Today’s Headlines

  • Mayor, Supes Wiener and Breed to Announce Increased General Fund Share for Muni (SF Examiner)
  • Muni Tests Three-Bike Bus Racks on Hilly Routes (SFMTA, SFBay)
  • North Beach Neighbors President Doesn’t Believe Bulb-Outs Make Streets Safer (Hoodline)
  • More on the Hardball Campaign to Grab Land From the Mission Bay Warriors Arena for UCSF (Chronicle)
  • Caltrain’s New Online “Bike Bump” Form to Alert Riders When Trains Are Reported Full (SF Examiner)
  • Palo Alto to Test Camera System to Warn Caltrain of People on Tracks (Mercury News, NBC)
  • San Mateo to Add Eight Car-Share Pods (SM Daily Journal)
  • San Jose to Unveil Plan to Pursue Vision Zero, Curb Driving (Mercury News)
  • Milpitas Truck Driver Hits Three-Year-Old Boy, Flees (ABC)
  • Drunk Livermore Driver Crashes Into Apartment Building, Killing Mother and Baby (ABC, CBS)
  • Bay Point Driver Backs Up Into Nine People in Parking Lot, Killing One (ABC)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • twinpeaks_sf

    Saw the new 3-bike racks on the 44-O’Shaugnessy all weekend – looking good. The farthest out and middle slots are angled so that one can access the innermost slot. Overall the racks look much more solidly built than the previous design. Next I’ll have to try it out with my own bike.

  • Gezellig

    Good to see there are plans for bike racks outside Muni stops, but I personally probably wouldn’t use them if they were the open bike racks. Unlike an open rack directly outside a busy café, any would-be thieves would know it’s virtually guaranteed that bikes at a Muni stop were not being presently watched over by their likely absent owners. I’d use BikeLink at a bus stop, though!

    http://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/bikeparking/bikelockers2_0.jpg

    Also, glad to see the 25 on the list for 3-bike racks–it will be needed!

    This problem came up for me this weekend when a couple friends and I were pondering biking Yerba Buena/Treasure Island. But with no bike/ped bridge yet it comes down to bus. Yet since there were 3 of us we figured it’d be annoying to have two people go on one bus and then one wait for the next (and this is if no one else also were using the racks). End result? We went elsewhere.

    Also, presumably once the bike/ped bridge does touch down on YB Island there will be a fairly steady stream of people on bikes needing to bus onwards to SF. That 3-bike rack will probably be in constant use.

  • Mark

    A little birdie told me some of these are coming to the surface lots on West Portal, providing for easy + safe Bicycle Muni Metro trips.

  • Gezellig

    That’s an excellent place for BikeLink, as well. In the past I’ve just left my bike locked on the sidewalk nearby West Portal station hoping it’d still be there once I got back–crossing your fingers is basically all you can currently do.

    Hopefully they’ll find the space for BL lockers at various key bus stops, as well. If you only need your bike to get to the bus this will cut down on the need to use a bus rack even though you won’t need your bike for the remainder of the trip.

  • Mark

    Put em in the street!

  • Prinzrob

    My guess is that once the Bay Bridge East Span bike path touches down on Yerba Buena/Treasure Island the bike traffic is going to be pretty significant, especially on the weekends. A bike shuttle like the one Caltrans runs on weekdays, or like the one between Alameda and Downtown Oakland, would make sense between the island and SF. At least until the Treasure Island ferry landing is built.

  • Gezellig

    Great point!

    Images of full bike shuttle after full bike shuttle (and also buses full of foot-goers) would probably also lend “optics” to the need for the real solution–a bike/ped facility to SF.

  • Gezellig

    True–at transit stops that’d be a nice variation on the bike corral. Bike locker corral!