Posts Tagged ‘markers’

Our SFMTA Restripes Fell Street, in the Wake of the Recent Death at Baker

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

As best as I can figure:

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So you can see the freshly laid stripes on the right side of Fell here, and the slightly faded left lane stripes are the last to get repainted this AM.

This Harmless Rental Bike Locked Up on Market is Seen as a HUGE THREAT by Ford Motor Company – A Dubious Public Private Partnership

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

A JUMP bike seen a few days back:

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So, let’s say you want to compete with Ford Motor Company’s high cost GoBike service. You could offer to buy up some parking spaces from the SFMTA and you know, plan out how big your concomitant billboards will be, but uh oh, FoMoCo occupies the field with an exclusive agreement signed by SFGov.

Oh, well, then go “stationless,” how about that?

But uh oh, SFGov has crafted the most restrictive rules possible. Check it – STATIONLESS BIKESHARE PROGRAM – PERMIT APPLICATION

So hey, who do you think just loves this massive Barrier To Entry? Ford Motor Company. Hey, whose representatives so much as said this at meetings ‘n stuff? Ford Motor Company’s

So IDK.

Hey, is this orange-red bike “better” than a Ford Motor Company GoBike?

Hell yes.

And is it cheaper?

Well, pretty much.

Anyway, my points are that This Harmless Rental Bike Locked Up on Market is Seen as a HUGE THREAT by Ford Motor Company AND that this whole, expensive seven-year deal is A Dubious Public/Private Partnership.

Pop-Up Ford Motor Company Bikeshare Rental at Fell and Central – Vandalized Already – Where Can the Next Station Go?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is:

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The SFMTA or somebody experimented with this part of this part of Central by putting long-lasting,  downtown-style hash marks on the ground, as if they were going to put meters here. But these spaces are gone now, of course:

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Here’s a post, from a protester, one supposes:

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(I’ll tell you, this is an amateur effort. I don’t think this is the way to organize after missing your chance before installation. Perhaps you might get some palliative cliches from London Breed’s office (but I wouldn’t address her as a mere Supervisor, oh no), but the other two literally get paid to promote corporate bike rental / advertising in Frisco.)

Here’s the vandalism, on the Ford part. It’s already been cleaned as best as you can expect from the basically minimum-wage (15% over minimum – hardly “living wages,” as was promised and as is still claimed) workers:

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La mise-en-scene:

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There was conflict online as well. Some of it looked like this:

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That discussion of bicycle activists vs. area locals went on and on, oh well. I’m not sure how the Ford Motor / Motivate crew went about doing its vaunted outreach, but it seems to have been pretty minimal. I think the Bay to Breakers people have put a lot more effort in, by way of comparison, with less at stake.

Anyway, the Ford Motor people are out there, scouting more locations. The next location after this certainly won’t be at Hayes and Cole, which was Ford’s original choice. Apparently, about ten locals yammered about this and that was all it took to get Ford to back down. Of course, that was before installation.

Now, feverish with victory, the residents of Hayes and Cole are discussing where the next Ford Motor station should go, to fill in the network. I think the suggestions were John Adams campus of CCSF at Hayes and Masonic, USF, the Panhandle, and maybe St. Mary’s, I forget. But they sure as Hell don’t want anything like the above anywhere on the far end of Hayes Street.

It wouldn’t take much for Ford to take its half-assed, minimal notice and turn that into actual notice, if it wants its expensive marketing effort to be less controversial…

New-School “Bike-Share” Style Electric Rental Bikes Already Tagged, Even During the Testing Phase

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

This photo pays off the headline, so no further elucidation is needed, I don’t think. As seen ‘neath a giant street art rat on Haight:

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Seems Ford Motor Company thinks it bought quite a bit for its $49 million dollars, including buying a kind of monopoly on bike-share bicycle rental? You tell me. It’s certainly not saying Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom, let’s bring more bikes to Frisco, oh no. That’s Ford Go-Bike for you.

Maybe Ford is worse than the taggers of the 94117, IDK.

Mommy, what’s FordPass?

These technologies cannot be deactivated in FordPass and do not respond to “Do-Not-Track” requests.

If you object to any changes to FordPass or to these Terms, your sole recourse is to stop using FordPass.

Further deets on this Brave New World of GoBike, in the Year Of Our Ford 1:

“Information We Collect. We collect the following types of information through your use of FordPass or third-party services that integrate with FordPass, such as Ford GoBike, which we also may combine with other information you have previously provided, or that we have collected from other sources:

  • Information you provide to create an account or sign-in to an existing account, such as name, email address, street address, telephone number, credit card, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You must have an account to use FordPass.
  • Information we collect through FordPass includes:
    • Location information collected from your mobile device and/or vehicle, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and location derived from IP address, which can be used to determine your device or vehicle’s current location, travel direction, and speed.
    • Mobile Device Information, such as software or operating system version, unique device identifiers, IP address, mobile network information, and mobile phone number.
    • Vehicle Information, such as the VIN, hardware model and part numbers, status of vehicle systems (e.g., fluid levels, tire pressure, and locks), vehicle diagnostics, odometer, and other information about how the vehicle is performing.
    • Driving Characteristics, such as speed, use of accelerator, brakes, steering, seat belts, and other similar information about how the vehicle is used.
  • Information about how you use FordPass or third-party services that integrate with FordPass, such as when and for how long you use features and when you contact us, a record of your communication.
  • FordPass may also contain online tracking technologies (e.g. Adobe Analytics and Aptelligent) on your mobile device that collect non-personal information about how FordPass is used and how it is performing including if it crashes, and which may be able to be connected across devices and over time. These technologies cannot be deactivated in FordPass and do not respond to “Do-Not-Track” requests.

