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  1.  

    jamiewhitaker

    Great! This must mean all of the City’s needed pedestrian safety improvements have been implemented – and now money can be pissed away on things that don’t save lives!

  2.  

    quinine_bubbles

    Seeing as Valencia, Market, and Embarcadero are all a part of my daily commute, it looks like I’ll be counted thrice! Can we get some counters for the double parkers on these streets as well?

  3.  

    Sprague

    Having written the above, I still find it very discouraging that it apparently took over seven years for these transit priority signals to be activated. It’s great it’s been done – but seven + years to activate them?!

  4.  

    Sprague

    I’m glad to hear that they are working. It’s been awhile since I rode either of the lines along that stretch and the transit signal priority always seemed to not be working (and, at least from other commenters, I’ve read here that it was never made operational after its installment as part of the T-Third project). It’s great to hear that one single left turning vehicle (often with one occupant) apparently can no longer regularly delay two Muni LRV cars filled with passengers.

  5.  

    theqin

    I am not sure what you mean, the transit signal priority system is installed and working. You can tell the difference when riding the light rail, wait times at certain intersections are significantly shorter. The main problem is that it seems the order of signal changes (i.e. left lane turns first, then straight traffic) seems to be fixed, and the pedestrian count down timers prevent some lights from changing faster.

  6.  

    A.Craft

    The bike lane is part of the road way and cars are allowed to pull out of the flow of traffic into those lanes for the safe embarking and disembarking of passengers and to make right hand turns. They are not EXCLUSIVE domain of cyclists. Cyclists are also required to obey all traffic laws. Take the log out of your own eye.

  7.  

    Sprague

    I share your concern. It’s great that Muni has this technology but it’s money down the drain if the cameras aren’t being used as intended. It is disturbing that, apparently to this day, the transit signal priority equipment along the Embarcadero (ie. south of Mission to 4th and King) was installed but never activated. This is incredibly wasteful and counter productive to good transit and good government.

  8.  

    Greg Costikyan

    Without offering any opinion as to the cost to benefit analysis: When I was in San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference, and biking on my (rented) bike between my Hayes Valley hotel and the Moscone Center, I enjoyed watching the bike counter tick up as I passed.

  9.  

    murphstahoe

    Presumably Monkey Parking will be giving their “employees” a W2 or 1099…. That $5 to rent your spot is a lot less appealing when you actually have to file your taxes on the income.

  10.  

    murphstahoe

    most curb cuts go used. As a place to park one’s car because the garage is full of crap.

  11.  

    runn3r85

    Found this article, from 2012. It does seem they are writing a lot of tickets from them. Be curious to see how many now that all buses have them.

    http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/muni-adding-more-traffic-cams-in-effort-to-boost-revenue/Content?oid=2199061

    And curiously, at the time MUNI tried to write tickets for people in transit lanes, so who knows if those numbers are really accurate.

  12.  

    murphstahoe

    Are planners intentionally not accommodating transfers? No.

    If it’s not intentional then they are hopelessly incompetent. VTA runs on a “schedule”. Caltrain runs on a “schedule”. SamTrans runs on a “schedule”. BART runs on a “schedule”.

    Yet I have seen zero evidence of these transit agencies giving the slightest effort to match schedules. The most egregious example is VTA light rail in MV. No wait – it’s BART/Caltrain. But at least those have system concerns. There is no reason for the 10 (now 11) to not be aligned schedule wise with the transit workhorse.

    I can take the 60 from Santa Clara to my office. It’s fast! But I have to wait 20 minutes for the bus typically – it’s a 10 minute bike ride. My company has a huge incentive to limit cars entering campus, so they are encouraging Caltrain and ACE. But the 60? No way – we have a company only shuttle now.

  13.  

    the_greasybear

    Yes, the Wiggle should have one of the three new counters.

  14.  

    Andy Chow

    Moving violation requires visual identification of the driver, so forward cameras are not sufficient. Red light cameras flashes so that the picture of the driver is taken for the ticket.

    I don’t think driving on transit lane is a “moving violation” since driving on HOV lanes on the freeway isn’t a moving violation, and driving on transit lane is a municipal law versus California Vehicle Code. However, I don’t think that any California jurisdiction is enforcing vehicle occupancy laws with cameras.

  15.  

    danbrotherston

    And if these have been demonstrated to increase cycling, then I assume you’d change your view?

  16.  

    Mario Tanev

    I can see how owners parking at curb cuts does reduce contention a little bit, but most curb cuts go unused so I don’t think they make much of a dent. If properly marketed by the city, they could make a dent and make revenue for the city. But the city has just gifted them to homeowners for no good reason. SFMTA should charge owners market price for curb cuts, in which case they can use MonkeyParking to recoup some of their cost OR the city could institute its own program and reduce fees for homeowners who participate in the program.

