Today’s Headlines

  • BART Board Expected to Name New GM Today (SF Examiner)
  • Most Mayoral Candidates Agree Car-Free Market is a Good Idea (City Insider)
  • San Jose to Consider 15mph Speed Zones Around Schools (Mercury News)
  • 65-year-old Man Hospitalized; Hit by Driver on Divisadero/Sutter (BCN via SF Appeal)
  • Driver Charged in Hit-and-Run Death of 4-year-old Appears in Court (Press Democrat)
  • CAHSR Blog: “Getting the Reporting Right on High-Speed Rail Cost Estimates”
  • Taxi Meter Rates to Rise, SF “One of the Costliest Places…to Snag a Cab” (SF Examiner)
  • David  Chiu’s Mayoral Campaign Races Six Modes of Travel: Bicycle Wins (Bay Bikers)
  • Press Democrat: “Cycling an Exercise in Trust for Blind Riders”
  • New SMART General Manager “Responds to Critics” (Press Democrat)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    “David rode the bike, btw. I asked him if he obeyed all traffic laws. “Yes, we were very careful about that,” he said. (We didn’t hear from the Bus or taxi racers if their drivers did the same.)”

  • mikesonn

    Re: Car-free Market

    “Supervisor David Chiu indicated he wouldn’t hesitate to close Market to cars.”

    David, you are President of BoS. You could be pushing for this NOW. Show us that you have the will and you’ll get the votes. Promises don’t mean anything, actions do.

  • Fran Taylor

    “The 65-year-old man was walking in the crosswalk, headed west on Sutter Street, when he was struck by a car that was turning south onto Divisadero Street from westbound Sutter Street, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said….The driver of the car stopped at the scene and cooperated with officers. The cause of the collision is under investigation, but both the pedestrian and driver had a green light, according to Esparza.”

    Sounds pretty obvious that the driver turned into the pedestrian. “Having the green light” doesn’t mean having the power to mow down people in the crosswalk. Typical SFPD contortions to avoid blaming the driver.

  • SteveS

    It looks like the Metro was five minutes faster than the bus, which sounds about right for that distance. For short trips on Market, you’re often better off just grabbing something on the surface than taking the time to go underground to take advantage of the underwhelming speed advantage of the Metro.

    It’s also a good example of how little utility we’re getting out of the Metro system. We’re now spending $2,000 per San Franciscan for the Central Subway; I imagine that you could buy everyone in the city a pretty nice bike for that price!

  • mikesonn

    @cf7cd2a7184954f71ead9aadc77ae732:disqus You are correct, it was 5 min faster and that makes sense. Either way, the first question shouldn’t be, “did you break the law?”.

    And yeah, think if we enforced the bus only lane on Stockton south of the tunnel. Or, heaven forbid, made Stockton transit only (or even transit priority).

  • The Greasybear

    Ride a bike in daylight without a reflector, and SFPD will pull you out of traffic and cite you. Mow down a cyclist or pedestrian in your car while making an illegal turn into a crosswalk or bike lane, and SFPD will trip over itself finding a reason why it just cannot possibly cite anyone for anything.

    There is no way the motorist in this latest example is not entirely at fault for hitting a pedestrian in a crosswalk with the green. Why does SFPD compulsively give a free pass to the most harmful road users while simultaneously harassing the least harmful road users?

  • peternatural

    I agree the question was questionable. But on the plus side, if you read the comments in the original article, there are quite a few who barely read it and jumped in to comment: “How many red lights did he run? How many helpless old ladies did he run over on the sidewalk??” Those comments received lots of negative replies about poor reading comprehension, thanks to the question in question!

  • mikesonn

    I guess that’s the world we live in.

  • mikesonn

    Matt Smith on Central Subway.

    Even Peskin is against it now. If only we could get someone who is currently holding office to speak up for Muni.

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