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    David Marcus

    Today Stockton. Tomorrow Powell! SF is inching it’s way towards having an honest-to-God pedestrian zone!



    Also, in addition to it wouldn’t hurt to also include the following people when you write in and show your support for protected bike lanes all up and down Polk and elsewhere (such as 13th):



    Just emailed them all as well as



    And not cave to pressure to water down designs and take years to implement them, either.



    Nevius’s article has the following quote from MTA project manager Luis Montoya: “We want the safest possible design. I think this is it.”

    This is clearly false. At least be honest and come out and say that you’re trading away safety for more parking for the shoppers who drive.



    Finally some good news. The lack of protected bike lanes in SF is frustrating and dangerous, Every time I bike these streets I feel like I’m taking my life in my hands, with so many aggressive and impatient motorists. Protected bike lanes are a big win for bicyclists and motorists alike. I know that motorists must be frustrated by bicyclists taking the lane – I sure have been honked at and buzzed plenty. If any politician is halfway serious about a 20% by 2020 bike modeshare goal or about Vision Zero, then the MTA had better start producing such bike infrastructure on dozens of streets and perhaps hundreds of blocks.


    Greg Costikyan

    My experience in NY is that “parking protected” lanes work a lot better than ones that are purely painted. E.g., today, I found the painted but unprotected lane on Carmine Street occupied by any number of (illegally) parked vehicles. However, the parking-protected lane on Lafayette was clear (except for a bit where employees of a parking lot had blocked it by “clearing snow” into a unnavigable section of the bike lane to allow their parkers easy access to the lot).



    Hopefully the lack of grass next to the curb will prevent drivers from walking in the bike lane like they do in Golden Gate Park. But are there any new ideas to prevent drivers from parking in the door zone and creating a protected bike lane peppered with hazards? Soft hit posts would interfere with opening passenger-side doors, but what about gluing those little bumps to the roadway on the edge of the parking space, so drivers get tactile feedback if they cross the line?



    1) Love this breakneck timeline! Why can’t it *always* happen this fast? (I may have to ask some of the friendly SFMTAers who go to the SFTRU Pub Crawls at the next one coming up in a couple weeks)

    2) Make sure to write in to about this and especially the Polk St redesign, especially if (like me) you can’t go because it’s during working hours.

    We really need to show support for this kind of stuff!




    Ben Fried

    Thanks, Prop L!



    What does that have to do with the proposal at hand?


    Nicasio Nakamine

    Two blocks is better than none, I guess, but what do you do when you get to Folsom? It’s a great connector to the Mission, but what about the Wiggle?

    I ride east on 14th every day on my way to work near the Caltrain station, but coming home is a chore if I travel through the area. I currently take 7th to Market, but would prefer a more direct route. I hope this two blocks is eventually extended up Duboce to the path behind Safeway. It’s too crazy of an area to mix with traffic as it is now.



    Does this mean we’re ACTUALLY getting a sidewalk on the SW side of 9th between Brannan and Division?!!!!! (squeeeeeeeeeeeee…!)

    With this, and the upcoming stoplight at 16th & San Bruno, my walk to work is going to be 60% less terrifying!



    Paint is not protection. Over and over again, we have been shown painted lines on the roadway are not enough to prevent motorists from constantly shutting down bike lanes, “protected” or not.



    I’m so looking forward to it, the more they do it the greater chances that it will be a permanent thing in the future, I hope it will be, it’s the best thing and probably the best pedestrian plaza ever in San Francisco so far, done so right, and totally spark the potential I envisioned and I know if it was great the first time I know it will be great if not even better the next time the holidays come around.



    For anyone who didn’t already know, Redwood City’s council unanimously approved the Farm Hill/Jefferson “road diet” as a 1-year pilot at its Monday night meeting.

    Here’s the story from the San Mateo Daily Journal.



    Really? I’ve been riding 3rd SB semi-frequently and had noticed some of the north section was cleared earlier in the week, but you still couldn’t walk all the way to Mariposa.

    Hope so!

    Next the bikeway will open for non-PhotoOp-riders without security chasing you across the lot. :)



    Whatever happened with this? I don’t take Muni Metro often; is double berthing in effect yet?



    Yes you can. The 3rd Street sidewalk has been open for about a week now.


    Jym Dyer

    Hmm, not sure. In my experience they have generally enforced this against old cars and leave the new ones alone, but I presume they have to have an alternate method.





    Can’t wait for the sidewalks around the new hospital complex to be returned to use. Regular people have been working in the building for most of the month yet I still can’t walk down 3rd St next to their open building. Return the Gift!


    Dave Moore

    What about cars that need to be on to have the odometer read?



    The link is currently broken for “Family of SJ Woman Killed by Racing Drivers Outbursts in Court.”



    Why do you refuse to answer the question? Get an account if you want to have a serious debate with someone. It is impossible to have a discussion with the multiple people posting under “Guest”.



    “During the fifteen years of Belgian King Leopold’s stewardship, the
    population of the Congo Free State dropped from 25 million to 10
    million—15 million dead for approximately 75,000 tons of rubber. That
    equaled one life per every 5 kilograms.”



    The Central Subway needs to have a station at Washington Square for transfers to/from the 30/45. Then the 30 and 45 should be routed along Columbus to the Transbay Terminal along the route the 41 currently follows. That would enable Stockton south of Post to be closed off to vehicular traffic permanently.



