Posts Tagged ‘parking’

Parking in the Driveway, Frisco-Style

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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World-Famous Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Shut Down to Tourists – Look at All the People NOT Standing Here Atop Battery Spencer

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Four and a half-star Battery Spencer is mostly shut down these days, owing to the current tunnel situation.

Here’s how you can tell  – nobody’s up there. See?

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The white stuff on the left is just one section of all the barricades.

But you’re welcome to to walk or ride your bike up there.

Remembering happier times, Suntori times:

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When This House was Built in the Richmond, I’ll Bet Nobody Thought a Car Would Ever Get Parked Here – One Simple Trick

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Remember Smart Cars will fit anywhere!

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Even when they don’t, owners think they do, oh well.

Sad Porsche 911 Cabrio Gets Cited for Three Different Things in Four Days – It Seems Our SFMTA is Satisfied to Ticket You Just ONCE per Day

Monday, February 6th, 2017

I’ve always wondered what’s holding a PCO back from citing a car for something and then coming back and citing it for the same thing an hour later. I still don’t know the answer.

Anyway, this car got ticketed four times over four days (exactly once per day) last week and for three different kinds of infractions. (Not curbing the front wheels you say? Nope, not that. Excessive/improper time in a yellow zone you say? No, not that either. It was for other stuff, the usual things I s’pose.)

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Could it be that ppl are satisfied with handing out just one citation per day? Sure seems that way, ’cause if it wanted to, the SFMTA could have cited this ride a bunch more than just four times last week…

Here’s the Real Reason our SFMTA Wants More “Convenient” Payment Options for Parking Meters – Charging up to Four Pounds of Nickels per Hour

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Look at the amount of work it takes to empty out parking meters:

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Here’s the long version. Back in the day, back in the 1990’s you could use pennies to feed parking meters in nearby San Rafael. Even back then, that was a little ridiculous oh well. At that time in Frisco, meters accepted nickels and dimes along with quarters, but then SFGov decided it didn’t pay to deal with nickels and dimes so we went QUARTERS ONLY. Well, that didn’t sit well with some, so after a little while, meters once again accepted nickels and dimes and that’s where we are today. Anywho, the big push these days is with using cards for payment. That way, the SFMTA doesn’t have to deal with collecting coins all the live-long day. Also, card payments makes things easier for the SFMTA to raise prices far in excess of inflation – a thing it loves to do of course.

Speaking of which, $18 per hour, which is the highest rate I can think of, maybe it’s higher these days, in parking meter fees = 72 quarters, which takes up a lot of space. And if you paid with nickels, then we’re taking about four pounds of metal per hour. But even at such high rates, it doesn’t really pay to hire more SFGov employees (average Total Cost Of Employment = six figures, and that doesn’t include all of the egregiously underfunded retirement/lifetime medical care costs), so these cheaper (minimum wage? Who knows) non-SFGov workers from SERCO will have to do…

Disrupt MUNI: LUXE-Style “ON-Demand” Valet Parker and UBER Driver Team Up to Block a #5 Fulton on Market – HONK, HONK

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Just a little slice of life here on Market outbound near Monty.

The driver on the bus goes honk honk honk/ honk honk honk / honk honk honk at this scooter-folding LUXE driver, who is fixing to stow away the black Chevy Volt for a customer:

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The problem is that it’s hard to park or even stop legally in Frisco. So that fuels demand for “on-demand” parking I s’pose, but that also makes it very difficult for the employees to work legally.

Anyway, the MUNI operator was pissed as Luxe Dude took his time to fold his Razor scooter and, eventually, drive away…

[Oh look at me riding the MUNI. Of course I almost certainly have more hours, years, decades, miles getting about Frisco on foot, by bike, and by car than you, Gentle Reader, and the officers/employees of, IDK let’s name them, SFWALK, SFBIKE, SFVISIONZERO and the boards / management at the SFMTA / SFCTA, so that means we’ve excluded some of the members of the 10K membership SFBC – some of those ppl have more bike miles than I – and we also gotta exclude some longtime MUNI operators for driving miles in Frisco. OTOH, many many ppl about town have more time sitting on MUNI BART than I. In fact, this was my first time to successfully use a Clipper Card, after two prior failed attempts. (The first time was due to the five(!?) days it takes to load a card and the second time, well, I guess the Clipper system was down that day for that bus – I’ve never seen that before. And I had a few TransLink cards, back from when they were handing them out like candy, but any I had got an acetone bath, you know, to see what was inside.) And actually, that’s my bike on the front of the bus, with a flat tire. I always try to make sure I don’t delay the bus more than a few seconds whenever I load up a bike, because Transit* First, right? Anyway, it just strikes me as funny that your bidness model entails making money off of blocking traffic on Market. Which is not to say I’ve never dropped ppl off in the Financh or SoMA or wherever, it’s just that I do it better than average. That means that I take pains to not block MUNI buses.]

*The real definition of this word, not the made up BS / BoS version what’s burned into our charter, right?

Where is This Limousine Supposed to Offload Passengers in Front of Our State Building on Golden Gate

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Yes, that black Lincoln SUV thing is a stretched limo. It stopped in the new bike lane, as you can see.

Some in town would want the driver to double park far to the left in the slow lane so as to not block the now-sacrosanct new bike lane. Now I think that would be illegal, as is of course what the driver has done here:

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So after all that, my question remains Where is This Limousine Supposed to Offload Passengers in Front of Our State Building on Golden Gate? I’m not really seeing any real legal options here. So parking as far to the right as practical seems like the least bad choice…

Weekend Church Parking Done Right and Weekend Church Parking Done Wrong – Both are SFMTA-Approved

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Here’s St. Agnes:

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That’s parking done right.

And here’s Bush Street, where anybody can just put up cones to claim a lane:

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This is parking done wrong.

Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.

Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.

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Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.

And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?

And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:

I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.

But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.

Oh BABS, will you ever win?

A Lot of Drivers in Golden Gate Park End Up Parking About a Yard Too Far to the Right – What’s Wrong Here?

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The is JFK Drive heading west. What you’re seeing is the westbound lane, then the new parking area people are suppose to use, then there’s the “buffer zone” or the unloading zone or the do not park here zone, and then there’s the bike lane (and then the curb and then a strip of putting green and then the sidewalk).

But drivers don’t feel like following the rules because then they’d be hanging their rear view mirrors out in traffic, so they split the difference and park halfway betwixt the main lane and the bike lane – basically they’re ignoring the marked right-side-only buffer zone and making their own left and right side buffers. Thusly:

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And the two rides in the distance:

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So what ends up happening is that people unload in the bike lane, sometimes.

This is fucked up man.

Even the SFMTA ppl will tell you that.