Today’s Headlines

  • New Bay Bridge Ped/Bike Path Won’t Fully Connect to Treasure Island Until Summer 2015 (CoCo Times)
  • C.W. Nevius to North Beach Central Subway Complainers: “The Result is Worth It. Suck It Up”
  • Extra Costs for Central Subway Contract Eat Up Half of Contingency Funds (SF Examiner)
  • Drivers Who Park in JFK Bike Lanes on 4/20 Ignored by Enforcement Officers (SF Weekly)
  • Safe Transpo Research Director: Federal Ped/Bike Safety Guidelines Will Help Save Lives in SF (Chron)
  • Map of Schools Participating in Bike to School Week — Half of Students Live Within a Mile (SFGate)
  • 8 Washington Developers Introduce Ballot Measure to Counter That of Opponents (SFGate)
  • Bike to Work Day Approaching on May 9 (WSJ)
  • On Berkeley City Council’s Agenda: Two-Way Streets, Parklets, Regular Sunday Street Closures
  • San Jose Cuts Ribbon on New Bike/Hike Trail (Mercury News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    Mark this day. CW Nevius has written something that isn’t completely stupid.

  • mikesonn

    Except he gives no suggestions on how to move forward. The feds aren’t going to step again with funding for a long time. The city dropped the ball by not including a North Beach station in this phase. It’ll be all local money if we want a station, when will that materialize? We can’t even fund BRT.

  • Anonymous

    Re: the city’s refusal to open the JFK bike lanes to bike traffic on 4/20: enforcement is THE problem when it comes to motorists blocking bike lanes, sidewalks, and crosswalks. When is a violation not a violation? Whenever the city’s pro-motorist bias rears its ugly head.

    Yesterday at 15th near Church, two motorists rolled up onto the sidewalk and drove part-way down the block as if the busy sidewalk were some sort of private access road. They exited their vehicles and disappeared, shunting dozens of pedestrians into fast-moving automobile traffic.

    When parking patrol showed up (in a car, I should note), a young lady ran out to explain she was moving and, as the officer explained to me, “didn’t want to double park.” The officer decided she would grant these scofflaws a special dispensation to break the law, to use the public sidewalk as both a road and as a parking lot, and to endanger the safety of every single pedestrian on that block. They enjoyed their dangerous privilege for two more hours before driving the rest of the way down the block on the sidewalk and entering the actual roadway near Dolores.

    The lesson: “enforcement” of parking laws means privileging the illegal convenience of two motorists, even at the expense of the safety of dozens and dozens of pedestrians. This is official bias in action, yet again. We need actual enforcement of laws against illegal parking in bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks–why are we not getting that?

  • Anonymous

    I called to complain once about the hordes of drivers who park on the sidewalk while the street sweeper goes by, and that a PCO sitting idly by refused to write tickets when I asked. The SFMTA supervisor I spoke to said, “we encourage people to park on the sidewalk because we don’t want them blocking the road.” This is after the PCO told me that it’s legal to park on and completely block the sidewalk as long as you stay with your vehicle.

    I also used to call regularly about a neighbor with about a 2-foot “driveway” in front of his house, in which he would park his Prius, also blocking the entire sidewalk. After seeing that they would never write tickets, I finally got to speak to a PCO who got sent out to “check it out.” He said, “technically it’s illegal, but we like to go easy on people because it’s hard to park in this city.”

    Welcome to San Francisco.