Today’s Headlines

  • U.S. House Bill Could Kill Federal Central Subway Grant (SF Examiner)
  • KRON 4‘s People Behaving Badly: Drivers Confused About Floating Parking at JFK Bikeway
  • Driver Turns Over His SUV at Mission and 22nd Streets (Mission Local)
  • Get Ready for Bike to Work Day on May 10 (SFGate)
  • SUV in Fatal Concord Crash Linked to Earlier Drug and Weapons Citation (Mercury News)
  • Woman Arrested for Biting Woman in Bayview Parking Spot Brawl (SFGate)
  • SFPD Mission Station Uses Website to Post Recovered Stolen Bikes, Outreach Info (CBS 5)
  • SFPD Targets Castro/Market, 16th/Mission Intersections for Enforcement (CBS 5)
  • MTC Considers 55 MPH Speed Limit on Highways to Cut Emissions (SF Examiner)
  • SMART Plans Station at Sonoma County Airport (Press Democrat)
  • High School Student Laments Harassment as a Bicycle Rider (CoCo Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • J

    re: JFK lanes. From the video, it looks like people are figuring out how to park correctly. This is the normal adjustment period, which happened in NYC and elsewhere, and I’m glad to see that it’s starting to work as intended. The next instance of this will be even easier.

  • Jamison Wieser

    Does the city intend to paint the bike lanes green or leave them unfinished so drivers continue parking over them?

  • mikesonn

    Re KRON 4: Lots to say but I’ll bite my tongue.

  • Last few days, I’ve only noticed maybe one or two people parked at the curb. And people seem to be getting used to the buffer zone as a staging area.

    KRON 4 always caters to complainers. It’s easy to say that old school bike lanes work just fine if you don’t regularly ride a bike. For those who do, it’s obvious the value of protected facilities.

  • Mario Tanev

    Oh KRON, is it too much to expect for you to at the very least point out that the JFK arrangement works everywhere else in the world, and that it’s most likely that people just need to get used to it, and that it’s too early to conclude that there is anything specifically that makes it not work for SF?

  • I’m happy to report both yesterday morning and this morning around 9 am on JFK (between 8th Ave and points east) there were no cars parked in the bike lane and quite a few cars parked where they were supposed to be. (Even so, the street marking sure could be a lot clearer.)

  • Green paint would mess with the ascetics of the park, or so they say.

  • mikesonn

    Cars mess with the ascetics of the park.

  • The Greasybear

    After riding the JFK bike lanes a dozen times now, I can say it appears motorists are advancing on their learning curve–the bike lanes were open to bike traffic yesterday when I passed through. The only consistent problem concerns the blue-painted curbs–disabled people park in the bike lane at the curb more often than not. Every inch of the curb itself should be painted red, or no color at all.

    As for KRON–it is quite telling that, in a segment about new bike lanes, not a single cyclist was given a voice.

  • Anonymous

    Re: KRON’s JFK bike lane coverage.

    What horrible journalism. Stanley Roberts is the kind of journalist who epitomizes what I hate about local news. He just jumps on the complainin’ wagon and does absolutely no analysis of anything. It’s just mindless get-the-lynch-mob-riled-up junk news. His perspective basically is: things shouldn’t change, and because he’s as car-centric as most in the media, since the status quo is completely bias towards cars moving “efficiently” and quickly to hell with anything else, any change inevitably means taking away from this car-centricness, so therefore it is bad. And oh, I’ll find a few citizens with no perspective or awareness of the issues at hand to validate my position (because you can *always* find *somebody* to support *any* opinion). And of course, didn’t ask a single cyclist (like always, cyclists are second class citizens to the media whose opinion doesn’t matter).

    I love the comment from the woman who is now worried about opening her door and having it get swiped by a passing car. Does she see the irony in her statement? It’s funny how when opening your door without looking means it will rip your door off instead of just dooring a cyclist, all the sudden you care. Oh I wish I could have been there to say: “Now imagine having to be a cyclist in that space. Do you see the problem with the “traditional” bike lanes?”

    I rode down the JFK bike lane yesterday in the evening rush hour and was happy to see not a single problem (well, I saw some cars parked in the buffer right where the parking spots end, but they were well out of the cycletrack). Like people here have consistently pointed out, it takes time for people to adjust to something as profound as changing how we design our streets. The car-centric masses just need to be given time to let the changes percolate, and they will be just fine … and cyclists and pedestrians will be safer.

