Today’s Headlines

  • Four-Vehicle Crash at Oak and Divisadero Streets (SF Examiner)
  • Police Searching for Driver Who Intentionally Hit Man at Gas Station (BCN via SF ExaminerKTVU)
  • SF Examiner: In Transit-First San Francisco, Cars Still Rule the Road
  • Muni Financing Debacle Could Cost City $68 Million (Bay Citizen)
  • Man vs. Muni: Van Ness Monster Claims a Victim (SF Examiner)
  • NY Times Op-Ed: The Death of the Fringe Suburb
  • Marin Transit Hub Gets Facelift (Marin IJ)
  • Feds Grant Another $1 Billion to CA High-Speed Rail (CAHSR Blog)
  • Poll Finds Support for SMART Among Voters, But Critics Wary of Results (Marin IJ)
  • Two Killed in Separate Crashes in San Jose on Saturday Morning (KTVU)
  • Palo Alto Tries to Put Cal. Ave. Road Diet Project Back on Track After Lawsuit (PA Online)
  • Cyclist Who Killed Woman on Embarcadero Pleads Not Guilty (SFGate, BCN via SF Appeal)
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  • mikesonn

    Muni monthly fares up 64% in 3 years.
    SFMTA is failing this city left and right. And yet, Sunday and evening metering, which will actually help businesses, is still off the table. Guess this fits in nicely with the Examiner’s other piece about SF’s car-first policy.

  • mikesonn

    Not mentioning the fact that metering would actually help drivers as well. SFPark will price parking in such a way that spaces will actually be available to park in by promoting turn over. That is something that does not happen on Sundays currently since most people park Saturday night with no intention of moving until Monday morning, wasting valuable public real estate to store their private property for free.

  • Take Caltrain and bike Coyote Point!
     
    Tthis weekend my husband and I rode our bikes south on what was a very long bike ride for me–36 miles total–from Noe Valley down to Belmont. (And then took Caltrain home, thank goodness.) The best part was the bicycle infrastructure from Coyote Point Park to Belmont–fantastic! Totally off road, often along the bay riding by marshes, waterfowl.  No cars, no fumes, no lights, no stop signs. You just go and go. The pavement is pretty smooth; you have to share the path with joggers and a few pedestrians, but in general the width is good. There’s one cute bicycle/pedestrian suspension bridge you cross over, and later you go under the San Mateo bridge. Then, as you head into Belmont, there is a great bicycle bridge that goes over 101. It’s fabulous. I had no idea it existed. It sets you down on Ralston on a two-way bicycle path separate from the road.  You cross one light, turn right on Hiller (ride on the west sidewalk) go thirty feet, go left on the bike lane on Masonic, ride a long block and you’re at the Caltrain station.  So basically, you can go right from the Caltrain station ten miles all the way to Coyote Point Park on physically-separated bicycle infrastructure. (The bike lane on Masonic is not separated but it’s a quiet, low traffic block.)

    This segment would be a great day trip for active or car-free families or for folks who like to bicycle but dislike dealing with cars. I’d recommend doing it in the opposite direction I did. You could take Caltrain to Belmont (or take BART to Millbrae and then make the very easy transfer to Caltrain there, just be sure to consult the Caltrain schedule since on the weekends it only runs once an hour.)  At Belmont, take the elevator to street level, face yourself east, bike Masonic, Hiller, Ralston and within minutes you’re on the bike bridge going over the freeway. The approach to the bridge is pretty well designed (not all that steep).  I would say an energetic eight year old on a bike with a few gears could probably make it but not a beginner four year old on a tiny bike.  And once you’re on the other side of the freeway, you truly are separate from cars for miles and miles. The path is not always well marked (come on, Bay Coast Trail folks–how about a few signs that say “this way Coyote Point”, “this way Belmont Caltrain”?)  but just keep on it heading east (a canal will usually be to your right) until you get to the bay and then you’re fine.)

    At Coyote Point there are tables for picnics, a playground, and the Curiodyssey museum (why oh why did the Coyote Point Museum change it’s name?) which has various live animals and is appealing to most kids 11 and under.  And if you don’t want the 10 miles back to Belmont, there are bike lanes all but two blocks on the way to the Burlingame Caltrain station a couple miles to the west of Coyote Point Park.  (I haven’t ridden it, but it looks like the two non-bike lane blocks are not on a main street.)  I hope this link works for the route from Belmont to Coyote Point Park:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Coyote+Point+County+Park,+San+Mateo,+CA&daddr=37.57154,-122.25968+to:37.52332,-122.27392+to:belmont+caltrain,+belmont,+ca&hl=en&ll=37.572474,-122.32933&spn=0.029116,0.083342&sll=37.521844,-122.277145&sspn=0.029136,0.083342&geocode=FRWPPQIdkoC1-CGQ_ucAl77hNw%3BFdRLPQIdIHe2-Cm3ItF0NpmPgDExDdnx9rzFuw%3BFXiPPAIdgD-2-CmDIO_8Tp-PgDEoFekuQToWKg%3BFXiEPAIdFTe2-Cn1b6b6T5-PgDE34loW6gL0nQ&vpsrc=6&dirflg=b&mra=dpe&mrsp=2&sz=14&via=1,2&t=h&z=14&lci=bike

    Most of the riding is near houses and development, so it’s not like biking in the wilderness, but it’s a nice way for city families to get away from cars and have a bike adventure.

  • mikesonn

    How did the ride thru SFO treat you? It isn’t too bad if the traffic is light and you don’t have to interact with a bus. Also, which way did you take from Noe Valley to Tunnel Rd? Did you go over Bernal?

  • SFO wasn’t bad. No buses, not too much traffic at all.  Had one massive truck pass me–that was probably the worst of it. I liked the stretch of new infrastructure that was featured here a few months back. To get to Tunnel Rd (the very southern end of it) my husband convinced me to take San Jose to Alemany (Though I like the soft hit posts, San Jose is still too noisy and smelly for me.  But it does avoid the hill on Chenery.)  Nice bike lane on Alemany. Alemany to Geneva, Geneva to Bayshore (probably the worst stretch of the entire ride was on Geneva–spotty bike lanes, fighting buses, fast traffic), south along Bayshore up hill to meet up with the very end of Tunnel (turned on left Tunnel and went up over very funny bridge with lovely plaques explaining birdlife for the two pedestrians that walk over the bridge in a year) to Lagoon Way, then south on Sierra Point Parkway around lagoon.  My husband says we should have detoured back to Tunnel to avoid the hill on Bayshore, but hey, I survived.  It’s his route, I just followed along. Wound through Oyster Point going through a lot of corporate and hotel parking lots. The place is a ghost town on the weekends. Almost scary, although it would be a good place to learn how to ride a bike or drive a car.

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