Posts Tagged ‘red’

Stingray, Presidio

Friday, March 16th, 2018

But is it Art?

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Get your own – just $399.99, which is full retail despite what some dick might tell you.

It’s SCOOT’s World, We’re Just Living in It – The Solution to All the New SFMTA/UBER/Lyft-Created Traffic is a Quick Quiet Electric Scooter – (NOTE: Some Lane-Splitting Required)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The Future is coming at you on just two wheels:

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This bit should make my point:

“Thanks to California’s tolerance of lane-splitting (thanks, California!), a scooter can sneak between cars and maneuver around the ubiquitous construction zones and double-parked delivery trucks, cabs and buses, which can reduce trip time dramatically.”

If you can lane-split through stalled traffic at 5 MPH to get to the front of the queue, well, that could get you to your destination two or three times faster than MUNI, UBER, Lyft etc, right?

Just saying…

Why You SHOULDN’T Read Your JUMP! Bike Rental Agreement – Hey, Can you Ride in the Fog? NO! – What If You Weigh Over 210 Pounds? NO!

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Well, here it is, just a part, one screens-worth, of your JUMP! bikeshare rental agreement, as approved by our SFMTA:


Noting just three items here – these are things that popped out at me when I looked up the insane MEDIA RELEASE clause – this is what I saw on my screen, and I didn’t go poking around the rest of this document as I had had my fill:

  1. A 210 pound weight limit. This seems low to me, as someone who’s six foot one/ and tons of fun.
  2. You can’t ride these bikes in the fucking fog? Srsly, in Frisco?
  3. And who the Hell negotiated the MEDIA RELEASE on your behalf, Gentle Rider?

So that’s why I say to not read the agreement – ’cause you prolly won’t like what’s in there and, you know, these issues most likely won’t come up unless you’re in a big accident or something.

Anyway, read and weep:

“(h) Restricted Uses. You shall not do any of the following acts (“Restricted Uses”):

  • Use any Bicycle if You are younger than 18 years of age.
  • Use any Bicycle if You exceed the maximum weight limit (210 pounds) of the Bicycle.
  • Use any Bicycle if You have any existing physical or mental condition that would prohibit You from safely operating the Bicycle.
  • Operate a Bicycle while carrying any item that impedes Your ability to safely operate the Bicycle.
  • Operate a Bicycle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other substance that impairs Your ability to safely operate the Bicycle.
  • Use any cell phone or mobile electronic device for any use that distracts You from the safe operation of the Bicycle, including but not limited to phone calls, text messages, or music.
  • Allow any other person to use the Bicycle or allow more than one person to be carried on the Bicycle.
  • Overfill the Bicycle basket or place objects weighing in total more 20 pounds in the Bicycle basket.
  • Violate any applicable federal, state, or local law or regulation.
  • Operate or use a Bicycle in any manner during adverse weather conditions, including but not limited to hail, dust storms, fog, heavy rains, or lightning storms.
  • Ride or operate a Bicycle that has any defect, fails to operate as a properly functioning Bicycle, or that is in need of repair.
  • Use the Bicycle if it, or any component of it, appears to be or becomes defective or malfunctions.
  • Use the Bicycle for racing, tricks, jumping, stunt riding, off-road riding, or in any other hazardous manner.
  • Use the Bicycle for any commercial purposes.
  • Tow, pull, carry, or push any person or object with a Bicycle.
  • Remove, dismantle, write on, deface, misuse, or modify any accessories, parts, or components of any Bicycle.


We reserve the right to photograph and record You using the Bicycle(s). You hereby give Us the right to use Your image and likeness (including caricature), and any reproduction or simulation thereof, in any media now known or hereafter developed, both during and after the term of this Agreement, for whatever the purposes We deem necessary or desirable. You hereby waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to any such use by Us or related entities.”

The Rental Bike Bros of Civic Center – But LimeBikes Have Been Banned by SFGov for a Year and a Half, to “Protect” Us, Right? Doing Tricks in Front of City Hall

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

One assumes these yoots came into town via BART, you know, one assumes.

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Now let’s hear from Actual Journalist Dan Brekke of KQED about the SFMTA Lime Bike Ban:

The companies, San Mateo-based LimeBike and Beijing-based Ofo, are among a handful of firms that hoped to expand into the city after the SFMTA began taking permit applications last July. But the firms were barred from doing business in San Francisco until at least mid-2019 when the SFMTA announced earlier this month it was granting an exclusive permit to New York-based Jump Bikes to place 250 dockless electric bikes on city streets for an 18-month pilot project.

And hey, isn’t it ironic, dontcha think, that one can venture into Civic Center from the Western Reaches, the Great Sand Waste of western Frisco and encounter more people riding JUMP!* rental bikes AND LimeBike rentals than vaunted FordGoBikes? And hold on, seeing ppl pushing stolen GoBikes doesn’t count, and seeing sometimes totally full “docks” of giant FORD**, FORD, FORD, FORD-logo’ed bikes sitting in the Western Addition, some for the whole live-long day, also doesn’t count.

