Today’s Headlines

  • Two Bike Crashes Reported at Fell/Divisadero 24 Hours Apart (BCN via SF Appeal)
  • Tenderloin Ped Crash: A Surge in Shuttle Ridership and Spate of Crashes (Bay Citizen)
  • SFMTA Announces Schedule of SFPark Dogpatch/Potrero Community Meetings (Mission Local)
  • Senior Couple Gets the Boot from Muni For Not Producing Proper ID (SF Examiner)
  • Advocates Cycle from Florida to San Francisco Promoting Safer Routes to School (GJEL)
  • Saratoga Driver Found Guilty in Severely Injuring Woman on Bike (Mercury News)
  • Porsche Driver Drives Into Construction Site in the Marina, Gets Stuck (SFist)
  • Newt Gingrich’s Bus Breaks Down in West Hollywood (Streetsblog LA)
  • Senator Feinstein Decries Effort to Delay CA Train Safety Measure (CoCo Times)
  • SMART Board OKs Rail Station Near Rohnert Park Expressway (Press Democat)
  • SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Disruptions (SF Appeal)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • The article on the bike crashes at Fell/Divisadero is frustrating because it gives no information about the crashes except to say they involved cars, they happened at 6:30 pm and 7:03 pm, and that “common courtesies” are not being observed. But what exactly were the causes of the crashes? Did left-turning cars hit bicyclists? Did bicyclists get hit swerving into the traffic lane because the bike lane was blocked? Did bicyclists run the red light and get hit by cross traffic? It was dark–did the bicyclists have rear lights? Front lights?

    Knowing the circumstances of crashes occurring is essential to any efforts to make the intersection safer.

  • mikesonn

    Mission accomplished since your true motive is self-promotion.

  • Actually, I never write about myself on my blog. But of course your motives are about only good public policy, right?

  • Kevin

    Shameless self promotion

  • peternatural

    Another missed article:
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/air-pollution-tied-to-heart-and-brain-risks/

    Too bad there wasn’t an EIR before everything got paved over and turned into a car-centric hell hole.

  • mikesonn

    Took the 45 to Caltrain this morning and it was a diesel bus and its route was down 4th w/ a right on Harrison, left on 5th, left on Townsend. I didn’t see any signage expressing that this return to the original reroute was happening. Anyone know something I don’t?

    Side note: It is at least 5 min faster than the Sutter/Mason reroute that Muni has planned for the next 5 years.

  • Shmoozilla2000

     Could it have had to do with the rolling street closures for Obama’s departure?

  • mikesonn

    Very true. This was at 6:30am though. And a complete route switch?

    But the diesel makes sense if the drivers are going to be on their routes for an extended period which would have overlapped with Obama.

  • Aaron Bialick

    Legitimate question: Does the reply button not work for you?

  • Another Fact Free Comment from Bike-Nut Aaron Bialick!

  • The Greasybear

    No matter the details, cyclists’ safety requires physical separation from cars on Fell.

    Mayor Lee–these two casualties are on your hands. When you indulge 80 selfish motorists’ desire for free public storage of their private property at the expense of the safety of thousands of daily cyclists, this bloody mess is your baby.

  • Yes, good point. When you read about an injury to a cyclist on Streetsblog you always get the impression that it’s the fault of the motorist, not the cyclist. The city’s own studies show that cyclists are responsible for around 50% of their own injury accidents.

  • Though many of those crashes (no matter whose fault) could have been avoided with better street design which minimizes conflict (i.e., not a skinny bike lane squeezed between parked cars and fast auto traffic).