Posts Tagged ‘motorcycles’
Wow, SFPD Enforcement Action at Oak and Masonic – Massive Number of Luxury / Electric Cars Pulled Over, Over and OverMonday, March 23rd, 2015
Here’s what it looks like – an SFPD enforcement action, this latest one at Oak and Masonic. (Note modern-looking SFPD Kawasaki Concours 14P (which looks to me like a CHP BMW) juxtaposed with the ancient Harley Davidsons what make up most of the Motor Patrol.)
This action meant that every driver who commited some infraction turning left from inbound Oak onto northbound Masonic got pulled over at the Masonic Chevron.
One supposes that the new left turn arrow phase at this intersection was the instigation for the enforcement action. (Back in the day, traffic didn’t back up during the Morning Drive due to the Double Left Turn that’s no longer there, owing to concerns over ped safety, one supposes.)
All right, here’s your money shot, here’s your scene at Fell and Masonic with a brace of drivers, drivers who “know” they’re special, so fucking special, you know, your Prius hybrid drivers, your Range Rover drivers, and your new funky BMW i3 (with absurdly tall, absurdly narrow Conestoga wagon wheels) electric car drivers:
That was the scene I initialy came upon and this is the same area as I left. Note the all-black Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lexus. It’s not a coincidence that the drivers of all these cars got pulled over at the same time, just saying:
Of course, the SFPD will also pull you over if they notice you doing something wrong going the other way, but the funny thing was that the two cars I saw getting pulled over heading south on Masonic, against the current, heading towards the Financial, were normal ones, like VW Golfs. (I’ll ask you, should you ever be proud of your car? The answer is that no you shouldn’t be, because Pride Goeth Before The Painful Traffic Ticket What’s Going to End Up Costing Your Four Figures. JMO.)
Moving on, to this – peds coming up to chat up the cops to cheer them on.
Now I’ll tell you, I didn’t see any driver run a red during the time I was at these intersection taking photos of the enforcement action, but I was paying more attention to the cops as opposed to the drivers. And I’ll note that sometimes the traffic lights would cycle red green red green red green without anyone getting pulled over.
I’ll leave you with this, my misfocused shot of a ped giving a black power salute to the SFPD to thank them for this latest enforcement action:
And on the next block:
And so on…
Thank goodness these skid marks are black and not some other flavor…
I’ll tell you, there are lots of reasons why it’s easier for the SFPD to hang out in the Mid-Market during the morning hours to hand out tickets to errant drivers (mostly tourists who don’t know to look for motorcycles in the rear-view when proceeding inbound at 10th and 6th) and cyclists.
But those SFPD cops on Harley-Davidson and BMW motorcycles, the “bucketheads,” well, pretty much all they do is hand out tickets. It’s their primary function (you know, when their not escorting Obama or Romney around.)
So, perhaps, this stop isn’t part of a specific enforcement action. Perhaps it’s just regular old enforcement on Market Street.
But it’s rare to see.
The evening drive, heading outbound on Market at Fifth / Cyril Magnin. The detained cyclist looked turbo pissed at his (what I assume to be) $25-goes-to-$388-with-the-court-fees-and-whatnot citation:
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I’ll tell you, the places where the SFPD likes to hand out tickets to cyclists are on the south side of Market during the morning drive and on the Wiggle route in the Lower Haight.
Seeing them giving tickets on outbound Market is a novel thing for me, just saying.
They’re shooting a film or a video or a television show or something up on Broadway in North Beach these days.
See? (Not even one machine pistol in sight on Broadway near Front)
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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Comes to Oakland to Check Out an All-Electric Zero MotorcycleThursday, September 15th, 2011
Secretary of Transportation Roy LaHood* in Oakland yesterday:
“Don’t say Solyndra, don’t say Solyndra…”
“ZERO MOTORCYCLES DEMONSTRATES ITS ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE TECHNOLOGY – TO U.S. SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION RAY LAHOOD
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood viewing Zero S Motorcycle
OAKLAND, Calif., (Sept. 14, 2011) – Zero Motorcycles the global leader in electric motorcycle manufacturing, today announced that United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood received a personal demonstration of Zero’s 2011 electric motorcycle product line. The program was held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2011 (APEC) Senior Officials Meeting being held this week in San Francisco. Zero participated in the Innovative Technologies in Sustainable Transportation program hosted across the bay at FedEx Oakland Airport.
“We are honored to be here and to see the interest from Secretary LaHood. Not only did he see the potential for these electric motorcycles, he was very encouraged by the green transportation jobs Zero Motorcycles is creating here in America,” said Jay Friedland, Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability for Zero Motorcycles. “Our motorcycles are truly game changing and once you ride one, you immediately realize that electric motorcycles are here to stay. Our motorcycles are high performance, fun to ride and the best part is, you can buy one today.”
Besides an overall interest in the Zero product line, La Hood showed particular interest in the efforts to extend Federal Tax credits for electric motorcycles. In a brief discussion with Zero staff, La Hood expressed support for seeing that these valuable incentives remain available to consumers and help create more American jobs.
About Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology. The result is an electric motorcycle line that’s insanely fast and environmentally friendly.
Media information: For more information, contact (951) 719-1040, email@example.com.”
How does Zero compare with our home-grown Mission Motors? I know not.
*The man who stupidly told Toyota drivers to park their cars and not drive them, back in the day – that’s all I know about him. Would he have made an offhand remark like this about GM products? Nope, IMO.
See how that works? You want to warn your fellow riders that there are cops handing out speeding tickets on Highway 37 (aka Sears Point Road) up there in the Great White North, so all you have to do is to tap your head in an exaggerated fashion when you see others going the opposite way.
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And this was like ten minutes later – it was another dude (macho*, perhaps?) entirely.
Why not add a kit to your bike, you know, to stick it to the man? No licensing, registration, or pesky emissions regulations to worry about, right?
And please remember, Loud Pipes Save Lives, or something.
*Is it his scarf or his ladybug helmet what makes him so macho? Is he loved, does he have a family?