Today’s Headlines

  • Muni Won’t Release Police Report on Cheng Jin Lai’s Fatal Bike Crash, Lawyer Says (SF Weekly)
  • SFPD Assault on Man at Valencia Gardens Sparked by Sidewalk Biking (UA, SF Exam, Appeal)
  • SFMTA Board to Consider Restrictions on Tour Buses at Alamo Square Today (SocketSite)
  • Also on the Agenda: Smartphone-Based Hailing System For SF Taxis (SF Examiner)
  • Man Hospitalized After Being Dragged by Driver in Western Addition (Examiner)
  • Cops Catch Egregious Speeders on Highway 35 South of SF Border (People Behaving Badly)
  • Two Dead After Crash On I-880 in Oakland, Including Former Raider Player (CBS)
  • Menlo Park Driver Puts Man on Bike in Critical Condition (Almanac, SF Examiner)
  • San Mateo Council Favors Demand-Based Parking Pricing, Reducing Driving Demand (Pen Transpo)
  • San Carlos Considers New Locations for Caltrain Shuttles (SM Daily Journal)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    No info on the crash in Menlo Park. Again, nothing will ever change if we don’t get the details on these things. Regardless, that intersection is extremely dangerous.

    Sidenote, the driver is from Union City, the crash happened in Menlo Park. Wonder if some sort of Dumbarton transit could’ve prevented this from happening…?

  • aslevin

    One of the recommendations for the funds from Dumbarton Rail is for Dumbarton bus service extended toward Redwood City, which would be the route the driver was presumably taking.

  • mikesonn

    That’d be nice. Also like to see more frequent service as well (and not just commute hours).

  • aslevin

    I wonder if there are people other than me who’d use it on weekends/evenings. On weekend I do Union City BART park’n’ride when going to East Bay. Evenings I take the train back the long way around. Almost nothing is worth driving from Peninsula to Oakland/Berkeley at rush hour, or parking in Berkeley ever.

  • Andy Chow

    AC Transit already runs two routes (M via San Mateo and DA via Dumbarton) to the Oracle/Redwood Shores area. The DA will be discontinued next month because of poor ridership and the M line will have service to Oracle eliminated (but keep service between Hillsdale and Hayward). The M line once had weekend service but that was cut as well due to low ridership.

    The reality is that it is difficult to have a successful suburb to suburb commuter bus (as supposed to suburb to downtown bus), especially given that there’s very limited HOV accommodation to bypass traffic. The most successful Dumbarton bus route is the U, which is heavily sponsored by Stanford University. Had Oracle were anywhere that aggressive with its TDM, it would have run its own bus like Google rather than AC Transit, which often run its standard urban bus (with graffiti and hard seats) on the M and DA.

  • mikesonn

    Headways >> HOV accommodations, but the latter plays into the ability to increase the former.

  • Andy Chow

    HOV accommodation is important because it affects speed and riding experience. In a suburb to suburb commute, a transfer is usually required (from home to express bus via another bus, bike or driving) so you need something to compensate it to compete with door to door driving.

  • mikesonn

    Aren’t you the one who argued against an HOV bus lane on the Bay Bridge…

  • Andy Chow

    There’s no need for HOV on the bridge itself but HOV lanes to get on and off the bridge. For the Dumbarton corridor, the bottleneck is the city street segments in North Menlo/East Palo Alto and the on/off ramps to 101 for buses that need to continue either north of south on that freeway.

  • • The police claim “sidewalk biking” as the pretext for their brutality in Valencia Gardens, which is sure to tap into the ongoing Sturm und Drang over that behavior on public streets, but I don’t think it’s applicable here. As per the California Vehicle Code:

    CVC § 555. “Sidewalk” is that portion of a highway, other than the roadway, set apart by curbs, barriers, markings or other delineation for pedestrian travel.

    CVC § 360. “Highway” is a way or place of whatever nature, publicly maintained and open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. Highway includes street.

    This all took place on Maxwell Court, which is NOT open to the use of the public. It is situated entirely within Valencia Gardens, which as “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” signs at every entrance. Maxwell Court would appear to be a private road or driveway per CVC § 490 and thus not subject to laws that apply to sidewalks.