Today’s Headlines

  • Mayor Lee Defends SFMTA’s $8M Payout to Muni Drivers (SFgate)
  • SPUR’s Egon Terplan On Fighting Job Sprawl in the Bay Area (The Atlantic Cities)
  • SFPark Pricing Changes Affecting Occupancy Less Than Expected (Greater Greater Washington)
  • More on the NTSB’s Recommendation to Ban All Cell Phone Use While Driving (SFGate)
  • Mayor Lee Announces First Streets to Be Repaved with Prop B Bonds (KTVU 2)
  • KTVU 2 Bemoans Price Tag of Bay Bridge West Span Bike/Ped Path
  • Ukiah Gets $1.6 Million for Bike and Ped Improvements (Press Democrat)
  • Marin Sees Big Increase in Walking and Biking Since 2007 (Marin IJ)
  • CAHSRA to Extend Comment Period on New Business Plan (SF Examiner)
  • CAHSRA Forgoes Public Relations Contract (SacBee)
  • KTVU 2: Embarcadero Cyclist Charged With Manslaughter in “Bike Friendly City”
  • California DUI Deaths Reach New Low of 791 Last Year (CoCo Times)
More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill
  • mikesonn

    Time to rename it: it’s not a “bike lane”, it’s a “maintenance lane”. Think of it as adding an additional lane to the bay bridge as maintenance workers won’t have to close a lane to do work. Suddenly KTVU will think it’s a great idea!

  • mikesonn

    KTVU’s coverage on Manslaughter charge. Look at the 0:50 mark, you can clearly see a taxi driving in the dedicated bike lane on Market.

    Also, since the DA charged this cyclist, I really hope the DA starts charging the motorists who do this sort of thing on a weekly basis.

  • mikesonn

    Followed by Gascon’s horrible comments about peds and cyclists. Is this really how our DA thinks? My goodness!

  • Susan

    A cab driving in the protected bike lane – that’s the first thing I noticed in the news clip last night. Then they go on to talk about how bike riders need to obey the law! The report then concludes with a  mention of  the proposed increased fine riding on the sidewalk, which has nothing to do with the case the report lead off with. Even more infuriating, the other transportation-related news item was about the dangers of distracted drivers, interviewing the man who’s 2-year old daughter was killed and his wife seriously injured by a texting teen- no mention of the fact that this young woman was sentenced to 5 days in jail for her crime. Compare that to the mug shot of the young cyclist facing a year in jail for killing a woman on his bike.

  • mikesonn

    The disconnect is staggering.

  • Lots of interesting things in the report that the Marin IJ cites above in “Marin Sees Big Increase in Walking and Biking Since 2007.”  Data shows dramatic increase in bicycling as new bicycle infrastructure is implemented. One of the more interesting tidbits was a survey conducted of bicyclists at selected locations while the counts of bicyclists were being done, both in 2007 and 2010.

    Interesting trends:  more people using bicycles for transportation (37% in 2010), 19% biked daily in 2010, more people combining their bicycle trip with some form of transit (26% in 2010), in 2010 bike trip replaces car trip (37%) or walking trip (12%) or transit (20%). Top reasons (not necessarily in order) that people took route: 1) scenic, 2) bike lanes, 3) direct, 4) accessible/close, 5) separation from traffic, 6) lower traffic volumes. Ethnic breakdown of bicyclists matched ethnic composition of county.

  • The streets bond, which will be used to repave streets and eliminate potholes around San Francisco, as well as repair deteriorating bridges and overpasses, will initially be used on streets including the Great Highway, Lombard Street, Presidio Avenue, Fulton Street and Bayshore Boulevard.

    The SFBC put a lot of meat behind this bond, and the first projects are completely car-centric streets

  • icarus12

    You make a very good point!

  • mikesonn

    Shhhhhh, murph. Keep it down!

  • the greasybear

    When was the last time the city charged one of its beloved motorists for the same offense as this cyclist? I’d love to see the stats on how many cyclists who kill a pedestrian get charged vs. how many motorists who kill pedestrians get any citation or charge of any kind.  Bias, bias, bias!

  • Joshua Calder. Of course he blew a .20 …

  • David

    Bayshore is getting redesigned with new bike lanes, right?

  • TwinPeaks_SF

    Does anyone have an official list of Prop B projects?

  • Richard

    Vehicles can use a bike land in a vareity of situation, including making a turn or preparing to, entering or leaving a driveway, to get round an obstruction, or in an emergency.

    Also, a vehicle that stops regularly to pick up or set off passengers, such as a bus or taxi, would normally move right to avoid the need for passengers to cross lines of traffic to enter or exist.