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    Will do.



    Yeah you’ll have to fault me on that one. I’m the guy who got hit. I was in state of shock in the ambulance so I my interview I said in the SFPD car came out of a curbside parking spot. All I saw was a car that seemed stopped on the right curb suddenly jolt and come right at me. Thank god for the video because it shows everything.



    I couldn’t agree more with statement that riding is getting more dangerous not less. I was at the first days of Critical Mass in the early 90’s, a once great movement has been splintered and diluted. (also the early days of The SF Bike Coalition) With a city government that allows and encourages “disruptive” technology companies (uber Lyft) flood the streets with unlimited cars and takes money from their VC’s like Ron Conway we as cyclists are in a fight for our existence. The decline and fall of cycling in this city can be marked with the mayoral election of 2003 between Matt Gonzalez and Gavin Newsom. Had Gonzalez won and been a two term Mayor this city would have been so much better for riding a bike in the city. I know I am getting “political”, but one has too.


    City Resident

    Thank you for a great interview!


    Jamison Wieser

    KT: …it’s a little disjointed. So people tend to do things by car and they’ll stop here at the post office, and stop here at the cafe, and stop here to do dry cleaning. Because people drive so much, that’s why there’s parking. I’m just reflecting what they’re saying.

    Supervisor Tang has such a one-size-fits-all notation of community needs. A lot of people tend to do things by car, but that’s not the entire population.

    For a variety of reasons from choice, to age, vision, or mobility issues, to the fact its illegal for a 10 year old to drive, there are a lot of people who use Taraval who are not driving themselves around and don’t deserve to be put at a disadvantage with less reliable, slower, and dangerous to exit Muni as their alternative.



    It’s clear Ms. Tang is very uninformed about what’s REALLY happening, and her “concern trolling” of changes real and suggested, shows she’s trying to have it both ways with everyone. It’s a shame we can’t have a supervisor that’s not a Mayoral appointment out there…


    Jamison Wieser

    Oh so telling:

    KT: Taraval’s a little different from Mission. I don’t know that Taraval necessarily warrants the red carpets to be honest. In my experience growing up always around the L line, I’ve never seen the cars being the issue for the L–cars blocking the train.

    On one hand the SFMTA has 29,000 daily L riders with slow, unreliable service, and about 4-5 riders hit per year exiting the train into traffic.

    The SFMTA wants to speed up the line by 20%, but Supervisor Tang seems to want to keep things just as slow and unsafe as they are today.


    Jamison Wieser

    On Taraval it’s kind of like, here’s a tranche, here’s a tranche–it’s a little disjointed. So people tend to do things by car and they’ll stop here at the post office, and stop here at the cafe, and stop here to do dry cleaning. Because people drive so much, that’s why there’s parking. I’m just reflecting what they’re saying.

    I may be getting a bit far fetched here, but with businesses spread along a single long corridor, it would actually make a good candidate for a light-rail or high-capacity transit line.

    Supervisor Tang doesn’t even seem interested in looking beyond what drivers are complaining to her about, but throughout the city and the world, many people in a similar situation will go from errand to errand using transit or a mix or transit and car.


    Jamison Wieser

    KT: I agree with MTA’s position. They have data that people are getting hit. Boarding islands are non-negotiable.

    Does that really mean boarding islands are non-negotiable? I emailed her directly and she indicated she supported the stops which were getting boarding platforms would be getting boarding platforms, but didn’t even count the five “pilot” stops where SFMTA plans to install boarding platforms only after a crash.

    I would really like to see Supervisor Tang stop pussyfooting around: are we getting a safe taraval with boarding islands, or does the Supervisor still want some exceptions where merchants want parking over safety?



    She doesn’t want to promote riding Muni in her district, and blames her lack of leadership on her constituents. Odd. At least she’s willing to be interviewed I guess.