    I use the 83X sometimes and I don’t work at Twitter.



    Erick, you are missing how statistics work. Nobody is saying there aren’t low-income residents of the Mission who drive. However, since it’s a proven fact that low-income residents are a higher percentage of public transit users than they are motorists, helping public transit over cars will always be a *net* benefit for the low-income community. Of course, some (those who drive) will lose out in this situation, but many more will be helped. So if you care about the low-income community at-large, it makes no sense to prioritize car transit over public transit. You should be the first and foremost advocate for better public transit over more space and resources devoted to private automobiles.

    I honestly don’t know if you just don’t understand this or if you have ulterior motives. Either way, what you are saying is irrational.



    you mean other than rent control?



    Last I heard the police were behind vision zero. If focus on the 5 doesn’t work for Ann then what alternative strategy suggestions does she have?


    Thomas Rogers

    Cool! Don’t see it on just yet, though.

    Also, makes sense it is in operation- although the hospital official opening is 2/1, I walked through yesterday and saw at least a “soft launch” in observance. The 4th/Minnesota connector has a stretch that’s bike/ped only, BTW.


    Richard Mlynarik

    Hey, another Twitter Bus!



    s/sqaud car/donut shop



    For real.
    You don’t need any quota– just put cops out ON FOOT in the areas with the most injury. After a couple weeks they’ll start to notice bad behavior that they just can’t see from their squad cars.



    That WOULD be a dangerous activity worthy of a ticket. Swinging a hammer on a construction site is fairly safe, but swinging a hammer in a crowded elevator is pretty dangerous.

    Conditions matter






    From GJEL, a great post on dispelling the myths about the proposed bike/ped path on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge:


    Volker Neumann

    “What do they say? Numbers don’t lie” – not really trying to get down on Ali but 21 to 17 is probably not really statistically significant, Chief Suhr.


    Nicasio Nakamine

    Yikes. Mannix comes off as a terrible choice for Traffic Chief after reading that article.

    Get ready for more excuses!



    And….so you can ticket for excessive speed for the conditions last time I heard.



    I vote for leaving Mission St alone, other than safety improvements at any intersections where there is a crash problem. I walked down it the other day and it was actually a nice contrast from Valencia St.


    Kenny Easwaran

    It’s not just enforcement – it’s also getting people to pay attention to the law. We know that speed limits are hardly ever enforced, and yet if you have appropriate-sized lanes and good street trees, people are less likely to speed. Similarly, if you paint the bus lane red, more people will notice it and treat it as special, even if you don’t enforce it. It’s much cheaper to put out some red paint than to station cops there every single day forever.



    I think you misunderstood my comment. I think that permit policy should favor all San Franciscans (as all public policy should)– not just those with cars. Ya know, the whole “general welfare” thing.

    If that were to happen, I don’t think the result would be more “freedom” to drive.


    Dave Moore

    The goal is not to have a large number of citations. Citations are only a means to the end of deterrence.

    Cyclist + pedestrian citations already are only about 5% of the total so that 95+% you ask for is already the case. For example in September (the last month I could find):

    But that doesn’t really tell much of the story. Of the 11146 citations over 7000 are listed as “other” (over 60%). Are they very minor infractions, or does it represent a very long tail of difficult to classify things? Note: if you eliminate the “other” then the percentage of motor vehicle infractions falls to 87%. So the real number is somewhere between the two.

    What stands out to me is the tiny number of red light infractions, only 444. This seems like an easy target. Stick a cop on foot at a commonly run light with a chaser car a half block down the road. Wait 30 seconds. Like shooting ducks in a barrel. Most importantly once word got out people might change their behavior, which is the whole point.



    It’s sad how a city that is supposedly so progressive has such poor leadership from the police department. It’s like SFPD is stuck in the car-centric 1960s while the Planning Department, MTA, etc are moving into the 21st century and realizing that Livable Cities are the future. There is a massive disconnect between the SFPD (and the SFFD, for that matter) and the agencies of the city which are changing our street designs to make roads safer and more convenient for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit users.

    “It’s a very fine line between issuing a quota to police officers to do something — they observe a violation and cite it. I cannot, by law, make them go out and issue a citation.”

    What? You don’t need any quotas. Just tell your officers to go out and cite the most egregious and dangerous violations on the streets. And use statistics, not your car-centric bias, to determine what those are. You will find that 95+% of your citations will be for motorists.

    Pedestrians and cyclists will forever be relegated to second-class citizens on our streets until there are massive changes in the mindset of SFPD away from a windshield perspective and towards a “complete street” view.



    The proposal for Clay between Montgomery and Sansome is to modify the part-time TOL to a 24-hour TOL. There isn’t a lot of traffic on that block, even when there are multiple drivers illegally making a right-turns onto Sansome. At Battery, the lane is usually blocked by right-turning drivers. This is further exacerbated by taxis queuing up and hotel guests parking their cars in the right turn lane.

    The 1 can run relatively fast on Clay between Montgomery and Front. The 1 on Clay runs at its slowest between Mason and Kearny.



    Cyclists as an indicator species.

    “The district attorney’s office said two students on bicycles stopped to help after finding freshman Brock Allen Turner, 19, on top of the woman in the early morning hours of Jan. 18 on Lomita Court, near fraternity houses on university grounds.”

    Two men in a car would not even notice the incident as they sped by. Cyclists (and pedestrians) are an indicator species of a healthy community.



    You do realize this is about Mission st., right?