Today’s Headlines

  • Diane Sullivan, 48, Killed by Cement Truck Driver While Bicycling on King Street (CBS)
  • Double Fine Zones on 19th Ave., Van Ness Could Become Permanent Under Senate Bill (SF Exam)
  • Muni Still Hasn’t Implemented Rule Allowing Strollers Onboard Vehicles (SFGate)
  • BART Considers Expanding Embarcadero and Montgomery Stations (SFGate)
  • Outer Sunset Neighbors Weigh in on DPW Street Improvements for West End of Taraval (Ocean Beach)
  • Stanley Roberts Follows SFPD’s Continued Warnings for Drivers Parked on Bayview Sidewalks
  • Is Bay Area Traffic Congestion Really as Bad as LA’s? (SFGate)
  • TransForm Director Stuart Cohen Receives Leadership Award From James Irvine Foundation
  • SF Weekly Columnist: Killing Cyclists is Wrong, But Biking on Divisadero is a “Dick Move”
  • Bike Thief Caught by SFPD, Seen on Street Two Days Later (sfmcas/Twitter)
  • Beyond Chron: Delays for Better Market Street, Geary BRT Emblematic of SF’s Planning Woes
  • BART Tickets Sold by Random People Are Probably Counterfeit (SF Weekly)
  • Marin Transpo Officials Admit Incorrect Data Was Used for 101 Interchange Plan (Marin IJ)
  • Mountain View Considers Cap on Car Commutes for Area Around Google Headquarters (Peninsula)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Fran Taylor

    The sidewalk parking clip puts the lie to officialdom’s claims over the years that it was already enforcing this violation. Anyone who walked two blocks knew that these claims were a lie, and now we have proof in both the big deal being made of actual enforcement and the astonished reactions of drivers who had no idea sidewalks weren’t considered primo parking spots in San Francisco. My question is, Why now? Did some bigshot just buy a townhome in Hunter’s View? No one ever cared that the rest of us had to walk in the street, and no one cares now that enforcement in the rest of the city is still nonexistent.

  • I saw that cyclist’s mangled bike lying on King Street yesterday. It looked like a bad accident, and clearly it was. I don’t know what actually happened, but I encourage cyclists to use Townsend and NOT King Street, which drivers treat like a highway.

  • Anonymous

     It seems to be connected to the lack of weapons since parking enforcement was split off from the police department years ago.  They’re much quicker with the ticket book in Pacific Heights than in the Western Addition, and the number of crimes involving illegally parked or operated vehicles reflects that. 

    Parking enforcement can be a very effective tool against crime, because it’s relatively cheap and the fines are more difficult to evade, but the MTA isn’t equipped to deal with it. 

  • david vartanoff

    BART’s problem is NOT platform capacity; it is throughput.  They barely manage 20 trains per hour in rush hour and not all arel 10 cars long.   If they would clean up these two deficiencies there would be more rider capacity right away.    As an historical note, New York has a second platform for high usage trains at Columbus Circle–unused for several decades now.   The delay having to close doors on two sides is not worth the extra platform space.

  • Luc

     BART can’t increase the number of trains until the reduce dwell times.  Buying new cars with more doors will help, but additional platform space maybe required given that a new transbay tube is unlikely to be completed in the next 25 years.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    BART has a very significant platform capacity problem right now.  They can’t run 10 car trains with minimum headways in a steady state because getting people off the train onto a few skinny little escalators takes forever.  In the evening, getting people from a crowded platform to not block the doors is just as bad although, I admin, dual platforms may actually double this problem.

  • Chazxa

    Man, that Divis bit made my blood boil. Ben Christopher sounds clueless. Divis is the flattest route, it’s got shops on it thy bicyclists may want to patronize, oh, and bicyclist live on that street too.

  • Chazxa

    Oh, the speed limit for Divis is 25mph too.

  • Anonymous

    Increasing throughput might actually help with platform capacity, since people will be getting on a train sooner (and getting off the platform).

    I guess this is why Japanese systems have their famous “pushers”!

  • Anonymous

    @98590cbfc1c212de1b5337197e28dca8:disqus I kinda agree with you. Well, I don’t agree that Ben Christopher is clueless, but I definitely disagree with him on this issue. Divis is another example of that damn suburban mentality creeping into urban design: the median on Divis is a complete waste of space. Get rid of it and we could at least have a crappy squeezed-between-parked-and-moving-cars bike lane which is better than the current situation. Like you said, it’s the flattest route if you’re heading north-south and most of the places one wants to go are on the street, so why do cyclists always expected to find some other indirect, bass-ackwards way or else risk getting run over, or honked at, or yelled at, etc? I got an idea: lets make Divis bicycles only and the cars can go out of their way to get there. Even though it would take them much less time and the hills are essentially a non-issue for them, can you imagine the outrage? Hmmmm, talk about bias ….

  • sebra leaves

     I think you are right about that. Why do these transit planners always come up with the most expensive ways of doing things? If they can’t add more trains, or design trains that hold more people, how will having more platform space move more people? What is this mania about shaving off load and unload time?

  • If the dwell time goes down, then they can run more trains per hour. QED.