Today’s Headlines

  • Wilcox, Former Muni Exec, Defends Driving With Cast When He Killed Man (BCN via Appeal, SFGate)
  • Better Market Street Project Workshops Next Week (SF Examiner)
  • Bayview Driver Kills Friend in Car While Stunt Driving, Charged With 5 Felonies (SF Examiner)
  • Protesters Plan to Shut Down Muni Lines in Bayview Monday (SF Examiner)
  • PCOs Target Sargent Accused of Assaults With Tickets. “We Parked 4 Vehicles On Sidewalk” (KRON)
  • Mountain View Driver Charged With Veh. Manslaughter for Killing Man on Sidewalk (
  • MTC/Caltrain Chairperson: CAHSR Propelling Caltrain Into the Future (SF Examiner)
  • Oakland Bicyclist Killed on July 4 Identified as Kengi Thomas, 41 (Oakland Tribune)
  • Bay Area Bicycle Movement’s Political Success Continues to Grow (NBC)
  • Gauging Transit Quality by # of Craigslist Job Ads Requiring “Dependable Transportation” (Cyclelicious)
  • Safeway Remodel Will Grace the Outer Richmond With a Glorious New Parking Structure (Richmond SF)
  • If a Resident Doesn’t Store Cars in Their Garage, Are They Still Entitled to the Curb Cut? (Glen Park Ass.)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • That NBC article is total BS. They’re all hung up on the 20-year-old critical mass, but they barely mentioned the concept of separated bike lanes or cycle tracks. No, standard bike lanes don’t make you that much safer – that’s why the cities around the world with the highest rates of bicycling do much better with their infrastructure.

    Once again, local news making it look like they did some thorough investigation, but really this is a pretty hollow story.

  • mikesonn

    All their stock footage was CM as well. WTF.

  • Not to mention, the local media is having a very hard time understanding that bikeways benefit everybody, not just a small group of “bicyclists”. Why show critical mass when you might rather chronicle parents taking their kids to school by bike or a father cycling to work. And no mention of bike share? Advocates really need to do a better job educating the media about the whole 8-to-80 metric.

  • He said the cast played no role in the collision, which occurred when
    he was turning left from southbound Noe Street onto 14th Street in his
    2004 Ford Explorer and struck Cox, who was walking in the crosswalk.

    “I had very, very close dexterity (with the left foot compared to the right) and control of the car,” Wilcox said.

    If true, Mr Wilcox, explain to us how you killed Mr. Cox? “It was just an accident”

  • GoGregorio

    Bike lanes are up and running on parts of S 3rd Street, in San Jose (presumably on 4th Street, as well)!  I didn’t see anyone riding on them this morning, but it’s been exciting to watch them progress.

  • Gneiss

    It just shows how far we still need to go in order to show that killing a someone in a crosswalk is not considered a negligent act (even though the driver violated the pedestrian right of way) unless there are extenuating circumstances surrounding it.  As a society, we won’t get anywhere unless we treat death due to traffic violations as negligent by default. 

    Also, the defence knew that their testimony would curry favor with the jury by showing remorse, and in most suburbs where walking is much more rare, that would be enough to get the driver off.  We can only hope that a jury in SF, where walking is much more common, can show sympathy and identify with the victim rather than the defendant.

  • At least it had relatively less “Look Out, Whitey! Bike Power’s Gon’ Get Your Mama” than most “bike lobby” stories.

    Also, Dave Snyder is Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition, not the BABC.

  • Daniel Jacobson

    Aaron, can the headlines be a little less morbid?  As I reader I’ve noticed a shift toward more headlines on pedestrian/bicycle accidents and deaths and away from issues and projects that will improve traffic safety and livability.  Only 1 of 8 headlines today on StreetsblogLA are about accidents in comparison to 4/12 on Streetsblog SF.  The Oakland bicyclist article, for example, really doesn’t give me any useful information on the context and issues facing cyclists in East Oakland.  These situations are obviously tragic and worth mentioning in something like a weekly street safety digest, but as a reader I’m turned off by the “if it bleeds, it leads” shift on the StreetsblogSF headlines.  Keep up the good work otherwise.

  • We mostly go with what’s out there. Unfortunately, I can’t produce more good news. In fact, there was at least one more crash article in the Bay Area today that I didn’t link to in favor of another article. And one of our major goals is to highlight the very real problems on the streets that we’re trying to fix. It’s through the headlines stack that we can provide readers vital updates on stories that we don’t have the resources to continually cover ourselves, like the Gregg Wilcox case and the identification of the Oakland bicyclist. If I’d omitted those articles today, you’d just see headline slots left empty, and I wouldn’t be doing my job, by my expectations and those of many other readers. I think the framework all of us editors use is along those lines.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting that Stanley Roberts’ “People Behaving Badly” piece doesn’t mention that Elias Georgopoulus has been accused of beating and pepper spraying a tow truck driver, sexually harassing a woman he supervised, and has allegedly threatened other DPT employees with violence.

  • mikesonn

    Stanley did not do his homework.

  • mikesonn