Posts Tagged ‘rental’

Uh Oh: Short Term, Electric-Powered, Rental Bikes / Scooters and THE HELMET ISSUE – How FordGoBike, LimeBikes and BIRD are Handling Things

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

1) First up are the Ford Motor people – here’s some marketing from them:

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See that? It’s Chinatown! Anyway, these fashion models are on 2018 versions of a FordGoBike. Unlike the 2017 versions, which were/are comically heavy and astonishingly expensive (you’ll find out just how much after yours turns up missing and they send you in to the SFPD to file a report), these new rides are electric powered, the better to compete with the new orange-red JUMP! bikes.

But look closer – these tourists packed their helmets. Now that’s some amazing foresight.

Let’s wait and see if this becomes a thing, this carrying a helmet around all day in anticipation of coming across a rental bike thing. (I don’t think it will.)

2. Limebike is giving away helmets I hear. Maybe to their users, maybe in SF, maybe on Sunday. They might be a bit garish, something like this…

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…but I won’t laugh at you.

(Is a bike helmet and a scooter helmet the same thing? IDK.)

3.  What’s next, oh BIRD. Look what they’re cooking up for us:

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And here’s the current version of AB2989.

Notably:

“The bill would, among other provisions, require the minor operator of a standup electric scooter to wear a bicycle helmet while operating the standup electric scooter.”

See how that works? Through this hocus pocus, helmets would no longer be required for adult electric scooter riders on the Streets of California. (Did I say streets? I shoulda said sidewalks, as:

“(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), a standup electric scooter may be operated on sidewalks and may be parked in the same manner and at the same locations as a bicycle may be parked.
(c) A local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting persons from riding or propelling a standup electric scooter on highways, sidewalks, or roadways.”)

So there you have it. You can handle the looming HELMET ISSUE through marketing efforts, giveaways, or just going to Sac Town to change laws in order to favor your bidness.

Your choice.

Leaving you with a recent shot of our Fulton Freeway, 30 MPH speed limit:

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Oh, and here’s what the old-fashioned-style GoBikes look like:

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The have crazy drivetrains that only make things worse, IMO.

AB2989: Proposed Law to Eliminate Electric Scooter LICENSING & HELMET Requirements? – Plus, SIDEWALK RIDING Would be ALLOWED?

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Well Pa Pa Pa Ooh Mau Mau, Ooh Mau Mau, via Scooter Idiots @ScooterIdiots we learn that BIRD is the word in Sac Town these days.

Check it, is this real life?

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So, if people are beefing about all those ppl illegally riding Bird Rides, Inc rental scooters on the sidewalks of San Francisco these days, well let’s just change California law – is that how this works?

And if people are afraid of getting ticketed by the SFPD for not having a helmet, well, let’s get rid of that rule too.

And if you don’t have a driver license, well fear not, because BIRD is “sponsor”-ing, you know, effectively, an Assembly Bill to take care of that?

(And bike lanes? I don’t really get the part about electric scooters in bike lanes.)

Read all about it after the jump.

Oh caveats:

  1. Helmets would still be required for minors.
  2. Local municipalities could come in with their own sidewalk bans, which would prolly be a shoe-in to pass in Frisco (considering that SFGov has similarly banned sidewalk bike riding for almost all of the city.)
  3. And having a driver license, well, IDK how important that is IRL

IDK what to make of all this…

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Electric Rental Scooters R 4 Lovers

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Rental agreement, schmental agreement – we’re scootin’ here!

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LIME, BIRD, SPIN: How Many Monosyllabic Renegade Scooter Rental Outfits Have Descended Upon Frisco Just Now? A Whole Bunch

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Let’s see, I knew about LimeBikes and Bird, but this is the first I’m hearing of SPIN:

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I was all set to boost this board, but look what stopped me:

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Then I was left to dream of new monosyllabic brand names

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:

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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.

6. MEDIA RELEASE

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.”

FordGoBike in the Presidio vs. an Electric JUMP! Bike in the Presidio: One Makes Sense, But the Other is a Mystery – Is GoBike Failing?

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Have you seen all the bright neon (orange? red?) JUMP! bikes all over Frisco these days? That’s not surprising since they’re getting used, a lot. A lot more than the clunky, heavy, legacy GoBike “bikeshare” bikes from Ford Motor Company in what’s basically a continuation of Bay Area Bike Share what got started like a half-decade ago and what’s cost us eight figures already.

