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  1.  

    94103er

    Sigh. You know car crashes are the 3rd biggest killer of kids, right?

    Also, plenty neighborhoods in this city have pretty safe, quiet enough streets that make sharing w cars not a big deal. Plenty.

    No one’s going very fast in that style of rig so I really wouldn’t worry about that mom’s choice of footwear. You’re far more likely to cause an incident *driving a car* with those kinds of shoes in any case.

  2.  

    NoeValleyJim

    Every time I call 311 I am on hold for at least 10 minutes. I usually don’t have that much time to waste.

  3.  

    NoeValleyJim

    The PCOs have started ticketing people double parked in the bicycle lanes.

  4.  

    murphstahoe

    You lost me at “peddle”

  5.  

    keenplanner

    We need the Amsterdam law here: Driver is always at fault if a pedestrian or cyclist is hit.

  6.  

    M.

    I’ve been in many countries that have separated bike lanes of all sorts. Double parking on them still happens, though certainly less frequently. What’s totally different is the culture around it. It’s safer for a person on a bicycle to circumvent a double-parked vehicle because drivers around them are less aggressive and territorial. Infrastructure alone isn’t the whole story. As more people cycle here, it will change attitudes but that’s not going to happen overnight.
    The striping on Polk continues; now that the north bound side is narrower, I’m going to ask the MTA to paint prominent sharrows there, too.

  7.  

    AnnieC

    To knock down barriers, this needs to be a safe city to ride in – it’s not. I love the concept and we’re seeing it more in Noe and Bernal but SF isn’t Amsterdam or the Netherlands where high priority and access are given to cyclists. In this town, where is everyone is so checked out on their phones while driving, I would never put my children into a jalopy so they can face traffic head first – no way, no how. Also, the photo of mom riding in stiletto heels while pushing at least 25# of her precious, live cargo in front of her — come ON! This is an accident waiting to happen but luckily this post was made possible by a law firm that represents cyclists in accidents.

  8.  

    Jym Dyer

    • Earlier statements by the SFPD suggested that they were using skid marks and similar forensics to determine that Vinson ran a red, which didn’t make sense. Now suddenly there are eyewitnesses (and the eyewitness who saw the motorist run the red light at high speed goes unmentioned). Sure.

    The Examiner piece ends with a quote, “I stand by what my investigators have determined,” … but, “we can’t definitively determine fault.” Yet even when they don’t “definitively determine fault” they declare the motorist not at fault and publish stats blaming bicyclists. Watch for it next year.

  9.  

    Jym Dyer

    @murphstahoe – In Bucchere’s case the SFPD’s narrative shifted a few times. They made a public statement that he had a yellow light. Then they dropped that. The prosecution produced an eyewitness who testified that Bucchere had run a red, but the material evidence showed that the light was still yellow when this eyewitness (and Mr. Hui) entered the crosswalk, in advance of the walk signal.

    @djconnel – Again, a shifting narrative from the SFPD. The originally claimed to have a witness who saw Bucchere “flying through red lights and stop signs on Divisadero,” which is a stretch of street that’s uphill and has no stop signs. At the trial, and presumably after coaching, this statement switched to a downhill stretch of Castro that has no red lights (except the one at Market).

  10.  

    theqin

    I should mention this was on Saturday during the farmers market.

  11.  

    theqin

    I saw a traffic enforcement person get off a bike and seemingly writing tickets in front of the ferry building in the bike lane by the loading/unloading zone. Does anyone know what this was about? Was she actually ticketing drivers who were driving in the bike lane and/or unloading there?

  12.  

    gneiss

    I doubt the supervisors realize this, but this is exactly why the groups who advocate for better infrastructure for people riding bikes are making the argument for protected infrastructure. The SFPD is simply uninterested in vigorous enforcement of bike lane parking violations and as a result, motorists see them as just a good place to get out of the flow of traffic to unload passengers. And since we don’t price meters appropriately and have much handicapped placard abuse, there is always lack of parking along commercial corridors that heightens the problem.

  13.  

    Anthony R

    Its all subjective man. The only objective truth is that drivers are always faultless and people on bikes get in the way of their speed and mass and more important things to do.

