Today’s Headlines

  • KALW Talks About How Bike-Share Could Improve San Francisco
  • Proposal Would Boost Enforcement of Transit Commuter Benefits in SF (SF Examiner)
  • GG Bridge Officials to Vote to Raise Speed Limit Thru Toll Plaza From 5 to 25 MPH (ABC)
  • Easy Ratings: Stanley Roberts Targets Bad Bicycling Behavior on Polk Street
  • $439 Million Devil’s Slide Tunnel to Open to Traffic Tuesday (SFGate)
  • BART to Add Earthquake Retrofits to Transbay Tube Overnight for 14 Months
  • Menlo Park, RW City Use Data to Crack Down on Distracted Drivers at Dangerous Spots (Almanac)
  • “Red, Bike & Green” Encourages Oakland’s African Americans to Get on Two Wheels (Grist)
  •  Top 7 SF Hydrant Geysers Caused by Car Crashes SFist
  • Woman Killed By Hit and Run Driver on Hwy 280 in San Jose (CoCo Times)
  • Man Strangles Girl and Punches Mother on Packed Muni Bus (SF Examiner)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    Clearly since behavior determines investment level, as drivers clearly demonstrate, then Polk Street deserves NO bike improvements. *facepalm*

  • I know Roberts is just appealing to ratings, but it is starting to get annoying how he alludes to bigger issues in our city and then just hides behind the rule of the law.

    Want to know why people bike so unpredictably on many of our streets (especially Polk)? – it’s because there are few dedicated provisions for bikes. Where there are facilities (e.g., much of the Bay to Beach route), bicycle traffic is really unsurprising and regular.

    If Roberts wanted to be a real reporter, he might try to tie this story to the push for better walking and bicycling on Polk.

  • mikesonn

    He also is misleading in that he says that “the MTA is working to limit private auto access to Polk Street as part of the city’s transit first policy”. A few parking spaces (only 7%, of the total available w/in a block either direction of Polk, will be removed). Also, bicycles are allowed the full use of the lane on ALL streets.

    I don’t really care too much when he does bike stings because is routinely does driver stings as well. But really Stanely, for a guy stuck on facts, get them straight.

  • guest

    this explains why SF streets are as shitty as ever

  • Anonymous

    In a way Stanley Roberts is just ensuring that he has continued employment. By his insisting that “if only everybody just followed the law all the time then everything would be fine”, nothing ever gets fixed and the status quo continues ad nauseum. If he actually tried understanding the context of why people aren’t using the streets as intended and highlighting solutions instead of just fixating on the problems, then there would be a lot fewer issues and he would be out of a job.

  • Doug

    Roberts is just a pedantic scold. No infraction, no matter how petty or inconsequential, is too slight for his trite sermons. He is best ignored.

  • William

    I like how when Stanley Roberts does a segment on motorists’ misbehavior, Streetsblog links to it with no comment. If it’s a piece on cyclists, though, you call it a ratings grab.

  • p_chazz

    Welcome to “advocacy journalism”.

  • mikesonn

    “blog” is hard to understand how?

  • Anonymous

    1/2 a billion dollars for a tunnel on a road that is primarily for tourists? You got to be kidding me. Talk about motorists getting their roads subsidized. That is insane. Just about the entire amazingly scenic California coast has a highway running right along side it ruining it for just about it any other use, and we can’t even tolerate one part being freed from the dominance, pollution, noise, and death of the car? It’s really a shame. The only silver lining is that at least that 1.5 mi section will actually be returned to non-motorized use … but we didn’t have to spend 1/2 a billion to do that.

  • mikesonn

    It’ll be opened as bike/ped until the first land slide then it won’t be cleared.