Today’s Headlines

  • Parking Prices, Tickets Are Down Under SFParkENUF‘s Reaction? We’re “Happy With the Old Meters”
  • Photos of Last Week’s Unveiling of Artistic Bike Racks in Yerba Buena (SF ExamKTVU)
  • The Greater Marin Tallies Up the Cost of Car Commuting in Marin County
  • Relevant: Marin Cty. to Spend $143 million to Expand Interchange, Remove Bike Crossing (Marin IJ)
  • More on Bay Bridge Project PR Contracts: Caltrans Has Spent Millions in Recent Years (SFGate)
  • CA’s Yearly Decline in Gas Usage Continues (Sac Bee)
  • Oakland Man Killed by Caltrain in San Mateo (BA News)
  • Three Family Members Killed in Car Crash on I-280 in Redwood City (Merc, CBS)
  • One Killed in 280 Car Crash in South SF (CBS)
  • Daly City Driver Charged for DUI Crash After Allegedly Trying to Frame Passenger (SM Daily)
  • Sebastopol City Council to Take Up Vulnerable User Harassment Law Tomorrow (Press Dem)
  • San Jose Councilman: If Media Punishes City for Bike Lanes, “We’ll Be Stuck With Six-Lane Boulevards”

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    The real kicker of ENUF’s love of the old meters… “That’s how I use up all my spare change.”

    Really? If you don’t think they jumped the shark already, which they have, clearly you can’t dispute it now.

  • It seems that Eliza’s reaction to anything that could put the SFMTA positive light is to oppose it, even if that means actually saying something positive about parking meters themselves. I’m pretty sure this is not actually an anti-meter campaign anymore, it’s an anti-SFMTA campaign in retaliation to proposing meters.

  • Anonymous

    SFMTA should absolutely install standard meters in Eastern Mission, priced at $4/hour, which is what the nearby Mission Pilot Area meters max out at. If ENUF are happy to shovel their spare change into dumb meters which overcharge during off-peak periods then let them.

  • J282sf

    This is about the SJ councilman article. The 1st question in the article asks whether cars are allowed to drive in a separated bike lane (b/c its so wide a car ca drive in it). This is just like the new 8th street bike lanes. The lane is so wide and not painted green that right turning drivers think they should drive there instead of waiting until they are closer to the intersection. Grrrrrrrrrr! The 8th street lane drives me crazy when people do this. And now this article confirms what I thought. Drivers are confused. Let’s do something about this lane to make it better and do it now!!!

  • Anonymous

    I cycle 8th St every day. Things have got better since they first stripped it but I usually see at least one car drive in the bike lane every day. The 19-Polk regularly uses the bike lane rather than merging back into traffic after picking up passengers, and parking cars are also an issue. While the new bike lane is better than what was there before, it would have been better to have created a parking separated bike line similar to JFK to reduce these conflicts.

  • Melvintodd

    Not to mention that the new meters still take change.

  • Gneiss

    I too bike this stretch every weekday, and my impression of it has grown worse over the months.  The problem with the 8th Street bike lane was all timing.  The design was thrown together quick and cheap by SFMTA because they had to get something in while the street was getting repaved.  Naturally, this would have been an ideal location to have the street configured in the European way (sidewalk>bike lane>parking>travel lanes) but that would have required reconfiguring the parking meters and would have taken an act of God (at least in this city) to contemplate.

    I liked the *idea* of these bike lanes, but experiencing how car drivers interact with them I now don’t at all.  The fact that the 25 mph speed limit on this road is routinely violated makes it all the more dangerous, because drivers pulling into the empty looking bike lane actually speed up given they see a ‘no cars’ stretch of road there.

    Rejiggering the light timing would make no difference.  It’s already set pretty slow (like 20 mph), yet people still see this road as a 35-45 mph zone with it’s wide lanes and straigthness as they race from stop light to stop light.  They really need to reconfigure it.  At the absolutely least, put some paint down in the lane mixing areas to make it more obvious what drivers are supposed to do.

  • Unfortunately, the damage the SFMTA did with their clumsy rollout attempt in the spring has resulted in enough animosity that they’re going to be getting a negative reaction from those involved for a long, long time no matter what the proposal is.  Any conversation about any change at all I’ve seen lately turns into a diatribe or runs far askew with such responses that SFMTA can’t make any changes until MUNI runs ‘great’ (and we’ll keep raising the bar) or meters are placed in Pacific Heights (and then we’ll pick a new rich neighborhood), or ‘alternative’ solutions like building enough (free?) parking garages in our neighborhoods and at every BART station that somehow convinces everyone else to park somewhere else.

    I’m not entirely sure what the proper pre-project outreach approach needed to be to involve the communities, understand the communities, learn from and inform the communities, and develop a fair and workable plan for the neighborhoods in question, but I do hope they realize how badly it’s been fumbled.  I THINK the last meeting where they just provided information is a good first step, but I know the backlash is pretty dug in.  The focus there appears to be ‘how do we rollback the SFMTA’s recent changes’ as the primary goal. 

    There’s a lot of work to be done just to bring the conversation back to ‘you say everyone complains about how they can’t find parking, what changes can we make to improve parking/traffic flow?  What changes can we find funding for to do any of that?’

  • I appreciate the lane even with the occasional car/bus in it, at least when they’re not making it unsafe, which is most of the time.  It is a big wide-open street with a nice clear view of that next right.  I’m no more or less annoyed by the (safe) scofflaws in motor vehicles than any other mode.

  • Looking at CDC data (the latest available is from 2009), out of curiosity I plotted each state’s firearm fatality rate versus its traffic fatality rate. (See attached image.) Turns out there is a striking correlation. (The outlier on the lower right is Washington D.C with a high gun death rate and low traffic fatality rate.) Obviously firearm deaths do not cause traffic deaths, nor vice versa. But still there’s something significant at work here.

  • I got to experience that this weekend. Riding my bike down 8th street in the bike lane, an SUV came up right behind me and tailgated me until I just pulled over to let them pass. Worked out great for them, since the car lanes were fairly congested. They made it to the freeway entrance a few seconds earlier than they would have driving legally.