Today’s Headlines

  • 75-year-old Woman Killed by Driver in East San Jose (Mercury News)
  • Reward Offered in Hit-and-Run That Killed Donald Casper (SF Gate)
  • City-Owned Asphalt Plant Sits Idle; Lack of $ for Street Repairs (SF Examiner)
  • BART Protests Not Scaring Away Passengers at SF Stations (SF Examiner)
  • Chronicle: “BART says Closing Stations Keeps Passengers Safe”
  • Anonymous Planning Another Protest, Posts New Demands (SF Examiner)
  • Should the SFMTA Take a Portion of Backseat Ad Revenue from Taxis? (SF Examiner)
  • Roadshow Column Focuses on 15mph Speed Zones Around Schools
  • New Funding Approved for Bike and Ped Projects in Burlingame (Patch)
  • Streetsblog L.A. Interviews Donald Shoup About L.A.’s ExpressPark System
  • Obama and Family Take a Bike Ride on Martha’s Vineyard (Transpo Nation)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    Roadshow:
    I’m all for safety at schools, but quite often politicians just make changes without valid reasons. If the problem is people are going 30 mph, then they simply need to enforce the current laws. It’s not appropriate to lower the speed limit in that case, as it simply punishes those who actually were obeying the limit and doesn’t really change anything for those who are speeding. Going 15 mph is really slow. When bicycles can easily exceed the speed limit, there really needs to be a
    good reason to have it that low.
    Alan Arndt

    Wow. How do you even respond to that? “There really needs to be a good reason to have it that low”? What better reason than a multitude of children in the near vicinity?

  • Charles_Siegel

    I will add that it is so expensive to enforce speed laws that it is not economically feasible.  Cities make money by enforcing parking laws, but they lose money by enforcing moving violations.  It is completely unrealistic to say that cities “just” need to enforce existing speed laws. 

  • guest

    I’m surprised you even dignified that idiotic argument with a response. He, like countless other motorists, only think that rules are put in place for purposes of punishment. Going 15 mph is “really slow”– gosh, you don’t say?!? Well, then it must be for the purpose of punishing all of us, not based on laws of physics or anything!

    Note than an SFMTA engineer even took the time to respond in the comments, but as always, a clarification on the internet falls on deaf ears.

  • David

    Maybe a few strategically placed speed humps can help keep speeds down without having to do too much “expensive” enforcement.

  • Bicyclist hit at problem intersection of Market and Octavia streets
    Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/08/bicyclist-hit-problem-intersection-market-and-octavia-streets#ixzz1VybDc3Pm
     

  • The Greasybear

    In light of SFPD’s ludicrous pretense that no motorist broke any law all day long at 5th and Market Streets during its recent harassment campaign against bicyclists, I’d like to know if the SFPD issued a citation to this motorist. Surely piloting an automobile across an occupied bike lane in a forbidden right turn, and thus injuring another road user, is as citation-worthy as riding a bike in the daytime without a reflector?

  • 94103er

    Jesus, you’d hope they cited the driver. We should lobby for a new state law: one point on your DMV record for every piece of infrastructure prohibiting a turn or whatever violation was committed. I mean, how many signs and barriers did that moron need to notice the turn wasn’t allowed there? And one extra point for turning across the bike lane, which is ALWAYS illegal.

  • Davistrain

    I wonder who’s behind these BART protests?  Back in the old days, we’d suspect Communist agitators.   My take on the whole business is: If you don’t want to get shot by the police, act like a civilized human being, and not a lunatic or a hooligan.

  • postcar

     Davistrain, are you kidding?  How can you say such a thing when BART cops shot an unarmed man in the back with his hands cuffed behind his back?  I guess that guy had it coming, right, am I right, right?  Best not to be black or homeless Davistrain, am I right, right?  Fricking lunatics and hooligans.  Act normal and yeah, maybe they won’t tase you.  But who knows.  They define normal.    Jesus.

    -Justin

  • Davistrain

    I was referring more to the guy who came at the cops with a broken bottle.  What would you do if someone came after you with knife or a busted bottle?  There’s an old saying: “Never bring a knife to a gunfight,” and the term “suicide by cop” comes to mind.  You may have a point about the handcuffed man, but even
     handcuffed suspects can be dangerous.  (and no, I am not nor have I ever been a law enforcement officer.  I just have a hard-nosed attitude toward troublemakers)

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