Today’s Headlines

  • BART Announces It Will Replace Seats Within 9 Months (Bay Citizen, KCBS)
  • Central Subway Would “Be Costly Even If Aborted” (SF Examiner)
  • SFPD Goes After Bicyclists on Market Street Again (SF Weekly)
  • SFPark Showcased at National Transportation Convention in SF (SF Gate)
  • Foes Launch Petition Drive in Attempt to Stop SMART (Marin IJ)
  • Mill Valley Rejects Electric Charging Station; Cites Parking Loss (Marin IJ)
  • RP Driver Who Was Texting Pleads No Contest in Death of 2-year-old (CBS SF)
  • LA County Will Hire Workers Living Nearing New Transit Projects (LA Times)
  • Milpitas to Review Plan for 1,000 Housing Units Near New BART Station (Milpitas Post)
  • Air Pollution Rising in California’s National Parks (California Watch)

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  • mikesonn

    CS: Throwing (a lot of) good money after bad.

    One of the biggest complaints against the CS is the high operating costs for low ridership returns. That is the true cost we should be looking at because that will be an annual burden on a system that is already way behind the 8-ball.

  • thielges
  • Masonic will be the death…

    I just read this article about a 2 year old girl ran over and killed by a texting driver in Rohnert Park. Thought it should be part of today’s headlines as I have not seen coverage on here of this story in the past.

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110922/ARTICLES/110929813/1350?p=1&tc=pg

    Probation for killing another human with a car yet again.

  • Masonic will be the death…

    Never mind I missed the RP abbreviation. Well it is another source none the less. Thanks Streetsblog for highlighting this sad situation.

  • Bryan Goebel

    Thanks, Thielges. Missed that in my RSS feed.

  • Bryan Goebel

    Thanks, Thielges. Missed that in my RSS feed.

  • Susan

    Any update on the drunk guy who ran over and killed a cyclist  on Masonic last year?

  • Yes, Susan. Joshua Calder was ordered to stand trial last month. This is the latest from the District Attorney’s office: “On Thursday, September 1, 2011 in Department 22 of San Francisco Superior Court, the defendant was arraigned on the felony information.  The case is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, 2011 for pre trial conference in Department 23 and Thursday, November 10, 2011 for trial in Department 22.”

  • mikesonn

    Just rode home for the Ferry Building. Coming up Grant (at Green), a driver in front of me rolled a stop sign while he was talking on his cell phone. I called out to put the cell phone down and made the “hang up” hang sign. The driver then went on to cuss me out in front of my wife (and about 15 pedestrians, all of which were in danger of his horrible lack of driving skills). I was also told to leave the city and to F*(& myself several times.

    Remind me again why cyclists are the problem on our streets? This man put 15 people’s life at risk so he could have a cellphone conversation. Then he aggressively charged me with his vehicle (attempted assault?) and sped off, probably putting many more people in danger (which makes me regret calling out his infraction).

  • icarus12

    Mike, consider what you did a public service.  Thank you.

    I find the only effective way of dealing with bad responses is to continue politely defining the issue: “You are endangering others.  Please stop to reconsider your driving behavior.”  After a while, the haters get slightly embarrassed when they are screaming at a perfectly calm cyclist or pedestrian.

  • icarus12

    Mike, consider what you did a public service.  Thank you.

    I find the only effective way of dealing with bad responses is to continue politely defining the issue: “You are endangering others.  Please stop to reconsider your driving behavior.”  After a while, the haters get slightly embarrassed when they are screaming at a perfectly calm cyclist or pedestrian.

  • mikesonn

    I was worked up when I wrote this. Adrenaline and all. It just really frustrates me that the SFPD is out there completely ignoring the real issues and dangers on our streets. I’ve seen one, maybe two, drivers pulled over in SF in the 5 years that I have lived here. I know they can’t pull everyone over, but two in 5 years? Talk about not doing your job.

    But yeah, I think I also need to assess the situation better. He looked like a guy that wouldn’t care even if he ran someone over, so I probably should of just let it go. Let’s say he hits me, or worse he hits my wife, with his car. I’m sure he’d only get a slap on the wrist (if that, might he a pat on the back for staying at the scene and then be allowed to drive home).

    On a somewhat related note, as a cyclist, I can glance over into cars and see what the driver is doing. I often see them talking on their cell phones, texting away with a phone hidden down near the bottom of the steering wheel, or digging for something in the glove box/radio/cup holder. It happens so often it’s unreal. But we have the SFPD basing their (already extremely lax) enforcement on SFGate comments while ignoring the very real threats to vulnerable road-users.

    /end rant

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