Today’s Headlines

  • N-Judah Morning Commuters Stuck With Buses Yesterday After Tunnel Work Runs Late (SFGate)
  • Cable Car Operators Call for Better Protection From Reckless Drivers From SFMTA, SFPD (SF Examiner)
  • SFPD Officer Discipline Cases Include Drunk Driving, Brandishing Gun in Road Rage Incident (Examiner)
  • Italian Luxury Car Maker Wants to Put Showroom on Valencia Street (Mission Local)
  • 600-Unit Development Proposed at Market and Van Ness to “Make Best Use of Transit” (Business Times)
  • More on the SFMTA’s Approval of 19th Avenue Upgrades for Muni’s 28 Buses (Hoodline)
  • Leap Bus Listed on eBay for $18,000 (Modern Luxury, NBC)
  • Presidio Parkway Pleases Designer, Drivers (MIJ, SFGateABC), Despite Lane Striping Issues (KRON)
  • Small Fire Closes Two Lanes on Bay Bridge East Span (NBC, SFBay)
  • CA High-Speed Rail Authority Plans to Compete for Caltrain Riders on the Peninsula (Green Caltrain)
  • Caltrain to Test New “Positive Train Control” System at Night This Week (Almanac)
  • Menlo Park Plans September Workshop to Boost Transit on Dumbarton Corridor (Green Caltrain)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Prinzrob

    Bike East Bay’s free learn-to-ride-a-bike classes for adults made page 1 of the Wall Street Journal today: http://www.wsj.com/articles/its-just-like-riding-a-bike-means-nothing-to-these-adults-trying-to-learn-1436832513

    Also, more coverage of bike theft prevention efforts in Berkeley: http://www.dailycal.org/2015/07/13/bike-theft-45-percent-bait-bikes/

  • Andy Chow

    The laws against autos passing streetcars were on the books during times when most cities have street railways. Most of them are gone, and new light rail and streetcars have dedicated platforms which don’t have such issue. The only system that boards riders directly on traffic lanes in this state is Muni. So unless you’re very old or have lived in SF for a long time, most drivers dont get to encounter streetcars and cable cars and follow the law.

  • Jim

    Regardless, it’s still state law for drivers not to come to a complete stop behind a stopped rail vehicle that is alighting passengers at an unprotected rail stop or transit island. Even at a protected transit island, drivers are supposed to slow to 10 mph but no drivers ever obey that law either.

    It’s not a matter of being unfamiliar with the street design. Drivers should have read the driver manual to pass the written test to get a license. If they didn’t read it or at the least skim through it, that’s their fault. Even if you move to California from another state, you still need to pass the written test after having read the same manual. Considering there are multiple signs at every transit island and LRV/cable car boarding area, it’s pretty inexcusable not to be in the know.

  • Jim

    Correction: …it’s still state law for drivers to come to a complete stop*

  • Andy Chow

    If the answer to the problem is for drivers to read the manual, then there wouldn’t be any need to do all of the traffic control and street redesigns.

    CVC 21756 was in effect in 1959, at a time when street railways are disappearing. Even with many California cities have light rail, this law really applies only in San Francisco. Reasonable drivers from other cities may not necessarily know how to respond to street rail vehicle that boards riders onto the street. (By the same token, SF drivers may not know how to deal with carpool lanes in Southern California, which is different than those in the Bay Area.)

    To address the safety issue, I think the choices are: 1) Eliminate stops that require application of CVC 21756 by installing and/or widening boarding islands, or put bulbouts. Either way this means dealing with driveway and on street parking issue. 2) Alter vehicle to be more school bus like with swinging stop sign and flashing lights (difficult for cable cars that need the maintain traditional look.) 2) Adding fixed lights and/or signals at street stops.

    In intersections where there’s light rail in the median, even with left turn signals, it is found that flashing signs of approaching light rail help reduce the risk of rail/auto collisions due to left turning vehicle in front of oncoming LRV. On one hand, according to the law it is illegal to turn left on a red left arrow signal, but on the other hand, a lot of drivers are not familiar with light rail (either from people coming from other areas, or existing residents not familiar with new rail lines).