Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Ah, Man, All These New Rules for Annual 420 Day are Harshing My Mellow, Man

Friday, April 20th, 2018

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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.

SFMTA Juxtaposition: “Electric Bus” Just One Foot Away from a Big Old Honking Diesel Exhaust Pipe

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

To be fair, the full phrase on the side of this MUNI bus in SFMTA NewSpeak is Hybrid Electric Bus.

But to be accurate, this is a Diesel Hybrid Bus, IRL.

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Hence the diesel exhaust pipe, one that wouldn’t look out of place on an 80 year old Panzer.

Missed it by that much, SFMTA…

Font Explosion: “Angela ALIOTO for MAYOR – Fearless – Took On Big Tobacco!”

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

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It’s 2018, So Why Doesn’t YOUR Residence have Its Own HashTag? – Presenting #SFYellowDoor

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

1835 Grant:

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Hashtag:

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And here’s the result. Or part of it anyway.

Google it yourself: #SFYellowDoor

A Sugar-Free Shocker: San Francisco’s Costco Soda Fountain Now Offers Diet Soda ONLY – A Change for the Famous $1.50 Hot Dog Deal

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Saw this the other day and I thought, oh there must be a new Pepsi.

But then it’s all “zero calories.” So you have a choice of two kinds of diet Pepsi now?

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Or maybe this is how San Francisco’s one and only Costco (Store #144 – that’s twelve to the fighting second power if you’re thinking about writing a symbolic poem) deals with Frisco’s new soda tax?

(I should add that they also have lemonade and ice tea, and that maybe those drinks have sugar, IDK. But no sugary soda is available, nosiree. This is what one might expect to see.)

Anyway, maybe this change occured a while back and I’m only noticing now – that’s very possible.

Still it’s a shocker, to me anyway.

Ala Boaty McBoatface, GM Cruise Calls One of Its Chevy Bolt “Self-Driving” Cars “Bolty McBoltface”

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Boaty McBoatface lives on

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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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Community Meeting for the Former McDonalds Site at Haight and Stanyan on April 25th: “Community Planning Process for 730 Stanyan”

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Here ya go:

“Community Planning Process for 730 Stanyan

You are invited to the Community Planning Process for 730 Stanyan! (formerly McDonald’s)

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Where: Waller Center, 1525 Waller St. at Belvedere (Cole/Clayton)

*If possible RSVP via https://www.facebook.com/events/606886052991464/

Sponsored by the Coalition for a Complete Community at 730 Stanyan

Agenda:
* Designing a complete community
* Interim uses
* Final project components
– Community meeting space and services
– Retail and training/job opportunities
– 100% affordable housing for families, youth and seniors up to 80% AMI. (That’s $83,000 for a family of three.)
– Transit, parking, pickup and drop off”

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It’s Hooded Oriole Season in SF: Washingtonia Filifera Upon Icterus Cucullatus at Strawberry Hill – Or, How Ron Conway Makes Money Off of Photos and I Don’t

Friday, April 13th, 2018

A Hooded Oriole in Golden Gate Park perches upon its temporary home, a California Fan Palm:

I’ll tell you, ppl love deez boids.

I’ll tell you, I think this photo belongs to Pnterist more than to me now. Oh well.