Today’s Headlines

  • Car-Free Weekend Trials for Lombard Street Come to an End (KTVU)
  • Broadway in Chinatown to Get Final Phase of Streetscape Redesign This Fall (SF Examiner)
  • How Residents at the Treasure Island Development Will Be Discouraged From Driving (SFGate)
  • Planning Commission Discusses Proposal for an Embarcadero Protected Bikeway (SFBay)
  • …Streetsblog Founder Aaron Naparstek Also Weighs in With SF Examiner Reporter Jessica Kwong
  • Guess How Many More Disabled Parking Placards Than Parking Meters SF Has (SFGate)
  • Placard Abusers Complain About Prosecution; BART Board’s Fang Faces Challenger (SFGate – Scroll)
  • SFPD Officer Seen on Driver “Ticketing Frenzy” at California and 22nd Ave (Richmond SF)
  • Will SF’s Steep Hills Ever Get Norwegian-Style “Bike Elevators”? (SF Weekly)
  • Man Dumps U-Haul Truck Blocking Three Lanes on GG Bridge, Caught Fleeing on Bike (CBS)
  • Op-Ed: Bike Infrastructure Has Caused a “Sea Change” For Bike Commuting in Marin (Marin IJ)
  • Jury Deadlocked on Charges for San Mateo Driver Who Slammed Trash Can, Killing Man (SM Daily)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Gezellig

    Re: Marin bike commuting, the Alto Tunnel will be a very important link in the Marin bikeway system:

    http://www.marinbike.org/Campaigns/Infrastructure/AltoTunnelLogo1200.jpg

    http://www.marinbike.org/Campaigns/Infrastructure/AltoFAQs.shtml

    Currently to go between Corte Madera and Mill Valley you have to either bike over that big hill or take a major detour east to bike alongside 101.

    Another big-scale project that will really help will be getting a bikeway on the San Rafael/Richmond bridge.

    Besides big-scale projects Marin could also really benefit from a network of high-quality protected cycletracks along arterials. Right now Marin does fairly well with the whole intercity biking thing but very much has a “last-mile” problem with safe bikeable routes. For example 4th St in San Rafael, Sir Francis Drake in San Anselmo, Blithedale or Miller in Mill Valley, etc.

    I’d be willing to bet that 90% or more of Marin County residents live within a mile or two of the North-South Bikeway so even getting protected cycletracks on just a handful of adjoining arterials would make a huge difference in terms of utilitarian, accessible bikeability throughout the county.

  • Nicasio Nakamine

    100% this. I hope the evaluations show that the tunnel is in decent shape because this could mean so much for commuting. I love going over Camino Alto or Horse Hill on rides for pleasure, but they seriously slow down down travel when trying to get anywhere. I can only imagine a rider less strong than I would just not even bother.

  • Gezellig

    Yeah! It’s definitely not a hill for quick and easy commuting. The detour over to the route by Highway 101 is doable but it’s also not exactly flat, runs along a highway, and adds quite a bit of distance.

    As for the cycletracks-on-arterials thing, broad question but does anyone know of any progress on that front? It seems I’m not the only one to notice this:

    http://thegreatermarin.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/a-radical-proposal-for-biking-in-san-rafael/

  • Bruce

    I’m still upset they took protected bike lanes through the Broadway Tunnel and down to the Embarcadero off the table so early in the planning process. Broadway should be so much more than just another traffic sewer.