Today’s Headlines

  • ABC‘s Investigation Into Cause of Ped Crashes Doesn’t Seem All That Interested in Statistics
  • Regional Public Transit Agencies Have Been Sharing Muni Stops For Decades (SF Examiner)
  • Ed Reiskin: SFMTA Hasn’t Made “Handshake Deals” (Examiner); SF Weekly: That’s a “Semantic Dodge”
  • Hey Google, San Francisans Won’t Like You Until You Fix Muni! (SF Weekly)
  • Why Do Bike Lanes in SF Take So Long to Install? SFBC Explains
  • More on Student Crossing Guard Program: “Grown-Ups Behave Better” When Kids Control Traffic (CBS)
  • Three-Space Parklet Begins to Take Shape in the Outer Richmond (Richmond SF)
  • Plaza in the Fillmore Set to Get Revamp With Plants, Cultural Touches (The New Fillmore)
  • Lyft, Uber Battle Taxis, Agencies Beyond SF (KQED), Sup. Mar Considers Cap on Ride-Shares (KTVU)
  • Alameda Plans Parking-Protected Bike Lane on Shore Line Drive (Alamaden)
  • Fremont: 4-Year-Old Girl Critically Injured, Woman Killed (KTVU) by Drivers (CoCo Times)
  • One of Three Lawsuits Settled Against Plan Bay Area (SF Business Times)

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  • voltairesmistress

    Related to nothing above, I wanted to encourage Streetsblog readers to speak up to their doctors, merchants, and others about providing bike parking in garages, buildings, or by entrances. I have been getting good responses to such requests, particularly from medical professionals when I explain I have biked to the appointment but couldn’t park easily or securely. I tie the issue to their wanting their patients making healthy life choices, and this seems to connect with their sense of professional purpose. Recently, my neighborhood grocery called me to let me know they will be installing a better bike rack. The current one is obstructed by a parking sign at lock level, has a dog dish under it, and is 6 inches from an ashtray. I had written or spoken to them four times in six years without effect, but finally something clicked. Never give up!

  • Please help.

    I live on the corner of 1st st at Folsom and as you know this is the last block before the last on-ramp on to the Bay Bridge exiting San Francisco. The traffic is so bad that people run the lights and cut in front of other drivers creating a deadly situation daily.

    Last Thursday, February 27th at about 4:30 in the evening I was walking my dog at the southeastern corner of 1st street at Folsom when a driver cut across the curb nearly killing my dog and I. ) I called the SFPD but because they were not there to witness the incident there was nothing they were willing to do.

    I sympathize with the people that choose to sit in this traffic but there is no need to drive on the sidewalk. What would you suggest I do to stop people from driving on the sidewalk before someone gets killed?

    Thanks,

    Justin

  • coolbabybookworm

    You can also request a sidewalk bike rack through the SF bicycle coalition:

    https://www.sfbike.org/?bikerack

  • murphstahoe

    See previous note…
    You can also request a sidewalk bike rack through the SF bicycle coalition:

    https://www.sfbike.org/?bikerack

    A well placed bike rack might just be preventative.

  • Mario Tanev

    Chicago businesses are asking for Sunday parking meters BACK:
    http://wgntv.com/2014/02/25/free-sunday-parking-good-for-drivers-bad-for-business/

    Will Mayor Lee listen?

  • voltairesmistress

    Coolbaby, I thought the property owner or leaseholder had to request the bike rack in front of a store, ditto for a bike corral. Can any person get a rack installed in front of a bike hostile business, for instance? Does the SF bike coalition fulfill owner requests sooner? Additionally, I thought getting businesses and docs involved would raise awareness.

  • jd_x

    Yeah, I wonder how well this process works. I’ve submitted many requests but nothing changes. Just wondering what actually happens when you submit a request, and how likely it is anything will be done about. Adding bike racks is a no-brainer, and I feel like if the MTA took a couple days a year where they literally just walked around sidewalks in commercial corridors it would be trivial to see where bike racks are needed. I don’t understand why they depend on us when it’s pretty obvious where bike racks are needed. Or, taken another way, just but bike racks everywhere! We seem to have no problem putting car parking everywhere, so why can’t we do the same for bike parking especially since it takes up a fraction of the space.

  • jd_x

    Though I know it’s less satisfying and obviously won’t help you in the short-term, if you’re not already, be an advocate for alternative forms of transportation and livable streets, especially in your neighborhood but also city-wide. The problem is we have a car culture where drivers have come to think of themselves as solely entitled to our streets at the expensive of everybody’s else health and safety, and this is reflected in the lack of enforcement by SFPD even after cars continue to maim and kill hundreds every year.

    In the meantime, if you have a cell phone with a still or video camera, though I know you may not have time to get it out and recording in time, try to get the incident on film and get the license plate number. You can at least report that number to the police. I doubt they’ll do anything, so I think there is a website out there where you can post photos and publicly shame motorists pulling illegal maneuvers. However, I can’t seem to find it right now. Anybody out there know the website(s) I’m talking about?

  • coolbabybookworm

    For a single sidewalk rack the business owner doesn’t have to do the request, so you could request it in front of a grumpy business. The SFBC link sends the info to the SFMTA, there’s a way to contact them directly as well, but this gets the coalition in the loop.

    About two years ago I requested two racks. SFMTA emailed me saying that they would put one in (and they did after about 6 months, it’s great!) and the second one they didn’t because the sidewalk was too narrow or something. A business on the street had requested getting a bike corral anyway, but that took about a year… the corral is finally in place now though! Tiny victories.

    I agree that discussing the issue and talking to merchants, doctors, neighbors, everyone is also a good strategy, but when it comes to infrastructure it’s nice to be able to work around the naysayers.