  14.  

    Anthony R

    defending what?

  15.  

    Prinzrob

    Even without double parkers, bike lanes on the left of parallel parked cars are inherently flawed design as the driver’s side car doors push cyclists into moving traffic as opposed to a parking protected lane where any passenger side door issues (significantly less common) would push the cyclist toward the sidewalk. Also, with unprotected, left side bike lanes drivers are still legally entering and blocking the bike lane constantly to maneuver into a parallel parking space.

  16.  

    Vicky Chang

    the elderly could use three-wheeled e-bikes. theyre slower and far easier to handle – one less car

  17.  

    njudah

    why is the SFPD so hostile to cyclists? there have been so many documented incidents of them expressing outright hatred to cyclists , and I don’t understand why they’re so angry and so willing to automatically take sides against anyone Not In A Car. seems strange.

  18.  

    the_greasybear

    The SFMTA continues to base its bike lane designs on a fatally flawed assumption: that San Francisco motorists will reliably choose not to intentionally break the law and double-park in bike lanes.

    In reality, a sufficiently large percentage of motorists shall always, everywhere and every time, chose to break the law such that our “bike lanes” simply disappear under their tires. It happens on every block on Valencia. It even happens regularly in “buffered” bike lanes, like those on Market with the beaten-down and missing soft hit posts.

    The SFMTA must acknowledge reality, and design our infrastructure such that bike lane blockages are too physically damaging to cars and trucks to attempt. The ‘honor’ system we currently suffer is failing because our motorists have no honor to which we can appeal or upon which we can safely rely.

  19.  

    HuckieCA

    Eye witness accounts may also have been unreliable if they did not understand the light cycle at that intersection. If you are on 14th street, and see a red for your direction, then you might assume that a car coming the opposite direction was running the red light. However, with the split phase, that would not be the case.

  20.  

    cwalkster

    Sources are SFBC invoices submitted to SFMTA.

    Some safety courses are held in classrooms, where there is a low per person rate. The courses I listed are hands-on and more expensive. If few people show up SFBC does not lower the price.

    SFCTA’s March 2015 report linked above shows the average per person cost for the expensive courses is about $150.

    Watering down the average per person cost to $66 might be more acceptable than using the SFCTA average of $150 per person.

  21.  

    angermuller

    To me, it seems far more sensible / effective to put protected lanes in sections where the cyclist has to peddle up a hill—which is where it’s hardest to avert dangerous drivers; e.g. northbound between Civic Center and Sacramento, and vice versa for southbound bike lane.

  22.  

    Ziggy Tomcich

    Yes we cry and we have a right to because obstructed bike lanes jeopardize our lives each day. Every 2 weeks one of us goes to the hospital and every 6 months one of us goes to the morgue in this city because our streets prioritizes empty cars over the lives and safety of everyone else. We’re not going to stop crying until our streets are finally made safe for all of us.

  23.  

    Ziggy Tomcich

    These class 2 fisher-price my-first bike lanes are a waste of paint and offer little improvement. Going northbound is now much more dangerous and congested, and now going southbound is more likely to have cars blocking, and more likely to get doored then there were before. How is this better? We have our car-first merchants to thank for this useless compromise. There should be an official boycott of every one of the Save Polk Street Merchants. We’re never going to have safer streets by pandering and compromising to the opposition.

  24.  

    M.

    It’s still better than before, not ‘perfect’. Drivers don’t drift to the right nearly as much and stay closer to the center line. More still to be done, more change possible.

  25.  

    Karen Lynn Allen

    Not hard to predict this would happen. Most “bike” lanes in San Francisco are really double-parking/loading/unloading zones (or, indeed, a plain old vehicle cruising lanes) that bicyclists are allowed to travel in only if no car/truck/van driver has any possible use for it at the time.

    Real bike lanes require physical protection/police enforcement/change in driver norms. The best answer is a physical structure that makes parking impossible/obviously egregious/likely to damage a vehicle, such as the three blocks of contra-flow lane on Polk near Market.

