Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Chief Nat Ford Says SF Weekly Muni Story Inaccurate, Defends Agency (SF Weekly)
  • Reaction to Assaults at Muni Stops Includes More Cops and Large Rewards (SF Gate, CBS)
  • Muni F-Line Extension Stalled Because of Supervisor Alioto-Pier (Examiner)
  • Dangerous Drivers Put Themselves and Others in Hospital (Examiner, Examiner, CBS)
  • SF Meets Kyoto Protocol Carbon Reduction Targets (Examiner)
  • Newsom’s Development Fee Deferral Law Amended, Moving Forward (Examiner)
  • Despite Budget Woes, San Mateo County to Continue Caltrain Shuttles (Examiner)
  • Peninsula Drive Less Challenge Continues Through May (Examiner)
  • Car Poolers Could Get Federal Tax Break (Merc)
  • Marin Residents Concerned State Law Could Raise Speed Limits on Their Street (Marin IJ)
  • Poor Road Conditions Lead to Higher Costs for Drivers (Sac Bee)
  • Economic Downturn Brings Low Construction Bids to Transportation Projects (SF Gate)

Don’t you sometimes wish a simple ring of your bike bell could make the day
brighter?

  • The Schwinn ad is great! (I mean not a terribly amazing ad in and of itself, but the fact that apparently this ad is actually playing on television). I was hoping the family’s minivan was going to turn into an extracycle but I guess turning their minivan into an ice cream truck means that they get to walk home 🙂

  • Justin,
    Isn’t that cool to see bikes portrayed in a loving and light way? I think so. I brought this point up on my panel at the Clinton Global Initiative University gathering a couple weeks ago: Why do you never see engaging ads by bicycle and transit manufacturers during the big game? I would love to see this Schwinn ad run during NASCAR.

  • Cool video.

    @Marin speeders:

    “The reason for it is if the roadway is wide, the visibility is good and the conditions are safe we cannot post the speed limit way too low, like 25 mph. It makes about 75 percent of the people speeders and they are not.”

    That is scary. Most roads are WAY over engineered and make people feel more comfortable then they should. That is no way to set speed limits. People feel comfortable going 40 up my tiny alley, does that make it right?

  • It looks like that street in San Rafael was built to have two lanes in each direction and later got a “road diet” to give it one vehicle lane and one bike lane, without actually reducing the roadway width at all. So it’s not surprising at all that cars go really fast in that extra-wide lane. Speed limit laws are no match for human nature, which is why there is the 85th percentile rule for setting them. A more effective way to get the cars to go slower would be to move both vehicle lanes onto the same carriageway, and give the other one over to the bikes, or to narrow each carriageway by 5 or 6 feet to make it an appropriate width for what it is carrying.