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    Ugh, tacks in the road. Such a d–k move. Someone did that on Cazadero Highway in the early morning before Levi’s Gran Fondo started back in 2012. My buddy got a flat tack and won’t ride the LGF anymore, such as shame. A ride ambassador helped him change the flat very quickly and said he’d already changed a bunch of tires on the stretch due to the tacks.



    Re: the replacement of the MTC for elected officials, is there data/information on what works best? Are transit planning regional boards typically elected or appointed?

    I can see good & bad with each. Maybe a mixed board is best? Elected officials tend to kowtow to voters, which can either be democracy in action or it can be lead to watered down projects as politicos cave to demand. I am sure with more polticos we’d end up with projects like Polk St that have a bold vision and then are watered down to nothing. But then again, unaccountable/opaque boards can be dangerous too… I don’t know what structure is best, but we need strong, dedicated leaders. And lots of Federal & State funding.




    Darksoul SF

    Yea.but that tree should of been removed as it was leaning toward roadway…They should just remove all trees that maybe hazard…or they going just create more delays…possibly injuries.





    True, but the fact that cars may still be moving forward when they reach the line means that it will be more difficult to determine who got there first. It might be doable to have a regular junction with yield signs, but a roundabout would clarify for everyone who has right of way.



    I don’t know why the tree was leaning towards the road. Doesn’t change the fact that the truck hit the tree, not the other way round.


    Nicasio Nakamine

    I really got the sense at the community meeting a few months back that Captain Sanford is a good person trying to do right.

    It’s frustrating to hear Chief Suhr’s recent statement regarding the proposed Bike Yield Law (“They don’t say ‘yield,’ they don’t say ‘slow down.’”) and then see the totally normal roll-through that is unremarkable in every way except that one is Captain Sanford.


    Gary Fisher

    Hi everyone! Yes thats me on the right side of Captain Stanford, we had a pleasant meeting in the Captain’s office that day for over an Hour. We are in process. I am in Madison Wi today. I will return tomorrow. I will have another meeting with the Captain. He likes bikes! Please, he is human and a good guy.
    My work is not done.


    Jym Dyer

    At the community meeting a month back, Captain Sanford announced that he had learned that foot-down is not a requirement. Then a Sergeant from the Traffic Division, arriving late, told the same audience that foot-down is a requirement. D’oh!


    Jym Dyer

    A friend of mine has an aunt who was hit in Golden Gate Park. She’s not available for interviews, though, because it was a car that hit her, and killed her.


    Jym Dyer

    @ARRO – Except that the “more pressing issues” in the eyes of the SFPD is ignoring their own Focus On The Five policies to conduct stings against bicyclists who aren’t actually threatening anybody.


    Jym Dyer

    The word on the “Speed Limit” sign means limit, not 10-20mph over.


    Jym Dyer

    Speed Limit signs say “LIMIT” yet enforcement priorities don’t adhere to that (which much worse results than we see from California Stops).


    Jym Dyer

    @jonobate – The Page Street traffic circles were half-assed implementations, with predictable half-assed results. Unfortunately they’ve been used as an exemplar for the last decade.


    Jym Dyer

    @jonobate – You prove a point with your first sentence. The law about right-of-way is simple, and it is the same for intersections with STOP signs as it is with intersections with YIELD signs and also intersections with no signs at all. Yet we have lowered our expectations for motorist competency and don’t expect them to know this. The STOP signs are there to keep them from crashing into each other so much.


    Darksoul SF

    Why was that tree leading to the road way in the first place and was it not removed to ensure safety.


    Nicasio Nakamine

    You can stand on any sidewalk, not riding. No problem. Also, that path is designated as a multi-use path, available for bike use (though why would you?)


    Jym Dyer

    In general we have STOP signs at every intersection because we have lowered our expectation of road users (predominantly motorists) to understand the how to yield right-of-way at unsigned intersections. The STOP signs are there to at least slow them down.



    No, the big rig hit the tree, which then fell over.

    “The top of a semi-truck struck a tree on Mission and 4th streets Friday morning, toppling it onto overhead Muni wires and shutting down traffic in the downtown San Francisco area, officials said.”


    Darksoul SF

    The Big Rig did not hit the tree.. The Tree hit the big Rig. (Why is that tree still was leading toward roadway)


    Jym Dyer

    ✋ “Stop signs are pretty simple. They say ‘Stop.'”

    Speed limit signs, on the other hand, refer to a “limit” that we actually use as a mean from which we calculate one standard deviation, from which we derive a policy that allows 85% of the speeding to go unenforced, when we even bother to enforce it at all. Is that “pretty simple” as well?


    Jym Dyer




    Here’s Morgan’s petition on Neighborland –


    Jamison Wieser

    Captain Sanford also rides on the sidewalk – just a few feet from an actual bike lane – as shown in a photo he posted to his own twitter account.



