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    You may not care about the Mayor’s attitude towards transit riders. Others do. If that bothers you, feel free to spend your time elsewhere.






    Isn’t the point of having a driver so that you don’t have to mess around with that whole parking thing? When I used to work as a chauffeur (not kidding) I would just find a legal spot within 5 minutes of the drop-off (not difficult) or circle around until I did or was called back.

    Also, the Mayor uses an SFPD Officer as a driver? That must be crazy expensive!



    I don’t think so. The only reason for congestion is freeway expansion is always behind the congestion. Have effective public transportation in suburban is not realistic. You are only wasting resource on that.



    I agree! This HOV thing is totally wrong. You cannot charge people twice for using the same road. If singles have to pay for HOV, then they should have tax refund for HOV.


    Lee Ross

    Who cares? This is just a nonsense piece of reporting that is better suited for some bored blogger. And it is the high point of snarkiness to intone that someone in a wheelchair might have been inconvenienced. Talk about piling on. I thought Streetsblog has more important news to cover. Maybe the Mayor was watching Mexico in the World Cup at La Corneta Taqueria. Let’s give him an Ole!! for that.


    sebra leaves

    I believe the bond measure is going to be on the ballot.



    I don’t get how the mayor’s Chevrolet Volt is part of the Muni system. SMH



    This stretch of Kansas St is part of SF Bike Route 123, which connects the 17th St bike lanes to the 8th St and Division/Townsend St bike lanes, yet it only has sharrows. They’re pretty ineffective as well – cars and UPS trucks will try pass you, and then cut you off when the face oncoming traffic. This is a rare opportunity to put in a bidirectional curb-separated bike lane at the same time as other construction! They should also take a bite out of the south-west corner of the block to make a Dutch-style roundabout.



    Don’t even.



    the SFMTA is clueless. they wil toss in the dumpster all the existing maps when they could in fact SELL THEM ON EBAY and make some cash. How do I know this? During the last revision in 2009 I got a shit-ton of them thanks to Mr. Judson True, who was a rockin’ spokesman for Muni. I framed one and kept the rest and all along the way home I had Muni employees and Owner/Ridres BEGGING ME to buy one off of me.

    Watch how fast they toss the old ones into the burner. Watch. Duh.


    Andy Chow

    When you think about it, his car is owned by the city (see the CA exempt license plate), so are Muni buses. So in a way his car is a part of the Muni system, similar to the civilian appearance police car fleet for the plain clothes officers.


    Thomas Rogers

    Clearly, he thinks he’s especial- the power has gone to his cabeza!


    Mario Tanev

    Unfortunately San Francisco has no visionary politicians, mayors in particular.

    Mayors being seen on public transit has been common in New York, London, etc. London has made enormous strides in its public transit in the last decade. San Francisco hasn’t. A simple litmus test like this seems to be pretty good at correlating with actual achievements in transportation.

    Mayor Lee doesn’t even realize that history won’t view him positively in this regard. Or he doesn’t care.


    Jeffrey Baker

    This place is literally half a block from a BART station and one block from a J-Church stop.


    Mario Tanev

    Mayor Lee lives in Glen Park. Does he really have to drive to what’s essentially Downtown Glen Park (which is downhill from everywhere else)? While a lot of people drive far distances, most people in SF walk at least to their neighborhood businesses.



    Why isn’t Lee required to take Muni, again?



    Yeah yeah … But won’t someone please think of the car drivers? Restore imbalance ’14!



    you mean the other way round, if it becomes a ballot measure



    Mayor Lee directed or allowed his driver to unload and park in a bus zone. While the mayor and pals ate tacos. I believe the next, better mayor has his or her first campaign issue. “Need transit? Get this man out of the way.” I invite fellow readers to come up with far better slogans, as this was but a first shot.


    Miles Bader

    There certainly should be a rule that members of the administration must use public transport or walking/bicycling for normal work travel…


    Thomas Rogers

    What’s with SF officials and Mexican food-related scandals? See previously:



    It’s one thing when cars run over children, but WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE ICE CREAM?!



    The southern end of 9th Street (just north of Division) is another example. There’s no curb, and the signs indicate that the angled parking is only for the gym on that block. Meanwhile the street is two 30′ wide lanes (one way)– plenty of room for a sidewalk in there.


    sebra leaves

    Get ready to vote on the bond measure in November. Yes, we like the way you spend our money, or No we don’t support your programs.


    Joe Linton

    um… how about calling them “undocumented immigrants”?



    Wow, this is a terrible idea. The loss of one lane northbound has led to huge backups exiting 280 in the evening rush hour (even huger than they were before). I don’t understand the residents’ complaints — there aren’t actually any houses with entrances on this stretch of road.



    It is an abandoned rail spur


    Jeffrey Baker

    The uncertainty around this makes it difficult to form long-term plans for living in the East Bay. I could live here and bike to Berkeley and leave bike in the station, but will the station still be there two years from now? I’ve already been burned by cancelled bus routes and other changes that have given the finger to me and whoever else tries to live car-free in the East Bay.

