Today’s Headlines

  • New Whole Foods on Market Street Will Be “Model for Traffic” (Andrew Ross)
  • Rachel Gordon Writes a Pretty Good Piece on the Cesar Chavez Street Redesign
  • Caltrain Considering Five Proposals to Operate Rail Service (SM Daily Journal)
  • Major Safety Upgrades Being Planned for Caltrain in 2011 (via Mercury News)
  • “Jerry Brown’s Talk of Ending Redevelopment Sparks Fears, Cheers Around California” (Merc)
  • Complaint from Taxi Driver Indicates Fewer Speeders on Masonic Due to Signal Changes (BIKE NOPA)
  • SF Supes Prez David Chiu Withdraws His Name from Consideration for DA (SF Examiner, City Insider)
  • Bay Citizen Chronicles Behind-the-Scenes Politics That Made Ed Lee Mayoral Front-Runner
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested in Death of Sacramento Bicyclist (Sac Bee)
  • Downtown Toronto to Get Physically Separated Bike Lanes; Mayor Not Opposed (Biking Toronto)
  • ‘Yarn Bomb’ Hits San Rafael Bike Rack; Now It Looks “Cozy” (Marin IJ)
  • Show Your Legs on Sunday: Ride BART Without Pants (SF Appeal)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • While I support Whole Foods going into the location at Dolores and Market (if only because it will take pressure off the one in Noe Valley), this is a joke:

    “We agreed that we are responsible for abating any traffic queuing into the parking garage, using the measures we have used successfully at our other San Francisco locations,” said R. Adam Smith, Whole Foods’ executive coordinator for design and construction.

    On street traffic queues at the Noe Valley Whole Foods store on 24th street are a nightmare. There are times when the entire block is snarled in both directions. I cannot call whatever Whole Foods is doing as “abatement” as successful in the least. The city should measure the average number of cars on the street waiting to turn into the parking lot between the hours of 9 and 6 on an average day and charge Whole Foods $500,0000 per year per car. They should also do this for Trader Joes on Masonic. And probably Rainbow, too. If private corporations want to take over public space and pollute the environment with idling engines for the benefit of their business, they should pay to do so.

    Personally, I’d like to see all the spaces at the Noe Valley Whole Foods made handicapped only. If you need to drive to Whole Foods, please go to the one in Potrero Hill.

  • That article also doesn’t make it clear whether Whole Foods is actually going to charge for parking, which would be a solution toward preventing the queue. I’m trying to clarifying that point with Planning and Whole Foods.