Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Looking for Solutions to End “Vicious Cycle” of Muni Overcrowding (SF Exam)
  • Supervisor Mar Calls for Hearing to Crack Down on Bicycle Theft (SF Appeal)
  • GG Bridge Toll-Takers to Be Replaced by Electronic Tolling in March (MarinIJ, ABC)
  • Compromise Imminent for Long-Delayed CPMC Hospital Plan, Traffic Impacts Unresolved (SF Exam)
  • A National Perspective on SF’s Sunday Parking Meter Church Leader Dispute (Atlantic Cities)
  • Pleasanton Driver Stabs Car With Sword in Road Rage Incident, is Arrested for Assault (CoCo Times)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes Cyclist and Two Cars at Stanford, Cited for Misdemeanor (PA Online, Merc)
  • Residents Concerned Over Plans for Hwy. 101 Bike/Ped Bridge Removal Near Larkspur (Marin IJ)
  • First Leg of Planned 12-Mile Oakland to Hayward Bike/Ped Trail Coming This Year (CoCo Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • voltairesmistress

    Thank you for the CoCo Times article detailing the first leg of the proposed 22 mile bike/ped trail from Oakland to Fremont.  I used and liked this sort of trail in North Berkeley.  However, why can’t Oakland, Hayward, and Fremont simply designate and improve a series of connected streets as bicycle/pedestrian boulevards, something Berkeley has already done?

    Using the designated boulevard one is safer from getting mugged than on a park-like path through the city, particularly at night.  It’s also a lot cheaper to improve an existing street for enhanced bicycle and pedestrian use, than build a bike/ped path through the cities.

    Don’t get me wrong — I’m thrilled by the proposed urban trail — a park by any other name, but I think we should re-purpose some streets and make drivers truly share them.

  • Anonymous

    Really great post by Rebecca Solnit (local author) in the London Review of Books about the Google buses and SF as a frontier boom town, highly recommended: 

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n03/rebecca-solnit/diary

  • voltairesmistress

     A must read by anyone who cares about the past and future San Francisco Bay Area.

  • *both*

    As the parent of a 4 year old who can “ride my pedal bike real fast with no training wheels” those sort of recreational areas are awesome, especially if they link destinations.

    We can take him to the park and do a half mile loop over and over now. If the SMART bike path were in place today, we could ride with him out our front door straight to the ice cream parlor. If he were 8-9 years old I would let him do it solo.

  • the greasybear

    Regarding the Oakland to Hayward bike trail, I couldn’t tell if it will primarily run under the elevated BART tracks, like the Ohlone Greenway does.

  • Mdg1111

    That piece was awful. Just another idiot stuck in the 90s, complaining about high-tech that’s got nothing to do with anything. Not to mention the outright racism against Asian men.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the East Bay Greenway is supposed to be built entirely along the BART right of way: http://www.urbanecology.org/greenway/

    The first leg being built is unfortunately along a busy trucking corridor in East Oakland and will be less pleasant and more cramped than most of the other, proposed sections. As such I fear that once this segment is completed there will be a backlash against building the remainder of the planned route. There are at least some good features being planned for the street crossings, and it is in a location that would otherwise be considered unbikeable by the average person, so maybe that will be enough to keep the momentum going.

    Another proposed leg of the trail would extend it from Hayward all the way down to Fremont.