    I’m sure the gravely under-priced BART-owned parking garages face no such economic analysis about their future.


    Upright Biker

    Even though it is striped, cars routinely right-hook across the lane to get over onto Battery, especially if there is a backup on the Battery lane.

    Soft hit posts would be good there, but probably wouldn’t last long…


    Thomas Rogers

    Pretty weird, but on the “plus” side it is at least public parking. What I’ve been more confused by are other nearby streets where property owners have put up signs indicating private parking (see Carolina Street:, but the DPW key maps show an 80′ ROW, which means it’s all public property as measured on Google Earth. That particular block is pretty ridiculous to walk down- who best at SFMTA could I ask about that?





    That merge is no fun. I AM glad that they’ve improved what happens after the merge in the intersection. For far too long once you passed the crosswalk, sandwiched between the two lanes of cars, the bike lane turned into a “Bike Stripe”. Now they’ve painted in a full bike lane through the intersection, narrowing the turn lane (as far as I can tell) so I don’t feel as hemmed in on both sides.


    Bob Gunderson

    well it’s fine when cars create the traffic, that means the system works. If it’s caused by changing traffic lanes to accommodate peds and cyclists, it’s SCREWING IT UP!


    Upright Biker

    Why buffer when you can barrier?

    All those parked cars, just sitting there. Hardly any driveways. I just don’t get it.



    Re: MonkeyParking…Ed Lee, still think we should be giving away parking on Sundays? A lot of folks think that space is a lot more valuable than you do, and are willing to pay for it. His giving away Sunday parking is giving away city assets. I do not support MonkeyParking, but it does point out that our parking rates are way below market rates.


    Upright Biker

    Yes. I’m getting tired of yelling “DON’T WORRY ABOUT THOSE CARS — TAKE THE LANE, HONEY!!!” at my 9-yr-old girl when we ride there.


    Morgan Fitzgibbons

    I think they’re probably going to ask that bicyclists shift their route slightly to go up Pierce to Page and then over to Scott which I think is reasonable.

    What I’m concerned about is the process of crossing Haight St. on Pierce with whatever the new design is. Think they might be under-appreciating the importance of this intersection for bikes but mostly I’m curious to find out what they are thinking about implementing. Just don’t want to see a dangerous situation created.



    This may have been an area that just never truly got a sidewalk. Historical aerial imagery shows vehicles parked in what should be the sidewalk as early as 1938.

    FWIW, a project is approved that would add a mixed-use condo building to the site on the right of the photo. As part of the project, the developer was required to include a 12-foot sidewalk, which will actually be on private land. This seems to have been done in order to preserve the angled on-street parking. So, instead of switching to parallel parking and providing a standard sidewalk in the public right of way, the developer had to reduce developable space (which could probably have increased the amount of living space constructed) to preserve wild west-style parking.



    The “Restore Balance” website should ditch the image of the F-line and replace it with this.



    A car-free Haight Street (or closing a few blocks of Upper Haight to through-traffic except for Muni, taxis, and bicycles) is worth a trial. Hiaght Street seems to be most congested on weekends and on weekday afternoons. Imagine car free Saturdays or Sundays between Masonic and Cole!

    I hope the TEP and these other improvements are implemented as completely as possible, enabling the 71 to improve its speed and reliability to the greatest extent. The 71′s riders are long suffering (especially those who travel crosstown) and the Upper Haight appears to be the chokepoint, with Haight Street passengers crowding already packed buses and those buses further slowed by local congestion. Of course, these improvements should be done in a manner that does not make the street less walkable or less safe for pedestrians and bicyclists.



    There’s a similar situation on Shotwell Street between 26th and Cesar Chavez. The west side of the block is all auto body shops, and they store their cars on what looks very much like a sidewalk. I’ve gotten conflicting reports from different city agencies about whether it’s legal.


    James Donohue

    Traffic is already screwed up.



    Your second to last headline is pretty mixed up–the two links connect to entirely different stories! The ice cream truck (KTVU link) crashed on SR-4. The crash on I-680 (CBS link) was a truck full of dirt, and no cause is reported in the story.


    Bob Gunderson

    *clears throat* Ahem… IT;S GOING TO SCREW UP TRAFFIC!!!



    Great. Now can they PLEASE fix the Embarcadero at Battery?



    The double parking in front of the Battery has been a nuisance ever since the club opened. I don’t understand why they can’t just pay the SFMTA a fee to “rent” 4-5 parking spots in front of their entrance so that people can pull into those spots for the valet.

    Or maybe the Battery should eliminate its valet service and ask its members to take transit or bike or walk to the club….


    Economics 101

    Raising prices would take care of it.. just maintain the discounts we currently have for students, retirees, etc.



    Excited about the Folsom project! But what will the approach to Second Street look like under the new configuration? One has to merge into that sandwiched bike lane. Will the approach also be curbside?



    Point me to a few buddy, I need them in my list of talking points.