Posts Tagged ‘coalition’

The Best Stunt Uber Has Ever Pulled: Basically Giving Away Nutcase Bike Helmets in Philly Today

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

It seems odd how hostile our local San Francisco and state California Bike Coalitions are in regards to head buckets. The idea of requiring the use of helmets is a real Membership splitter, something like 50-50, so it’s best not to spoken of, one supposes.

OTOH, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Uber are offering up $60-something bike helmets for ten dollars today, instant delivery included:

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I think I got me a first-generation Nutcase, the kind will the less-sophisticated latch. I think I’d install the Uber app to get in on this deal, were it offered in Frisco…

Anyway, pretty good, Uber!

“RIDE SAFELY: GET A BIKE HELMET ON DEMAND

APRIL 21, 2015 POSTED BY PHILLY
Uber is committed to connecting Philadelphia with safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options. And with this week’s launch of Indego, Philly’s new bike share program, we’re extending that commitment to bicycle safety.

Request HELMET in the Uber app to receive a Nutcase Metroride commuter helmet on demand in exchange for a $10 donation, which will go to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, a champion of Indego.
HOW IT WORKS

On April 23 at 11am, open the app and request HELMET
A driver-partner will arrive in minutes with your Nutcase Metroride commuter helmet*
You will be charged a $10 donation per helmet, which Uber will match and donate to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Limit of two helmets per request. Available while supplies last or 4pm, whichever comes first
The Metroride adjustable helmet fits most S/M and M/L head sizes (21 5/8″ – 22 3/4″ or 55 – 59cm)—it may not fit heads outside of this size range
The HELMET option will be available in the Philadelphia area, from 63rd Street to the Delaware River from West to East, and Lehigh Avenue to Pattison Avenue from North to South.

Interested in donating more than $10? Visit the Bicycle Coalition’s website.
ABOUT THE METRORIDE HELMET & NUTCASE
Style meets safety with “The Original” Metroride commuter helmet from Nutcase. Designed with commuting in mind, the Metroride features a lightweight frame, ventilation for a cooler ride, and a removable visor for sun and rain protection. The Metroride is one size fist most (S/M and M/L; 21 5/8″ — 22 3/4″ or 55 — 59cm) and comes with an adjustable spin dial, as well as foam padding for a customized fit. The Metroride is certified CPSC/CE/ASNZS for bicycle riding.

Portland-based Nutcase has been designing innovative and stylish bike, skate, snow, water, and motorcycle helmets for the past seven years.

The Proposed San Francisco “Dignity” Fund Set-Aside / Earmark is Exactly What’s Wrong with SFGov

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Taking a page from the Jim Jones handbook, comes now an assortment of non-profits giving something to our pols to ponder.

Some places have not enough democracy, and some have too much.

We’re in a place that has too much, I’m afraid:

“SAN FRANCISCANS PRIORITIZE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND VETERANS – New Citywide Poll Finds Strong Support for the Dignity Fund

A recent citywide poll conducted by Tulchin Research (memo attached) found that San Franciscans strongly support the Dignity Fund (69% support), a set aside which would take 2% of property tax revenues from the General fund, and dedicate them to providing services for seniors and adults and veterans with disabilities, similar to the long standing and recently renewed Children’s Fund. The Dignity Fund measure would provide a dedicated local funding source for these services during a time when demand for them is on the rise.

The Dignity Fund is backed and funded by a coalition of community based organizations (full list below), including Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, Centro Latino, Episcopal Senior Communities, Independent Living Resource Center, Institute on Aging, Open House, San Francisco Village, Self Help for the Elderly, Senior and Disability Action, and Swords to Ploughshares. The proposed measure comes at a time when the cost of living citywide is rising rapidly, and critical services have been reduced due to pressure from state and federal government cuts.

“The funds generated from this measure would help support critical services that are in need of funding to be fully realized for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans,” said Herb Levine, Co-Chair of the Dignity Fund Coalition. “The City budget does not have a dedicated funding source for these services. The Dignity Fund would create that source without raising taxes.”

The survey tested a specific proposal that would set aside 2% of property tax revenues in the General Fund and dedicate them to providing services to seniors, adults and veterans with disabilities, similar to the Children’s Fund. The survey makes it clear that voters, regardless of age or ideology, offer overwhelming support for creating a Dignity Fund.

