Posts Tagged ‘headlights’

A StreetsBlog Felony, an “Urbanist’s” Nightmare: SF Rec and Park Jungle Gym Teaches Kids to Love SUV’s

Monday, December 1st, 2014

It took me a while to figure this one out. OK, here’s the Children’s Quarter, aka the Koret something-or-other, in Golden Gate Park:

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See? It’s a Jeep SUV, complete with a steering wheel, horn button, headlights, trademark grill and a three-on-the-tree gear shift. You could actually use this thing to begin to teach somebody how to drive.

Oh, how I weep! You see, instead, this should be a bicycle simulator, complete with handlebars and Shimano Alivio shifters, right man?

I hope nobody from Park Slope ever sees this, man…

How To Buy Bike Lights On The Cheap: Get Semi-Counterfeit Off-Brand Front and Rears for $4 Each from Amazon

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

You know what’s poorly designed? Every last bike light paid for and given away by the SFMTA stamped with the SFMTA brand so that you’ll like that SFMTA more better.

You know what’s well designed? These semi-counterfeit light sets from Amazon for $8 each free delivery:

BV Bicycle Light Set, Super Bright 5 LED Headlight and 3 LED Taillight, Quick-Release

Oh, they’re sold out now? Sorry. But I just bought four sets like ten days ago. See?

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What I was thinking was that these lights would just pop right in to the “Bike Planet” mounts I already have on the bikes I need to take care of. (Bike Planet isn’t really a name-brand IRL, but it certainly is as far as bike lights are concerned.) And of course, they snap right in on the Bike Planet mounts

The headlight from “BV USA,” in particular, is particularly cheesy / plasticky. But all the lights I just bought work A-OK, as expected.

I totally don’t know what happened to all the Blaze 2-watt headlights I bought for $20-something when Amazon had a super-duper sale, and for that matter, the mostly white Superflash Turbo taillights I also paid $20-something for.

Anyway, the BV lights I just bought work great and they have rubber gaskets to keep out the rain just the way the Planet Bike lights have.

But be my guest if you want to pay mo money.

Most of the People Who Drive in San Francisco at Night Without Headlights Own Toyota Prius Hybrids

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

It’s uncanny.

Prius drivers are pretty bad to start with, so Toyota should have taken steps to make sure that they’d be aware that their headlights are not on.

Toyota didn’t.

Market Street, inbound:

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Oh well.

Look Who Doesn’t Need Headlights on Market Street at Night – It’s Amtrak, That’s Who

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

See?

Market Street, inbound

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I cry foul.

And I’ll tell you, my eight-passenger, straight-outta-Toyota City (Aichi, Japan) Toyota has a light meter on the dashboard what turns on the lights at night. Perhaps the buses of Amtrak should have something like that as well?

Does Your Smart Car Have a Pair of Six-inch Long Eyelashes? If Not, Why Not?

Monday, August 29th, 2011

This is the first I’ve seen of this:

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(Well, 5,000,000 hits for car eyelashes shows that I need to get out and experience the world more.)

Finally: A Car Being Driven at Night Without Headlights That’s Not a Toyota Prius!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

[Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and area muckraker Phil Matier both drive Priuseseses around town but they don't seem to drive like Prius drivers, AFAICS. It's uncanny. Consider them exceptions to the rule.]

Most of the time, when you see people driving at night without their headlights on, the car involved is a Toyota Prius. There are various reasons for that, but mostly it has to do with the lack of situation awareness possessed by the typical Prius driver.

So it was refreshing to see a non-Prius driver doing the same thing just yesterday. Thusly:

Now, if you want to get in on the fun, order a black Prius from Toyota. Then, when you go about at night without lights on, you’ll turn invisible. Thusly.

And oh yes, feel free to blame Toyota after you crash.

Hurray!

Amazing: Toyota Prius Driver Actually Turns Lights On at Night In Response to Hand Gesturing

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Here’s what you do when you see a Toyota Prius driver going about at night without lights:

You point at the headlights and yell, “Lights! Lights! Turn on your lights, you melon-farmer!”

But in my experience, the kind of Prius driver who goes about at night without lights never ever responds.

Until this guy:

I’ve never seen a Prius driver respond to stimuli – this is a first.

“Then Abraham comes nearer to Him and asks if He will destroy the Priuseses if there are fifty innocent Prius drivers in the City, making the innocent Prius drivers die with the guilty. The LORD replies that if He finds fifty competent Prius drivers in the City of by the Bay, He will spare the all Prius drivers for their sake.”

Amen, Brother

A Tip for Toyota Prius Drivers: Turn Your Headlights On at Night – Or Just Leave Them On All the Time, Your Choice

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I’ll tell you, the reason why the LORD hasn’t smited all you bay area Toyota Prius drivers yet is because about fifty of you actually know how to drive, and, you know, actually pay attention to the task at hand. But as for the rest of you:  

“Looking at moving violations, Quality Planning found that Toyota Prius drivers get 0.38 violations per 100,000 miles driven, compared to an average of 0.23″

Nicht gut.

Now, there are reasons why drivers of Toyota Prius Hybrids don’t seem to be able to turn their headlights on at night the way other people do.* But those reasons aren’t important.

What is important is that you either:

 1. Take note of when the air changes color and then turn on your headlights when things start to turn black (Il metodo della Vecchia Scuola); 0r

2. Just leave your damn headlights on all the time.

Your choice. Just get-r-done.

Yet another Toyota Prius out at night without lights:

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So, I don’t want to hear any more complaining about how you don’t know which pedal to push, or you don’t know how to turn off the engine on your car, or how your HID headlights break all the time and they cost $1200 to fix. No no, the biggest problem you have, the biggest threat to your life when you’re behind the wheel of your Prius is you yourself.

Let’s keep that in s’perpective….

*And I’ll freely admit that Toyota is partially at fault for overestimating the abilities of its customers… 

Finally, Hybrid Driving Lessons Offered in San Francisco

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Just call (415) 485-1238 to sign up, according to the ad that occludes the rear view of anyone driving this Toyota Prius.

The first lesson for Prius drivers in the Bay Area is how to turn the headlights on at night. An amazing number of drivers of these cars just don’t seem to be aware that their lights aren’t on. No headlights, daytime running lights, turn signals, tailights – no nothing except the brake lights occasionally.  

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All you can do is yell “headlights!” when they drive past.