Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA on Track With 24 Vision Zero Projects in 24 Months (Except for King Street Bike Lanes) (Chron)
  • More on SFPD Park Station’s on Bike Crackdown (People Behaving Badly, Examiner 1, 2, KQEDNBC)
  • Attorney Chris Dolan: CA’s Three-Foot Bike Passing Law is About Education and Respect (SF Examiner)
  • Market Street Driver Makes Illegal Left Turn From Right Lane Into Streetcar’s Path (SFist)
  • Safety for Cable Car Operators a Campaign Issue for Peskin, Christensen in D3 Supe Race (Examiner)
  • Civil Grand Jury: SFFD Emergency Response Times Still Slowed By Management Issues (SFBay)
  • Mission Mission Author and Reader Say Google Buses “Have Complete Reign of the Streets”
  • Former SF City Planner Evan Rose Dies, Leaving Legacy of More People-Friendly Streets (SFGate)
  • AC Transit Plans Expansion of Bus Service Thanks to Alameda County’s Tax Measure BB (IBA)
  • Oakland’s Plans for Transit Village at Coliseum BART Falter With Nonprofit’s Management Issues (Chron)
  • Palo Alto Officials Consider Cameras Along Caltrain Tracks to Prevent Suicides (CBS)
  • Eric Palmquist, 63, of Palo Alto Dies of Injuries After Being Hit on Bike By Driver in Mountain View (PAO)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • mx

    “Market Street Driver Makes Illegal Left Turn From Right Lane Into Streetcar’s Path”

    This happens all the damn time. Not usually into a streetcar, fortunately, but illegal left turns on Market. The signage is terrible (hard to see because it’s in usual positions, frequently says “no turns” which drivers aren’t expecting), taxi drivers frequently don’t care, and the legal alternatives can take huge amounts of time due to freeway gridlock in SOMA.

  • Common sense from Sherrie Matza. Bikes are exactly the same as motorized vehicles and should be subject to the exact same traffic laws (but not any additional bike infrastructure)

  • Wait Bob, I thought you hated bicycles. If they’re the same as motorized vehicles, shouldn’t you like bicycles as much as the almighty automobile?

  • jd_x

    If only SFPD wasn’t out wasting their time ticketing bicyclists, one of the lowest threats to safety in the city, instead of automobile traffic on Market St (and SOMA in general) engaging in all kinds of behavior that was *actually* killing and maiming people.

  • Applying the James T Kirk Method of Home Computer Repair on poor Bob G?

  • mx

    They actually have been ticketing drivers fairly aggressively right around 10th and Market where this accident took place. From what I’ve seen, when SFPD is out there, there’s often a line of 6+ cars waiting to receive tickets for proceeding straight eastbound on Market instead of making the right onto 10th.

    I do think a lot of drivers on Market are simply confused by all the signs, restrictions, and non-standard designs. You could have 100 SFPD officers out there giving tickets every day and behavior wouldn’t improve that much. To me, that indicates a broader problem with the design rather than just an enforcement problem.

    Not making illegal left turns from the right lane into a very loud and obvious streetcar should be reasonably obvious however.

  • On the topic of Vision Zero, work on the Upper Market safety improvements is getting underway. City crews are scraping off the old marking as putting down guides for the new striping.

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  • Caleb

    This isn’t as a result of signage design or roadway design. The design does not get any clearer. This is user error.

    An aside: if drivers paid even a tenth as much attention to the signs and markings of the roadway as they do the various illuminated screens inside their vehicle, it would be a safer world for us all.

  • p_chazz

    Yep. Lots of drivers making illegal left hand turns from EB Market Street to NB Front Street. When they almost run me over, I point to the no left turn sign and mouth the words “no left turn.”

  • jd_x

    Gotta agree with @Caleb. It’s really not that hard. I mean seriously, just look at this:
    https://goo.gl/maps/8pPjI

    It’s pretty obvious you can’t drive in the ridiculously bright-colored red and green lanes, and there are arrows all over the road point right and signs that say right turn only except cabs and bicyclists.

    I think the problem is that motorists have come to expect that, unless there are flashing lights and/or sirens, they don’t need to pay attention. As a motorist, there is no reason you can’t see all the signs on Market. And if a motorist can’t deal, then slow way down or just don’t drive at all.

  • voltairesmistress

    Reading the Examiner article about the D3 race and its candidates making sympathetic sounds about the dangers for cable car operators, the removal of bus stops, etc . . . I am reminded how difficult candidates find it to be brave. Nobody wants to say that if we want true mobility, we have to either build subways or structure our surface transit to operate more like subways would. That means spacing stops 4 blocks apart mostly, creating separated dedicated transit lanes, and changing the lights so that buses and trams rarely stop except for at their dedicated loading zones, and running a few lines with such frequency that one typically waits 2-4 minutes inbetween conveyances. Instead the candidates keep trying to chase every vote, please every constituent or interested party who wants change but only as long as it means not having to change little bit themselves, like walking one more block sometimes or having to buy cards or individual fares before boarding. Or the big one: eliminating parking spots to create dedicated transit lanes, protected bike lanes, or a good pedestrian experience. Afraid we are still kind of a Zero Vision city.

  • hp2ena

    That article read like a stream of consciousness. I thought the focus was supposed to be on candidates’ POV about cable car conductor safety? What does stop consolidation have anything to do with cable car conductor safety? There’s something I’m not thinking of…

    But instead of Peskin’s education campaign, I’d implement some design changes. ASAP. Like installing pedestrian islands on California and closing northbound Powell between Jackson and Washington to traffic, to name a few.

  • voltairesmistress

    Sorry if my comment seemed off topic and rambling. Hope this is better: In a nutshell: candidate talking points on transit are governed by the latest outrage, not the underlying key issues. To wit: cable car dangers are not a key issue; creating true mobility for all residents is. Wish candidates WERE talking subways and dedicated surface transit for example, not the latest headline.

  • NoeValleyJim

    Privately owned cars don’t belong on Market Street. I think that cabs are fine and maybe even Uber and Lyft, but Market Street is no place for amateur drivers.

  • NoeValleyJim

    Peskin is really a terrible human being, does Christensen have any chance at all against him? I would love to support her but don’t like wasting my time.

  • droolingsheep

    He seems to have a better ground game. I see his signs all over the place.