Today’s Headlines

  • Man Struck, Killed Outside Crosswalk by 38 Muni Bus Driver at Geary and Lyon (CBSSF Examiner)
  • One Year in, Bay Area Bike Share Expansion at a Standstill; Birthday Specials Planned Thursday (Exam)
  • Ted and Al’s Towing Trucks Continue to Block the Fell Street Bike Lane (Hoodline)
  • SF Weekly Bike Blogger Tests the 3-Foot Passing Law by Riding Around With a Stick Attached
  • Man Reunited With Stolen Bike Thanks to SAFE Bikes Program (Exam); Theft Prevention Tips (SFGate)
  • 50th Sunday Streets in the Mission as Popular as Ever (Mission Local)
  • SF State University Increases Parking Fees to Help Pay for Garage’s Seismic Retrofit (GG Xpress)
  • SF Among Cities Where Transit Access Makes Living More Affordable (CityLab)
  • BART’s Train-Stopping Earthquake Detection System a Model for Other Applications (KTVU)
  • Oakland Plans Massive Mixed-Use, Transit-Oriented Development Around Coliseum (SFist)
  • San Mateo Police Arrest 56 Drivers in One Week During DUI Crackdown (CoCo Times)
  • Caltrans Gets $2M in Emergency Funds to Repair Roads Damaged by Earthquake (CBS, SFGate)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Caleb

    My guesses:
    1. Ted & Al’s doesn’t have enough space in their property to house all their trucks and are “externalizing” those costs by storing them on public property.

    2. Have you noticed that basically no bike infrastructure projects in San Francisco include real, physical separation (perhaps excepting the ugly fence thing on Cargo Way)? Soft-hit posts are a joke… within a couple years, most will be destroyed, removed, or crushed. This is the MTA sending a message to the cyclists of San Francisco: Your crushed bodies are worth less than dinged fenders or scratched paint on the private automobiles of this city.

    We should be relentlessly haranguing MTA, DPW, your local supervisors for the city to commit to actually finishing the Oak/Fell protected bikeway. It has been delayed to oblivion already. Finish the project!

  • gneiss

    This is something worth bringing up with the new captain of Park Station during the monthly community meeting. The next one is on September 9th.

  • murphstahoe

    Amusingly, we get soft hit posts to separate bike lanes. Meanwhile, on CA-35 above San Bruno there are some pretty damn hard hit posts with a solid plastic curbing that separate the exit from a gated subdivision from the CA-35 roadway, because the drivers exiting the subdivision are afraid they will get hit by the traffic on 35. This of course results in there being zero inches of shoulder and nowhere to go for cyclists riding on 35, speed limit 55 MPH.

    Those hard hit posts would discourage the hell out of drivers messing around and make some serious dents in the car of any driver making a mistake. But really that’s the point, the soft hit posts sort of “show” the driver where they aren’t supposed to go, but if they screw up, the cyclist pays the price, not the driver. Because we can’t you know, make things harder for drivers – see the Hayes Crosswalk thread. This is a “better balance”, right? We can’t put obstacles out there that would be detrimental to the person screwing up.

  • murphstahoe

    Tell Ted and Al’s that the city will stop using their services if they don’t stay out of the bike lane. That should do the trick.

  • jonobate

    While cycling through Daly City recently I spotted a Ted & Al’s tow truck parked in the driveway of someone’s house. If their drivers have to store the trucks at their houses when they are not working, that strongly suggests that Ted & Al’s don’t have space to park them all on their property.

  • baklazhan

    It speaks to the general mismanagement of public street space in the city. Businesses should, of course, be able to operate here, and many of them use the street in various ways– to store work vehicles, to store vehicles under repair, to set up shop in a food truck, etc. Which is fine– the streets exist to be used, and all these are useful functions.

    The problem is that the city promises anyone and everyone that they can use as much space as they want for a nominal or no cost, save for a limited number of metered spaces. The result is that parking is always packed, and people still feel entitled to free storage, so they just start storing vehicles wherever– traffic lanes, bike lanes, etc.

    It makes no sense to crack down on parking in the bike lane without addressing the underlying issue: the city’s total abdication of responsibility when it comes to effectively managing the (very large) supply of legal parking spaces.

    Fat chance of that, though. In the short term, maybe some planters and physical separation will help.

  • JJ94117

    Received a notice the other day about finishing construction on Oak and Fell by the end of the year, presumably the bulb-outs and hopefully the planters to separate the bike lane. That reminds me that I need to dig that out and take a closer look.

    T&A’s does have vehicle storage inside that building. But they pull out the trucks in order jockey them around and prepare for the day or return them in the evening or on shift changes. They do not store there trucks on the street for extended periods of time that I have noticed. They also will pull them out and use the DMV lot for this purpose. Not saying it is right, just an observation from living around the corner from them.

  • Justin

    The person biking testing out the 3ft law with a stick seems a bit misleading in the video. It seems that the person is riding his bike in a bike lane in the Embarcadero Waterfront which in most cases or entirely no cars are trying to pass him, those cars are already in the adjacent lane, I like to see what happens when you do that in an active lane of traffic with cars behind are trying to pass him, that’s the REAL TEST