Today’s Headlines

  • Supes Kill Peskins 100 Percent Affordable Housing Plan (SFist)
  • Page Street Bike Plans (Hoodline)
  • Bus Stop Consolidation for Van Ness BRT (SFExaminer)
  • Large Divisadero Housing Development Proposed (Hoodline)
  • More on BART Overtime (SFGate)
  • Commentary on Dolores Park Reservation Changes (SFExaminer)
  • What are Those Yellow Dots on the Street? (SFist)
  • Motorists Stopping on Railroad Tracks (Kron4)
  • Surviving Memorial Day Weekend Traffic and Transit (BizJornal)
  • Editorial: Protect our Parks (SFExaminer)
  • Editorial: BART Needs to Own Up to Police Brutality (EastBayTimes)

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  • helloandyhihi

    Bus Stop *Elimination*? Why is a blog that should be on the right side of transit issues using charged, problematic language to describe stop consolidation?

  • BBnet3000

    Page SFPD: Another day, another attack on someone cycling in San Francisco: https://youtube.com/watch?v=tmcyAGWAnt8

  • Roger R.

    Slow penetration of caffeine into my cranium? Anyway, it’s fixed.

  • gneiss

    Spitting is battery. This video should be forwarded to SFPD.

  • murphstahoe

    dude, she touched his car

  • the_greasybear

    It has been alleged by many that there is a “buffered green bike lane” on Market Street. Yet here we see a green lane laid out for violent criminals to park and drive their fucking automobiles.

    I hope this violent criminal motorist is arrested, charged, convicted and incarcerated. Throw away the key.

  • gneiss

    Yes, sorry, I forgot that touching a car that’s in your way with your hand is the equivalent of a violent shove. Silly me.

  • murphstahoe

    equivalent? You hippie. It’s much worse

  • david vartanoff

    How about because a stop is eliminated? Consolidation applies when for instance stops at two ends of a single block are merged.
    Being pro transit does not require support for rider hostile policies. In many cases, the much better answer is to implement (or upgrade existing) express service retaining the locals for those who need the closer stops while moving longer distance riders more rapidly.

  • mx

    Yes, having a fight in the middle of Market St. is a much better solution than going around the car and later advocating for better enforcement to keep bike lanes clear.

  • mx

    That works for very high service lines where the express service truly skips many stops (like the 38AX/38BX). It’s pointless when the regular service stops every block and the express/limited/rapid/whateverwordweusetoday service stops every two blocks. Plus, with BRT, buses will have a dedicated right of way, and so they can’t pass each other, not that rapid buses aren’t frequently stuck behind regular buses everywhere else in SF.

  • BBnet3000

    Victim Blaming: A Guide for Cycling Advocates

  • RichLL

    That’s not what mx said at all. The reality is that there is a small but very dangerous minority of road users out there who get very angry very quickly, and they are also in a position to do someone a great deal of harm.

    Being in the right and being dead is a highly over-rated combination. And speaking of anger it is not clear to me what is achieved by striking someone’s vehicle, especially given that we all know that some people are disproprtionately enraged by that.

    This driver was an oaf but the cyclist did not help matters by escalating the conflict. A little calmness and this doesn’t risk being on the six o’clock news.

  • mx

    Not victim blaming. I’m just generally opposed to fights in the middle of the street. I am in favor of actual enforcement to keep bike lanes clear; this guy was quite close to a perfectly good loading zone too, albeit it one that is almost always filled with city-owned pickup trucks for no discernible reason.

  • murphstahoe

    getting out of your car and screaming you expletive expletive is a much better solution than just moving along.

  • murphstahoe

    “I am in favor of actual enforcement to keep bike lanes clear”

    Well, that ain’t gonna happen unless SF pretty much fire the whole SFPD and Mayor Lee only dumped Suhr under duress

  • Greg

    He should not have been parked there but she should not have hit his car as she rode by. Why do bikers think hitting cars is a good idea?

  • mx

    I agree. Not fighting in the middle of Market St. is a game both motorists and cyclists can play together.

  • murphstahoe

    Donald Trump told us so.

  • als

    So are you advocating that when you find a car parked in a buffered green bike lane you just calmly ride your bike into the traffic on Market Street? Say nothing to the offender, act like you don’t even notice that they chose to park in a buffered green bike lane?

    I’ll let you in on a secret – if you calmly choose to ride your bike into the traffic lane on Market which happens to be next to a buffered green painted bike lane you first have a good chance of being hit by a car and second you are going to experience road rage from the drivers in the car lane.

    So what are you tell a bike rider to do again?

  • RichLL

    There are really two separate issues there.

    The first issue is the common one that every road user routinely faces, whether they should have to or not, and that is the reality that there are often obstructions to making progress. This is always frustrating but doesn’t have to be unsafe. You don’t have to “ride your bike into traffic”. And if you have a “good chance of being hit by a car” then that means you have not looked to see if your path is clear.

    In other words, being obstructed is annoying and inconvenient, but it is only dangerous if you pass unsafely. Safe passing is a fundamental road skill. If it is not safe to pass, then stop and wait until it is safe.

    The second issue is whether anything good is achieved by remonstrating aggressively with the cause of your obstruction. I feel sure that for some people anger gets the better of them and they act out without regard to whether it is prudent. Others may genuinely believe that berating the driver will reduce the probability they will repeat the sin.

    But I personally take the view that everyone on the road thinks they are right. A few culprits may apologise but more will probably react as this driver did, or worse.

    You ask – what should the cyclist do? Breathe, stay calm, come to a halt rather than make a risky pass, and resist the intention to escalate the situation. As Sartre observed, hell is other people.

  • mx

    I certainly get annoyed, and I don’t blindly change lanes into traffic, but yes, I usually calmly merge left when it is safe to do so and go around the impediment in my path while thinking ill of whoever is parked in a bike lane.

    What behavior would you advocate instead? Sometimes I see car drivers sit behind a stopped car and honk loudly a few times before giving up and going around, which doesn’t serve to do much besides annoy pedestrians and cyclists with loud horn noises.

    I fully grant that a car stopped in buffered bike lanes makes things less safe for cyclists who must merge around. There should be more enforcement, and I don’t know how to get that to happen.

    And again, I’m not trying to blame the victim here. The driver was way out of line and escalated the situation in a dangerous way. But in terms of moving forward, what actually do you think a cyclist should do when they encounter a car blocking a buffered bike lane on Market?

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