Posts Tagged ‘share’

OMG, It’s Carmageddon! Forget About Parking In Front of Your House Anymore If the SFMTA’s “Car Share Vehicle” Program Comes to Your Block

Monday, June 30th, 2014

It’s a mere formality now, this plan from July 11th, 2014 to give a metric ton of street parking spaces over to ZipCar and the like.

Here’s where some public parking spaces will soon be privatized

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Hey look, even spaces on the side of the block where I live.

Like, I don’t care, but man the NIMBY’s are not going to be happy with this, NOT ONE BIT! If the spaces get used too much, it’ll piss off the NIMBYs. But if the spaces get used not that much, it will also piss off the NIMBYs.

What’s next, spaces reserved for Avis and Hertz cars? Perhaps. Why not?

If you stop in one of these spaces in your private car, you risk a ticket. If you go and actually park in one of these spaces, you know, like you’ve been doing the past two decades, well, you’re going to get towed, with extreme prejudice. And that will run you $500-$1000. So, respect!

As with every other program SFGov does, some of us will win and some of us will lose.

Oh well.

Oh, hey, what about street cleaning? Is ZipCar going to get a pass on this or will they send somebody out to move the cars for two hours (ala Kramer in Seinfeld) or will something else occur? I know not.

[UPDATE: Oh, here we go:

“Anytime we change [Jay Primus means take away when he says change but oh well] parking, there is opposition,” he said. “The challenge for the MTA and the car-sharing [he means car rental, cause you know they are rental car cos.] companies is to get awareness of the benefits of car sharing. Academic research shows that … [yada yada yada.] But we know that communicating that will be a challenge.”

Oh Jay Primus, you are a Golden God! But we, the unwashed masses are so, so ignorant! Oh Dr. Primus, please make us “aware.” Oh Dr. Primus, please educate us! And keep up the great work with MUNI – no changes please, it’s already perfect!]

Surprise! San Francisco Already Has an Operational Bike Share Program – Meet “SFO FlyCycle SoBi”

Friday, April 5th, 2013

It’s new. It’s the SFO FlyCycle SoBi program from Social Bicycles.

Here are some of the bikes parked at SFO these days…

…and here is a short video explaining the program. Note the drive shaft instead of a chain:

I’ll tell you, what Social Bicycles calls a headlight and a taillight aren’t all that bright.

And I’ll tell you, the helmet issue goes unaddressed.

And I’ll tell you, the reservation system looks cumbersome / unnecessary.

And how much this program costs us and how much it gets used, that’s also a mystery.

These bikes would get thrashed in San Francisco proper, say parked at 6th and Market, but they appear to be pretty safe in the San Francisco part of San Mateo County.

 

Meet the Team:

Ryan Rzepecki, CEO

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Ryan has a B.S. in Marketing from Penn State University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College. The bicycle has been his primary mode of transportation for the last four years, and bicycle advocacy has been both his passion and profession. Prior to developing SoBi, Ryan worked for the NYC Department of Transportation in the bicycle program. At the DOT, he sited bike racks, edited the bike map, conducted field research on bike facilities, and organized cycling promotions.

Nick Foley, Product Design

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Nick is a designer and bike mechanic who loves how bicycles make life more efficient. He studied industrial design at Pratt Institute where he experimented with bicycles that were optimized for ‘non-cyclist’ commuters. Nick gets excited about using design to make urban infrastructure more sustainable, and creating objects that return a sense of wonder to everyday activities.

Marcin Pyla, Software Development

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Marcin has 10 years of experience building websites, applications, and start-ups. He is currently founder and CEO of Leftbrain where he manages the 5 developers working for Social Bicycles. He oversees all software development including embedded Linux, Ruby on Rails, iOS, and Android.

Justin Willey, Business Development

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Justin has a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley. In 2009, he received a number of grants to establish a bike share and bicycle shop at UC Berkeley. Justin has since been involved in planning, designing, implementing, and managing bike share systems around the country. Justin is excited by the opportunity to transform the urban landscape through bicycles.

