Today’s Headlines

  • Celebrating Critical Mass at 20: Group Almost Takes the Bay Bridge (SFBG)
  • BART Releases Footage of Civic Center Brake Incident (
  • Board of Supes Approves RV Overnight Parking Restrictions (City InsiderSFExam)
  • Oakland Woman Critically Injured by BART Truck Driver (Oakland Trib)
  • BART Investigating After Person Found Under Train at Ashby Station Uninjured (CoCo TimesKTVU)
  • Family of Slain Concord Cyclists Calls for Stricter Deadly Driving Laws (CoCo Times)
  • Gov. Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Driverless Cars by 2015 (MercurySFExam)
  • Scooter-Share Startup Launches in Downtown SF Today (SFGate)
  • Oakland Police, Opponents at Odds Over Extending Red Light Camera Contract (NBC)
  • SFMTA Releases Survey on Improving Long-Term Bike Parking (Live SoMa)
  • Auto Safety Advocates: Why Do We Tolerate Traffic Deaths and Injuries? (SacBee)
  • Caltrans to Host Public Hearings on I-680 Toll Lane Plan (CoCo Times)
  • Cyclelicious Breaks Down CA Bike Commute Mode Share by County
  • SF Appeal Offers Tips for Making Car-Free Trips Around Bay Area

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  • Davistrain

    The “Why do we tolerate traffic deaths and injuries?” question has been around for a long time.  As one writer pointed out, it’s the equivalent of a loaded airliner “buying the farm” every day.  I just finished reading a book about public transit; the author admits that he keeps his driver’s license in effect in case he needs to rent a car.  For him, a motor vehicle is the “last resort”; for most Americans it’s the first choice or the “default setting”.  We are apparently willing to sacrifice about 30,000 of our fellow citizens for the speed, convenience and 24/7 availability of the owner-operated automobile.  Such measures as
    tightening driver licensing (no more “Where did you get your license? In a box of corn flakes?”) would be opposed (however subtlely) by the automotive industry, when they saw their market shrinking.  Lowering speed limits (and rigidly enforcing them) would be about as popular among motorists as Prohibition was among the drinking class.  Back in the days of the 55 mph nationwide speed limit, I remember one Texan saying, “55 may be OK for the scenic parkways of New York, but driving 55 in West Texas is like Chinese
    [sic] water torture.”  Then there’s the essay I wrote on “why the automobile took over
    for most local transport functions” which enumerated three of the human characteristics it appeals to: Selfishness, Impatience and Laziness…..