Category Archives: San Francisco Bay

Bikeep Looking to Bay Area to Put Dent in Bike Theft

With San Francisco and the entire Bay Area serving as a popular community for bicyclists, dealing with the scourge of bike theft is something that has become a necessity. Looking to make their own imprint in this area is Estonia-based Bikeep, which installed their innovative bike locks at the BART station located in the 16th Street Mission district of San Francisco on the morning of June 13.


Connecting with BART allows those with transit cards that are used for reloading easy payments to rent the device, which offers a metal-shaped item that’s so far been impossible to get past. The CEO of the company, Kristjan Lind, indicated that his lock been put into use over a million times, with no thief achieving success in the theft department.


Using high-tech measures to battle this concern seems an obvious nod, given the massive nearby influence of Silicon Valley. In this case, such usage begins after signing up and then scanning in a code from a smartphone. This unique feature means that the only person that will be unable to unlock the device is the individual that rented the device.


Current plans are seeking to adapt this device so that removing the lock can be handled in remote fashion. Such an advancement will allow usage for others, presumably friends and family.


Right now, payments for the locks have been upfront, though customers lacking the money for such an investment have the option of paying on a monthly basis. Some experts believe that the company will eventually adopt a model that primarily mirrors recent success stories like Airbnb and Uber.


It’s likely that Bikeep will also look to another thriving biking community in Portland to make sure that the value of their product reaches the demographic that can benefit from such usage.


One factor that has limited greater funding for growth across the United States is the current lack of ways to help broaden the scope of revenue collection.



Rain and Wind Topple Over 350 Trees in San Francisco

In a region typically known for mild weather, the rain and wind have caused significant damage. A powerful storm first rolled in to the San Francisco Bay Area from the Pacific Ocean on Saturday night. For several days, it brought heavy rains and strong gusts. For much of the period, winds remained steady above 20 mph, and gusts reached about 45 mph.


While this precipitation is a great thing for the region that has been battling a drought, the storm damage has given the city of San Francisco numerous problems. About 300 trees have crashed down onto the sidewalks and streets of the city, and an additional 47 have fallen in city parks. It’s likely that dozens of other frees have fallen in backyards, leaving a mess for property owners to deal with.


As they’ve come down, some of the trees have landed on the sidewalks when nobody was around. Others, however, have found themselves on more valuable property. Several cars have been smashed by falling limbs and trunks. Some buildings have also experienced damage.


In Vistacion Valley, a tree took down a power line and a street light in addition to hitting two parked cars. This occurred near a housing complex, and about 16 people have to be evacuated temporarily. Officials were concerned about a possible gas leak, but there was no evidence of any problems.


No major injuries have been reported because of the falling trees. People are fortunate that, so far, only minor injuries have occurred. The clean-up process should hopefully go smoothly, especially once the flooded streets see their waters subside.