Today’s Headlines

  • A Record 14,000 SF Students Participate in Walk and Roll to School Day (SF Examiner)
  • Young Woman Struck by Driver at 15th and Valencia Streets (Mission Local)
  • SUV Driver Blocking Crosswalk Punches 66-Year-Old Man Who Complained (SF Weekly)
  • Haight Street Transit-Only Contra-Flow Lane Opens to Muni 71 and 6 Buses (Hoodline)
  • SFMTA Posts Survey to Gain Input About Sprucing Up the Transit Bulbs at Carl and Cole (Hoodline)
  • PG&E Valve Work Rips Through New “Si Se Puede!” Plaza on Cesar Chavez Street (SFGate)
  • Tonight: SFBG Hosts Forum on Closing the Rift Between Transportation and Affordable Housing Funding
  • SF Examiner and SF Bay Guardian Issue Ballot Endorsements
  • Prop L Gems: “MTA is Mostly Kids,” “West of Divisadero is Suburban,” “Cars are the Mainstay” (SFGate)
  • Cabbies Stage Honking Protest Outside Uber Headquarters (SF Weekly)
  • Boost for Late-Night Transbay Bus Service Could Come in December (SF Examiner)
  • Levi’s Stadium Neighbors, Police Chief Meet to Discuss Traffic and Bike Trail Woes (Mercury News, NBC)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • I saw someone on the ground in front of a car in the intersection of Mariposa and Illinois, yesterday ~5:30-6 pm, any details?

  • jd_x

    This is out of control. Motorists in the Mission behave with impunity because the cops do zero enforcement of anything: not yielding to pedestrians and cyclists, blocking the bike lane, illegal U-turns, on the phone while driving, and speeding. There has been so much carnage on what is one of the main pedestrian and bicycle areas in the city. And here’s the thing: it’s much worse than the media claims because there are many smaller, less serious accidents that don’t get reported. Case in point, my friend was doored yesterday on 14th St. Thankfully he was traveling slow and didn’t have any serious injuries, but this obviously wasn’t covered in the media but therefore distorts just how dangerous things are because this incident could have easily been worse. I’m really tired of the city not clamping down on the out-of-control motorists. This motorist who hit the woman legally in the crosswalk yesterday, who wants to guess what kind of slap on the wrist she’ll get?

  • RoyTT

    The city has messed with 15th street in the last few months. I’m not sure if it was done for “safety” reasons or some others, but it’s certainly more difficult to navigate west-bound than previously, and blockages and congestion have gotten worse.

    Further west there is also the problem of a large construction project on the corner of Market Street which narrows 15th.

    My overall impression is that 15th Street is now less safe to drive along, and therefore less safe for everyone else as well.

  • gneiss

    What do you mean by “less safe to drive on”? Do you mean that you need to drive more slowly to watch out for people walking and stuff around you? Then that’s actually making the street safer. The only way it could be more dangerous for others around you, is if you were driving faster. Then it would be less safe for people walking or riding bicycles, while it might be safer for drivers. I *like* congestion. It means that people are generally driving more slowly, which makes it more safe.

  • I’ll be interested to read the stories on the rash of motorist injuries as a result of this perceived diminished state of “safety.”

  • RoyTT

    I believe this is the second accident on 15th street since it was made “safer”. Safety should be measured by actual statistics and not by good intentions.

    If the city’s tactics for making a street safer leads to an increase in incidents then something is wrong. 15th street is now slower but evidently not safer.

    Isn’t it possible that SFMTA just got this one wrong?

  • timsmith

    That block of 15th hasn’t been touched. Get your facts straight if you’re going to browbeat statistics.

  • timsmith

    *about statistics.

  • Chris J.

    I ride my bike on 15th Street all the time, and there are no traffic-calming or “safety” measures whatsoever along the stretch where the woman was hit. The block leading up to Valencia is one-way with two car lanes and parking on either side of the street. There is no bike lane, though I long wished there was. I’ve had drivers get angry with me for bicycling on that stretch. It’s no fun because you’re either blocking a car lane and risk facing driver aggression or you risk getting doored if you ride too close to the side.

  • 94103er

    His (stupid) premise I think is that the driver was somehow blinded by rage at the indignity of having to travel westbound through traffic-calmed 15th between South Van Ness and Valencia and that somehow made him not see the pedestrian as he turned left onto Valencia.

