Posts Tagged ‘marin’

FordGoBike in the Presidio vs. an Electric JUMP! Bike in the Presidio: One Makes Sense, But the Other is a Mystery – Is GoBike Failing?

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Have you seen all the bright neon (orange? red?) JUMP! bikes all over Frisco these days? That’s not surprising since they’re getting used, a lot. A lot more than the clunky, heavy, legacy GoBike “bikeshare” bikes from Ford Motor Company in what’s basically a continuation of Bay Area Bike Share what got started like a half-decade ago and what’s cost us eight figures already.

I’ll tell you, my guess is that most of the FordGoBikes I’ve seen in the Presidio and points north, sometimes way north, like out of the county north, and we’re talking about a lot, like hundreds I myself have seen these past nine months, are being pushed / pedaled by PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THAT THEIR $10 “DAY PASS” isn’t actually a day-pass and that they’ll soon be met with an unexpected high two-figure or low three-figure bill from the Ford ppl.

How do I know this? Well, I go up and ask them about it.

Of course, some know that they’ll get hit with hours and hours of penalty fees – and they just don’t care. The deal’s worth it for them. Well, that’s fine with me, be my guest.

But this?

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These ppl near the Great San Francisco Bight, let’s call it the Baker Beach area, have a loooooong way to go to get their heavy rides back into even the nearest GoBike rental station.

But look at this, unexpected JUMP bikes up at the Sports Basement. So this makes sense – two ppl pay two dollars to trek from where, SoMA, the Financh, the Twitterloin? All of those places are within range I figure, what with pedal assist and all. Then they’ll pay another two bucks to get home? If so, that makes sense to me as well:

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Now, do I approve of JUMP’s video/photo policy what allows Social Bicycles Inc or whomever to use images of you* and your face, (your pretty face!) however the Hell they feel, with no payment to you? Well Hell no. But that’s the deal our local alphabet soup (SFMTA SFCTA MTC BAAQMD it doesn’t matter) struck. Sorry.

OTOH, people are loving the JUMPs.

And hey, speaking about the alphabet soup, are all those govt ppl pleased with how FordGoBike is doing these days? Oh, Hell no.

And how many stations should have the FoMoCo ppl have had west of Masonic by now? Lots and lots. But how many to they have IRL? Zero. (And the prospects for anything soon look bleak – the more the Ford ppl push on installing rental stations, the more pushback they’ll get from residents. I’ll tell you, I can’t believe how many tens of millions of dollars Ford is going to spend over the next six years compared with what they’ve gotten so far. JMO.)

In conclusion, JUMP good, FORD bad.

We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out when GoBike Goes Electric, you know, a little bit, in April…

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American-Made Storm Grates Put Out of Work by the Foreign Competition: SFGOV Tells You to “Shop And Dine” the 47 Square Miles of Frisco, BUT…

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

…it itself buys stuff from overseas.

See? This one’s from AJAX FOUNDRY of 45 Clementina, SF, CALIF:

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But this one’s from, well, simply, CHINA?

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I’ll tell you, if SFGov really wanted to, it could get these grates from closer to home, but apparently it don’t really want to.

One might think the greater SFGov entity was loaded with Frisco-centric contract steerers and multitudes of buy locallers, but I guess not. Not really.

Hey, remember when a former Mayor, the dude who pleaded with local families to not pick up and move to Neighboring County X, you know, back when he was Mayor, but then after he was no longer Mayor, packed and moved to … the very same Neighboring  County X. Isn’t it ironic?

Dont’cha think?

Anyway, that dude was the one who said that one of the reasons why the Santa Clara 49ers football team should no longer call itself the 49ers is because SF is 49 square miles, so this was like our trademark or something. But IRL, Frisco ain’t 49 sq mi, it’s 46.something. So did / does our dull-witted former Mayor actually believe the 49 square miles bit, like he’s DJT and somebody told him something was true one time, so he believes it?

You know, you can’t really tell.

Anyway, Shop and Dine the 49 should be Shop and Dine the 47, and in any event, SFGov shouldn’t be lecturing ppl on this issue anyway, IMO.

(It’s always Amazon Prime members who are lecturing you about Buying Local, in’nt? Or maybe it just seems that way. All these Shop Dine 49ers should have a ceremony where ppl could burn their Amazon Prime cards, IMO.)

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Lazy Shirkadays Trespass at Battery Spencer to Blow Bubbles and Take Selfies Just Above Our Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, February 12th, 2018

However, 4.5 Yelp stars can’t be wrong…

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The Vanishing White Deer of Point Reyes – “White raises them to mythical status” – Soon They’ll All be Gone

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

As close as I got back in aught-10, as seen from Pierce Point Road:

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And here’s the whole story.

