Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Survey Shows “Lowest Satisfaction with Muni Since 2001” (SF Examiner, BCN via the Appeal)
  • Bicyclist Hit by Driver at Masonic and Fell (BIKE NOPA)
  • San Jose Police Confirm Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run at Zanker and Los Esteros (Merc)
  • Modesto Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Pedestrian (Modesto Bee)
  • In Baltimore, Driver Kills Green Party Senate Candidate While She Was Riding Her Bike (Baltimore Sun)
  • Ray LaHood Wants to Explore Putting Warning Labels on Cell Phones (WaPo)
  • California Building Industry Association Continues Campaign Against SB375 (Sac Bee)
  • Mercury News Roadshow Columnist Declares an “End to SUV Bashing”
  • Construction Could Start Soon on Housing Development in Hunters View (SF Examiner)
  • Menlo Park City Council Votes to Join High-Speed Rail Lawsuit (Merc)
  • Bike Portland is Covering the Interbike Trade Expo in Vegas

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Sean

    Saw an ambulance, fire engine, and a couple police cars stationed at the Fell/Masonic intersection yesterday afternoon. All I can say is that it is really depressing that I instantly knew what had happened.

    I routinely see motorists violating the no-left-turn signal nearly every morning.

  • I hope the Masonic cyclist is OK. Depressing shit. Our streets are still so bad. How long until these cycle tracks do we think? 5, 10, 15 years?

    On the killed Green Party candidate…read your article link and another yesterday on Salon. It’s unbelievably frustrating that there is no mention in these articles about what the Escalade driver was doing. How did she not notice she was running down a cyclist? Texting? Drinking? Just being a normal, unaware driver? If the media always gets to insert “he/she wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time” why don’t we start seeing “he/she was distracted, texting, eating a hambuger, etc.” to describe the driver’s risky behavior?

  • So many headlines of pedestrians and cyclists injured or killed in collisions from all over the Bay Area. Can you post a monthly summary or category for tracking purposes?

  • Alex

    How about distracted while driving a bus?


  • Clyde

    michaelSF, the pedestrians that have been killed are rarely if ever mentioned on sf.streetsblog. At last count there were 8 posts on Yannick Linke and not a single post about Joyce Lau, the pedestrian killed at Cole and Waller by a hit and run Prius driver just two weeks later. This kind of selective outrage (read: only Bicyclists are worth remembering) is sickening.

  • smushmoth

    Was there one single mention of Mechthild Schröer, the German tourist shot as a pedestrian in Union Square? (google says no).

  • Nick

    There is a subsect of red-light runners at Fell and Masonic that show “Blatant Disregard’ for the signal. A few days ago I saw some gangster wannabees smirk as they ran the light. A lot of them know very well what they are doing. They just don’t care.

    Ticket and tow em.

  • @Clyde – there are a few things at play there.

    1) Linke’s killer has been identified. Is this true in the Lau case? With Calder going to court, there are additional stories.

    2) Linke was killed on Masonic, a road that has some inherent problems outside of Calder’s drunk driving. Is Cole and Waller a troublesome intersection or was Lau a victim of an egregious driving error compounded by the temerity of a hit and run.

    3) The cycling community is very organized, the pedestrian community not so much. This is partially a factor that the pedestrian community is “everyone” and the bonds tend to blur. Cyclists refuse to have “their own” be threatened, pedestrians don’t have such a community and society mourns but accepts pedestrian deaths.

    Had you pointed out the oversight to Bryan and Matthew the day after – perhaps by putting a comment in “Today’s Headlines” I’m sure they would have added commentary and I guarantee the readership would be pretty damn pissed. I never heard about this before and I’m pissed that it happened.

    Matthew – FYI – cyclist killed in Alviso Wednesday AM…


  • Clyde


    1. Yes.

    2. I doubt the families of Lau or Linke really care whether an intersection is considered troublesome or not. They’re both dead. Is Linke’s death worse because Masonic is more dangerous (and it is) than a crosswalk on Cole? I think Linke’s death probably had more to do with drunk driving (also an egregious driving error) than it did Masonic being dangerous (which I’m not disputing, it certainly is).

    3. “Cyclists refuse to have “their own” be threatened, pedestrians don’t have such a community and society mourns but accepts pedestrian deaths.”

    So what you’re saying then is that cyclists also “mourn but accept pedestrian deaths”? At least that’s honest. It would seem though that the bicycling community has histrionic fits by comparison when society mourns but accepts bicyclist deaths. What I find troubling though is that on a blog that purports to “transform our cities by reducing dependence on private automobiles and improving conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders” that this is the attitude? And this is really my main point. Either *really* advocate for ALL users of city streets, or hang a “Bikes Only” sign on the front of the site and be done with it.

    I’m glad you’re pissed about this, you should be. If however, streetsblog mission statement is true, why did it a take a casual-reading anonymous poster like me to point it out?

  • Clyde, I appreciate your comment and welcome the criticism but it is simply not true that we give pedestrians short shrift on Streetsblog. I invite you to enter the word pedestrian in the search bar and you will see for yourself. With that said, I acknowledge that we have not done separate posts about every pedestrian death this year, but reporting on pedestrian deaths is complicated by the fact it is extremely difficult to get information from SFPD and other sources. We make phone calls or send out emails to SFPD on these deaths, but if I can’t get information beyond what’s already been reported in the media I will usually opt not to post until I can find out more. It’s not because we don’t care. I had an intern (who was formerly an intern at Walk SF) work on a three-month project to track every pedestrian death in 2009 and she was constantly hitting brick walls with SFPD. We also found gaps in statistics between SFPD and SFMTA. I have wanted to do profiles on every pedestrian killed in 2009. This is a project we are still working on. It’s not because we don’t want to report on them, or engage in “selective coverage.” We are sometimes limited with our small staff but we will work harder to report on pedestrian deaths.

  • Walker


    I wouldn’t single out the editors so much for favoring cyclists over pedestrians, but would over favoring either over other road users. Every injury or accident on the roads is a tragedy, and if we start thinking that a dead cyclist is more tragic than a dead truck driver or motor-cyclist then we are already descending a slippery slope of non-compassion.

    The other thing I’d advise against is assuming we know the cause of an accident before the facts are out. As Bryan admits, he often doesn’t know the facts. The tendency here can be to assume that the cyclist was innocent and the driver was at fault. Yet there is zero evidence for that and, for all we know, the cyclist might have ridden across a red into the path of a vehicle.

    So again, let’s be fair and empathetic towards all those involved in an accident, and reserve judgment until the truth is revealed.

  • Clyde

    Bryan, that’s a great response, thank you.

    I found an additional article regarding Joyce Lau including another incident involving a pedestrian that happened the same day since my last comment.