Posts Tagged ‘illegal’

Uh Oh: Short Term, Electric-Powered, Rental Bikes / Scooters and THE HELMET ISSUE – How FordGoBike, LimeBikes and BIRD are Handling Things

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

1) First up are the Ford Motor people – here’s some marketing from them:

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See that? It’s Chinatown! Anyway, these fashion models are on 2018 versions of a FordGoBike. Unlike the 2017 versions, which were/are comically heavy and astonishingly expensive (you’ll find out just how much after yours turns up missing and they send you in to the SFPD to file a report), these new rides are electric powered, the better to compete with the new orange-red JUMP! bikes.

But look closer – these tourists packed their helmets. Now that’s some amazing foresight.

Let’s wait and see if this becomes a thing, this carrying a helmet around all day in anticipation of coming across a rental bike thing. (I don’t think it will.)

2. Limebike is giving away helmets I hear. Maybe to their users, maybe in SF, maybe on Sunday. They might be a bit garish, something like this…

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…but I won’t laugh at you.

(Is a bike helmet and a scooter helmet the same thing? IDK.)

3.  What’s next, oh BIRD. Look what they’re cooking up for us:

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And here’s the current version of AB2989.

Notably:

“The bill would, among other provisions, require the minor operator of a standup electric scooter to wear a bicycle helmet while operating the standup electric scooter.”

See how that works? Through this hocus pocus, helmets would no longer be required for adult electric scooter riders on the Streets of California. (Did I say streets? I shoulda said sidewalks, as:

“(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), a standup electric scooter may be operated on sidewalks and may be parked in the same manner and at the same locations as a bicycle may be parked.
(c) A local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting persons from riding or propelling a standup electric scooter on highways, sidewalks, or roadways.”)

So there you have it. You can handle the looming HELMET ISSUE through marketing efforts, giveaways, or just going to Sac Town to change laws in order to favor your bidness.

Your choice.

Leaving you with a recent shot of our Fulton Freeway, 30 MPH speed limit:

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Oh, and here’s what the old-fashioned-style GoBikes look like:

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The have crazy drivetrains that only make things worse, IMO.

AB2989: Proposed Law to Eliminate Electric Scooter LICENSING & HELMET Requirements? – Plus, SIDEWALK RIDING Would be ALLOWED?

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Well Pa Pa Pa Ooh Mau Mau, Ooh Mau Mau, via Scooter Idiots @ScooterIdiots we learn that BIRD is the word in Sac Town these days.

Check it, is this real life?

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So, if people are beefing about all those ppl illegally riding Bird Rides, Inc rental scooters on the sidewalks of San Francisco these days, well let’s just change California law – is that how this works?

And if people are afraid of getting ticketed by the SFPD for not having a helmet, well, let’s get rid of that rule too.

And if you don’t have a driver license, well fear not, because BIRD is “sponsor”-ing, you know, effectively, an Assembly Bill to take care of that?

(And bike lanes? I don’t really get the part about electric scooters in bike lanes.)

Read all about it after the jump.

Oh caveats:

  1. Helmets would still be required for minors.
  2. Local municipalities could come in with their own sidewalk bans, which would prolly be a shoe-in to pass in Frisco (considering that SFGov has similarly banned sidewalk bike riding for almost all of the city.)
  3. And having a driver license, well, IDK how important that is IRL

IDK what to make of all this…

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LIME, BIRD, SPIN: How Many Monosyllabic Renegade Scooter Rental Outfits Have Descended Upon Frisco Just Now? A Whole Bunch

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Let’s see, I knew about LimeBikes and Bird, but this is the first I’m hearing of SPIN:

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I was all set to boost this board, but look what stopped me:

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Then I was left to dream of new monosyllabic brand names

Scoot

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

I’ve never moved a Scoot to escape, myself.

Another close parker on the Streets of San Francisco:

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Oh, if only all Scoot-ers were perfect parkers

It’s Not Just UBER and Lyft: Official SFMTA Taxi Driver Gets Group-Shamed After Seeing a Red as a Green at Bush and Divis

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Think Bro made it more than halfway across before he started slowly backing up. Anyway, this was a real red light running – there was no ambiguity here. The peds on the left stare, mouths agape:

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If it was me, I’d just make a right turn onto Bush and then get on with the friction of the day, but oh well:

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So what to do? Backing up in this type of sitch is dangerous as well of course:

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And here come the stare downs, and it looks like one ped is vaping at the hapless SFMTA-approved driver:

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A few WTF looks…

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…and then the final ped simply stops, the better to do one last stare down before the next green:

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THIS is Why City Attorney Dennis Herrera Goes After Corporate Sidewalk Chalk Ads – Still Visible after 8 Months

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

That was then and this is now:

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The pink part is gone, but the black lettering is still there – this June 6, 2017 concert will live in infamy, looks like….

The Sinful Drivers of the Western Addition: Always on a Sunday, a Sunday, a Sunday, ‘Cause that’s My Day to Park

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Chuck Manson wouldn’t have double-parked like this, ’cause SFGov would have taken away his car tout de suite:

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But somehow, unwritten but longstanding SFMTA policy gives these Christians a pass…

(Oh, and Saturdays too – it’s your option. Hey, why not the whole weekend?)

IS MY HAND ON YOUR THIGH? SORRY! TELL ME AND I’LL MOVE IT

Monday, December 4th, 2017

I think I don’t see things the way the CallMeIllMove.com people do:

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In closing, COCONUT!

Here’s Why People in San Francisco Think UBER and Lyft Drivers are Horrible – An Ill-Conceived Left Turn, with Concomitant Honking

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Here you go, on Fell, at Masonic, outbound of course, we see a white Prius in the middle of five lanes:

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But there’s just one lane you can be in to turn left to go south on Masonic – that’s the leftmost lane, occupied by a black Honda Civic at this time. But no matter, despite the fact that the light for  Fell has been green for a good 20 seconds or so, the white Prius is stopped and attempting to turn left from the middle lane, which is exactly two lanes away from where you’d want to be.

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Honking ensued.

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But look, the Prius driver has pulled into the neighboring lane and then straightened out. Then it stopped again. One lane down, one lane to go:

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At this point, the unique ped / bike only green has gone red so this allows traffic in the left lane to turn left onto Masonic. And look who’s making an illegal left along with the Civic – it’s our friend the errant Prius:

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After hearing all the honking and seeing this display of chutzpah, a pedestrian can only turn away with a chuckle:

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Anyway, success of a sort – left turn completed.

And here’s the kicker – was it an UBER or a Lyft (or maybe even one of those UBER Lyfts)?

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Well, looks like a Lyft.

Yes, you can drive this way in SF, all you San Mateo County-based TNC drivers. However, you will accumulate more than your fair share of moving and parking violations from the non-traffic-oriented SFPD and/or the money-hungry SFMTA MUNI DPT.

And that’s going to eat into your earnings as a Lyft driver.

And of course the legal way to do this would have been to spend a couple minutes goring forward and then making three right turns.

Verdict:

GUILTY

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!

END OF LINE.

You Shouldn’t Pilot Your Skateboard on the Sidewalks of San Francisco UNLESS It’s Electric-Powered

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

‘Cause once you’ve got a battery under your $1500 board, well, you’ve got carte blanche, baby

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Skate on, Brother. Skate on.