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“Sprayer” by Dallis Willard – Scissor Fight is a San Francisco Photo Website That’s All Wheat, No ChaffWednesday, December 4th, 2013
Let’s see here:
“Maddox took the opportunity to trumpet the program’s successes”
“Bike Share is popular”
But this assumes that the program costs nothing, right?
And this assumes the program is well-run, right? Is it? IDK
What I do know is that for the amount of money we’re talking about here, we could buy over 100,000 bikes and not just rent them out but simply GIVE THEM AWAY.
We’re talking about bikes that would be much lighter and have many more gears.
(I realize that giving away bikes isn’t what BABS is about, but that’s a comparison.)
What BABS is is a jobs program, one that pays workers the whopping total of $13.50 per hour.
That’s one of my beefs.
Here’s another – what does this even mean?
“In order for the program to ‘break even’ operationally, Maddox said, the program would need to expand to 2,500-3,000 bikes in total inside of San Francisco.”
You know, I went to the colledge, but I can’t for the life of me understand what “break even” means in this context.
Anywho, here’s the latest. But please remember, that the people behind this bike share program have never ever ever violated any labor laws and they’re, well, they’re the most perfect non-rent seekers ever to cut a deal with SFGov, so don’t dare to ask any questions about their Wonderful One-Hoss Shay:
“Bay Area Bike Share off to a strong start
Pilot Program prepares for full expansion in 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With over 178,000 miles traveled since the launch of Bay Area Bike Share, a distance that would allow a bicyclist to circle the Earth more than seven times, ridership in the popular regional bicycle sharing program continues to grow.
The three-month-old system has now racked up more than 80,000 rides with over 3,200 annual members and more than 10,000 casual members since the program began on August 29. More area residents and visitors continue to sign up every day, increasing momentum for the program.
“The Bay Area Bike Share program is transforming the way people travel in our region,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District. ”These bicycles offer an important connection for that last mile of transportation between public transit and final destinations. The success of this program will result in long-term health and quality-of-life benefits for our region.”
The bike sharing system launched this summer with 700 mint green colored bicycles, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 70 stations in five cities along the Caltrain commuter rail corridor — San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose. A full expansion of the pilot system in 2014 will boost those numbers to 1,000 bicycles at 100 stations. Bay Area Bike Share is the first bike share system in the country to launch as a regionally integrated system serving cities spread out over 50 miles.
Offered as a “first and last mile solution,” as well as a stand-alone transportation option, the aim of the pilot program is to test the effectiveness of bike sharing in the region. The program encourages Bay Area residents and visitors alike to make short trips by bike, both in conjunction with public transit and for non-transit linked trips, resulting in reduced air pollution in and around the areas served.
Significant emission reductions from the transportation sector will help protect public health and ensure the Bay Area meets state and national air quality standards while reducing greenhouse gases.
Annual Memberships: Bay Area Bike Share offers two types of annual memberships. The Pacesetter Membership ($88), includes unlimited rides up to 30 minutes each. The Frontrunner Membership ($103), also includes a t-shirt and two 24-hour memberships. For more information, please visit bayareabikeshare.com/
Corporate Partnerships: Bay Area Bike Share has just launched a corporate membership program, where businesses and organizations of all sizes can offer discounted and subsidized annual memberships to employees. There are five levels of partnership that are based on company size, number of participating employees and company contribution. For more information, please visit bayareabikeshare.com.
The cost of the full pilot totals $11.2 million, and is funded using Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality ($7.1 million), Transportation Fund for Clean Air ($2.8 million) and other local funds ($1.3 million). The program is managed by the Air District in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and local partners.
In addition to the Air District and MTC, the pilot project is a partnership among local government agencies including the City and County of San Francisco, SamTrans, Caltrain, San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the County of San Mateo, the City of Redwood City and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the nine-county Bay Area. For more information, visit www.baaqmd.gov.
SOURCE The Bay Area Air Quality Management District
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District
CONTACT: Tom Flannigan, 415.749.4948
Web Site: http://bayareabikeshare.com
I own more bikes than you do.
I have more miles
Sure looks that way:
Kaiser Hospital Employees Have Until December 14th to Get Flu Shots – Then It’ll Be Time for “Mandatory Masking” – Here’s ProofTuesday, December 3rd, 2013
As seen on O’Farrell:
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Oh the shame, the shame of being forced to wear a mask.
How Your US Coast Guard Spent Thanksgiving at Ocean Beach: Fighting the Waves in a 47-Foot MLB – Damn!Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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(Of course our SFPD has the same basic vessel, SFPD Marine 1, except I don’t think they’ve ever used it the way it was meant to be used. So yes it’s cool to have an all aluminum lifeboat but it’s pretty stupid for the SFPD to operate it, IMO. In a better world, we’d just give it to the Philippines or someplace.)
Anyway, Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
|Displacement:||18 t (20 short tons)|
|Length:||14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)|
|Beam:||4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)|
|Draught:||1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × Detroit Diesel 6V92TA DDEC-IV engines, 435 hp (324 kW) each
1,500 liter (373 usable imperial gallons) fuel capacity 
|Speed:||25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h) maximum
22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h) cruising
|Range:||200 nmi (370 km) cruising|
|Complement:||34 Persons, 4 crew, 30 passengers|
|Armament:||1 × M240B machine gun (optional)|
As seen over the weekend. SFO is to the right
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It’s the same fog as seen by photographer David Yu here.
The Cyclists of the 280 – Legally Riding Your Bike on “The Most Beautiful Freeway in the World,” San Mateo CountyMonday, December 2nd, 2013
Anyway, Brocephus here is using his bike on an onramp heading north.
And it’s legal. Check it:
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Phoning 911 in the 415: Why Do Some Calls Go to the CHP and Others to the Department of Emergency Management Services?Friday, November 29th, 2013
Per the SFPD Richmond Station:
If you are on surface streets in San Francisco and dial 911, your call will be answered by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Services. Once the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Services determines what emergency services are needed, they will then route your 911 call to the San Francisco Police Department or the San Francisco Fire Department, including ambulance service.
If you are on or near a freeway in San Francisco and dial 911, your call will be answered by either by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Services or the California Highway Patrol Dispatch Center. Regardless, your 911 call will be routed to the proper emergency agency, the San Francisco Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, or the San Francisco Fire Department, including ambulance service.”
I’ve always wondered about this.
THE MORE YOU KNOW…