Today’s Headlines

  • SUV Driver Hits Family Biking on Sidewalk in Concord, Killing Two (SFGate)
  • Cyclist Chris Bucchere, Who Killed Ped, Says He Entered Intersection Lawfully (KTVU, SFGate, NBC)
  • Bicycling Groups Condemn Bucchere’s Behavior (BCN via SF ExCity Insider)
  • Two Drivers Separately Crash into Muni Train and Cars on Embarcadero (KTVU, SFGate)
  • Caltrain Ridership Up 12 Percent This Year (BCN via SF Appeal)
  • Scott Wiener (SFGate) and Other MTC Members Don’t Like Funding Free Muni for Youth (SF Examiner)
  • Supe David Chiu at Muni Anniversary: “Muni is SF’s Favorite Four-Letter Word” (BCN via SF Appeal)
  • Muni Riders Attend TEP Workshop on 8x-Bayshore and 30-Stockton Lines (BCN via NBC)
  • SF Examiner Editorial: Muni TEP Fixes Will be Painful, but They Are Necessary
  • Part of New Doyle Drive Should Be Open Before Memorial Day (Marin IJ)
  • 8 Washington Critic Raises Concern About Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Conflict of Interest (City Insider)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    And here we go again with the car carnage against cyclists and pedestrians, and SFGate’s pathetic comment peanut gallery with much less and much more passive/accepting comments on the articles where pedestrians and cyclists get killed than when a bicyclist kills somebody. Many of the comments when a pedestrian or cyclists gets killed or the usual “It’s a tragic accident” but we must move forward and not blame the motorist as they are surely having a tough time grieving over their completely innocent mistake. But when it’s a cyclist, well then the comments spew vitriol and hatred against *all* cyclists.

    Just sort the comments by “Most Popular” from the article where it was announced the pedestrian hit by the cyclist at Castro last week died:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article/comments/view?f=/c/a/2012/04/04/BAOP1NUSV0.DTL

    and then do the same for the article where the motorist killed 2 people this past weekend, (double the number of people as the Castro cyclist, and one being a child no less):
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article/comments/view?f=/c/a/2012/04/07/BASE1O0DCI.DTL

    It is amazing how the comments about the cyclist killing someone have this lynch-mob mentality spewing hatred against *all* cyclists, but the ones where the motorist does the killing (even if it’s more people and one is a child) are much more passive and, if anger is expressed, it’s mostly at this one person. To anyone who looks at this situation objectively, it’s plain to see we have such a massive bias in our society that it is preventing us from solving the real danger to people and our environment (cars) and instead scapegoating cyclists (this on top of the fact that they are a huge net health and environmental benefit to our society).

  • KQED also devoted half of Forum (http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201204090900) to the topic of “bicycle safety”. Given that they claim to be a somewhat balanced media source, I look forward to the future weekly forums addressing the safety issues posted by cars.

  • mikesonn
  • Anonymous

    The incident in Concord is particularly egregious given that the cyclists were on the sidewalk and the 17 year old driver of the Escalade had to hop a curb to kill them (he also destroyed a concrete block building after running them over).  Witnesses say he was going approximately 80 MPH in a 35 zone and the damage to the building he also hit agrees with this. 

    Perhaps it is time to require a more restrictive license for driving 3 ton death machines.

  • Anonymous
  •  Can’t wait to ride the new Doyle Drive. Oh wait.

  • Meanwhile, in Oakland, a cyclist was killed last night by the driver of an SUV: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/09/BAH41O0Q3F.DTL&tsp=1.

  • Anonymous

    Streetview of where the family was run down: http://g.co/maps/rq6k4

    Its a godawful sprawl stroad, obviously.

  • Anonymous

     http://g.co/maps/63z73 shows exactly where it happened.  The driver hopped the curb about 50 feet earlier, clipping a fire hydrant, mowed down the family then hit the building you see here with such force that it may have to be torn down.  Yes, the road design is pretty freeway-like and there was a fatal traffic accident there about 4 months ago, but in this case the blame rests 90% with the driver who was driving far, far faster than the 35 MPH limit or the 40 MPH that traffic usually travels there.

  • Anonymous

    First, the driving age is too young in this country. I think we should make “everything” (being considered an adult and not a minor, voting, serving in the military, drinking, and driving) the same age, and that should be at least 18. I would certainly entertain the idea of raising it higher, but that is a minimum. 16 is definitely way too young to be driving regardless of the type of car.

