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    Karen Lynn Allen

    “Best Tool for the Job–SUV, Bicycle or NFL Linebacker?”

    A darkly facetious look at traffic fatalities.


    Andy Chow

    The main issue with the Google buses is the impact of displacement. With companies like Air BnB, tourism can also displace low income residents as well, but these companies mostly serve areas already with high concentration of tourists (where the hotels are) and I doubt that short-term rentals are dense enough to have tourists oriented businesses in other areas (and people who stay there may tend to prefer non-tourist environments).

    SFMTA has already banned buses from running on streets in certain areas, and has designated locations where they can pick up and drop off tourists.


    Jeffrey Baker

    I’ll grant you that Muni is useless, but that is also true for locals. SF is in a snit about private shuttles for workers who live here. I don’t see why residents would accept the need for private shuttles for tourists.


    Andy Chow

    So the alternative is to have them drive wrong way down the one way street with their rental car. Or have more TNC cars circling the street and double park.

    May be nice if they can all take Muni or have Muni runs those routes, right? But tourists have a lot of questions and they don’t want to board a wrong bus to say going to the Bay View. And nobody is going to pay more than the standard fare to ride on any Muni (remember the failure of CultureBus).


    Andy Chow

    It can displace transit trips and trips that can be taken on a higher capacity vehicle such as vans. Also without an upper cap on vehicles, there may be instances where drivers heading to the busy area trying their luck for the surge fare, and keep circling the street until they find a good fare.


    StrixNoctis .

    That’s strange that vehicle inspections would be done by CHP officers rather than qualified bus mechanics.



    Source please?


    Jeffrey Baker

    The buses are a damned nuisance and it would be fine if all these companies just go out of business. The marginal tourism dollars cannot be worth it.



    True, but how is off-set by people choosing not to drive and taking uber instead? Speaking for myself, when I go out in SF after work, I will the bus into work and Uber home instead of driving my own car round trip. Clearly Uber miles travelled isn’t 100% offset, but what is that number? 5-10% off-set?



    My go-to parking sites are just good old parking meters or signposts on the street, but in front of a business that has a lot of activity. The idea is that thieves are reluctant to do dirty deeds while people are around and watching.

    This technique even works late at night and in front of liquor stores with skeezy looking people loitering around.

    Well it also helps that my bike is no great prize. It rides great but is a fairly cheap and well worn workhorse.


    Andy Chow

    The bus that I own gets inspected by CHP every year, because that’s the only one in the company.

    The problem with inspecting every bus every year is that there are not enough cops to do the job. It is not done by just anyone at the CHP, but is by the motor carrier unit trained to do the inspection. The CHP is mostly concerned about brakes, suspension, steering, door, emergency exits, lights, and tires.

    Actually by law a bus is required to be checked by a mechanic every 45 days. Part of the CHP inspection is to check those paper work, that the inspection by mechanic is done, that repairs are performed, and show the driver is not working beyond the hours they’re limited to. If a company is actually following the law, then there would be no issue passing the CHP inspection, even if not every vehicle is checked by an officer. The problem is that are some companies who are trying to cheat. Even transit agencies like Muni have problems as well (transit agencies also subject to the same inspection requirement):


    Andy Chow

    These vehicles are driven for far more miles than other cars, so even if the vehicle standard is the same as other cars the impact isn’t.


    Karen Lynn Allen

    Thanks for the suggestions! I am a BABS member, but kind of frustrating there isn’t a BABS station closer to the Hall of Justice. Especially since it’s not easy to get to the Hall of Justice by Muni from my part of town. (Two transfers–Google estimates 34 minutes to go 2.8 miles, and that’s if all goes extremely well.) Biking is 20 minutes, although if I bike to Caltrain, park my bike, take BABS and then walk, it’ll be at least 30.

    Wondering if anyone has been brave enough to park their bike in the racks in front of the Hall of Justice and returned to find their bike unscathed? (I know, wishful thinking on my part.)



    Oh yeah that’s an option, too. I haven’t used that one because unlike 5th/Mission it’s secure group parking as opposed to individual lockers so it requires a photo. Haven’t gotten around to doing that yet.

    Anyway, looked it up and both BikeLink at Civic Center and 5th/Mission are about 0.8 mi from Hall of Justice on Bryant.

    Caltrain’s Bike Station is 0.6 mi, so slightly closer. And free!



    There is also a bike link space at Civic Center BART now.



    I dump my bike off at Caltrain station, then use BABS to get around SoMa/FiDi



    Yeah, that could work, too. Only problem (besides the cost to non-members) is that BABS stations are currently nowhere close to most SF neighborhoods:



    If only there was a BABS station at the Hall of Justice – but if you have a fob you can at least cut the walk from Caltrain in half by riding to 7th/townsend.



    If you don’t mind walking several long blocks, I’d definitely do this!

