Posts Tagged ‘interstate’

Bicycle Chop Shop or Just Another Homeless Encampment: You Make The Call

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

At first I thought chop shop, but now I don’t think so. Usually when I think see one I actually do, but not this time, oh well.

Betwixt DISCOUNT BUILDER’S SUPPLY and the Duboce offramp: 

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If you want a clear example of both a chop-shop and a non-chop shop, click here.

On It Goes…

The Face of Bicycle Theft in San Francisco, Where the Streets Have No Name, Where Stealing Bikes Isn’t a Crime, It’s a Lifestyle

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I thought I was pretty far away from Faceman and BA Baracas, but they noted my presence nevertheless.

See?

Now I’m thinking this is where 11th Street and (lucky) 13th Street meet up (ala 3rd and 4th in Mission Bay, but I’m a little hazy as these under-the-I-80 streets aren’t well marked.

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But here’s what you do, you get on the Twitter and report the bike chop shops you just happen to notice.

Happy trails

SFPD Anti Bike Theft

@SFPDBikeTheft 

Crimes In Progress Call 911

Report a Chop Shop call (415) 553-0123 Anti Bike Theft Information From the SFPD

San Francisco, CA · parkstation.org

Learning From Japan, 2013: Homeless People Who _Use_ Bicycles Instead of Homeless People Who Steal Bicycles

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Homeless encampment, major Japanese city, city center, down by the river:

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Note the bicycle parking area.

Cf. San Francisco homeless encampment, under Interstate I-80, Mile Zero:

Note identical blue tarps as in Japan, sourced from, for all I know, the same factory in China.

One group uses bikes to get around, like to work ‘n stuff.

The other will strip your bike of any parts not superglued on in a New York Minute, as soon as your back is turned.

Which group do you prefer?

Open-Air Bicycle Chop Shop – In SoMA Between the Interstate and Costco – Your Stolen Bike is Fenced and Parted Out

Friday, March 15th, 2013

They keep their inventory in the four giant tents you can see on this particular block of Division

And their vans, always with the vans.

In fact, these guys are just like the A-Team. You’ve got Mad Dog Murdock on the left there, building away, and there’s B. A. Baracus there on the right with his reverse Mohawk. And Hannibal and Faceman are out cruising in the van looking for more bikes:

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Anyway, your bike has been disassembled and its parts have been put on other bikes for sale on Craigslist or at Laney College in OakTown.

Sorry.

Western Terminus of World’s Biggest Freeway: I-80 Tent City, San Francisco – Ed Lee, Mayor

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Or “the I-80,” as some prefer.*

Division Street, San Francisco, the “Innovation Capitol** of the World***”

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*Including moi.

**Heh.

***HA HA HA HA HA!

Popping Up All Over San Francisco: Do Those New Lower-Case “Clearview” Streets Signs Bother You? – Well, Not Me

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I know these new signs upset some people, but not me.

Anyway, here they are: 

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And they just changed the design not too long ago – here’s something from 2008.

But Matt Fuller seems to like the new lower-case lettering.

Hurray for the new street signs, I guess.

The Brave, Lane-Splitting Recumbent Tricycle Riders of San Mateo County

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

This fellow is waiting at a traffic signal between the lanes on an Interstate 101 offramp somewhere in San Mateo County.

The six foot high pennants are a nice touch. Don’t leave home without them, especially when lane-splitting on a recumbent trike.

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Vaya con Dios, jinete del triciclo.

Ka Boom! Tanker Truck Explodes on I-280 for Filming of NBC Pilot “Trauma”

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll soon be able to see over at WhatImSeeing.com - it’s a tanker truck explosion for the taping of the possible NBC series “Trauma.”

What a great photo! Click to expand:

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Here’s another view and here’s the reverse angle from ExxonValdez.

And with all the choppers flying around above hospital curve, you think, wouldn’t it be nice to have two or three real medical chopper flights a day coming into and out of our Level One Trauma Center at San Francisco General Hospital? Yes, yes it would.

via ToastyKen