Today’s Headlines

  • DUI Driver Who Killed Hanren Chang, 17, on Sloat Blvd Last Year Gets Six Months in Jail (SFGate)
  • Man Killed by Driver at Van Ness and Golden Gate ID’d as Il Sun Im, 72 (SF Appeal)
  • SFMTA’s On-Street Car-Share Parking Program Ready to Expand With 900 Spaces (SFGate)
  • MTC to Vote Today on Funding 60 Bike-Share Stations in the East Bay (Mercury News)
  • SF Weekly‘s Bike Columnist Pits SF Bike Paths Against One Another in “Battle Royale”
  • Latest Findings on Tech Buses Summed Up by SFBG and Mother Jones
  • Planning Department Tells Building Owner to Make Rooftop Public Space More Accessible (SFGate)
  • More on the Proposed M-Ocean View Subway Under 19th Ave, From an SFSU Perspective (Xpress)
  • NACTO‘s “Cities for Cycling Road Show” Comes to Oakland Tomorrow (EBBCKTVU)
  • Berkeley City Council to Vote on Extending Parking Meters to 8 P.M. (EB Express)
  • Caltrain PSA Warns Pedestrians to Stay Off Tracks After Several Deaths and Injuries (KTVU)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • saimin

    Can someone explain to me why most of San Francisco’s pedestrian fatalities seem to be Asian-Americans (judging from their names)? Is this because Asian-Americans are more likely to view walking as an acceptable form of transportation? Car drivers less likely to yield to Asians in crosswalks? More reckless drivers in neighborhoods with large Asian populations? Or something else?

  • coolbabybookworm

    I think there are a lot of reasons, but two main ones are living and working in areas with high car volumes and speeds as well as tending to have lower car ownership/reliance on walking, transit, and bike riding for transportation. Another possibly more important demographic tendency is that most deaths are of elderly (70+) or very young like the girl Sophia Liu killed at Polk and Ellis.

  • saimin

    The young and old tend to be much slower walkers? Car drivers are misjudging how much they need to slow down for pedestrians?

  • coolbabybookworm

    As I said, populations that are repeatedly exposed to unsafe walking conditions that walk a lot are likely to be involved in collisions. I would say this is especially the case in the Tenderloin/downtown area as well as many of the outer neighborhood arterials (and the data backs this up). Additionally the old and young are more exposed as they are harder to see and slower crossing so they spend more time in the intersection or if they cross against the light it takes them longer to do so. I think more than being slow though, they are less able to react to drivers violating right of way (the case with Sofia) running red lights, etc.

    These are just my thoughts with some data from walk first to back it up. There is hopefully more vigorous analysis out there.

  • Sean Rea

    6 months for murder as long as you’re drunk and behind the wheel.

  • mike_napolis_beard

    Not quite – murder is premeditated. Manslaughter, definitely.

  • Sean Rea

    I’m sticking with my original description. Scum made the decision to operate heavy machinery when he was in no condition to do so.

  • saimin

    I thought only first degree murder (aka premeditated murder) was premeditated. DUI and reckless driving can be charged and convicted as second degree murder.

  • CamBam415

    Hi Aaron – Here is an article from yesterday’s Marin IJ:

    “Novato bicyclist injured in collision with vehicle”

    What is so frustrating about the article is the passive writing used:
    “The woman was riding downhill from the Stafford Lake area when she apparently struck the side of a westbound vehicle turning left into the Indian Valley Golf Club, said Novato fire Capt. Erich Mesenburg.”

    The bike did not simply and arbitrarily crash into the car…The driver of said car made a left turn into the path of the cyclist and caused serious injury!

    I hope the cyclist is okay, I haven’t heard an update yet.

  • gary

    I don’t know, perhaps a confusion in terms going on. Seems when the killer decided to drink and then drive, he has made the decision to kill. So a murderer in my book. Don’t water it down.

  • jd_x

    You’re splitting hairs: in some states like Minnesota, manslaughter is considered third-degree murder:

    And in the event that it is a repeat offender, the case has clearly been made that it’s second-degree murder, i.e. a “Watson Murder”:

    This case doesn’t appear to be second-degree because, as far as I can tell, he wasn’t a repeat offender (though I didn’t see that explicitly stated in the article). Regardless, can’t we all agree that only 6 months in jail and with absolutely no suspension of driver’s license is utterly ridiculous for killing a pedestrian who was acting perfectly legally when driving drunk?

  • Stanley Roberts points out some bikes on the sidewalk, but it’s also the San Francisco Bay Trail on which bikes are allowed. Plus it looks like whoever’s in charge of the bridge has posted signs which are factually correct, but may not apply there.

    I rode through today and the two signs are on the eastern side of the bridge and may be intentionally misleading.
    Who could answer what is and isn’t port of the Bay Trail?

  • p_chazz

    That is an error in judgment, not intention to kill. Wild, reckless statements like the one you made do not make you sound credible and do not advance your agenda except among like minded extremists.

  • 94103er

    I think it’s the latter guess for the most part. I complain a lot about inconsiderate drivers in the Mission but it’s really in the western neighborhoods and the T-Loin where the driving gets truly, lethally, terrifying.

  • Sean Rea

    Oh good, p_chazz, defender of drunk drivers is here. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Michael Morris

    4 people killed on Van Ness through 3.5 months, wake up Caltrans

  • 94103er

    The Port of SF promenade runs behind the ballpark. It’s very easy to think it runs in front of the ballpark, though, especially when traveling from points north. Some decent signage would be helpful there.

    Edit: I guess you know this and you’re asking about how to access that section. What’s shown in the second video seems to be the only correct way to do it from the south. I’d presume if any cyclists get ticketed it would be for attempting to traverse the whole plaza in front of the ballpark, as that’s city property (?). That whole area to the south is horrible, by the way. A perfect demonstration of why sharrows are such a joke.

  • CamBam415

    Its funny, sometimes Stanley focuses his show on the most irrelevant issues… I guess that is the pressure of creating content daily. Yes, in his piece he points out some small rule infractions, but that isn’t hard to do anywhere. Are the rule infractions causing an issue? What he should talk about is how dangerous 3rd Street is for cyclists between Terry Francois and King Street. Want to turn right on King Street? That is even worse… and throw in the crowding from Giants games and that area needs some infrastructural help.

    As to the content of the video itself… I ride there every day and have never seen the signs in the video. In front of the ballpark (conveniently not pictured on Stanley’s video) by the BofA ATMs near Willie Mays Plaza is a sign that reads “Bikes Yield to Peds”, which to me implies bikes are allowed to ride on the pathway in front of the stadium (admittedly, I had never noticed the sign before and only noticed it when I was trying to find the signs that Stanley showed in his video). Of note, I failed to find the no cycling signs Stanley found… maybe they are by Lefty O’Doul bridge? Given the signage indicating it is okay to ride bikes in front of the ball park, it makes me think he is intentionally editing his video to sensationalize his piece… Now, I will say, common sense says you should ride around Willie Mays plaza with so many people pre-game. Non-game days? It is totally legal.