Today’s Headlines

  • Bay Citizen’s Scott James Tries to Drum Up Opposition to Fell and Oak Bikeways
  • Several BART Directors Frustrated by Pace of Shooting Investigation (SF Examiner, Bay Citizen)
  • KALW Asks Why SF’s Streets Are So Dangerous to Walk
  • Street Repair Bond Clears Key Hurdle Towards November Ballot (CBS 5)
  • More Details on Yesterday’s Crash at Octavia and Oak (SF Gate)
  • UCSF Shuttle in Crash Lacked Seatbelts (Bay Citizen)
  • “Carmageddon” Nears with 405 Freeway Closure in Los Angeles (SF Gate)
  • LAPD Denies Residents’ Requests to Use Closed 405 Freeway for Block Parties, Bike Rides (LAT)
  • Driver Crashes into Residential Garage on Twin Peaks Boulevard (ABC 7)
  • Novato City Council Limits Housing Density (Marin IJ) as Its Freeways Widen
  • CPUC Aims To Boost Use Of Electric Cars In California (CBS 5)
  • VTA Light Rail Now Has Wi-Fi (Mercury News)
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  • John Murphy

    VTA light rail has Wi-Fi. GGT buses have wi-fi. Where are thou Caltrain? Wi-Fi would be a game changer for Caltrain given the demographics of the potential ridership pool.

    Maybe they just don’t want any more pesky riders. The increased bike capacity has really shown the distinctions between different conductors/engineers, with some being openly hostile to the cyclists. That added revenue is helping save trains – a.k.a their jobs…

  • EL

    Bicyclist runs red light on Embarcadero at Mission and strikes pedestrian in crosswalk, causing life-threatening head injuries.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/15/BAUL1KB1PH.DTL&tsp=1

    No mention of a citation being issued (just like the one at Mission at Silver).

  • John Murphy

    El – they never cite anyone. If they didn’t see it, they need some super secret training that no cop seems to possess.

    “There will be an accident report filed with the DMV”. Standard.

    He’ll get sued. Probably he’ll lose based on the report. If he has insurance or assets he’ll pay. Won’t be worth it for the victim.

  • John Murphy

    El – they never cite anyone. If they didn’t see it, they need some super secret training that no cop seems to possess.

    “There will be an accident report filed with the DMV”. Standard.

    He’ll get sued. Probably he’ll lose based on the report. If he has insurance or assets he’ll pay. Won’t be worth it for the victim.

  • voltairesmistress

    Re: Scott James at the Bay Citizentries to drum up opposition to Fell/Oak bike lanes

    James does not need to manufacture opposition to reducing car travel lanes on Fell and Oak Streets.  The opposition is very much there among drivers.  But it is a typical situation in which you have organized groups — a bike coalition, neighborhood improvement groups, the SFMTA professionals etc. whose voices are easier to track, hear, etc.  The drivers are all individuals without a specific organization through which to lobby the supervisors, mayor, SFMTA, etc.  Furthermore, officials citing the survey appear to have misrepresented the “support” or lack of opposition to the lane use changes.

    James is doing us all a service by reaching out to constituents who have otherwise been ignored or lied about.  Instead of excoriating him, you should thank him for broadening the discourse and bringing some unwanted truths to light.

  • Fran Taylor

    The very qualities that oppress the rest of us make drivers hard to reach: They whiz through our neighborhoods without contributing anything but danger and pollution then complain that we don’t tell them about any plans afoot. How do you contact someone going past at 30 mph? The city has tried giant signs, which seems like a reasonable approach. Any other ideas?
     

  • Peapod mom

    Oh, good god. So yeah, what a bang-up job Scott James has done as a “journalist.” To wit, from his content-free ‘sidebar’ to his column:

    “Two recent plans to put in bike lanes that would have eliminated traffic lanes or street parking where [sic] halted or altered because car owners and drivers (and neighborhood residents and businesses) did not feel they were fully included in the planning process. Instead, they felt blindsided — and that the city had marginalized their concerns.”

    No. Let’s not even talk about the sloppy typos or both times committing the ‘impact’ direct-verb error (I mean, who cares? No one knows grammar and mechanics anymore!) or awkward, passive-voice construction. Let’s talk about how he can’t even get basic facts right. The Cesar Chavez bike plan snafu was for EAST CC and the issue was with the mayor’s office and Port of SF, not ‘neighborhood residents,’ etc. And I’d hardly call the pushback of parking-space removal on a few blocks of 17th on account of being ‘blindsided.’ In his own words, I recall, Scott James basically said that whole thing was held hostage by a couple johnny-come-lately business owners who didn’t take note of a bike plan that had been well vetted in public forums.

    Same goes for the current Fell-Oak proposal. You’ve been given plenty of opportunities to view and comment on the plan; the notion that drivers don’t have any organized voice is, in a word, moronic. The fact that SFMTA isn’t posting to individual homes or calling you directly seems to be bothering you. Do you think that’s a practical use of resources? 

    And you use the word ‘constituents’ as if to imply you should have any say in this at all–so tell me, do you live in SF at all? In District 5? Do you live near Oak or Fell? Not likely. But thanks for migrating over here from SFGate to share your outrage with us.

  • Peapod mom

    Oh, Scott James. Guess he’s a more interesting nemesis than the ever-tiresome Rob Anderson who liberally used the comment section on his piece to rant some more about the Masonic streetscape plan and spam us some more with links to his blog. Yawn.

    Actually? What’s most irritating–more so than Mr. James, whose smug-looking face I’m getting an increasing desire to rearrange–is the city’s distinct lack of articulate spokespeople. One could do a much better job of tersely summing up this matter: If you don’t like bike-lane improvements, you have choices of PLENTY of cities to live in. Some cities just wake up one day and realize that hemmorhaging budgets call for more emphasis on more throughput per unit of carbon per hour. That means less wear and tear on roads, fewer emissions (and I believe there’s a federal mandate for this besides), less noise, and hell, fewer lawsuits if they can figure out how to make it all safe for everybody.

    It might also behoove the Bike Coalition, etc. to remind everyone that we’re all paying for these roads. The SFGate-like logic of taxing the cyclists for any improvements has somehow wandered back into blogs and alternative news sources, where I’m hoping to see fewer idiotic comments but becoming increasingly disappointed.

    Anyway, I think the other Streetsblog regulars have grown bored of Scott James and his obvious tactics, but I do wish someone would point out to his boss what lazy, sloppy reporting this most recent work is. Christ, what an asshole.

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