Today’s Headlines

  • Muni to Get $2.7 Million in Property Tax Revenue; Will Help Restore Service (SF Examiner)
  • SFMTA Hires Central Subway Consultant for $22 Million Over 8 Years (SF Examiner)
  • Bill Gates Donates $700,000 to Help Defeat Prop 23 (Sac Bee, AP via CBS)
  • Prop 23 Would Be Bad News for Farmers Trying to Become More Sustainable (AlterNet)
  • In Latest Poll, 48 Percent of Surveyed Voters Oppose Prop 23 (Cal Watch)
  • Citing Safety Concerns, SamTrans Will Keep Gate Closed to Cyclists Along Bay Trail (SM Daily News)
  • SFMTA Converting Old Parking Meter Poles Into Bike Parking (City Insider)
  • Those Darn Cyclists. They Just Don’t Understand How “Normal People” Live in Glen Park (SF Examiner)
  • Mercury News: San Jose Bike Party Attracts Cyclists “But No Politics”
  • Trader Joe’s Delays Move to Castro Over Parking, “Irresolvable Traffic Concerns” (SF Gate)
  • Burlingame Homeowners Will Get Help Fixing Sidewalks in Disrepair (SF Examiner)
  • SMART in Dispute Over Use of Tracks to Run Freight Trains Through Novato (Marin IJ)

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  • Fran Taylor

    From the Glen Park story:

    “Freeway-style traffic has come to the Glen Park community … in the past decade because of the success of several new restaurants, a BART station, more Muni lines and direct access to Interstate 280.”

    Can someone please explain how a BART station and more Muni lines (like the discontinued #26?) increase traffic? The Examiner is, as usual, a bit confused.

  • @Glen Park article. Old people prefer high traffic speeds and dislike pedestrian-safety infrastructure?? Not in my neighborhood. These urban suburbanites need to wake up and smell the coffee–even Walnut Creek, much more of a suburb than Glen Park, has a lot of bike lanes. And most of the people I see on them are old codgers.

    J

  • Sad thing is that while these older folks are blocking pedestrian safety and keeping the car king, they keep getting older and are soon going to be unable to drive. Then they are either going to be forced to have someone driver them around or be relocated to a retirement home. Shame that in their twilight they kept praising the steel box that will eventually lead to their isolation.

  • The dilemma of the proposed Trader Joe’s on Upper Market Street is an interesting one. On the one hand, I would dearly love to see a Trader Joe’s open there, and if it had decent bike parking, I would do my weekly shopping there. It would serve a dense, high foot traffic neighborhood, so one would think many, if not most of its customers would arrive by means other than auto.

    It surprised me to learn that there is a parking lot at this proposed location on what looks to be the top of the building. (I had no idea.) From google maps, it looks quite small–maybe 30 – 35 spots in a fairly tight space. This parking area is accessed quite a distance away, through a building around the corner off of Noe Street.

    A large problem here is that this section Noe Street is quite tight–there’s no room for a car queue. Even worse, if the queue backed up onto Market Street, it could snarl traffic horribly.

    In order to reduce demand for this tiny amount of parking with possibly enormous traffic consequences, the Planning Department is requiring Trader Joe’s to charge for the spaces. Trader Joe’s is balking, saying they’ll walk away from the project rather than do this.

    I think there is a better way to approach this. First, I would require half of the parking to be reserved for disabled/handicapped. Second, I would say Trader Joe’s should be allowed to give a free parking pass to anyone disabled or to anyone who spends over $100 in the store (and hence might be buying enough groceries to need a car for transport.) Everyone else who parked in the lot would have to purchase a pass from the cashier for $3. Big spenders will feel great. Trader Joe’s is giving them something of value for free! All foot traffic and bicycle customers will feel great. They saved themselves $3! The only people who won’t feel great are the people don’t live in the neighborhood and want to run in for a bottle of wine or a loaf of bread. But this is a dense, urban spot. If someone really needs to drive, Safeway up the street is probably a better choice.

  • Funny anecdote from talking to someone from the Noe Valley Voice. BART is talking about getting rid of the parking lot at Glen Park BART. Some Glen Park folks are upset because “Where will I park when I go to Canyon Market?” The lot is supposed to be for BART users only but shh….

  • “A large problem here is that this section Noe Street is quite tight–there’s no room for a car queue.”

    What are you talking about? Noe Street is a major thoroughfare! Has been since before the Indians!

    Oh wait, wrong battle.

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