Posts Tagged ‘lyft’

Frisco’s First Official “Lyft PICKUP AND DROP-OFF ZONE” – It’s Just Temporary, But Is This Our Future?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Here you go, at the foot of MLK, Jr. Drive:

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Just a temporary deal, for fans of “Your San Francisco Deltas” professional* soccer team:

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(A mini convertible Cadillac Escalade and a convertible Jeep are at the ready.)

So, is this kind of temporary pop-up zone going to be a part of Frisco’s Future? Maybe. (Our SFMTA is working on this kind of thing, to reduce double-parking, for starters. We’ll see.)

So, are UBER drivers welcome here as well? IDK

And then, are UBER / Lyft drivers welcome here? Again, IDK.

IMO, this kind of branding should have nothing to do with RPD, and SFGov should be above this kind of “public private partnership.” So, Wreck and Park should ditch the trademarked pink and the “lyft” graphics the next chance it gets, which will be in a couple weeks, for the last match of the regular season of the San Francisco Deltas.

See you there. (But I’ve never Lyfted, and I’ve never UBER’ed neither, and I’m not about to start. Pity me!)

*It was a big deal for Rec and Park to set up Kezar for this inaugural 2017 season, which could very well be this team’s last season, we’ll have to wait and see.

Yet Another Way That UBER and Lyft are Just Like Taxis: Rooftop Light-Up Advertising Panels

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

It’s come to this:

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Now you can have some entertainment when you’re stuck in UBER / Lyft-related traffic…

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The next frontier in advertising will be Lyft Blimp no doubt.

Lyft Driver vs. (Car-Free) Sunday Streets

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Not sure how dude managed to get himself smack dab in the middle of Sunday Streets Western Addition 2017, but here he is, with a few WTF stares and at least one whatsamatteryou hand gesture:

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And then more gesturing, as seen with this official Volunteer, and dude was off up Baker, which I think was his goal from the beginning:

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(I should say that this amount of yelling and whatnot is a lot mellower than when out-of-town drivers saw a Critical Mass Friday night bicycle parade for the first time, like on Market, back in the day…)

Anyway, that’s how a Lyft driver reacts upon seeing a Sunday Streets for the first time.

TRUMOR: Crissy Field “Patriot Prayer” Attendees Get a CHP-Escorted Bus from Marin? But Counter-Protesters Face a 2.5-Mile Walk, Minimum

Friday, August 25th, 2017

You know, I’m not as connected as I used to be so I’m making guesses here, but Man, it sure looks like SFGov is making things as hard as possible for you to counter-protest the Patriot Prayer rally at Crissy Field featuring Kyle “Based Stick Man” Chapman, assuming he’s not in jail / under detention.

So, why is the best part of our Presidio reserved for the rally? Well, it’s to make you, the counter-protester, walk AS FAR AS POSSIBLE from the Presidio “gate” at the west end of the Marina Green.

OTOH, how is Based Stick Man et al going to get the the microphone? Is it going to be on a bus from Marin County complete with a CHP escort? That would sure make sense, especially if the Planet Granite area is going to be where this small (300-something attendees?) event will take place.

Look at the map:

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So if buses come down from Marin, it’ll be easy for them to get to Planet Granite. But for actual people who live here, you’re looking at a one-hour walk after your MUNI ride. Your options:

BY CAR: Guess what? You’ll have no place to park. Of course I would, I could find a space, but I know what I’m doing in this regard and even if you as well could find a spot, IDK, on Greenwich or something, certainly all of the counters could not. Als0, then you gotta hoof it to the solitary entrance and then you gotta hoof it even further once you’re at long long Crissy Airstrip / Field.

BY MUNI: All the buses will turn around at least 2.4 miles away, as the ped walks, from Planet Granite. Here’s the shortest way AFAICS:

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(Take the Lyon Steps of course – Google wouldn’t let me, but you should be able to, after getting off at the temporary terminus near 2300 Jackson)

BY UBER LYFT: Sure, why not? Load up and then get as close as you can, and then hoof it to the gate.

BY BIKE: No, not your fixie, but your $74 Walmart mountain-style bike with 21 speeds and “solid” axles what you torqued on real good, the better to prevent a street urchin from stealing your wheels with short-handled hand tools hidden on his person. Lock up near the Palace of Fine Arts and leave your $15 Walmart helmet and hope that no one pilfers it, as helmets are BANNED.

BY FOOT: Yep. This is how you do it.

Anyway, that’s how you’d do it if you’re going.

(The last time I can remember SFGov going so far out of its way to snuff a protest was when another Willie Brown appointee was Mayor. He bent over backwards to please the government of the People’s Republic of China, so that it could have its Beijing Olympics Torch Run with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. This go around, SFGov is doing pretty much the same thing, except for the benefit of the “Patriot Prayer” people.)

