Today’s Headlines

  • Bicyclists Still Not Using Sharrows on Sutter/Post; SFMTA Considering Changes (Bay Citizen)
  • More on the “Save Our Caltrain” Summit Being Planned for Tomorrow (Mercury News)
  • Mr. Roadshow Answers Questions/Ideas from Readers on Funding Solutions for Caltrain
  • Market Street Right-Turn Trials to Become Permanent; Hearing Set for Feb. 4 (City Insider)
  • BART Board Approves Contract Allowing Retail Vendors at Stations; Radulovich Opposed (SF Gate)
  • GG Bridge Board Committee Votes to Recommend Eliminating Toll Booths (SF Gate, Marin IJ)
  • Ray LaHood to Test Technology That Would Allow Cars to Detect if Drivers are Drunk (
  • DA Considering Charges Against Driver Who Hit and Killed a Toddler in Rohnert Park (Press Democrat)
  • Gehl Architects’ Birdseye View of Parking in Downtown Los Angeles (Streetsblog LA)
  • NOPA VELO’s First Bike Ride of 2011 Set for February 27th (BIKE NOPA)
  • Jenny McCarthy and Oprah: Livable Streets Advocates (via Streetsblog NY)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • ‘Let them ride sharrows’ …

  • So does making the Market St right turns “permanent” mean the MTA is going to put in the physical infrastructure necessary to ensure compliance with the policy, or does it just mean they will replace the electronic signs with a metal one and enforcement will continue to be virtually nonexistent?

  • I am definitely wondering the same thing, Steve, and plan to ask SFMTA that very question today.

  • Mike

    I understand the logic for not putting the sharrows in the bus lane, but why on earth didn’t the put them in the left lane? Seems like the completely obvious place to put them in this situation.

  • Caleb

    I think another important issue for Post and Sutter streets is getting better utilization of the existing bus-only lanes. Because private autos are allowed to make right turns out of that lane, there is flagrant abuse which practically nullifies the usefulness of the lanes to begin with. To correct this, I propose:

    1. Paint the bus lanes a solid color (perhaps orangey?), just like our new bike-only lanes, to psychologically reinforce the idea that these are not for private autos.

    2. Prohibit right turns entirely along the stretch of Post and Sutter with the dedicated bus lanes. There are still plenty of opportunities for private autos to reach destinations by making left turns. This means the bus lanes can be effectively enforced and also has a very nice side benefit of making things much safer for pedestrians crossing on their green (as there have been many accidents involving high speed right turns on these locations where two one-way streets intersect).

    I suspect that, if this proposal is followed, conditions will also improve for cyclists.

  • If the streets had proper physically separated transit lanes there wouldn’t be any issue with the sharrows being in the lane to the left of the barrier, and the transit lane would actually function to speed up muni, and the street would be safer for pedestrians.

  • EL

    Regarding Sutter, wouldn’t a barrier also block a bus from a vehicle in front that’s maneuvering for a parking space? And how are you supposed to get to that parking space unless you drove in the transit lane to begin with?

  • @EL you would move the transit lane to where the parking lane is now, then have the parking lane to the left of the barrier. This also eliminates the need for buses to have to pull in and out of transit stops because they are always curbside, and it actually creates more parking in the space that is currently wasted on pull-in bus stops.

    It also solves the issue you describe which we have in the current configuration where you do have to pull into the transit lane to park, resulting in buses having to maneuver around people who are parking or waiting for a space.


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