Posts Tagged ‘uber’

Lyft Driver vs. (Car-Free) Sunday Streets

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Not sure how dude managed to get himself smack dab in the middle of Sunday Streets Western Addition 2017, but here he is, with a few WTF stares and at least one whatsamatteryou hand gesture:

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And then more gesturing, as seen with this official Volunteer, and dude was off up Baker, which I think was his goal from the beginning:

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(I should say that this amount of yelling and whatnot is a lot mellower than when out-of-town drivers saw a Critical Mass Friday night bicycle parade for the first time, like on Market, back in the day…)

Anyway, that’s how a Lyft driver reacts upon seeing a Sunday Streets for the first time.

UBER Driver from Merced, CA Thinks the Green Part of Scott is for the Use of UBER Drivers

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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Seems there was some kind of rush to queue up for the Fell Street ARCO, a watering hole for many many UBER Lyfters, due to its low low prices.

Anyway, this part of Scott is bikes-only lane…

TRUMOR: Crissy Field “Patriot Prayer” Attendees Get a CHP-Escorted Bus from Marin? But Counter-Protesters Face a 2.5-Mile Walk, Minimum

Friday, August 25th, 2017

You know, I’m not as connected as I used to be so I’m making guesses here, but Man, it sure looks like SFGov is making things as hard as possible for you to counter-protest the Patriot Prayer rally at Crissy Field featuring Kyle “Based Stick Man” Chapman, assuming he’s not in jail / under detention.

So, why is the best part of our Presidio reserved for the rally? Well, it’s to make you, the counter-protester, walk AS FAR AS POSSIBLE from the Presidio “gate” at the west end of the Marina Green.

OTOH, how is Based Stick Man et al going to get the the microphone? Is it going to be on a bus from Marin County complete with a CHP escort? That would sure make sense, especially if the Planet Granite area is going to be where this small (300-something attendees?) event will take place.

Look at the map:

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So if buses come down from Marin, it’ll be easy for them to get to Planet Granite. But for actual people who live here, you’re looking at a one-hour walk after your MUNI ride. Your options:

BY CAR: Guess what? You’ll have no place to park. Of course I would, I could find a space, but I know what I’m doing in this regard and even if you as well could find a spot, IDK, on Greenwich or something, certainly all of the counters could not. Als0, then you gotta hoof it to the solitary entrance and then you gotta hoof it even further once you’re at long long Crissy Airstrip / Field.

BY MUNI: All the buses will turn around at least 2.4 miles away, as the ped walks, from Planet Granite. Here’s the shortest way AFAICS:

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(Take the Lyon Steps of course – Google wouldn’t let me, but you should be able to, after getting off at the temporary terminus near 2300 Jackson)

BY UBER LYFT: Sure, why not? Load up and then get as close as you can, and then hoof it to the gate.

BY BIKE: No, not your fixie, but your $74 Walmart mountain-style bike with 21 speeds and “solid” axles what you torqued on real good, the better to prevent a street urchin from stealing your wheels with short-handled hand tools hidden on his person. Lock up near the Palace of Fine Arts and leave your $15 Walmart helmet and hope that no one pilfers it, as helmets are BANNED.

BY FOOT: Yep. This is how you do it.

Anyway, that’s how you’d do it if you’re going.

(The last time I can remember SFGov going so far out of its way to snuff a protest was when another Willie Brown appointee was Mayor. He bent over backwards to please the government of the People’s Republic of China, so that it could have its Beijing Olympics Torch Run with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. This go around, SFGov is doing pretty much the same thing, except for the benefit of the “Patriot Prayer” people.)

How People Got Around Frisco BEFORE Lyft and UBER: The Secret Phone Numbers of Veteran’s Cab in SoMA

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is: Gritty HARRISON 1500 –>, lovely COSTCO #144, and of course, the Italianate red/white/green of VETERAN’S CAB 502-1300 all down at 11th and Harrison in SoMA:

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I don’t know how things work now but back in the day if you were a regular / reliable customer, cab companies / drivers would give you secret phone numbers that would get you to Dispatch quicker than the public “sucker” lines that you’d see: in the phone book (yes, an actual book); painted on the sides of cars; or, in the case of Veteran’s, lit up in neon for tout le monde to see.

I can’t recall anything at all about 415 502-1300. I suppose it was ahead of my time. (Maybe it connects you to UCSF these days.) But I DO recall 415 552-1300 from the pre-UBER/Lyft era. At that time, if you gave that line a jingle ’cause you needed a taxi at, let’s say 7:00 PM on a Saturday night, you’d most likely get a busy signal, oh well.

Why? Well it’s ’cause there were <1000 taxi medallions in Frisco for the longest time. This shortage meant that cabbies could make bank, especially considering how cheap rents were Back Then compared with now. It was such a sweet job that former Mayor Willie Brown drove a taxi to pay his way through UC Hastings Law School back in the 1950’s. And in the 1980’s, Frisco was gaining a national reputation as a place where it was hard to find a cab. Read THE MAYOR, THE CABBIES and the 84 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION – Historical Essay by Rua Graffis, United Taxicab Workers, 1996 for the reason why.

