Today’s Headlines

  • More on SFPD’s Fumbled Investigation Into Amelie Le Moullac’s Crash (KQED, SF Weekly)
  • Tonight: Meeting on Taming Cars on Scott Street in the Lower Haight (Haighteration)
  • Bay Area Transit Systems Getting Ready for Five-Day Bridge Closure (SFGate, CBS, KTVU)
  • Muni May Permanently Institute Beautiful, Breakdown-Prone Streetcar Service on the E-Line (SF Weekly)
  • Why One EPA Official Rides a Bike in SF: It’s Not About the Environment
  • A Mesmerizing Animation of Snapshots of Folks in the Valencia Street Bike Lane (Mission Mission)
  • Stanley Roberts Gets in the Faces of Drivers Parking Badly on Mission Street
  • SFpark Announces 11th Meter Rate Adjustment, the First Since March
  • FHWA Publishes State VMT and Highway Info, Showing Just How Much California Drives

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t have expected it, but there is a lot of cyclist hatred on Haighteration.

  • Anonymous

    I was initially surprised by the comments too. But I think they point to two things about the Wiggle. It now handles a great deal of bicycle traffic, more than most American pedestrians are accustomed to dealing with safely. And it lacks the infrastructure to alert and protect pedestrians once they step off the sidewalk. The sheer numbers of bikes, some of the riders going fast, is not safe for pedestrians, particularly the elderly and young. Would raised sidewalks, speed readers alerting cyclists going over 15 mph, and perhaps the elimination of non-residents’ cars on that stretch be part of the solution? Don’t know, just asking.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely the Wiggle has gotten a lot more bicycle traffic in the past 5-10 years. I just think there is a difference between being concerned yet pro-bicycle and just sounding anti-cyclist at the expense of not recognizing more people cycling (and hence using the Wiggle) is a great thing for everyone. The comments on Haighteration seem to tend toward the latter.

    That being said, there is no doubt that the Wiggle needs an overhaul given its new importance as a major cyclist throughway. The SFBC has some good ideas for how to improve the Wiggle:
    http://www.sfbike.org/main/the-wiggle-as-a-neighborhood-greenway/

    Raised crosswalks help, but ultimately, I think car parking needs to be scaled back, at the very least at intersections; all intersections need badly to be daylighted. That is where the vast majority of conflict lies, and this conflict is exacerbated by lack of visibility around the corner.

    I don’t know why this isn’t being proposed, but I think it’s time for bollards (or better, bollard-esque planters or curbs) to block off the Wiggle from car traffic. There is no reason cars need to be using the Wiggle as a throughway (in fact, as a general rule I think all neighborhoods should have many roads bollard-ed off so cars can’t use them as throughways). When cyclists don’t have to worry about cars, they can be much more careful with pedestrians.

  • I think some bicycle calming could also be in order.
    I was riding my bike down the wiggle one morning earlier this year and was rear-ended by a fellow cyclist when I stopped at one of the right-turn intersections (Waller St @ Steiner St) to yield right-of-way (I forget whether it was a car or ped). Luckily she just *zipped* into my rear saddlebag with the front of her bike and I was stopped long enough already that I had my foot down and she did see me at some point and neither of us fell over or was hurt.

  • Anonymous

    For that very reason I always do a “stopping” arm signal when riding through the Wiggle, even if I don’t see any other bicyclists around. Those kamikaze stealth riders will smash into you from behind when you least expect it.

  • Anonymous

    I agree on the bicycle calming. Raised crosswalks are a good start and would also calm down the cars.

  • DJ

    Anybody notice how they’re running a ridiculous bike shuttle from MacArthur BART to SF via the Richmond-San Rafael bridge during the closure?

  • Anonymous

    Bollards would impede emergency vehicles.

  • Anonymous

    I think that ridged pavement should be used to alert bicyclists that they are approaching a crosswalk.

  • Anonymous

    This serves to illustrate why, from a pedestrian’s point of view, bicycles have nothing in common with them.

  • mikesonn

    Wrong

  • Anonymous

    Yeah–Berkeley literally burned to the ground because of all those unworkable bollards. Oh, wait. No it didn’t.

  • Anonymous

    A commenter on sfgate thanked the firefighters in Yosemite for their brave, hard work–and that comment garnered 13 thumbs-down. Do you thus conclude the public feels contempt for firemen? Internet haters are gonna hate.

  • Anonymous

    As @the_greasybear:disqus bar pointed out, bollards are used in cities like Berkeley with no problems. Further, when emergency vehicles no where they are, they can easily plan a route to their location without coming across them.

