Today’s Headlines

  • Man, 30, Hit by J-Church Train While Reportedly Walking on San Jose Ave Tracks (CBS)
  • After Success on Mission, Muni Transit Signal Priority Coming to 8x, N-Judah by Fall (SF Examiner)
  • 2,500 Muni Drivers File Class Action Lawsuit Against SFMTA for Unpaid Hours (SF Weekly)
  • June 12: SFBG to Host Forum on “How to Create the Transportation System San Franciscans Need”
  • Tyler Frisbee is SFBC‘s New Policy Director; SFPD’s Bait Bikes Featured in the New York Times
  • Poll: Bay Area Traffic, Housing Shortage Considered “Crises” by Most (SFGate)
  • Planning Dept, YBCA Seek Ideas for Enlivening Public Spaces for Better Market Street (Biz Times)
  • Ride-Share Companies Ask Mayor Lee to Force SFO to Negotiate; Lee Declines (SFBG, Biz Times)
  • Stanley Roberts Spotlights Freeway-Bound Drivers Routinely Blocking a SoMa Intersection
  • To Maintain Its Old Trains, BART Has to Manufacture Own Parts, Find Them on Ebay (SF Examiner)
  • Mountain View Voice Bike Blogger: Peninsula Commuters Are Moving Away From Driving
  • A Comprehensive Case for Why the Idaho Stop Sign Law for Bikes Makes Sense (Vox)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Muni drivers are entitled to paid hours for humping back to their cars? Strangely, I do not get paid while waiting for Muni to take me away from work. What a bizarre claim.

  • GC

    The Idaho stop piece is missing some arguments:

    It’s not just slower speed and greater visibility that allows cyclists to evaluate intersections while moving, there’s hearing to be considered. You can hear what’s going on around you because you’re outside & don’t have a car, engine, radio, etc. around you.

    Our vision developed such that it primarily detects motion. A cyclist who’s stopped at an intersection will be less visible to someone approaching. Things happen pretty fast out there, so running the risk of being invisible for a second could make a difference.

    A bike has nowhere near the mass of a car, so the forces that make it desirable for cars to stop at intersections don’t exist for bikes. It’s not just about stopping and going, but f=ma.

    They touched on it in the last paragraph, but a lot of animosity toward bikes is based on what happens at stop signs. So it’s of paramount importance to have those laws make sense. The problem is, they don’t. If it’s safe, it’s legal. But there’s no safety benefit to the stop requirement, so how on earth can it be legal?

    Changing that requirement would soften most of the resentment, which has a direct relationship to cyclist safety, comfort and dignity on the road.