Posts Tagged ‘vehicle’

Mercedes Driver Commits a Parallel Parking Foul, Whether or Not This is Legal

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Man allows you a foot and a half spacing from your tires to the curb, but you can do better than that, right? Check out this Mercedes SUV:

How wide is this newspaper? IDK, but man is this a lousy parking job.

IMO, 17 inches is far from acceptable, even though it’s legal.

Lots of room for improvement here on Fell Street:

If you can’t handle this simple task, maybe you shouldn’t be driving.

Just saying.

MANSPLAINER: Flashing Lights and Sirens Don’t Mean PULL TO THE RIGHT AND STOP, They Mean GET OUT OF THE WAY

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

What does the DMV have to say about this situation? IDK, I forget.

But I’m talking IRL here. And in real life these two drivers teamed up to block this fire truck from turning right for a little while. The right-side driver, who definitely heard the sirens whilst driving the entire block, could have easily stopped mid-block and thereby have left room for the SFFD:

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You gotta try to think of what the fire truck driver wants you to do, which is get outta the way, as opposed to what you did, which is slowly drive to the end of the block and stop.

Of course, this isn’t the end of the world – I’m just a dude here ‘splaining things without being asked to…

A Question for UBER, Lyft and SFO: How Much Crap is Too Much Crap for Car Windshields? – Obstructed Views, By Design

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The FasTrak transponder isn’t the issue, it’s everything else, occluding vision near the starboard A-pillar:

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The other issue is with all this AUTHORIZED TNC VEHICLE regalia is that it seems to make drivers feel that they are special, entitled.

(And if you’re still reading SFO, why not lengthen your runways and put them farther apart, you know, make your setup conform to federal regulations instead of what ended up happening, which was making federal regulations conform to deficient SFO?)

That is all.

New-School “Neighborhood Electric Vehicle” (NEV) Parks Illegally on the Streets of San Francisco – Can You See What’s Wrong?

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Oh NEVs. I’ve seen this kind of thing afore with Smart Cars

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Tsk tsk.

I know what you’re thinking driver, but:

CA Vehicle Code: 22502. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent  curbs shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of such vehicle parallel with and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb…

Bushpocalypse Now – Frisco Sees Its Worst Traffic Ever In 2017 – Highest Number of Registered “Vehicles” in History

Friday, March 24th, 2017

That stat is as of Calendar Year 2015, but our friends at CA DMV are putting the finishing touch on the numbers for Calendar Year 2016.

So is a trailer a “vehicle?” IDK. IDTS. But 2016 looks to be the year we push over the half-million mark for vehicles registerd in Frisco.

And of course that doesn’t include all the new UBER Lyfts from all over.

So here’s the result, from yesterday’s evening drive. Southbound Sansome is all backed up, but look, you can see a PCO Intercepter cart on the scene, to fix everything:

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I was thinking, it’s morphin’ time – time for another round of three-figure parking/traffic tickets for “blocking the box.” But no, the PCO disappeared with a quickness. Leaving SFMTA Dude in the Bush Street HOV lane all by himself. Turns out he was patiently waiting to proceed behind some more stalled traffic. He was soon gone as well.

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Bush Street is always bad, but yesterday was especially bad. Five eastbound cars sat in the intersection for about five minutes. But then they advanced leaving room for a few buses and cars on Sansome to sneak through north and south.

Bush doesn’t get any more crowded than this:

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Anyway, that’s the update.

 

Troubled Anthony Levandowski’s PRIBOT Prius, Last Seen Banged Up in the Western Addition Six Years Ago

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Was reading this…

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? Inside the vicious patent fight over self-driving technology. By Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen

…and that reminded me of this, the last time I saw PRIBOT, the ur-car, left forgotten on the mean Streets of San Francisco:

Poor Pribot!

In closing:

“He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”

 

UBER is Now Recruiting “Vehicle Operators” in Frisco – Help Improve Their Sad Self-Driving Cars – $24/Hr + Snacks/Drinks

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

And then when your ride wants to sail through a red light, say the unexpected one installed mid-block out in front of our world-famous SFMOMA on Third, well, you just might get terminated, with extreme prejudice, oh well.

All the deets, via code1zero:

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OTOH, snacks!

So Much For Frisco’s Oversize Vehicle Overnight Parking Ban on Fell Street – Still Life in Mobile Homes

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

This was the promise, back in aught-twelve:

In 2012 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors enacted a new violation in the SF Transportation Code to address inappropriate parking of oversized vehicles on city streets. SFTC Section 7.2.54 prohibits parking a vehicle over 22 feet in length or over 7 feet in height, or camp trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, house cars, trailer coaches, mobilehomes, recreational vehicles, or semi-trailers, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. when SFMTA signs are posted giving notice.

And yet this is the reality, in 2016. (I’ll note that the one in front has the brand-name “BRAVE” written on it in large letters – that’d certainly be true if the owner/renter planned to leave it there past midnight.)

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The millionaire homeowners of Fell wanted these rides gone from their view, but, well this is what they’re staring out when they walk down their stoops these days.

Of course this photo was made in the daytime, so maybe this caravan moves out every night to neighboring streets without the SFMTA ban? IDK, cause I’m sleeping during those hours, usually.

But actually, a ticket for just $110 sounds cheap compared with the cost of a tiny Airbnb apartment in the 94117 what could go for double that, easily, for one night.

I’ll have to do an RV nose count next time I’m skulking about the Panhandle after midnight…

What’s This, San Francisco has “Reduced Vehicle Ownership” Compared with 2005? How the SFMTA is WRONG WRONG WRONG on This

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Here you go, from CBS SF:

“The number of vehicles towed decreased during the current five year contract with AutoReturn from 71,000 in 2005 to 42,000 in 2015. SFMTA officials said this was due to factors including increased compliance from drivers, reduced vehicle ownership…

OK, let’s add them up. The latest numbers from CA DMV show an ESTIMATED VEHICLES REGISTERED BY COUNTY for Frisco being:

481,790 (leaving out the “trailers,” as one does)

That’s calendar 2014.

Of course that’s higher than 2013:

477,314

And of course that’s higher than 2005:

452,813

(And this doesn’t keep track of all the very towable tourist rides about town and all the unregistered vehicles all over the 415 with license plates from Oregon and Nevada and whathaveyou – I’ll tell you, the number of those vehicles are UP in SF as well.)

Don’t the “urbanist” urbonauts running our SFMTA know this off the top of their heads?

Nope.

Of course they do know how to spend our money – the TCOE* for whomever uttered our SFMTA’s bogus allegation about “reduced vehicle ownership” in SF has gotta be anywhere from $150k (or so) ON UP, perhaps $200k+

[Upon completion, the READER should understand that REDUCED VEHICLE OWNERSHIP over the past decade is a MYTH perpetrated by the SFMTA for WHATEVER REASON]

Thank you, drive through.

*Total Cost Of Employment

The Future is Now: NEIGHBORHOOD ELECTRIC VEHICLES on the Streets of San Francisco

Friday, February 12th, 2016

These things are all over the place these days:

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It’s like we’re living in Japan or something:

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Much cheaper to operate than a real car/truck…