    There’s so much cognitive dissonance in that Esparza statement, it’s kind of mind boggling. Basically, what he is saying is that slowly rolling a stop is okay, and yet that’s exactly the point the Wiggle protesters have also been arguing, as the police there were ticketing not just for dangerously blowing through stops but also for rolling through slowly, without applying any discretion.

    My belief is that if we have laws for bicyclists that make logical sense, then logical people will respect and obey them. Right now rolling a stop at a walking pace is illegal, but hopping off the bike and running it through the intersection without stopping is not. Right now we are expected to look for and yield to pedestrians at uncontrolled crossings without necessarily stopping, but this same behavior is considered somehow dangerous once a stop sign is installed.

    Another angle that people who don’t bike also don’t understand is that bicyclists are forced to encounter many more stops when compared to drivers, as most signals are timed for car speeds and many bikeways (like the wiggle) are routed through twisty neighborhood streets with many more stop signs than the parallel auto arterials. My position is that physical traffic calming should be installed along these routes with forced stops removed, but until that happens it is not realistic to expect bicyclists to obey each stop to the letter, when those stops were installed in the first place to discourage car cut-through traffic.

    Finally, another reason to allow stops as yields for bicyclists stems from the fact that most people are doing it already. A big part of bike safety is about predictability, but if you have different people obeying different sets of “rules” then it creates a more dangerous situation as one person doesn’t know exactly what to expect from another. If we level the playing field by allowing rolling stops and normalizing the existing behavior, conditions on the ground may very well become more civilized and safer.


    SF Guest

    It’s good to know the terms and conditions when a peace officer is exempt to obeying traffic laws, but on the other hand there’s nothing a citizen can do if they abuse their power. No action will be taken if you report a peace officer violating a traffic law.



    It’s very frustrating to see cops flout the laws all the time. Parking in red zones and double-parking being the most common violations. It’s almost always while they’re going into some coffee shop or getting lunch.

    I suspect, though, that it’s part of their game. They know that the more they appear above the law to us civilians, the more we fear them.



    Not really. Here’s the actual code:

    “21200. (a) A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division …yada yada… except those provisions which by their very nature can have no application.

    (b) (1) A peace officer …, operating a bicycle during the course of his or her duties is exempt from the requirements of subdivision (a) … if the bicycle is being operated under any of the following circumstances:

    (A) In response to an emergency call.
    (B) While engaged in rescue operations.
    (C) In the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law.

    (2) This subdivision does not relieve a peace officer from the duty to operate a bicycle with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway.”

    So, if the officer is not on an active call they are still required to obey the law, and in fact should strive to set a good example for everyone else to follow.

    This same requirement also applies to officers in other situations, so red zone or double parking is also not allowed unless they are on an active call. And in fact these behaviors can actually decrease public safety, as red zones are often established in order to help daylight intersections, to allow drivers and bicyclists to better see and yield to pedestrians about to enter a crosswalk.



    Interesting – acts that are nominally “unsafe” according to Sanford are magically rendered “safe” because the person doing the “unsafe” thing is an on duty officer.



    This is a well understood phenomena by anyone who has to ride anywhere near the Golden Gate Bridge, and witnesses the tourists on rental bikes. I routinely encounter then descending to Crissy Field which is one way uphill. I’m puffing up the hill in the bike lane and here come 8 tourists downhill in the bike lane. And don’t get me started on the selfie sticks


    SF Guest

    I think everyone here is forgetting peace officers are allowed to ignore traffic laws while on duty including parking at red zones and double parking.



    A friend of mine drives almost everywhere in town and constantly complains about bikes – which I can understand given how many people ride as if they do not care about anyone else (just as many complain about drivers). One day we decide to ride bikes somewhere, and this same guy made the craziest, most absurdly bad and illegal moves – the exact things he complains about. It was an interesting little insight into human nature.



    So legally do you need to touch a foot to the ground or not? I also ride a 125cc scooter, and its center of gravity is so low that on some stops, especially when uphill, I can come to a full stop and balance without ever putting my feet in the ground. Is that legal on a bicycle or a motorcycle?


    Patrick Devine

    Park Ave. They usually either set up at Lambert or Ventura. Today was Ventura.



    What street was this? .. just want to know where they are setting up stings. Thanks


    Bob Gunderson

    The laws should apply the same to ALL vehicles. It’s for ~safety~



    Which person is the captain? Because I couldn’t see his face, if I were to take a guess it be the guy on the left??? Don’t know, anyways if it is him, all I can say that it was hypocritical. But he shouldn’t feel too bad like what the article states. This is routine for most bike riders. Seeing cops do it, would seem to further justify changing the law.


    Patrick Devine

    The easiest way to show how ridiculous the law is, would be to put together a 30 second video showing how a cyclist doing an “Idaho” stop still (usually) makes it through an intersection in more time than a car which comes to a complete stop.

