Today’s Headlines

  • Sanford Ends Bike Crackdown After Hours-Long Meeting at Park Station (Examiner, KTVU, NBC)
  • This is Still Happening: Man on Bike Injured By Driver at Market and Octavia (Hoodline, CBS)
  • SFPD to Crack Down on Drivers Passing Cable Cars to Protect Operators (KTVU, Exam, SFGate)
  • More on the Arrival of Lower Market Street’s Turn Bans for Private Autos (SFGate, KTVUSF Examiner)
  • Rec and Park Proposes Panhandle Upgrades, But Protected Bike Lanes Needed on Fell and Oak (SFBC)
  • Sheriff Mirkarimi Had Drivers License Suspended for Failing to Report Car Crash (SFGate, ABC, Exam)
  • Peskin Got Campaign Funds From Warriors Arena Foe, Warns of Transpo Impacts (SFGate – Scroll)
  • SFMTA Keeps Replacing Median Sign Run Over By Drivers on Great Highway at Balboa (Richmond)
  • After Car Crash on Bay Bridge, Woman Exits Car and Plunges Into Water (ABCSFGate)
  • BART Removes Carpet From the Last of Its Trains (Muni Diaries)
  • Menlo Park Public Works Director on El Camino Real Vision: Adding Traffic Lanes Won’t Help (Almanac)
  • Paris Lets Cyclists Jump Red Lights (BBC)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jimbo

    despite all the demonizing and racism displayed on this site, Sanford seems like a decent guy willing to listen and talk.

  • mx

    “Rec and Park Proposes Panhandle Upgrades, But Protected Bike Lanes Needed on Fell and Oak”

    Why? Can’t the Panhandle accommodate a dedicated bike path and a separate path for walking/jogging? Isn’t a dedicated bike path (with proper well-maintained paving) with dedicated bike signals even better than a protected bike lane? Separate bike paths aren’t practical in many areas, but should be feasible in the park and panhandle.

  • Nicasio Nakamine

    I was impressed by Captain Sanford’s willingness to both listen and respond at the meeting last night. I may not have loved all his answers, but they came across as reasonable – not someone out with a grudge.

    Less great: the data showing targeted enforcement of drivers and cyclists showed the Wiggle crackdown yielded a number tickets an order of magnitude greater than their auto-focused crackdown. Even Captain Sanford acknowledged that there is no shortage of bad drivers to cite – why the disparity?

  • Nicasio Nakamine

    I would be fine with a bike path, but it robs the park of a nice place to stroll.

    There is a unique situation on Fell/Oak in that they have four lanes only by the Panhandle. Given the importance of this connection between the Westside and Downtown, It makes sense to use these extra lanes as protected bike paths, extending the existing bike lanes on Fell/Oak out to the main body of GGP.

  • murphstahoe

    Why? Because it’s ridiculous to put more asphalt into the center of a park when we have hundreds of square feet of underutilized pavement right next to the park.

    Maybe the SFMTA should start with “OK, we’re going to get the cyclists away from the peds, for ped safety. Either we can put in 12 feet of pavement all the way through the panhandle, or put in a protected lane on Fell/Oak. Your choice.” This puts the onus on the NIMBYs to pick one of these options, or to choose to endanger pedestrians.

    It would probably even be cheaper to repurpose Fell/Oak lanes than to engineer new pavement in the park. It would probably even be possible to solely remove one lane on Fell and put in a bi-directional path in one former lane of Fell – the Fell lane would lead directly into it, and most eastbound cyclists are coming out of the park and it would be just as easy to go onto “wrong-way” fell and then turn right on baker – given that’s effectively what they do right now on the path.

  • Jimbo

    why not move bike on page? oak and fell are major arteries and we still need to move the other 97% around who are not on bikes? a bike lane would take much more than 3% of the road width.

  • Nicasio Nakamine

    Oak/Fell are still major arteries with 3 lanes for all of the rest of the street. Utilizing the 4th lane for something that is sorely needed (dedicated bike lanes) has the upside of not slowing down Fell/Oak which have plenty of capacity beside the Panhandle.

