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    Thanks p_chazz for answering my rhetorical question. Let me be less subtle. We should not be spending $210M on small town highway boondoggles when the state/Caltrans has more pressing transit needs. Seriously, Willits is 4,800 people. We can’t even keep what we have in working order, we shouldn’t be building more.


    Upright Biker

    If Prop L passes,they can build a parking garage for all those motorists! Well, at least on the SF side. Sorry, Marin, you’ll have to pass your own Prop L.


    Lee Ross

    Ed Lee. This Mayor is the absolute worst when it comes to supporting Cycling. I hope someone told Tom Maguire he will not be working for Mayor DeBlasio anymore. He will be working for a total HACK who rose through the political ranks of Dept. of Building Inspection (DBI) a local Agency well known for making sure the wheels of government churn slowly and inefficiently. San Francisco may have a Big City name. But it has a small town mentality. Good Luck!!


    Richard Mlynarik

    “Mayor” Ed will have to get back to you later on whether he’s allowed to allow Mr Maguire to do whatever it is that SFMTA might do.



    When I used to live in SF and I would take this route all the time. I’m happy that this street is improving, but the rents have pushed me out so I can only enjoy this improvement as a visitor.


    Jym Dyer

    ¤ Good thing we spent all that money on Doyle Drive.



    In answer to your last question, it’s because the good people of Willits are sick and tired of having a major highway cut their town in half, along with all the carnage that entails, and they would like to have a liveable, walkable downtown same as anybody.



    And besides, maybe they’re not going to be at the Safeway because there are better places to shop than Safeway (how about a Milk Pail Market expansion, for example?).



    OK…I guess I just don’t agree with looking at it in that manner.

    It’s extreme insofar as we have models of mixed-used trip generation and other tools that can thoughtfully answer her concern as opposed to having to address this unfounded statement.


    doug hosenphefer

    Sunday parking meters suck. They are a poor tax on working people. Techies park their BMWs and Range Rovers in their garages. It doesn’t matter if Hitler himself came out of the grave to support getting rid of Sunday meters, it’s a stupid, regressive flat tax, aimed at working people trying to stay in SF. It didn’t “ruin” this City five years ago, or 80 years ago, to have ONE DAY A WEEK when people could relax and not drive around endlessly looking for parking in their own neighborhoods, or live in fear of being seconds away from rapacious City parking tickets, and a loss of a day’s pay. People who want more money spent to support their fun on $5,000 bikes should feel free to donate some stock options to the City, and let the majority of citizens of San Francisco have one day of peace.


    Yamanoor Srihari

    If the economy were not in the next bubble, the argument would be stronger. Expanding for the sake of day dreams is not exactly commendable progress, unless of course, people presume that all future bubbles will center around Silicon Valley, making the quality of life flushing itself down the toilet worth it all.



    Yes, I’m not sure what 94103 is trying to say there but it surely cannot be a credible claim that somehow more people commute out of SF than into it.

    For CalTrain and 101, I’d be willing to believe that the north and south flows are close, given that it seems crammed in both directions at rush hour.

    But you cannot watch the two bridges at rsh hour, or BART at Embarcadero, without seeing the flow is mostly into the city. GG Bridge even switches to 4 lanes south-bound in the morning and north bound in the evening.

    The figures I’ve seen have 500K folks commuting into SF daily versus 100K going out. If 94103 has better numbers he should provide them.

    Not that any of this means that MV shouldn’t build more homes. Only that it’s a tad hypocritical for anyone from SF to criticize them for not doing so, given that SF is guilty at least as much.



    I don’t understand. Suburbs are generally by definition places that have lots of residential zoning and very little if any industrial zoning. The “Office Park” era mediated that a little (or a lot when we talk about Mountain View, Cupertino, and Emeryville) but as a whole you can infer that most people live in suburbs but do not work in suburbs.

    There are obviously confounding factors when it comes to the North Peninsula city and other suburbs that once had very heavy industrial zoning (and I agree I would actually love to see the numbers on this in the Bay Area because of the unique way job centers work here), but in general what RoyTT said is not “absurd nonsense”

    The basic premise the SF is a Intellectual Job center surrounded by communities with much higher residential components seems legitimate to me.

    But what do you think?



    That’s what that means. Mountain view has been very diligent about building office parks and doing whatever it takes to attract business and has also done very little, if anything at all, to build more homes to house those people. Many, many,many more people work in mountain view that live there.

    The traffic is bad in Mountain View because of several things of course. No one element is the sole culprit, but the lack of housing with the increase in jobs coupled with a lack of vision and implementation to incorporate a robust and reliable transportation network that can move more people more efficiently, have all contributed to the situation that the Mtn View is in.