    I watched an unfortunate cyclist this morning in Palo Alto get ticketed on a bicycle boulevard after making a completely reasonable “Idaho” stop when there were no other cars around. Unfortunately I only have a rear facing camera on the bike, so only got footage of him cycling back to the cop to receive his ticket.



    “It appears he slowed down,” he said. “Nothing says you have to put your foot down” in the California vehicle code.

    Did he confer with his boss first?

    “Stop signs are pretty simple. They say ‘stop,’” Suhr told KQED today. “They don’t say ‘yield,’ they don’t say ‘slow down.’”


    Greg Costikyan

    All agreed, but I also think we need to educate cyclists about being careful (speaking as a bicycle commuter for 20 years, who now is one in McKinney freaking Texas). Particularly in areas, like mine, where drivers do not expect cyclists, you need to slow, you need to be prepared to stop, you need to check both ways (preferably twice), and you need to make no assumptions about motorist behavior. E.g., at a four way stop, I’ll stop even if I get there a moment before a driver, because who can predict how they’ll react, or even if they’ll see me. I don’t mind if they go first, and I won’t go unless I can see that they’ve seen me and are obviously waiting for me to proceed. It’s foolish to stop at every stop sign, but every intersection is a point of conflict, and you never want to play chicken with a 2-ton vehicle that can squash you like a bug.



    I bike and drive, and i’m all for near stops. I dont need to put my foot down to actually stop. In fact I may actually be spending more time at a stop time than many cars because i’m slowing down and then accelerating much more slowly. I dont think a bike yield law should let bikes proceed at full speed through intersections. That’s impractical in a dense city environment and will likely cause anger and frustration for bikes failing to yield. So SLOW down, and yield. If there are no cars or PEDS, proceed at a reasonable speed.

    Regardless if you stop or yielded, a reckless or inattentive vehicle may enter the intersection and hit you. Same is true even when you’re walking on a sidewalk, or driving another car. We all just need to have a little common sense and consideration to make it all work.



    Riding a bicycle could be the best way for Sanford, and other officers and policymakers, to truly grasp the point of the “Bike Yield Law.”

    ^ Yes. Experiential empathy is huge.

    A 30-pound bicycle is not a 2-ton speeding metal box, yet this point may be lost if the last time someone biked was on the sidewalk as a kid. Windshield perspective is definitely a thing.

    Of course, one of the great things about improved infrastructure is it encourages more people to hop on a bike to get around, even if it’s been awhile.

    Btw, have any of the SF Police Districts ever stated why there aren’t more officers out on the walking/biking beat?

    Anyway, great reporting, Aaron. It’s stuff like this which will really make you missed at SF Streetsblog.



    Guys, let’s get in touch with Captain John Stanford and file a complaint every time you see a motorist cut you off, double park, play with their phone, or exceed the speed limit so that he doesn’t have to carry the burden of just one binder.


    Morgan Fitzgibbons

    Actually the number of severe injuries in SF was over 500 last year. New study came out recently:



    I’m not crazy about any of them, but the 1-2-3 to Replace Ed Lee campaign seems the best option right now:

    Vote (in any order) for Weiss, Herrera, and Schuffman, and we can work towards getting someone that sees the city as both a home and an urban environment, not a cash cow 1950’s style sleepy suburb on the sea.

    And that includes replacing the do-nothings at the MTA and SFPD.


    Nicholas Littlejohn

    It’s possible to bring this kind of poor reporting up at their next FCC license renewal. Their license is up for renewal in 2022.

    “KTVU was granted a license by the Federal
    Communications Commission to serve the
    public interest as a public trustee until
    (expiration date).
    Our license will expire on (date). We have
    filed an application for renewal with the
    A copy of this application is available for
    public inspection during our regular business
    hours. It contains information concerning
    this station’s performance during the last
    (period of time covered by application).
    Individuals who wish to advise the FCC of
    facts relating to our renewal application and
    to whether this station has operated in the
    public interest should file comments and petitions
    with the FCC by (date first day of last
    full calendar month prior to the month of expiration).

    Further information concerning the FCC’s
    broadcast license renewal process is available
    at (address of location of the station’s public
    inspection file) or may be obtained from
    the FCC, Washington, DC 20554.”



    Is there something about a car-centric business wanting car-centric access that is difficult for you to understand?


    Opus the Poet

    There have been two people killed in S.F. from being hit by a bicycle since they started keeping records on the Internet, and probably a lot longer than that. On the other hand that’s about a week’s worth of motor vehicle pedestrian CARnage in S.F. Two in history, two in a week, yep that’s totally the same. :facepalm:



    At the same time that KTVU was recording it’s damning video of ‘scofflaw bicyclists’ less than two blocks away a motorist drove up onto the N-Judah platform on Duboce and got their undercarriage wedged such that it needed to get removed by a tow truck.

    Nice to know our media provides such unbiased reporting services…