Posts Tagged ‘driving’
OMG, You’re Not Going to Believe This Self-Driving Mercedes at California and Mason – “F 015 Luxury in Motion”Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
News for Urbanists: “U.S. Driving at Highest Level Since 2007, New Data Show” – Also, More Cars in SFWednesday, February 25th, 2015
So yeah, I think I know what you mean when you urbanists tell me, “Young people aren’t driving anymore,” or “Young people don’t even want a driver license anymore.”
And you urbanists are telling me that the Great Recession has nothing to do with the decrease in the growth of driving, well that’s turning out to be wrong as well.
Who knows what the future will bring, is what I’m saying.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Contact: Doug Hecox
U.S. Driving at Highest Level Since 2007, New Data Show – Nearly Three Trillion Miles Traveled in 2013 Underscores Call for Greater Transportation Investment
WASHINGTON – New data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that Americans drove nearly 3 trillion miles in 2013, the highest level in six years, confirming estimates released last year and supporting calls for greater investment in roads, bridges, transit, and pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to accommodate growing traffic volumes…
“According to FHWA’s “Highway Statistics,” an annual compilation of data from state Departments of Transportation, drivers traveled 2.99 trillion miles in 2013, the highest annual total since 2007 and the fourth-highest since such recordkeeping began in 1936.
The new data also show the number of U.S. vehicles increased to 255.9 million from 253.6 million the previous year, the biggest single-year increase since 2011…
“Signs we have reached peak-app? Cabbie in SF running 5 dash mounted phones”
Yowzer, what a photo.
All right, your move, SFMTA.
All right, your move, Ed Reiskin.
An Eye-Opening Lecture for Recreation and Parks Employees About the Importance of Not Driving On The GrassWednesday, 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:
*There might be an exception if there’s also a spotter in the cab of the pickup, IDK.
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
All three of these dudes is crazy – they’re all guilty guilty guilty.
Frat dudes is like Juggalos
This Billboard Against Distracted Driving has Lost Its Punch – Three Judge Panel Interprets Cell Phone LawTuesday, March 4th, 2014
Mmmm, what if these people are just looking at maps – is that OK under California law these days?
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I Disagree with This “YOU JUST BLEW $10,000″ Ad Campaign for Drunk Drivers – A “.08″ Blow Won’t Cost You 10K in FriscoFriday, February 21st, 2014
I don’t think.
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Here’s what happens IRL – there are many examples here, for better or worse.
Here’s Why You’re a Sucker for Not Getting a Handicapped Parking Placard Now: Free Parking Won’t Last ForeverThursday, January 9th, 2014
Hey look, here’s seven in a row, as recently seen on the streets of San Francisco:
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All right, here’s what NOT to do:
Borrow Nana’s handicapped-placarded Crown Vic to drive to a Giants game to park for free close to the ballpark, like you’re a rock star.
NO NO NO! ‘Cause if you do that, somebody will stake out your nana’s car just waiting for you to return. And then it’ll be, “Where’s your nana, where’s your nana?” And then you’ll get a ticket or two, worth a grand or two.
What you need to do is a little doctor shopping. It’s not too hard to find a CA doc to sign your DMV form because NO DOCTOR IN THE HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA HAS EVER GOTTEN IN TROUBLE FOR SIGNING ONE OF THESE DMV FORMS.
But even if you don’t know a doctor, that’s OK because you can have a chiropractor or a nurse or a physician assistant or a midwife sign the form as an alternative.
Now, what handicap should you claim? Well, everybody has something, right? Alls I know is that most handicapped placards used for parking on the streets of San Francisco are being used as a free parking scam. So therefore, lots of people have lies on their DMV forms.
Once you get your “legal” placard, that’s it – nobody in SF will question it.
Of course, you can’t “pull a CW Nevius” by parking in the towaway lane during rush hour, oh no – you’ll get towed. But you will be able to park for free all day all day at meters just like the tens and thousands of others.
Now you’re on the trolly!
One last note – you gotta move quickly, cause this game is getting too big, it’s becoming farcical, too many newcomers are ruining things for the fraudulent placard holders of the world. Check it, Illinois is having a crackdown these days but California is not, not yet anyway.
Why? Well, because no California legislator has stepped up to sponsor a bill to change the law to allow for charging handicap placard holders for parking, that’s why.
They’ve been asked, but they’ve said no.
They’re too chicken!
But someday, this free parking scam will end, the gold rush of free parking will end.