    Now they have this opportunity to bring in smart housing development to go along with the business component, in addition to provisions for some kind of better transit (other than single occupancy vehicles) and they are balking at it.

    Mountain View seems to be focusing on one thing at a time and not everything together. To say its frustrating is an understatement.

    P.S. Mountain View is not the only city following this same blueprint, just about every city in the Peninsula does the same thing.



    Yeah, no, that’s not convincing me I’m wrong. To provide one important bit of evidence: The Emery Unified School District is performing inexcusably poorly for such a small district (very small because, as I was implying, the town’s skewed their residents-to-jobs ratio so badly). That pretty much means the town has historically had little to no investment in building communities. Sure, maybe the ‘tons of new housing’ is attracting more families but they’re clearly playing catch-up.

    MTN VIEW has literally done nothing to attract people to live and work in their city since the start of the first big tech boom in the early 2000′s

    Um…what could you possibly mean by that? So many people want to ‘live and work’ in Mountain View that the real estate is unaffordable and traffic is completely, totally insane.



    The suburbs have built more homes than they need for their workers

    Oh, you better believe that gets a [citation needed]. Unbelievable, absurd nonsense.


    Dark Soul

    Rolls though Stop Signs * … Accident … Bike Lane

    Unbalanced Safety


    Andy Chow

    Last month, I took a brief trip to the Golden Gate Bridge from the Sunset via Muni. The bus got stuck in traffic in the visitor plaza because of the cars. The Golden Gate Bridge visitor plaza is a well used stop for the 28 line.

    The best kept transit secret is the PresidiGo shuttle. There’s a free shuttle from the visitor plaza to the Presidio Transit Center, and another shuttle from the transit center to downtown SF. The downtown shuttle is free for everyone during off peak hours and weekends. The shuttle use the Broadway tunnel and makes very few stops.



    There was a bunch of development in the last bubble, in 2000. Yet here we are in 2014, with all of that excess development, with not enough housing or office space.

    What will happen? One set of developers will go broke, and the next set will pick up the pieces and make bank, and hopefully there will be enough housing for the people who live here and are more likely to disappear if the S&P goes to 3000 than if it goes to 1000.



    Well…as someone who lives nearby and commutes daily through the area, the neighborhood north of 40th Street is also a lot less sketchy than the neighborhood south of 40th Street, and it’s not really a clean break across the line because you have a couple blocks of retail/light industry on each side (and a freeway to the south).

    It’s more than a stretch to attribute property value differences merely to the city in which they are located.

    Your point about police per capita is interesting – I hadn’t heard that before.


    Yamanoor Srihari

    Did anyone discuss what will happen to all this development when the bubble bursts?


    Bob Gunderson

    Unbalanced!!! Restore Car Balance will revert this back to a working congested speedway.



    Emeryville is smart. They probably have more retail than all of Oakland, despite being maybe 10% of the area. And while Oakland has a very small police force relative to its population, Emeryville has the best “cop to resident” ratio in the East Bay (Piedmont aside).

    Take a look at the property values immediately north and south of 40th Street. Same location, similar properties but just being over the city line adds about 50% to your home value and takes about 50% off your property taxes per dollar valuation because of Oakland’s pesky parcel taxes.

    I hear Dogtown wants to secede to Emeryville, over Oakland’s dead body.



    If we’re going to discuss the unfairness of cities that have more jobs than homes for those workers, then that discussion has to start with San Francisco because SF has the largest imbalance.

    A net 400,000 workers commute into SF every day. Compared with that, MV is an unfairness footnote.

    The suburbs have built more homes than they need for their workers, so that SF can get away with building too few. NIMBYism starts in the city..



    Actually I was just telling someone the other day that Emeryville is doing it right. They have added tons of new housing in the parking lot of the Home Depot center, behind the IKEA, and all the way along 40th. They also require that the people who occupy the offices on the shore side of the highway to pay for the EmeryGoRound shuttle service to get workers to areas like the Hospital, Powell St, and MacArthur BART. On the other hand MTN VIEW has literally done nothing to attract people to live and work in their city since the start of the first big tech boom in the early 2000′s



    Here are a couple more articles from the North Bay:

    1. Another small step in Bodega Bay trail

    2. Santa Rosa likely to get $8.2 million grant for Jenning Avenue railroad crossing

    3. Ruling good news for Caltrans’ Willits bypass work (Why are we spending $210M on this rural Highway boondoggle?)



    How do they expect people to get to their buildings if there isn’t good transit? Are they building helipads on the roofs?



