Today’s Headlines

  • Pedestrian Injured by Driver at Divisadero and Page (BCN via ABC7, SF Exam)
  • Man Seriously Injured After Being Struck by Driver on 19th Avenue (BCN via Appeal)
  • BART Protest Yesterday Was Smaller; No Stations Closed (SF Gate, SF Examiner)
  • Park Service Wants to End Free Parking at Crissy Field (SF Examiner)
  • AC Transit to Pay $10.5 Million to Woman Critically Injured by Bus Driver (SF Gate)
  • Merc Columnist: “Death of an Apple Engineer Rattles Us Still”
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Who Injured Cyclist in Encinitas Sentenced (KFMB)
  • Truck Driver Caught on Cam Trying to Run Down a Cyclist in D.C. (WUSA)
  • CAHSRA Cites Improvements in High-Speed Rail Ridership Model (Cal Watch)
  • File Under “Good Problems to Have”: Copenhagen’s Bike Congestion (Guardian)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    SF Examiner’s sky is falling over paying for parking at Crissy Field.

    But this is the money quote:
    “I wouldn’t pay that — not $6,” said James Denton, 30, of Monterey, while visiting Crissy Field on Saturday. “I would park somewhere else and walk toward the bridge. It’s cheaper to drive across it and come back.”

  • Guest

    I’m sure the GG Transportation District (or whatever it’s called) that runs the bridge would love that. Though I’m not sure how far he’d have to park since the lot directly across the bridge would fill up pretty quickly.

  • peternatural

    The article itself seemed rational (no sky falling), though some of the commenters did seem miffed. (I added my own comment to balance it out a little 😉

    Also: $6 is for all day. You could have a nice 3-hour picnic for the bargain price of just $3. (Or bike over and it’s free 😉

  • mikesonn

    I felt the print version, especially the headline, was much more on the edge than the online one linked (sadly, I left mine on the train so I can’t copy it verbatim).

    “but taxpayers don’t owe you free parking.”Them’s fightin’ words…

  • icarus12

    I watched the video of the DC area cyclist wearing a helmet cam getting harassed, knocked down(?) by the passing driver.  (Somehow the bicyclist fell, and it is unclear why.  Pushed?)  Anyway, the story says the attack was unprovoked.  This is largely true — the cyclist was riding along without interacting with anybody, and the driver pulled up close and upset because the cyclist was taking the lane. There is never any excuse for hurting somebody.  I am glad he is okay.

    But here’s what I noticed: with plenty of room and no road debris, there was a full lane to the right for the cyclist to ride in for blocks.  Then, in another block there was still room for the cyclist to ride to the right while still avoiding dooring by drivers of parked cars.  Those lanes were pretty wide.  Instead, he took the full travel lane. Legal?  Of course.  It’s the cyclist judgment call.  Considerate of other road users?  Hardly.  Given his helmet cam, I wondered if he was out there trollling for aggression.

    I ride nearly every day in San Francisco, sometimes in the East Bay and occasionally in Marin.  I take the lane when I have to for safety, not to make a political point.  And yes, I think the infrastructure is still sub-standard and we need lots more bike lanes, and lots more changes.  It makes me mad that I have to pass through dangerous sections of road, and I want to see that keep changing.  But when there’s room for all, fellow cyclists, let the swifter traffic (including your fellow cyclists) pass by you.  Be considerate, and most of the time you will find drivers showing you courtesy.  That’s been my experience.  Not a single nasty exchange of words with drivers to date, though I have pointed out politely at times when they need to give me a bit more space.

  • mikesonn

    I was thinking the same thing, but then I watched the video several times. There is parking in the right lane and maybe he was just passing an open stretch. Is it not safer to ride predictably than to weave in and out? And at what distance between parked cars does it then become “considerate” to slide to the right when you know full well that you’ll have to move back into the 2nd lane?

    Also, the driver pulled up on him while the cars were still parked to his right. And as for him getting bumped, you can hear a couple of sounds right before he goes down. It sounded like the bed of the truck clipped his handle bars.

  • $6!!! What’s gas money from Monterey to San Francisco, round trip, $50?

  • Not a single nasty exchange of words with drivers to date…

    –> Move to the East Coast and get back to me. Drivers here have a decent amount of cluelessness but as a whole are not hostile, and even the hostile ones are rarely dangerous. Friends in Boulder(!!!) talk of routinely getting hit with open *beercans*

  • icarus12

    murphastone, you do have a point.  I lived back east in a pretty tough, mid-size city.  And I got abuse from drivers — mostly uneducated fools who didn’t know bicyclists had a right to be on the road.  It was pretty bad sometimes — I remember a couple of incidents like they were yesterday.

    So it really does matter that we work to change road and street culture/etiquette everywhere.  That involves a lot of local work.

    I mentioned in past posts that riding around Helsinki a few weeks ago was a revelation to me.  The driving culture there is slow and cautious and courteous toward pedestrians and cyclists.  Cyclists are cautious, law-abiding, and courteous toward sometimes wandering pedestrians.   I already ride my bike that way, but I am working at changing my own driving habits to reflect what I saw.  Just another data point in support of shifting the culture of road/street use locality by locality.

  • The Greasybear

    SFPD apparently has no trouble making snap decisions about who caused an accident and how–as long as the decision can’t be used to ding a beloved motorist. SFPD told the Examiner the severely injured pedestrian “was jaywalking” on 19th Street and was struck by a car. Didn’t investigators need months and months to devine what actually happened before assigning blame in the media? This is, after all, the same SFPD that sees a dead pedestrian in the crosswalk under an SUV and, geez, they dunno if the motorist violated any law…so they’ll defer to investigators and refuse to issue a citation, of course. Anything to shelter the motorist from the consequences of his actions, but non-motorists? Eh, not so much. Double standards that favor motorists and work against cyclists and pedestrians–SFPD bias, bias, bias.

  • EL

    Criminal investigators usually take months and months.  Traffic investigators usually take a few days at most.

  • mikesonn

    @aab6d03eb78119ada48b049629f44938:disqus  So just hitting a pedestrian with your vehicle is not criminal? Only if they die?

  • Did you notice how there was very light traffic, and two lanes in that direction? He wasnt impeding anyone, the passing lane was 100% open.

  • EL

    mikesonn – Which of the following is a crime:

    Motorist strikes and kills pedestrian jaywalking at night across 6 lanes of 19th Avenue,

    or

    Bicyclist runs red light in broad daylight, strikes and kills pedestrian crossing legally at Embarcadero / Mission?

  • mikesonn

    If there is an injury, then there should be a criminal investigation.

    And kudos to getting a “dig” in on cyclists.

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