    I have to add though that I was wrong about the MTA adding the first cycletrack in the city on JFK. Since it’s nowhere near the most pressing street that needs a cycletrack, I figured it was a waste of political capital. But I didn’t appreciate the complications that would come with people adjusting to the changes (I still think it should be obvious to a motorist where to park, but hey, I guess not). And really, this is the best place for everybody to go through the learning process. Doing this on a major thoroughfare would have many more negative implications. I think the city has learned how to roll this out better in the future, and drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians will now know what to do next time they see a cycletrack but in a more hostile environment.

  • ” I love the comment from the woman who is now worried about opening her door and having it get swiped by a passing car”

    especially since we’ve spent the last month hearing how people should be much more worried about losing their lives being hit by a cyclist, than by a car!

  • Aaron Bialick

    She also speaks as if this isn’t already the case with all parallel car parking ever. (Except on streets with door-zone bike lanes, in which case her door is only likely to injure a bicycle rider.)

  • mikesonn

    It’s scary to think how many people think it’s ok to just swing their door open without looking. Like the traditional bike lane is there only to protect their car door from their gross negligence.

    Laws and other’s safety be damned.

  • The Greasybear

    As of 4:00pm today, the eastbound JFK bike path is closed to bike trafffic–it has magically disappeared under the wheels of illegally parked cars, and–of course–there won’t be any SFPD enforcement of laws barring the elimination of bike infrastructure by selfish motorists. And “confusion” isn’t the cause–the curb is painted red. Every motorist knows exactly what that means.

  • Aaron Bialick

    Damn, I was about to go out and enjoy it..!

  • Not excusing anyone, but you do know what day it is.

  • Gneiss

    Greasybear should have waited another 20 minutes 🙂

  • Aaron Bialick

    @twinpeaks_sf:disqus Ack, I didn’t even realize this until I got there… it all makes sense. I’d be careful on the streets today (that is, if car traffic is even moving).

  • Mario Tanev

     What is the mysterious event?

  • Mario Tanev

    Ok, I see now. That’s what happens when people drive while impaired. Everyone should have biked instead. I am disappointed.

  • Aaron Bialick

    @2dc6b4c4038a9e3128028f0d88f6cde2:disqus I actually saw a lot of tickets on the windshields when I was out there. (And as a footnote, SFPD doesn’t normally enforce parking, PCOs are part of SFMTA.)

  • Anonymous

    The weekday uptake on where to park improved significantly when tickets
    started to be handed out – when it was only informational fliers being
    handed out, it was abysmal. Weekends remain a significant problem – there are too many users putting too much pressure on a system that is foreign to many – not sure what the answer is here – but I have yet to see a real reaction to adjust the implentation or to have MTA enforcement out doing education pre-emptively.

    The signage for handicapped drivers is perhaps not as clear as it could be, though there was some moves forward with better striping of the handicapped zones this week in the area around 8th/Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, which previously only had the handicapped spots spray painted by hand, not formally laid down. The demarcation between where the parking zone ends and the buffer zone continues seems to still be a significant issue for too many drivers – who, given their average demonstrated capabilities, perhaps need something more significant, like a burning pit of eternal damnation to make it clear where the parking area ends. Barring burning pits, perhaps some red paint or a small shrubbery, nothing too ostentatious, would help.

  • User

    I like how he completely ignores the SUV at 0:16 making an unlawful U-turn…his other videos would be all over this.  It is illegal because the road is not clear for 200ft.  You can see a white color vehicle about 20 ft away.

  • Riding home through GGP was a mess. SFPD should have set up a DUI checkpoint… probably could have put a big dent in the budget shortfall. I got honked at too by cars who didn’t appreciate me staying out of the door zone.

  • I brought up the absolute lack of cyclists in Roberts’ piece to him on twitter, to which he replied: “Hey I asked several, non wanted to go on camera…. although they gave me an earful .”

    Given how cyclists have been demonized in the press lately, is anyone really surprised? Although I think he didn’t try hard enough — he’s seriously saying he gave up after asking three cyclists? 

  • Anonymous

    I rode through the park on Sunday, and there was motorist craziness going on down by Speedway Meadows. I actually got honked at and yelled at by some motorist because I wasn’t riding in the door zone. Can you imagine a cyclists riding in a *park* and not wanting to sacrifice his life by riding in the door zone?! How dare he get in the way of the almighty motorist, even there. The nerve.

    I really think it’s ridiculous that we allow this kind of auto traffic into our parks. Can’t the parks be the *one* place everybody can just get away from the danger, noise, and dehumanizing effects of cars?! If nothing else, I really don’t understand why we allow the park to be used as a shortcut (Chain of Lakes Drive) and as a parking garage (all of MLK near the Inner Sunset) for people shopping/eating in the Inner Sunset (and other surrounding neighborhoods). I long for the day when we just out-and-out ban cars from GGP and make it a place where everyone can truly relax and enjoy some respite from the car-centric and loud rest of the city.

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