Posts Tagged ‘gasoline’

Here’s How That Whole Fell and Divisadero ARCO Station Bike Lane Situation Worked Out, On a Busy Day

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Pretty much. The basic idea was to take out a few parking spaces. Getting that done in touchy, touchy San Francisco took about a half-decade

So, it used to be all like this:

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And now it’s all like this, on a busy day:

For whatever reason, probably something to do with gasoline prices, this station doesn’t seem to get long lines on Fell as much as before.

Anyway, case closed for now…

2011 is the Year of the Motorized Bicycle in San Francisco – They Sound Just Like Motorcycles

Friday, August 12th, 2011

I’m used to seeing the occasional late night motorized bicycle run in the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park proper, but now these things are popping up all over the place in broad daylight.

See?

And this was like ten minutes later – it was another dude (macho*, perhaps?) entirely.

Why not add a kit to your bike, you know, to stick it to the man? No licensing, registration, or pesky emissions regulations to worry about, right?

And please remember, Loud Pipes Save Lives, or something.

*Is it his scarf or his ladybug helmet what makes him so macho? Is he loved, does he have a family? 

Peak Oil Update: The ConocoPhillips 76 Station at 1st and Harrison Plans on Selling Gasoline Until 2050 at Least

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

(I vividly remember the first time I spent $20 on a tank of gas – it was with an Audi 5000 in Honolulu, way back in the 90′s. But I only vaguely recall my first $100 tankful – it was with Mom’s Taxi in Napa someplace a few years back. [GRANDPA SIMPSON MODE=OFF])

So there I was putting $94 worth of 87 octane (NBP – Never Buy Premium*) into Mom’s Taxi (straight outta Toyota City) and here’s what I saw:

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Are we going to even have gas stations in 2050 and beyond? I don’t know, probably.

But the Peak Oil crowd will not like seeing this.

Not at all.

*Oh, your car “needs” premium? No it doesn’t.**

**Oh, you have an Audi? Well, you only think it needs premium. It doesn’t, IRL. Actually, you and your ride, IRL, you’re not that special.***

***Oh, you have a 1968 Porsche 912 what pings on regular? BINGO! You, sir or ma’am, you need premium. But nobody else. 

America’s First Solar Powered Gas Station: The Shell at 444 Divisadero Betwixt Oak and Fell

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

You, people love to complain about the low-cost ARCO right next door, but this Shell station at the corner of Divisadero and Oak in the EaPA doesn’t get criticized one bit.

Don’t know why.

Anyway, here they are, all those solar panels, facing more west than south, IMO:

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Get all the deets right here, about the Kyocera photovoltaic panels and Sunny Boy inverters and whatnot.

Hurray?

That Whole Fell and Divisadero ARCO Gas Station Bike Lane Situation Worked Itself Out, It Appears

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Thusly:

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The whole process took a few years

Anyway, there’s your update.

Five Dollar Gasoline Returns to the Bay Area for 2011

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Here’s Menlo Park, where a Shell will get $5 a gallon out of you for full-serve (which nobody needs*) V-Power premium (which nobody needs**).

See?

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All right, forget about full-serve – here you go, $5.03 in South San Francisco for premium**

Thanks for the 411, SanFranGasPrices.

So, what’s the next threshold, $6 a gallon?

Looking forward…

*Oh, you need  full service ’cause you have a handicapped placard and you’re part of the ten percent of placard holders in town what isn’t running a free parking scam? O.K., then be my guest, full-serve for you!

**Oh, you need  premium V-Power? No you don’t, you just think you do. (Be sure to stay out of Montana, which has some areas where even 87 octane isn’t available. You’d have to fill up with less than 87 if you ever wanted to come back to the 415. Oh well.)

Do You Want To Pay a $5 “Radio Dispatch Fee” to Call for a Taxi Thursday-Saturday 4PM-4AM? Well, the SFMTA Does!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

[UPDATE: And cabbies, you can just forget about your proposed strike right now, as nobody takes that seriously. What would your union-type slogan be, "Every Man For Himself?" I'm telling you, MUNI is constantly hiring bus drivers, so you all should switch rides and, you know, drive a bus. And then you could, with impugnity, call your passengers r-tards or whatever you want. Hurray!]

I’ll tell you, those poor melon farmers out there in the West Bay trying to scratch a living from the infertile sandy soils of the Outer Avenues, well, not only is their MUNI bus and streetcar service bad, taxi service is bad as well.

