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  1.  

    Gezellig

    Cool, thanks!

    These are the renderings over which I pointed out to an SFMTA engineer that a protected intersection or two might be worth looking into–which elicited a deer-in-headlights look and eventual response that “well, no one’s done that before.”

    The very next day, this came out:

    http://usa.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2015/05/25595095.jpg

    http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/05/06/salt-lake-city-to-install-nations-first-protected-intersection-for-bicycling/

  2.  

    twinpeaks_sf

    And for the record, the monster truck had a blue disabled placard.

    https://twitter.com/yourprotagonist/status/596424379447128064

  3.  

    jonobate

    The meeting boards for the Upper Market bike/ped improvements have been posted online: http://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/projects/2015/Upper%20Market%20Open%20House%20Boards_5.5.pdf

  4.  

    Dexter Wong

    Are you willing to pay for this with your taxes?

  5.  

    Dexter Wong

    SFPD, let the tagging begin!

  6.  

    Jim

    There is no room on Carl to create transit only lanes, unless you feel like pitching to the neighborhood drivers about why their free street parking should go away.

    Even if there was a lane for a car to pass, it is illegal for a driver to pass while a streetcar is stopped and passengers are exiting.

  7.  

    p_chazz

    It might be more accurate to state that the driver who struck Elijah faced no criminal penalties. He would be still be subject to civil penalties,

  8.  

    murphstahoe

    Idiot implies stupid. I prefer terms indicating that the person simply does not care

  9.  

    Mesozoic Polk

    What a relief it is to know that the Bay Area’s largest city seems to take Vision Zero even less seriously than San Francisco. With any luck, streets and stroads throughout the Bay Area will not change at all for decades to come.

  10.  

    Dark Soul

    That the reason why SFMTA don’t blindly widen the sidewalks.When they do this blockage more likely to happen.

  11.  

    NoeValleyJim

    Car drivers are more important than lowly Muni riders, duh.

  12.  

    Gezellig

  13.  

    davistrain

    It looks much too clean to have been doing any useful work. I can understand a truck that big if someone has to pull a large livestock trailer–but to bring such a road beast into a city like San Francisco shows a lack of “horse sense”. I used to have a more normal-sized pickup, and when I visited SF, it stayed at the motel while I let Muni get me around town. Photo: Lunch stop in Castroville on the way to The City.

  14.  

    the_greasybear

    Cars, unlike people, have an absolute right to block trains.

  15.  

    Jimbo

    yes, there is a good way to fix this. take all public transportation underground

  16.  

    Gezellig

    I’m looking forward to Geary BT, as well.

  17.  

    Pat

    Should have let the passengers off and just sideswiped him and if the train came off the rail, bill him any damage. Lesson learned.

  18.  

    Andy Chow

    That idiot will have to pay a few hundred on towing and impound fees. If the driver actually park partially up the curb and stay within the white line it would still be illegal but would only get a citation and not getting towed.

  19.  

    jonobate

    Yes, in the mobile site. Guess the developer is live testing some code.

  20.  

    lunartree

    Trucks like that aren’t even for utility. Just look at how absurd it is. They’re for showing off that you have enough money to be a moron buying a huge ass truck in a city that will never be a necessity.

  21.  

    Michael Morris

    Take note Willy Brown, motorists need self driving cars, not muni riders. Transit dedicated lanes are solve this problem

  22.  

    Bob Gunderson

    Haha did you forget about cars? It’s because, cars. Also, cars. So, no.

  23.  

    SF_Abe

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    It’s working!!!

    Anybody else getting these pop-ups on every page?

  24.  

    SF_Abe

    about://(null)
    Payload tested

  25.  

    DrunkEngineer

    If protestors blocking a BART train can be liable for $70,000 in damages, then surely blocking a train with a monster truck will result in even higher fines…right?

  26.  

    Bruce

    This was probably the same moron who parked his giant pickup truck in the Lombard & Fillmore garage last night and blocked access for the Scoots that are supposed to have the space reserved.

  27.  

    Bruce

    Ah yes, not sure how I missed that.

  28.  

    Aaron Bialick

  29.  

    Mesozoic Polk

    It is too bad about the thousands of suckers on the N Judah who were delayed, but let this serve as a lesson that the only reasonable way to get around San Francisco is by shielding yourself in a cozy private cocoon of glass and steel.

  30.  

    jd_x

    When people complain about MUNI not being on-time, I just tell them to look at situations like this and realize that we have spent 80 years *completely* destroying the ability of all forms of transit to use our streets except cars. There is no fancy technology or intricate policies needed to prevent this kind of nonsense, just the simple fact that we decide from day one that priority of our roads goes in this order: pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, taxis/ride-hailing, personal vehicles. Right now, it’s almost flipped the other way and so inane problems like the example in this article happen because we simply have not cared that it happens. All we have to do is try and these problems will disappear overnight. Drivers will then always think when they park: hey, if I park here, will it somehow affect anybody else’s ability to use the road instead? This would be instead of the current situation where motorists believe their needs, even if its just convenience, trumps that of everybody else, even if that is safety.

