Today’s Headlines

  • 22-Day Muni Challenge: Minimal Participation From Mayor Lee (Examiner), Sup. Cohen (D10)
  • SFPD Finds Stolen Vehicle Used in Double Ped Hit-and-Run at Golden Gate and Leavenworth (Appeal)
  • SFBC: Police Must Investigate Bike/Ped Crashes, When Victims Are More Likely to Be Unconscious
  • Apple, Google, Genentech Want Back in as Defendants on Suit Against SFMTA Shuttle Program (Weekly)
  • Oakland Plans to Make Grand Avenue Safer With Road Diet; KTVU Looks for Angry Drivers
  • Oakland to Eliminate Need to Press “Beg Buttons” at Some Pedestrian Signals (GJEL)
  • Oakland Has 16 Parklets in the Works (East Bay Express)
  • KQED Forum Discusses Google’s “Bike Vision” for a Copenhagen-Esque Campus in Mountain View
  • Struggling to Cement Your Kids’ Childhood in Car-Dependency? There’s an App for That (Exam)
  • San Jose Considers Legalizing Uber and Lyft at SJ Mineta Airport (ABC)
  • San Mateo, Caltrans Want $71M and Some Homes, Businesses to Widen Highway 101 Interchange (DJ)
  • Marin County Transit Gets $10.4M Boost to Replace a Third of Its Bus Fleet (Marin IJ)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Chris J.

    “Beg button” is a great way to put it. Sometime in the past couple years, one or two of these were placed at every corner of Cesar Chavez and Guerrero. It’s worse than having to beg though. The button also shuts you down. When you press it, the button barks back at you: “Wait!” Press button … “Wait!” Press button … “Wait!” Geez, sorry for wanting to cross the street!

  • Sup. Cohen did log two rides:

    https://twitter.com/MaliaCohen/status/613032210925391872
    https://twitter.com/MaliaCohen/status/613194304828211201

    That was on the last day and not much to brag about, but I wouldn’t say “Sup. Cohen Didn’t Ride at All”. Also, that “D10” link goes to the same Examiner story.

  • Prinzrob

    Sadly, Oakland’s great pedestrian signal policy won’t be applied on transit corridors like Broadway, College, and Grand, which are exactly some of the areas that have the highest pedestrian activity and therefore highest need for convenient accommodation.

    AC Transit’s Line 51 project has already run roughshod through Oakland and Berkeley, implementing long wait times and beg buttons at locations where crossings used to be somewhat convenient, and in areas where there is already high pedestrian traffic. The Line 51 project was initially supposed to implement wireless transit signal prioritization similar to systems Muni already uses. But instead they chose to just change the signal timing and increase wait times on cross streets, meaning that pedestrians and bicyclists now have to always stop and wait at arterial crossings even when no busses are around. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • 94110

    In addition to the D10 link going to the wrong article (already mentioned), the DJ link is bad.

  • shamelessly

    San Francisco’s buttons can be a bit confusing for sighted people because a lot of them seem to serve only as triggers for audio cues. I don’t have experience with CC and Guerrero, but pressing the buttons at Church and Market triggers that “Wait!” warning, followed by the machine-gun sound when the Walk signal is active. However, if I don’t press the button, the Walk signal happens anyway. In my experience, if a button in SF is an actual beg button, it’s metal with a red light in the middle and makes a short beep sound when you touch it.

  • SFnative74

    What some may not realize is that in order to have good transit signal prioritization, you need to have pedestrians push buttons to call for walk signals. Otherwise, a signal design that has a pedestrian signal come up everytime provides very little flexibility for shifting time to transit to make it run with less delay.

  • Prinzrob

    Sure, but AC Transit is just adding the beg buttons and extending the wait time, but not implementing signal priority for buses. This means most of the time pedestrians are delayed with no benefit to transit operations, only to solo drivers on the arterials. The reduced level of service for pedestrians and bicyclists on cross streets ends up training people to ignore the signals.

    Even without beg buttons transit signal priority could still extend green time to enable a bus to get through an intersection, resulting in increased efficiency. To change a light from red to green sooner would require enough time to complete the pedestrian countdown, but this could still be done without beg buttons, especially where cross streets are narrower and a long countdown phase is not required. This approach seems to make more sense in areas that have higher pedestrian volumes, as during the day most phases are going to be actuated for pedestrians to cross anyway.

  • She didn’t accept the challenge when it was issued. Feeling pressured into getting her picture out of last place at the last minute counts as much as fictional character accounts posting on the hashtag.

  • Chris J.

    This doesn’t seem true to me. Why can’t there be an automatic pedestrian signal, but that gets “suspended” any time a transit vehicle travels through the intersection.