Today’s Headlines

  • Anti-Displacement Activists Protest Google Buses’ Free Use of Muni Stops (SFistMission Local)
  • Supe Campos Wants to Find a Middle Ground (SF Mag); Matt Yglesias: What About Free Car Parking?
  • SFCTA Proposes Study of Replacing Northern 280 With Boulevard (Green Caltrain)
  • Green Caltrain Compares Transportation Funding Proposals From SFCTA, Mayor’s 2030 Task Force
  • SF Weekly: SFMTA’s Use of High-Speed Rail Funds for Central Subway is a Con
  • Jose Bolorinos, Cal Grad Hit by Hit-and-Run Driver at Oak and Scott, Still in a Coma (KTVUSFGate)
  • Some New Eye Candy Renderings of Geary BRT’s Proposed Design (SocketSite)
  • NYT Columnist Appalled by Poor State of Bay Area Transit; Is it to Blame for Gentrification? (U. Almanac)
  • Santa Clara Officials Say New Transit-Proximate 49ers Stadium Lacks Enough Weekday Parking (CBS)
  • Marin IJ Delves Deeper Into Proposed Golden Gate Bridge Toll Hikes
  • New Report Raises Concerns About Initial Bay Bridge Broken Rod Analysis (SacBee)
  • Walnut Creek Neighbors Want a Safer Intersection for Walking Students (KTVU)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Prinzrob

    Regarding the Walnut Creek story, I wish stop signs would be taken out of the traffic calming playbook. People always seem to gravitate toward that as a solution when it really does nothing for the safety of the street as a whole while making popular neighborhood bike routes like this more difficult to use.

    For that particular crosswalk it seems that flashing beacons, speed humps, narrowed lanes or a pinch point, raised crosswalks, or a host of other treatments would be more successful in calming traffic along the entire street, as opposed to a stop sign which just deals with the intersection (if drivers even bother to stop there at all).

  • Mark Dreger

    Here here! Very familiar with this stretch. A raised crosswalk would probably be most suited.

    The discussion of traffic calming on Newell should be folded into the on-going planning work going on for the parallel Olympic Blvd.

  • 94103er

    Oh Timothy Egan, so very clueless you are. You attribute Caltrain and BART breakdowns and the growing popularity of shuttles to some sort of ‘class divide’ and ignore that Californians worship their cars and have favored this most popular form of ‘private transportation’ for over half a century.

    Then you really stick your foot in it and expound on oh-so-egalitarian NY Transit. Ha ha ha! I can hear the Staten Island, Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn inhabitants laughing now. Yeah. NY Transit is world class….as long as you only travel around Manhattan.

    Please do share some more nuggets of wisdom with us from your perch in Seattle, where I imagine there’s plenty of $4 toast. Food is damn expensive there.

  • Kristin

    There are two lanes on that portion of Newell that are dedicated to cars. There are zero lanes dedicated to bicyclists and pedestrians (and no sidewalk). Thus it seems logical that Newell should be turned into a one-way street for motorists with one lane dedicated to motorists and the other lane dedicated to people on foot or on bicycle traveling both ways.

  • SFnative74

    In response to the SacBee article about the Bay Bridge: I know people love the look of the new east span of the Bay Bridge, but every time I see it or go across it it gives me heartburn. Such a horribly managed project, a questionable design (it didn’t need to be a self-anchored suspension span, which could catastrophically fail if any part of the one cable breaks loose), so expensive and so unnecessary. For just the cost of tearing down the old bridge, it could have been retrofitted! In an age where we expound reducing, reusing, and recycling, we wasted so many resources on a new bridge when a retrofit could have been fine, that it probably negated the combined recycling efforts of all 7 million residents in the Bay Area for who knows how many years. The only good thing about the bridge are the number of jobs it created (though I would have preferred we just give all the workers checks than to end up with a bridge that may snap apart in the first major earthquake) and the bike/pedestrian path. The bridge looks nice too but if it’s not structurally sound, it might as well be lipstick on a pig. Thankfully we have people like Mr Chung who can help correct the shaky work of Caltrans.

  • murphstahoe

    “we wasted so many resources on a new bridge when a retrofit could have
    been fine, that it probably negated the combined recycling efforts of
    all 7 million residents in the Bay Area for who knows how many years”

    That’s an interesting theory, stimulates my brain.

    What resources were wasted? Money and labor don’t count – money isn’t really a “resource” per se, and labor is an underutilized renewable. I’m really curious as to the net resource waste you claim – presumably you’ve read up on this. I’m fairly certain that the metal and concrete in the old bridge will find some new home, the most likely waste would be the fossil fuels used to build the bridge, but maybe there is something else. Do we have any knowledge on the long term maintainance cost in resources going forward?

    I suppose the primary resource wasted was the paper being pushed.

  • Mark Dreger

    Given the barrier preventing drivers from turning onto Newell from Olympic, this wouldn’t be as major a change as one might think.

  • Pat Crerand

    While there may be multiple solutions to this issue, and you bring up some really great ones, the only one that matters is the one that gets installed.

    Re-read this article. These families have been fighting for years to get improvements. They have tried everything they can to slow traffic with no luck, and certainly no help from the city or county. A stop sign is cheap, easy, feasible and the only thing that the county will install. They simply want to safely walk across the street to get to school.

    So let’s support their efforts here, because they are the ones fighting the battle. They are the ones who have to face this particular danger every day and fear for their kids safety. Support them now and they’ll likely help our long-term goal to make biking safer along the rest of Newell, utilizing many of the traffic-calming tools you mentioned.

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