The backwards C is for Uber:
This is a requirement now.
On It Goes…
It had a backwards “C” on the front but not one on the back, the way it’s required to:
There is a tiny Lyft sticker on the back, but I don’t think that helps.
Of course I’ve been around in Frisco longer than the SFMTA so I have sperpective on the SFMTA that differs from how the SFMTA looks at itself, like it’s a “forward-looking” agency and whatnot.
Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of saturation of PCOs on our streets during the PM commuting hours. So take a look at that link and then look at these from Friday.
Like on Thursday at Bush and Sansome, you had a PCO with his hands in his pockets simply waving cars through at the proper time. But on Friday, Here Come Da Judge, handing out tickets with abandon. I’ll tell you, this Prius driver didn’t do himself any favors, as it doesn’t really speed up your commute to improperly sit in a crosswalk for a minute or so. But it DOES get you a fat three-figure “parking” ticket. Sure, try to fight it, but PCO dude just took a digital photo of you, so lots of luck:
What’s this another Prius 30 seconds later? A ticket for you too, prolly, I couldn’t tell. But the Nissan on the left? That’s what the PCO is writing up right now.
So why do some PCOs help wayward drivers from out of town not block the box some days and yet on other days just sit back and ticket away? IDK
Now let’s head over to 6th and Market to see an Uber driver gesturing “what’s a matta you” to a PCO stationed there
Unlike Bush and Sansome, drivers coming down Golden Gate to 6th (and later the 101 or Bay Bridge) actually have a chance of not blocking the box if they creep through the intersection right before a yellow. So maybe this Prius driver didn’t get a ticket after all. Even though he’s yelling at somebody with the power to hand out tickets.
And here’s the PCO, making hand-written notes? Recording a license plate number? Writing poetry? IDK.
Anyway, I’ve seen many sorts of strategies from our SFMTA over the years / decades. I don’t really understand them all. Alls I know is that the SFMTA strives to become bigger bigger bigger each and every year, whether it acts properly or not. Oh well.
And I’ll tell you, I’d never go to Walnut Creek or Mountain View and block the box, and if I did, I wouldn’t go on a loud tirade against anybody who might give me a block the box citation. But, for some reason, out of towners with long long commutes in their Toyota Priuseses do, oh well…
Second, let’s move a few blocks over to Masonic, also in the 94117, to see this Mansonesque appeal to flattery:
(Hey, what are Lyft drivers supposed to think about after seeing this, you know, when they themselves are “sitting in traffic, looking for a place to park [or just giving up and parking illegally], and sweating monthly car payments?”)
All right, welcome to the Lyft Family, you good-looking, “clued-in” Gentle Readers you.
This was Geary and Powell over the weekend – a whole bunch of nothing was going on as traffic on Geary was backed up as far as the eye could see. It looked like the staging area for our annual Chinese New Year parade. Why?
Well, somebody decided to shut down Audi Avenue to Lyft, Uber and everybody else ‘cepting for the Travis Bickells of the SFMTA. Why?
IDK why. Our SFMTA really really really hates what Uber and Lyft have done to revenues at … our SFMTA so it wants to spend more money while doing less.
But look at this mess – southbound Powell is now a mandatory right turn at Geary, except for cabbies. So you had countless SFMTA employees operating the mostly closed Audi Avenue, cycle after cycle. This dude here would try to signal the tech operating the big green box you can see on the right side of this shot:
After all the peds crossed Geary and drivers entered Geary, you’d get a half minute of nothing going on, with nobody using the green on Powell. The upshot is that Geary backed backed up, Is this how the SFMTA imagined things? I mean, you have the big green box open to control the intersection but you can’t control the intersection? Or it takes 30 seconds to change the light? Trained monkeys would have done a better job…
Here’s your now “activated” Powell Street, with a whole bunch of nothing going on – this encourages jaywalking of course.
But look out, here come the taxis
But not the Ubers and not the Lyfts.
Would the SFMTA ban the Uber and the Lyft if it could?
Oh yes, in a heartbeat. But of course it can’t do that, so instead it’ll just keep limiting turns and limiting access for Lyfts and Ubers until those drivers come begging the SFMTA for an A-Card, which guess what – they’re now having a sale! They’re waiving the $255 fee these days. So it’s SFMTA carrot and stick time, big-time.
On It Goes…
Here’s a new one – another Friends With Transit ad:
Now this ad I get – it’s saying how Lyft can become your “last mile” transportation solution.
Fine, but this ad here, the one I saw first seems to equate our MUNI METRO service as something akin to a fast, reliable transit system. Perhaps it might seem that the 415 has something like that to young people in NYC or whatever or whomever or wherever, but IRL you wouldn’t suffer through an N Judah ride only to take a Lyft taxi a few hundred yards north to (your home / tent / self-dug hobbit hole in) Golden Gate Park.
Now, why would our slow, corrupt SFMTA appreciate these ads? Well, it’s money for partner ClearChannel and the SFMTA, plus it’s saying how Lyft is compatible with transit, as opposed to, you know, Lyft “disrupting” the SFMTA by siphoning money away from it.
So IDK, Frisco has a ton of bus stops all over town, so I think ppl would simply walk the last quarter mile or less it takes to get home. Perhaps this ad campaign makes sense in less urban areas?
Sure looks that way
So what if a an Airbnber from Italy stopped rolling his luggage down Hayes and asked me, “Excuse please, what mean this?” Like, what would I say?
IDK. Lyft is a taxi service, I’d say. But I wouldn’t be able to explain the graphic or what STOPS THAT JUST WON’T STOP means.
I’ve never seen an ad like this afore:
How long did it take to create, one wonders? About two seconds?
No matter, I’m sure SFGov is starting to think of the bluewolf as a good corporate citizen now…
Hey, you know how pissed off our slow, inefficient, politics-addled, ideologically-driven SFMTA is at Uber and Lyft and all the rest? EXTREMELY! So our SFMTA is doing all it can to reign in and profit from the Uber Lyft. But until our SFMTA can rope those cash cows, it’s going to fence off parts of Frisco to Uber Lyft as much as possible. Our SFMTA is going to do whatever it can to Fuck With Uber until Uber Pays The Man. I’m srsly.
And our SFMTA will do it in the Name Of Safety, as always.
Anyway, here are all the deets on the changes (you can’t really call them improvements until they’re done and then you can see if they’re actually improvements, right?) coming to the PoBeGa, Powell Below Geary.
(Speaking of which, I call the lower end of Powell “Audi Avenue” because, well, it’s Audi Avenue.)
Join us at an open house to learn about safety and sidewalk improvements proposed for Powell Street!
The Powell Street Safety and Sidewalk Improvement Pilot will test the effectiveness of vehicle restrictions on transit delay, traffic volumes, loading patterns, and cable wear and tear. It would prohibit all vehicles except Muni, taxis, and commercial vehicles from driving on Powell Street between Ellis and Geary Streets. Stop by to learn more!
Thursday, October 8th, 2015 from 12:30 – 2 PM
The Handlery Hotel (351 Geary Street)
This open house is being hosted by the Union Square BID.
For more information about the pilot visit the project webpage.”