Today’s Headlines

  • Revenue Measures Won’t Come Close to Funding the Transpo Improvements SF Needs (SF Exam)
  • Polk St. Merchants Rally Against Potential Parking Removal for Protected Bike Lanes (SFGate)
  • SFBG: Carpool/Toll Lanes Won’t Help Congestion on Bay Area Freeways
  • Muni Bus Previously Fixed With Garbage Bag Seen Broken Down Again (SF Weekly)
  • Woman Crossing San Jose’s Monterey Rd. Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver (Mercury News)
  • CHP Offers “Age Well Drive Smart” Course to Older Drivers and Pedestrians (CoCo Times)
  • Devil’s Slide Tunnel Opening Soon South of SF (CoCo Times)
  • What Geary Boulevard Looked Like When It Ran by Sand Dunes and Cemeteries (Curbed)
  • The Confusing Nature of Taking Turns at Stop Signs on SF’s Streets (Examiner)

More Headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Henry

    I live on Polk Street, and I highly support the bike lanes. Before my
    ankle injury, I rode on Polk everyday on my way to school. Polk is the corridor where I was harassed the most, and separating bikes from cars and pedestrians will improve conditions on the corridor and make the neighborhood more livable. It’s utterly ridiculous that the merchants are fighting against the bike
    lanes because they’re afraid of losing business, when, in reality, bike
    lanes will attract more bicyclists to the neighborhood.

    (Yes, parking
    is a pain in the ass, but that can easily be resolved by putting meters
    in tandem with the permit parking spaces to weed out those who don’t
    have permits to park in the neighborhood.)

  • mikesonn

    There are quite a few off-street parking garages near Polk. Also, see: Valencia for how bike lanes ruin a street.

  • voltairesmistress

    Anyone who lives near or bikes on Polk Street should attend that 3/18 Polk Street meeting at the Daily Grind coffee shop.  I use the shops on Polk every week, but biking past all the opening car doors is quite hazardous in the current sharrow system.  It is not a safe street for novices like my wife to ride, and it is certainly a dangerous street for child riders, accompanied or not.  If the Polk merchants want to ensure business from drivers (I am that too sometimes), they should advocate for more meters, insist on Smart meters in the neighborhood, validate discounted parking at local lots and garages, and post signage to alert drivers to available off-street parking.