    The only place I’ve ever seen automobile parking referred to as “car storage” is in Streetsblog postings. To most Americans outside of SB-land, “car storage” means a lot, usually in an industrial area, where inoperable vehicles (sometimes called “project cars”), travel trailers and motor homes are stashed.



    “People tend to do things by car”… hit people trying to get off a stopped Muni train.


    Bob Gunderson

    THANK YOU!!! Someone needed take this article as opportunity to bash bikers and also win Bike Cliche Bingo!


    HMM burritos

    The police officer was not parked. There clearly was a right turn signal on when he went left across a solid white line without regard for safety.


    Michael Morris

    We need an environmental review for the status quo



    I have been a bicycle commuter for 25 years, on and off, in various american cities and two different countries. While I love to ride in SF, and will continue to do so, I believe bike riding is getting more dangerous here, not less.

    I want to see my elected officials comment on this situation. Better, I want to see them ON THE STREET. How many supervisors rode on Bike To Work Day? I rode in the District 9 convoy, but David Campos was not on the ride. Who else was absent? Did the mayor ride? Any comments from his office?

    If elected officials cannot ride (fear, apathy, health issues) that’s fine. That’s what public transit is for. Last year SF Transit Riders issued a challenge for city supervisors and the mayor to ride public transit in the month of June and document how many times they did so.

    Check out the totals here … speaks for itself.



    I like seeing Streetsblog call out the City on the ridiculous second-class infrastructure it provides bicyclists. I would also love to see some follow-up on this with regards to what happens to the officer driving. No media but perhpas Streetsblog will follow this through, so I’m counting on you guys to give them hell and have them either mete out punishment to the officer involved (unlikely) or at least force SFPD to put down in writing another sorry excuse about how unable they are to truly make our streets safer so we can continue to use it as evidence that a massive change in leadership is needed. I would also like to see confirmed or denied the rumor I’ve heard that the cop lied on the incident report that he had his sirens and lights on. Screwing up and hitting a bicyclists is one thing, but then lying about it is an even bigger issue.


    Ziggy Tomcich

    Will the planned raised bike lane on 2nd street actually have prevented this? Without any plans for any protected bicycle intersections, i’m not sure how the raised un-protected bike lane would’ve made any difference. Intersections are where most collisions take place, and throughout this city they’re still designed only to speed as many cars through as possible with bicycle riders being an afterthought.



    Thanks to the well meaning encouragement to watch out for my own safety, I’m going to be extra suspicious of vehicles that indicate they are turning right and make sure I don’t ride my bike into them when they go “psych!” (or possibly “sike” depending on where you grew up) and suddenly veer left instead.



    I think it’s great that you can non sequitur.

    There’s a midstreet pedestrian crossing from the Kodak HQ building in Rochester, NY to a parking lot with plenty of signage about pedestrian right-of-way and zebra crossing paint on the roadway to mark the crosswalk, but cars almost never stop.


    Mike Sicard

    Cars are NOT the enemy folks. If we all got out of our cars YOU would not be able to get on BART or MUNI or even SQUEEZE into the BIKE LANES! If you like the idea of living in a megalopolis like Hong Kong, New York, or London, check out their SUBWAYS. They didn’t happen just by adding bike and bus lanes, increasing parking fees, and eliminating parking. WAKE UP! This city is about to STRANGLE ITSELF by ONLY focusing on CAR HATE!


    Jeffrey Baker

    Not drastic enough. Why does anyone need to drive on 2nd between Market and Mission at all? Just close it from Market to Stevenson. Instant sanity.



    Get well soon Tim!



    This is a great post. I think NYC under Michael Bloomberg’s leadership did more substantive “quick fixes” that actually protected bikers and walkers. Looking at temporary measures in SF, these seem to be half-measures.

    Secondly, this SFPD officeraptly demonstrates lack of commitment to vision zero at every level of SFPD and SFFD. These public safety departments are not genuinely bought into this vision, and it shows in their left turns, and in their disinterest in enforcing bike lanes and speeding restrictions in this town.

