Today’s Headlines

  • Pedestrian Killed by Truck Driver at Market and Beale Streets (ABCSFWeeklySFGate)
  • More on the DA’s New Traffic Safety PSA (SFWeeklyCityInsider)
  • Construction on Ped-Friendly Jefferson Street Redesign to Start January 2 (SFExam)
  • Supes Delay Vote on CPMC Development Projects Until 2013 (CityInsider)
  • Bay Bridge Toll Plaza Getting Aesthetic Upgrade, All-Electronic Fare Collection Next Year (ABC)
  • More Evidence that Street Improvements, Bike Lanes Benefit Businesses (NBC)
  • Santa Rosa Motorcyclist Surrenders to Police for Killing Cyclist in Oct. Hit-and-Run (PressDemo)
  • Concord Skateboarder Killed by SUV Driver in Crosswalk Identified (KTVU)
  • Pedestrian Injured by Driver of Stolen Car During Chase With Oakland Police (KTVU)
  • San Jose Police Still Searching for Driver Who Killed Man in Hit-and-Run Last Wed. (Merc)
  • People Behaving Badly Spotlights Drivers Not Yielding to Peds on Millbrae’s El Camino Real
  • Palo Alto Passes Moratorium on “Archaic” Exemption for Car Parking Minimums (DailyPAOnline)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • J282sf

    The intersection on El Camino Real that Stanley was filming at has 6 lanes and it 150′ wide. That’s about the same distance as the intersection at Geary and Gough. Most of those people in the cars aren’t going to even see the pedestrians b/c they are moving at speed. A court found those crosswalks dangerous and fined Caltrans big bucks. Read here:

  • mikesonn

    150′ ECR is okay with the peninsula, but widening JPB ROW for HSR will end the world.

  • Mario Tanev

    SFWeekly says DA’s campaign may help pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists “stop killing each other”. Yes, we need to stop the killing of innocent drivers by the dangerous pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • Mario Tanev

    The Palo Alto articles are phrased confusingly due to double negatives on top of a constraint (“moratorium” on “exemption” on “minimum”). But what it means is that the law until now allowed developers to not built parking downtown if it was not in their best business interests, but now the city wants to force developers to build parking anyway. The city wants to induce even more traffic to downtown by increasing the parking supply and by incentivizing people to own cars in the denser parts of the city by essentially forcing the developesr to jack up the prices on those who don’t want to own a car in order to provide parking for those who do.

    With their anti-HSR shenanigans, their rejection of BRT and this: one more reason not to visit Palo Alto. It’s Bay Area’s true hicktown and it’s a true embarrassment to the the academic and technology history vested in that town.

  • Mario Tanev

    The Jefferson St plan is a watered down version of what they were planning before (making the street pedestrian only). I can understand providing access to delivery trucks (which can be done on a pedestrian-only street by utilizing low foot-traffic times, such as before 7 a.m.). But what is the point of providing all-day pass-through access to private vehicles that can’t even park there? Same story with Powell St. Make an exemption to taxi drivers to be able to go slowly through a pedestrian zone and remove all other cars.

    For examples of how this works, look at streets like Istiklal, Istanbul, overcrowded with pedestrians, where vehicles are actually not banned and from time to time you get a tram or a motorcycle or even a car pass through at a mile an hour. People just move out of the way. Similar in Japan on normal neighborhood streets that don’t have real sidewalks. The pedestrian is king/queen and everyone else needs to negotiate with the king/queen.

  • mikesonn

    Palo Alto and Berkeley… #fail

  •  Some infrastructure observations after bicycling over the weekend:

    1) Had a chance after the symphony to use the left turn off Market onto Valencia. The turn pocket is bigger than it looked pictures–might hold up to 12 waiting bikes?  Love the bike light.  However, the light is a bit short.  It turned yellow as I was three-fourths of the way across and I was the third bike in line. If I’d been number 10 or 11, no way could I have made it across. Also there is an inch and a half of sand over the center median area where bikes now ride.  Sand is not the best road surface for bikes. In addition, the double-parking on Valencia at 10:15 on a Saturday night is completely ridiculous.

    2) Rode to Ocean Beach Sunday.  Beautiful, warm day. GG Park a dream to ride through car-free. Very peaceful and relaxing. Even the western section of GG Park had a fifth the usual traffic due to the east part of JFK being closed. Noticed quite a few small kids on bikes accompanied by dads on skateboards.  (A new trend?) Tons of people at Ocean Beach. Scores of bikes. Almost no place to park/lock your bike. Bike parking at Ocean Beach should be increased by about 3000%. Not sure why Ocean Beach always looks so grungy. There’s not much trash or litter. Maybe the tired, crumbling concrete? Just seems like it could be a lot nicer beach experience.

    3) Bike lane on Fell working very well. No cars blocking. Decent space for bicyclists to pass each other.  Has the light timing been slowed down? I would dearly love another 3 or 4 seconds between Divisadero and Baker to make the light on Baker.

    4)  Eliminating vehicle access between Kezar and JFK 7 days a week (but not bike or pedestrian or emergency vehicle access) would reduce park vehicle traffic by at least 50%. It would block use of the eastern half of the park as an east-west cut-through while still allowing anyone actually desiring to go to a park destination full access to the park by car.

    5) Finally found a way to walk up to Twin Peaks from my house nearly car-free (1.2 miles almost entirely uphill via pedestrian overpass, multiple stairways, low traffic streets and path to the top constructed out of wood ties.) That this is possible I’m sure isn’t news to some (the route appears very popular with local joggers and dog walkers), but I’m very happy to have found it. Only problem left is near the summit where you have to sling yourself over a traffic barrier and  then cross multiple lanes of Twin Peaks Blvd with no crosswalks, no stop signs, nothing. Exactly why Twin Peaks should encourage fast driving and ignore pedestrians I am not sure.

  • Abe

    I love the Market/Valencia bike pocket too, but it looks to me like the bike signal comes after the left-turn signal (for motorists and braver cyclists).

    I’m really glad to have the pocket, but if I can I’ll still make a normal left just to save 20 seconds (or however long it is)

  • Prinzrob

    @Mikesonn: To be fair, the Berkely BRT denial is kind of the opposite of the Palo Alto story. The city was all for it until the short-sighted merchants along Telegraph Ave rallied to squash the plan, stating that it would kill business along that already decaying corridor. Luckily there are still some plans to potentially turn upper Telepgraph into a pedestrian/transit-only corridor, and to finally install bike lanes on the Oakland portion. Once the Oakland/San Leandro BRT is completed I wouldn’t be surprised if the Berkeley merchants come around on the idea (albeit five years late).

  • mikesonn

    I was speaking more to their recent opposition to downtown infill, but I could be wrong. Either way, both cities are Prius “green” and nothing more.