Today’s Headlines

  • Yee’s Proposed Narration Ban for Some Tour Bus Drivers Moves Through Supes Committee (SFBay)
  • Did Construction Steal Your Parking Space? Farrell and Cohen to the Rescue (SF Examiner)
  • Chinatown’s Spofford Alley to Get Greener and More Water-Absorbent (SF Examiner)
  • More on the SFMTA’s Daylighting at 80 Tenderloin Intersections (Hoodline)
  • Woman Who Was Shot and Killed After Driving at Police ID’s as Alice Brown, 24 (SF Appeal)
  • How Many Years Did it Take to Get Protected Bike Lanes on Fell and Oak? SFBC Looks Back
  • Peninsula Press Provides a Visual Timeline of Caltrain’s Progress on Bike Accommodation
  • ABC Report on Proposed Bike Helmet Mandate Doesn’t Question Helmets’ Efficacy
  • CityLab: Golden Gate Bridge’s Movable Median Barrier a Model for Reversible Lanes
  • “Left Out” Union Stalls Palo Alto’s Downtown Residential Parking Permit Program (PA Online)
  • Hayward Mother and Infant Hit By Driver at Hwy 880 On-Ramp Remain in Critical Condition (SFBay)
  • Concord Driver Arrested for Running Red Light, Killing Another Driver (SFBay)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • gneiss

    How unbelievably depressing that it takes 18 years from proposal to finish to get a protected bike lane project for three city blocks finished in this city.

  • theqin

    I wonder if there would be enough reduced demand for bike spaces onboard Caltrain if Caltrain built a bike path on its ROW like they are doing for SMART in the north bay.

  • mx

    A good potion of Caltrain commutes are 30+ miles. While some people do enjoy biking SF-Mountain View as part of their commute, it’s beyond the physical ability of many of us and certainly slower.

  • Hurm…the SFBC Fell/Oak progress timeline doesn’t mention any of the protest actions at the Fell & Divisidero gas station corner. Nothing for 5 years and then ‘smaller improvements’ suddenly happen for no adequately explored reason.

    Hint: http://sf.streetsblog.org/?s=fell+arco

  • I’m embarrassed as a SFBC member that they’ve published this ‘history’ while leaving out some of the history.

  • jd_x

    Great idea!

    As mx said, it’s true that the majority of passengers during rush hours are going too far of distances that they would easily replace the train with bicycling. However, there are still a lot of people who make shorter trips that are within 10 or less miles which is more than doable for most people on a bike. Even if this is a solution for only 10-20% of cyclists, a reduction of 10-20% is huge given the current capacity issues.

    Even more, a bike path along Caltrain ROW would be used by lots of bicyclists who have nothing to do with Caltrain. In the upper cities of the Peninsula (between SF and, say, San Mateo), there is no good way to go north-south. Just look at the SF to Google instructions for the route through this area:
    http://sf2g.com/bayway-directions.pdf

    Having tried this myself, it’s highly non-trivial and requires serious route-finding, not to mention it’s slower beacuse of all the turns. Having a path on the ROW bike path that is essentially a straight-shot would be just huge.

    Can’t believe I’ve never thought of this before ….

  • theqin

    I am not suggesting that people would choose to ride SF-MV or SF-PA instead of taking their bike aboard Caltrain, but that instead shorter trips might be done on a bikeway. This would open up more capacity for bikes on board for longer routes.

  • Prinzrob

    This just showed up in my news feed, but apparently a bicyclist was killed in Hayward two days ago at the I-680 on ramp at W Tennyson Rd: http://www.californiainjuryaccidentlawyer.com/orange-county/hayward-bicyclist-killed-in-car-accident-on-i-880-at-w-tennyson-road/

  • mx

    A fair point. All in all, I’d far rather see the full width of the ROW available for use for HSR and Caltrain expansion. That will allow them to boost capacity significantly and will have a far bigger impact on capacity than diverting a small number of short-distance riders to a bike path.

  • murphstahoe

    Myths really do grow on trees.

    The bike path on the SMART ROW sounds very fanciful from 90 miles away, in practice there are chunks “near” the tracks, some that go away from the tracks, some sections are on roadways..

    I’m not throwing away the new paths, but it’s not a superspeedway. Among other things there are a few bridges over rivers and SMART isn’t going to be building $50 million dollar bike bridges next to them.

    If there were enough ROW to have a path next to the track the whole way, SMART would be SMARTer to use it to double track the whole system. This is true for Caltrain as well. If there were room, we wouldn’t be having huge arguments about HSR.

  • jd_x

    @mx brings up another good point. Given the limit space in the ROW, is the best use a bike path or extra tracks? As somebody who uses my bicycle every day to get around, even I recognize that the latter is the best use of limited space. One day, it would be great if they could do both though.

  • murphstahoe

    Much of the route has some pretty decent roadways for bikes we can use, at least to attract a large percentage of the lower hanging fruit riders. Old County, California, Carolan, Bryant, etc…

  • murphstahoe

    R

    Royale (with Cheese):
    The most direct route to work for many people: straight
    down El Camino Real. Leave early (6am or so) to minimize interactions
    with car traffic. Rollout is usually from Cafeto on Richland at Mission.

  • mx

    Yeah don’t get me wrong. I’m all for better north/south bike routes in the peninsula. But I agree that the ROW is an extremely limited space and is best used for transit.

  • jwinstonsf

    Or the time back in the summer of 99 when some scaliwags did three blocks of this:

  • theqin

    Eminent domain exists for this purpose.

  • theqin

    I’ve ridden from SF to china camp state park recently, and yes, there are some annoying gaps such as by corte madera creek. But there are also some really nice new sections such as the cal park tunnel and lincoln hill. More is being built and the entire route is supposed to be 70% class 1.