How People Got Around Frisco BEFORE Lyft and UBER: The Secret Phone Numbers of Veteran’s Cab in SoMA

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is: Gritty HARRISON 1500 –>, lovely COSTCO #144, and of course, the Italianate red/white/green of VETERAN’S CAB 502-1300 all down at 11th and Harrison in SoMA:

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I don’t know how things work now but back in the day if you were a regular / reliable customer, cab companies / drivers would give you secret phone numbers that would get you to Dispatch quicker than the public “sucker” lines that you’d see: in the phone book (yes, an actual book); painted on the sides of cars; or, in the case of Veteran’s, lit up in neon for tout le monde to see.

I can’t recall anything at all about 415 502-1300. I suppose it was ahead of my time. (Maybe it connects you to UCSF these days.) But I DO recall 415 552-1300 from the pre-UBER/Lyft era. At that time, if you gave that line a jingle ’cause you needed a taxi at, let’s say 7:00 PM on a Saturday night, you’d most likely get a busy signal, oh well.

Why? Well it’s ’cause there were <1000 taxi medallions in Frisco for the longest time. This shortage meant that cabbies could make bank, especially considering how cheap rents were Back Then compared with now. It was such a sweet job that former Mayor Willie Brown drove a taxi to pay his way through UC Hastings Law School back in the 1950’s. And in the 1980’s, Frisco was gaining a national reputation as a place where it was hard to find a cab. Read THE MAYOR, THE CABBIES and the 84 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION – Historical Essay by Rua Graffis, United Taxicab Workers, 1996 for the reason why.

Anywho, just think about what phone number cabbies would use to call in for a tow truck if a taxi broke down – they sure as Heck wouldn’t use the sucker line, right? They’d call a number where somebody would actually pick up. That’s the kind of number that you’d want to use.

What’s that, you lived out at 25th and Irving way out there in the Sunset? Well in that case, you might have had to wait / give up on getting a taxi, but at least an effort would be made. Or maybe a taxi driver heading in that general direction would drop off and then swing on by in 20 minutes or so.

I’m not saying that that was great, but all this attention paid by the taxi industry to those who knew how to get through meant there was less attention paid to some tourist / newcomer who didn’t know anything.

Of course, our Chamber of Commerce and our tourist industry HATED this situation, but then, in part due to the difficulty certain ballers (like Travis K) had finding a taxi in Frisco ’round about a decade ago, ALONG CAME UBER AND LYFT.

Now, any rube can get a ride, but traffic is much worse, and getting worser, so who knows which era you’d prefer.

Ah, mem’ries…

If You Park Your UBER / Lyft Ride on the Streets of San Francisco, You Can Pay People to Come By to Detail It?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Sure looks that way:

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I guess this would help with tips / star rating?

Poor UBER Lyft Driver Gets Pwned for $192 for Overnight Parking in Golden Gate Park / Parking at “Car-Free” Saturday

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Perhaps not an UBER driver, but you can never tell. A lot of them swing both ways.

What was this driver thinking leaving this ride in Golden Gate Park? IDK

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The entrance at 7th Avenue and Lincoln states that towing is a possibility for overnight parkers.

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This side of the sign might be hard to read from a distance…

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…but this side isn’t.

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Oh well, a couple hundred of dollars later, a lesson learned…

Lyft Harley – Probably a Joke, But That Large Pink Mustache Certainly Looks Legit

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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BART Riders OUTRAGED by Ads for CARS – “We All Drive” and “Try These Seats” – First Ford GOBIKE, and Now This

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Boy, Ford Motor Company is throwing a lot of money around the Bay Area lately, huh? They bought the Chariot private bus line for big bucks, and they just spent another big pile of money to advertise the word FORD on thousands of controversial GOBIKE rental bikes (with a misleading pricing scheme – boy people get steamed about that) and now there’s this, a bunch of covered over windows on your BART cars with a custom-made copy. See?

First up is a snap from a “professional” walker. It’s all, “Try these seats,” as if they’d be better than BART seats. (NB: They are better than BART seats.) But you know, some riders will take offense at this profit-seeking insult to transit, and also with the half covered over windows. Most BART ads aren’t like this:

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And there’s this: “We all drive.” But you know, that’s not exactly true, now is it, Ford?

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I’ll tell you, these ads appear to be custom-made for BART. I don’t think you’ll see them anywhere else in the world.

These ads on our troubled BART system remind me of the UBER ads on SFMTA MUNI buses, like this one:

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And this one:

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Of course our SFMTA simply despises the UBER Lyft, for various reasons, but that doesn’t mean that it will turn down some cold hard cash from major corporations. And then, when the SFMTA has some extra ad space, which is a lot of the time since its rates are too high, it’ll put UBER Lyft in its place with stuff like this:

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Anyway, if Ford wants to pay BART money, that’s fine with me…