Today’s Headlines

  • SF Supes Approve EIR for CityPlace as Last Minute Deal is Reached (SF Examiner, City Insider)
  • Jerry Brown Pledges  “Robust Investment” in Transportation Infrastructure (Coco Times)
  • Man Riding His Bicycle in Modesto Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver (Modesto Bee)
  • Driver Charged with Killing 70-year-old Woman in the Haight Back in Custody (SF Examiner)
  • Woman in Fair Condition After Being Run Over by Hit-and-Run Driver in Woodland (Sac Bee)
  • San Mateo Deputies Give Tickets to 25 Cyclists for Rolling Through Stop Sign (Bay Bikers)
  • Obesity Costs the U.S. $215 Billion a Year (Brookings via T4A)
  • Big Oil’s Support for Prop 23 May Depend on How AB32 Affects Each Company (LAT)
  • San Jose City Council Agrees to Study Aerial Track Instead of Tunnel for HSR (Merc)
  • U.S. DOT Calls for Tougher Oversight of Pipelines Following San Bruno Disaster (Sac Bee)
  • Portland Unveils Plans for 11 New Bike Boxes (Bike Portland)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • The sfgate article on bicyclists getting ticketed in San Mateo was actually pretty great. I hadn’t heard the SFBC argument about treating cyclists differently creating an opening for taking rights away from cyclists, but it’s a risk. Makes me think of an article a while back about experiments in Europe (England?) where an entire town took out its stop signs and relied on cars and pedestrians negotiating with each other for right of way. I think the idea was it generally resulted in people being more engaged with their environments while using the roads and crosswalks. Does over-reliance on stop signs make the roads less safe for everyone?

  • Santa Clara? I work in Santa Clara. I’m not sure I agree…

  • I was only going to say “Congrats Oakland”, but then I Santa Clara caught my eye and I thought of your story about crossing the tracks down there and figured I’d see if you’d notice.

  • Modesto Bee? I have bad news for you, if you plan on including articles from the valley, then you’ll be linking to a cyclist or pedestrian death almost every day.

    Take this recent event

    http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=7663047

    “One person is dead and another may lose an arm after both were hit by a car in West Central Fresno. It happened on North Parkway south of Olive, near Belmont.

    Police struggled to take the driver into custody. Those two victims are in their late forties. Their names have not been released.

    Sgt. John Jensen said when police approached the driver he had a broken beer bottle in his hand. “The suspect continued to wave the broken glass and then took off running throwing additional glass beer bottles at pedestrians.”

    Jensen said once the driver was in custody he continued to fight. EMS crews were forced to restrain him.

    The driver’s name has not been released. He is in his late 30s. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center.

    Once released he will face vehicular manslaughter charges.”

    The paper of record, the Fresno Bee, devoted all of 100 words on a side column to it.