    The Caltrain Bike Station operates all day (6:30a-8p) so you’d be more than fine for jury duty service. Their valet-style supervised parking is free and it doesn’t matter if you’re not actually taking Caltrain. I’ve parked numerous times in the area when I’ve been there for other reasons and they’re totally fine with that. (In fact, one time the guy was like, “oh are you here for the game?” so it’s clear they’re used to it).

    Your other alternative is using the awesome BikeLink lockers inside the 5th/Mission parking structure:

    If you don’t already have a BikeLink card that’s actually one of the few physical places you can actually buy one, too. Make sure to have $20 in cash and find the parking office within the structure to buy it from one of the employees.

    Either option would be a several-blocks walk but the peace of mind would be worth it for me.


    Karen Lynn Allen

    Looking for advice–is there a reasonably safe place to park one’s bike near the Hall of Justice on Bryant Street while attending jury duty?



    Gay activist killed in hit-and-run at Monterey Blvd. and 280 . As I said in the Hoodline comment, this is a very dangerous area for pedestrians that is dominated by a tangle of ramps connecting Monterey Blvd., 280 and San Jose Avenue. I hope that this intersection will be upgraded with much needed pedestrian improvements.



    > Environmental Impacts of Unregulated Polluting Uber and Lyft Vehicles Unknown

    They’re not unknown. They’ve gone through the same strict inspection any licensed vehicle in California has gone through.



    I was a witness to this collision last night:

    I was crossing the road at the same time as the cyclist, both of us using the crosswalk across MLK at Prince, heading east. At the time of the collision I was in the median pedestrian refuge, the cyclist was about 10ft in front of me in the southbound roadway. He was moving slowly, only a little faster than walking speed, and looked towards the direction of traffic before moving out from the median. The car was speeding northbound on the southbound roadway and hit the cyclist straight on at high speed. The cyclist went right over the car and landed by the curb; he appeared to have a broken leg and ankle. Absolutely horrifying.



    I have never read such quality post/article as yours, ever on the web. Your post/article is very detailed and insightful yet easy to understand. Please write more frequently for this/our community.
    Chauffeur parking luton


    Mario Tanev

    People drive like crazy next to the Lake Merced path. I once witnessed a terrible accident where one car jumped the curb right in front of my girlfriend. Those roads need traffic calming, fewer lanes, and lower speed limits.


    Rogue Cyclist

    Astroturf lined people space returns to Stockon St at Union Square:



    More surface parking for Larkspur Ferry Terminal *bangs head*


    Rogue Cyclist

    Jean Fraser is SFBC’s Acting ED, not Interim.


    Andy Chow

    The VTA service is to be based at Tasman LRT Station in North San Jose, not Tamien.


    Rebecca Gardner

    I gotta agree with you there.


    Jym Dyer

    This can’t be THE STUDY!!!! because it doesn’t really support what Rob Anderson says it does.


    Jym Dyer

    Note the differences between the Swedish approach and what we’re using the same name for here:

    The interest in Vision Zero is due to the success of the Swedish program. We should actually try that here instead of slapping a new label on old, failed strategies.



    Latest report shows that removing the wires will not happen. Apparently The City told the promoters, “That dog won’t hunt”. Now we just have to tell the football fanatics that the “F” line is too important to be shut down to accommodate their shindig.


    Andy Chow

    In many regions, transit agencies are intermodal (operate bus and rail), so in certain agencies, their BRT lines are essentially elevated and given the same designation at other rail lines. (LA Metro Orange and Silver lines, and MBTA Silver line).


    Andy Chow

    I doubt it will make much difference. The service is not frequent nor regular enough for anyone to provide a dedicated vehicle (not used for any other routes). May be if we are talking about the old days when there was BART Express service, then it would be smart to use the BART-branded buses for these trips.

    AC does have nicer buses (green Gillig or MCI for transbay commuter routes) but they are not used on the overnight runs.



    yes, hopefully we can convert the entire money system into plastic and just burn the poor people with little money and no plastic who still need transportation. burn them in piles. great idea paul. lets hope for that.



    you use multiple cards for two bucks. no need to top off anything



    you are a perfect tool.




    The in-between currency will be used to force anyone with savings to spend or turn in their cash because they understand that people who have money and are not dependent upon them might be the very ones who will mount an insurrection against them. If everyone is broke, no one can fund a war of any kind, paper currency will cease to exist. This is one of the first signs.

    But to implement the worldwide electronic money system, everyone in the world who might have money in the future, will have to have a way to transfer money electronically. Before that time, everyone will have spent, before the year 2,000, all of their cash, reserves and assets. Everyone has to be 100% dependent upon the Council for their existence.

    To prevent any kind of independence, the new world order has already implanted micro chips in wild animals, birds, fish, etc.

