.

Oh well…

SFMTA “Beautification” Effort Fails at Great Highway and Kirkham – Why Not Paint What Should be Red Curbs Red?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The street triangles of the Outside Lands become an issue for the SFPD:


You see, the problem here is that there isn’t any church around to persuade the SFMTA about how it’s OK to park next to a median, oh well…

The Ground Delivery Robots of Balboa Street: Starship Technologies Tests in the Richmond District

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Well, here you go, as ably told by San Francisco Chronicle scribe Carolyn Said:

Starship robots try out deliveries on SF sidewalks

And here’s the scene, yesterday:


Kind of cute, I suppose. Like something out of 1973’s Sleepers:


This passerby was fascinated – she couldn’t get enough of this:


And in the world capital of illegally parked Mercedes Benzes, what do we find on the sidewalks of the Outside Lands, of the Great Sand Wastes of the Middle Richmond, but this? The little robot took a while to think and then simply went around the scofflaw’s car, easy peasy:


And of course, Facebook, Twitter and some video of this press event here.

Is this The Future?

Ocean of Cars, Napa River, San Pablo Bay, Mount Tamalpais

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

From foreground to background:


All Cars in Frisco are All-Electric, Based Upon This Scene

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and BMW i3 times two on Green Street:

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Here’s Another One: BEEPI – A Way to Buy Used Cars – Kind of Like Craigslist, But WIth a 10-Day “Cooling Off Period”

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

This one is new on me:

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IDK how this works IRL.

Might be appealing to you…

This is the Result of Tens of Millions of Federal Pork Barrel Spending on “Smart” Parking Meters

Monday, August 15th, 2016

More or less:

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You want to get into this – well, we can get into this. You know, sometime.

Here’s the etching on the tombstone:

“Update: The SFpark pilot evaluation has been released and changes to data feed, mobile apps, and web map remain. Demand-responsive rate adjustments will continue in existing SFpark areas. The SFMTA will use the results of the evaluation to develop a proposal for expanding the SFpark approach to the SFMTA’s other meters, lots and garages in the city.”

But did we really need to pay people to bury sensors under the pavement? Nope! Oh, they’re all dead now, batteries expired, just sitting under the surface doing nothing? Yep!

There are many ways to skin a cat, Brother. This “futuristic” and expensive way was the wrong way.


Oh, and speaking of the Feds, why do Law Enforcement Officials come to Frisco and get their guns stolen from their cars, over and over and over again, despite all the warnings, despite our well-earned reputation?

And, you know, as promised, we can get into why it’s still hard to park in some areas of Frisco and why in other areas you can see an entire block of metered spaces with basically no cars at all.

I have no objections to market rate pricing, but SFPark was a big fail whale.


*No, not on street-cleaning day, on a regular day.

“I’m Kirk.” “No, I’m Kirk!” – Two Getaround Smart Cars Huddle Together in Just One Space on Fell Street

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Somehow our SFMTA makes money off of offering rental cars like this:

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Somehow, I getaround without rental cars.

Anyway, I’ve never seen this…