Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Plans to Install Bike Lockers in Parking Spaces in Some Neighborhoods (SF Examiner)
  • Central Subway Tunnel Boring Machines Headed Under the BART Tube Soon (SF Examiner, KTVU)
  • Students Relying on Muni’s Crowded, Delay-Prone 54-Felton Often Forced to Walk or Be Late (SFGate)
  • SFBC to Bring Bike Builds to the Bayview
  • SFMTA Continues to Develop Strategy for Disabled Parking Placard Reform Measures (ABC)
  • SFMTA Board Approves Smartphone-Based Dispatch System for Taxis (SF Examiner)
  • Downed Power Line Blocks Caltrain in San Mateo (Appeal); Downed Tree Blocks Cable Car (Appeal)
  • BART Unions Willing to Re-Negotiate Family Leave Issue if Board Ratifies Contract (SFGate)
  • Dublin City Council Rejects Bike Lanes on Dublin Boulevard (CoCo Times)
  • Walnut Creek Approves Sunday/Evening Parking Metering, Demand-Based Pricing Program (CoCo)
  • SMART Approves Final Construction Contract (Marin IJ)
  • Cyclelicious: Should CA Repeal the “Ride Far to the Right” Law’s Application to Bikes?

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • david vartanoff

    First you sign a deal and then I might talk with you about the details???

  • shamelessly

    C’mon, it’s BART management who’s saying “I know we shook hands on this deal, but I didn’t read it closely enough, so I want to take back my handshake and negotiate again.” Which is the last thing *anyone* in the Bay Area wants right now.

  • jd_x

    Another cyclist incident in Soma, this one with very serious injuries:
    http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bicyclist-critically-injured-in-soma-collision-wednesday/Content?oid=2631970

    Also, Streetsblog: what’s up with the number of Disqus comments not being updated on the main page?

  • mikesonn

    I was just going to post this. I HATE 5TH. HATE IT. Drivers are aggressive and never signal when they sweep into the “bike” lane. Sadly, I’m not surprised this happened. Also, this intersection is a complete and utter clusterf*ck as it is the onramp. There needs to be SFPD or SFMTA there every day to control this mess.

    http://goo.gl/maps/qtQZs

  • david vartanoff

    Not at all different from rank and file on the union side defeating a deal made by union officials. It IS the responsibility of the BART BOD to read every last word of every deal they sign off on so that we the rider/citizen/taxpayers are not shafted.

  • voltairesmistress

    Your observation — that this intersection needs near constant police or SFMTA presence — leads to another: that such oversight is prohibitively expensive and therefore that such intersections must be physically redesigned. The only other alternative for safety is to bar a class of road users from this intersection. I imagine that class would not be motorists, but bicyclists. Perhaps a compromise would be to install a bike/ped scramble for crossing the intersection in all directions and free from any cars.

  • jd_x

    I ride northbound 5th St from Townsend fairly regularly and I agree: it just sucks. And it’s listed as a bike route?! You’ve got this horrible 5-way intersection that was created because they slammed a freeway in right over the top of the existing street grid and just slapped the entrance/exit ramps right into an existing normal 4-way intersection. You’ve got cars going southbound on 5th St making this ridiculous 120 degree left turn onto the entrance ramp. You’ve got absolute madness in rush hour because of irritated motorists, and pretty much every traffic signal cycle sees a motorist make an illegal move (come on SFPD! Get off the Wiggle and get out where the real carnage is occurring). And to top it off, bicyclists have no designated lane and are expected to act like a car (“vroom, vroom!”) through it all. Oh, but bicyclists do have sharrows!

    I’m normally against one-way streets, but short of ripping the freeway out, I think making 5th St one-way in the northbound direction between Townsend and Harrison is appropriate. This would get rid of the main problems with the intersection with the freeway. Or, they could just ban *all* left turns (both the freeway and Bryant) for southbound traffic on 5th St, but I see that as being effectively impossible to enforce (exacerbated by the cops wasting resources on cyclist stings). Regardless, something needs to be done with this clusterf*#k. We can’t just keep letting pedestrians and cyclists get killed and maimed.

  • coolbabybookworm

    Now you’ve got me thinking (dreaming). Make 5th 2 lanes north bound and with the extra space make an expanded sidewalk/green space and two-way cycle track on 5th. The street also doesn’t make much sense because 5 deadends at caltrain. Maybe towards caltrain it could be converted into 1 lane and the rest green space (now I’m really dreaming).

    Instead we have a freeway overhead dumping high speed traffic, construction trucks (three large projects on 5th and many more in the area), ALL of 4th streets buses until the central subway is finished, and narrow beaten up sidewalks with few trees thanks to construction.

  • Richard Mlynarik

    the last thing *anyone* in the Bay Area wants right now.

    Blowing up the insane giveaways — the feral public employees got 120%; the public got absolutely shafted, and will be shafted for years to come — would be the very best thing that could happen.

    Bring it on.

  • Anyone else see the comment from Howard Epstein on the bike locker story? Mr. Epstein (Vice Chairman of Communications for the San Francisco Republican Party) refers to bicyclists as “Anarchis[t] on two wheels free load off the rest of us. They make no contributions for use of the streets, parking and street changes for their connivence.” I wonder Howard would like to communicate to Streetsblog how taxes paid by bicyclists do not contribute to changes for their “connivence.”
    http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bike-lockers-could-start-occupying-san-francisco-parking-spaces/Content?oid=2631527