Posts Tagged ‘vehicle’

Introducing the “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco – What It’s Like to Ride an Amphibious Vehicle on the Bay

Monday, July 14th, 2014

IMO, writer Tony Hicks has got things spot-on right here in the San Jose Mercury News:

Taking the Kids: Quacking up and around the city by the bay

I just took the media cruise for the new-ish “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco - it starts at 7:30 PM.

Here’s Captain John:

Quacking away with people in another duck boat while passing by:

So that’s how things start in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then you begin a circuitous trip to the launch ramps down south of AT&T Park. I’ve never been up so high in an open vehicle, so this was a new experience, kind of like what I imagine the “hop-on hop-off” city bus tours are like.

So off you go, past the working part of Fisherman’s Wharf…

…past the Gary Danko (perennial No. 1 in the Bay Area for “Food, Service and Popularity” per Zagat)…

…through North Beach and on to Chinatown, where you look down upon the #30 Stocktons as you pass them by…

…and then through the tunnel to Union Square and then through SoMA to the launch area.

I gotta say that that was the touristy part of the tour, so check out Beth Spotswood’s take on that in the Tourist Trapped Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com if you want more on that.

So finally you get to launch – it looks like this:

And then you’re slowly cruising the bay, albeit near to shore for the most part.

This was the late-starting 7:30 PM sunset cruise so things were getting darker as we made our way past AT&T Park:

You might catch a little spray from the bay but most likely you won’t.

This riding-on-the-water part in a military-style vehicle with not all that much freeboard is an experience – I recommend it.

Then after puttering around on the water, you drive out of the water to take the Embarcadero back to the Wharf.

Looking back at the Bay Bridge through Doris and Don Fisher’s Cupid’s Span skate park / tourist hiking platform – plenty of oohs and ahs at this point here:

Interacting with happy passersby on the way home…

…while zipping past the historic F-Market streetcars:

These ducks look somewhat menacing at night, huh?

And there’s your trip:

So, you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to keep your reservation, I think.

And this tour can get quite cold and windy, needless to say.

If you want to see some more photos, there are some good ones on Yelp.

This was a great experience – I think it’d be good for tourists and locals alike.

 

The Craziest Bicycle I’ve Ever Seen in San Francisco: The Fortune Hanebrink All-Terrain Bike – Ride It to the South Pole

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

This is one of them “ice bikes” from Fortune Hanebrink.

Or something.

Use it to tow your sledge to the South Pole.

As seen a few years back in the Western Addition:

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All the deets:

“Engineered and handcrafted 8000 ft above sea level in Big Bear Lake, California, HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain vehicles are the confluence of ingenuity, ecology, and luxury. The capabilities of the HANEBRINK are as limitless as your own sense of adventure; as a commuter vehicle, it is smooth and dynamic.

Nearly 10 years ago, national champion cyclist, bicycle innovator, and NASA aerospace engineer, Dan Hanebrink was approached by an Arctic explorer looking for an alternative to skis that could take him and his equipment across the icy terrain of Antarctica. Hanebrink created a bicycle unlike anything ever built before. The original “Ice Bike” by HANEBRINK had no plastic parts and used superfat, low-pressure tires that devoured all surfaces in all conditions silently and effortlessly. Today, our drive to create innovative outdoor recreational vehicles continues and is reflected in our mission to satisfy and serve the adventurous worldwide.

The HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain Vehicle is the evolution of the original, revolutionary HANEBRINK design, combining state-of-the art green technology with an on-demand hybrid electric system and the latest in bicycle technology. Crank the throttle and the 600 watt motor powers the HANEBRINK to speeds up to 20 mph. If you want to go faster, just start pedaling.

Three design features help the HANEBRINK achieve outstanding on and off-road performance.

• The widest tires in the industry. The 20 x 8 inch tires radically increase the surface area where rubber meets road for enhanced stability at all speeds, added traction on rough terrain, and unprecedented float on sand and snow.

• A mid-mounted, bracket supported motor optimizes the vehicle’s center of gravity beneath the rider and enables tight turns, rapid weight shifting, and provides more stability.

