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  • mikesonn

     Make the Treasure Island developers pay for a portion of the West span bike lane. It will be for their benefit more than anything. You can’t add all that car traffic to the bridge, just not going to happen. You want to add people to TI, then cough up some dough. I’m sure they aren’t going to build TI for free, there is plenty of money to go around.

  • Anonymous

     If HSR is started by upgrading Caltrain or Metrolink as the LAO would like then that’s all that will ever be built.  

  • Juliapangolin

     That examiner article was impressively superficial, even for the Examiner. To go on and on about how the reason people take bikes on bart illegally is low enforcement without spending one sentence on the more important reason, totally inadequate options for getting a bike across the bay, is pretty amazing.. 

  • guest

     Katie’s comment on the Appeal’s DP placard ‘article’ (actually a poll, I guess) nearly brought me to tears. I think blogs like this one spend a little too much time piling onto easy targets like disabled placard holders and not enough on our always-inadequate city parking enforcement. Oh, and our infrastructure in general.

    After all, how many people who are now DP placard holders were once able-bodied citizens, only to be mowed down by a car? There but for the grace of fate go yourself. And many of these people–Katie the commenter included–do try to brave Muni once in a while. But if you’re young and disabled, prepare to get harassed for inconveniencing everyone while riding.

  • JF

     Caltrans (not Caltrain) running HSR? They plan the movement of cars not mass transit! Does anyone know where this idea came from and who is pushing it?

  • Drunk Engineer

    Unlike Caltrans, CHSRA has no skill-set for managing large-scale construction projects. HSR uses similar construction methods as freeways (just replace asphalt with rails), so Caltrans is well-suited.

  • JF

     Sounds like a power grab to me. Caltrans has been loosing power for some time to the MPO’s and now they see a chance to get more money from HSR. Same thing with the central valley. Take money from HSR and apply it to commuter rail upgrades so suburban politicians can have a ribbon cutting ceremony.

  • jd

    I agree with JF. Caltrans is car-centric, and so I don’t trust their ability to think about transportation outside that realm. Just go look at their website: it’s all about highways and freeways. We need new ideas (well, for the US at least) and I don’t trust those will come from Caltrans.

  • jd

    Totally agree. That was such a biased article just trying to reinforce the (incorrect) image of all bicyclists as scofflaws. Drives me nuts to read that crap. It is ridiculously that bicyclists can’t get across the bay during rush hour, and like you said, that is the real problem.

  • icarus12

     I am putting my comment here in hopes of directing other readers’ attention to some of Streetsblog’s more policy-oriented articles.  Today there’s a great one on how the Brookings Institute mapped the relatively meager percentage of jobs one can get to from a metro home via public transit.  Yeah, maybe this doesn’t raise the blood pressure the way a bike-car accident article does, but it’s much more thought provoking.  These policy articles don’t get nearly the comments and discussion they deserve.

  • Anonymous

    Usually because those articles draw no trolls.

  • mikesonn

    I read it and commented. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Masonic will be the death…

    The Bay Bridge bike lane fiasco chaps my hide. I remember speaking with one of the contractor reps at the old Mint open house. I quized him on the bike lane lane for the east span and any plans for the western span.He of course said he new of no bike lane plan for the western span, which there isn’t.

    He then jokingly told me the lane on the eastern span will be beautiful if people can get to it. At the time I took it as an ignorant joke about people actually wanting to bike the bridge. But I guess what he meant was if people could literally get to it. Another example of inexcusable poor planning.

    I admitedly would only use the bay bridge for rec rides, but can imagine how frustrating this is for those who commute daily and are missing out on a nice ride with a great view and instead are stuck in a smelling train in a tunnel.

  • Masonic will be the death…

    The Bay Bridge bike lane fiasco chaps my hide. I remember speaking with one of the contractor reps at the old Mint open house. I quized him on the bike lane lane for the east span and any plans for the western span.He of course said he new of no bike lane plan for the western span, which there isn’t.

    He then jokingly told me the lane on the eastern span will be beautiful if people can get to it. At the time I took it as an ignorant joke about people actually wanting to bike the bridge. But I guess what he meant was if people could literally get to it. Another example of inexcusable poor planning.

    I admitedly would only use the bay bridge for rec rides, but can imagine how frustrating this is for those who commute daily and are missing out on a nice ride with a great view and instead are stuck in a smelling train in a tunnel.

  • speaking of those scofflaw cyclists…

     http://chainreactionblogs.com/diary/2011/05/12/can-you-drive-that-fast-on-skyline-apparently-not/

  • Wow, murphstahoe, quite a video of reckless speeding and the instant karma result. I’ve driven that road many times. The speed that car was going was beyond ridiculous.

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