Today’s Headlines

  • Man Driving Truck on Embarcadero Sidewalk Injures Bicyclist in Front of Ferry Building (CBS)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Critically Injures Man on Bike at Eddy and Fillmore, Dumps Car (SF Appeal)
  • Drunk Man on Bike Injured by Driver at Great Highway and Lincoln Way (CBS)
  • DUI Driver Arrested After Hitting Taxi, Sending it Into Fire Hydrant at Hyde and O’Farrell (NBC)
  • New Survey Shows Most SF Voters Support Tech Shuttles, Charging for Muni Stop Usage (ABCSFBG)
  • Transbay Blog: Debate Over N-Judah Bulb-Outs to Save 16 Parking Spots a “Travesty”
  • Text-less Billboards Feature Photos of Texting Motorists (Atlantic Cities)
  • People Behaving Badly: Bad Parkers, People Hanging Out in the JFK Bike Lanes
  • Amputee Veteran Stops in SF on Cross-Country Bike Trip (CBS)
  • Oakland Councilmember Libby Schaaf Proposes Anti-Harassment Law to Protect Bicyclists (SFGate)
  • Jenaro Delgado Tenorio, 67, Killed on Bike by Hit-and-Run Driver on Hwy 1 in Half Moon Bay (SMD)
  • Marine Returns From Afghanistan, Killed on Motorcycle by Angry Drunk Driver in Fremont (KRON)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Prinzrob

    Interesting that neither of the bicyclists Stanley pointed out in the PBB report (starting at 1:51) were breaking the law by biking outside of the bike lane. One was turning left, the other was riding pretty fast with no cars behind, both of which are allowed by the CVC regardless of whether one categorizes the GGP protected bikeway as a bike lane or a bike path.

    If even Stanley “letter of the law” Roberts doesn’t understand these details regarding bike lanes and paths then there’s really no hope for the rest of motordom.

  • JJ94117

    Why don’t they apply the green paint to the bike lane in GGP? The bike lane is not very clearly marked. Likewise, it is not always clear where to park a car. I know everyone on streetsblog knows, but many do not, including tourists and the “bridge & tunnel” crowd.

    On a side note, I’m amazed at how well used all of the facilities in the park are. While both riding and driving through the park this past weekend, all of the picnic areas had good crowds of people milling about. Very few parking spots available on the street. Many cyclists up and down the paths. Love it!

  • Yeah, they could at least use some more bike markings in the bike lane…I rode through the park last week when the DeYoung must have been doing some event because the bike lane was full, the handicapped parking areas were extending anywhere a car could be dropped, almost ‘doored myself’ riding too close to a car parking in a no parking zone when someone kicked the passenger door out suddenly, etc.

  • JB

    I think people know w exactly what they are doing, they just do not care. The below photos from Saturday via reddit show cars parked right on front of the bicycle marking. I have never seen any paling enforcement on JFK bike lane.

    I think these marking are pretty obvious:
    http://i.imgur.com/sSSk3z3.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/6pmVaa1.jpg

  • gary

    When the bike lanes first went in, everyone parked correctly. Now, they’re parking closer and closer to the bike lane. So again, where are the ones who supposed to enforce parking? not one to be seen anywhere.

  • Bruce Halperin

    Under CVC Section 21202(a) a cyclist may ride in the center of the roadway if the right edge is unsafe to ride in, or if they are riding at “the normal speed of traffic.”

    CVC Section 21202

    (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:

    (1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

    (2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

    (3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

    (4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

    (b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.

  • Prinzrob

    Your comment definitely applies for streets without bike lanes, but there is a different CVC section 21208 which applies to streets with bike lanes, and when a bicyclist may leave said lane (mostly the same as CVC 21202). Whether or not the GGP parking-protected bikeway is legally a bike LANE or a bike PATH is still undetermined, and hopefully some new legislation in the works will clear this up. If it turns out to be a bike path and not a lane then cyclists may choose to ride outside of it at any time. Either way, though, the cyclists in the video were not breaking any law.

  • jd_x

    Even if they truly don’t know what they hell they are doing when they are parking, it’s amazing how much people will suddenly pay attention when they start getting some tickets. Come on SFPD: stop with the blatant bicycle bias and enforce the bike lines!

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Whether or not the GGP parking-protected bikeway is legally a bike LANE or a bike PATH

    The “parking-protected” bikeway is certainly a bike CLUSTERFUCK, and a good reason to avoid JFK except on Sundays.

    Well played, SFBC, well played.

  • Prinzrob

    It’s easy to crap on the parking-protected bikeway on JFK because it doesn’t meet anyone’s ideal of how to use the street space, whether you like physically protected bike infra or think even painted bike lanes are evil. However, it does accomplish a couple important things: 1) It narrows the travel lanes on JFK which has the effect of slowing down car speeds, benefitting bicyclists both in the path and on the street, as well as pedestrians trying to cross. 2) It carves out a little bit of street space previously used for wider travel lanes and reallocates it as a painted buffer, which would potentially be used a later date to create a physical buffer and better bike path (if money becomes available, and other issues are worked out).

    Keep in mind that the SFBC advocated for the bikeway but they didn’t design it. As some of the above comments illustrate, I also feel that some of the current issues could be mitigated with some simple design improvements (and some more parking enforcement for good measure).

  • CamBam415

    I think its crazy they don’t put in some basic barrier to make it more prohibitive to park in the bike lanes. I get that a full concrete curb/median between parking and bike path is expensive, but they could put soft hit polls or parking stops / parking bumpers (those blocks at the end of a parking space) parallel to parking spots spaced out ever few feet. Both options are inexpensive to install/test.

  • Mom on a bike

    Given your misanthropic tendencies, Richard, I request that you **especially** avoid JFK on Sundays.

    VCs like you seem to get along just fine in the vehicle lane of JFK any other day of the week.

    As for the rest of us, I and my kids still love the protected bike lane and want to see the park police (or SFPD) protect our right to have it the way it’s designed.

    That said, I continue to not understand why all cyclists don’t want to have a bell to ring in situations like those we see in the PBB video. A polite ring gets most people out of the way. Really.

  • jd_x

    Nicely articulated. I will re-use this phrasing myself.