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    As a messenger I take 3rd street in the SOMA pretty often where a red lane was recently added. I have noticed fewer drivers in that lane from my observations. Not like I have facts and figures.


    Mario Tanev

    “Fiscally, it was not responsible to have done,” Lee said. “It disbalances the budget, and it was not what we had all collaboratively agreed to do.”

    Thank you Mayor Lee for realizing that rescinding Sunday meters was wrongheaded. It was not responsible fiscally. Sunday meters were introduced collaboratively and rescinded unilaterally. We are very happy you recognize the error.

    [Lee] called [it] ”disturbing,” adding that it “can be very damaging” to the city budget.

    We agree, but don’t be so hard on yourself. We all make mistakes. We’re glad you realized yours. Can you correct it now, please?



    If you tell Ed Lee that transportation funding will enrich his close circle of developers, he will approve it. We can’t force him to do the right thing. So he has to be tricked into doing it. Wiener screwed-up by not calling this funding measure the “tech-company permanent tax break” or something.



    Transit first! Just not in terms of, you know, providing enough funding for it.



    So what’s Ed Lee’s solution for funding MUNI? Pixy dust? Twitter tax breaks? This man makes Mike Bloomberg look like a defender of the working class.



    I’d say the chances of ed lee punishing the supervisors in question is about the same of ed lee not running for mayor. Kudos to Wiener.

    P.S. Screw you ed lee for backing down on sunday metering.



    ”I have to hold the supervisors that did this accountable,”

    Is this how democracy works? This sounds like a ridiculously poor way to lead.



    Worst move in last 5 years by SF Bike Coalition was endorsing this bozo. Utterly foreseeable…



    If I was a city supervisor (which I really don’t want to be one), I’d defy the mayor as much as I can just to piss him off.



    I’ll cycle almost anywhere, and I never use Lawrence, even when I worked at AMD – which was *on* Lawrence. I would use Sunnyvale Caltrain specifically because there was no tolerable route to Lawrence Caltrain – maybe I came some back way to Kifer a few times.


    Greg Costikyan

    I live in NYC, but my employer is in Santa Clara, and I’m often there for a few weeks at a time. I bike the Lawrence Expressway often, either to and from Caltrain, or from a hotel to my employer’s office. I also bike all over NYC and SF; it is very rare, as a cyclist, that I am more nervous in either city than I am on Lawrence. It actually does have a marked bike lane, unusual for so suburban an area; but the interchanges with 101 and other highways are awfully scary to navigate, with cars merging into the on-ramps crossing your path. No real way to fix that, at least without pedestrian/cyclist priority signals, but given how few other cyclists I see along the route, I don’t imagine there would be much political support for such. (There are, incidentally, some nice bike routes in the area, but they mostly run E-W; going N-S as a cyclist is always problematic.)



    a good point! Sorry I missed it until you pointed it out.



    Am I fighting against bikes? Pretty sure I argued to ban cars, not bikes…



    It’s pretty basic: most people commit fewer infractions when 1) the rules are obvious, 2) enforcement is consistent rather than draconian and inconstant, and 3) there is a widespread understanding of why certain rules exist. Looks like we are finally getting 1), will probably see 2) soon, but will not see much of 3) as long as Mayor Lee is at the helm of city government. I think the City could do a better job explaining the utility of car-free transit lanes, backed up by statistics, as well as anecdotes from Muni riders.



    I recall that you are quite the biker yourself.

    Given that 1: You are a biker and 2: You have seen every biker (thus including yourself) run a red light can we presume that 3: You will be showing up at traffic court and voluntarily paying your 257 tickets per day?



    I was responding to Greg’s hyperbole in an ironic fashion.


    Richard Mlynarik



    Your computation missed one part – see each biker in SF runs 257 lights per day (every light they encounter) so you have to divide the 2,090,993,999 by 257 (I saw them when they ran each of the lights – I am a god) so that is only actually 8,136,163 people – or a bit more than entire population of the Bay Area



    There is one small silver lining here in that if any of the freeway interchanges are upgraded it should trigger the Routine Accommodation clause which will improve the experience for pedestrians and bicyclists. Some of the expressway interchanges are terrible places to be on a bike: Capitol and 101, Montague and 880 are a couple of places where bicyclists weave with 60MPH traffic through cloverleaf interchanges.



    pics or it didn’t happen.



    That’s not what is being done in either comments. Both mention an anecdote without extrapolating anything other than some people seem oblivious to the rules of the road.



    Wow, if you saw that many bike riders yesterday then we shouldn’t have any more trouble building bike infrastructure for the whole world or changing the laws so that they aren’t so car-centric. That’s around 1/3 of the globe’s population.



    The only thing worse than people is people in cars.



    I think the worst thing cyclists do is equate one bad driver or two with all drivers out there.



