Posts Tagged ‘taxi’

ParkMerced’s Pro-UBER Video is a Real Howler – Are UBER Drivers Really So Great?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here’s the fantasy, quite obviously a fever dream from somebody who doesn’t live in Frisco (and that includes the farthest reaches of Frisco County way down there in the South West Corner, you know Daly City North, you know, like ParkMerced):

Here’s the reality:

“I DO know that a lot of these Uber/Lyft cars drive like complete assholes. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting one that blithely drifted into my lane on Franklin going about 35 miles an hour. They routinely just stop wherever they happen to be and throw on the hazards, not giving a single fuck about the line of cars behind them, which is one thing if you’re on deserted 28th and Noriega and quite another if – as I saw this weekend – you’re on very crowded Fell Street, which is essentially a three-lane freeway with timed lights and on which any impediment immediately causes a blocks-long backup. And so on. I’m not advocating getting rid of Uber and Lyft. I’ve used their services and may do so again in the future. But it seems a little crazy that we’ve allowed this many essentially unregistered cabs to flood the streets with no screening process or driver safety and etiquette class or anything. 61 cars in a relatively short time is a lot.”

I don’t object to Parkmerced, but I object to its UBER fantasy commercial.

Here I stand, I can do no other. Is that so wrong?

The Absurdity of SFGov Promoting Its Impossible VISION ZERO 2024 Safety Campaign in Your Timeline

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

So what’s happening here?

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Are we not going to have SFMTA taxicabs in 2024?

Oh, we will, but they won’t ever injure anybody ever, because…?

Because why?

VZ2024 is impossible, if only because SFMTA-regulated taxicab accidents will continue to occur in the future. So even something like Vision Zero SFMTA Vehicles 2024 is impossible.

Sry.

To suggest that there’s even a remote chance of this fantasy coming true is to seriously seriously underestimate the problem..

Word on the Street: “Adaptive Segmentation Eliminates the Attack Surface” – Well, Of Course!

Friday, May 13th, 2016

I mean, DUH:

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It goes without saying, am I right?

I mean, the other way to go would be with several¬†oblique firefly overlockers, you know, laid out in mutually supportive positions. Those attack surfaces would start wishing they were never born after tangling with a few oblique overlockers, I’ll tell you. Anyway, that’s how I’d do it, and it’d be a lot cheaper than whatever the illumio people would quote you I’m sure.

Three Iconic Vessels on Frisco Bay: Lil’ Yellow Water Taxi, RocketBoat! and USA76, a Reminder of Our Failed America’s Cup

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Here we go:

Lil’ Water Taxi

RocketBoat!¬†(Cue music! DO YOU LIKE LOUD MUSIC? I SAID, “DO YOU LIKE LOUD MUSIC?!” It’s a rocket on the water! It’s ROCKETBOAT!)

USA76¬†(which Donald Trump would call “a loser.” Sad!)

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They’re all in there. Which do you choose?

See you on the water!

Strange Taxi: “BUXI?” – What’s This?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

IDK:

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Our SFMTA’s “Management” of the Intersection of Geary and Powell in Union Square Over Black Friday Weekend was Dreadful

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

This was Geary and Powell over the weekend – a whole bunch of nothing was going on as traffic on Geary was backed up as far as the eye could see. It looked like the staging area for our annual Chinese New Year parade. Why?

Well, somebody decided to shut down Audi Avenue to Lyft, Uber and everybody else ‘cepting for the Travis Bickells of the SFMTA. Why?

IDK why. Our SFMTA really really really hates what Uber and Lyft have done to revenues at … our SFMTA so it wants to spend more money while doing less.

But look at this mess – southbound Powell is now a mandatory right turn at Geary, except for cabbies. So you had countless SFMTA employees operating the mostly closed Audi Avenue, cycle after cycle. This dude here would try to signal the tech operating the big green box you can see on the right side of this shot:

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After all the peds crossed Geary and drivers entered Geary, you’d get a half minute of nothing going on, with nobody using the green on Powell. The upshot is that Geary backed backed up, Is this how the SFMTA imagined things? I mean, you have the big green box open to control the intersection but you can’t control the intersection? Or it takes 30 seconds to change the light? Trained monkeys would have done a better job…

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Here’s your now “activated” Powell Street, with a whole bunch of nothing going on – this encourages jaywalking of course.

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But look out, here come the taxis

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But not the Ubers and not the Lyfts.

Would the SFMTA ban the Uber and the Lyft if it could?

Oh yes, in a heartbeat. But of course it can’t do that, so instead it’ll just keep limiting turns and limiting access for Lyfts and Ubers until those drivers come begging the SFMTA for an A-Card, which guess what – they’re now having a sale! They’re waiving the $255 fee these days. So it’s SFMTA carrot and stick time, big-time.

On It Goes…

Push-Me Pull-You Boat Looks the Same Going Forwards and Backwards – A Water Taxi Putts Past Alcatraz

Monday, November 16th, 2015

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Let’s See Here: A Chariot Private Shuttle Van Running Through Golden Gate Park on a National Holiday?

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Hey, are San Francisco taxicabs somewhat restricted* in Golden Gate Park? Yes, yes they are. But here comes a Chariot:

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Does Chariot take people to work in the Financh on Veterans Day? IDK. Does Chariot run charters on big holidays? Perhaps. Or maybe the driver is repositioning or traveling for maintenance. Or maybe there’s some other reason it makes sense for this driver to “cut-through” the park.

Anyway, I was surprised to see a Chariot in GGP on a national holiday…

*I think cabbies** aren’t supposed to cruise the park for pick-ups, I think that’s the rule.

**Cabbies cabbies cabbies – own it, cabbies. This term isn’t offensive at all, to most.