  • Either: Berkeley must not have emergency vehicles.
    Or: Someone’s already solved this problem.

  • Anonymous

    With Bay Bridge Closure this evening, you would think that it’d be OBVIOUS that Pedestrians need the help of Traffic Control at intersections near the Bay Bridge. None at Main and Harrison, as my video shows … Mayor Lee, why do you talk pedestrian safety but leave us out here to get hurt or die? http://youtu.be/6zXarssdvKw

  • Anonymous

    Vehicles must stop and wait for the bollards to lower into the ground losing precious seconds that could mean the difference between life and death.

  • Anonymous

    The same article probably received 100 thumbs up. On Haighteration the comments definately skewed against bikes by huge margin. The Wiggle may be a huge win for bicyclists, but it’s a huge fail for everyone else.

  • Anonymous

    Bicycles have wheels. Cars and trucks have wheels. Bicycles are suppposed to travel in the street with the cars and trucks. Pedestrians travel on the sidewalk. Drivers regard pedestrians as impediments to their forward motion. Ditto bicyclists. So how are bikes like pedestrians?

  • I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

  • So you’re saying that the problem that needs to be solved here is making bicyclists aware that there’s a crosswalk ahead?

  • justin

    That is what pretty much every financial district intersection looks like every day, all day — crosswalks completely blocked and MUNI sitting in gridlock. I’ve written to my supervisor, the mayor, the SFPD, and opened a case on the DA’s UP2CODE app: http://seeclickfix.com/issues/453655-criminal-activity. Absolutely no response or anything done, never seen anyone get a ticket. The only reasonable conclusion is that city official care nothing for pedestrian safety or MUNI. Please post your own photos on that UP2CODE case and vote it up.

  • Anonymous

    I think it comes down to numbers. It is not hard to see lame behavior by cyclists regularly due to the volume of cyclists transiting the Wiggle. I have been rear ended on my bike when I stopped for a pedestrian at Scott and Haight. As in all things, good behavior doesn’t tend to stick out, bad behavior does. The issue becomes one of still being able to separate regularly occurring but bad behavior from the majority behavior. I think that is what some of the commenters on Haighteration are missing.

    Organizationally, cyclists are going to need to reach out to pedestrian and advocates for the mobility impaired if we are going to be more effective at creating the political will to implement improved conditions for all vulnerable road users.

    I personally would love to see a concerted effort by the SFPD to target violation of pedestrian right of way by all road users, rather than the idiotic targeting of empty intersection stop sign running cyclists that seems to take place.

  • Mario Tanev

    Bicycles are and pedestrians are most vulnerable to the same cause of death – being hit by a multi-ton steel vehicle. It is true, that bicycles and pedestrians sometimes are in each other’s way, and sometimes that relationship can turn deadly too, but it just in pales in comparison to the common menace.

  • Anonymous

    I saw bollards doing just that at the State Capitol grounds in Sacramento. At my complex, we have manually operated bollards that can be lifted up and moved out of the roadway. You are referring to the pillar-shaped objects used to block the road?

  • Anonymous

    And that would give them a bone-jarring ride if they went over them too quickly.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    You speak as if cyclists aren’t pedestrians. Every cyclist also walks. We all know exactly what it’s like to be pedestrian. You talk as if we’re all aliens and don’t understand walking.

  • timsmith

    Wow.

  • Don Marshall

    Segways have wheels, skateboards have wheels, and
    wheelchairs have wheels. Heck some wheelchairs run on motor so does that mean they should ride in the road with other vehicles/motorist because they can be
    considered as motorist also? …(sarcasm)

    The bicycle is not run by a motor. It is powered by a human being so in a way the cyclist is in the pedestrian category. If the cyclist is so dangerous to pedestrians, why do they allow cyclists and pedestrians together in the one side of the Golden Gate Bridge when the other side is shut down for construction? And it seems to work…just like it’s working out okay in the Netherlands with cyclists and pedestrians together.

  • Guest

    See all it takes is patience and common sense and not this “you belong there, we belong here” bullshit. Just look at this clip from Amsterdam.

    http://youtu.be/AoY3eFT16ak

  • Anonymous

    Do we get to park our bikes around Sergeant Ernst’s death monster until he acknowledges he is at fault for being a biased, unprofessional asshole?

  • Whether I’m behind a wheel, or on a couple of wheels, I regard pedestrians as beautiful people.

  • Yes, I’m referring to the standard definition of “bollard” in US/British English.

    Your complex is unfriendly to emergency workers!?!

  • I understand the effect of the proposed solution.

    I’m just trying to clarify the problem which you believe the actual problem is. We can talk about solutions once we’re clear on that part.