“We are taking the steps necessary to place this measure on the 2015 ballot, because now is the time to ensure stability for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans,” said Ramona Davies, Co-Chair of the Dignity Fund Coalition. “As our populations grow, it behooves us to ensure that the funding is available for these important programs which provide our communities with services that impact us every day.”

Dignity Fund Coalition Members
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
Community Living Campaign
Episcopal Senior Communities
Felton Institute (Family Service Agency)
Home Bridge (formerly IHSS Consortium)
Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco
Institute on Aging
Kimochi, Inc.
Meals on Wheels
On Lok
Open Hand
Openhouse
San Francisco Village
Self Help for the Elderly
Senior and Disability Action
SteppingStone Adult Day Health
Swords to Plowshares
YMCA of San Francisco
Centro Latino
Curry Senior Center
Episcopal Community Services”

Double Fantasy: Nobody Actually Believes That SF Vision Zero 2024 Has a Chance of Succeeding, and Yet…

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

…the party line from both SFGov and the SF “Vision Zero Coalition*” is that there’s a chance of eliminating all transportation deaths in San Francisco starting from 2024 and then continuing in perpetuity.

The arrangement looks something like this:

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The way to prevent transportation deaths is to get inside the heads of people to find out what went wrong. The Vision Zero Coalition calls that kind of approach “victim-blaming” and then focuses on traffic bulbs and tree-filled medians.

Here is reality, from 2014:

“The Police Department found that in the 17 pedestrian deaths, drivers were responsible for eight and pedestrians were responsible for nine. Bicyclists were responsible in all three instances when they died.”

One area where SFGov could apply an NTSB-style safety culture approach would be with MUNI operators in particular and SFGov employees in general. But there’s no chance of that happening, I don’t think. So SFGov isn’t serious. SFGov likes to host photo ops, but SFGov isn’t serious.

Oh well.

*All these groups:

Alamo Square Neighborhood Association
California Walks
CC Puede
Central City SRO Collaborative
Chinatown Community
Development Center
Chinatown TRIP
College Hill Neighborhood Association
Community Housing Partnership
Council of Community Housing Organizations
Excelsior Action Group
FDR Democratic Club of San Francisco
Folks for Polk
Friends of Monterey Blvd.
Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association
Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco
Lighthouse for the Blind
Livable City
Mission Community Market
Mission Economic Development Association
National Federation of Filipino American Associations
North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association
OWL SF
PODER
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
SF Housing Action Coalition
SF Bay Walks
San Francisco Unified School District
Senior & Disability Action
sf.citi
SOMCAN
South Beach Mission Bay
Merchants Association
SPUR
Tenderloin Housing Clinic
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
TODCO
United Playaz
Walk San Francisco
Yerba Buena Alliance

Compare and Contrast: Marin County’s Bicycle Movement vs. San Francisco’s – Point / Counterpoint with Marinite Dick Spostwood

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Check it out:

Dick Spotswood: Marin bike lobby’s political clout is slipping – Marin Independent Journal

1. Hey, SF County has a “powerful bicycle lobby” as well – so let’s take a look, paragraph by paragraph. I should say though, that if I were running things bike-wise in Marin, I prolly wouldn’t listen to Dick Spotswood at all.

2. I’ll bet you the Marin County real estate industry, for instance, has lobbyists more effective than the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s, to keep things in perspective.

3. So DS is promoting a “silent majority” argument against a minority of a minority? OK fine, but it sounds like he’s mad at just a small number of bikers. And what’s this – “self-righteous on-the-road arrogance?” We have a bit of that on our side of The Bridge also.

4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Well, I didn’t know all that stuff. San Francisco County Supervisors don’t really have to worry about people coming after them for excessive bike advocacy, so this makes Marin seem a lot different than SF. I’ll tell you, riding through a smelly old train tunnel sounds like something worth trying, once or twice anyway. (I could go either way on whether opening these tunnels makes sense, cost benefit-wise – I don’t know much about them.)

9, 10. Charging people for walking or riding across the GGB is a real non-starter, like something that’s never going to happen ever again. (Actually, I wouldn’t mind if the state of CA rolled governance of the GGB into the BATA and then cast Golden Gate Transit out, leaving Marin County to pay for Marin County’s transit system. JMO.)