    The mayors office, the police and fire departments basically don’t care.


    Gallups Mirror

    “Open up your eyes REALLY big, look around, bike riders break almost all traffic laws,”


    Motorists speed, run red lights, roll through stop signs, fail to use directionals, tailgate, don’t pay attention or break other traffic laws virtually every time they drive.

    These are factors in 94% of all automobile crashes, which cause 10 million casualties, 30,000 deaths and billions of dollars in property damage, medical care and lost wages every year.

    Scofflaw motorists are a deadly threat to everyone around them; scofflaw cyclists pose little threat to anyone but themselves.




    Thanks. Saying we should get rid of people’s jobs is a great way to make a point.


    Mike Sicard

    San Francisco needs to block vehicular traffic on all bridges and roads in and out of town. The requirement to enter the city should be that you must be fit enough to ride a bike, and have at least $5,000,000 in the bank. Then everyone in San Francisco that “matters” would be happy.


    Mike Sicard

    TECHIES should be working from home anyway. They can have food delivered. THERE, TRAFFIC PROBLEM SOLVED!


    Mike Sicard

    Get rid of the tech sector and all of our problems will be SOLVED!


    Mike Sicard

    San Francisco and in particular Mayor Ed Lee, have declared WAR on private vehicles. Eliminating parking and travel lanes wherever possible. Adding bike and bus lanes everywhere. BUT, there has been NOTHING done to enforce bicyclists obeying designated lanes and they often ride right in the middle of the traffic lane, ignoring the bike lanes. Muni buses often do the same thing. They rarely pull into bus stops, opting to stop in the bus lane, which causes buses behind to stop in the traffic lane. The right turn only on Mission Street has wreaked havoc on traffic throughout the Mission, as well as parking since cars cannot get to the meters on the northbound side. So they park elsewhere in the area, eliminating parking for residents and customers. Businesses are reporting as much as a 50% loss of revenue. The fact that pedestrian crossing lights have not been adjusted makes the problem worse and more dangerous. With all traffic having to turn right, while pedestrians attempt to cross in dangerous. There is no point at which pedestrians stop crossing to let traffic turn, so the end up slugging it out with the cars. Maybe when half the businesses on Mission Street close, the luxury apartments and condos they are building sit empty, and enough people get KILLED San Francisco will realize that using tactics similar to London and New York to FORCE people to give up cars with no substantial improvements to our OUTDATED, UNRELIABLE, FILTHY, and DANGEROUS public transportation ISN’T GOING TO WORK!


    Fay Nissenbaum

    Next time you are caught speeding, try telling the cop “but officer, others are driving fast too!”. DOES NOT MATTER b/c it does not defend your behavior. THINK before you speak. America has enough stupid people already. Join the smart side – we need more recruits.



    Obviously you do wish cyclists harm, because you keep saying they’re “entitled” when they expect not to be run over. And once again, this particular cyclist was not actively breaking any traffic laws; he was just trying to get down 2nd.

    And if someone who spends $1000 on a bike is a jerk, what do you call someone who spends $500+/month on a car payment?


    Kolo Jezdec

    Why do you fear allowing others to see all of your posts? I would think you would be interested in sharing your views with all and sundry.


    Kolo Jezdec

    Not that I expect any of the info below to change your perspective that you own the road. Happy reading.



    Oh you’re on of those people.


    Kolo Jezdec

    “We need to dispel the myth that user fees are paying for the building and maintenance of our road network. The reality is that these funds are barely covering a fraction of the cost,” said Gabe Klein, SVP of Fontinalis Partners, and former Commissioner of Transportation for Chicago and Washington, D.C. “The highest return on investment is on bike, pedestrian and transit projects,” he said.

    ” Regardless of how much they drive, the average American household bears an annual financial burden of more than $1,100 in taxes and indirect costs from driving – over and above any gas taxes or other fees they pay that are connected with driving.”


