Posts Tagged ‘cars’

It’s Official: Frisco Now has More Cars, Drivers Than Ever – DMV Sez We Now Have Over 500,000 Vehicles

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here it is, your brand-new DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES ESTIMATED VEHICLES REGISTERED BY COUNTY FOR THE PERIOD OF JANUARY 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2016

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The figure on the right shows our full one-half million vehicles.

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Cf. the data for 2015: est_fees_pd_by_county.

Of course this count includes motorcycles and trucks and trailers, but the vast bulk of that is made of plain old cars, the likes of which the people employed at our SFMTA and SFCTA falsely say are now “disappearing” from the streets of San Francisco.

You want another example? How about something like:

“SFMTA officials said this was due to factors including increased compliance from drivers, reduced vehicle ownership…

Simply, your “urbanist” friends are lying to you, or rather, lying to themselves. IRL, car ownership was going up in Frisco back then and it still is now. (Are repeated SFMTA misstatements like this Trump-style lying or Trump-style incompetence? You tell me. Moving on…)

To this: These DMV stats don’t count unregistered vehicles, and rides owned by many many ppl with out-of state-plates who live in town but don’t feel too groovy about paying any kind of annual ad valorem taxes to the CA DMV, and all the many UBER/Lyfts driven by all those new-to-Frisco drivers (how many, 40,000?) who live in Sac and Tracy and Santa Clara.

And let’s see, what other shibboleths can we… oh, Driver Licenses are up too, see?

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVER LICENSES OUTSTANDING BY COUNTY AS OF DECEMBER 31 OF YEARS LISTED

That’s also brand-new from the DMV. The relevant numbers for Frisco for 2012-2016 are:

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(Darn it! My prediction for 2016 was  588,392 instead of the actual 558,228. Close enough.)

But Somebody told you that Young People Don’t Drive Anymore? Sry, Gentle Reader, that’s another misunderstanding. You see, it turned out that the recent recession-related dip in Vehicle Miles Traveled was actually RELATED to a RECESSION.

I’ll cheerfully concede that changes are afoot transportation-wise these days, but I just need to point out that our supposedly all-knowing and all-seeing SFMTASFCTA people have made a lot of mistakes and errors lately. That’s all.

What else. Oh, how about the reason why it still makes sense to own a car in Frisco. Take a look at this character:

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Yes, that’s sanctimonious urbonaut and State Senator Scott Wiener in his aging, gone-to-Hell Nissan. (And of course he won’t cop to this 2016 incident of getting caught and photographed by a journalist while texting in traffic, because, IDK, it would draw attention to his foolishness? But that’s not my point.) My point is that the reason why it makes sense for him to operate this cheap, old, reliable car in Frisco, even though he lives close to transportation and even though he could UBER Lyft everywhere, is because he can drive around for as many miles as he wants for less than $1000 a year, including insurance, registration, gasoline, gasoline taxes – the whole lot. I’m aware of this because I have an aging, gone-to-Hell Toyota that I drive around as much as makes sense. So I can’t see how our existing stock of indestructible Nissans and Toyotas, Cadillacs, Lincolns too, Mercurys and Subaru are going to be obsolete this year or next year or the year after that or the decade after that.

That’s my point.

Look at all these rides in the Sunset for example. This is Frisco in 2017:

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I don’t see how our SFMTA is going to take away these cars, have them whither away, Comrade, only to have some unknown tranpo system spring up to remobilitate these isolated souls living way out in the west side. MUNI is a high-cost low-speed system which is run for its employees and is hobbled by union “work rules.” How is that going to change anytime soon? And UBER Lyft, well the current service offered at current pricing is unsustainable, you know, financially. If you want to tell me how everything’s going to change I’ll concede – sure, eventually things will change. But how are you going to stop Sunset and Parkside residents from going to the nearby malls and Targets of San Mateo County by using the cars they own now and the cars they continue to buy? Our installed base of rolling stock is our installed base of rolling stock – these cars can and will live out their lives for decades more on the Streets of San Francisco. Sry.

PREDICTION: Car ownership and Driver License possession in the City and County of San Francisco will be once again UP to record-breaking numbers in 2017.

For better or worse.

Sry.

Lyftpocalypse Now: How Our SFMTA Could React to the Rise of UBER with One Simple Trick at Oak Octavia

Monday, May 8th, 2017

You know what a pigeon drop is? I sort of do, but I still don’t get it, not really. I’d be like, well, how is this going to work. And it was the same thing with the Octavia Boulevard disaster, which pitted a handful of landed millionaires of Hayes Valley, like a just a few homeowners, against all the little people of the West Side. It went back and forth a few times, but the West Side eventually lost and that’s how we ended up with the Octavia Boulevard disaster. Anyway, I never believed in it and I still don’t.

So that was then and this is now – traffic backed up all the way up and over the hill, going west from the Octavia Bottleneck. And this isn’t rush hour, this is just some random weekend day, when MUNI doesn’t even try, not really.

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So I’m guessing that most of these drivers are trying to get to a freeway, but this plays Hell with crosstown traffic, which is down to Just One Lane.

But look ahead here – there’s a line of parked cars on the left side starting with a red one, see?