    Classic bait and switch. They must be learning from our Mayor.



    Have hope. The neighbors want the traffic calming, the bike lane provides it.



    As I interpret it, she’s saying “if we don’t assume that these new residents will stay on their tech-campuses 24/7, then they’ll generate too much traffic driving around, so we don’t want them. If we do assume that they will stay on campus 24/7, then they won’t benefit local businesses, so we don’t want them.”



    Unfair but highly profitable–just look at Emeryville!



    What’s really annoying is that the naysayers might somehow convince SFMTA that the project is a ‘failure’ by pointing out there aren’t that many cyclists using the new lanes. Well, as I pointed out in the additional comments of the survey, where do people expect cyclists to get there from? Bosworth? Terrifying, bike-lane-eating, full-of-ruts-and-a-scary-underpass-too Bosworth? Or points south, where cars are king and bike lanes are a couple feet wide at best? Or looping around via Mission Street (need I say more)?



    Judged by the pace of the Fell/Oak islands, I wouldn’t hold my breath.


    Upright Biker

    You’re asking the question that keeps being asked. And asked. And asked.

    I asked myself the same question as I rode down Columbus Ave today, and considered SFMTA’s proposal to try out “pilot” bike lanes on that driveway-less stretch — putting the bikes between parked cars and moving traffic, vs. having them curbside, protected by parked cars.




    “They’re not going to be at the Safeway, they’re not going to be at the restaurants. And those businesses will not thrive.”

    What is this assertion by Mercedes Salem is rooted in?


    Aaron Bialick

    Two different Siegels — Jac Siegel is a current councilmember, and Lenny Siegel is a candidate. I’ll add another mention of Lenny’s first name to help clarify.



    It’s unfair to neighboring cities that Mtn View can build all this office space and then turn around and refuse to build the housing necessary for all the workers.


    Mario Tanev

    I am confused. The article first says that Seigel voted against mixed use, but then is quoted supporting mixed use development. Did Siegel have a change of mind or is this an error?


    Jamison Wieser

    Whatever you think of me is a separate matter from Ted & Al’s Towing regularly blocking the bike lane.



    Just looking at the picture: Why would a road like that not have a separated cyclepath?



    Redwood City, on the other hand, is fully open for business as far as (re)-development & construction goes in and around the entire downtown and Caltrain station:
    An already out-dated map of current projects:



    Stanley Roberts, speeding on Fulton. Good job SFPD, please keep it up and write each of those jerks a big $$ ticket, don’t buy any of their lies why they were speeding. Remember, it’ll save lives.



    you know who you sound like? that’s right – one of those cyclists dismissing all the potential collisions from sidewalk cycling…


    Jeffrey Baker

    Re: box-blocking of SoMA bridge approaches, they really need to coordinate with the signal operation at 1st and Harrison. This signal is often manually operated by a SFMTA operative, in the most perplexing way. The worst I’ve seen was the operator left the green on for 1st street for 11 minutes in a row (breaking the record of my previous observation of 7 minutes). Naturally this causes an epic cock-up all the way down Harrison, down Spear all the way to Howard and beyond, and on Embarcadero both ways waiting to turn on to Harrison. I can’t imagine why anyone would do this thing. Mostly it seems to me that the person operating the signal gets distracted reading Sports Illustrated or talking on the phone and simply fails to change it. They should figure out why the automatic operation of that signal is unsatisfactory and just fix that, instead of letting some slack-jawed dude ruin everything at rush hour.



    I’m surprised he spent time at that intersection without noticing the drivers blowing the mandatory right turn and driving down the bus lane practically every light cycle. SFPD tickets there once a week, and they often end up with a block-long stack of pulled-over cars.


    Mario Tanev


    Jamison Wieser

    Are children being struck on the sidewalks here?

    Does a child really need to be injured or worse before making safety improvements? Let’s not go down that rathole.


    Vegetarian Taliban

    That guy needs to Lighten up, Francis.



    Suddenly you’re defending the SFMTA’s fairness, eh? I guess we don’t need a ballot measure to ensure their balance then.



    I was traveling last week, so I missed this, but I noticed something odd about the Haight/Buchanan Eastbound configuration:

    • A bus-only signal gives Muni a green light before
    the rest of traffic, allowing Muni to bypass a line
    of cars waiting at the light instead of waiting for
    room to merge into traffic.

    • Enables bus to reach transit only lane in center
    from the curbside stop at Buchanan.

    • Would save time and improve reliability

    Wouldn’t a bulbout make the transit-only lane easier to reach? I can’t imagine how the bus will make it from the curb out to this center lane when motorists have blocked the right lane like they do every morning.