Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Developing New “Smart” Card for Parking, Taxis, and Maybe Muni (City Insider)
  • Muni Seeks to Cut Down on ‘Bunches and Gaps’ (SF Examiner)
  • More on the SFMTA Audit (SF Examiner)
  • Caltrans Defends Safety of Bay Bridge After Firing Technician (SFGate)
  • Unlicensed Driver Hits CHP Motorcycle Officer in Santa Rosa (CBS 5)
  • Road Rage Erupts Into Rough-and-Tumble Fight in Danville (CoCo Times)
  • Top Five Myths About Bikeshare (GJEL)
  • Sacramento to Hold Community Meeting on Climate Action Plan Tonight (SacBee)
  • SFO Airport Increases Parking Fee to Increase Turnover (SF Examiner)
  • SMART Supporters to Rally Against Repeal Tomorrow (Press Democrat)
  • Santa Rosa Council Funds Study of Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge (Press Democrat)
  • Was Driver Distraction a Factor in Cyclist Death Caused By 18-Year-Old Pickup Driver? (Mercury News)
More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill
  • mikesonn

    SFPark takes credit cards, why does the SFMTA need to create their own card? Which wonderful private-sector contractor is behind this?

  • Looked like there was a bicycle-auto collision on Baker outside the DMV this morning. Seemed pretty bad but I didn’t stick around. Anyone have more info?

  • Really nice article in the Globe and Mail, “Are we reaching ‘peak car’?”  I was especially impressed by the reader comments, though admittedly I only read the first 50 or so top-rated ones.  (Are Canadians really that much smarter/enlightened than Americans?)

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/are-we-reaching-peak-car/article2210139/

    From the article:
    “As people drive less, governments also should prepare for a drop in
    revenue from fuel taxes, an eventuality that could in itself limit how
    many roads are built, Mr. Tomer says. But over the long term, building
    fewer roads could bring economic relief to cities and their residents,
    as auto-oriented cities spend twice as much to get people around than
    cities that rely more heavily on public transit, walking and cycling.”

    Note to San Francisco:  Our streets are expensive! Shifting people’s travel modes from private cars to walking, biking and public transit means substantially less wear and tear on our pavement and correspondingly less maintenance and repair expense. Given we are now paying for our street repair through bonds (to be repaid via an increase in city property tax), we especially want people from the suburbs (who are not paying this bond expense) to come to the city via BART, Caltrain, or ferry as much as possible and leave their heavy, road-damaging cars at home.

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