Anywho, just think about what phone number cabbies would use to call in for a tow truck if a taxi broke down – they sure as Heck wouldn’t use the sucker line, right? They’d call a number where somebody would actually pick up. That’s the kind of number that you’d want to use.

What’s that, you lived out at 25th and Irving way out there in the Sunset? Well in that case, you might have had to wait / give up on getting a taxi, but at least an effort would be made. Or maybe a taxi driver heading in that general direction would drop off and then swing on by in 20 minutes or so.

I’m not saying that that was great, but all this attention paid by the taxi industry to those who knew how to get through meant there was less attention paid to some tourist / newcomer who didn’t know anything.

Of course, our Chamber of Commerce and our tourist industry HATED this situation, but then, in part due to the difficulty certain ballers (like Travis K) had finding a taxi in Frisco ’round about a decade ago, ALONG CAME UBER AND LYFT.

Now, any rube can get a ride, but traffic is much worse, and getting worser, so who knows which era you’d prefer.

Ah, mem’ries…

If You Park Your UBER / Lyft Ride on the Streets of San Francisco, You Can Pay People to Come By to Detail It?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Sure looks that way:

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I guess this would help with tips / star rating?

Poor UBER Lyft Driver Gets Pwned for $192 for Overnight Parking in Golden Gate Park / Parking at “Car-Free” Saturday

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Perhaps not an UBER driver, but you can never tell. A lot of them swing both ways.

What was this driver thinking leaving this ride in Golden Gate Park? IDK

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The entrance at 7th Avenue and Lincoln states that towing is a possibility for overnight parkers.

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This side of the sign might be hard to read from a distance…

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…but this side isn’t.

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Oh well, a couple hundred of dollars later, a lesson learned…

Lyft Harley – Probably a Joke, But That Large Pink Mustache Certainly Looks Legit

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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BART Riders OUTRAGED by Ads for CARS – “We All Drive” and “Try These Seats” – First Ford GOBIKE, and Now This

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Boy, Ford Motor Company is throwing a lot of money around the Bay Area lately, huh? They bought the Chariot private bus line for big bucks, and they just spent another big pile of money to advertise the word FORD on thousands of controversial GOBIKE rental bikes (with a misleading pricing scheme – boy people get steamed about that) and now there’s this, a bunch of covered over windows on your BART cars with a custom-made copy. See?

First up is a snap from a “professional” walker. It’s all, “Try these seats,” as if they’d be better than BART seats. (NB: They are better than BART seats.) But you know, some riders will take offense at this profit-seeking insult to transit, and also with the half covered over windows. Most BART ads aren’t like this:

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And there’s this: “We all drive.” But you know, that’s not exactly true, now is it, Ford?

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I’ll tell you, these ads appear to be custom-made for BART. I don’t think you’ll see them anywhere else in the world.

These ads on our troubled BART system remind me of the UBER ads on SFMTA MUNI buses, like this one:

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And this one:

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Of course our SFMTA simply despises the UBER Lyft, for various reasons, but that doesn’t mean that it will turn down some cold hard cash from major corporations. And then, when the SFMTA has some extra ad space, which is a lot of the time since its rates are too high, it’ll put UBER Lyft in its place with stuff like this:

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Anyway, if Ford wants to pay BART money, that’s fine with me…

Why It’s Completely Absurd for the SFMTA to Claim that Carshare Car Rental Means “60,000 Fewer Vehicles on the Street”

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Here it is, from Hoodline:

“Data also showed that 17% of members got rid of their cars after joining a car-sharing company, with as many as 24,000 vehicles sold. When taking into account people who did not purchase cars because of car-sharing, there were as many as 60,000 fewer vehicles on the street.”

Well let’s call horse-shit on this.

So, when did “car-sharing” get started in Frisco – over the past half-decade? So here are the latest stats for AUTOS registered in San Francisco County, per the DMV.

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2011: 380,621
2012: 385,442
2013: 397,238
2014: 403,246
2015: 407,656
2016: 413,147

Do you see a trend here? Do you see registered vehicles going up by about 6000-something cars per year, year in and year out? That’s the trend lately, for whatever reason.

So where’s the supposed “60,000 fewer vehicles” kicking in from the SFMTA’s inconsequential program? Does the SFMTA really think we’d have 473,000 registered cars but for its heroic car “share” car rental program?

Obviously, our SFMTA really doesn’t know what’s it’s doing. So why not have an independent agency assess how effective its policies are instead of this, this Pyongyang-inspired Ministry of Truth stuff coming from SFMTA spokesmodels who are obviously just winging it day by day, DJT-style.

You know, what I’m talking about is having somebody around saying, “Is this really true?”