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So why not just get rid of parking here? Wouldn’t that ease the bottleneck?

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It sure would.

Of course our SFMTA is mad at UBER / Lyft these days and yes the arrival of all these Priuseses has hurt mobility, but why doesn’t the SFMTA react? Why can’t it fix its mistakes of the recent past?

What’s that, the SFMTA wants “buy in” from HV? But why is the SFMTA bending over backwards for HV over like eight or so highly intrusive parking spaces? I don’t get it.

And really I never did.

Hit and Run: Frisco Driver Hit a Car, Which Hit Another Car, Which Hit Another Car, Which Hit Another Car

Friday, May 5th, 2017

An oldie but a goodie, from back in the day.

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These days, there’s be a Prius or two in the mix.

The Nevada DMV Appears to be More Flexible Than the California DMV When You Request a Personalized License Plate

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

‘Cause I guess in California, people will complain to the DMV?

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That’s my guess…

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The Trouble with Shutting Off JFK Drive To Vehicles But Then Allowing Vehicles

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

THe vehicles generally go slow though, so that’s good.

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The Futility of Sending Out PCO’s to Ticket Cars a Full Half-Hour Before the Street Sweeper Arrives – Here’s What Happens

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

So SFMTA Parking Control Officers ticket cars for blocking a street cleaning truck during weekly street cleaning time, but then drivers come along later, see that the PCO’s are now long gone, and park. And then a half hour later, along comes the street sweeper, but of course it’s blocked by cars what have accumulated the past 30 minutes.

Thusly:

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Of course, drivers are officially allowed to park on a block just after a street sweeper leaves, but this sitch above seems wrong. It makes things seem like street sweeping isn’t any big deal and it’s mostly about raising money for our SFMTA.

Solutions:

Send a second wave of PCO’s out just ahead of the street sweepers, like a few minutes. That would put an end to this weekly parking game right quick; or

Keep the PCO’s closer to the street sweeper in the first place. (This is the better choice.)

I fully understand why the SFMTA will take a program originally designed for some other purpose and change it into a way of raising money for the SFMTA, but when you allow the PCO’s to get so far away from the street sweepers you end up making a mockery of the program….

Is the Number of Driver Licenses in Frisco 1) Going Up; 2) Staying The Same; or 3) Going Down? LET’S TAKE A LOOK!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Oh DMV statistics – what could be more exciting?

But here you go:

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVER LICENSES OUTSTANDING BY COUNTY AS OF DECEMBER 31 OF YEARS LISTED.

And those years listed are 2011-2015. (We’ll prolly get 2016 stats this month, but I can’t wait for that.)

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2011: 543,209

2012: 552,388

2013: 559,430

2014: 568,210

2015: 579,941

OIOW:

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(And that’s what you call an honest y-axis.)

Just saying.

Cars and car driving appear to be more popular than ever, despite what some people at the SFMTA might tell you…

Oh, and for 2016 the number of licensed drivers in the City/County of SF will be .. IDK, let’s guess 588,392.

Prove me wrong, DMV. Prove me wrong.

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Bushpocalypse Now – Frisco Sees Its Worst Traffic Ever In 2017 – Highest Number of Registered “Vehicles” in History

Friday, March 24th, 2017

That stat is as of Calendar Year 2015, but our friends at CA DMV are putting the finishing touch on the numbers for Calendar Year 2016.

So is a trailer a “vehicle?” IDK. IDTS. But 2016 looks to be the year we push over the half-million mark for vehicles registerd in Frisco.

And of course that doesn’t include all the new UBER Lyfts from all over.

So here’s the result, from yesterday’s evening drive. Southbound Sansome is all backed up, but look, you can see a PCO Intercepter cart on the scene, to fix everything:

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I was thinking, it’s morphin’ time – time for another round of three-figure parking/traffic tickets for “blocking the box.” But no, the PCO disappeared with a quickness. Leaving SFMTA Dude in the Bush Street HOV lane all by himself. Turns out he was patiently waiting to proceed behind some more stalled traffic. He was soon gone as well.

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Bush Street is always bad, but yesterday was especially bad. Five eastbound cars sat in the intersection for about five minutes. But then they advanced leaving room for a few buses and cars on Sansome to sneak through north and south.

Bush doesn’t get any more crowded than this:

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Anyway, that’s the update.

 

Frisco’s Version of Parking on the Front Lawn, Except Front Lawns are Hard to Find Anymore Out in the Sunset District

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

It used to be like this:

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But now it’s like this:

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FBOW, most of the lawns are gone, paved over long ago to make room for more car parking…

Parallel Parking Grand Champion: There’s a Whole Lot of Right or a Whole Lot of Wrong in This Photo

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Those unfamiliar with Frisco, many ppl, have asked me if cars ever get stuck in street parking spaces, owing to no lines telling you where to park.

So if Bro here, who’s now trying to escape, parked in this space without causing mayhem and then managed to expertly go on his way, well then BRAVO:

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But more likely, he was blocked in and had to wait to get out. (I didn’t stick around to find out.)

In that case, this sitch is either the fault of the Subie driver ahead or the Honda driver behind. One simply can’t tell…