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    As SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi pointed out, the data fly in the face of anecdotes from drivers — who almost universally feel that car congestion is always getting worse. And given the city’s booming economy, population, and construction in recent years, that’s one scenario that certainly would have been plausible had the 20th-century status quo continued.

    “Anecdotal evidence is hard to counter,” Eskenazi wrote. “But what statistical evidence does exist flies in the face of your well-worn anecdotes.”

    So I’m figuring your reading comprehension is especially poor, or you’re rooting out some deep, dark conspiracy theory, or your definition of ‘ethics’ is particularly creative. Hmm, which is it?


    Jym Dyer

    Looks like they’re putting lipstick on a, um, bus.



    Not to excuse the Tenderloin station for failure to site motorists . . . but of all the places in the city, the Tenderloin sees some of the most bizarre pedestrian behaviors. Knowing that just about any time someone might be crossing or just standing in a lane, I’ve just slowed down a lot there. But it is a neighborhood where some residents put themselves in a lot of danger, and you don’t see a lot of that in other neighborhoods where it is mostly drivers doing risky things.



    Please, most Americans in the last election also thought that the economy was SO MUCH WORSE in 2014 than in 2008, hence the midterm election results. That, and it was a TA study…



    “BART said because of new federal regulations, the agency is required to also provide a protective cover or canopy for the new escalators.”

    Anyone know what regulations those would be? Have a link?



    The logical fallacy in your thinking is that somehow there needs to be some kind of “fairness”, even though the top five behaviors that cause death and injury on our streets are speeding, failure to yield, failure to turn, running red lights, and turning improperly into intersections. Please, let me know the next time a pedestrian causes a direct injury to a motorist – then it might be “fair” to start ticketing more pedestrians.

    You are so normalized to bad behavior by motorists that it probably doesn’t even register when you see someone double parking on our streets that it represents a danger to other street users, But, I bet that each pedestrian you see walking against the light probably makes your blood boil, and confirms your bias that the real danger to pedestrians are themselves.



    Enforcement in SOMA is a total joke. I see cars running red lights daily and have requested enforcement multiple times at 3rd & Berry (in front of the Giants Team Store at the ballpark) and have never once see a cop there let alone had a call or email returned. Cars run that light several times an hour and it is a busy pedestrian intersection too.

    And how does an organization like SFPD have no accountability within its leadership ranks? If a station captain can’t get the job done, get someone who can.


    Jamison Wieser

    Fully electric buses with inductive charging is still a nascent technology. That was even more so the case about 5 years ago when planning began for the next-generation fleet and overhead expansion for the TEP/Muni Forward project.



    Does anyone know what is going on with the SMART bike/ped pathway? The IJ article is a bit ambiguous. I was under the impression that the pathway was being constructed along side sections of the phase 1 for rail (i.e. a bike path from Centeral San Rafael to Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa), but the IJ article doesn’t explicitly say that.



    The study was conducted but the SFCTA, not the SFMTA.



    Who are we rushing to judgement on or protecting here?


    Ryan K

    How is measuring what tickets cops are handing out any kind of measure of what the problem areas are or what violations are actually occuring? The more relevant information is what actually generated the five items on the list. For that we click on the link to the SFPD data and get… another streetsblog article from 2 years ago. And in that article, we finally find a link to… 5 year old SFMTA data. Coincidentally, that article quotes the SFMTA report as saying that 1/3 of vehicle-pedestrian collisions (in 2009, mind you) were caused by pedestrian error. One third of all collisions seems to me to merit a place for ticketing wayward pedestrians on this top five list. And doing so would not deemphasize the motorists responsibility, it would just make sure that the pedestrian realizes he has a responsibility, too.


    Ryan K

    I never said that the motorist wasn’t footing the bill. Where did you see that? It was a long post that I wrote some time ago – I don’t see what you’re seeing. Just read my post again – I don’t see any contradiction.


    Ryan K

    Bad traffic systems kill people, and the SFTMA is making ours worse. I don’t appreciate your ad hominem attacks calling me/drivers selfish, silly, and whiny. That doesn’t make you right in any of your arguments. In fact, it just makes you look like a jerk.