How We Use Information We Collect: We use your personal information – information that reasonably identifies you – to provide you with great functionality and services, allow you to control certain vehicle features, fulfill requests you’ve made in FordPass, personalize your experience, troubleshoot problems, develop new and improved products, services, and marketing strategies and research, to protect safety, property, privacy, and security, or to comply with legal requirements. WE MAY send communications about products, services, offers, promotions, news, and more that are customized based on your personal information, including your location, speed, and driving characteristics. You may choose not to provide certain personal information (such as not entering a VIN to connect to your vehicle or not entering a credit card to use My Wallet services), but this may limit or prevent use of certain features. We may use and share non-personal information for any purpose.

Look Out, San Francisco Drivers! The SFMTA is Experimenting with Your Currently-Free Parking Spaces

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Here’s what happened on Central “Avenue” near Fell Street in the Western Addition NoPA all the way back in 2010.

And here’s the same block today, below.

So, somebody painted these parking T’s where there were none before and then somebody else came along three months later to blank them out with black paint and then, over the years, the black paint wore out leaving the still-visible, commercial-grade white T’s.

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Why would the DPW / SFMTA do this?

To see how parkers would react?

To put in meters?

I don’t know.

Courage.

Hey Park and Rec! You’re Losing the McKinley Statue Graffiti Battle Again, Just So You Know – Long Term Plan?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

I thought you all were on top of this sitch.

What’s your long-term plan, DPR? Oh, I know, give you all more money. But if that’s not going to happen, what if we just take this whole statue thing out? Would you like that DPR?

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Anyway, I think KKKatie is still in the hoosegow, but SFNOB(?) and cat-face have taken over the reigns…

Well, It Appears That Rec and Park is Getting the Upper Hand Against Graffiti on the McKinley Statue

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

It goes back and forth, but lately, RPD has been in the game.

(Perhaps local real estate interests have the ear of the powers that be these days.)

Here’s what 2011, 2010, 2010, and 2010 looked like.

And this here is the sitch a third of the way through 2012:

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Looks fine to me.

That’s the update.

Leaving you will a gallery of older graffiti: 

Maximum Pwnage: DPT Totally Owns the NoPA NIMBY What Painted Parking Assistance Marks on Central Avenue

Friday, April 1st, 2011

[Someday, somebody will learn me why we call Central Street Central Avenue – I’ll bet, in some areas, it’s just a skosh wider than its siblings like Lyon or Baker, or maybe there were grander plans for this nothingburger street at some point…]

Get up to speed here on how some jackhole in the North of Panhandle Area part of the Western Addition painted white marks on Central Avenue so that each parker had a regulation 20 feet or something of room. They looked like capital “T’s” to me.

As is typical with neighborhood activists who don’t know what the frack they’re doing, the neighborhood activist who painted the marks didn’t know what the frack he (and it must have been a he, am I right girlfriend?) was doing.

Anyway, you can see the result – appears as if DPW applied paint thinner to each of the T’s yesterday, thusly:

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Now, here’s the Minority Report. Let’s say somebody in government wants to put parking meters on each and every residential block in San Francisco. Would that person have DPW or someplace put the parking marks down as a test to see how parkers responded? If such a test lasted three months, would the marks come off on the last day of a quarter, like March 31st, something like that? Uh oh…

Or, these were marks put down by aliens for the coming invasion, ala M. Night Shamalan’s Signs movie? (The secret to stopping the spread of aliens is water, but it’s unknown at this point how to stop the SFMTA from metastasizing…)

Either way, with these last two theories, all’s I can say is courage.

Let’s hope it was just a NIMBY…

Just Who is Responsible for the Terrible T’s of Central Avenue? “Parking Assistance” Comes to Street Parking

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I don’t know, but the person who spray-painted all these parking-meter style* white “T’s” on Central Avenue** was either:

1. A deluded, self-appointed NIMBY-type out to “improve” “his/her” neighborhood; or

2. A deluded government-appointed type out to make profit, in some way.

Now, NIMBY or Govmint worker (either way), how did you decide the spacing of the T’s? Is it in some book? What about Smart cars?

Another “improvement” gone awry:

Oh well.

*There are no meters here, at this point, anyway

**Yes, “Avenue,” for some odd reason.

Why Don’t We Give Back the McKinley Statue We’ve Abandoned? A Minas Morgul of Graffiti in the Panhandle

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Last I heard, KKKatey is still in jail, right? So who’s messing up this giant statue now? Why don’t we just give it back if we’re just going to abandon it to the East End Boys and girls with their makers and spray paint and whatnot?

Oh, I guess we ourselves built it, but maybe we should move it to a place where won’t serve as a graffiti beacon?

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Look at this, Teddy Roosevelt visited the west end of Golden Gate Park back in the day, just south of the NoPA, west of the EaPA, and north of the SoPA.

See?

What would Teddy say if he could see this statue in the state its in now?

I mean, he spent time traveling here when he could have been in Africa killing ever more elephants, right?

Oh well…