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    Thanks for all your hard and effective work here! Best of luck.



    “they don’t realize that the city is not on their side”

    We may want more, but the amount of changes for the benefit of cycling that has happened in the city in the past 10 years has been huge. Lee is threatening to veto this legislation but the majority of the Supervisors are backing it.

    A law that a foot needs to go down at a stop sign would be akin to a law saying the engine needs to be turned off in a car at a stop sign.



    If that is the point the article is trying to make, than no wonder we’re confused. Because nobody honestly gives a *** about “anti-bike bias.” It’s not a real thing. It’s like 60’s politics taken to the point of high absurdity.



    I’m sorry, but this is such crap. Pedestrians don’t want to be mowed down by any vehicle, bicycle or car. I have nothing against the cyclists but they don’t realize that the city is not on their side, and they are not likely to win when they go head to head with the majority of the public. If there is no law that technically says one foot has to be down (I think this is what is implied in the article), so be it. But then maybe we need one. And it would probably pass. Because it is against logic that the majority of people would support a law that says bicyclists should breeze through crosswalks, as they have been. Bicyclists don’t realize…that they don’t realize that people are afraid of them. And with good reason. To quote what is by now a cliche ‘they don’t know what they don’t know.’ No number of anecdotes, or accusations of bias against bicyclists is going to change the fact that people need to cross the street, and the only place they have to do this is in a crosswalk.



    True, but I don’t see why someone cannot rent out their own driveway, garage or curb cut in front of their working garage, as long as they are paying all applicable taxes on that income. Both Stop-Yield and driveway parking seem like common sense measures to me.



    please post a photo of your bike.



    That’s backed up by SFMTA data. They have estimated that some 50% of people speed on residential streets where the speed limit is 25 mph.

    The problem is that when you drive a car, and let’s face it all the police drive cars, to many people 25 mph feels slow because we create these raceways between stop signs that encourage them to go faster then that. It’s generally not a great deal faster, perhaps maybe 30-35 mph, but that’s enough to make the streets feel unsafe to be in, particularly if you bike on them. And since it’s “only” 5 mph over the speed limit and as a society we’ve accepted that a ‘buffer’. So police aren’t going to set up speed traps on residential streets. What we really need to speed cameras all over the city. Automated enforcement is the way to really have an effective change in that area.



    i do bike and dont consider myself a hypocrite. my wife and i make sure to stop because we dont want to be associated with majority of cyclists who don’t and are afraid of the road rage that will come down based on the attitudes of the majority of SF cyclists



    Thanks for all you’ve done Aaron. Good luck!



    Thanks for all of your hard work over the past couple years. It has been a pleasure to read your posts. Its sad to see you go, but I’m happy to hear you are moving on to bigger and better things. Welcome, and I Hope to see you around the office :)


    Damien Newton

    What Ben said. Aaron has done a fantastic job at SBSF over the past four plus years. I know all the Streetsblog editors are going to miss him.



    “police also tend to blame bicyclists for “unsafe speed” violations, even when they’re well under the speed limit, when they crash into a driver who violated their right-of-way.”
    At a community meeting where a cop said the deaths of three people hit by drivers weren’t due to speed, the cop told me he often cites bicyclists for unsafe speed…in Mountain View. Mind you, the only hills in town are overpasses and they’re all on 35mph streets. It’s utter crap used to justify all kinds of driver error.


    Nicasio Nakamine

    If you ever encounter the Chron’s paywall, you can just copy the headline and do a search. This has never failed to give me the desired wall-free link as the top result.


    Darksoul SF

    Hopefully they wont pass the law.


    Darksoul SF

    They going ask you to write on their blog.


    Ben Fried

    Here here to four outstanding years from Aaron! I wish I could be there with everybody for the send off. He deserves a fantastic party after all the work he put into this site.

    We’ve received applications from some great candidates for the SF editor job, and I expect to have more news to share soon. Thanks for your patience, San Francisco, and stay tuned!


    Michael Morris

    I think it’s more about the process of charging a person with a crime vs saying “this was an accident”. If everything is just an accident then the police don’t really have anything to do. If a crime was committed and someone is at fault then they actually have a job to do.


    Morgan Fitzgibbons



    It’s been great seeing the work you’ve contributed to Streetsblog SF, I remembered the very first day when you took over as the head editor a few years ago back in 2012 I think? I could be wrong. Boy, does time fly by quickly. Though I skimmed Streetsblog occasionally prior, I didn’t really become a normal everyday reader until you came in. I will totally miss the work you do. Good luck in your future endeavors! :)



    is there a shared view we can read? guess i could go get a dead tree version…


    Morgan Fitzgibbons

    CW Nevius writing a mostly sensible article in support of cyclists?? Now I’ve seen everything!



    I think you misinterpreted the article.

    “Ignorance and misinterpretation of traffic laws among SFPD officers —
    even the supposed experts — is a sign of the anti-bike bias that
    pervades the department”



    oh come on.


    Abe Froman

    This article argues that the SFPD misinterprets the law on stop signs for cyclists. Yet there is nothing included that refutes the SFPD interpretation. What’s the law then?





    They know the laws, they just like dead bicyclists.



    I agree…I ride nearly everyday and sometimes drive, and everything seems the same as usual to me.



