Posts Tagged ‘driver’

Our SFMTA’s MOST DISTRACTED DRIVER? This SF Cabbie is Running FIVE Cell Phones on His Dashboard

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Via Thomas Purves:

“Signs we have reached peak-app? Cabbie in SF running 5 dash mounted phones”

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Yowzer, what a photo.

All right, your move, SFMTA.

All right, your move, Ed Reiskin.

The Perfectly Wrong Place to Stop Your Car to Pick Up Your Bud – Are YOU Like This Driver?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

So, like I think I’d be idling about two yards(!) to the right of where this driver chose to pick up Brocephus and take him to work, particularly if I knew he would be getting in on the left side.

No matter, I ended up passing this car on the right.

In closing, welcome to America, Acura Driver. You’ll like it here on this side of the pond, where we drive on the right side of the right and we pull over to the right and not the left…

Little-Known Fact: It’s Currently ILLEGAL for TNC’s Like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to Pick Up or Drop Off Passengers at SFO

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Sidecar driver Eric of Baghdad By The Bay has the deets.

Now here is where San Francisco Police Department Commander / fully-license CA attorney Richard Corriea distinguishes betwixt picking up and dropping off, but I don’t know how operational that distinction is currently.

I mean, for example, a cabbie out of a non-San Francisco locale such as Daly City is currently allowed to drop off fares legally but is not allowed to pick up anywhere at SFO. To do so is a misdemeanor. (Even San Francisco hacks are prevented from picking up at SFO without first paying a fee* and waiting in line.) So I guess there’s still a distinction, but Eric is saying there isn’t one anymore as far as TNC’s are concerned.

Here’s what I didn’t know, from Eric’s report of July 16th, 2014:

“Some of the TNC’s are being a bit passive aggressively defiant in that they are telling drivers they will cover the cost of the ticket [which I have heard runs between $220-$600 depending on what they write you up on], but they aren’t telling drivers not to take people to the airport. This makes some of these TNC’s look bad to the CPUC who has given them the right to operate in California. Sidecar has officially told all of it’s drivers to not accept rides to or from SFO and that is easy because riders have to put in their destination when they request a ride. Sidecar is also working on blocking requests to the airport until they can resolve the problem with SFO. Those other TNC’s aren’t doing this.”

If I were a TNC driver, I don’t know how happy I’d be after getting $600 from my employer as compensation for a misdemeanor rap.

I’ll tell you, I don’t know how proud SFGov should be of the existing taxi system.

For example,  here’s a fully-licensed and insured and regulated San Francisco taxi taking tourists from SFO to SF in 2010. They died.

Will TNC cars end up catching on fire and killing people? We’ll see.

I’m sure that this sitch will sort itself out sooner or later, but things are pretty messed up right now…

*Back in the 1990′s, some SF taxi drivers would also pay a bribe to get to the front of the line. At SFO, there are SFGov employees called “starters” who organize taxi operations. A system was set up to allow drivers who paid a $5 bribe to improperly get into the “short” line of drivers waiting to pick up arriving passengers. So a driver might end up paying $60 in bribes but get in exchange receive twelve or so lucrative “airport runs” in just one shift. So I guess this was a win-win for the bribe offerer and bribe receiver…  

Coors Truck Can’t Handle the Rocky Mountains of San Francisco: High-Centered in Nob Hill on a Very Steep Incline

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Adam Derewecki took this shot - he has the deets:

Reddit SF comments here.

Chicanery in the Presidio: An Actual Street Chicane Has Been Put in to Slow Down Drivers in a Housing Area

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Here we go:

chicane is an artificial feature creating extra turns in a road, used in motor racing and on streets to slow traffic for safety. Chicane comes from the French verb chicaner, which means “to quibble” or “to prevent justice.”

And here’s an example of one, in the Presidio on Washington Boulevard near Nauman Road by base housing:

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(One assumes that area fire departments would simply drive over these chicanes on Washington Blvd. in an emergency)

Someday I’ll drive through this chicane in a car – it’s on my bucket list.