Now, your hack might not actually want to take you to 42nd and Ortega or whatever, but s/he is required by law to take you there because, technically, the Outer Sunset in within the limits of San Francisco County.* So maybe that’s OK, but what about the times when you want to get picked up at home and you live Way Out There? Well, there’s no onus on any particular driver to come and pick you up, so that’s part of the reason why you have to wait a long, long time sometimes.

Comes now the staffers of the SFMTA with a solution:  A $5 “Peak-Time Radio Dispatch Fee,” but not just for Parksiders of the Great San Wastes and the like, it’s supposed to be for everybody calling for a cab. That means that you will owe the driver over $8 before you even get into the taxi. Hurray!

Learn all about it right here, courtesy of John Han’s Taxi Town SF.

This super-genius idea came from a study from 2007 that concluded that San Francisco ought to:

“Implement a $5 dispatch surcharge during peak periods

Implement a $2 surcharge during non-peak periods.”

This will make the hacks happy as well the hack bureaucracy. It’s a win-win, baby!

But check it, the SFMTA is, once again, working on (or at least pretending to be working on) Peak-Time Permits, which would accomplish the goals that the SFMTA says it wants to accomplish.

Sometimes, when all the buses you see are going to the wrong way, a taxi’s the only way to get to your destination in time, right?

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All the deets of all the proposed new fees:

Radio dispatch fee: $2 flat fee during nonpeak hours; $5 flat fee during peak hours

Gas surcharge fee: $0.10 per one-fifth mile, $0.10 per minute of wait time

Wait time and mileage fare: From $0.45 per one-fifth mile ($2.25/mile) to $0.55 per one-fifth mile ($2.75/mile), and $0.45 per minute ($27/hour) to $0.55 per minute ($33/hour).

And look, the SFMTA is going to have Taxi Town Hall Meetings before the big meeting on May 17th:

May 11, 2011, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meter Increase, Credit Card Fees and Passenger Information Monitors, (PIMs)

May 16, 2011, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Electronic Waybills and Peak Time Permits

2nd Floor Atrium, One South Van Ness Avenue”

See you there!

*True dat. The crime is a misdemeanor called “Failure to Convey.”

Why Is It That The Only Set of Gas Pumps in the Financh are INSIDE a McDonalds on Market Street?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

It’s a mystery.

Mind you, this is inside the store at 575 Market Street. The cash registers are just to the left.

And the woman camera right is noshing on a McDouble or something:

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And there’s another McDonalds a stone’s throw away up the street at 609 Market? That’s just 34 away from 575 Market. Kind of close, huh?

It’s another mystery…

[All right, Commenter One sort of has the answer, and it's one that I already sort of knew (although I didn't make a connection with the addresses) but it doesn't tell the whole story. Somebody out there on this Great Blue Marble thought it was a capital idea to do honor a gas station inside a Micky D's, but I don't who, don't know when...]

Fell Street ARCO Station Update: New Green Bike Lane Helps But Cars Still Allowed to Park Too Early

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The evening drive is still going on every day at 7:00 PM on Fell Street and the famous gas station is still open for business every day, so why do we allow drivers to park their cars in the new gas queue lane starting at 7:00 PM every day?

Couldn’t the no-parking hours be more closely matched to the ARCO station’s operating hours instead of just being 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM? Sure it could.

Just after 7:oo PM, when all the City’s recent hard work is for naught:

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Are a handful of rich NIMBYs more powerful than the City and County?

Oh well.

Drivers Appear to be Responding Well to Latest Change at Fell Street Arco – A Green Bike Lane

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Well BIKE NOPA and Streetsblog SF were out there on Fell Street yesterday to see DPW painting the Fell Street bike lane, or the bulk of it, green.

And here’s the result, cars queueing up in a special lane created earlier this year. See? They seem to finally be figuring things out:  

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Find some history mastubatory fantasies of one Joshua Hart here. (Apparently, he’s a Golden God, or something: “Fix Fell Wins Green Bike Lane on Fell Street“) Anyway, the real history is out there if you want to look for it.

Is this MISSION ACCOMPLISHED for the Fell Street ARCO? I don’t know. The whole idea was to take out parking spaces so that drivers waiting for gasoline wouldn’t queue up in the bike lane and that appeared to be how it was working yesterday. The big issue was getting the residents in the area to give up a few parking spaces – that was one of the hold ups.

It’s not immediately obvious what more the City can do at this point. The open question is how drivers will behave over the coming days, weeks and months.

On it goes…