  17.  

    mx

    Thanks. I’m fine with the existing counter on Market St. (all the more so since some of the funding was donated). That one proves the point well enough on its own. They could put data from the other counters online far more cheaply if they wanted to.

  18.  

    Michael Smith

    I think this question is quite important. If they spent money putting in a camera and are not actually writing any tickets then it is a just a waste of resources.

  19.  

    Andy Chow

    Everybody would like to get a no-wait connection even if they use transit occasionally. Sometimes this is even hard in places where transit is supposed to be abundant.

    Should there be a better connection? yes. Are planners intentionally not accommodating transfers? No. Transit planners create schedules with the budget they have with considerations of other needs (including transfers to other transit elsewhere, school/college schedule). Would such issue addressed if all the lines running service every 10 minutes? Yes. However transit planners need to show that tripling the service would result in tripling of the ridership, or somehow they can cut cost by 2/3 for each trip.

    Taxpayers may be generous, but they also don’t like to see empty buses. Also, just a few years ago, we were experiencing transit cuts due to drop in tax revenues, so even if we get to “splurge” on enhanced services we still need to make them as successful so they can last even in bad times.

    Transit planners are being careful of not proposing to yank line 10. May be it is okay with you, just as being okay with you of shortening bus routes that run on El Camino, but there are others who depend on the service so a middle line has to be drawn.

  20.  

    shanand

    It does seem expensive, but I think it’s a paltry sum when you compare to all transportation funding. And if it is proven to drive cycle trips, it’s a bargain. Is it?

    What about putting this on the wiggle?

  21.  

    Andy Chow

    like the most successful Muni line compared to those in New York for starter.

  22.  

    Fran Taylor

    Chant from a recent Black Lives Matter march in Oakland:

    Oink, oink! Bang, bang!
    Every day, the same damn thang!

  23.  

    BBnet3000

    I tend to agree. I’d prefer one showpiece counter on Market Street and leave it at that. $187,000 over 2 years is a lot of paint and plastic delineators.

  24.  

    roymeo

    What about opening up the counts on all the existing counters like the one on Fell St?
    Approximate, but not wholly confirmed map I started putting together: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zW2xDTrm4GZk.kFAbz5UFS9W8

  25.  

    mx

    It’s outrageous to me that we plan to spend SFMTA operating funds and sales tax funds on a project like this which benefits no one. While it’s not that much money, the funds could be put to far more productive use either with bikeway improvements or put toward any number of other SFMTA operating uses: transit, parking and traffic enforcement, etc…

  26.  

    gneiss

    I honestly am having a hard time understanding how this crash unfolded the way the police spokesperson is trying to spin it. Are they suggesting that he ran a light on 14th and was hit by someone traveling on Folsom? Or are they saying that he ran the light on Folsom and was hit by someone traveling on 14th? Either way, it doesn’t seem to make much sense. I know people who ride bikes in the city who are in their 60’s. Generally they are far more law abiding then younger riders and have a high degree of awareness of traffic control devices and street geometries. If nothing else, they have developed a high degree of self-preservation, which includes not running red lights.

    I travel this route on my way to work most mornings, sometime as early as 6:45 AM. The most common violation I see are car drivers traveling west bound on 14th trying to make a right on red on to Folsom and not waiting until the opposing cross traffic clears, because it’s not obvious that the opposite side of the street has a green light. The police themselves could have made this mistake – if the driver told the cops he was making a right on red and opposing traffic moved forward to go left, they could mistakenly believe that the opposing traffic also had a red light when in fact it was green.

  27.  

    Akit

    I don’t necessary approve of your proposal of property owners or tenants being prohibited from parallel parking in front of their curb cut. I live in a neighborhood where parking is pretty hard and there’s a lot of short curbs that won’t fit a car. At least with the current law allowing property owners/tenants to block the driveway (for homes with one, two (or three?) tenant units), the system works.

    As for leasing off the curb cut, I don’t like the concept of MoneyParking. What happens if you live in a duplex and the upstairs neighbor disapproves of it and tows the car?

  28.  

    Mesozoic Polk

    Now how about we all install cameras on our cars to gather footage of Muni buses that stop in the middle of the street (to pick up passengers, driver grabbing a taco, etc.) and impede our constitutional right to fast, freely-moving traffic lanes in a crowded urban environment.

  29.  

    DocAmazing

    Once again: bang-up job, SFPD.

  30.  

    MrEricSir

    Unfortunately, state law prohibits the cameras from being used to cite moving violations…

    That’s insane. Anyone know what the reasoning behind this is/was?

  31.  

    the_greasybear

    “Unfortunately, state law prohibits the cameras from being used to cite moving violations, so drivers cruising down a Muni lane can still only be penalized by the SFPD.”

