Today’s Headlines

  • Two Killed in Car Crash at 21st and S. Van Ness After Police Chase (SF Weekly, KRON)
  • Woman Critically Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver at Turk and Lyon Streets (CBS)
  • DUI Hit-Run Driver Faces Charges for Slamming Into Three Peds on Twin Peaks, Killing One (KTVU)
  • Sunday Parking Meter Enforcement Begins This Weekend (SF Examiner, ABC)
  • More Details on SFPD’s New Targeted Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Strategy (SF Exam, SF Weekly)
  • Construction Underway on Improvements to Marina Green Bike/Ped Path (Marina Times)
  • SFGate Spotlights the Ongoing Danger That Drivers Pose to People Biking on Valencia
  • Construction on Transbay Transit Center Progresses, Even as HSR Plans Remain Uncertain
  • Tom Radulovich Elected President of BART Board (SF Appeal)
  • SFMTA Prepares to Take Applications for Free Muni for Low-Income Youth (City Insider)
  • Sustainable Transpo Advocates: Ending Non-Profit TIDF Exemption Puts Transit First (SFBG)
  • Student From Taipei Appalled at Muni Service
  • SF Chronicle Urges City Hall Politicos to “Tackle” Muni’s Problems
  • Even Techies Are Trying to Hand Solutions to Muni (SFGate)
  • Central Subway Work Resumes, Closing Down Stockton to Vehicle Traffic Again (SF Examiner)
  • Incoming D7 Supervisor Norman Yee Names Pedestrian Safety as a Top Priority (SFGate)
  • SF Weekly Columnist: Roomy, Protected Bike Lanes Will Help Make All Types of Cyclists Happy
  • For Cyclists, the Red Light at Market at 12th Streets is Too Long (SF Examiner)
  • There is No Legal Metric to Determined Stoned Driving in California (SF Weekly)
  • Cop Who Posted Video of Speeding in Broadway Tunnel is Taking Backlash “All in Stride” (SF Weekly)
  • Vision for a More Livable, Transit-Friendly El Camino Real Mired by Lack of Consensus (SF Examiner)
  • BART Struggles to Keep Its Escalators Running (SFGate)
  • From People’s Railway to Central Subway: SFGate Reviews 100 Years of Muni History
  • Construction on BART’s Oakland Airport Connector on Track (SFGate)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Colin

    Also: The Fiscal Cliff deal bumps the transit benefit up to $240 for 2012 (retroactively) and 2013!

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2013/01/02/fiscal-cliff-deal-restores-commuter-tax-break-for-2012-and-2013/
     

  • How can you retroactively bump up the transit benefit?

  • Will the “Targeted Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Strategy” include targeting pedestrians who insist on running into the crosswalk with 2 seconds left?

  • Is that illegal?

  • Anonymous

    It’s going to be a mess, that’s for sure. But I’m really happy about this.

  • For a livable streets adventure, a very nice walk:  “Conquer Twin Peaks and Stand on the Rooftop of San Francisco.”

    http://karenlynnallen.blogspot.com/2013/01/conquer-twin-peaks-and-stand-on-rooftop.html

  • Oliver

    It is illegal. Or so I was told in a Designing For Pedestrian Safety Class offered by FHA.

  • Ted

    Rob/Oliver, does it really matter whether it’s illegal if such behavior is obviously as inconsiderate as it is dangerous?

  • @RoyCrisman:disqus I would think it falls under “..No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.” (http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21950.htm).  Frequently they charge out with just a few seconds left but once they are in front of the bike lane and out of the path of cars they’ll slow down and actually be in the crosswalk while cross-traffic has a green light.

  • Anonymous

    It’s illegal to begin crossing on a flashing hand (which is on during the countdown) under CVC 21456 “Walk Wait or Dont Walk.”  http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21456.htm

    So technically it’s illegal to start crossing right after the countdown starts, even if you can finish crossing before it ends. Which is lame.

  • The Marina Green bike/ped path improvements are terrific and come just in time for the America’s Cup.  Now if we could just get the O’Neill Memorial Peopleway built in Fort Mason (http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/10/19/an-emerging-new-bike-plan-for-san-francisco-is-a-bold-path-forward/), that would really increase the relatively low percentage of Marina residents who bike.