Today’s Headlines

  • Driver Found at Fault in Le Moullac’s Death (SFGate); Suhr Apologizes for Sgt. Ernst’s Behavior (SFGate)
  • Crash Footage Discovery Gets CBS Coverage, SFBG Calls for an End to Anti-Bike Bias
  • Bay Area Bike Share Goes Live at Noon Today (SFGate,CoCo TimesKALW, SF Mag)
  • Bay Bridge Closed ‘Til Tuesday (SFGate, ABC,KTVU) Bike Shuttle Still Running (Cyclelicious)
  • Old East Span Will Take Three Years to Demolish (SF Appeal)
  • SF’s Southeastern Neighborhoods Lagging Behind in Bike Lanes (SF Examiner)
  • SFCTA Wants Citizens to Advise on a New Geneva-Harvey Bus Rapid Transit Lines (D10 Watch)
  • City Hall Looking for Ways to Generate Funds to Keep Caltrain Afloat (Green Caltrain)
  • Menlo Park City Council Votes to Add, Not Ditch Red-Light Cameras (Almanac)
  • Fresno Bike Rider Catches His Hit-And-Run on Bike Cam; Driver’s Wife Denies All (KMPH)
  • San Leandro Driver Kills Man, 66, on Bike (SFGate)
  • The Suicide Swerve: You Know, When People On Bikes Swerve Into Cars for No Reason (Cyclelicious)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Mario Tanev

    “Driver Found Guilty” is misleading. We’re yet to see what the DA does, and if charged, what a court rules. But I am sure happy the police changed their tune, and scared that one more day would have made the video was deleted and the police would continue blaming the victim.

  • Richard Mlynarik

    “Driver Found Guilty” … um, no, that’s not how the system works.

    In the Court of Streetsblog perhaps, and possibly even in my own prejudices, but not by the civil or criminal justice system, and certainly not in the legal world of “Willie” Gascon, Eric Holder, Antonin Scalia and their sundry unindicted conspirators.

  • Mark Dreger

    True. The initial police investigation places the driver “at fault” in causing the crash.

    Still a big deal.

  • Andy Chow

    Found at-fault and found guilty are two different things technically. I suppose that you know the difference so just please stick to the facts. Even mass murders still get called “allegedly” by the journalists until the court makes its determination.

  • 94103er

    OK, we get it. You guys don’t need to keep commenting on the same thing. Cut Aaron some slack.

  • Michael Smith

    Found “guilty” is definitely not accurate. Should be found “at fault”. We don’t want Streetsblog making incorrect statements. That has long been the job of the SFPD.

  • Everybody, I meant to write “at fault” and made a typo, I apologize… happens occasionally when writing so many headlines with terms like these.

  • Sean Rea

    Apologizing for Ernst is a good step. Even better would be hearing from the sergeant himself, or at least having an inkling that he was reprimanded for his actions.

    And as great as all that is, we have yet to hear anything from the SFPD regarding the fact that they lied about looking for evidence.

  • timsmith

    Note that Nevius initially reported that the video appeared to show “both parties at fault”, while the final SFPD determination he later reported conclusively put the driver at fault. His commentary, as usual, tends to veer towards the rubbish side, but with the occasional flash of clarity.

  • Anonymous

    Being reprimanded is utterly key. Anything less is an insult to Amelie and all other cyclists. My suggestion: in addition to issuing a public apology as well as a written apology to the family, he needs to be reassigned to bike patrol for a year.

    And really, all cops should be spending part of their year on bike patrol.

  • Sean Rea

    Agree 100%. No amount of sensitivity training will address the current bias. The more cops who have time on bicycles and sidewalks the more they’ll see things from a different perspective.

    I’d hazard a guess that the officer I saw get hit while riding his bicycle (http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/09/24/see-driver-hit-bike-cop-see-driver-run-see-driver-get-arrested/) gained some perspective if he didn’t already have it.

  • Jim

    Most of the cops I see on bikes are not inherently travelling from Point A to Point B like most bike riders and commuters in SF. Their patrols are more akin to leisurely and casual rides that tourists on bikes have. Usually, the cops on bikes do not enforce traffic and tend to be more neighborhood outreach or beat patrol. SFPD cops have a long way to go toward understanding the dynamic of SF traffic.

  • Horton

    How about cutting the truck driver some slack since he is the one facing a possible loss of liberty?

    Being “at fault” is indicative for any civil liability and for an insurance claim. That is more helpful to Amelie’s family than throwing someone in prison for a few months anyway. Or Bucchere-style “probation”.

    Whether that “at fault” opinion passes the reasonable doubt burden for criminal prosecution is another matter, and the DA will review that. My guess is that the video probably will not be definitive, and is there any other evidence here that would satisfy a jury?

  • justin

    Most of the bike cops I see ride on the sidewalk. I saw a pair the other day on 15th near Dolores riding fast, weaving through crowds of people for several blocks, obviously in a hurry. I asked them why they were riding on the sidewalk, from my bike while I was riding alongside them legally on the street — one replied “Because we can. You should go to the academy so you can too,” the other “we’re responding to a call.” One’s name was LATTIG, the other I didn’t catch. I sent an email to Mission Station about it, and eagerly await the thoughtful response they will surely send.

  • John

    I see cops on bicycles riding on sidewalks along Mission, Third Street, Folsom, etc. While I’m sure it happens, I have yet to see them riding in the road.

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