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    Re: SFBCC’s Candidate Survey, I assume a question mark means a No Comment:


    Jamison Wieser

    Every time the tree thing happens – and it seems to happen with every project – it saddens me:

    A groups of locals or neighbors who care, but weren’t paying close enough attention earlier, feel left out and disenfranchised. Having the process and rationale explained too late to make a difference doesn’t seem to help, even when it’s City arborists explaining why this is the best move for the long term.



    You have to love the “San Francisco News” article on Sanford.

    rides alongside “Angry Bikers”!

    “Project Zero”

    Allison Lau is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles, California.



    Noticed today that all the PCO’s were gone from the intersections. Cars are starting to once again filter back onto market as there is nothing to stop them.

    We just need a flat out ban so if police see a car on market, they can just ticket them instead of having to actually observe them making a turn onto market. It’s plain more efficient that way.



    Something something cannot see the forest for the trees.



    Everyone needs to do their part whether it’s a pedestrian, bicyclist, bus driver, taxi driver, car driver, etc.

    Since not everyone is equally a problem when it comes to road safety, that’s a misguided approach.

    Just because you don’t drive does not make you better than everyone else.

    Better, in general? No. But better in some ways. He’s not contributing to pollution as much. He’s not going to kill people in traffic. Et cetera.



    None is. Not even Mark Farrell (any more).



    At a Middle Polk neighborhood meeting Christensen said it was important to go ahead with the hardscaping as soon as possible, but that anything involving “paint and lines” could be revisited later. This struck me as insensitive or ill-informed after all the meetings and public comments and hearings and compromises on the the Polk bike lanes.

    In general she seemed to be a bit vague on issues or seemed to overemphasize her role in things – such as the negotiations to keep Capp’s Corner open where she forgot to mention that Gov Brown and Lawrence Ferlinghetti had been involved (acc to Marina Times). She seems to oppose rent control and voted against a moratorium on mkt rate building in the Mission at the BOS – if that gives any sense of her priorities.


    Matt Laroche

    I would love to learn from you! Which supervisor in SF is on the opposite side of SF’s political spectrum from Supervisor Avalos?!



    Not really — one’s on the “yes” side, while the other’s on the “hell, yes — more please” side.


    Matt Laroche

    In many contentious issues in SF, they’re on opposite sides.



    You’re kidding, on that first front, no?



    SF make a fact & data based decision? It’ll never happen.



    It’s the SF way. Disgusting, isn’t it?



    If only.



    It certainly is the most effective way to “derail” any proposal. Just look at how anti-nuclear-power nutjobs use the technique.



    Hardly. It’s just like (modern) Palo Alto — leftie liberal elites, always happy to make others endure the impacts of its demands, while insisting those demands don’t apply personally to them.



    Because Caltrain is commuter rail. HSR (in every incarnation of its idiocy) is intercity transport.



    Atherton residents: always perfectly happy to force the impacts of the policies it demands onto others.



    I am surprised you didn’t get honked at.



    One of the more interesting things I’ve noticed about Germany is that the stop lights are just after the limit line. This induces drivers to not go past the limit line since they are no longer able to see the stop light. Not having the lights on the opposite corner also seems to help reduce people gunning it on the yellow, but that could also be German driver’s training.

    For example this intersection:

    The limit line is about 5 feet behind the marked crosswalk, and the light is about 10 feet in total past the limit line. You don’t need a “stop here on red” sign because it’s obvious you’ve gone too far when you can’t see the light anymore.

    One minor thing that is done to help with intersection clearing is that after the lights go red, a green arrow on the opposite corner is lit up to signal to drivers in the intersection that it’s safe to turn left.



    The city is taking a holistic approach to this. Everyone needs to do their part whether it’s a pedestrian, bicyclist, bus driver, taxi driver, car driver, etc. Just because you don’t drive does not make you better than everyone else.


    Reality Broker

    I saw these for the first time today. Feels like another SF feel-good safety improvement.

    Is there a reason they can’t afford $100 or so per intersection for actual bollards to provide actual physical isolation to slow down cars?


    Andy Chow

    My dream for the new farebox is the ability to simply add value to Clipper card by putting money to the farebox. So if I want to add $40 to my Clipper I can just put $40 on the farebox.

    Muni has not been doing so well in the maintenance area. The new buses break down less frequently because they’re still new. But I am not sure that over time they would be as reliable as the rest of the fleet with the same age.


    Nicasio Nakamine

    I can’t say I’m shocked. I see that sort of craziness all the time.



    Tickets are *only* for harmless bicyclists. Every SFPD officer knows that.



    More enforcement? Whatever for?



    For the Upper Market St safety improvements I’m waiting for SFMTA and any other city agencies involved, to expedite piloting the PARKING PROTECTED bike lane and getting that implemented ASAP from Market and Octavia to Duboce at least. Hopefully it will be permanent in the future and that it is expanded throughout the entire Market St corridor, to me it has to be.



    Now that SFMTA has approved it, how about expediting this very important project along with other vital and important ones like i.e Masonic Ave and get it to the construction phase ASAP. When it comes to improvements in cycling and especially PROTECTED bike lanes, SFMTA and other city agencies will find a way to delay it and make the same old BS excuses!!!!



    When it comes to the paper Muni transfers, though yes I’ll be nostalgic and miss it a lot, I’m fine with them modernizing because to be quite honest, those paper transfers are soooo one to two decades ago, time for Muni to get in the modern age. Doing so will save them money in the long run and hopefully minimize or eliminate transfer thefts and illegal sales. Though, I do wish for the transfers to be valid for a minimum of two hours, to me 90 minutes seems too short and hopefully when they do modernize and replace the existing fareboxes that the new ones will still accept pennies.



