Today’s Headlines

  • More on Mayor’s Safety Directive (SFExaminer, KQED, SFBay)
  • More on Racism and BART Police Arrest (SFist)
  • Board Approves Deal for Spare Parts for Muni LRT Fleet (SFBay)
  • Planning Commission Will Have Two Open Seats (SFExaminer)
  • Outside Lands Traffic and Transit Advisory (SFExaminer)
  • City Pays Street Artists for Super Bowl Impacts (SFExaminer)
  • Cap and Trade Extension May go to Voters (SFGate)
  • Cool Look at Some Bay Area Train Stations (SFist)
  • Rifle Found in BART Station (SFGate)
  • Pedestrian Injured in Collision with Speeding…Pedestrian (SFist)
  • Commentary: Sorry Marin Motorists, but Roads Are Not Only for Cars (MarinIJ)

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  • thielges

    Caltrain strikes and kills bicyclist in San Jose, just south of main train station: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_30210701/san-jose-person-hit-by-caltrain

  • Prinzrob

    Re the MarinIJ article, I was on board for the first part until the author devolves into the standard vehicular cyclist “cycletracks and paths are inherently unsafe” diatribe. looks like we’ve got a long way to go on all sides of these issues.

  • murphstahoe

    Word – saw that.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    RIP.

    Killed by a train at a gated grade crossing. Not hard to imagine what happened.

  • thielges

    The author claims to have originated the “Share the Road” signage program, one of the most ambiguous messages ever launched as any bicyclist taking the lane who’s been harassed, honked at, buzzed, and then heard “Share the road &^$%*(#!” shouted from the car can attest.

    Why not just a simple, direct, “Bicycles allowed full use of lane” instead?

  • thielges

    Yes, circumventing the gates. I see this happen all the time at the grade level pedestrian crossings of Caltrain stations. Passengers understandably do not want to miss their train and go around the gates before they reset to the up position. But an express could be approaching from the other direction.

    One minor positive to this morning’s tragedy is that Caltrain staff got the train moving again fairly quickly. It was stalled on the bridge over 280 only for about 40 minutes. Usually a fatality results in a minimum two hour delay. The proximity to the downtown SJ station could have been a factor that allowed staff to get on the scene quicker than normal. Caltrain staff were very professional and kept passengers informed.

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