Today’s Headlines

  • Driver Injures Jogger at Panhandle Crossing at Oak and Masonic (SF Appeal, Hoodline)
  • More on Leah Shahum’s Launch of the National Vision Zero Network (SF Examiner)
  • Angela Alioto Pushes for Street Plaza at North Beach Church: “It Would Be Sinful to Drive On” (Hoodline)
  • Former SFMTA Engineer: Leap Buses Forbid Wheelchairs; Leap: “We’re Not a Transport Carrier” (Chron)
  • Mom: Letting My Daughter Ride Muni Alone at 11 “Launched Her Into a New Way of Thinking” (SFGate)
  • Caltrain Launches Online Form to Report Bike Bumps (Palo Alto Online)
  • BART Delayed By Track Death at Civic Center (SFGate); Caltrain Hits Woman in Santa Clara (SFGate)
  • Woman Killed in Solo Car Crash on Highway 280 Off-Ramp at John Daly Boulevard (KTVU)
  • Atherton Approves Button-Activated Ped Signal at Deadly El Camino Real Crosswalk (Almanac)
  • Driver Sues San Mateo County, Stanford, and Ranch After Hitting Loose Horse on Hwy 280 (Almanac)
  • Berkeley Driver Seriously Injures Woman After Possibly Mixing Up Pedals (Berkeleyside)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Loved the article about the mom letting her daughter ride Muni, but why did I get lured into reading the comments on SFgate? I wished there were a hazard warning: “Notice: what you are about to read will actively reduce your intelligence.”

  • twinpeaks_sf

    Has anyone here used Leap or Chariot and care to share their experiences?

    Having seen a couple Leap buses being towed down Van Ness Avenue and now this ADA debacle, it’s clear that running a transit system (whether they consider themselves this or not) is not as easy as it looks. We’ll see how well they do when they have a double-digit fleet.

  • Of course the driver who injured that jogger wasn’t arrested, because people who are operating motor vehicles aren’t responsible for anything their cars happen to do.

  • Gezellig
  • Andy Chow

    From an operational level such service isn’t really different than running charter buses, tour buses, or airport buses. The only major difference is the market and customers intend to serve. I can say that while used vehicles are cheap, they generally need some levels of mechanical rehab for reliable service. I have no idea whether companies like Leap has done any rehab, but when Caltrain says it needs to rehab the old Metrolink cars, it is not that they don’t want more rail cars right away.

  • OneSF

    The Leap buses are just cheap, used buses, so they basically got what they paid for. They wouldn’t even be able to survive financially if they decided to buy new buses that won’t break down frequently.

  • murphstahoe

    I haven’t used Leap, but I have left a Leap bus in the dust while I was cycling down the Embarcadero

  • jd_x

    Yep, just an “Oopsies, I just didn’t see them” and you’re absolved of any sin. Because, after all, driving a 2 ton machine with 200 hp available at the twitch of your foot and hands while having your senses dulled should not come with any extra responsibility while operating in a dense urban area full of pedestrians and cyclists, let alone basic responsibility of driving slowly and carefully enough so that you can see what the hell you are doing.

  • voltairesmistress

    Karen, that article left me sad. Why? Because most children are ready long before nearly age 12 to walk three blocks to their friend’s house, or take the bus with a friend to a class across town. For instance, I walked 4 blocks to school or to a local pocket park in SF in the 1960s, starting in the1st grade. That mom seems to have just discovered her child is pretty safe in the world. But for way too many years that poor girl was chaperoned at play dates and driven all around the city. What that story did was underline for me who utterly fucked up parenting has become that we think it normal to supervise our children constantly.mmit’s like we Americans underwent a sudden, collective amnesia. Everything we, our parents, and grandparents knew of the world flew out the window when Nancy Grace announced the latest child disappearance. We are such suckers, taking to heart the scare stories that fuel cable news and sell local news programming.

  • My eleven year old daughter started walking alone to school over a year ago, and taking Muni alone several months ago. No one needs to care what someone on sfgate said. But I do recommend this site:
    http://www.freerangekids.com/

  • Goodness, I, too, walked to school by myself kindergarten through high school (in the rain! the snow! in the dark! on the shoulder of a road with no sidewalks! uphill both ways!) I let my children ride Muni alone on certain routes starting around age 11 or 12. (Or I should say I encouraged them to start taking Muni then because I was tired of driving.) However, I’ve known people here in SF that wouldn’t even let their sixteen year old take Muni alone for fear of abduction, mugging, etc.

    But you know this columnist wrote that article in response to the parents in Maryland who were accused of *child neglect* and their children *taken by Child Protective Services* because they allowed their children to walk home from a park. Their children were picked up by the police *two* blocks from their home. The children were kept in custody by police and then social workers for over four hours before the parents were allowed to take them home.

    We have not only institutionalized fear, we are forcing it down people’s throats.

  • murphstahoe

    Jaywalking – serious business in Santa Rosa http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3815972-181/video-casts-new-light-on

  • § As it turns out, it’s impossible for jaywalking to have occurred there per the California Vehicle Code. CVC § 21955 defines jaywalking as something that occurs between two adjacent signalized intersections. There is no signal at Slater Street, to the west of Humboldt Street, and there is no signal at Orchard Street, to the east of Humboldt Street. Therefore crossing College Avenue near Humboldt cannot be jaywalking.

    So even the pretext for this incident of police brutality is bogus.

  • hp2ena

    I saw a Chariot driver texting while driving as I walked to Caltrain yesterday. Does that count?

  • Jeff Gonzales

    Re caltrain, does anyone know if it was accident or suicide? Also any news on the state of the pedestrian?

  • Dave Moore

    You may be right about other collisions, but first hand accounts of this one say that the jogger threaded through 2 lanes of stopped cars in the middle of the block, against the walk signal of the closest intersection and a car traveling at a reasonable speed hit him. The driver was devastated and did everything she could do to help. This doesn’t seem to be a case of “oopsies”.

    I know people may call this “blaming the victim”, but are you really saying there is absolutely no case where the driver of a car that injures a pedestrian is not at fault? I’m trying to figure out what changes would have to be made to prevent this collision. If the person ran from behind a blocked view in a place where pedestrians are not supposed to be, how slow would car traffic need to be?

  • Andy Chow

    Generally an investigation is required to make a determination. I don’t think that it is made yet. Secondly, such information is not newsworthy (other than during the moment when people are trying to go home or to the game) and could encourage others to try, which is not what we want.

    The fact is that there’s no grade crossing of any kind (pedestrian or vehicular) for about 8 miles from south of Sunnyvale all the way to San Jose Diridon.

  • voltairesmistress

    Yes, I know about the Maryland case. I found out talking to my sister in law that she’s had the school and cops call on her because she wanted her children to walk to school in a very nice part of residential Santa Rosa. She stuck to her guns and is very articulate and involved in fund raising for the schools, kind of a super mom, so the authorities relented. But lots of parents aren’t given that respect. Anyway, the whole thing scares me, since we hope to have a child soon. I worry that we’ll get in trouble for wanting our child to enjoy getting around on their own or with friends. To this day, I remember my walking and biking to music lessons, sports, schools, and friends’ houses more than remember the actual activities at those destinations. I just loved the journeying through geographic space, and I liked the independence. It may have been one of the most important experiences to shape me. I hope we can find a way to reinstate that way of child rearing.