Patrick T. Hoffman, Project Management

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Patrick is a LEED AP and has a Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is an experienced Project Manager and has managed complex design, construction, research and product development projects involving public and private partners. Patrick is passionate about empowering people to create dynamic and vibrant communities.

Two Cars Parked at One Expired Meter – Which One Gets the Ticket? Those SMART Cars Can Park Anywhere!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

This particular space on 10th Street is particularly long, so there’s nothing stopping a SmartCar driver from sneaking up on your six and bogarting your space.

And motorcycle drivers do this kind of thing as well.

Maybe DPT would write two citations for the one parking meter violation?

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That’s my guess but I don’t know…

OMG, San Jose Has a Skyline That You Can See From SF – City Hall, Bank of America Building – They’re Just Like Us!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Well this is the view you can get from Buena Vista Park in the middle of San Francisco.

That’s world-famous* Candlestick Park, Home of the 49ers and the Gold Rush, in the foreground, and in the background camera left is the City of San Jose, California’s third-largest and the Capitol of the Bay Area:

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Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, “Enhance that image.”

Well here you go, it’s downtown San Jose with all those tall buildings. See? It’s San Jose City Hall, “The 88″ residential building (which is actually only 87 meters high but let’s not dwell** on that), the Bank of America Building (nee Bank of Italy) from 1926, and the “Knight Ridder Building” (per Google Earth, I don’t know what they call it these days).

Oh, and somewhere in the mix there’s also Mineta San José International Airport – Silicon Valley’s Airport and the San Mateo Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge.***

Anyway, I didn’t know San Jose had a skyline what you can see from the 415.

But don’t look for it to get any easier to spot in the future owing to the fact that that SJC international airstrip is right in the middle of it all and there’s a height limit of 87 meters (I think?) in the area.

So, San Joser has a big, domed City Hall and a tall Bank of America Building and whatnot. They’re just like us!

(Oh, and speaking of the Niners, enjoy our winning football team(s), Santa Clara County.)

*No, not “world-class.” 

**Check it: 

Eighty-eight (88) symbolizes fortune and good luck since the word 8 sounds similar to the word Fā (发, which implies 发财, or wealth, in Mandarin). The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number of all in Chinese culture and prices in Chinese supermarkets can often be found containing many 8′s (see numbers in Chinese culture). The Chinese government has even been auctioning auto license plates containing many 8s for tens of thousands of dollars. The 2008 Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at 8 p.m. The shape of the Chinese character for 8 (八) also implies that a person will have a great, wide future as the character starts narrow and gets wider toward the bottom. 88 is used to mean “bye bye”; found in Chinese-language chat, text, SMS, IM. 88 is pronounced in Chinese Mandarin language as “ba ba” (“bā bā” to be precise), simulating the sound of the English language farewell “bye bye”.

And there’s this:

Eighty-eight is used as code among Neo-Nazis to identify each other. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 is taken to stand for HH which in turn means Heil Hitler.For example, the number is used in the song “88 rock’n’roll band” by the neo-Nazi group Landser. The late convictedOrder terrorist David Lane wrote “Fourteen Words” and 88 Precepts, and the numbers are often found in combination (1488, 14/88, etc.). This form of the number has inspired the naming of the groups Column 88Unit 88, White Legion 88 and Barselc88. Holocaust museum shooter James von Brunn often signed his writings as “JVB-88.”

***Both of which were featured in the 1992 Robert Redford movie Sneakers. Hurray!

“Redford tries to describe to Strathairn, who is blind, what he heard while in the trunk of a car. He remembers going across a bridge and being in San Francisco it means one of four possible bridges: Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, San Mateo, and the Dumbarton. They rule out the first two and then narrow it down to San Mateo based on the sound and frequency of the seams in the concrete.”

