Today’s Headlines

  • Sup. Yee Moves Forward With Legislation to Ban Tour Bus Drivers From Narrating (SF Examiner)
  • Mission SFPD Sergeant to Walkers: “Don’t Rely on the Motorists to Obey the Law” (Mission Local)
  • Ocean Avenue Streetscape Improvements Get Detailed Design, Set to Come This Year (SocketSite)
  • ABAG to Pay City $1.3M in Development Streetscape Funds Allegedly Embezzled By Official (Examiner)
  • Hearing Set for Proposal to Let Developers Pay Fee in Lieu of Creating Public Spaces (Barbary Coast)
  • Lyft to Be Fined for Un-Permitted Sidewalk Stencil Advertisements (SF Examiner)
  • CityLab: Google’s Venture Into Ride-Hail App Service Could Create Intense Competition
  • “Fixed” App, Which Fights Parking Tickets, Expands to Oakland (TechCrunch)
  • BART Extension to San Jose Gets Funding Boost From New Federal Transportation Budget (KTVU)
  • BART Responds to Customer Dissatisfaction By Proposing Near-Term Solutions (SFist)
  • CityLab Showcases Great Photos of Bay Bridge’s East Span Construction
  • Mountain View City Council OKs Development of North Bayshore Near Google (Peninsula)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Fran Taylor

    Joe Blum, the Bay Bridge construction photographer, is a gem. I saw this show at SF City Hall and was most impressed that he included the name and job title of every worker shown in the photos instead of treating them like anonymous ants. When he began selling his prints, he gave the workers a special rate that barely covered his costs. Too bad the big shots screwed up so many decisions on that bridge job — the men and women (yes, a few) who did the actual work deserve nothing but praise.

    More photos here:

    http://www.josephablumphotography.com/

  • gneiss

    It’s no wonder that people continue to get injured and killed on city streets when we continue to have attitudes like these from SFPD, “But Murray said the traffic enforcement initiative is more about creating the atmosphere of a crackdown than actually ticketing every single person who commits an offense. Murray said the perception that one might get a ticket is a significant deterrent to potential risk-takers, and his colleague said usually just stopping a cyclist for an infraction is enough to change their behavior. Their research has also shown that an officer who parks his cruiser visibly in a busy intersection reduces traffic incidents significantly more than a more subtle colleague who parks in a more hidden spots and hands out more tickets.”

    Notice how they focus their “crackdown” energy on pedestrians and cyclists, work on communicating the message at schools and senior centers, and admonishing pedestrians who don’t make “eye contact” with motorist. Good grief. Can we please get back to focusing on the 5?

  • Prinzrob

    My suggestion to the SFPD: Law broken with no right of way violation = warning. Law broken and right of way violation = ticket.

    We need to get people in the habit of slowing, looking, and yielding at all intersections and crosswalks, as opposed to just blindly obeying signs and signals but not necessarily slowing, looking, and yielding.

    From what I see most bicyclists who run stop signs or signals are slowing, looking, and yielding before doing so. The ones that aren’t are indeed causing a danger, but under the law there is no distinction between these two very different behaviors. This creates little incentive for people to behave more responsibly, and few guidelines as to what constitutes responsible behavior.

  • 94110

    “With the Crossover in service, BART can run additional express commute trips and allow for more 10-car trains.”

    BART’s plans for the future seem to focus on better service for far flung suburbs at the expense of the urban core. Their longer term plans talk about skipping stations within San Francisco (I feel that should possibly be bold, underlined, italicized, all uppercase and in scare quotes) to benefit commute times to the ‘burbs.

    In this plan they talk about “express commute trips” (which I assume means skipping between Walnut Creek and San Francisco). To me the usefulness of a crossover track is turning trains back early without having to run every train all the way out to Pittsburg/Bay Point.

    Although, now that I think about it, when they open the eBART extension they’ll need to pull out all the stops (literally) to get anyone to use it.

  • Nicasio Nakamine

    ^ THIS

    There is a world of difference between rolling through an empty intersection and forcing your way to the front, making everyone else to stop for you.