    As mentioned below, Friday and Saturday evenings on Valencia Street are completely ridiculous. On Fridays and Saturdays between 6pm and midnight, all the curb space from 14th to 24th street should be nothing but loading/unloading zones for passengers. (Or, better yet, car-free.)

  26.  

    gneiss

    Citation, please? These numbers do not jibe with the $66/person rate that the overall program costs. Not to mention that 1,847 people were educated in the classes last year.

  27.  

    TransBayTube

    If Vinson entered the intersection on a red (but noting no oncoming traffic with an east/west walk sign on) then the driver also blew the red. I’ve seen plenty of east bound cyclists at this intersection proceed through the red but on a walk sign with no oncoming traffic.

    Side note, it’s really stupid to have just this single block as two way traffic as 14th ends at Harrison.

  28.  

    cwalkster

    L Breed might be concerned that SFMTA claims they never have money. But on the other hand are very generous to the Bicycle Coalition.

    SFCTA gives Prop. K money to SFMTA who then pays for the Bicycle Safety Education classes. Not sure if that qualifies as “city funded”.
    The Bicycle Coalition has a flat rate for each bicycle safety course they teach.
    When the number of attendees goes down, the average cost per person goes up.

    For ex. the Adult Learn To Ride class is billed at $2177. When 8 people show up the average is $272 per person. When 14 show up the average is $155 per person.

    The Traffic Skills on Road class is billed at $3075. When 5 people show up the average is $615 per person. When 14 people show up the average is $220 per person.

    The Bicycle Coalition billed SFMTA $3075 for a Traffic Skills on Road class
    that was cancelled. And SFMTA paid the bill!

    When you forget to cancel your dentist appt on time, you get charged $75-$100. But a dentist will not bill you for work on a filling, crown they did not perform that day. With SFMTA its the opposite. The Bicycle Coalition didn’t hold class, doesn’t matter. They still get paid in full.

    Everyone would like that kind of Sugar Daddy.

  29.  

    djconnel

    If I stopped to 311 every double parker on Valencia is be doing it every other block. I’m too busy just trying to survive. And the cops aren’t brain dead: they know this is happening. After all, as was pointed out above, they do it themselves.

  30.  

    p_chazz

    Eyewitness accounts have been shown to be very unreliable because of the subjective nature of memory. So it is impossible to get an objective account of what exactly happened or to bring charges.

  31.  

    djconnel

    You nailed it. Where do they get this stuff? Are they just winging it on the fly?

    In any case, with an Idaho stop law this would have been all much clearer. The cyclist yielded to all traffic with right-of-way, the driver killed him violating the red light.

  32.  

    StrixNoctis .

    I doubt the newness of the lane has much if anything to do with the double parking if they’re clearly marked. The bike lanes on Valencia Street, for example, are clearly marked, have been there for years, and motorists have been using them as double parking lanes for years. The SFPD doesn’t do anything about it, and the SFPD even double parks in those lanes themselves.

    I suppose bike lanes are better than none, but when motor vehicle traffic is heavy & fast and the bike lanes are being used as parking lanes (Friday & Saturday nights on Valencia, for example), having to swerve in & out of the bike lanes raises the risks of collisions.

  33.  

    Nicholas Littlejohn

    The thing is..a lot of detractors will be the ones openly flaunting the law. We cyclists need to keep phones handy for 311 (or the area police commander) and get tickets for all of them.

  34.  

    murphstahoe

    By this standard, if Sutchi Hui entered the intersection before the walk signal turned on, then Chris Bucchere should never have been charged. I find it incredulous to think that did not happen based on the timing of that intersection.

    The SFPD and only asked if Bucchere ran the red, not if Hui had also broken the law.

    Bias.

  35.  

    Andy Chow

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27794334/ac-transit-boss-quits

    ‘However, Christian Peeples, president of the district’s board, had scheduled a special meeting Friday to consider a resolution “removing the General Manager from office.”

    ‘After news of Armijo’s resignation broke, that meeting was canceled.

    ‘In a phone interview, Peeples said his resolution was offered in the middle of the board’s annual evaluation of Armijo’s performance, and, “if the board after hearing from Mr. Armijo, agreed with me, that’s what we would have done.”‘

  36.  

