Today’s Headlines

  • Bike-Share Launch Coverage From SFGate, CBS, KTVU (1, 2),  KQED, SFist, 7×7
  • Scenes From Bike-Share Launch in San Jose (Cyclelicious), Palo Alto (PA Online)
  • More on SFPD’s Finding That Trucker Was at Fault (ABCExam), Chief Suhr’s Apology (SF Appeal)
  • Bridgemageddon a No-Show Once Again (SFGate, 12,CBS, MercuryCoCo, SacBeeKQED, KTVU)
  • BART Picks Up the Slack With Ridership Boom (CBS, KTVU)
  • What’s the Backup Plan for Emergency Responders Who Come From the East Bay? Also BART (CBS)
  • On Wednesday, Drivers Were Cutting in Line to Beat the Impending Bridge Closure (Ppl Behaving Badly)
  • Woman Killed by Caltrain in Palo Alto (CBS)
  • More on Menlo Park Council’s Vote to Keep Red-Light Cameras (SF Examiner)
We’ll have light local coverage next week — Happy Labor Day weekend.

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Mark Dreger

    Don’t even try the SF Weekly piece on BABS.. garbage.

    “The new services’s fleet are heavy and ungainly even for experienced riders. You will not be able to accelerate your way out of a problem.”

    Can someone say windshield perspective?!

    I love how we complain about how fast and inconsiderate people are on road bikes, and yet when we finally introduce the upright city bike to SF, they’re not fast enough. Meh.

  • Mario Tanev

    Word is that due to federal requirements (since the feds are funding this) BAAQMD will not allow BABS to go on piecemeal expansions where there are corporate sponsors (willing to pay for bikes and stations) in particular areas and locations (imagine large employers/business districts). Maybe, Streetsblog should follow up on this because it seems like a wasted opportunity.

  • Luke

    Another Bay Bridge closure, another non-event. How long before we wake up and realize that not everyone needs to drive everywhere and that highways aren’t necessarily the best way to invest in transportation infrastructure?

  • When can bikes ever accelerate their way out of a problem? Except perhaps on a freeway, the best thing to do when there is a problem–even for cars–is almost always to slow down. Slower speeds and deceleration=more response time and lower injury rates for all involved. Plus, this system is designed for mostly short trips – 2- 3 miles. (Average Citi Bike trip in NYC is around 2 miles.) Zippy fast riding would save what–a minute or two per trip?

  • Say a bear is chasing you. You may not be able to accelerate as much as you like, but surely there will be some other tourist who is even slower, so you’ll be fine.

  • Good to know the Weekly is giving consideration to the bear attack problem in SF.

  • I haven’t heard of this requirement in any of BAAQMD’s documents, and I know BAAQMD are working up a RFP for corporate sponsorship. Do you have more details?

  • timsmith

    Perhaps this fool forgot to adjust their seat height.

  • Mario Tanev

    The requirements are allegedly associated with the federal grant, and in talks with various parties, BAAQMD has stated its apprehension regarding disrupting the pilot program. It’s not clear if this is properly documented anywhere, which is why I thought a journalistic inquiry might be appropriate (Question: have any employers/businesses approached you with offers for rack/bike sponsorship, and why has that not happened?).

  • Upright Biker

    Why should Menlo Park have to keep red light cameras if, as I’ve read and so it _must_ be true, that it’s only bicyclists who blow through red lights?

  • I’d love to know of any local sponsorship proposals too. It seems like an obvious idea, especially in light of the far flung nature of our bike share. GOOG can sponsor more Mountain View Stations, somebody like Adobe can sponsor San Jose, Facebook for Palo Alto, Oracle for Redwood City, multiple candidates for San Francisco.

    (Disclosure: I work for Oracle but I don’t speak for them)

  • Mario Tanev

    That’s precisely the type of thing that BAAQMD is currently uninterested in, apparently.

  • Anonymous

    If true this is a tremendous oversight. Because of our land use patterns, 80% of jobs are within 2-3 miles of Caltrain. The first/last mile connections are critical, and employers already support the connections. The Caltrain corridor has dozens of employers that already co-sponsor “last mile connection” shuttles through county programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Over 60 employers provide Caltrain GoPass discounts.

    These employers are perfect candidates to also sponsor bike share stations. According to data from SMCTA, a shuttle ride costs over $5. According to information from VTA/BAAQMD, a bike share ride is expected to cost $1.75 to $4 depending on the volume of usage. Employees will have less need to drive because they will have the ability to run errands with bikes during the day. This is a cost-effective way for employer transportation programs to encourage transit use, employee health, congestion and parking reduction.

    Year 1 operations are expected to cost $1.6 million. If 30 employers paid $25K each, that would cover half the cost of year 1 operations. With a handy napkin, you can tweak the assumptions (more destination sponsors, different prices).

    The point is that BAAQMD is leaving a large source of money on the table that could cover much of the cost of the program.

  • Luke

    Or perhaps they raised it a little too high…

  • Anonymous

    “These employers are perfect candidates to also sponsor bike share
    stations. According to data from SMCTA, a shuttle ride costs over $5.
    According to information from VTA/BAAQMD, a bike share ride is expected
    to cost $1.75 to $4 depending on the volume of usage.”

    There is more – not sure if Adina a veteran of the shuttle wars.

    My company has a shuttle. I could have easily ridden to Caltrain, dumped my bike off at Warm Planet, then taken the shuttle, keeping one bike off the train. In practice I almost never did this. The shuttles only meet specific trains, meaning less flexibility for the user. If I don’t get on a train by 7:44 AM in SF, no shuttle for me. If I have to stay late at work, no shuttle for me.

    The shuttles stop at a variety of companies, my firm was at the end of the line, meaning that it would take 2x the amount of time to take the shuttle as biking did.

    In addition to not being able to take “any train” that stopped at Lawrence, since we were at Lawrence I was completely unable to take advantage of the bullet trains. With a bike, I would ride to Mountain View station and take the bullet, and the bike ride to MV was not much longer than the shuttle to Lawrence – even if I were a slower rider the savings from a bullet would be substantial.

    And once I got to work, I was imprisoned. With a bike, I can go out to lunch or run an errand.

    The Silicon Valley geo-demo-etc-graphics make bike share stations at corporate locations a slam dunk winner.

  • Anonymous

    Well, San Francisco bears *have* been known to chase after hot guys on bikes… 😉