Posts Tagged ‘dmv’

Uh Oh: Short Term, Electric-Powered, Rental Bikes / Scooters and THE HELMET ISSUE – How FordGoBike, LimeBikes and BIRD are Handling Things

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

1) First up are the Ford Motor people – here’s some marketing from them:

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See that? It’s Chinatown! Anyway, these fashion models are on 2018 versions of a FordGoBike. Unlike the 2017 versions, which were/are comically heavy and astonishingly expensive (you’ll find out just how much after yours turns up missing and they send you in to the SFPD to file a report), these new rides are electric powered, the better to compete with the new orange-red JUMP! bikes.

But look closer – these tourists packed their helmets. Now that’s some amazing foresight.

Let’s wait and see if this becomes a thing, this carrying a helmet around all day in anticipation of coming across a rental bike thing. (I don’t think it will.)

2. Limebike is giving away helmets I hear. Maybe to their users, maybe in SF, maybe on Sunday. They might be a bit garish, something like this…

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…but I won’t laugh at you.

(Is a bike helmet and a scooter helmet the same thing? IDK.)

3.  What’s next, oh BIRD. Look what they’re cooking up for us:

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And here’s the current version of AB2989.

Notably:

“The bill would, among other provisions, require the minor operator of a standup electric scooter to wear a bicycle helmet while operating the standup electric scooter.”

See how that works? Through this hocus pocus, helmets would no longer be required for adult electric scooter riders on the Streets of California. (Did I say streets? I shoulda said sidewalks, as:

“(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), a standup electric scooter may be operated on sidewalks and may be parked in the same manner and at the same locations as a bicycle may be parked.
(c) A local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting persons from riding or propelling a standup electric scooter on highways, sidewalks, or roadways.”)

So there you have it. You can handle the looming HELMET ISSUE through marketing efforts, giveaways, or just going to Sac Town to change laws in order to favor your bidness.

Your choice.

Leaving you with a recent shot of our Fulton Freeway, 30 MPH speed limit:

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AB2989: Proposed Law to Eliminate Electric Scooter LICENSING & HELMET Requirements? – Plus, SIDEWALK RIDING Would be ALLOWED?

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Well Pa Pa Pa Ooh Mau Mau, Ooh Mau Mau, via Scooter Idiots @ScooterIdiots we learn that BIRD is the word in Sac Town these days.

Check it, is this real life?

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So, if you’re beefing about all those ppl illegally riding Bird Rides, Inc rental scooters on the sidewalks of San Francisco these days, well let’s just change California law – is that how this works?

And if you’re afraid of getting ticketed by the SFPD for not having a helmet, well, let’s get rid of that rule too.

And if you don’t have a driver license, well fear not, because BIRD is “sponsor”-ing, you know, effectively, an Assembly Bill to take of that?

And bike lanes? I don’t really get the part about electric scooters in bike lanes.

Read all about it after the jump.

Oh caveats:

  1. Helmets would still be required for minors.
  2. Local municipalities could come in with their own sidewalk bans, which would prolly be a shoe-in to pass in Frisco (considering that SFGov has similarly banned sidewalk bike riding for almost all of the city.)
  3. And having a driver license, well, IDK how important that is IRL

IDK what to make of all this…

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Wealthy People Who Can Afford Porsches and Mercedes Benzes, But Not, Apparently, Bridge Tolls, Month After Month, Year After Year

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

As seen near the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge:

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Did We Just Hit Peak Auto? – New DMV Stats Show Fewer Registered Vehicles in SF for the First Time Since 2011 – But Licensed Drivers in SF are Up

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Here’s your background, from a year ago.

And here are your stats for 2016:

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And here are your stats for 2017, released just today:

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So that’s about a half a percentage decrease for registered AUTOS as well as all registered VEHICLES from 2016 to 2017.

And here are your licensed driver numbers for San Francisco County for the past five years, also just released:

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That’s about a 1% increase, year over year.

So there you have it – instead of a relatively steady increase averaging 7000 or so automobiles per year, we’ve just had a decrease of about 1900 autos, for whatever reason.

Perhaps 2016 will end up being Peak Auto for San Francisco – we’ll see.