• 14 speed gearing tuned for a wide variety of surfaces, grades, and utility applications including a low range capable of carrying up to 300 pounds of bulky cargo up steep terrain or deep into inaccessible areas.

With a single Lithium ion battery (LiFePO4), the HANEBRINK has a one hour run time and three hour recharge. For longer excursions, the rear rack can be fitted with up to five lithium ion batteries, a run time of over 5 hours and more than 100 miles of riding. The wide rear rack is standard HANEBRINK equipment and can hold up to 100 pounds of cargo.

The HANEBRINK can truly go anywhere on the planet while maintaining minimal environmental impact and zero-carbon emissions. Where can you go with one?”

Judgment Day is Nigh: Signs for the “Oversize Vehicle Overnight Parking Restriction Pilot” Have Been Posted

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

I don’t actually know if they’re enforcing the new RV parking restrictions in the Panhandle part of Golden Gate Park yet, but here are the brand-new signs, anyway:

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Of course, 22 feet is pretty long – that’s enough to cover your Ford Excursions, your Chevy Suburbans and even your Maybach 62‘s. And seven feet is pretty high, so the rules seem fair enough if the goal is to kick the RV liveaboards out of the Panhandle.

But I haven’t heard or seen any RVs getting the heave-ho yet…

Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon: Giant RV’s! – Chased Away From Certain SF Streets – Overnight Parking Whac-A-Mole

Friday, February 7th, 2014

So SFGov is banning RV’s from parking overnight on certain streets, but people are worried that the RVers will just set up camp a block or so away.

We’ll see how it goes.

But you might need to prepare yourself for more of this:

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January 31st is RV Judgment Day in San Francisco – Just Look at All the Places You Won’t be Able to Sleep Over Anymore

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Wow, the SFMTA certainly seems to know where you all are parking your RV’s for overnight stays on the streets of San Francisco.

Just look:

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You’ll have to find new places to park pretty soon. (I can already guess at the new places where all the urban campers are going to go.)

Here’s the reaction from The Richmond District Blog.

And here’s the gritty nitty from the SFMTA itself - Oversize Vehicle Overnight Parking Restriction Pilot Evaluation and Recommendations

All the deets:

“CITY and COUNTY of SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
Order # 5216
FOR PUBLIC HEARING
The Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing on Friday, January 31, 2014, at 10:00 AM, in Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102, to consider the following proposals:

ESTABLISH – OVERSIZE VEHICLE RESTRICTION (NO PARKING, MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM, DAILY, FOR VEHICLES MORE THAN 7 FEET TALL OR 22 FEET LONG)

A. Sunset District
37th Avenue, west side, between Ortega Street and Rivera Street
39th Avenue, east side, between Quintara Street and Rivera Street
41st Avenue, east side, between Ortega Street and Quintara Street
Lakeshore Drive, both sides, between Lake Merced Boulevard and Sloat Boulevard
Lincoln Way, south side, between 36th Avenue and 37th Avenue
Ortega Street, south side, between 37th Avenue and 41st Avenue
Quintara Street, north side, between 39th Avenue and 40th Avenue
Quintara Street, both sides, between 40th Avenue and 41st Avenue
Rivera Street, north side, between 37th Avenue and 39th Avenue
Junipero Serra Boulevard, both sides, between Portola Drive and 19th Avenue

B. Mission District
15th Street, south side, between Folsom Street and Harrison Street
16th Street, both sides, between Harrison Street and Potrero Avenue
17th Street, both sides, between Harrison Street and Potrero Avenue
17th Street, both sides, between Folsom and Harrison Streets
18th Street, both sides, between Harrison Street and Potrero Avenue
18th Street, south side, between Church Street and Dolores Street
20th Street, north side, between Church Street and Dolores Street
Alabama Street, both sides, between 19th Street and 20th Street
Dolores Street, west side, between 18th Street and 20th Street
Harrison Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 18th Street
Florida Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 20th Street
Folsom Street, east side, between 15th Street and 16th Street
Treat Avenue, both sides, between 16th Street and 18th Street