    Why? They want to make certain that the people who will not accept the new world order will not be able to hunt or fish any where in the world. If they try, they will be tracked and traced by satellites, then hunted down and imprisoned or killed.

    The new world order is already changing the laws of all nations to make everyone dependent upon a single food and vitamin supply.

    They are changing laws about religion and psychiatric disorders in order to identify anyone who is potentially threatening to the NWO. Those who are found defective will be sent to eradication camps where their organs will be taken and sold to the highest bidders. Those who are not killed outright will be used as slave labor or used in medical experiments.

    The goal of a dictatorship is to control everyone, everywhere on the planet, ruthlessly and without exception.

    That’s why the new technology being introduced everywhere is a technology for the control of the people. The technology of the 1940s and 1950s was used to help the people have an easier and more productive life.

    The new technology is designed and built to track down and control people everywhere. This technology is being manufactured for a specific purpose and to refuse to see and recognize that purpose , which is to enslave the entire populations of the world, is to deny the emergence of the antichrist and the establishment of the new world order religion and government.

    If you cannot see, if you cannot learn, if you cannot understand, then you and your family and friends will succumb to the fires of the crematoria that have been built in every state and every major city on earth, built to deal with you.



    they are called sheep


    City Resident

    You (and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition) make strong and convincing arguments. Without a doubt, the multi-use paths already completed are awesome and the Cal Park Tunnel is a major improvement for pedestrians and bicyclists. The multi-use paths are of great utility for everyone and they clearly helped SMART succeed at the ballot (and they’ll help deliver SMART riders to the trains).

    I’m too unfamiliar with the details of the Larkspur extension but I hope it moves forward as soon as possible (ideally with the mutli-use path).




    Given that we probably can’t merge all the transit agencies together into one big one, it would at least be good to see one regional rapid transit agency that consists of BART, Caltrain, the ferries, and regional BRT service to fill in the gaps not covered by the other agencies. This BRT service would look like a beefed up version of the AC Transit Transbay or Golden Gate Transit buses, and would only stop at ‘stations’ spaced at a similar distance to rail stations. BART have already proposed something similar for the I-680 corridor; a regional rapid transit agency could provide this on all the major freeway corridors.



    With the prestige BART enjoys amongst Bay Areans I’m surprised this phenomenon doesn’t really exist. Even exurban residents of, say, Pleasanton or Concord who have no idea what their bus transit agency is know about BART and generally like it.

    As I’ve mentioned before this concept could be carried further into rebranding Caltrain as the Big BART, especially upon (little) BART’s eventual arrival to San Jose. You’ll all of a sudden get that psychologically important map of BART ringing the Bay. Bam. Done.

    Even further–once the Dumbarton rail bridge finally happens it can be Big BART: The Dumbarton Line:



    Yep. BART might have done better paying a different agency to run BART-branded buses that ran the three off-peak lines at 30 min frequencies, stopping at every BART station and only every BART station, with the usual timed transfers. This would have been much more legible and might have been used by exurban riders who wouldn’t think about using AC transit buses.



    I think that’s part of what you need though – you need for it to stop at all BART stations so that people know exactly where it will go. It’s much harder to use if you’re just an occasional rider if you have to think or look something up to figure out if it will be useful to you.


    Andy Chow

    Late night is a hit or miss. As much as some people want more late night option, it is difficult to build ridership since a lot of people do not go to San Francisco regularly when they leave at these hours. A lot of folks also prefer door to door service. The rise of TNCs also take a lot of the potential riders away.

    I thought that the 822 should’ve been able to stop at all BART stations, rather than just picking a few.



    No, this was the right decision. East of the hills there simply isn’t enough potential ridership to justify running a night bus all the way out to Pittsburg/Bay Point.

    The funds are better spent on improving frequency and marketing on the other AC Transit night bus routes. Extending the 801 to SF would be nice, as well.


    david vartanoff

    On Late night AC buses. The 822 wasn’t well known, and as with any new service there is a lag in usage because people need to believe it will still be therewhen they plan to use it. Given the MTC controlled funding wasted on other issues, the few thousands necessary to keep the 822 running through the next 6 months to see if ridership grows.


    Jeffrey Baker

    Farhad vs. fahrrad, you might say.



    “and it helped it pass at the ballot”

    That’s the most important part of this. The voters voted in a chunk of money for a bike path and Farhad has stolen the money.

    If we can’t get BOTH the extension and the path then Farhad isn’t doing his job. But he doesn’t think it’s his job – Farhad has shown that he is actually hostile to bike projects.

    In the end this hostility to cyclists will cost SMART. There should be not only planning for the path but also wayside accommodations – for SMART to succeed it’s going to have to rely on something besides huge parking lots.

    As for the tunnel – the majority of the rail line is single tracked. If Mansourian can’t get a bike path from Cal Park to downtown, he sure as hell isn’t going to get a second set of tracks laid down.