Today’s Headlines

  • Second Suspect Arrested in Muni Bus Arson (SFExamCoCoTimesMuniDiaries)
  • Post-Election Ballots Inch Alameda County’s Measure B1 Closer to Victory (SFGateEBBCExaminer.com)
  • D8 Supe Scott Wiener: Muni Should Prioritize Service Improvements Over Free Youth Fares
  • “Historic” Jefferson St. Train Tracks Pose Danger to Cyclists (SFGate)
  • Discussion of Masonic Traffic Patterns, Oak St. Bike Lanes at Tonight’s HANC Meeting (Uppercasing)
  • SFBC and SFMTA Team Up for Free Bike Lights Campaign
  • KRON’s Stanley Roberts Goes After Cyclists on the Wiggle. Again.
  • Elderly Disabled Sonoma Man Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Lit Crosswalk (PressDemoKTVU)
  • Caltrain Collides With Car in Redwood City After Driver Turns Onto Tracks (CBSMerc)
  • SMART North Bay Commuter Rail on Schedule for 2016 Opening (PressDemo)
  • Peninsula Cities Receive $2.1M Settlement Over Facebook Campus Traffic Concerns (BayCitizen)

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  • mikesonn

    I know Stanley likes the ratings that come via bike stories, but if he was there for as long as he said and saw as much as he saw, his highlights are pretty boring. Not once did a cyclist impede on someone else’s right-of-way.

    Really this is a non-story.

  • Anonymous

    Well, there is a cyclist cutting off a pedestrian with a stroller at 1:55, but that is certainly something we see drivers do on a constant basis as well, so it is more of a “road user” issue and not a “scofflaw cyclist” issue. It looks like the cyclist was going slow enough that she could have easily stopped in time if the pedestrian asserted her right of way.

  • mikesonn

    Ah, yes. My mistake. ONE ROW infraction in over 2 hours of taping.

  • mikesonn

    Heard a rumor that the Fell/Oak project is put on hold because it has been appealed to BoS. Is that true? Anyone have information on that?

  • voltairesmistress

    Great news about the SMART train line getting built on schedule and with extra revenues coming in.  Does anyone know if and when the North Bay counties will be able to start or complete the second portion from San Rafael to Larkspur Ferry Terminal?

  • Joel

    It’s still inexcusable. Bicyclists should at least obey the Idaho stop law, which requires riders to yield at stop signs or stop completely if it’s a blind intersection.

  • SFMTA says it has not been put on hold: “We are confident in the environmental work that went into this project.” I’m watching for developments.

  • mikesonn

    Thanks Aaron for looking into this. Apparently the lanes are half removed and cars are still parking there. Stay on their case, this needs to get sooner rather than later as it is a dangerous situation out there right now. Can’t let them daudle.

  • From what I’ve observed, SFMTA seems to have installed the “No Stopping” signs but aren’t enforcing them yet. I caught a glimpse of a flyer on a windshield wiper reading something like “SFMTA Parking Changes,” which gives me the idea that they’re still giving parkers a heads-up and a grace period before the bike lane is actually in. SFMTA also said completion of lane striping largely depends on weather (it just started pouring, at least where I’m at on the west side, so that’s not a good sign).

  • Fellow bicyclists!  I rode home through GG Park and the Panhandle yesterday after dark and saw that there are way too many folks riding without lights–any lights at all.  AT MINIMUM you need a rear red blinky and a front white light. But it’s getting towards the holidays–why not be festive?  I ride with a Monkey Light by Monkeylectric that makes patterns on my wheels as I ride, which is fun, but there are also cheaper options for festive lighting. 

    Here’s a nice site with fiberoptic handlebar streamer lights (only $12!), a pattern-making led system you clip on your spokes (similar to Monkey light), as well as standard safety lights.  http://www.lightsforalloccasions.com/c-292-bicycle-lights.aspx

    Or here’s do-it-yourself instructions on how to put a string of holiday lights on your bike: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Holiday-Bicycle-How-to-run-Christmas-Lights-o/

    Please, please, please realize that without lights (or wild amounts of reflective clothing) you are literally invisible to car drivers and you are seriously increasing your probability of getting smashed flat like a bug.  Be visible, be festive, be proud.  Let the world know you’re there!