C. Haight/Panhandle Neighborhoods
Baker Street, west side, between Fell Street and Oak Street
Fell Street, south side, between Baker Street and Stanyan Street
Oak Street, north side, between Baker Street and Stanyan Street

D. Potrero Hill Area
15th Street, both sides, between Vermont Street and San Bruno Avenue
17th Street, both sides, between Mississippi Street and De Haro Street
Alameda Street, both sides, between Bryant Street and Vermont Street
Arkansas Street, both sides, between 16th Street and Mariposa Street
Carolina Street, both sides, between 16th Street and Mariposa Street
Connecticut Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 17tStreet
Division Street, both sides, between 9th Street and Dore Street
Mariposa St, north side, between Carolina and Arkansas Street
Missouri Street, both sides, between 16th Street and Mariposa Street
San Bruno Avenue, both sides, between Mariposa and Division Street
Texas Street, both sides, between 17th Street and Mariposa Street
Wisconsin Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 17th Street

E. Bernal Heights
Appleton Avenue, north side, between Holly Park Circle and Patton Street
Elsie Street, west side, between Holly Park Circle and Santa Marina Street
Holly Park Circle, park side (park perimeter)

F. Western Addition
Post Street, north side, between Scott Street and Steiner Street

G. Excelsior / Outer Mission
Alemany Boulevard, east side, between Onondaga Avenue and Seneca Avenue
Alemany Boulevard, both sides, between Naglee Avenue and Lawrence Avenue
Edinburgh Street, west side, between Persia Avenue and Russia Avenue
Geneva Avenue, north side, between Moscow Street and Brookdale Avenue
Madrid Street, east side, between Persia Avenue and Russia Avenue
Moscow Street, east side, between France Avenue and Geneva Avenue
Russia Avenue, north side, between Edinburg Avenue and Madrid Avenue

H. Richmond
Clement Street, north side, between 33rd Avenue and 45th Avenue
Clement Street, south side, between 36th Avenue and 38th Avenue

I. Southeast / Dogpatch
Illinois Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 24th Street
Innes Avenue, both sides, between Arelious Walker Drive and Donahue Street
Minnesota Street, both sides, between 23rd Street and 25th Street
Tennessee Street, both sides, between Tubbs Street and 25th Street
19th Street, both sides, between Indiana Street and 3rd St
23rd Street, both sides, between Indiana Street and 3rd Street
24th Street, both sides, between Minnesota Street and eastern terminus (Warm Water
Cove)

When You Gas Up Your Car You Use Dirty Fuel, But What About PG&E? Presenting the “CleanFuel Fleet”

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

You see, the dirty gas put into this Chevy Volt magically becomes CleanFuel because PG&E says so:

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OK fine.

Rent a Tesla Model S Electric Car for $30 per Hour? OK Fine – Here’s How You Do It – GetAround, Inc.

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

I don’t know why you’d do this, but here it is:

I pay 11 cents per hour for my Toyota, which is actually a better car but anyway…

Packt Like Sardines: How Many Cars Can You Put Into Just One San Francisco Parking Lot?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Well, at least for this particularly oddly-shaped piece of real estate on Main Street near Folsom, the answer was this many:

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“Last in, first out.” Click to expand.

I don’t know if this lot in SoMA is still around. The photo was taken from the office of a billionaire who was quite solicitous owing to a project he wanted to kick off before he himself kicked off.

Here’s what I wrote a half decade back:

It might be a pain to park here, under the shadow of the new Infinity San Francisco towers, but at least you won’t get the boot, or get into a chain reaction accident, or get all messy. Of course, if you work for San Francisco Honda, then just park wherever - the sidewalk, for example.

Lastly, DO NOT PAY THIS MAN!

If You Drive a Toyota Prius Hybrid, the Laws of California Don’t Apply to You, Apparently

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Thusly.

Market Street inbound, turning right down 4th Street:

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Appears As If the SFPD of Park Station Has a Crackdown Against the Car Sleepers of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

It generally looks like this scene from yesterday night, with three prowlers on hand to handle one set of sleepy-headed car sleepers:

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Or so it seems.

To me.

You know, lately, the past few months.

Don’t know why…