Today’s Headlines

  • Good Preview of PARK(ing) Day Activities Planned in Oakland (OaklandNorth)
  • New Lane on 7th Street “Troubles” San Francisco Police (SF Examiner)
  • Street Artists Oppose Proposed F-Line Platform in Fisherman’s Wharf (SF Gate)
  • BART “Explores Options as It Hopes Protests Will Die Down” (SF Examiner)
  • I-580 Crash Slows BART Service on Dublin Line (SF Gate)
  • Wanna Buy a Muni Bus? Opening Bid Starts at $12,000 (SFist)
  • Santa Clara Police Issue Warning About Bicycle Thieves (Mercury News)
  • SFBG Progressive Agenda Includes Muni, Land Use Recommendations
  • Ca. HSR Ordered to Reach Out to Minority Businesses (LA Times)
  • CHP Switches Findings in Collision That Killed Cyclist (Menlo Park Patch)

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  • Chris Thomas

    Your headline about the CHP investigation of the fatal bicycle-truck incident in Menlo Park is incorrect. The new CHP report finds that the bicyclist was not at fault. Here’s a story from the Palo Alto Daily News:
    http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_18906858?nclick_check=1

  • Thanks, Chris. I’ve corrected it.

  • Peter M

    That Examiner article sure is confusing. It repeatedly mentions 7th Street, when the changes are to 7th Street NORTH and McAllister (I think the only change to 7th St itself is the left lane at Market is left-turn only) and refers to someone violating the right turn only at McAllister and Hyde as a “7th Street driver”.

    But if the police find the changes troubling they should actually do something about people doing anything dangerous rather than complaining about any changes. At least the article says that they will be keeping an eye on the area. But I wonder how troubling they thought it was when those streets were converted to one-way in the first place.

  • Peter M

    That Examiner article sure is confusing. It repeatedly mentions 7th Street, when the changes are to 7th Street NORTH and McAllister (I think the only change to 7th St itself is the left lane at Market is left-turn only) and refers to someone violating the right turn only at McAllister and Hyde as a “7th Street driver”.

    But if the police find the changes troubling they should actually do something about people doing anything dangerous rather than complaining about any changes. At least the article says that they will be keeping an eye on the area. But I wonder how troubling they thought it was when those streets were converted to one-way in the first place.

  • icarus12

    Riding my bike from 7th north across Market onto McAllister is effectively over for me.  I can’t safely use that stretch of McAllister anymore.  Tried it twice and it’s incredibly dangerous.  It forces a cyclist on the right to move across a lane of traffic to the left so as to try to continue straight along McAllister.  But both lanes (left and right) can turn right onto Leavenworth.  As cyclist you become the moving target, begging for drivers to see you and then to grant you rightful access to remaining on a straight path towards Larkin, Polk, etc.  It is madness to subject oneself to this danger!

    My not so good solution thusfar, is to merge left on 7th, turn left on Market, and take Market up to a right on Larkin to McAllister.  Or to cut through the pedestrian plaza at UN Plaza, if there aren’t too many people on it.

    This “solution” for MUNI is endangering bicyclists and backing up car traffic.  Does somebody have to die before we change this?

  • guest

    Agreed re the confusion. As always, I wish the newspapers on the lazywebs would provide embedded maps or something. This article did uncover a bit of interesting trivia: Regarding a numbered street continuing north of Market, it appears 7th is the only one.

  • EL

    icarus12 wrote: “Riding my bike from 7th north across Market onto McAllister is effectively over for me. I can’t safely use that stretch of McAllister anymore. Tried it twice and it’s incredibly dangerous. It forces a cyclist on the right to move across a lane of traffic to the left so as to try to continue straight along McAllister. But both lanes (left and right) can turn right onto Leavenworth. As cyclist you become the moving target, begging for drivers to see you and then to grant you rightful access to remaining on a straight path towards Larkin, Polk, etc.”

    That was the case even before McAllister was made two-way for Muni.  The difference is that there’s no third lane on the left to continue to Larkin, Polk, etc.  For a bike to have taken advantage of that lane, a cyclist would have to move across two lanes of traffic, and as you’ve already mentioned, one lane is tough enough.

    Of course, bicyclists now have the option to (legally) go east on McAllister past Hyde to reach Market, so that’s certainly a plus for bikes.

  • icarus12

    Hi EL,

    I thought my comment about crossing lanes might need clarification: I used to get all the way over the left on 7th Street before crossing Market.  Then I would hug the left side of the road on McAllister until passing the intersection where cars turn right onto Leavenworth.  A block further I would cross back to the right when it was safe.  Now, I don’t have that left side of the street option, because McAllister is two-way.  So, now I’m forced into the lane changing shuffle as cars are speeding towards that turn/or not turn onto Leavenworth.  That’s why I avoid it as too dangerous.  So I am biking an extra 5 blocks or so because of the danger.

    As to your other point, taking McAllister eastward, that may be useful to others.  For me, I don’t access anything in that direction.

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