  • The worst offender is Ted and Al’s Towing on Fell just past Divisadero.  Their trucks are huge, evil and at least one is always sitting there, pushing me into 40 mph traffic.

  • mikesonn

    Does Scott Wiener support the Central Subway?

  • SuperGuest!

    Well he did provide plenty of evidence that yielding seems to work fine.

  • Anonymous

    @disqus_AmlzRKbTsR:disqus Agreed. In fact, I don’t think anybody here would disagree. But the point is, cyclists following the Idaho stop laws are safe for themselves and pedestrians, and certainly much less dangerous to all compared to cars. Stanley’s piece is in fact more evidence that the Idaho Stop laws should be implemented here.

  • Anonymous

    @KarenLynnAllen:disqus Totally agree. They should have been ticketed even before the current changes. I’m so tired of businesses thinking they are entitled to free street space, especially when they spill over onto bike lanes.

  • Anonymous

    Regarding Stanley’s gotcha story, I think the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh put it best…”it’s just a bunch of gobble gobble turkey gobble from jive turkey gobblers.”

  • Anonymous

    Re: Caltrain’s continual delays

    I know Caltrain is working on a system to provide real-time updates which is supposed to be operational next year, but why can’t they just use Twitter in the meantime? Last night, it was so frustrating trying to figure out where trains where, and Caltrain’s announcements that “all trains are delayed 10 minutes to 1.5 hours” is completely useless; it’s impossible to plan anything around such an announcement because you don’t know if it’s 10 minutes or 1.5 hours or something in between, so you just have to sit there wasting time. If they just got on Twitter and said where each train was, that would be crazy helpful. At least I could go out and get some dinner or something if I know it’s going to be an hour rather than waiting thinking it could be any minute.

  • I wish the cyclists with ultra-highbeams would tone it down though. Blinding cyclists coming towards you doesn’t help anybody.

  • Gneiss

    Why not work with the city to post ‘cyclists yield’ under the Stop signs?  That would make it clear that cyclists need to yield to oncoming traffic while cars must stop at those blocks on the wiggle rather than trying to engage the ‘Stop means Stop’ crowd (i.e. Stanley Roberts), or getting an Idaho like state law passed in California.

  • Anonymous

    @google-c1054b713ae4d63cc3ebaf620c20fb35:disqus Hah, I have been thinking the same thing recently. At my workplace, our cycling club has been having a discussion over emails and people are crazy. These people all talk about these lights that are nearly as bright as car headlights (but without any fixed mounting so they are aimed down) and it’s just nuts. Unless you are biking somewhere with no lights (like rural roads), you don’t need anything but a blinker (so you are seen, not so you can see since the street lights take care of that). We are so nuts with our technology … we can’t just take a little bit of something … we have to go full blast.

    But yes, I had one of those bright-as-a-car-headlight bike lights the other day coming at me and it was definitely blinding. That needs to stop.

  • jd – I don’t want to just be seen. I want the driver of that car to think I am on a motorcycle so they worry more about the damage to their car that hitting me might cause.

  • @twitter-14678929:disqus / @jd_x:disqus : I’m really only talking about the panhandle path where there are no cars. Yes, you need some moderate amount of light to see the path (but with lamposts there really is enough ambient light). These guys ride with lights like they’d need to do some nighttime MTBing and on that path where you don’t need to worry about cars it is really unnecessary.

  • Anonymous

    @twitter-14678929:disqus Hadn’t thought of that. Well, at least I wish cyclists would make sure the lights are aimed downwards (like a car) instead of level because it truly can be blinding. But really, as we move to have better bicycle infrastructure (separated from cars), I would hope we feel less of the need to make ourselves feel like a car. I get your point, but it seems a bit excessive to me. But of all the problems I have when I ride, this is near the bottom.

    @google-c1054b713ae4d63cc3ebaf620c20fb35:disqus Thing is, nobody changes their light when their on the Panhandle and then uses another one when they’re back on the streets. They are using that crazy powerful light everywhere they go.

