Posts Tagged ‘motorcycle’

It’s Scoot’s World, We’re Just Living in It

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Count the Scoots:

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An Afternoon SFPD “Sting” Operation to Enforce the Mandatory Right Turn on Market Inbound at 6th – Two Vignettes

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

I’m sure you all know all about the No Left Turn and the rarer No Right Turn, but this here is about the No Straight at 6th Street on Market Street inbound.

Now of course this enforcement action wasn’t an actual sting operation as:

  1. It wasn’t bike riders getting ticketed, and
  2. There was no subterfuge.

Take a look – if you can’t see dude standing in the street with the sun at your back, well, you’ve got issues, Gentle Reader:

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Of course, the fishing’d be easier in the AM but this was in the afternoon. Here comes Victim #1, blithely motoring straight through, as people have done for more than a century:

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Cop springs into the slow lane…

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…and then informs the driver of the new-ish rule. But get this – popo let him off with just a warning. FIN.

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That’s story #1.

Story #2 is shorter. Through the intersection…

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…and then after a 30-second chat…

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…out comes the ticket book. That’s (at least) $238 for starters, but the real-life cost could get up to something like $1000-something what with the court fees and possible increase insurance costs and whatnot.

Anyway, FIN for Story #2.

I’m surprised the cops are still just warning people in 2017, JMO.

ENDOFLINE

Better Know Your Local Unions: Glaziers Architectural Metal & Glass Workers Local 718 – ORGANIZE OR DIE

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Riding on a $10,000 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 with a modified exhaust, if I had to guess, setting off car alarms all along McAllister:

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It’s a living…

The “Cars” of Telegraph Hill

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Not much room up there of course.

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Look at that crummy little ride – they call it a SmartCar.

And just in front of it there’s a three wheel motorcycle, which is nice and legal to operate as a car in CA. Wouldn’t you like a Silly Little Car too?

Sarcasm Watch: “YES MA’AM”

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Can’t figure this one out…

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Tiny Pooch Comes Prepared to Ride a Motorcycle in Frisco – A Black Backpack and White Goggles do the Trick

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Via Frisco photographer James Corrigan – he’s Everywhere You Want To Be.

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If You Have a Motorcycle, Feel Free to Illegally Cut Through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, Like This

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Getting your motorcycle from south of the Panhandle to north could take you something on the order of two to five minutes, depending, assuming you’re not already on Masonic or something.

But cutting through on the north-south walking paths, well that’s easy as pie, ‘specially when the lights sync up nicely.

As here, where Bro didn’t even have to stop for traffic.

Easy:

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As:

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Pie:

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Explaining How This Cyclist Got a California Stop Ticket at 6th & Cabrillo While I’ve Gotten Zero Tickets in 25 Years

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

This is the scene from two days back, southbound 6th Ave betwixt Cabrillo and Balboa.

I’m assuming the bike rider got a ticket, ‘specially since he seemed to be ignoring the cop even after siren whooped once, and then again.

And here’s the thing – Bro slowed way down for the stop sign, on a pretty big slope, he showed respect for the stop sign, about as much as the typical car driver would have. Even so, the Richmond Station cop on the dirt bike pulled him over anyway. See?

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I myself, heading north, back to The City, didn’t have a chance to come to a complete stop before I heard the whoop-whoop noise, but I certainly did after.

Anyway, here’s the thing – the cyclist either didn’t see the cop coming west on Cabrillo OR the cyclist ignored the cop ’cause he didn’t think he’d get pulled over.

If I were the cyclist coming downhill, I DEFINITELY would have seen the cop and I certainly would have come to a complete stop once I saw the cop.

Gentle Reader, how many people living today have more time on a bike in SF County the past quarter-century than I? Precious few, I’ll tell you. Junior the Bike Messenger, certainly, and most of your career-level SF messengers, and some of the “founders” of Critical Mass still living in town, certainly. And, due to a couple somewhat-SFMTA/MUNI-related mishaps, this has been a bad year. However, I’m still in the 99th percentile, and I’ll tell you:

You gotta show respect for the po-po, unless you want to spend hundreds and thousands on tickets over your lifetime on a bike in Frisco.

Is this two-faced? I suppose. But what do you want me to do? I California stop on bikes, and in cars. It depends on the circumstances. And one of the big circumstances is if a cop is right there looking at you. Of course one should be looking around all the time anyway, for other bikes, for cars, trucks, peds, everything

Admittedly, bikes were (seemingly) invisible to the SFPD back in the 80’s and 90’s, so I had a bit of an advantage over the riders of today. But my biggest advantage is paying attention – that’s the key.

IMO.

Anyway, that’s why I have more miles and fewer citations than the average…

If You Have a Motorcycle (or Something Smaller Like a Moped), Feel Free to Travel Through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

You know, the way everybody else does.

As here, on the “300 block” of Ashbury, or what would be 300 block but for the Golden Gate Park Panhandle being there. But no matter, just wait for the light and then head north or south on the walking paths:

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This will save you all kinds of time going from Fell to Oak or Oak to Fell.

This didn’t used to be a thing, but now it’s a thing, especially at night…

Barely Legal: Are These Freeway-Legal Vespas in the Slow Lane of the Bay Bridge or are they Merely “Motorized Bicycles?”

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

I’m thinking that these are Vespas, or similar, with engines displacing 150 cc’s, or more, so that would make them legal (barely) on CA freeways:

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Even so, they were struggling going uphill, it looked like.

May all your lives be semi-charmed, at the very least…