OMG, OMG, OMG: Via ScoutMob, Free Sandwiches From Ike’s Place in the Castro District!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

OMG, this is it. [Cue O Fortuna]

It’s the fourth anniversary of obscenely-highly-regarded Ike’s Place, so ScoutMob has a free sandwich deal for you.

You can’t beat that.

(I guess Ike won that NIMBY war after all. Good for him.)

Anyway, enjoy.

Count of Monte Chase-O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
always waxing
or waning;
hateful NIMBYs
first oppress
and then soothe
as fancy takes it;
poverty
and power
but Hot Momma Huda
melts them like ice.

Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
stand malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
shadowed
and veiled
you plague Ike Shehadeh too;
now through trickery,
I bring my bare back
to your NIMBY villainy.

Fate, in health
and in virtue,
is against me,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating string;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me
Mayoose’s CA-BLT

The Greediest Seagull in the World Would Sooner Die Choking Than Share Its Bagel

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Am I right, girlfriend?

You know, bats share, but seagulls never, ever, ever share anything.

As seen at Stow Lake, a venue about which writer C.W. Nevius can’t seem to express an opinion.*  

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*If you don’t want to “kick a man when he is down” then why go to the shutdown in the first place? Your bit is like vanilla ice cream without the vanilla…

Debut of Refurbished ZipCar Office at 2nd and Howard a Huge Success – It’s Like the Apple Store Without the Cultism

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, here we go. Look who was there:

From left to right: Michael Uribe, General Manager, Zipcar San Francisco; Jane Kim, District 6 Supervisor;  Dan Grossman, Regional Vice President, West Coast, Zipcar:

Via ZipCar]

Here are the people who will greet you when you step into the new, bigger home office for ZipCar in San Francisco:

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It’s like a clubhouse, sort of.

All the deets:

“Newly Expanded San Francisco Zipcar Office Debuts

District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and local Zipsters Helped Welcome Zipcar to its New Space

SAN FRANCISCO, July 22, 2011 - Zipcar, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIP), the world’s leading car sharing network, announced the grand opening of its newly expanded San Francisco office, located at 191 2nd Street, South of Market.  Zipcar celebrated the opening with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony with special guest District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, along withan event for local-area members, who the company calls “Zipsters,” featuring a raffle and complimentary treats from Jamba Juice and the local Rib Whip food truck.

The new office is a result of Zipcar’s growing success in the San Francisco area and provides the city the opportunity to further reduce congestion, emissions and parking demand.  Zipcar first began operations in San Francisco in 2005, with a fleet of 29 vehicles in three neighborhoods.  Over the past six years, the company has grown to offer nearly 1,000 vehicles in over 33 neighborhoods throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, making San Francisco one of Zipcar’s most popular markets in the nation.

“We have an extremely enthusiastic base of Zipsters here in San Francisco, and I want to thank our members for their loyalty and for helping us grow to where we are today,” said Michal Uribe, general manager, Zipcar San Francisco. “With the opening of our newly expanded office and the addition of new cars this summer, we’re pleased to now offer even more convenient car sharing options to residents, college students and businesses in the Bay Area.  Zipcar’s long-term vision is a world where car-sharing members outnumber car owners in cities around the world, and our growth in San Francisco is helping bring us closer to this vision every day.”

Zipcar provides a viable alternative to car ownership, making it an important component of a sustainable transportation network in San Francisco.  National studies have shown that each shared Zipcar takes 15 privately owned vehicles off the road and that vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced almost 50 percent when car owners switch to car sharing.  In addition, a recent Zipcar survey revealed that Zipcar members reported a nearly 50 percent increase in the use of public transit after becoming members – in addition to a 10 percent increase in cycling and 26 percent increase in walking – all of which help to reduce congestion, mitigate traffic and parking issues, and help reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint.

About Zipcar

Zipcar is the world’s leading car sharing network with more than 575,000 members and more than 8,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.

