Today’s Headlines

  • Temporary Embarcadero Protected Bike Lanes Leave Riders Wanting Permanent Solution (KTVU)
  • Despite Being Unfinished, New Bay Bridge Bike/Ped Path Continues to Be Popular (Exam, SFGate)
  • Utility Box Mural Depicting Mona Caron’s Utopian Vision of Duboce and Church Disappears (CB)
  • Continued Calls for Bike-Share Expansion in Other Neighborhoods (SFGate), Including the Castro (CB)
  • Bay Area Bike Share Says SF Bikes Can’t Be Moved Out of City Due to Unique GPS Outfits (Cyclelicious)
  • Parks Truck Driver Says He Didn’t Know He Hit Woman (SFGate); Victim’s Husband Grateful for Support
  • SF Weekly Bike Columnist Looks at Bike Commuting Perks Offered by Two SF Startups
  • BART Looks at Running Some Service During Strike (NBC); Workers Still Need Safe Lighting (SFBG)
  • Managing Demand or Paving Asphalt: Solution to Muir Woods’ Parking Crunch is a No-Brainer (SFGate)
  • New Larkspur Ferry Shuttle Picking Up a Growing Number of Riders (Marin IJ)
  • Distracted Redwood City Driver Allowed to Leave After Hospitalizing Two Motorcycle Cops (KTVU)
  • Palo Alto City Council Considers Ramping Up Programs to Reduce Driving (Peninsula Transpo)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Jeffrey Baker

    The obvious solution to the muir woods thing is to get rid of the parking lot entirely and require the shuttle. That would solve the weekend traffic jam on NB CA-1, at least in part.

  • Anonymous

    Mount Zion National Park bans driving in the park during summer months and has a robust shuttle system instead. It’s amazing how much people will use it when it runs every 5-15 minutes (and it’s their only option).

  • Jeffrey Baker

    The only problem with the shuttle is there’s a kind of moral hazard where too many people stay until the park closes, and there’s not enough room on the last shuttle. Last time I was in Muir Woods this happened and a literal brawl broke out.

  • Anonymous

    haha, wow. Sort of like the last boat off of Angel Island, but at least the ferries have huge capacity

  • gneiss

    A reasonably fit person can bicycle to Muir Woods from San Francisco in about 1-1/2 hour which depending on traffic, is anywhere from an hour to half and hour slower than by car. However the routes from Mill Valley are on narrow, twisty roads with agro motorists that discourage anyone except roadies from making the trip. The last time I rode there with 2 friends on a Sunday, both car lots were filled, but there were no bicycles in the racks at the entrance. Creating safer routes to the monument from Mill Valley would go a long way towards helping to manage demand more than building new parking.

    The idea that the park service has to create a 180 space parking lot off Panoramic Highway on land that previously was part of a dairy ranch to manage demand rather than working with the surrounding towns to improve access through non-motorize means is simply unconscionable. John Muir would be rolling over in his grave.

  • mikesonn

    Guess I won’t be going to Pier 23 anytime soon. I like how he says “it might discourage people from coming down this way” as wave after wave of cyclists go by. Hey, might want to make bringing a bike easier instead of pandering to the handful of motoring customers you MAYBE get each day.

    Also, the end where the reporter talks about “discouraging the 4-wheeled crowd” but maybe some of the “2-wheeled crowd will be encouraged” to visit the city is annoying. People will want to come to the city, the city needs to figure out the most efficient way to enable that. Cycling is by far the best, especially on EMB where it is flat and transit has its own dedicated space as well. Not to mention the lack of parking (which makes the area attractive).

  • Anonymous

    There are plenty of sedate routes up from Mill Valley, albeit more steep than going up Panoramic, and in fact routes which are mostly off road out of Tennessee Valley (albeit very strenuous)

  • Luke

    Not pertinent to Muir Woods, but mandatory shuttles are an enormous annoyance for climbing and mountaineering, for which very early starts are not often desirable, but necessary for a safe expedition. I’ve seen systems where shuttles are required for entry after, say, 7 AM, which is a much better compromise.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t you just arrive the night before and camp so you can leave whenever you want the next morning?

  • Anonymous

    Somehow they pull it off on the Matterhorn, despite the fact that the town at the base of the Matterhorn is car free.

  • Anonymous

    Drivers are people. Cyclists are cyclists.

  • Ted King

    Something that wasn’t in the Bay Guardian article (link below) was a mention of a possible work rules issue. Let’s say they arrive at a tunnel location on a cart with a lighting mast and a couple of free-standing lights. Can a track worker, not an electrician, erect the mast and set up the lights ? If the answer is no then there is an expensive staffing / work rules issue lurking in the lighting problem.

    I can see the need for having an electrician for things like the third rail, fixed-base lighting, etc. But if the rules prohibit a track worker, even one that’s had additional training and testing, from setting up a work light or two then there’s something broken in the rule book.

    Twelve years after BART train kills mechanic, lighting and electrical safety not improved (SF Bay Guardian, 13 Sept. 2013)
    http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2013/09/13/twelve-years-after-bart-train-kills-mechanic-lighting-and-electrical-safety-not-

  • Joe A. W. Fitzgerald

    I wrote that piece. Tell me more…
    Joe@SFBG.com
    Thanks!