    I’m not making this up. I wish I could say this is entertaining but the lengths to which some people apologize for motorist stupidity make me weep for society. Seriously.

  • 94103er

    I could swear that one-lane-plus-wide-shoulder configuration ends at Valencia. Am I wrong?

    If so, kindly ignore my response to you on Mission Local 🙂

  • Chris J.

    The one-lane stretch is between South Van Ness and Mission. There’s an elementary school right there on 15th (where the murals are) which is probably why it was narrowed. That street is not an arterial.

  • murphstahoe

    Perhaps you are forgetting the mid block cross walk between SVN and Valencia that drivers constantly ignore. UNSAFE!

  • 94103er

    RoyTT, coming through for all of us once again with totally irrelevant observations and just-plain-wrong ‘theories’ to apologize for his fellow drivers’ idiotic mistakes.

    Here’s a clue for you: 15th St is always congested that time of day. Always. It’s been the same before and after the lane re-striping east of this intersection (but now people crossing near Marshall ES are much safer). It’s been the same whether or not there’s construction near Market St. It is a narrow street with too much parking traveling through a dense, walkable area.

    Which is all the more reason why this driver was clearly not mentally equipped to drive a car. There is ZERO excuse for what happened, so kindly quit trying to invent more for us.

  • Andy Chow

    Is it really a big deal with BART paying for more late night buses? About 10 years ago, the late night transbay buses were revamped and coordinated, with MTC paying for the service through RM2 bridge toll. There used to be a route between Oakland and Concord and another between Bay Fair and Dublin but both got canceled within a few years after the program was implemented due to low ridership. I don’t know if this will make a difference this time but let’s see.

    http://transit.511.org/accessible/providers/night.aspx

  • timsmith

    It is a crazy premise, but even more so because the traffic calming stops east of Mission Street.

  • 94103er

    Yeah, I realized my mistake. I’ve somehow failed to remember this even though I’m going through this area at least two times a day.

    And actually it kind of makes sense that this occurred after the non-traffic-calmed section–drivers do a lot of boneheaded things turning left from a two-lane one-way street. I’m in the camp of believing we need to do away with them altogether in SF.

  • The violent attacks on bicyclists in the Panhandle are very concerning.

    http://blog.sfgate.com/crime/2014/10/09/violent-bike-thief-attacks-hit-san-francisco-panhandle/

  • jd_x

    This is really scary. I’ve ridden that path many times late at night and never even thought to be on the lookout for somebody jumping out of a bush and shoving a stick in my spokes or smashing a bottle over my head. These thugs need to be caught … but I know that the cops have more important things to do, like bust cyclists rolling stop signs on T-intersections on Arguello or Townsend.

  • RoyTT

    Chris, I’m not sure what the official definition of a road being “arterial” is in this city. Does it mean a street with more than one traffic lane in the same direction?

    If so then 14th and 15th streets in the Mission are about the closest thing to “arterial” north of Cesar Chavez. Both are (mostly) one-way with (mostly) two lanes running from Market to Harrison, or so. The other numbered streets are all two-way, from memory anyway.

    A few times I have taken a cab from the eastern Mission the driver has taken 15th to get to Market. Seems it is regarded as the best route to take going west.

  • Chris J.

    > Does it mean a street with more than one traffic lane in the same direction?

    Not at all. It means a high-capacity urban road (e.g. see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arterial_road ).

    Duboce and 16th, both within a couple blocks, both seem more equipped for high capacity traffic. They both have four lanes. Duboce even has three west-bound lanes in parts.

  • coolbabybookworm

    16th is the most arterial street in the area, it has lights (instead of stop signs) and two lanes each direction.

    15th literally has a speed bump so I wouldn’t consider it an arterial.

  • RoyTT

    I didn’t even bother mentioning Duboce because, as well as being dark, dank and depressing, it’s hard to make left turns onto and off.

    16th is an alternate but it’s slower in practice. Both lanes can be blocked waiting for left and right turning traffic waiting for pedestrians. And buses and double-parked vehicles slow it down further.

    The only real arterial alternative is Cesar Chavez but that’s way out of the way from, say, the General Hospital, Best Buy, Rainbow etc.

    I’ll stick to the cabbies route – 15th. And look out for pedestrians, natch.