    Have you seen all those massive bike traffic jams and gridlock because of it? All that honking? That’s right, no one has.



    thanks Troll for this important information



    Not sure, honestly. Given the ratio of people per bike vs people per car being around 1.4x less (cars seem to average 1.4-ish people per car in SF), and the number of bikes is on the order of 4-7x higher than cars, I’d guess they’re about 3-4x higher than cars. That said, they’ll still be dwarfed by Muni riders by at least an order of magnitude.



    What percent of the folks are Market are on bikes?



    And the paints fades/gets wrecked pretty quickly and then looks worse and cost money to re-paint. All because they just won’t enforce the traffic rules. Just enforce the the traffic laws on everyone



    I saw and did the same thing to the 2,090,993,999 bikes I saw do this yesterday (run a red light) and the riders I spoke with did one of the following: 1) gave me the bird, 2) spit at me, or 3) took a swing a me with their bike lock.


    Jeffrey Baker

    Far from “ruining” the commute, the overturned banana hauler did fine work speeding up the commute for everyone west of Vasco Rd. With Tracy, Manteca, and Stockton supercommuters held at bay, traffic flowed freely across the Bay Bridge, without even metering lights. Just the latest demonstration that you need only a tiny marginal reduction in traffic to cause a huge decrease in congestion.


    Upright Biker

    There were already too many cars in 1988 for the system to handle. I remember from those days that parking enforcement was pretty lax, even though people still complained about how heavy-handed it was. Clearly, it’s enforcement that makes the difference between transit working/not working. We’ll see if they step up to the plate on box-blocking and riding on the transit “carpets.”



    Jane Kim’s office has been talking about working on this since that kind of congestion impacts district 6 the most. So far it doesn’t seem like they’ve been able to come up with much.



    A damn good question. On streets with (multiple) transit routes, like Market, there is really no excuse to not have routine/recurring enforcement of don’t block the box. Muni buses and streetcars are repeatedly subject to avoidable delays, and as long as the laws aren’t enforced there will be no change.

    Thanks for sharing this video.



    Just ban ‘em. Bus drivers are annoyed when they drive in the left lane, bikers are annoyed when they’re in the right lane. They make up less than 10% of all people along Market street, so why bother?


    Idrather Bebikin

    Argh, should be $10!

    All of these Google, Apple, Genentech, etc. buses should pay $10 per stop at each and every stop! Morning and evenings! Or $5/stop, so it’s $10/day. Even so that’s dirt cheap! Think of how many people are on those buses anyway. Come on SF!

    $1 is a joke. Think of how many people are there and besides… the companies can afford it and it’s not so unreasonable as to burden


    Aaron Bialick

    There are some crazy things people apparently don’t notice. Recently, I was on my bike on Irving Street at 7th Ave., and I watched a driver stop at the red light before proceeding straight through it across 7th, at a casual speed. Cross-traffic drivers honked. I caught up with him once the light turned green and asked him if he’d realized what he’d done. He was an elderly man, and seemed to have no idea what I was talking about. I believed him.


    Mario Tanev

    Why doesn’t the blocking the box enforcement happen still? And with parking control officers at that?


    David Baker

    It seems to make some difference. Eventual enforcement would be good.


    Upright Biker

    The whole place is going to look like Christmas on steroids with all the red and green, and it’s not going to make a lick of difference until the culture of the SFPD catches up with the times.

    I’m afraid I may not live that long, and I’m only in my 50s.



    Now let’s see them move a concert grand.


    John Rogers

    And right on cue, as I saw this morning, a young woman in a big Volvo SUV drove right down the length of the new red lane, past the TAXI BUS ONLY painted on the street, and sat at the light, surrounded by bright red paint. When she took out her ear buds to hear what I was (politely) saying to her, she said she didn’t notice it was red. And I believe her.


    Bob Gunderson

    Red roads are the first sign of the Carpocalypse.



    So, why in hell is MUNI raising the cost to ride a bus when that’s the little people’s only alternative?

    Because the alternative is raising the cost of parking, which is the big people’s chose alternative.



    Actually San Francisco’s economy has been doing better than most parts of the country with a low unemployment rate just saying


    Jym Dyer

    We can’t have bikeways because of fog, earthquakes, sourdough, and Burning Man.


    Jym Dyer

    Oh sure, a Bikes at Work trailer can carry all sorts of things, but it must be totally impossible to move a piano.


    Jym Dyer

    A desk, you say? Been there, done that, moved all my furniture by bike. Admittedly, the fancy cabinet took special care:


    Jym Dyer

    Motorists kill 2 people every 3 weeks in San Francisco. How simply unfortunate.



    Nearly half the spaces in the city have been privatized by property owners who have installed curb cuts. Without paying the city a dime, property owners benefit in the form of exclusive access to this space, which adds substantial value to their property. Likewise, the SFMTA color curb program allows businesses to exclusively use spaces for loading or customer parking.

    These are far more exclusive and direct cases of privatization. If anything carshare opens public spaces to use by more people — including the 1/3 of San Franciscans who don’t own a vehicle, but may be able to afford a carshare membership at a much lower cost.