Females only these days, Jurassic Park-style. They should die off by 2021 or so…

The Typical Ford GoBike Rental Bike Customer I Encounter

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

FBOW:

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Don’t Try Flying Under Our Golden Gate Bridge with an Airplane, But with a Chopper, Well BE MY GUEST

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Because, apparently, all the reasons why airplanes aren’t allowed to horse around with the GGB have ZERO APPLICATION to helicopters. See?

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Apparently…

“Frequent Break-Ins” – Yes, Even In Marin – So Much Broken Glass in the Headlands That It’s Worth Signage

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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MANSPLAINER: How Tourists Should Get Their Rental Bikes Over The Bridge to Sausalito on Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

[Mansplaining means giving advice without being asked, is one definition. Apologies.]

Attention Frisco Tourists / Visitors, I’m talking at hundreds and hundreds of you:

You are about to have a big headache, as a great bulk of our Presidio will be closed on Saturday, August 26th. Both of these zones will be bike-free areas.

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So here’s what you do. Instead of renting up at Fisherman’s Wharf, rent your ride near the Ferry Building and go down Market, take the Wiggle route to the Panhandle to JFK Drive. Then hang a right at the Rose Garden (feel free to walk your bike north to Fulton or take the unpaved bike route to the right (east) of the garden, then take 14th Ave or whateever, then take a long uphill through that damn golf course, then take Washington to Lincoln Boulevard (not that other Lincoln) and then a left on Merchant and then you are all set up for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Or, go your own way. Ferry Building to Rose Garden to Sausalito. (Oddly enough, Google Maps now recommends the superior McAllister Street route over the vaunted Wiggle, but since the Wiggle is mostly for amateurs anyway, feel free.)

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Or you can take the Geary #38 bus with your bikes placed on the rack on the front of the bus all the way out to 25th Avenue and then bike the rest of the way.

Or you can rely on real-time Google Maps, which very possibly might be live-updated with the no-go zones.

Or you can go to the Ferry Building to take the ferry TO Sausalito. (This could very well be the better option on any day, as there are a lot of tourists who get back to SF this way.) Then you’ll have a laborious ride to climb out of Sausalito on your way back, but once you hit Frisco, it’ll be mostly downhill. I mean, really, you are starting and ending up at sea level, so the amount of effort is about the same.

Or you rent your ride at the Fish Wharf, follow the route to the Marina Green, discover that you are screwed and then maybe look left up that massive hill and start pushing. Divisidero is one option. Then get into the non-closed part of the Presidio to get to the Golden Gate Bridge.

It’ll look like this:

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Baby, that’s steep, even for Frisco. Some blocks on other streets on this hill have stair steps cut into the sidewalk. And of course, you and your bike should stay off of the Lyon Street Steps, the direct route around the Presidio from the (Old) Mason Street Entrance to the Presidio at Lyon.

Once again, apologies, Gentle Tourists.

The Drone Bros of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Agin the rules this is:

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Sorry, Bros.

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Still, mad props for the state of drones these days, able to hover in like 30 MPH gusts – I thought it could have been a hawk at first.

Choose wisely, else you might get cited

Ford Motor Company GoBike Regrets Promoting Rental Bike Racing in Marin, Going Over Bridges, Competing with Locals

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline.

Here’s the recent GoBike race on Conzelman in the GGNRA:

Now, who thought this was great, but the corporate employees/contractors @FordGoBike in, who knows, North Carolina, Michigan, New Yawk? Someplace like that. (Someplace where Ford can rightfully call $16.13 per hour “living wages” the way they call that very same hourly rate a living wage in Frisco. But anyway.)

Proof of this is in the ghost of the deleted Tweet, what the Ford People took down. See?

Speaking of which, you can’t race Ford Motor Company rental bikes. It’s against your agreement. (Say hey, did these roadie racers even sign an agreement and pay their money and their overtime fees? Who paid for the expense of this hours-long Ford Motor Company bikeshare promotion on the Golden Gate Bridge? IDK, but it appears to have been organized through FaceBook.)

Speaking of which, Ford Motor Company made a commitment to not compete with legacy Frisco-to-Sausalito bike rental outfits. And yet, compete they do, over and over, every day, over the bridge and back. If you don’t believe me, have your editor assign you to the GoBike beat and ask for the GPS record for these bikes, why not? Oh, what’s that, there’s no GPS on Ford Motor Company rental bikes? Mmmm, so how is Ford tracking all these people? Perhaps through their smartphones? Perhaps 24-7, like how fast you drive your car, how hard you press your brakes, gee, do people realize that they’re signing up for all this? NB: Search for “DO NOT TRACK” to see how the GOBIKE people react to such a command? (Spoiler: Ford has zero respect for any such Do Not Track anything, sry.))

Speaking of which, didn’t Ford agree to get rid of its Gobike On The Bridge marketing, due to its competition with local rental mom and pops? Well, Tweeting about this race kind of goes against that, non?

So for all these reasons, RACING, BRIDGING, COMPETING, Ford Motor Company rethought the matter and then deleted its Tweet(s).

FIN.