    Golden Gate Shark

    very insightful comment

  37.  

    cafeguzzi

    cry babies….

  38.  

    roymeo

    I’ll withhold passing judgement until all the facts are in. Most important piece: What does Officer Ernst think happened?

  39.  

    mx

    “So there you have it: If you make a mistake on a bike, the law will give a pass to a motorist who strikes and kills you, even if there’s conclusive evidence of reckless driving.”

    I think there are some very real questions about this investigation and I hope SFBC gets real answers, especially with regard to seemingly conflicting witness statements, but I’m not quite sure this a fair characterization. If a driver runs a red light in their car, they likely won’t file criminal charges against the motorist who strikes and kills you, even if there’s conclusive proof he was, say, texting or eating while driving. It’s going to be extraordinarily hard to go before a jury and ague that someone else should be held criminally responsible when there’s evidence that the victim ran a red light.

    It sounds like they don’t claim to have enough evidence at this point to determine whether the driver committed any violations here. That’s a shame and I hope they are able to answer that question more definitively.

    All of this goes to show why fancy “gameable” traffic signal designs with countdown timers and split phases are bad ideas for our city. Pedestrians and bikes will continue to run red lights when they believe it is safe to do so. Drivers will continue to run red lights when they race to beat a yellow. Signal designs should acknowledge this and avoid creating traps for people who disobey the signals as much as possible. Of course, we should also all remember that red means stop and green means go, like our parents taught us.

  40.  

    Andy Chow

    http://www.actransit.org/2015/03/26/general-manager-armijo-resigns/

    AC Transit General Manager David Armijo resigned today, effective immediately, by letter provided to the District’s Board of Directors, in which Mr. Armijo stated that his tenure at the District was “one of the most satisfying of any of the positions I have held during my 30-year career in transit.”

  41.  

    joechoj

    What a cool service. I look forward to checking them out.

  42.  

    Prinzrob

    Thanks, but I’ve got my hands full in the East Bay. The SFBC’s programs are really great, and I hope to follow their lead with the taxi and bus driver trainings they have been operating successfully for a while.

  43.  

    Karen Lynn Allen

    If I were to redo my early children-rearing years (three kids!), I would get an electrified cargo bike in a heartbeat. Biking is so much more enjoyable (and often quicker) than driving and parking, it would’ve increased all our happiness levels considerably. As it was, I drove thousands and thousands of miles in San Francisco schlepping children around. I didn’t electrify my Xtracycle until my youngest was a preteen and only got a few years with her before riding on the back of mom’s bike was too uncool. These days I’m seeing more parents with children on the backs of their bikes in Noe Valley. I hope this business can expand their number.

    If you’re curious about the pros and cons of electric bikes, this might be helpful:

    http://karenlynnallen.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-pluses-and-minuses-of-electric-bikes.html

  44.  

    sebra leaves

    Maybe you should pitch your program to the SF Supervisors. You sound like you have a more developed program.

  45.  

    sebra leaves

    I watched the meeting and I think Nicasio’s comments are closer to the concerns raised by Chistensen and Breed. Money was not their primary concern. The Bike Coalition presented as more of the same without any data about who attends and followup. They want to know who attends the classes and if they address the risky behaviors that citizens are complaining about.

  46.  

    gary

    If the truck had hit the oncoming car, the cyclist too would have been very seriously hurt or killed. The cyclist just squeaked by in fractions of a second.

  47.  

    twinpeaks_sf

  48.  

    murphstahoe

    Not just the cyclist – the oncoming car, the truck was well over the double yellow when they met

  49.  

    baklazhan

    I had the same happen to me while heading north into the Presidio along Presidio Ave. Caught up with the person at the bottom of the hill, at the stop sign. He just kept staring straight ahead, and wouldn’t look at me. Hard to understand what people like this are thinking…

  50.  

    gneiss

    The driver who passed them is the very definition of a douchebag. If it wasn’t for your friend’s exceptional spidey sense, he would be seriously injured or worse. It’s unfortunately there’s no way to present this to police and have them to sanction the driver.