Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Backs Off Turk Protected Bike Lane (SFExaminer)
  • BART Strike Ban May be Needed to Pass Gas Tax (SFChron)
  • Weekend BART Closures (Kron4)
  • Harvey Milk Plaza Design Competition (Curbed)
  • ‘Lyft Shuttle’ Operates Like Transit (SFExaminer)
  • Limits on Direct Service from Warm Springs (EastBayTimes, NBCBayArea)
  • Readers Say Raise the Gas Tax (EastBayTimes)
  • Affordable Housing in the Mission (SFChron)
  • Does Ad Play into Housing Displacement Fears? (KCBS)
  • Housing and Traffic Lower Bay Area Desirability (DailyJournal)
  • Age Divide on Housing (BizTimes)
  • Work Together for Better Transportation (DailyJournal)

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  • @Housing and Traffic Lower Bay Area Desirability
    This isn’t anything new. Do a search 10 years ago…20 years ago. Save a few years of economic woes, the Bay Area continues to spiral out of control in terms of cost, congestion and traffic. Its cities have proved that they are unable to effectively cope with housing, transit and infrastructure as a combined unit much less individual components. You can add thousands of housing units in SF, but if you expect its residents to drive on already crowded city streets and congested area highways then you reap what you sow. You can build housing developments all you want on farmland in the far east bay, but don’t scratch your heads when people whine about spending 2.5 hours on roads to get anywhere.
    When we’re still fighting to get Caltrain to downtown SF three decades after it was promised, don’t get your hopes up that the Bay Area problems will be effectively dealt with any time soon.

  • voltairesmistress

    Hey folks, per the article: Please write the SFMTA to advocate for a fully protected bike lane on Turk Street, not the watered down, buffered lane the agency is now proposing. The modified plan is just an invitation to have another bike lane turned into a place for double parked vehicles (like Valencia Street). It will create a lot of danger for people on bikes. A letter to the SFMTA might not change the outcome, but surely it stands a better shot of creating change than opining on the blogs.

  • bobfuss

    The problem is that in that location, reducing the navigable width of the road will impede fire trucks gaining access in the event of a fire, as SFFD have testified.

    So it’s a matter of who you want to endanger – the cyclists or the residents there. A compromise is needed and the regular painted bike lane ensured that everyone gets something here. Sharing is the correct approach here.

  • Shall we assume there are places in San Francisco where you agree that a fully protected bike lane is the correct approach?

  • bobfuss

    Yes, and funnily enough one example would be Turk, but further West out in the Avenues where both the road and the sidewalk are very broad, relative to the traffic. Although a bus route as well, it receives much less traffic since 101 no longer dumps traffic there.

    There is a bike lane, at least on some sections, but I see no reason why it couldn’t be protected, especially given the width of the sidewalk there and how few people walk anyway.

    Drivers would rather not deal with cyclists, just not at any cost.