  31.  

    Zack

    What possible utility does a truck like that have in SF (or anywhere honestly)? What a waste of money as well as N-Judah riders’ time.

  32.  

    jonobate

    That plan appears to be unnecessarily expensive. Why not underground Caltrain along the existing alignment, starting at Mariposa, and build a new underground station at 16th St? That would reduce the tunneling required by about half a mile, eliminate the crazy reverse curves at 22nd St, and still allow for a station within walking distance of the new Warriors arena.

  33.  

    Mesozoic Polk

    Exactly. Why is 4th and King such a horrible intersection? Hint: it has nothing to do with motorists speeding through streets designed to be freeway on-ramps.

  34.  

    Prinzrob

    Info on the East Bay’s 120+ Bike to Work Day energizer stations, multiple pop-up bikeway demos, and five after-work parties is online at http://www.BikeEastBay.org/BTWD

  35.  

    Opus the Poet

    Don’t put the driver in jail, just crush the car. And every other car he gets caught driving.

  36.  

    Prinzrob

    Info on the East Bay’s 120+ energizer stations, multiple pop-up bikeway demos, and five after-work parties is online at http://www.BikeEastBay.org/BTWD

  37.  

    Bob Gunderson

    Cars belong on the sides of streets, period. I can’t wait to see the Geary BRT because they listened to merchant’s please to preserve as much as possible along one of SF’s busiest bus corridors.

  38.  

    Jeremy

    It’s incredible that the lanes aren’t separated. They’re not even clearly marked, so cars try to pass when they shouldn’t (and nearly hitting those exiting a train).

  39.  

    SF Guest

    I took NB 280 Saturday from Daly City, and it was the first time I can recall both 280 and 101 totally gridlocked due to the 92 bridge closure.

  40.  

    MrEricSir

    Regarding the 16th St. plan, SFMTA said they have an update to their last plan. Has that been published anywhere? I poked around their site the other day but couldn’t find it.

  41.  

    Bruce

  42.  

    Gezellig

    If only we could finally convert all these miscreant leg users to individual cars.

    http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/07/76/46/2091423/5/920×920.jpg

    We could even take away the Muni Metros and maybe a big park or 7 and use the right of way for quadruple-decker freeways:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/36/1948_San_Francisco_trafficways_plan.jpg

    http://foundsf.org/images/6/63/Panhandle_freeway_sketch_4182299464_3687674da0_o.png

    Paving our way out of congestion has never worked for anyone else….but it *might* just work for us.

    The Dream Of The 50s Is Alive in SF-land!

  43.  

    lunartree

    The generation that uses the word boondoggle.

  44.  

    Bob Gunderson

    Sage words from Willie Brown: Stop funding muni & invest in self driving cars, texting peds are the real safety issue

  45.  

    Upright Biker

    Same thing happened to me in North Beach the other day. I got the license plate and called SFPD. They sent two cops to my door to get a statement. No idea whether they will follow up on it, or that the guy will ever get caught/charged, but the cops were at least very responsive.

  46.  

    Gezellig

    SF has quite the habit of naming things after still-living people. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work out:

    http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2014/07/30/lech-walesa-street-finally-curbed-by-san-francisco

  47.  

    stevenj

    Amazing that the owner of Central Coffee thinks that all those young people (the vast majority of Central Coffee’s customers) cannot walk the 2 minutes or less it would take to get to his shop from 1 block away. Having had quite a bit of coffee (very good coffee I might add) at his shop I’ve noticed the times I’ve sat there and drunk it that most of his customers do not come on the bus – they walk there.

  48.  

    MrEricSir

    If that’s really Willie Brown and not a parody account (it’s getting increasingly difficult to tell) someone should remind him of his 1999 plan to fix Muni in 100 days. It’s been well over 5,000 days since then and Muni isn’t much better.

  49.  

    twinpeaks_sf

    Willie Brown: “It’s time to accept the fact that Muni will never run on time, spend enough to keep the system from collapsing and start thinking about alternatives like driverless cars.” What a forward thinker!

  50.  

    BunkerHillPatroit

    And what generation do you put me in since you do not know me??? I would say before you leap know your facts; therefore, the reason I am responding is because your generation leaps into the morass of believe everything the liberal environment pontificates and all will be well
    lunartree, does that apply to the new bay bridge that is getting worse by the day from shoddy state managed construction of this project??? Does that apply to the irresponsible lawmakers who have totally ignored the water deficiency issue where unintended consequences of p*** poor planning have resulted in this drought??? But then again, I and others attend have to attend your class and learn how to waste money on poorly managed government projects (and the list is huge from the state and federal arenas with total disregard to the taxpayers of this state and the nation where that imbcell .