Posts Tagged ‘commuting’

If You Think a Segway Personal Transporter is Right for You, Then You Should Consider an A2B Electric Bike, Like This Guy’s

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I’ll tell you, some of the people from the (former?) Ultra Motors company or whatever just hate my guts ’cause I don’t put on my old high school cheerleading uniform (it still fits! can you believe it?) and wave my pom-poms for the overweight, overexpensive, overstyled A2B electric bike-scooter things being made the past half-decade.

I think they had an HQ office in San Francisco once.

Anyway, these days you can buy an A2B on craigslist for like $1000-something and there is a subculture of users out there.

(Somebody should interview these people about the pros and cons of commuting on an overly-expensive, high maintenance A2B…)

Like this guy, I see him on McAllister a lot:

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Now that personal transporter contraption from Segway was supposed to create a transportation revolution or something, but it didn’t. There are still a handful of people around town who use them, or fantasize about using them to get to work ‘n stuff.

IMO, the Segway people would be better off using an A2B bike for commuting.

Just saying…

What It’s Like to Commute From Treasure Island to the Financial District – If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Here’s a great shot by Mike Behnken taken* from Yerba Buena Island:

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If you move to that new city they’re building on sinking Treasure Island, your commute will take you from camera right onto the western span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge and then right into SoMA.

On a good day, that would take like four minutes…

*Wow, a 30-second exposure, but there’s no good place to put a tripod except for the roadway. I’ve seen people hanging out taking photos close to here but they looked none too comfortable owing to the slope.

Pilot Looks Right While Co-Pilot Looks Left – That’s Proper Crew Resource Management When Approaching Van Ness

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I guess these red Co-Pilot decals* are the updated versions of those BABY ON BOARD! signs of yesteryear.

“Despite waning in popularity, the signs have entered the American lexicon. In 1993, The Simpsons episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” featured a barbershop quartet tune called “Baby On Board“. The song was written by Homer Simpson in a flashback to 1985 when Marge bought a sign, hoping it would stop people “intentionally ramming our car.”

Crew Resource Management requires an ability to judge distance. The airplane flies high…turns left, looks right:

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I really don’t wanna look stupid when I’m sleeping
I never really liked sunny days
The black wings just reach out to me over a distance…
And I can feel the wind from the wings
I see the clouds, I feel the ocean with my feet, and I’m home again
It requires an ability to judge distance
The airplane flies high…turns left, looks right

*Our Noe Valley SF helpfully points out that the stickers come with when you buy this model carrier from the Rhode Gear. That would explain it then.

San Francisco’s Famous Ponytailed and Besuited Segway Pilot Just Keeps Trucking Along

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Market Street’s most famous Segway rider is still at it, after all these years.

What drives him so?

The encounter. Before…

…during…

…and after:

Move aside/
and
let the man go through/
Let the man go through

A San Franciscan is Actually Commuting Using a Segway Electric Scooter

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Now I’m sure that other people are out there on the Streets of San Francisco (™, a Quinn Martin Production) commuting to work on a Segway scooter, but this guy, this guy*, he’s the man. Why? Staying power, baby. He’s been doing it for while. With style.

Note the black suit, black gloves, stick-it-to-the-Man lawyer’s ponytail(?), saddlebag, auxilliary lighting – it’s got to be the same dude I used to see years ago on Market Street. Apparently, he has a safe and convenient way of storing his rig at home and at work, and he’s worked out a good-enough system for safekeeping while performing errands. Good for him.

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Click to expand. On Market crossing problematic Octavia Boulevard, San Francisco’s Greatest Public Policy Disaster of the 21st Century**

You see, he’s not riding on the sidewalk, not tromping on the grass, not riding on the train tracks, not clowning around in Golden Gate Park like Lily, not skylarking himself into a painful (at the very least – that poor, poor woman) faceplant, not killing himself at 5 MPH,  not playing soulja boy, and not wearing a tuxedo while escorting a high-heeled woman(!) to the exclusive Black and White Ball.

In short, the man has his dignity.

Quite unlike Gob, for another example:

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Truth be told, the San Francisco man you see in the first photo is using the cleverly-designed Segway exactly as it was meant to be used. (There was some issue before about allowing Segways on sidewalks, but all the effort by a bunch of lobbyists failed. So, the street is where these things belong, apparently.)

The problem Segway Inc. has is that there was no way IT (a former name, along with “Ginger”) could possibly live up to the hype that came from Segway Inc. and Various Famous People.

But that’s ancient history now. What’s the future of the Seqway PT? Only Time Will Tell.

*Note the use of a Canon 135mm 2.0 lens avec full-frame digital camera. The key is to use this combo wide-open, so you use either Aperture Priority or Manual Mode to set the lens to f/stop 2.0. (That’s the full Clockwork Orange setting, no squinting allowed.) You end up with a diffuse, fuzzy background (depending on geometry of where you’re standing, etc.) and clear view of whatever you focused upon, assuming the not-so-hot auto focus feature of your Canon 5D (Mark II or Mark I) got the job done. This special kind of look is why some people get digital SLR cameras.) 

**So far. The NIMBYs of Hayes Valley have nine decades left to top themselves.