Today’s Headlines

  • More on Taraval (SFGate)
  • Brisbane Refuses to Build any Housing in Baylands (SFGate)
  • If Nobody Can Afford Homes, Prices Have to Come Down (SFBizTimes, CBSLocal)
  • Maintaining SF’s Cable Cars (SFBay)
  • Partially Blind Man Thinks It’s Okay to Drive (SFist)
  • Video to Train Uber Drivers About Bike Safety (SFExaminer)
  • Guerrilla Bike Lanes (Citylab)
  • Driving Right over the Bike Lane (EastBayTimes)
  • Cyclists Killed in Santa Rosa and Fairfield–Victims Immediately Blamed (SFGate)
  • When will SMART Actually Start? (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Pay Attention on the Road (SFExaminer)
  • Commentary: BART Board Endorsements and Measures (EastBayTimes)

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  • farazs

    Yes, a cyclist taking a lane in the direction of travel is completely equivalent to a motorist entering oncoming traffic. I wonder why everyone else can’t see it? Its soooo obviously the same thing.

  • thielges

    Merging the Bay Area into a single entity would actually reduce government if done right. Right now there’s a lot of duplication. Not just the jurisdictional overlaps of city-county-region but even between adjacent cities.

  • murphstahoe

    And now the thread is over 50 comments. Rich wins, you lose. Block him, please.

  • JustJake

    Nothing that California has ever done has reduced government, I’m not drinking that Kool-aid. The prime driving force behind regionalization is a new method to tax the overall region as a whole. Our long standing democratic process centers around the requirement for developing some sort of consensus, and the process is enhanced by that fact.

  • RichLL

    Sure but part of a unitary government would be making the Bay Area one large county and city.

    If bigger cities like NYC, Chicago and LA can all have one mayor, why does the Bay area have dozens of them?

    I was arguing for LESS government with FEWER layers not more.

  • JustJake

    Well, the up side to that? If 7 million Bay Area residents elected a mayor, it would likely not be one from SF, and people like Ed Lee… no chance whatsoever.

  • RichLL

    farazs, I never said they were the same thing. In fact I said they were not. A cyclist taking a lane in face of oncoming overtaking traffic is taking on far more risk.

  • RichLL

    Except that there clearly was enough space for the car to pass because Suyama was not hit by the car.

    Frankly it is mystery why she is dead

  • RichLL

    Guy, for that to be the case you would have to interview those witnesses. I am guessing that you have not, so you have no idea what they told the cops

  • RichLL

    Jake, correct, the resultant mayor would be liberal but moderate. Not left-wing like in SF, Oakland and Berkeley. But not right-wing like some of the more suburban and rural areas.

    In other words we’d have more balanced and centrist governance, and less variation from one township to another

  • JustJake

    Unfortunately, that model is not being proposed/supported by current players. What we are seeing is increasing regulatory powers & enforcement at regional level, without residents support. It’s big gov., big business, big green… all agreeing to decide whats best for us. Voters and local governments are obstacles, in that model.

  • farazs

    CVC 21751 does not concern itself with the lateral width of the road. The only mention of distance is longitudinal along the direction of the road. If oncoming traffic has to brake, decelerate or change its line by any amount so as to avoid a collision with the overtaking vehicle, then the overtaking manoeuvre is illegal as far as the CVC is concerned. The width of the lanes or the roadway as a whole is irrelevant as long as it is a 2-lane undivided highway with one lane in each direction of travel.

  • farazs

    Overtaking in the face of any oncoming traffic (including a cyclist) is both dangerous and illegal. The risk for the cyclist are greater in practice because, as demonstrated so perfectly in this case, there are next to zero repercussions for the party actually indulging in dangerous and illegal behaviour.

    Man-slaughter charges would go towards evening the field, but right now, the faint possibility of an impartial investigation would be a great start.

  • Jimbo

    SF can annex brisbane

  • JustJake

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