    Which is to say: drivers who choose to break the law and drive in transit-only lanes shall never, ever be cited since the SFPD is so incredibly biased in favor of motorists.

  32.  

    roymeo

    “Ong and his kids — an 8-year-old and an infant — were shaken by the incident.”

    So the end result of this one is going to be no penalty for the raging cop, but the PCO Ong will be charged with child abuse?

  33.  

    NoeValleyJim

    This sounds like one of those half-assed Le Moulac “investigations” where they talk to the person at fault, get their side of the story, then not bother looking for any other evidence.

    The other side of the story is dead? How convenient.

    Is there a video cam at that corner? I am going to go down there tomorrow and see if I can find one. I am sure that SFPD hasn’t bothered to do their job.

  34.  

    Bruce

    These are also used to catch drivers parking in bus zones (in front of stops), right?

  35.  

    erby

    Happy birthday, Aaron!

  36.  

    roymeo

    TL;DR version of previous comment: I hope this doesn’t mean “Four Intersections on Polk turned to Mandatory Stop via nearly always Red Bike Signal.”

  37.  

    SH in SF

    Looks like MonkeyParking needs to brush up on California and San Francisco parking regulations. Owners and lessees may park in front of their driveway, but the vehicle must be registered to the address and the address must be only one or two units. As an aside, it also seems that the SF code violates the CA code: there’s no mention in the former about the issuance of a permit to allow parking in front of a driveway.

    CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE SECTION 22500-22526

    22500. No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle whether attended or unattended, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a peace officer or official traffic control device, in any of the following places:
    (e) In front of a public or private driveway, except that a bus engaged as a common carrier, school bus, or a taxicab may stop to load or unload passengers when authorized by local authorities pursuant to an ordinance.

    22507.2. Notwithstanding subdivision (e) of Section 22500, a local authority may, by ordinance, authorize the owner or lessee of property to park a vehicle in front of the owner’s or lessee’s private driveway when the vehicle displays a permit issued pursuant to the ordinance authorizing such parking.

    San Francisco Transportation Code:
    SEC. 1004. PARKING OF VEHICLES ACROSS private DRIVEWAYS.

    The owner or lessee of property shall be permitted to Park the owner’s or lessee’s vehicle across the private driveway of said property, provided that such vehicle displays a valid license plate registered to the address of that property with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and provided that such driveway serves no more than two family dwelling units.

  38.  

    Boo

    more people seem to drive in the transit only lanes than double park in them… it would be nice if they could start citing those guys.

  39.  

    voltairesmistress

    MonkeyParking is back, this time renting out garage curb cut space? Good for the short and long term. Short term because it provides pay to park options instead of so-called free parking, and will quickly get taxed by the City. Long term because it contributes to the reassessment of curb space more generally as free to the first lucky taker. All curb space should be market priced 24/7. Maybe MonkeyParking’s latest foray will spur people to think of parking as a product one always pays for.

  40.  

    shamelessly

    Awesome! Now how about a pilot program that lets cyclists install cameras on our handlebars that will automatically ticket cars double-parked in bike lanes! =]

  41.  

    runn3r85

    Do they share the actual numbers of tickets they give and which areas receive the most tickets? I hope SFMTA uses the data they collect to do some in person enforcement (with or without SFPD)

  42.  

    lunartree

    This is so much better than expecting cops to actually enforce it.

  43.  

    Nicholas Littlejohn

    Great news! Let’s reform the state law for moving violations ..which rep would get it done quickest?

  44.  

    Upright Biker

    Awesome! Finally, real enforcement teeth instead of just paint and plead.

  45.  

    murphstahoe

    How about if we just give the buses on the Dumbarton a police escort with sirens blaring. That way we get the right of way for the buses without having to give up the lane full time?

  46.  

    vcs

    Ah, missed that.

  47.  

    tommy t

    I do agree that Caltrain needs a more predictable schedule (and simply more trains), but there’s no justification to give stations north of the rail spur better frequency than those to the south! Palo Alto is by far the busiest station after SF, and the next busiest stations are Mountain View and San Jose (and Sunnyvale and Tamien ridership are probably growing at the fastest rates of the whole system). These are all in Santa Clara County and all need better than 15-minute frequency.

    Something that makes a lot of sense in your link is that South San Jose is insanely under-served. Hundreds of thousands of people and almost no trains.

  48.  

    SFnative74

    SUVs are less than 8 and a half feet wide, so an 11′ wide lane is fine. Even urban areas that have 10′ lanes have many large delivery trucks, so 11′ is ample for urban or suburban speeds.

  49.  

    tommy t

    That doesn’t make sense. There is no room on the Dunbarton for new bus-only lanes, and Palo Alto would never allow the conversion of existing lanes. Never.

  50.  

    murphstahoe

    “Were you just prove a point or something?”

    I was – as has been mentioned in this thread – trying to catch a bus…