Questioning the Wisdom of Adding “Pedestrian Islands” to the Middle of the Street, as Here on McAllister in The Projects

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

See this pedestrian island smack dab in the middle of McAllister at what remains of Octavia?

It didn’t used to be there. Oh, here we go:

Pedestrian islands provide a raised refuge area in the middle of the street for crossing pedestrians.”

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So what this does is bottleneck McAllister traffic by not letting bikes and vehicles easily pass through the Octavia “intersection” at the same time.

I cry foul. IMO, this isn’t good design for pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers, bus drivers or firetruck drivers.

So what is this island good for – satisfying the ideological requirements of the sainted SFMTA?

Apparently.

But be my guest, go out there and take a look and see how traffic flows at this particular intersection, say around 5 PM during the evening drive.

Be my guest.

An Eye-Opening Lecture for Recreation and Parks Employees About the Importance of Not Driving On The Grass

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Let’s take a peek through the open door:

The part of this lecture that I overheard appeared to do a good job about hammering home the rule about RPD workers not driving* park vehicles on the grass.

Here’s your context, from last year:

Woman killed by SF truck identified as outrage grows - Vivian Ho and Kurtis Alexander

*There might be an exception if there’s also a spotter in the cab of the pickup, IDK.

How Crazy are the Newly-Striped Lanes on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park? Contra-Flow Dog-Walking Lane

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Well, I’ll tell you, the SFMTA-sponsored restriping of the eastern section of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park is pretty crazy.

So different and strange new things occur there all the time  - it’s amazing.

Do you think this dog skatewalker goes against traffic with eight critters anywhere else in the world? 

Here’s public radio:

Why One San Francisco Bike Lane Design Is Upsetting Drivers and Cyclists

And here’s the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

Can’t the SFMTA simply fix matters by admitting defeat and putting the old stripes back in?

I don’t know if it can, you know, ideologically.

Video: San Francisco Surfer Attacks BMW and Mercedes: “Angry hippie kicking in my mirror at Ocean Beach in SF”

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Here’s video of this recent  affair in the outer Outer Sunset District.

And here’s a screengrab of one of the mirror grabs:

And here’s some  convo, but, whatever you do, don’t ID the hippie as “Cricket,” else your comment will get pulled from the Reddit.

All right, here we go:

1. It seems very unlikely to me that the dirty, dirty hippie had a clean signal to even make it to the median – either he didn’t notice or he didn’t care.

2. Having said that, he was in the crosswalk when the lights went green, so the drivers needed to wait for him to clear. Technically, he wasn’t in the crosswalk “legally,” but it’s really tough for drivers to know this info at the time, and, in any event, drivers aren’t allowed to crash into peds on purpose, so what’s the point of all this honking and rolling.

3. What makes all of this especially stupid is that the lights on the so-called Great Highway are timed for a certain speed, so if you want you can just safely set your cruise control and be done. Except in this case, the Golden Gods in these German Chariots went faster than what the lights are timed for, oh well.

4. Having said that, I would have given this dude a wide berth and he wouldn’t have gotten any of my mirrors. (Maybe instead he would have pulled a Sig Sauer from his groinal region and shot me down dead, sure, but he wouldn’t have gotten at my mirrors.)

5. Oh, and snaps to all the other drivers – they managed to not plow their Audis and whatnot into stopped traffic

The Verdict:

All three of these dudes is crazy – they’re all guilty guilty guilty.

Fin.

Really though/
Frat dudes is like Juggalos

Train Trouble: Crossing Arms? The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Don’t Need No Stinking Crossing Arms!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

These four arrows tell the story. From right to left, we see a FEDEX DRIVER helping a VTA DRIVER remove a CROSSING ARM from the street after it fell off from the ELECTROMECHANICAL BARRIER DRIVE SYSTEM.

See?

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Then the train driver got back in and slowly, ever so slowly fled the scene.

Fin.