    Kolo Jezdec

    “Most walking and bicycling takes place on local streets and roads that are primarily paid for through property taxes and other general local taxes. -“


    Kolo Jezdec


    Kolo Jezdec

    “Since 1947, the amount of money spent on highways, roads and streets has exceeded the amount raised through gasoline taxes and other so-called “user fees” by $600 billion (2005 dollars), representing a massive transfer of general government funds to highways. “

    “Highways “pay for themselves” less today than ever. Currently, highway “user fees” pay only about half the cost of building and maintaining the nation’s network of highways, roads and streets. -”

    See more at:


    Kolo Jezdec

    Everybody pays for the roads. About 50% of funding for local and state roads comes from general tax revenue, including sales tax and property taxes. So all citizens, whether they own or operate a motor vehicle are subsidizing motor vehicle operators. Did you really think that roads are funded solely by people operating 4000 lb vehicles.



    Open up your eyes REALLY big, look around, bike riders break almost all traffic laws, they believe they are entitled, jerks who can afford $ 1000 bikes, but I don’t wish them any harm, too bad when they’re smashed by a vehicle out weighing them by 4000 pounds, who pays for the roads anyway?


    Chris J.

    You should try riding a bicycle in the city sometime, and maybe you’ll get a better perspective of what bicyclists are like and what they have to deal with.

    And in terms of entitlement, what’s your opinion of drivers who park in a bike lane with their blinkers on? Basically blocking another mode share’s dedicated travel lane by using it as their personal parking spot / loading zone. Does that seem like entitlement to you, too?


    Kolo Jezdec

    Guess the cop was just being proactive in preventing the cyclist from running a red light. Or maybe the cop is a bad driver who almost killed a cyclist lawfully using the road?

    I’ll go with the latter…


    Opus the Poet

    Yep. But you have to look quick because you can only see the cop’s car from 0:05 through 0:08 when he hits the cyclist. The first 4 or 5 times through I missed the turn signal flashing because of watching other things.



    Exactly what is entitled about riding straight down the center of an officially marked bike lane and expecting other people, city employees no less, not to suddenly accelerate halfway across the roadway into you?



    Reminds me of a particle accelerator, eventually a collision should occur. Most bicyclists seem to me to feel entitled, they break every single traffic law and don’t give a damn about others. But, too bad for this guy, hope he was not hurt.



    Just to make sure it is front and center sicnce this keeps coming up, the MTA has shown that merchants are not good at all at estimating how their customers arrived:

    The report (for the Geary corridor) is summarized here:



    Miles!?!? Sure you aren’t exaggerating a bunch?

    And did it every occur to you that it’s the other cars that are backing traffic up for “miles”, not the buses, which can hold way more people in the same space:

    The problem is that we have for over half a century re-modeled our cities around the single most inefficient form of transit (look at the picture again to see how much space cars take up, and we’re not even talking about how much space they need for parking as well), and the second we try to re-work a fraction of that space to be more efficient using public transit, it’s now the fault of the efficient buses that there is so much traffic?



    I’m not aware of any changes to loading zones. The picture above shows an untouched loading zone. Regarding arrogance, look at you, dismissing the needs of 65,000 transit riders like they’re nothing, all for some perceived yet imaginary slight. Way to go!



    For those who don’t know, this is how you design an intersection to protect bicyclists from motorists:

    The motorist (in this case, SFPD) must take responsibility when they mess up and hit a bicyclist and be punished accordingly (it’s not an “accident” when you don’t check your blind spot and make a sudden, aggressive turn when you’re the lane to turn the other direction and your turn signal indicates you will indeed be turning the other way). But so must the city take some responsibility for designing stroads

    and then refusing to put in proper bike lanes let alone perform proper enforcement of dangerous motorist behavior that increases the odds of collisions. I don’t know how our leadership in City Hall, e.g. Mayor Lee, can live with this on their conscience. In this city, it’s clear that Lee prioritizes motorists (free or deeply subsidized) street parking over bicyclist safety … which is absolutely insane.