I’ll tell you, my guess is that most of the FordGoBikes I’ve seen in the Presidio and points north, sometimes way north, like out of the county north, and we’re talking about a lot, like hundreds I myself have seen these past nine months, are being pushed / pedaled by PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THAT THEIR $10 “DAY PASS” isn’t actually a day-pass and that they’ll soon be met with an unexpected high two-figure or low three-figure bill from the Ford ppl.

How do I know this? Well, I go up and ask them about it.

Of course, some know that they’ll get hit with hours and hours of penalty fees – and they just don’t care. The deal’s worth it for them. Well, that’s fine with me, be my guest.

But this?

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These ppl near the Great San Francisco Bight, let’s call it the Baker Beach area, have a loooooong way to go to get their heavy rides back into even the nearest GoBike rental station.

But look at this, unexpected JUMP bikes up at the Sports Basement. So this makes sense – two ppl pay two dollars to trek from where, SoMA, the Financh, the Twitterloin? All of those places are within range I figure, what with pedal assist and all. Then they’ll pay another two bucks to get home? If so, that makes sense to me as well:

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Now, do I approve of JUMP’s video/photo policy what allows Social Bicycles Inc or whomever to use images of you* and your face, (your pretty face!) however the Hell they feel, with no payment to you? Well Hell no. But that’s the deal our local alphabet soup (SFMTA SFCTA MTC BAAQMD it doesn’t matter) struck. Sorry.

OTOH, people are loving the JUMPs.

And hey, speaking about the alphabet soup, are all those govt ppl pleased with how FordGoBike is doing these days? Oh, Hell no.

And how many stations should have the FoMoCo ppl have had west of Masonic by now? Lots and lots. But how many to they have IRL? Zero. (And the prospects for anything soon look bleak – the more the Ford ppl push on installing rental stations, the more pushback they’ll get from residents. I’ll tell you, I can’t believe how many tens of millions of dollars Ford is going to spend over the next six years compared with what they’ve gotten so far. JMO.)

In conclusion, JUMP good, FORD bad.

We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out when GoBike Goes Electric, you know, a little bit, in April…

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Which Inspires More Protest: A 54-Bed “Lockdown Mental Ward” at Hayes and Shrader or a 20-Bike Rental Station from Ford? – See Petition for a 49 Square Block FordGoBike Ban

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline, but I’ll tell you, it’s not even close.

There’s this, at St. Mary’s – it inspired nary a peep of any protest, AFAIK.

But then there’s this, a neighborhood petition against a proposed FordGoBike rental station, also at Hayes and Shrader right across the street from St. Mary’s – it would convert five current parking spaces into a leased bike rental station. There are many Martin Luthers in this nabe, with the hammer and the nail at your door. Go ahead and read:

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See that? Petitioners are looking for a DMZ, a DeMotivateinternational* Zone, not less than seven blocks in any direction from Hayes and Shrader. You see? ‘Cause they just chased away another proposed station at Hayes and Clayton just last year, and they don’t want the Ford ppl coming with yet another proposed station anywhere close by.

I’ll tell you a story. Back in the 1990’s, (Old) General Motors went and spent six figures to pay for a playground, pretty close to Hayes and Shrader in Golden Gate Park. Here’s what happened – defacement of the letters forming the name of one of GM’s divisions, with extreme prejudice:

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See that – the signage marring was the response to too much corporate advertising for locals to handle, even though all GM did was to buy us a playground.

So that’s the environment that these corporate types from Michigan and New York don’t seem to understand. ‘Cause here they come, and then this happens, on Hayes Street as it happens:

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Do you see the similarity here, the reaction to marketing efforts from America’s #1 and #2 automakers?

Of course, Ford has some supporters, but they tend to be people who think it’d be a great idea to ban cars from Frisco altogether.

Isn’t it ironic?

Dont’cha think?

(‘Cause that’s the whole idea, of FoMoCo marketing cars to young people, who, you know, are hard to market to.)

In conclusion, large new mental ward MEH, small corporate bike rental station HELL NO.

This has been your Hayes and Shrader Update.

As to the future, well, IDK which side will win. As for our SFMTA, it’s all:

“…We (SFMTA) do not issue permits for bike share stations in front of buildings where the residents and/or property owners object.”

Or at least that’s what one of their senior planners said last year.

We’ll see…

*The operators of our local short-term bicycle rental monopoly. They used to be known as Alta Bike Share, but that name got wore out, owing to labor issues, among others. 

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

JUMP! Rental Bike Riders Don’t Drive Too Good

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

You can’t miss these bright orange rides these days, particularly the past month or so.

Like look at this fellow on Market – like how much a third of a horsepower has helped him to haul him and his buddy up to 20 MPH straddling the MUNI tracks. Talk about making good time.

Anyway, this is just an observation:

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More caution is advised…