Today’s Headlines

  • Board of Supervisors Approves Resolution Urging Full-Scale Launch of Bike-Share (NBC)
  • Man Hospitalized After Being Hit by SamTrans Bus Driver at Mission and Valencia (SF Appeal)
  • San Francisco Bay Area Once Again Listed Among Nation’s Worst Metro Areas for Traffic (ABC)
  • Semi Driver Making Illegal U-Turn Strikes Muni Train at Third and Burke, Injuring Three (SF Examiner)
  • JFK Protected Bike Lanes Apparently Still Confusing to Visitors (SF Chronicle)
  • First Central Subway Boring Machine Has Arrived (ABC)
  • Powell Station Entrance at Stockton and Ellis Closed for Central Subway Construction (Appeal)
  • Caltrans Still Figuring Out How to Fix Faulty Bolts On New Bay Bridge (SF Examiner)
  • MTC to Vote On Reducing Retention Time for Clipper Card Data Over Privacy Concerns (SF Examiner)
  • Racing Drivers Crash Into San Jose Home, Critically Injuring Family (KTVU)
  • Vibrant Bay Area Looks At Ways to Accommodate Bus Transit on Freeways

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    We need to stop fighting about JFK. It is a distraction. Fell. Oak. Polk. These are the fights we need to be fighting. The bike coalition will die from a thousand cuts because some vehicular cyclists are whining like their favorite toy got stolen while every day commuters are being put in harms way not a mile to the east.

  • Anonymous

    Since it represents a new design (parking protected) there’s a lot more at stake than just the bike route itself. I love the new lanes, it’s so strange to for me hear the critiques of them because it sounds so hostile and conservative

    The bike lanes ARE a distraction from making GGP car-free though 🙂

  • “Fixing” GGP was just an easy win to make everyone feel good about all the hard work they’d done. Go team!

  • mikesonn

    I agree that people think the bike lane is the problem (making the park ugly, narrowing the area for cyclists, putting peds at risk, etc) when it is really the CARS all over the park that are at issue and the bike lanes are just bringing that to light.

    CAR-FREE GGP!!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I do think Polk, fell, oak, etc are more important fights. But I also think the parking protected bike lane design will be really useful in many parts of the city, especially South of Market where the 3-6 lane arterials and double parking make the bike lane very unwelcoming to unseasoned riders. I think parking protected bike lanes would really help separate from fast traffic and avoid most double parking, but not if the idea dies on JFK.

  • mikesonn

    Why is it dying on JFK? It works! Vehicular cyclists are just moaning and groaning and the city half-*ssed their attempt and has provided little to no enforcement. Pretty much, the JFK lanes are a non-story but we keep hearing about it. Why?

  • Anonymous

    yeah good point. I just mean, if commenters on the richmond blog have their way and the lanes are redone although I hope that’s not likely. Or if the “lesson learned” is that the lanes don’t work for SF. but I agree, bit of a non-story.

  • The problem with JFK wont be solved over time. Thats a huge tourist draw, the people parking there next week have probably never been.

    If the design didnt work a year ago, and doesnt work now, it wont work in 6 months. Add soft hit posts in the middle of the buffer. Mark every parking space with a P. Add more bike symbols in the bike lane.

  • mikesonn

    It works fine 99% of the time. But adding a few more markings would help. I disagree with adding soft hit posts because of car-free days.

  • gneiss

    The big problem is people don’t see how this is supposed to be a connected network from Market Street to the museums. If only the city would get it all linked up (Market > Wiggle > Oak/Fell > Panhandle > Museums) and add bike share, then people would see how it’s suppose to work for tourists as well as locals.

    As it stands currently, we have only disjointed pieces of the route in place which lets people attack them separately. If the city could get it’s act together and complete this path, we’d see far fewer attacks as people from from the suburbs could use it effectively with their kids rather than needing to drive in first.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with @Jamesboat:disqus , and I would add that DPT should be ticketing the s*&t out of drivers who continue to think they are kings of the road and completely disregard the painting on the road that shows where they are supposed to park. Motorists seem to think that they can do whatever they want (how hard is it to stay within the lines?) and I think tickets will help correct this. I don’t understand why the city won’t just make the whole lane green with bike symbols everywhere, red paint on the curb, and signage which tells drivers to stay out of both the bike lane *and* the buffer. But these things, combined with enforcement, this will do the trick.

    I also agree that, though JFK isn’t the real fight since it definitely wasn’t the worst worst place to ride a bike before the cycletrack, it is an important test piece. After all, if we can’t get it to work in someplace as easy as JFK were you don’t have residents parking there overnight bitching about wanting free traffic and where a lane of traffic was not taken away, we’ll never get it to work elsewhere where it really matters.

    Finally, I totally agree though that the real go should be to get cars out of GGP, or at least get rid of traffic cutting through and free parking.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. GGP could still allow cars but make cutting through pointless/time-consuming, and parking something you pay for anywhere in the park. Those two measures alone would solve much of the uglification of the park, while still allowing people to take a scenic drive through the park now and then.

  • M.

    Absolutely! The real problem on ‘both sides’ is that we are being extremely parochial, each neighbourhood having an ‘exceptionalist’ credo and acting as discrete entities. Too few with a global approach. We are one city, one people, one planet.

  • M.

    Folks for Polk has just previewed the new props for Polk St. and it doesn’t look good. They need feedback, we need solidarity! ATTEND THE SFMTA OPEN HOUSES! 1. Tomorrow, Sat. Apr 27, 10-1; 2. Tue. Apr. 30, 1-5:30. Both at the church at 1600 Polk (at Bush)

  • mikesonn

    I’ll be there on Tuesday!!

  • M.

    Bring lots of friends, we’ll provide paper for your feedback and will film your ideas. No more balkanization of neighbourhoods, no more $$$ wasted and civil strife! We’re over 700 sigs on our petition but more’s better: http://www.change.org/folksforpolk
    And do introduce yourself and get your Folks for Polk button, Mikesonn, et al.

  • Sprague

    Also in agreement. There’s really no need to continue to allow polluting motorists to pass-through Golden Gate Park when comparable routes on city streets (which aren’t over congested) are nearby, ie. Stanyan and Fulton instead of JFK. Golden Gate Park is a wonderful recreational resource for residents and visitors and its function is diminished by a high number of motorists taking advantage of its absence of traffic lights and traffic jams.