11. “Biker-anarchist Critical Mass” isn’t all that much these days and it doesn’t operate “most Fridays,” just some Fridays, just once a month, actually.

12. My understanding is that “bicycles are generally restricted from narrow, single-track trails” on Mt Tam, but perhaps some trails have been opened up recently? IDK.

13. What’s this, the  Marin bike movement was “hijacked by big-time developers and their regional alphabet agencies’ allies.” Wow, yes, the same thing happened in SF over the past quarter-century – this is the era of the “urbanst,” indeed.

14. We have a similar dynamic in SF, but it’d be hard to imagine bike advocacy ever being a “ballot box negative” down here.

15. Oh, at long last, the TO BE SURE graf! Finally, all the way at the bottom. Hurrah!

16, 17. Oh, and now come the bromides for the bike movement of Marin. IDK, if I had a lot of time and not much money, I’d get my buds to pack into political meetings as well.

All right, that’s it.

(Oh, I’ll add that the membership at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition appears to have dropped something close to 20% from the high of a few years back. The SFBC has been captured by SFGov, so  these days it pays more heed to whichever Mayor is in currently in office than its remaining membership. JMO.)

Driver and Writer CW Nevius Goes on a “Rant” Against the “Militant” Pedestrians of SF – Do They Have the Right to Jaywalk?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Here’s the latest effort from CW Nevius, who’s taking a break from being spokesman for San Francisco’s right-side-of-the-aisle  political faction to go on a “bit of a rant” against local pedestrians. But what’s up with this?  

“Even when they are in the right, I worry about them. When the traffic light countdown gets to five or six, they step confidently into the crosswalk — which is their right…”

But pedestrians don’t have “the right” to do so. It’s agin CA law – check out V C Section 21456,* which is dealt with by Rule #3 of the Five Rules for Pedestrians.

Don’t you have an editor, Nevius? Oh, that’s right, you’re too old and experienced to have an editor, and plus, editors cost money, that’s right.

But don’t you have a fact checker, Nevius? Oh, that’s right, you’re too old and experienced to have a fact checker, and plus, fact checkers cost money, that’s right.

But don’t you have a photographer, Nevius? Oh, that’s right, photographers cost money. So all your observations, we’ll just have to take your word about them. OK fine. BTW, [sarcasmmode ON] nice stock photo you’ve got there, Neve. “Cause a stock photo taken in the People’s Republic of China, you know, from more than a thousand li away, well, that really illustrates how “militant” and “freaking nuts” San Francisco peds are, huh? [sarcasmmode OFF]

And oh, BTW Neve, the peds of SF aren’t militant, not at all. Try to find a different word for what you mean.

Of course you’re new in town, I get that. Sure, welcome to San Francisco, Neve.

But you’re doing a half-assed job doing your half-time gig.

You need to try harder.

*”Walk, Wait, or Don t Walk

21456. Whenever a pedestrian control signal showing the words “WALK” or “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or other approved symbol is in place, the signal shall indicate as follows:

(a) “WALK” or approved “Walking Person” symbol. A pedestrian facing the signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal, but shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that signal is first shown.

(b) Flashing or steady “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol. No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol is showing.

Amended Ch. 413, Stats. 1981. Effective January 1, 1982.”

The Five Rules for Pedestrians and Crosswalks in California – Or, How to Make Sure You Win Your Lawsuit Against That Uber Driver

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

1. YOU NEED TO BE IN THE CROSSWALK WHEN YOU GET HIT. This one’s pretty basic. And actually, it’s pretty flexible IRL. So let’s say you’re over the line a bit, your foot was 18 inches away from the white paint, well that could be OK. This rule becomes important if you’re halfway between blocks and you start jaywalking – a top cause of death of peds in SF. There’ve been many cases of this on the streets of San Francisco lately, like Hayes, Lombard, Masonic, Market, I could go on and on.