    Sure, the resource efficiency of driving is called into question, because it requires the second most investment of resources of the city to make it happen (public transit being #1). Resource efficiency and zero pollution still don’t necessarily mean that biking and walking are the way to go for everyone. There are always cost benefit decisions that go into every time a transportation mode is needed and someone has to decide on what to use. I don’t see anyone arguing that if you order something from Amazon that it should be delivered by a jogger or a bike courier. Those would be most efficient, wouldn’t they? The same logic can naturally be extended to personal transit decisions. I make a decision to drive or ride my motorcycle because riding my motorcycle costs me $1 in fuel per day and results in about 40 minutes of total commute. Taking the bus costs $4.50 per day and results in about 120 minutes of total commute. It doesn’t take a math degree to figure this out.

    Coupled with the fact that less than 4% of the commuters are riding bicycles, it makes zero sense that they should be dictating policy in the way that they are.


    Ryan K

    If so, that was really stupid of them!


    Ryan K

    SFMTA has a vested interest in providing statistics that prove their decisions are having positive impacts. When *every single driver* reports that their commutes are longer, slower, and more dangerous, the ethics of the SFMTA Is called into question.



    Great reporting. I hope news outlets will pick up this revealing story.



    So many great comments from Captain Silverman, it’s a breath of fresh air compared to the other station captains.

    In regards to Commander Ali’s statements, I have seen increased enforcement on Market, for example, of the forced right turns and enforcement such as that might be adding to the increase in citations overall. That said I think these citations are focusing more on traffic flow rather than high injury behavior. Traffic flow is important and that can be the other 50% of citations issued, but I think Captain Silverman makes the point well that “the collisions we want most to stop are the injury collisions, and they are usually caused by” the top five violations. “Some of the other violations don’t lead to as much conflict.”



    It seems a little bit overkill. When trains depart and arrive large numbers of people show up all at the same time. This is bound to cause delays. It seems to me all that is really needed is bike racks (possibly covered from the rain), and a single person overseeing the area. People would lock their own bikes up, and the attendant would prevent any sort of theft from happening which is the point of having dedicated storage (if there were no bike thieves then we could just leave bikes anywhere).



    I can only hope that one day rhetoric will be followed by action. This isn’t rocket science, and yet too many SFPD captains can’t – or won’t – figure it out. Getting killed or seriously injured in a traffic crash should be taken as seriously as getting killed or seriously injured by a bullet. Chief Suhr is ultimately accountable for the numbers we see above. Without a real and sustained commitment from the SFPD to enforce the most egregious traffic violations, we might as well stop pretending about Vision Zero.



    I wonder if the city considered adding in ground inductive chargers to their bus stops when the roads are redone. Some new next generation electric busses from Bombardier do their recharging when stopping to pick up passengers as a bus stop, which removes the need for overhead wires entirely.


    Jamison Wieser

    The first low-floor electric buses are supposed to start arriving next year.

    They’ll have high-capacity batteries allowing them to run for several miles with the poles down. More than just being able to bridge an outage, that allows for short extensions and re-routings without needing wire.



    So under your logic, 1/3 of tickets should go to pedestrians, and 2/3 to drivers endangering pedestrians (ie Focus on the Five violations). How is that consistent with the numbers the Tenderloin Station is posting?



    That’s a really good idea.



    Bias, bias, bias.



    The title still ptesupposes that the police have apprehended thr actual perpetrator “How SFPD Caught One of the Violent Panhansle Bike Thieves.” It should read “How SFPD Made an Arrest in the Violent Panhandle Bike Thief Case.”



    “Tenderloin officers didn’t issue any tickets to drivers violating pedestrians’ right-of-way in September, despite its hundreds of crosswalks. However, they did manage to issue 245 tickets — 43 percent of their total – to pedestrians.”




    Most likely place for a child to die? In a car.



    cool story bro



    Good job Tenderloin Station. 1/3 of pedestrian deaths are pedestrian fault. We want Vision Zero not Vision 2/3. I’ve driven the Tenderloin. You know where the risk is and you are ticketing appropriately. Try to keep us safe by resisting the pressure from the Vision 2/3 lobbyists.



    Chances are we’ll see a similar seating layout to that of the existing New Flyer Low-Floor Hybrids that are already in service, which is good because that’s an open, high-capccity layout.


    Nicholas Littlejohn

    Electric buses are way cooler than hybrid..when do we get these excellent CA made, cost saving buses Stanford and LA have?


