Today’s Headlines

  • Prop L’s David Looman: “The Bike Lobby Thinks They’re Saving the Fucking World” (SF Mag)
  • SFGate Bay Bikers Blog Takes Down Prop L, an “Attack on Safe Streets”
  • Haight and Hayes Streets to Get Major Sewer Main Replacement and Sidewalk Bulb-Outs (Hoodline)
  • SF Public Press Explains the Barriers to Building Transit-Oriented Housing in the Western Neighborhoods
  • On One Block in Potrero Hill, Parking Lawlessness Reigns More Than Usual (People Behaving Badly)
  • Perla Avina, Oakland Mother of Four, Killed in Road Rage Shooting (CoCo Times, NBC)
  • Oakland City Council Considers Plan to Add 4,900 Housing Units Around Lake Merritt BART (Biz Times)
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group Predicts Caltrain Ridership Will Double by 2024 (Green Caltrain)
  • Committee Vows to Continue Push for Bringing Rail Back to Dumbarton Bridge (Green Caltrain)
  • Cupertino Teenager Killed on Bike by Trucker (NBC); SJSU Student Killed by Drunk Driver (CoCoCBS)
  • Bike/Ped Upgrades Headed to Mill Valley’s Miller Ave (Marin IJ), Richmond Bay Trail Segment (RS)
  • CA Bike Fatalities Increasing With Ridership; SFGate Blogger Points to Helmet Use and Drinking

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I’m glad to see that the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan is starting to dislodge some of these underutilized properties from the clutches of their negligent owners. But I’m really surprised that there doesn’t seem to be any motion around selling off the two full-block parking garages within the plan area, namely the appalling 1-story structure on Franklin between 13th and 14th, and the spiral tower across from the post office. Does anyone know of plans to redevelop these? The one on Franklin is an exceptional waste of space.

  • Prinzrob

    The 2-story garage on Franklin at 14th is identified as an “opportunity site” for development in the plan, as are most of the surface lots in the vicinity. The horrible spiral parking garage at Madison and 13th is not, unfortunately, although it will probably just collapse in the next earthquake anyway.

    Unfortunately Chinatown will remain a biking black hole even after this plan, as the Chamber of Commerce successfully squashed the notion of any bicycle infrastructure, even sharrows, running through that part of town, despite an attempted compromise that would have legitimized the truck double parking that occurs there constantly.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    “2-story” is a pretty generous description of what I’d describe as a 1-story building where you can park on the roof.

  • Prinzrob

    I agree but it is two floors of parking as opposed to a surface lot, and that’s how the building is described in the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan.

    In terms of future development, that site also has “Proposed Active Ground-Floor Uses” (retail?), and the zoning height will be changed to 175 ft with up to 275 feet with a conditional use permit. 175 feet would probably be about a 3-story office or residential building, or 3 levels of parking with ground floor retail.

  • Gezellig

    Re: Miller Ave in Mill Valley, the article doesn’t mention specifics as to the bike treatments but on the MV city website I did find this:

    http://www.cityofmillvalley.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=11685

    (http://www.cityofmillvalley.org/Index.aspx?page=1583)

    Unless I’m missing something looks like more same-old conventional bike lanes. If there’s any road that totally has room for cycletracks it’s extra-wide Miller.

  • CamBam415

    I was disappointed to see that the SF Gate article on GSHA failed to pick apart the obvious issues:

    1. Failed to look at the % increase in deaths relative to the increase in cycling

    2. Victim blaming through and through

    3. How many of the helmet-less riders died would’ve lived if they had a helmet on? In far too many of these cases (including the several high profile deaths here in the Bay Area), cyclists were run over by a bus or truck. A helmet was immaterial in the outcome, but a wheel guard/side guard might have saved them. We need to move the dialogue of cyclist safety beyond “the helmet” question (yes, helmets are important, wear them).

    4. Intoxication. The article mentions drunk cyclists but inexplicably fails to mention how many cyclists were killed by drunk (or distracted) driving.

    Even if these questions required too much research for our little Chron Bike Blogger, how about just acknowledging the questions (and I am sure there are more than what I just listed here) and pointing out how crappy/inadequate the GSHA report really is?!

  • HuckieCA

    Most of those questions require more than a little bit of research. On your first question, I’ve not seen anyone publish such a specific analysis tailored just to SF.

    I can say that on topic of alcohol involvement, the numbers quoted came out of a recent NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts report on bicycles, which stated that 24% of the fatalities (nationally) involved the cyclist having a BAC greater than .08, and 32% of the fatalities involved either the cyclist or the driver having a BAC greater than .08. So that’s at least 8% where the driver is intoxicated, but probably more since there could be overlap, so it’s anywhere from 8% to 32%. I’m not sure why they reported it that way.