2. YOU CAN’T START TOO EARLY. This is called jumping the light. So of course, you’ve got to wait for the green light (or green WALK signal), you already know that. BUT THAT”S NOT ALL. You’ve also got to wait for traffic legally in the intersection to clear the intersection. So, GREEN DOES NOT MEAN “GO.” Green means you need to look for traffic clearing the intersection. And if that traffic isn’t over the speed limit and if that traffic entered the intersection on a yellow (which is totally OK under CA law, generally) and you step off and get hit, then, surprise, you’re the one at fault. So yes, you were in the crosswalk, but the collision is your fault, sorry.

3. YOU CAN’T START TOO LATE. This means that DON’T WALK means don’t walk. Now, in many places about town, you don’t have a ped-only signal telling you what to do. So, you’re allowed to start crossing on a green all the way until a yellow light appears. Effectively, the yellow light is your DON’T WALK signal. Of course this means that you might still be in the crosswalk when the light turns green for cross traffic. But now the law is in your favor, ped. The law says that cross traffic needs to wait for you to clear the intersection.

4. YOU CAN’T GO TOO SLOW. This one’s easy – it means you’re not supposed to stop during your trip across the street as best I can figure. (Leaving aside the law, there are standards for how long peds should have to cross an intersection, but they get thrown out the window when SF deals with 100-foot-plus wide monsters like horrible, horrible Octavia Boulevard, oh well.)

5. YOU CAN’T GO TOO FAST. Ooh, joggers. Your California Vehicle Code was written without concern for joggers, pretty much. So if you’re sprinting into an intersection and get hit by a MUNI, look for the SFPD to put the blame on you, yes, even though you were in the crosswalk.

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So that’s reality.

But if you’d prefer a distorted, rose-colored view of reality, feel free to surf on over StreetsBlog SF (Straight Outta Park Slope!), or the SFBC (declining membership these days, despite being sponsored by SFGov SFMTA MUNI DPT) or Walk SF (sponsored by let’s-build-high-near-the-Waterfront real estate interests).

Your choice.

Russian Hill NIMBYs Give the Game Away: “Supervisor Farrell is Also Looking for Ways to Pitch It Beyond Aesthetics”

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Work with me here, people.

Insight #1: Underground can be used as a verb. As in:

“San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities”

The name of this NIMBYhood group looked like a typo to me here. This Coalition to Underground Utilities is a really stupid name for various reasons, IMO.

Insight #2: Supervisor Mark Farrell might look like a doofus, but he’s not.

Of course he owes his narrow election victory to a man named Coates. So if Coates wants something done up here in San Francisco* but it doesn’t increase our commonweal, well, that’s what we’d call a conflict of interest (or everyday politics, take your pick.) Anyway, as District 2 Supervisor, he’s well north of his scionic predecessors, but he’ll be sure to tow the party line (the right of the aisle party line) whether it makes sense or not.

Insight #3: Farrell views these Russian Hill cable-burying aesthetic fetishists just as I do.

Here we go, from Report of Meeting with Supervisors Farrell and Chiu”

“Supervisor Farrell is also looking for ways to pitch it beyond aesthetics.”

Oh really! There just might be something more important out in the world than the aesthetic imperatives of a handful of Russian Hill millionaires who want to give the 415 a makeover and who want to tax every San Francisco renter $50 a year for the “benefit?”

So I suppose we’ll soon hear about the important safety benefits of doing whatever it is these aestheticians can dream up?

Hoo boy.

But IRL, Wires are Life. Wires connect people and move people cheaply and safely. Wires are beautiful, man.

See?

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*IDK, like the America’s Cup fiasco? Remember, Coates Likes Boats.

If You Want to Walk Across the Bay Bridge on September 1st FOR FREE, Then You’ll Need to Sign Up Now

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

‘Cause by the time you hear about this opportunity from the MSM or a blog, it’ll be too late.

Now some people wanted to charge you for the chance to walk the bridge, but they ended up deciding to just require registration with no payment required.

C’mon, this thing is only two decades-plus late.

All the deets:

“We are excited to announce that registration for the Bay Bridge Walk will be FREE! Our next email will include more details on each event and registration dates.

Registration is required for all on-bridge activities and there will be limited capacity so sign up early!

Please tell your friends and family who wish to participate to visit baybridgecelebration.com and sign up for e-mail updates. You will be the first to hear when registration is open.

More details on the Bay Bridge Bike, Run & Walk coming soon!

