Posts Tagged ‘cars’

Attention Getter: “SUICIDE —>, SUICIDE —>”

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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You Won’t Get a Ticket for This, But It’s Still Kind of a Crime

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

I cry foul:

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Scootpocalypse Now: Get Used to This in Your Favorite Parking Spot – (And Don’t Try This in the Sunset)

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Here’s the news:

Scoot cements permanent spot on SF streets – REPORTING FROM CITY HALL By Jerold Chinn SFBAY”

And here’s what’ll it look like:

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This kind of thing wasn’t allowed afore, but it is now.

I don’t know how many Scoots make it way out there to the Outer Sunset, but if you take up the parking space in front of a house, you know, “my space” as the homeowner thinks of it, well that’s bad enough if you do it with a car, but with a for-profit rental scooter, well, Katy Bar The Door.

You’ll see.

A Protest at the Masonic Avenue “Streetscape” “Improvement” Project: “SAVE THIS SIDE STREET & PARKING SPACES”

Friday, June 16th, 2017

On It Goes…

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How the SFPD Gets Its Man – A Brief Foot Chase in the 94117 – Red and Blue Lights Race Through the Panhandle

Friday, June 9th, 2017

And when I say through the Panhandle, I mean through the Panhandle, as Fell is a one way the wrong way. So let’s use the multi-use trail to get to Central from Masonic:

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Looks like it worked:

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Yes it did:

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FIN

Frisco Can’t Do Math: “PARK AT 90 DEGREES” = 45 Degrees or So, IRL

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

I’ll tell you, I can’t figure our if our SFMTA hearts parking spaces or not.

The only thing that makes sense is that it favors some citizens over others – if you go down there and yammer at them enough, they just might “create” more parking in your ‘hood* by putting up PARK AT 90 DEGREES signs, thusly:

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(Sweet Ford Mustang LX 4.9 litre. I sold mine more than a quarter century ago. It was the lighter notchback version without that heavy liftback glass panel. It had a Holley four-barrel carburetor what made the engine H.O. – High Output, a whopping 165 horsepower. Engineers from Old GM called it The Best Damn Ford Fairmont Ever Made, which was sort of true given the lowly Fox Platform heritage both nameplates shared. What else, oh, paper grocery bags wouldn’t stand up straight in the tiny trunk – they were too tall you see. Ah, mem’ries.)

But then somebody sidles on in at an angle and then all the sheeple (the sheeple, man!), well, they follow along and all that extra parking is “destroyed,” if only temporarily.

Park better, Frisco!

* A particularly egregious example is a couple blocks of Fulton west** of NoPA. Our SFMTA “created” parking spaces, so outbound bike riders are more less invited to “take the lane” and scan for cars backing up. Less than ideal, one thinks.

** Which is the area west of north of east of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, I’m srsly. Thx realtors!***

***The word realtors should always be in lower case, you know, put those ppl in their place. If you ever capitalize realtor, well then you’re a pansy, a daffodil. Oh what’s that, them realtorses are one of your main advertisers? Well, never mind then, (pansy).

Gillibus Party Bus has Blow By – Big Time – A Puff of Smoke and It’s Gone

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

It could be worse. Like click here and then scroll down to see worse.

But I think we can do better in this day and age, Gillibus.

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Gillibus, Gillibus/
It IS your fault

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.