Today’s Headlines

  • Supervisor Avalos Calls on Supes to Take Steps to Appoint New Mayor (SF Gate)
  • Supes Pass Car Share Parking Plan in Unanimous Vote (SF Examiner)
  • And Board Also Passed Supervisor Mirkarimi’s Parking Operators Legislation (SF Exam)
  • AC Transit, Drivers Union Reach Tentative Agreement (BCN via SF Exam)
  • Dumbarton Rail Bridge “Back on Track, But Still Faces Funding Shortage” (Daily News)
  • Bay Area Toll Authority to Consider New Study on Transbay Crossing (SF Gate)
  • SF Appeal Breaks Down Sit/Lie Vote: It Didn’t Win in the Haight But Did in Pacific Heights
  • In Benicia, Community Holds a Scrap Metal Drive to Fund Crossing Guards (ABC7)
  • Andrew Ross: “Parking Threatens to Curb Whole Foods in Castro”
  • Crash That Injured Jr. High Students at Fremont Intersection Prompts Call for Traffic Signal (Roadshow)
  • Bike Portland: “Would ‘Strict Liability’ Help Curb America’s Distracted Driving Habit?”
  • Car-Free New Yorkers Save $14K Per Year, Says APTA (Transpo Nation via Streetsblog NY)
  • SFMTA Installs Shield on Bike Light at Masonic and Fell (BIKE NOPA)
  • Bike Thefts on the Rise in San Anselmo (Marin IJ)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Reason put up a nice video on “The High Cost of Free Parking” yesterday
    http://reason.tv/video/show/donald-shoups-3-solutions-for

    Interesting after Shoup’s recent jabs at Cato 🙂

  • “The Economics of Happiness” (official trailer)

    http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/

    “The second half of The Economics of Happiness provides not only inspiration, but practical solutions. Arguing that economic localization is a strategic solution multiplier that can solve our most serious problems, the film spells out the policy changes needed to enable local businesses to survive and prosper. . . They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness challenges us to restore our faith in humanity, challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.”

  • Thanks for both links!

  • Nick

    Re: Bike Nopa article

    If only the MTA could find a way to engineer out the blatant disregard for the red-turn arrow. Approach that intersection slowly.

  • Why can’t they just put a crossing gate between the crosswalk/bike crossing and the intersection? Would this require a change to the CVC or something?

    It seems much more effective (24/7 coverage) and economical over the long term than having police constantly monitoring the intersection.

  • Here’s a nice WTF to end your day on.

  • Mike,
    That is the same study that will look at adding another transbay tube.

  • Ok, cool. So not all WTF, only partially.