    Jym Dyer

    BART has dedicated funding, Caltrain has a portion of three transit agencies’ much lower budges. So in practice, Caltrain cobbles a number of things together from short-term grants for pilot projects. The Bike Station at Palo Alto, which is of the same vintage as the one at Berkeley BART, lasted as long as a grant. Then it was another grant for a whiz-bang e-locker system to replace it. This in addition to the various different locker systems at other stations.

    This is no way to implement any kind of policy. Handling bikes needs to be a dedicated piece of the service.

    7 years ago the aforementioned BIKES ONboard Project crunched the numbers and showed that bike carriage was the most economical solution by far. Caltrain appears to be suffering from willful amnesia, though, and seems hellbent on heading for the same mistakes they were heading for last time.


    Jym Dyer

    In fact bicycling on the sidewalk is legal in most of the nation and in most of the state. Where it is banned, it is often only banned on commercial main streets. San Francisco prohibits it on all sidewalks, though (except under ports jurisdiction).

    Bicycle advocacy groups focus on our right to ride in the streets and not on sidewalks. They generally advise against sidewalk-riding in all cases, sometimes so strenuously that one might think it’s the law. Bear in mind that in most of the nation, motorists still don’t recognize our right to the street and insist we get onto the sidewalk!

    As an adult cyclist I have no interest in riding on the sidewalk, but like most of of I did so as a child. A blanket ban on it for adult cyclists does make it difficult for a parent and child to ride together when the child is still learning.


    Jym Dyer

    Which ballot measures were those? When voters approved the 1/2% sales tax in 1988 it listed a “fixed guideway” upgrade to Geary. (The campaign suggested LRT, but “fixed guideway” can mean BRT.) Voters also approved the reauthorization of the 1988 measure 15 years later.


    Jym Dyer

    One can do both. Consider the exposé of the NBBL memos. While the tabloids were content to simply repeat NBBL’s lawyer’s groundless and strenuous assertions, and while Michael Grynbaum was content to rewrite the same nonsense in Grey Lady prose, it took Streetsblog to actually obtain the documentation and report on it.

    In that case, Times readers were reading nothing but rehashed persuasion while Streetsblog readers got actual information.


    Jym Dyer

    A writer of juvenile comments can be expected to stick up for a juvenile cohort.


    Jym Dyer

    His comments merit #facepalm and #headdesk on a regular basis, but this particular nonsense deserves an #againststupiditythegodsthemselvescontendinvain (allegedly).


    Aaron Bialick

    We constantly strive to meet the ethical standards of The Gingerbread Man.



    Yes, we wouldn’t want to tarnish the good name of this… unnamed suspect. If they’d actually identified the kid, you might have more of a point.



    Is your style of writing meant to actually persuade anyone? Do you think it works?



    There is investigative journalism and there is advocacy journalism. The former seeks to inform; the latter seeks to persuade. SB is the latter.


    Richard Mlynarik

    It’s Very Complicated.

    SFCTA needs another $850,000 planning allocation to study the issue.
    SFMTA needs another $1.5 million for TEP compatibility pre-implementation staff co-ordination.
    SFCTA needs $3.8 million for project implementation oversight.
    SFMTA needs $18.2 million for control system vendor ECOs, Clipper(tm) faregate upgrades, Mission Bay TEP, and staff overhead.

    You simply can’t expect complicated projects like this to occur overnight.
    Not when they’re taking place in the very most heavily used subway line in the entire world.
    We’re breaking new ground here every day.
    We’ve got an awesome new department head who is really really really truly into project delivery, this time for sure.
    We’re totally on board with Complete Streets.
    As Double Berthing is an Early Implementation Phase of the Central Subway’s extension, we really can’t afford to rush ahead before the details of extension to the Marina are nailed down.
    Also TEP TEP TEP. It’s TEP. That’s good!

    Sit tight, wait, and vote for more sales taxes. Because anything greenwashed as “transit” is always good and always worth waiting for.



    Who says Streetsblog is “Journalism?” A popup ad just informed me Streetsblog is “information and ideas” about city streets. No claims impartiality, no ethical standard here. It’s a blog. People can blog whatever they want.






    So what are you saying? That all blacks are bike thieves?


    SF Guest

    All lives matter regardless of their chosen mode of transit.



    Any chance the new Muni buses will be configured with single seats on each side and more aisle room? There was a survey floating this possibility for new streetcars, but it’d be great to have more standing room on buses too.



    Any word on this? Did the test happen? I haven’t seen any double berthing yet :-(


    Jeffrey Baker