Meet Your San Francisco Bike Sharing Program – 500 Bicycles and 50 Stations Coming Next Year to FiDi, SoMA, Civic Center

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I guess they have the money now and they’re working on figuring out who’s going to run the thing.

Appears as if the SFMTA has given up on a giant Parisian Velib-style program with 5000 bikes strewn all over town – they’re starting small. Regardless, some of this free advice still applies.

The deets:

“…the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain.”

El Mapa:

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So the stations might end up looking a little half-assed, owing to CEQA:

“Heath Maddox, senior planner for the Livable Streets Subdivision of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), says the defining characteristics of the service they’ve outlined in an RFP draft is that the bike system be solar-powered with no need for external AC power and no requirement for excavation that would turn the installation process into a construction project.”

Remember, sharing is caring.

All the deets:

“The map of the pilot service area presents northeast San Francisco. The highlighted area in the map is the bicycle sharing pilot service area bound by South Van Ness Avenue and the Ferry Terminal along Market Street. To the north, the service area boundary includes the Federal Building at Turk Street, Union Square at Post Street, the Broadway and Columbus Avenue intersection, and The Embarcadero at Sansome Street. To the south, the highlighted service area includes the Embarcadero to Mission Bay, Townsend Street and Concourse Exhibition Center.”

Bike Sharing

Bike sharing is coming to San Francisco! A regional pilot program led by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the SFMTA will bring approximately 50 bike share stations and 500 bikes to San Francisco’s downtown core beginning in spring 2012. The SFMTA is working with a regional team to implement this pilot along the Caltrain corridor in San Francisco, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Jose and shown in this Regional Bike Sharing System map. The project is funded through a combination of local, regional and federal grants with major funding coming from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Innovative Bay Area Climate Initiatives Grant Program (BACI).

What is bike sharing?

Similar to car sharing, bicycle sharing is a term used to describe a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental.  Members can check a bicycle out from a network of automated bicycle stations, ride to their destination, and return the bicycle to a different station.  Bicycle sharing is enjoying a global explosion in growth with the development of purpose-built bicycles and stations that employ high tech features like smartcards, solar power, and wireless internet and GPS technologies.

Who is involved with launching the San Francisco bike sharing system?

The BAAQMD is the overall regional project lead, coordinating the planning and implementation efforts of the local partners: the City and County of San Francisco, the Cities of San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto in Santa Clara County and the City of Redwood City in San Mateo County. The SFMTA is leading the project in San Francisco, and we are working in cooperation with our City and County partners, including the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Port of San Francisco. The regional partners will be selecting a contractor in fall 2011 to install, operate, and manage the system.

Where will bike sharing be located in San Francisco?

As the San Francisco Bicycle Sharing Pilot Service Area map (PDF) presents, in San Francisco, the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain. Much of San Francisco’s densely urbanized northeastern quadrant is similarly well-suited to bicycle sharing.

When will bike sharing launch in San Francisco?

The regional partners will be selecting a vendor to install, operate, and manage the bike sharing system in 2011 with the goal of a system launch in Spring/Summer 2012!

Further Information

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about bike sharing, contact the SFMTA at sustainable.streets@sfmta.com.

Our Crappy San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Hosts Bike Sharing Demos in Civic Center Friday, Saturday

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Do you know what it’s like to ride a 50-pound plus bike in SF in the rain? I do, I remember from just yesterday. But you, you ought to hit Civic Center today and tomorrow to see all the models competing to become a part of your San Francisco Bike Share Program. Check it:

“Vendors who operate bike-share programs will make their equipment available for test rides in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is hosting the demonstration project at Civic Center Plaza on both days between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.”

I’ve already given my pithy advice here, so all’s that’s left to do is remember the time the Canadians came to town to show off their rides.

Enjoy.

From back in the day in GGP. An old report:

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The Bixi short-term bike-share roadshow blew into town to show us how they do it up in Montreal.