    For some of the cross streets that are not through streets, in other words streets that lead to Market with no through way to the SOMA neighborhood or vice-versa, those intersections should have some raised barrier preferably something transparent, cool, artistic and most importantly durable so that it can easily prevent private automobiles from illegally entering the restricted part of Market St.



    He is very aware of the value of being unmarked, as that is how he made his observations on “bike scofflaws” by his own admission.



    Asked an SFPD patrol why he didn’t ticket the guy that clearly blew a very, very red light on Fell in front of both of us. He just shrugged and sped off. This sounds like more of the same lack of leadership.



    What is her stance on the Polk Street bike lanes again? I never could get a straight answer out of her.



    They’re getting new fareboxes because soon they will have to replace all of their old fareboxes that are no longer supported by the company that created them. They’re just replacing them as they reach their lifespan just like what they do with their transit vehicles.

    Basic operational competence? Can you be more specific than that?

    If only it was that easy for a bus to be on-time running on the currently unrealistic schedules. Try driving a muni bus for a day on a busy line, and you’ll understand just how hard it is to keep up with the schedules.

    The new 40 foot Xcelsior buses break down a lot less than the rest of Muni’s 40 footers, so there’s improvement there. For the rest of their vehicles, there isn’t much to be done. Historic streetcars and cable cars are always going to break down rather frequently, but that’s just how it is. The LRVs also break down pretty frequently, but they are trying to do some more mid-life overhauls.



    17% of San Franciscans bicycle every week. Once 17% of San Francisco streets are dedicated to bicycling, then that will be fair.



    I wanted to comment on the performance of the people posted to divert traffic. It is very hit or mess depending on the person stationed at the intersection.

    This morning I saw one stand his ground against a truck wanting to turn onto market street.

    The other evening I saw a person abandon his post and stand besides a business chatting on his cell phone.

    Another time I saw one standing like a post and watching private vehicles blaze by him without him even discouraging the left turn onto market.

    Another time I even saw one office divert a car to turn onto market, and this was on Montgomery onto market west bound.



    Speaks to poor management if there is no discipline for PCOs or SFPD folks just standing around unengaged in the lawbreaking around them. Speaks to the meed for computerized and automatic enforcement. Need automated enforcement for dont block the box, blocked crosswalks, speeding, and illegal turns.



    well of course they aren’t enforcing it, the cameras and the politicians slapping their mailers together aren’t there. Julie Christensen has been showing her face at all the SFMTA events maybe she could “do something” about it to show she “cares” lol. (not going to happen, can’t upset car drivers when running for office, just ask Dear Leader Lee!)



    In addition to the turn restrictions, I wish DPT would be more vigilant about box blocking violations. 1st and Market is one of the worst intersections.

    I have noticed that since the turn bans become in effective that Mission St has become much more congested, and it’s not just due to the box blocking and transit lane violators at 1st and Mission.



    yeah very interesting they don’t issue tickets to cars with the same amount of fervor as the ones to cyclists before… the turn restrictions I get as those are a new measure but driving in a protected bike lane, running red lights, those issues are still happening.

    I must say though that aside from the unsurprising lack of enforcement, I have noticed a positive difference with the new changes.



    Sure, they were originally laid out before cars. But they were made ‘car-first’ over the years as pavement and sidewalks were added in a configuration that encouraged high-speed turns.


    Jamison Wieser

    From the article on Captain Sanford:

    “I learned a lot,” he said.

    Such as?

    “If we continue to get the complaints, if we continue to observe it, then we have to go into enforcement mode. But what this today is about community coming together,” Sanford said.

    Seems like he’s learned nothing if he’s ready to crack down again with enough complaints.



    I like public art, even guerrilla public art, but I don’t like public art that reduces the amount of bike parking available.



    Great to see some analysis of the benefits of investing in Muni. It would be great to see the same for investments in cycling. Doing a quick search, I found this article showing a $6-$24 savings in costs to society for every $1 invested in bicycle facilities – it’s in New Zealand but similar cost-benefit ratios would likely be found in other places:

    It would also be a smart move for us to factor in the externalities associated with transportation options as many advanced countries do when making decisions on how to invest public funding.

    If we honestly assessed the true savings and costs of our transportation decisions, we would end up with an efficient transportation system that serves people better at lower overall costs.



    The SFBay link about the Muni paper transfers isn’t working for some reason



    you mean like the 3% of people who cycle, whose voice is the oudest at all these meetings? Should they only be allowed to ahve 3% of the attendance


    Jamison Wieser

    This morning a crew was out putting some finishing touches on the striping and started to install the soft-hit plastic posts.

    And within the last few days the signals at Noe & 16th & Market (and probably the others as well) have been retimed. At long, long, long last it’s long enough to cross the south side without getting stuck in the street during a red light and militant motorists honking at pedestrians left stranded in the street.



    “Muni Looks to Ditch Tear-Off Paper Transfers in Favor of Real-Time Printing Fareboxes”

    Ah it’s good to see Muni has its priorities in order. Sure, it is utterly unable to achieve basic operational competence, unable to achieve on-time performance of even 60%, unable to do anything about crowding, and unable to ensure its vehicles are in good mechanical condition. The SFMTA is so operationally deficient that it uses the color red in its strategic plan metrics reports to indicate that a metric is worse than last year; they don’t even bother to indicate that the metric is below their own goal.

    Given all this, obviously the biggest priority is new fareboxes.


    Jamison Wieser

    Tan (beige as the SFMTA is referring to as) is about the only color available. White, yellow, green, red, blue, and even purple (something to do with toll lanes) already have specified uses. It could have been a vibrant orange.