Today’s Headlines

  • Harold Swaggard, 55, Killed on Bike Last Month at 13th and Folsom, Unnoticed (SFGate)
  • The Latest on SFMTA’s Funding Plans for Bicycling (SF Examiner)
  • SF Bike Messengers Making a Comeback With Different Types of Cargo, Clients (SFGate)
  • A Woman’s Perspective on Riding a Bike in SF For the First Time in Years (Marina Times)
  • SF’s Pedestrian Death Rate Per Capita On Par With NYC, Chicago, According to NHTSA (NBC)
  • Muni: Transit Signal Priority Has Sped Up Mission Street Buses by Five Minutes in Last Month (Examiner)
  • SF Examiner Columnist: Extending E-Line into Mission Bay, Dogpatch Would be “Common Sense”
  • 151 Muni Trains Now Have Elastic Barriers Between Cars to Prevent Dangerous Crossings (SFBay)
  • Drivers Finding “Creative” Ways to Get Out of Red Light Camera Tickets (ABC)
  • Oakland Looks to Meet Growing Demand Bike Lanes; MacArthur Blvd Gets the Latest One (SFGate)
  • Mill Valley: Man on Bike Arrested for Beating Driver in Road Rage Incident (CBS)
  • Five Killed in Bay Area Car Crashes on Saturday Alone (SFGate)

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  • Jeffrey Baker

    I guess my glass is half-empty all the time, but the article about signal priority is infuriating. Muni has dozens or hundreds of transit-priority-capable signals that simply aren’t enabled, out of deference to cars. All the signals on the T-Third are capable of prioritizing the streetcar, but they don’t. That’s why the intersection at 4th & King is such a disaster.

    When I read that article, all I could think was how much rider time had been wasted because Nat Ford didn’t believe in turning on transit priority signals.

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  • Prinzrob

    The Oakland hit-run fatality listed in the “five killed” SFGate article was at Telegraph and 51st, a known danger spot for pedestrians and one of the focus areas of the current Telegraph street scape improvement plan:

    The next community meeting is coming up on May 1st, 6pm – 8pm, Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street in Oakland. The hit-run killing is tragic, but will hopefully convince some of the nay-sayers about how much change is needed here.

  • Prinzrob

    Also unfortunate that the SFGate article on Oakland’s new bike lanes took the “gentrification” angle so much, especially since the MacArthur Blvd bike lanes were developed specifically as a way to start tying some eastern neighborhoods into the rest of the city’s bike network.

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  • Jame

    Yup, unfortunately, if you aren’t a fixie riding hipster, you aren’t a “cyclist.”

  • gneiss

    There are members of the Mill Valley police department who would like nothing more than to slant this article against people who ride bicycles in their town. They see the increase in ridership there as nothing more than a nuisance. It boogles the mind, though, that important details like both of the occupants of the car were drunk, they hit him with their wing mirror, and started throwing punches after confronting the cyclist, was conveniently left out of the narrative reported by the Chronicle. Those lost detail unnecessarily prejudice the person on his bicycle and shows a profound lack of reporting skill by the writer of the article.

    If I was to guess what some member of the police department is trying to do is see if they can make an assault charge stick with the local DA, even after an investigation (remember, it took a week for this story to break) determined that the cyclists was defending himself after the motorist hit him, a serious traffic violation in the first place rather than the aggressor. Pretty sleazy all around by both the police officer who leaked this story and the reporter.

  • cwalkster

    The article “SF’s Pedestrian Death Rate Per Capita On Par With NYC, Chicago, According to NHTSA (NBC) ” is misleading.

    NHTSA collected data from 34 cities with population over 500,000. 23 cities had higher rates of pedestrian deaths than SF.
    Albuquerque,NM has 30% fewer people and almost twice as many pedestrian deaths than SF. The article does not mention this information.
    A good example how to misinterpret data.

  • Kevin J

    Keep fighting the good fight!