-The Bay Bridge Celebration Team”

There’ll be plenty of space to roam:

See you there!

Uh, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is Giving Out Chocolate Bars for Those Who Are “Biking Polite?”

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Yep. See below.

Observations:

1. Can somebody tell me when our San Francisco Bicycle Coalition became a quasi-official government organization, and then later on also tell me when it becomes a full-fledged subsidiary of the SFMTA? I ask that because the SFBC gets a lot of funding from SFGov. (That’s why the SFBC stopped promoting Critical Mass – because its government paymasters kept bugging them about it.) And the SFBC got included in that whole corrupt lets-let-Twitter-not-pay-taxes deal? Yep. And yet, the SFBC is allowed to freely endorse candidates for Mayor, and I’ll tell you, not necessarily the candidates that SFBC membership votes for, no no, but for the candidates that the officers of the SFBC think will win, like Appointed Mayor Ed Lee, for example. Mmmm…

2. Uh, the SFBC is still promoting the whole PEDESTRIANS ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY trope? Yep. Even though that’s wrong. Dead wrong. Morally and legally. Here’s why. So, shouldn’t you have checked with a lawyer first, SFBC, you know, before you start spouting off about “BIKELAW”? (Oh, you did? Who’s that? Who’s that jackass?)

3. And, your attempts at moral suasion in this post-Chris Bucchere era have failed, SFBC. I say that because people be still being running red lights on Market Street, particularly the ones that are for ped crosswalks only, like betwixt 8th & 7th, and 7th & 6th, and 6th & 5th and so on. Your campaign has had no effect, FYI. I’ll show you right now. Everybody in this peloton has just run the red light (actually two red lights, sort of) on Market inbound betwixt 6th and 5th streets. Each and every one:

Now I’ll ask, is this kind of thing “biking politely?” (I already know the answers to my other questions, but I don’t know the answer to this one. I don’t know what the SFMTAMUNIDPTSFBC means when it talks about ‘biking polite.”) Oh, and BTW, 20 seconds after this shot was taken, you were rewarding these cyclists with candy bars on the other side of 5th, just saying.

Oh, here we go, here’s how the SFBC, a quasi-government organization, spends your tax dollars, on campaigns like this:

Now I’ll tell you, I didn’t stop to get a chocolate bar, but if I had I would have been able to win a Major Prize. Apparently, each bar had a code on it, kind of like a Willie Wonka movie.

Check it:

“We know that the majority of people biking in San Francisco are biking politely, and giving pedestrians the right of way. So we at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition wanted to say thank you! Thank you for following the law, being a great bicycle aombassador and leading the way in safe, civil streets.

Stopping behind the crosswalk and giving pedestrians the right of way keeps people who are on foot safe and goes a long way to making our streets safer and more comfortable for everyone.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be giving out delicious treats for those we catch biking polite. If you “got caught” by us, enter your information and ticket number below and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a great getaway at the Bear Valley Inn. Thanks to Alter Eco for donating the delicious chocolate rewards!

Giving pedestrians the right of way is just one of the Rules of the Road to biking safely and legally. For more Rules of the Road click here.

Biking Polite Prize Raffle Entry Form:

You got caught biking polite! Thanks for stopping behind the crosswalk and yielding to pedestrians.In thanks for your terrific bicycle ambassador behavior, you’re eligible for entry into our raffle to win one night mid-week stay (Sunday – Thursday) at the Bear Valley Inn, Olema CA. Please enter your contact information here to enter our raffle; your information is confidential and will not be shared.”

On It Goes…

We’re Already Well Into May 2012, So Whatever Happened to that Long-Promised Lawsuit over the Stow Lake Boathouse?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I haven’t heard word one about the long-promised lawsuit what was going to overturn SFGov and re-install the old tenant as the operator.

The civil lawsuit begins March 2012 and will expose the truth about all the many laws that Rec & Park broke in order to bring in an out-of-state chain, with no boating experience to take over this historic boating recreation site.”

Oh well.

Just saying.

Ah, Stow Lake:

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Oh, and the early reviews are in. And they’re pretty good, those reviews.

Leave us close this chapter of wealthy, white, real-estate-obsessed, dingbat, millionaire homeowner Preservationists vs. the Boathouse at Stow.