Posts Tagged ‘parking’

Here’s How Ford Motor Company’s GoBike Bicycle Rental Scheme Moves Its Bikes Around: A BIG TRICYCLE

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Here’s the scene from the E’ville Eye News:

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At first I thought, wow, they must be using their burliest worker to push this trike trailer around, but then I saw the battery holder(?) beneath, for the electric assist, one assumes.

This is a better look than GoBike predecessor Bay Area Bike Share, which was known for its Mercedes trucks what would park wherever, like in the slow lanes of Market, for example:

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Or like this, also double-parking on Market:

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Or like this, halfway on Market and halfway on the sidewalk – IDK if this is considered better behavior or not:

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And sometimes all the way on the sidewalk. Again, IDK if that’s considered “better” than simply double parking.

And let’s not forget about BABS supes – they could park in the slow lane of inbound Market as well, because, IDK:

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And then with the illegal turns off of Market, like making a awkward left turn going inbound Market onto Sansome. Again, I don’t see how that could have been legal yet it was routine.

(Hey, QUESTION: Does Michigan-based FoMoCo think that $16.13 per hour really is at or above “living wages” in the bay area in places like Frisco, E-Ville, Oaktown, Berzerkeley, etc? Mmmm…)

Anyway, like I said, a bike trailer is a better look for Ford’s marketing division than a big truck…

Double Parking, Frisco-Style – What Happens When Our Sidewalks are WAY Too Wide

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

As seen dans le quartier interieur De Richmond:

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You know, I don’t think I’ve ever called our SFMTA over bad parking – it would have to be a lot worse than this…

Parking Crisis Leads to a Fail, in Two Ways

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

First up is that you’re not supposed to leave your ride touching other cars. It just aint right.

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And then on the other side, you can’t leave your bumper hanging over a crosswalk.

My Rx is a Scion IQ (out of production, due to lack of popularity) or a Smart car. Either would solve both probs…

You Won’t Get a Ticket for This, But It’s Still Kind of a Crime

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

I cry foul:

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Scootpocalypse Now: Get Used to This in Your Favorite Parking Spot – (And Don’t Try This in the Sunset)

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Here’s the news:

Scoot cements permanent spot on SF streets – REPORTING FROM CITY HALL By Jerold Chinn SFBAY”

And here’s what’ll it look like:

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This kind of thing wasn’t allowed afore, but it is now.

I don’t know how many Scoots make it way out there to the Outer Sunset, but if you take up the parking space in front of a house, you know, “my space” as the homeowner thinks of it, well that’s bad enough if you do it with a car, but with a for-profit rental scooter, well, Katy Bar The Door.

You’ll see.

A Protest at the Masonic Avenue “Streetscape” “Improvement” Project: “SAVE THIS SIDE STREET & PARKING SPACES”

Friday, June 16th, 2017

On It Goes…

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Frisco Can’t Do Math: “PARK AT 90 DEGREES” = 45 Degrees or So, IRL

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

I’ll tell you, I can’t figure our if our SFMTA hearts parking spaces or not.

The only thing that makes sense is that it favors some citizens over others – if you go down there and yammer at them enough, they just might “create” more parking in your ‘hood* by putting up PARK AT 90 DEGREES signs, thusly:

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(Sweet Ford Mustang LX 4.9 litre. I sold mine more than a quarter century ago. It was the lighter notchback version without that heavy liftback glass panel. It had a Holley four-barrel carburetor what made the engine H.O. – High Output, a whopping 165 horsepower. Engineers from Old GM called it The Best Damn Ford Fairmont Ever Made, which was sort of true given the lowly Fox Platform heritage both nameplates shared. What else, oh, paper grocery bags wouldn’t stand up straight in the tiny trunk – they were too tall you see. Ah, mem’ries.)

But then somebody sidles on in at an angle and then all the sheeple (the sheeple, man!), well, they follow along and all that extra parking is “destroyed,” if only temporarily.

Park better, Frisco!

* A particularly egregious example is a couple blocks of Fulton west** of NoPA. Our SFMTA “created” parking spaces, so outbound bike riders are more less invited to “take the lane” and scan for cars backing up. Less than ideal, one thinks.

** Which is the area west of north of east of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, I’m srsly. Thx realtors!***

***The word realtors should always be in lower case, you know, put those ppl in their place. If you ever capitalize realtor, well then you’re a pansy, a daffodil. Oh what’s that, them realtorses are one of your main advertisers? Well, never mind then, (pansy).

New-School “Neighborhood Electric Vehicle” (NEV) Parks Illegally on the Streets of San Francisco – Can You See What’s Wrong?

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Oh NEVs. I’ve seen this kind of thing afore with Smart Cars

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Tsk tsk.

I know what you’re thinking driver, but:

CA Vehicle Code: 22502. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent  curbs shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of such vehicle parallel with and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb…

Jurassic Park Muir Woods: Nedry’s Crash on the Way to the East Dock Re-Enacted on Muir Woods Drive

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Or, Only In Marin.

InGen featured prominently on this RAV4:

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Seems an attempt was made to extricate, but it failed. This could be the denouement of an ill-fated three point turn. Note that other drivers took advantage of some prime parking space with a quickness:

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Apparently, drivers rejected from the normal parking lots of Muir Woods National Monument fall off of the flat part of Muir Woods Road like every day. These occupants here just wanted to turn around, too bad.

Calling for a tow involves hiking to the main gate, one assumes, as cell phone service is spotty at best. (I’m thinking AT&T would have the best chance of attaining one bar, based upon what people I know have experienced.)

BTW, Nedry is nerdy backwards

Five Adorable Grey Fox Babies Under the Boardwalk of Muir Woods Natl. Mnmt. are Creating a Stir

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Just like last year.

One of the playful kits:

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And here’s the stir:

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Annual membership MWNP / MWNM is just $40 (which gets four in at any time for a whole year), but I shan’t renew as the feds are fed up with all the people here, so a privately-operated for-profit parking system is a-coming. (I wasn’t aware that it was so bad to park next to the creek.) Anywho, there are a lot of ways to get in an around Muir Woods without getting in a traffic jam, waiting for parking, or, far that matter, paying any fees at all.

Basically, the toll gate at the main entrance is only for inbound travelers and there are a lot of other entrances.

Anyway, they want fewer people/tourists milling about the main entrance / gift shop, and that’s what they’ll get. I’ll see you all as I exit through the gift shop.