Today’s Headlines

  • KRON‘s “People Behaving Badly” Puts the Spotlight on Cars Parked in the Valencia Bike Lanes
  • Alameda County to Recount Votes for Measure B1 (CoCo Times, East Bay Express)
  • Roadshow: “Ridiculous” Two-Thirds Vote Margin For Transpo Tax Measures Should Be Lowered
  • Mercury News Sums Up TransForm’s High-Speed Rail Forum in San Jose
  • Caltrans Uses Monitoring System to Limit Car Crashes During Storm (NBC)
  • DPW Continues Median Planting on 19th Avenue (GG Xpress)
  • Muni-Oriented Photo Exhibit Coming to Harvey Milk Center (Haighteration)
  • CHP to Crack Down on Cell Phone-Using Drivers Next Week (SacBee)
  • KQED Forum Discusses the Grand Boulevard Initiative on the Peninsula’s El Camino Real

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • voltairesmistress

    Delivery trucks double parking everywhere, oftentimes in bike lanes, is out of control in San Francisco.  Many, many times I ride or drive by and see plenty of open yellow loading zones at or 30 feet from the double-parked truck.  I don’t want to make the truck drivers’ work lives more difficult, but it seems to me that many of them don’t care one bit about inconveniencing or endangering others.  The police and parking control officers drive by blithely, so why should the delivery people care?  The culture around this practice is unacceptable.  Yet drivers, transit users, and bicyclists could all agree on this one.  But I don’t see any movement to stop it.  Does anyone have suggestions?

  • mikesonn

    Scott Weiner?

  • Much of the time the trucks & cabs could help things out (AKA reduce the danger and impact of their illegal actions) quite a bit by pulling closer to the curb.  Starting with the first vehicle in the KRON-PBB segment, 3rd vehicle, etc.

  • The best way to navigate thee dangers is to look way ahead, and take the lane early.

    I personally like being extra mean and going a slower while taking the full lane so other cars know “what’s up”.

  • It’s even more annoying when delivery trucks put down an orange cone (forcing you to divert even further out into the street to go around them) as if the cone makes their illegal parking somehow legit and safe. I agree that it’s no use having yellow loading zones if they’re completely ignored by the entities that are supposed to use them.

    First off, we should pay the DPT ticket writers on commission. Say 10 percent of each ticket they write. (Perhaps they should be required to take a quick photo of offending vehicle for proof of violation.) Second, make the fine for commercial vehicles double-parking in congested areas large enough to really get these companies’ attention. I think it would have to be at least $1000. (The MTA would have to define a map of congested areas, but it is truly much more heinous to double-park on some streets than others.) Third, take a page from Donald Shoup’s suggestion about Oakland parking meters and give half the fine to a worthy charity–say, the San Francisco Food Bank. So the city would only pocket 40% of the revenue. The fine for non-commercial, private vehicles double-parking in congested areas should be much lower but still hefty enough to create shock and awe–$300 would do it.

    Hefty fines, motivated ticket-writers, focus on where double-parking creates the most safety and congestion issues. It would work. I, too, am mystified why the city cares so little about this issue.

  • Anonymous

    Best thing is probably for the delivery trucks to park in the center turn lane, if it exists. This was also in the video, and apparently they get tickets for that too. If there was support for this then traffic control could lay off them when they’re there.

    What I’d really like to see, though, is the center-running 2-way bike boulevard on Valencia, which has been in a few of the conceptual plans I’ve seen.

  • voltairesmistress

     Thanks for all the suggestions, folks.  Karen, I think preventing parking violations is a bit like preventing more serious crimes: it is not the threat of overwhelming but episodic punishment but the certainty of lesser punishment that suffices.  Hence, if we want to bring down the rate of double -parking, enforcement of existing rules and citation prices would suffice.

    Right now, there is no such enforcement on delivery truck drivers.  And I say that as a former delivery person (early 1980s).  We routinely double-parked rather than search for a loading zone.  It was part of the delivery culture, because we knew citations on us were rare and paid by the company when received.  The SFMTA gives car drivers no such latitude with double parking, even though that problem is much less acute.

    Now it seems even worse than thirty years ago.  A lot more yellow loading zones, metered and not metered, are available, but delivery truck drivers don’t use anything not exactly in front of their immediate stop.  It’s a specific problem which consistent enforcement of current law & rates could change in a matter of months.