Today’s Headlines

  • Bay Area Bike Share’s First Birthday is Tomorrow (Cyclelicious)
  • Stopping Drivers From Cutting Into Merge Queues Not a Priority for SFPD (SFGate)
  • Northbound Highway 280 Closes for the Weekend at 2 P.M. Today (KTVU, SF Examiner)
  • Man Killed by 38 Bus Driver at Geary and Lyon ID’d as 22-Year-Old David Getman (SF Appeal)
  • Lorysha Gage Was on Phone When She Left Mi’Yana Gregory in Crosswalk (SFGate)
  • Data Show Little Sexual Harassment on BART and Muni, but Women Disagree (Mission Local)
  • SPUR Looks to Helsinki for Inspiration on How SF Could Go Car-Free
  • BART Releases Document Showing What Investments Are Needed to Keep Operating (SF Examiner)
  • Major BART Delays: Stalled Train in Transbay Tube (ABC); Routing Issue Near Daly City (CBS)
  • San Rafael Residents Push for “Quiet Zones” for SMART Train Horns (Marin IJ)
  • State Senate Approves Compromise Bill Setting Insurance Minimums for “Ride-Share” Drivers (CBS)
  • Uber’s Attacks on Lyft Could Prompt Federal Antitrust Investigation (National Journal)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • shamelessly

    It’s easy to see merging as a moral issue of rudeness vs politeness. But there’s been some interesting research that queueing up in a single lane actually makes traffic go slower for everyone. See http://arstechnica.com/cars/2014/07/the-beauty-of-zipper-merging-or-why-you-should-drive-ruder/

  • HuckieCA

    This was mentioned in the SF Gate article. There’s a difference between the case where two lanes are merging into one, where the zipper merge is the most efficient means, and the case where vehicles are blocking a thru lane in order to merge into the turning lane. This latter case is definitely not efficient for anyone involved.

  • shamelessly

    Thanks for the clarification — and for reading the article more thoroughly than I did!

  • murphstahoe
  • Andy Chow

    More like a workplace-related death.

  • 94110

    From the BART Document article:

    Board members today could also vote to spend $800,000 to purchase 325 more electronic bike lockers, which have been “pretty popular” based on customer feedback, according to Allison.

    The agency’s current contract only allows for 37 more lockers to be purchased. There are 1,150 lockers at 35 stations in operation.

  • 94103er

    The real problem in my mind re efficiency vs politeness is what sheep people are. I gotta say to these indignant folks, so cry us all a river, you’re in a single-passenger vehicle just like these other assholes! Not a good use of SFPD’s time to ticket people committing a ‘jerk move’ when pedestrians’ rights of way are violated on the regular during commute hours.

    Besides, as one SFGate commenter points out, if you have to commute to the East Bay you can use an alternate route through SOMA (via Franklin/Fell) and probably save if not take the same amount of time. Not exactly rocket science, this stuff.