    Second, we just need to get such large vehicles off our roads, period. I don’t care how old the driver is. Sure, there are exceptions where people actually need big cars, but the majority are driven by people who just like the extra room, think they are safe (even though they are more likely to kill others and are at a much increased risk for rollovers), and have enough money combined with the true cost of gas being externalized so that they can afford to drive these inefficient trucks around mostly solo (and let their kids do so, as well).

    Third, as has been said on this website repeatedly, it’s high-time we as a society start treating effing up in a car and maiming or killing somebody as a serious crime, not just a slap on a wrist.

    Of course, most of this (excepting the age issue) will follow naturally by creating a society which is not car-centric and which prioritizes walking, cycling, and public transit as well as liveable streets over all else. This includes internalizing the true cost of gas which will automatically get this inappropriately large vehicles off our roads.

  • WinstonK, take a look at the streetviews again.  The speed limit is 45 mph.  This road lined with businesses and one of the few east-west ways to travel across town has the same limit as an expressway.  What were city planners thinking?

  • Anonymous

    And here come the very slowly and half-heartedly offered-up comments expressing sadness, mild discontent, and reminding everyone not to rush to judgement about this one person (even though those some people had not problem rushing to judgement about *every* single cyclists) … but that’s about it. No lynch mob mentality like against *all* cyclists after one idiot does something stupid. Just another day in the life of the car-centric masses tolerating the real source of death but looking for somebody else (cyclists) to scapegoat for the chaos their chosen method of travel causes ….

  • @jd_x:disqus not to mention a number of blame-the-victim style comments.

  • Anonymous

    Suburban design is such a disaster. I truly believe we will look back at it in the not too distant future and shake our heads wondering how the hell we ever thought this was either sustainable, safe, or an enjoyable way to live.

    @openid-102568:disqus I’ll tell you what the city planners were thinking: how can we most efficiently and as quickly as possible move automobile traffic through this area? Oh, and we should probably throw in some token sidewalks as a tribute to a time when people used to use them (remember when people use to walk to get places?!) and the ancient concept of a “pedestrian”. Further, sidewalks are still sometimes useful, like when somebody’s car breaks down and they have to stand on the side of the road for 30 minutes while waiting for their car to be towed. We wouldn’t want them to stand in the perfectly-manicured, chemically-maintained lawn of whatever suburban business in that generic “suburban beige” color with its faux trying-to-be-something else architecture is located there. No, no: who would actually want to spend time outside of their perfectly climate-controlled car in the dangerous, unsustainable, unforgiving, and soul-sucking suburban streets we have created … oh wait ….

  • Anonymous

     ladyfleur,
    You’re right, it is 45 there.  The road is 30 and 35 on the stretch I use most often.

  • @jd_x:disqus Agreed.  But even if no one actually walked down the street, people still need to get out of all those cars parked along this street and pull out of the business’ parking lots.  That’s very hard to do safely when the traffic is whizzing by at 45 mph.

  • Anonymous

     jd_x
    Just out of curiosity, I looked up traffic counts on Treat Blvd.  At an AADT of 41,600 they are very high, in fact they are large enough that in most of America the road would be 8 lanes instead of 6.  Roads like this present a real challenge to planners.  The best option I can think of would be to further isolate this road from pedestrians/cyclists by building barriers between the (generally wide) sidewalks and the street and by adding pedestrian overcrossings at Oak Grove and Bancroft (treat already has one of these for the Iron Horse trail).  Unfortunately such projects aren’t cheap – $3m each for the overcrossings + about $1m for the barriers, however if you can avoid just 3 deaths over the next 30 years than such improvements would pay off.

  • Anonymous

    @openid-102568:disqus 100% agreed. I’m just trying to point out the ridiculousness of suburban design. There really is no justification for the high speed limits, let alone most other aspects of suburban road design.

  • Dear Fix Masonic folks:

    Here is an update on the trial of Josh Calder, the drunk driver who killed Nils Linke in August 2010.
    I think it’s important to highlight this case to ensure that the DA knows the community (cyclists & otherwise) wants justice to be served.

    A pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 17, at 9 am in Dept 23 at the Hall of Justice and the trial is scheduled for April 27, 9 am in Dept 22.

    thanks,
    Quintin

  • mikesonn

    I’m surprised that KQED didn’t bring in and interview Rob Anderson.

  • Anderson does not care about Pedestrian safety.

  • Aaron Bialick

    Good ol’ Herbert Weiner doesn’t fall too short in filling his shoes.

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