Maybe the taxi companies should have been better from the start.. I stopped taking them about 4 years ago, I am generally scared for my life by the way they drive. I have had drivers drop me off halfway to my destination stating it's not worth it to them to go any further and they have a better fare to pick up. I have had drivers refuse to wait for me to buckle my kids in before speeding off. Most drivers talk on the phone with an earpiece in another language during the entire drive. Distracted driving at it's finest. Not to mention it's almost impossible to get one to pick up in the Richmond District. I've waited 30-60 minutes before and missed important appointments. I've had people purposefully gouge me by doing things like missing a turn downtown and needing to drive an additional 6 blocks in rush hour traffic to get back in the correct direction. And to be fair, I've had drivers who just don't know where they are, and miss turns constantly if you don't give them step by step directions. I once had a guy start driving me to 6th St & Folsom instead of 6th Ave & Fulton, and when I told him he's going the wrong way it turned into a huge argument. Once and he finally turned around, he proceeded to chastise me all the way there for not speaking clearly and making him waste time.
I'd rather get into a strangers car and hope for the best.
I cannot believe we paid for this stupid thing in the first place. If you want to know how many bikes go by, hire someone to sit on Market St for 8 hrs a day at $12hr. with a pen & paper. You could do this for 729 days, (we're talking 2 years daily or nearly 3 years M-F) and end up paying the same amount, giving someone a job, and probably having a much more accurate count.
I'd bet anything this thing doesn't last 2-3 years and is vandalized beyond repair or removed due to lack of accuracy way before then.
After closing the recycling center in Golden Gate park, the homeless people have not disappeared. They have not stopped collecting bottles and the only thing it did was make it more difficult for families, businesses, and others to recycle. I pay around $3 per week in CRV costs for my family, that is over $150 per year I am losing if I put my bottles & cans in the curbside bins. The center on Market Street now has lines out the door because of all the other closures, and Safeway decides to close this one too??
It's sickening how people only care about themselves. Who cares about the people losing their jobs? Who cares about the environment? Who cares about the families and businesses who are paying CRV for absolutely nothing? I might as well just throw my recycling in the garbage at this point. The only thing stopping me from doing that is my conscience and a love of our earth. Because the city and state sure have not given me ANY incentive to do so if they allow every center in town to be shut down. I don't have a car, I cannot carry my recycling to another city in my sons stroller, and I can really use that $156 per year I give to the state as a promise I will return these bottles to a recycling center.
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