(Is Ford Gobike like in the process of failing right now? We’ll see. Hey, is our SFMTA pleased with the low usage figures of the heavily marketed but somewhat unpopular with the populace GoBike? Well, not currently, but they’re not going to come right out and say that I don’t think.)

Anyway, ppl together riding LimeBikes in Frisco is new on me.

*By coincidence, also SFMTA-approved, oddly, in a kind of short term rental bike duopoly (the other half of which is the old-school “docked” Gobike program) that just got created by the SFMTA. But AFAIK, there are only 250 of them JUMP bikes on our streets so far. The usage figures show they get used on average 4.x times per day? I can believe that, at least for non-broken, operational JUMP bikes. 

**Who was kind of a Nazi – discuss the pros and cons of that allegation amongst yourselves

Sutro Tower Elevator, Top Floor

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

This is a new shot – as close as I’ve gotten when it’s at its highest:

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And here it is near the bottom floor:

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I don’t think it ever gets level, so you’re standing on a sloping floor the whole time:

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I haven’t seen it in action lately, but here’s a shot from aught-four:


And more recently:


Or you can take the stairs I guess…

Homemade Parklet, Lending Library, Bright Red – It’s Gotta Be Presidio Heights

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Not saying this red is red red, but it’s in the red family, non? (I lack the vocabulary to be more specific than that…)

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The Parking Man Cometh … to Paint Red Curbs on Fell from Baker to Shrader – Perhaps 20 Spaces Eliminated – SFMTA Hearing Feb 2nd

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

[UPDATE: I myself don’t read this SFMTA notice as a wholesale elimination of parking on the north side of Fell, As Seen On Reddit. (That kind of action would be much easier for the SFMTA to describe – they would just come out and said that.) IRL, this is going to be a bit of red paint here and there AFAICS.]

Here’s one of the PUBLIC HEARING notices just posted all over the western Fell street area:


Of course there was the fatal accident on Fell at Baker last year – that could have something to do with this effort.

Apparently, parking in between crosswalks will be eliminated, at least on the north side of the Panhandle / the south side of Fell Street.

At first I thought that these areas might get used for UBER and Lyft pickup and drop off, but they’re on the wrong side of the road. Anyway, dropping your friend off in the Panhandle will be easier after all the red paint gets put down, sometime later this year…

A. Fell Street, north side, from Baker Street to 17 feet easterly (extends existing 10-foot red
B. Baker Street, east side, from Fell Street to 5 feet southerly (extends existing 3-foot red
C. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Lyon Street to 49 feet easterly (prohibits
parking within “T” intersection)
D. Lyon Street, west side, from Fell Street to 12 feet northerly
E. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Central Avenue to 39 feet easterly
(extends existing 7-foot red zone to prohibit parking within “T” intersection)
F. Fell Street, north side, from Central Avenue to 10 feet easterly
G. Masonic Avenue, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
H. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Ashbury Street to 38 feet easterly
(prohibits parking within “T” intersection)
I. Fell Street, south side, from Ashbury Street to 10 feet easterly
J. Ashbury Street, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
K. Fell Street, south side, from Clayton Street to 10 feet easterly
L. Fell Street, north side, from Clayton Street to 10 feet easterly
M. Clayton Street, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
N. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Cole Street to 38 feet easterly (prohibits
parking within “T” intersection)
O. Fell Street, south side, from Cole Street to 10 feet easterly
P. Cole Street, west side, from Fell Street to 10 feet northerly
Q. Fell Street, south side, from Shrader Street to 10 feet easterly
R. Shrader Street, west side, from Fell Street to 9 feet easterly”


Gopher: It’s What’s for Dinner in Golden Gate Park

Friday, December 29th, 2017

It’s the circle of life:


Buteo jamaicensis vs. Thomomys bottae

Frisco’s Nicest Garage Owners: Gingerly Pulling Out Instead of Calling the SFMTA to Tow Away _Two_ Vehicles

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

I didn’t think they could make it but they did:

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Both of the parked cars are illegally parked, perhaps two feet away from where they should be. If only one had followed the rules, then this wagon could have gotten out easily, instead of requiring a spotter.

I cry foul.

Anyway, this is the worst I’ve seen, in all my years…

Stumptown 94108: Palm Trees Belong in L.A., Not Frisco, Ch. CLXVII

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

To wit:

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Oh, here’s another:

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As seen in Union Square.

(Yet oddly, parrots from South America, as seen from the Filbert Steps, DO belong in SF, go figure.)


I want to live in Los Angeles
OK by me in Los Angeles
No, not the one in South California
They got one in South Patagonia