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Get used to seeing boats coming and going around town over the next year or two.
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The fact is that our America’s Cup deal was negotiated poorly. Can anybody deny that? O.K. then.
Now, do you want to say that all this rigmarole is a net positive for the 415 anyway? Well, that’s up in the air.
If you personally get a gig for a number of months, you know, setting up and maintaining port-a-potties and whatnot, then somebody could call that an exercise in “creating jobs,” I suppose. So good for you.
But to compare the famously corrupt Salt Lake City Olympics, or any Olympics, with our AC13, well, that’s not a good thing, is it?
Maybe Larry’s Boat Race will be just like an especially small Olympiad?
“Although the accounting methods of Olympic organizing committees are often murky, the evidence further suggests that all of the last six Winter Olympics ended up losing money. The organizers of the Turin Games in 2006 admitted to a $32 million deficit. And while organizers of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics boasted an operating profit of $110 million, the U.S. General Accounting Office determined that the federal government contributed $1.3 billion toward the event. Plagued by cost overruns, the 1998 Nagano Olympics also lost huge piles of dough, though no one knows exactly how much because the organizers burned the accounting books, leaving the financial impact a mystery.”
So, do I have an inventory of all the land mines what are hidden in the agreement that was negotiated? Not yet, but brace yourselves for them…
In the meantime, study up on all the Eurotrash what are racing the boats. Which collection of Euros are you going to be rooting for?
And dig up your old NCAA uniform. It still fits!
And then bone up on your two-legs-good, four-legs-bad style chanting:
Go, Eurotrash, go!
Larry Ellison is NOT the biggest fucking douchebag on the entire planet
You know, I think they went and changed VC 21201 on me. It used to talk about being able to make your rear wheel skid, but now:
“21201. (a) No person shall operate a bicycle on a roadway unless it is equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make one braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.”
I’ll have to look into this.
Here we have a bike with no rear brake on McAllister. (I know what you’re thinking, but this bike isn’t a fixie, it freewheels.)
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Not exactly safe, IMO, but not necessarily illegal either, apparently…
Dear SFMTA: Your Bike Lights Aren’t Really Bike Lights, So They Don’t Satisfy the California Vehicle CodeTuesday, November 9th, 2010
See what the SFMTA is giving out for free these days? It’s a Chinese flashlight with an adjustable mount so it can be used as a bike headlight. The problem with that is that it’s insufficient to put a nighttime cyclist in compliance with the California Vehicle Code. Check it:
Equipment Requirements. VC 21201 d) Every bicycle operated upon any highway during darkness shall be equipped with the following: 1. A lamp emitting a white light which illuminates the highway and is visible from a distance of 300 feet to the front and the sides of the bicycle.
This setup up sends out zero light to the sides. In fact, the way it’s made it sort of has a hood. Now, it’s not illegal per se and it’s better than nothing but it’s not up to code in California, you know, where we all live.
Also, this jury rigged system is ridiculous. For example, it’s too bright, IMO. So if it’s pointed level with the ground then it will be certain to irritate oncoming traffic. Build quality is lower than standard if the standard is a typical Chinese flashlight. (It doesn’t say “Made in China” or anything, which was probably a selling point for the buyer, but where else could it have been made?) The big attraction for SFMTA with this setup must have been the giant SFMTA logo. Hey, SFMTA! Did it cost more to put the logo on than to buy these sub-$5 one-star-rated lights in the first place?
Now, click here to see a real bike light, with a blinking function, a decent quick release, longer time betwixt battery changes, and, of course, it complies with the CVC. Oh well.
And here’s what SFMTA thinks is a bike light:
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And as for the rear lights they’re giving out, they’re flimsy as all get-out, but that’s nothing that couldn’t be fixed with some super glue. The best course with those red lights would be to just glue the entire affair to itself and leave it on the bike 24-7.
I know what you’re trying to do, SFMTA, but you never do anything right. Why not try to do one small program that’s not FUBARed from the get-go? (Or maybe somebody can tell me something that the SFMTA does right?)
(Hey, SFMTA! Remember that big meeting when Nate Ford was maybe just a tad agitated about that big article, the one he “never read(!),” in the SF Weekly that was all about how you suck as an agency? Wouldn’t it be funny if somebody, maybe one of your very own, somehow made an mp3 audio recording of that little get-together? You know, surreptitious-like? Boy, that’d be funny, huh? Good times.)
Anyway, there’s no law that says you can’t give away flashlights to advertise your agency, but calling them bike lights, that’s what I’m taking issue with.
Combined SFMTA SFBC Bike Light Giveaway a Huge Success – Look Forward to Three More Sessions on Your Commute HomeTuesday, November 9th, 2010
Despite some issues people might have with the giveaway SFMTA-branded lights themselves, last night’s somewhat-publicized bike light giveaway in front of Fox Plaza near 10th and Market was a huge success.
They’ll be doing this kind of thing again over the coming months, but you’re not going to hear about it beforehand – the tents will just pop up somewhere on your commute home betwixt 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM.
But mind the rules – you gots to have a bike to get your lights and your bike can’t already have lights.
Queuing up on Market:
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Check out this SFPD bike cop. He’d direct Lightless People to the queue but he didn’t get too much of a response. Oh well. (I suppose he could detain you first – I’m sure that would increase interest dramatically, but he doesn’t need the hassle, right?)
(When a typical SFPD officer gives you ticket for rolling through a stop sign on your bike or riding around at night without lights on your bike or something like that, it’s for one or both of these reasons:
1. There’s an enforcement action going on, one where SFPD higher-ups have specifically mentioned that they want to see more of a certain type of citation, or
2. You’ve gone out of your way, your behavior really, really sets you apart from the crowd such that the cop is somehow personally offended by you.)
Anyway, Fiat Lux, let there be light…
OMG, Front and Rear Bike Lights Given Away on 11-8-10 Near Fox Plaza! From 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at 10th and MarketMonday, November 8th, 2010
If you don’t have bike lights already, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition wants to hook you up with a solution, ‘specially since daylight savings done went away and your ride home is probably darker than what you’re used to.
November 8, 2010; 5 to 6:30 pm Market St. at 10th Street, in front Fox Plaza – San Francisco
From The Sentinel: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) are working together to increase the visibility and safety of people riding bicycles at night by giving out free bicycle lights and safety information as part of their “Light up the Night” campaign. Starting on Monday, November 8, SFMTA and SFBC staff and volunteers will be distributing front and rear bicycle lights to people on bicycles who do not already have lights. A white front light and red rear reflector (or light) are required by law when riding at night, yet some cyclists either cannot afford lights or are not aware of the law.
See you there!
Lights would be the perfect accessories for this sweet ride:
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Well, then how about this instead?
Will this new look allow Coda to sell 20,000 units in California next year?
No, but at least they’re trying. It’s an improvement, no doubt.
Now, the Coda’s nose looks more like the less expensive Nissan Leaf’s
Actress Alyssa Milano has already made her choice, it would seem….