But first things first – a quick report on what our visiting bike-sharing visitors were surprised by in GGP:

1. The summertime cold and wind;

2. The homeless dude with a guitar case who flipped out, attacked a jogger, and had to get taken down by a bunch of Park Rangers and SFPD officers;

3. Noisy raptors circling low overhead; and

4. San Francisco’s famous bicycle built for four. It almost stole the show. See?

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Program Director Andy Thornley with SF Weekly’s Matt Smith et ux, “quad” liberi, all together on a charming, fully-functioning bicycle. Click to expand:

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So Bixi is just like the Parisian Velib program except the Bixi bikes aren’t as heavy, which is a good thing. But the Bixis are still heavy though. And if you happen to be six foot one and a ton of fun, you’ll find that the frame is strong enough but that the seatpost doesn’t go up high enough. Otherwise the whole program is as you would expect.

In France, they incentivize people to drop the bikes off at the tops of hills. If a program like this ever gets off the ground in San Francisco, what would it take to deal with stations at the tops of our mini-mountains?

Bienvenue à Montréal!

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It’s enormous work keeping a program like this going. The little monsters of France have effectively managed to steal, vandalize, and otherwise mangle the entire original fleet – at a replacement cost of thousands of dollars each, that’s a tough row to hoe.

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If you want to make a system like this work in San Francisco, you’d need  a subsidy from the government, the way that MUNI and BART and Golden Gate ferries get subsidies.

And where will people get the helmets they’ll need? Whoops. (In gay Paris, they take a c’est la vie approach to matters like this.)

All in all, I’d rather have a regular bike and a U-lock than a Bixi program membership. But if you can’t find a cab or you just missed your bus, you might like having the option of a short-term bike rental.

We’ll see.


City CarShare Cohosts Bike Sharing Demonstration.

Exploring New Trends in Green Mobility

WHAT: A one-day opportunity for the public to ride bikes from a bike share system. Bike sharing allows people to pick up a bike from one station, travel to their destination and return the bike to any other station in a network. City CarShare will be conducting a survey among participants to get their feedback on the concept, the equipment and their level of support for bike sharing in San Francisco.
WHEN: Sunday, August 2, 10 am- 3:30 pm
WHERE: Golden Gate Park, (just inside the car-free Sunday road closure on JFK Drive at Conservatory Drive East)
WHY: To allow the public to test-ride the bikes and learn more about this eco-friendly mode of urban transportation. Through this demonstration project, the sponsors hope to encourage awareness and increased civic conversation about Bike Sharing for San Francisco as having the potential to build a greener city while encouraging healthy living.
SPONSORS: City CarShare, SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), BIXI (of Montreal)
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Pwned! San Francisco Law Firm Barroway Topaz Drops the Hammer on American Apparel

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I’ll tell you, when your stock price goes from $15 per share all the way down to less than the cost of a BK Buck Double, you’ve got to start worrying about one of them shareholder derivative class action lawsuits.

As here, today, in the 415, where the San Francisco law office of Barroway Topaz Kessler Meltzer & Check, LLP right there at 580 California Street has just announced such a suit.

What’s the beef? Well:

“…the Company failed to disclose and misrepresented the following material adverse facts which were known to defendants or recklessly disregarded by them:  (1) that they had made “diligent efforts” to comply with labor and employment regulations, when in fact they had not done so; (2) that they failed to disclose to investors, and made false statements regarding facts surrounding the Company’s illegal hiring practices and its effect on the Company’s operating costs and margins; (3) that they failed to disclose or indicate that the Company lacked adequate internal and financial controls; (4) that they failed to disclose that, as a result of the foregoing, the Company’s financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times; and (5) that they failed to disclose that, as a result of the foregoing, their statements regarding the Company’s prospects were false and misleading at all relevant times.”

Uh oh. Is this the beginning of the end for those sexy, NSFW, ubiquitous and risque Internet ads?

Possibly. First, all that trouble down in the Mission, and now this.

All the deets, after the jump

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