Or, in the case of attaining the goal of VisionZero 2024, which will somehow, by administrative decree, eliminate all transportation mishap injuries by 2024 and through eternity, “Could this possibly be true?”

City Attorney Dennis Herrera Seeks Court Orders Requiring Uber and Lyft to Follow the Law

Friday, July 21st, 2017

IMO:

  • I’m not sure if it’s the job of the City Attorney to “strike the right balance” betwixt UBER / Lyft convenience vs. traffic congestion.
  • This Travis Kalanick sentence is the highlight: “I had hoped with the changes to its leadership that Uber had reformed its corporate culture.” Not necessarily sarcastic, but it has a bite nevertheless.
  • If a San Francisco taxi driver tells you to get lost because s/he doesn’t want to take you all the way out to the Sunset (which would make money for the driver, just maybe not as much as expected, or as average) or says, “I don’t take people to the Potrero projects,” well that’s a misdemeanor called Failure to Convey. IDK if is this kind of law applies to UBER Lyfters right now. Anyway, that’s what they’re getting at with the talk of discrimination.
  • Oh, and the reason why UBER started here in the Frisco bay first has to do with longstanding SFMTA policies of taxi regulation. Late night ballers such as Travis K had a bear of a time getting home at night – at 2:00 AM on a weekend night sometimes you’d see hundreds of people within a block of Broadway / Columbus with their arms up trying hail a cab. This had to do with a taxi shortage what valued certain people more than the general taxi riding public.

JMO

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Anyway, just released:

Herrera seeks court orders requiring Uber and Lyft to follow the law – Herrera moves for court to enforce his subpoenas requiring Uber, Lyft to turn over records on safety, disability access and operations

SAN FRANCISCO (July 21, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that he is requesting court orders to compel Lyft, Uber and two Uber subsidiaries to comply with subpoenas issued on June 5, 2017.  The subpoenas were issued as part of the City Attorney’s investigation into whether ride-hailing companies are creating a public nuisance in San Francisco.

Herrera today filed petitions in San Francisco Superior Court seeking a court order requiring the companies to comply with the subpoenas. The subpoenas are aimed at ensuring Uber and Lyft’s estimated 45,000 drivers in San Francisco do not create a public nuisance by jeopardizing public safety, discriminating or otherwise violating local and state laws.

The administrative subpoenas seek four years of records in eight categories, including miles and hours logged by drivers, incentives that encourage drivers to “commute” to San Francisco from as far away as Fresno or Los Angeles, driver guidance and training, accessible vehicle information, and the routes taken by these drivers in San Francisco.

Herrera is turning to the courts after giving the companies multiple opportunities to comply with the subpoenas.

“Unfortunately, Uber is doing what it always seems to do: raise obstacles and drag its feet— all while continuing to flout the law,” Herrera said. “To its credit, Lyft was more responsive, but in the end they also raised unreasonable roadblocks. They provided a minimal amount of documents before deciding not to comply with the rest of our request. And they have so far failed to execute a confidentiality agreement that would protect any legitimate trade secrets.  From the beginning, we have been clear that the companies must comply with these subpoenas.  These motions are the next step in protecting the rights of the people who live and work in San Francisco.”

On June 22 Herrera won a court ruling requiring Uber to comply with a separate subpoena from Treasurer José Cisneros to help ensure that Uber drivers have business licenses. The court found Uber’s arguments unpersuasive in that case.

San Franciscans and city leaders alike are concerned with public nuisance, public safety, accessibility, discrimination, compensation and other issues arising from the explosive growth of companies like Uber and Lyft.  Herrera issued his subpoenas as he investigates these issues.  He has also requested information about congestion and environmental impacts.

“The status quo is not working,” Herrera said.  “There’s no question that Uber and Lyft offer convenience.  But convenience for some cannot trump the rights of every San Francisco resident and visitor, including the safe enjoyment of our roads and bike lanes. I’m trying to strike the right balance here.  ”

After the subpoenas were issued, Lyft contacted the City Attorney’s Office and worked with the city to try to craft a confidentiality agreement that complies with the subpoena and with public records law, while also protecting trade secrets from public disclosure.  Lyft ultimately was not willing to move forward with a satisfactory agreement, demanding unreasonable provisions.

Uber objected to the subpoenas and refused to produce any documents or data at all. It waited until the June 20 deadline to send a letter telling the city it was declining to produce the information but would be available to “meet and confer regarding Uber’s concerns.”  After that, Uber representatives were slow to meet, late to respond and then non-committal. They have failed to comply with the subpoena.

“Uber was stalling,” Herrera said.  “I had hoped with the changes to its leadership that Uber had reformed its corporate culture. So far, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Both Uber and Lyft were given ample opportunity to follow the law. They chose not to, so now we’re in court.”

Additional documentation from the case is available on the City Attorney’s website at:https://www.sfcityattorney.org/