    The “research” is the empirical evidence where this law has actually been implemented. That evidence suggests that the fact that this “seems so counter-intuitive” doesn’t mean squat.

    People tend to place an awful lot of faith in their own intuition. As it turns out, that confidence is unjustified a surprisingly high percentage of the time.



    Thanks, Chief Suhr.



    I am glad you had a positive interaction in The Wiggle today. I was there yesterday as a pedestrian and also got a big smile and a wave from a cute cyclist as I was crossing. I have never felt unsafe or threatened by a cyclist when I am a pedestrian in The Wiggle or anywhere else. The only time I have had anything like a close call is when I was on a bicycle myself.

    If SFPD uniformly enforced laws against speeding, they would never get more than few yards outside of their station houses, since almost all drivers in SF break the speed laws.


    Asher Of LA

    Finite resources means finite enforcement. You have to prioritize. Focusing on the most dangerous infractions is a sensible approach. Altering street designs is another.



    Ironic stories about opposition to Avalos’ proposed “stop as yield” (everyone must follow the law!!!) is up against a story about people “renting their driveways” (which is clearly illegal — only a resident of a property can park there). Funny how people get pedantic about obeying the law only when it’s inapplicable to their daily lives.


    SF Guest

    SFMTA is a friend.



    I have to say….I really feel sorry for everyone. All residents of San Francisco.

    Earlier tonight I had a nice peaceful walk home from school with my daughter. Was crossing the wiggle and had a couple of bikes stop for us. One cute woman said “Hi Cutie” to my kid as we crossed. All was awesome!!

    But right before that interaction there was an SFPD police car coming down the street we were walking on. They obviously saw the same “slow rollers” that I did and they did not do anything. nothing. at. all.

    But as a cyclist/pedestrian/motorist what do you do when you have uneven enforcement of laws? That really sucks.

    I am predominantly a pedestrian in SF. If a law enforcement officer sees me breaking a law I expect the law enforcement officer to ticket me. While I am walking. While I am biking. While I am driving. That is what we pay them to do. Help us all be good citizens.

    When you have random, select enforcement of laws it gets really messed up for all of us. Bikes. Cars. People walking their kids to and from school.

    I would really love if we could have some intelligent law that says “if NO ONE is at the intersection have it…. but otherwise follow the rules” but it will never happen.


    Volker Neumann

    All I could thing of was this transcript of Austin police ad-libbing a car/bike collision – it felt kind of like that at the community meeting at Park Station:



    If Wallace jumped upon the hood of a vehicle then that is a very aggressive act, similar to the guy at the CM incident a few weeks ago.

    Whatever happened to the old fashioned idea of two parties involved in an accident having a polite chat, exchanging insurance details, and then moving on?



    Are you suggesting that SFPD should be biased towards one class of road user over another?



    SFPD is not a friend of cyclists.



    Now, why is it that the people who have the most trouble forming sentences have the least trouble forming crazy conspiracy theories. Oh, because they’re crazy.



    I think you have to get the SFBC on board and then it’ll be OK.



    No politician is going to raise the millions of dollars to run a campaign that he or she can’t win in order to make a point.



    D’oh! It’s not called advocacy journalism for nothing.



    I will grant that the photo does look a bit odd. But per the Examiner article, “Witnesses took photos, including one that showed Wallace’s head over the top of the car, as he held onto the windshield” – a bit more detail on that would help.



    SFPD will decline to arrest and the DA will refuse to press charges. It will turn out the driver is politically connected to Willie Brown and everyone will have a good laugh over it.



    There is no evidence whatsoever that this incident was staged. Even the SFPD are not denying that the incident took place.

    You continually post factually incorrect information on this blog. You spread a narrative that reflects what you would like to be the truth, rather than what is actually the truth. It’s utterly disgraceful behavior, particularly when someone has been injured, and you need to be called out on it.



    Re: CBS article on cyclist on windshield

    The article says, “but tensions have been growing between motorists and bicyclists in San Francisco for several months now.”

    Really? What is their evidence for this? I have not heard this anywhere nor seen it in my own personal experience. The relationship seems normal ….



    Not really 😉

    Only 2 places and then had to get back to the kid. Wife wouldnt give me a full night hall pass.



    “As a side note I am pretty sure we met years ago on a ride/pub crawl up the peninsula.”

    So you’re saying you bike while intoxicated…. :)



    Nope….not a sockpuppet =)

    Actually want to say I really appreciate you here and most places you comment. You seem to have a reasonable approach that the streets and city belong to everyone. No just cars, or bikes or pedestrians but to all residents.

    Unfortunately what I described above is far too common occurrence in my life. Todays anecdote is the most common one. Large vehicle stops for me to cross. Cyclist coming up behind rides beside car and doesnt see me because of large vehicle, then blows through crosswalk right in front of my face. At least that guy said sorry before I could say anything. Some do, most dont. That is when, in a low calm voice, I point out the stop sign. Tried playing the victim for years but most dont seem to care.

    Then for the second incident of the day I was waiting for muni and watching pedestrian crossing haight. Guy was coming down haight too fast, slammed on his brakes when the guy in the crosswalk didnt stop for him and cut right in front of him.

    As a side note I am pretty sure we met years ago on a ride/pub crawl up the peninsula.



    the best sockpuppets know how to mix it up