Today’s Headlines

  • Muni Locks Up Front Forward-Facing Bus Seats to Avoid Safety Lawsuits (SFBG, SFGate, SFBay)
  • Maya Angelou, Muni’s First African-American Female Streetcar Conductor, Dies at 86 (NBC, SFist)
  • Central Subway Extension to North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf Finally Being Studied (SPUR)
  • What SFBG Says SF Should Fund: Ped Safety, Bike Infrastructure, Not Free Parking
  • Owner of Stolen Scooter Getting Parking Tickets Due to SFMTA “Software Glitch” (SFGate)
  • Does a Sidewalk Bicyclist Hit by a Driver Have Any Rights? It Depends, Says Attorney (SF Examiner)
  • Two SFFD Officials Suspended in Handling of DUI Truck Crash With Motorcyclist (SFGate, KTVU)
  • Golden Gate Bridge to Close for Construction for First Time to Install Movable Median (SF Examiner)
  • Caltrain Riders Are Getting Younger, Wealthier, and Less Likely to Own Cars (Business Times)
  • Palo Alto Fights Over Who Gets to Park Where, as Downtown Garages Sit Underused (PA Online)
  • Google Builds Its Own Self-Driving Car, Without Steering Wheel or Brake Pedal (LAT, CBS)
  • Run Someone Over? Just Say the Sun Was in Your Eyes (Cyclelicious)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jesse

    “Golden Gate Bridge to Close for Construction ” – does this mean just cars or will it be open to pedestrians and cyclists on the sides?

  • Andy Chow

    A way to solve this without locking up the seats is to put in lap belts. In Hong Kong, all the transit buses have lap belts on forward facing seats that don’t have a seat back in front. (i.e. the back seat facing the aisle, the first row on the upper deck, face to face seats, etc) With some of the older buses, they just replace the old seats with new ones that have seat belts.

    By the way, Muni should look at allowing rear-facing positioning for wheelchair riders as an option. Currently, forward facing positioning requires the passenger to be strapped, which leads to a longer dwell time. Some riders don’t like the driver getting so close to them when trying to get them strapped and feel less independent. Rear-facing is common in Europe and Canada and do not require belt restraints. The only issue is that some riders may feel sick facing the back rather than front.

  • It’s not just Muni that folded up those seats. VTA and Santa Cruz and I’m sure bus systems all around the nation, too.

  • Andy Chow

    It is affecting other agencies around the country because of the warning was provided by the manufacturer. If this is an automobile issue, there would’ve been a recall (an actual fix), not some kind of an warning to avoid liability for the bus agencies but not doing any favor for bus riders by forcing more of us to stand. The space in the front is particularly important because it is used by the elderly and the disabled.