Posts Tagged ‘driving’

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:


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


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:


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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JUMP! Rental Bike Riders Don’t Drive Too Good

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

You can’t miss these bright orange rides these days, particularly the past month or so.

Like look at this fellow on Market – like how much a third of a horsepower has helped him to haul him and his buddy up to 20 MPH straddling the MUNI tracks. Talk about making good time.

Anyway, this is just an observation:

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More caution is advised…

“Why Cops are Exempt from Hands-Free Cellphone Law?” Oh, THAT’s Why – Nevertheless, Not a Good Look for the SFPD

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

As seen coming down Fell:

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Asked and answered, by our SJMN

Typical Prius Driver, as Seen Even AFTER Backing Up a Bit at a Red Light – The Dangers of Reversing at Lights

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Not too sure how cognizant this driver is.

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And actually, there _was_ a ped on the street just behind this Prius – perhaps it was from somebody switching seats in a neighboring car. But the general rule is to not back up after making this kind of stopping in a crosswalk mistake.

Just saying.

There are pros and cons of course, but the kind of people who don’t know where to stop are the kind of people who get into more trouble by backing up to fix a mistake.

Anyway, Prius Driver* Bad, uncomfortable with vehicles / driving is what I’m saying…

* And the neighboring Landy driver is also bad, but less so.

Why It’s Completely Absurd for the SFMTA to Claim that Carshare Car Rental Means “60,000 Fewer Vehicles on the Street”

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Here it is, from Hoodline:

“Data also showed that 17% of members got rid of their cars after joining a car-sharing company, with as many as 24,000 vehicles sold. When taking into account people who did not purchase cars because of car-sharing, there were as many as 60,000 fewer vehicles on the street.”

Well let’s call horse-shit on this.

So, when did “car-sharing” get started in Frisco – over the past half-decade? So here are the latest stats for AUTOS registered in San Francisco County, per the DMV.

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2011: 380,621
2012: 385,442
2013: 397,238
2014: 403,246
2015: 407,656
2016: 413,147

Do you see a trend here? Do you see registered vehicles going up by about 6000-something cars per year, year in and year out? That’s the trend lately, for whatever reason.

So where’s the supposed “60,000 fewer vehicles” kicking in from the SFMTA’s inconsequential program? Does the SFMTA really think we’d have 473,000 registered cars but for its heroic car “share” car rental program?

Obviously, our SFMTA really doesn’t know what’s it’s doing. So why not have an independent agency assess how effective its policies are instead of this, this Pyongyang-inspired Ministry of Truth stuff coming from SFMTA spokesmodels who are obviously just winging it day by day, DJT-style.

You know, what I’m talking about is having somebody around saying, “Is this really true?”

Or, in the case of attaining the goal of VisionZero 2024, which will somehow, by administrative decree, eliminate all transportation mishap injuries by 2024 and through eternity, “Could this possibly be true?”

It’s Official: Frisco Now has More Cars, Drivers Than Ever – DMV Sez We Now Have Over 500,000 Vehicles

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017


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The figure on the right shows our full one-half million vehicles.


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?


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 588,228. 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:


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:


I don’t see how our SFMTA is going to take away these cars, have them whither away, Comrade, only to have some unknown transpo 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 mostly 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.


SURF’S UP: If You’re a True Coachella 2017 Baller, You’ll Fly There, Twice, on a Turboprop Airliner for $3000

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
You know, this is the point where I’d usually offer up some kind of critique, but I can’t really think of any.
Now IIRC, this post here raised my ire, since a turboprop isn’t a jet, but I can’t hold the Surfers liable for that,
And then’s there this BS:

Don’t Fly on Props – JetSmarter‎ Ad‎ Fly year round on jets for less than Surf Air.”

You know, I think I have a beef against almost all aviation-related start up except this one.

 Anyway, have at it:
Special Service to the Coachella Valley
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Any questions? We’re always here to help.”

Texting While Driving, Boss Level

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Tippity tap, tippity tap, vroom vroom:

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The Most Common Sighting in Nighttime Frisco is a Toyota Prius Going About Without Its Lights Own – WHY WHY WHY?

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Now you see them….

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…and now you don’t:

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IDK, man. The brake lights on Priuses work without any effort on behalf of today’s overtaxed drivers, so why don’t the headlights and taillights work like automatically? I mean the phone(s) inside this ride certainly know when it’s nighttime, so why not the much more expensive car as well?

What’s that, you don’t want Toyota to miss out on “upselling” the “luxury” of automatic headlights?

OK fine. But Prius drivers already need extra help, right? And what with the Lyft and the UBER these days, all those drivers from Modesto and whatnot, they need help too.


Speaking of the SFMTA and JFK Drive, Who’s More Distracted Here, This PCO or This UBER Driver?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

This is how we live, in 2016:


You think these ppl were just parked, checking the Facebook? Nope, they were driving at about 20 MPH inbound on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. That’s why the hands are on the steering wheels and the phones are held up high.

Hey, do UBER drivers go about with handicap placards hanging from the rear view? Yes, some do.

Anyway, here’s the PCO again. How much time pressure is this person under if she’s fiddling with her ticketing assistance device whilst driving?


What’s that, SFMTA – you don’t have quotas, but your employees act as if they do? Sure seems that way…