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PAPER DRIVERS: If You Actually Pay Bridge Tolls Every Day in the Bay Area, You’re a Big Sucker – Presenting FasTrak UBER / Lyft-Style

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Gentle Reader, is these UBERs and Lyft cars new?

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No, they is not.

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And that means that they should have real license plates by now, right?

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I think I saw all these cars on the Streets of San Francisco over the course of a few hours. There were more I came across, I’m sure.

But with great plates come great responsibility, meaning that with real metal plates you’ll get busted for not paying bridge tolls, due to license plate scanners.

Now I understand that paper driver is already a phrase, meaning something else, but to me, a paper driver is one who drives across as many local bridges per day as possible over the next year or two afore there’s a chance of actual enforcement starting.

We might get some penalty starting in 2019, but IDK how effective it will be.

Oh well.

Enjoy paying your bridge tolls, suckers, while the UBERs and Lyfts ahead and behind you cross over the bay for free…

Legacy Taxis Fight Back: Cabbie BASHYAL Hearts You – Are Knuckle Knocks Next? – An Unusual Vanity Plate on an Official SFMTA Cab

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Noting that this driver hearts America as well:

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And what’s that, this vehicle comes with a million dollar insurance policy? How does that compare with the typical TNC Prius? (Pretty well, AAMOF.)

Look out, UBER and Lyft – BASHYAL is coming for you.

This $300,000 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Prolly Should Have License Plates, But the Ferraristi of Frisco Generally Don’t Like Displaying Plates

Friday, December 29th, 2017

This is a 2017 model, so like I say, it prolly should have plates on by now. As seen on gritty Fulton:

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But there are many benefits of running around without plates of course. I can name five* or six.

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Of course people who have Hondas and Kias all seem to be able to display their license plates.

Go figure.

*Avoiding those pesky license plate scanners so that your future ex-wife’s attorney can’t track your wheareabouts years later.
Free bridge passage.
Your nabes might think you have the new and “improved” 2018 model (which mostly looks the same except it doesn’t have all wheel drive and it doesn’t have this model’s V-12 (prolly for all-important emissions and MPG reasons), so is that really better? IDK).
A clean look for your ride.
Showing the world that you’re just like Steve Jobs, who also went plateless as a lifestyle.
(Don’t say use tax avoision, don’t say use tax avoision.)
Etc.

Crashed Into Another Parked Car Again, But This Time I Left a Note

Monday, December 18th, 2017

It’s required or something:

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Flighty Driver Runs a Red in a Model X with a Factory Plate – This Isn’t a Good Look for Tesla Motors

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

You can generally go right on red to get onto Polk, but you need to stop first – there’s the rub. Or maybe slow down enough to qualify for a California Stop. But When you treat a red as if it were a green or a yellow, well, that’s running a red, six-figure Tesla driver:

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You see a lot of Teslas with manufacturer’s plates about Frisco. IDK why…

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[UPDATE: Oh, I said plates even though I know/knew that the DMV only issues one MFR plate at a time, and not in pairs the way it usually does for most cars. This means that the driver of this ride has an excuse for not having a Front License Plate, unlike so so many other Tesla drivers on the Streets of San Francisco these days. And I should note that this station wagon looks exceedingly ugly, from the standpoint of a normal person in 2017 – it’s on a par with a memorably ugly vehicle like a Pontiac Aztek, something like that. And the ridiculously large Conestoga wheels don’t help neither. Sry, not sry.]

Paint Engineering: Our SFMTA Makes Changes to Fell and Baker, But It Still Only Allows 12 Seconds of Flashing DON’T WALK

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

So yes, the SFMTA gave pedestrians more than 40 seconds to cross Fell north-south at Baker before the recent fatal accident, but it set up the signals to only give 12 seconds of red, flashing DON’T WALK DON’T WALK

This must have been due to one of MUNI’s “I’s” – Ideology or Incompetence.

Anyway, the SFMTrA but up some posts, but the SFMTA took them down.

Now comes the SFMTA with some beige paint, which means, uh, IDK:

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Maybe they’ll make this a bulb out?

Who knows…