  • Anonymous

    @twitter-14678929:disqus Hadn’t thought of that. Well, at least I wish cyclists would make sure the lights are aimed downwards (like a car) instead of level because it truly can be blinding. But really, as we move to have better bicycle infrastructure (separated from cars), I would hope we feel less of the need to make ourselves feel like a car. I get your point, but it seems a bit excessive to me. But of all the problems I have when I ride, this is near the bottom.

    @google-c1054b713ae4d63cc3ebaf620c20fb35:disqus Thing is, nobody changes their light when their on the Panhandle and then uses another one when they’re back on the streets. They are using that crazy powerful light everywhere they go.

  • Anonymous

    @twitter-14678929:disqus Hadn’t thought of that. Well, at least I wish cyclists would make sure the lights are aimed downwards (like a car) instead of level because it truly can be blinding. But really, as we move to have better bicycle infrastructure (separated from cars), I would hope we feel less of the need to make ourselves feel like a car. I get your point, but it seems a bit excessive to me. But of all the problems I have when I ride, this is near the bottom.

    @google-c1054b713ae4d63cc3ebaf620c20fb35:disqus Thing is, nobody changes their light when their on the Panhandle and then uses another one when they’re back on the streets. They are using that crazy powerful light everywhere they go.

  • Anonymous

    @twitter-14678929:disqus Hadn’t thought of that. Well, at least I wish cyclists would make sure the lights are aimed downwards (like a car) instead of level because it truly can be blinding. But really, as we move to have better bicycle infrastructure (separated from cars), I would hope we feel less of the need to make ourselves feel like a car. I get your point, but it seems a bit excessive to me. But of all the problems I have when I ride, this is near the bottom.

    @google-c1054b713ae4d63cc3ebaf620c20fb35:disqus Thing is, nobody changes their light when their on the Panhandle and then uses another one when they’re back on the streets. They are using that crazy powerful light everywhere they go.

  • mikesonn

    The real problem is that there isn’t a protected bike lane along the panhandle on Fell. Why do we need all those traffic lanes with choke points on both ends??

  • @002ec2dcc5273303fbfd34e45385ab64:disqus Good luck convincing the city to post signs that claim something that isn’t legal is OK.  And they’d be doing that because there’s too many cyclists that can’t be bothered to yield or stop.  Should we post signs on market that it’s OK to sell stolen bikes here because it’s happening already?
    When I busted up my shoulder and was walking to work in January, I definitely felt menaced by bicycles at a couple key intersections with 4-way stops that were definitely not being yielded (North Slope of Potrero).

  • @jd_x:disqus
    “Biking somewhere with no lights (like rural roads)” or like Mariposa east of caltrain overpass where there’s a lot of lights out and constant construction changes to the pavement?  Or Cargo Way with the surprise mound just west of Mendell that gets me even in the daylight?  Plenty of places in SF where I use my lights to see pits and bumps. 

    Though I tend to turn off or point down my brightest blinker on something bi-directional and busy like the Panhandle mixed use path.

  • Anonymous

     @RoyCrisman:disqus Yeah, I guess then the best way is to have 2 lights: a blinker and a high-power one. But I see guys with high power ones going down Valencia all the time … Also, I would say I ride, during the winter at least, nearly 1/2 the time at night (I work late), and I’ve never once needed anything but a blinker. I mean, sure, there are some spots that can be a little dark, but it’s really not that bad. There is so much ambient light in the city. But again, fine: if people feel the need for them in dark areas where there’s no other people, I don’t care. I’m mostly annoyed by the people going down Valenica, the Wiggle, the Panhandle, etc with massive head lights.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t you give him a call or drop him an email?  He’s very responsive.

    http://www.sfbos.org/index.aspx?page=11325

  • VCS

    How about: “ALL TRAFFIC MUST YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS”  with outlines of both a car and a bike.

    This is the law in my understanding. 

  • @jd_x:disqus And last night I was glad to have enough light for Townsend, 4th, Terry A Francois Way, Illinois.  I think there’s some pretty dramatic differences between lighting and pavement quality that mean a lot. Toss in whether you’re familiar with the territory.
    Anyway, yes, it’d be cool if people weren’t jerks.

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