  • murphstahoe

    ignore this troll

  • Nicasio Nakamine

    I hit “post” before I saw the username!

  • jd_x

    Yeah, gotta agree. I think this is just your classic case of ignorance. Sanford, like most motorists, isn’t a bad person, just so unable to imagine anything but a car-centric culture that it is *very* hard to get him to step out of the movie he is in and watch it from the outside. He doesn’t understand bicyclists because he (nor any other cops) have done it, and our road culture is still so car-centric that it doesn’t force people to think about anything but from the perspective of the motorist. I think, however, that last night’s meeting as the cornerstone of a couple weeks of relentless hammering by those who bicycle might have helped him step back a bit and see how ridiculous this crackdown is and how biased he’s been acting. Let’s hope he’s more rational moving forward and he can truly make his community safer rather than feeding some biased perspective that actual makes his community less safe by discouraging one of the safest, healthiest, and most pleasant forms of transit.

  • NoeValleyJim

    Reported.

  • NoeValleyJim

    Sanford offered to get on a bike and ride around, if someone would ride with him. Do you know if anyone took him up on that offer?

  • Jimbo

    what is your definition of a troll? someone who disagrees with your viewpoint?

  • jd_x

    Seems like the SFBC would be a good candidate ….

  • Donovan Lacy

    I was impressed by Captain Sanford’s willingness to listen to everyone’s concerns as well. I definitely think that he was a little surprised by the number of attendees at last nights meeting, given that it spilled out into the parking lot.

    I really liked the suggestion from one woman in the audience for him to borrow her extra peugeot and ride in plain clothes some weekend to get a feel for riding as just a normal cyclist as opposed to a police cyclist.

    It will be very interesting to see if his perspective changes after he gets out on his new bicycle a few times. It is definitely a good start, but I am still troubled that the Park Station is still only in the mid-20% range for the focus on the five and Captain Sanford’s goal is only in the high-30%.

    I thought that the stated goal was to issue at least 50 percent of traffic citations for the five most common violations that cause pedestrian injuries.

  • Donovan Lacy

    There were lots of takers in the crowd. He was meeting with the SFBC today. Hopefully they offered to ride with him. I would definitely be up for joining that ride.

  • NoeValleyJim

    One who repeatedly states deliberately false and inflammatory statements, even after being corrected.

  • Adam Long ’13

    Isn’t there already a pedestrian-only path on the south side of the park and a mixed-use path on the north side? Why can’t the mixed-use path simply become a bike-only path?

  • Jimbo

    inflammatory because i have a differnet opinion? I dont remember being rude.

  • Mario Tanev

    Bikes have greater than 3% mode share yet do not get even 3% of all street space in San Francisco. Fell St is just part of the network, so it doesn’t mean that every st in the network should be equally fair. If it were equally fare, Fell St AND EVERY OTHER STREET would consist of at least one bus lane, whether it’s used or not. Further, bicyclists are a small percentage of Fell users because it’s currently a very dangerous street. Put a protected bike lane and see bicyclists increase.

  • Mario Tanev

    Troll alert (claims of racism without substantiation).

  • murphstahoe

    This is as bad a solution as saying put the cyclists on Page. Pedestrians should have full run of the park.

  • @Jimbo – Well, here you’re inflammatory by instantly misrepresenting what was written in the comment you are putatively commenting to, which is trolling. Earlier, you were inflammatory by making false claims of racism on this site.

  • @Nicasio Nakamine – If we return both Fell and Oak to their original two-way configurations, they could handle a road diet, and there’d be room for these lanes. Win/Win/Win

  • NoeValleyJim

    The mode share of cyclists is not an opinion.

  • Nicasio Nakamine

    I’m not against it, but compared to park-side protected bike lanes, returning Oak & Fell to two-way streets would be extremely difficult, politically speaking.

  • Donovan Lacy

    Captain Sanford did not have all of the statistics on citations for the Park Station at the meeting. He mentioned an individual within the city government that would be able to provide the data. Did anyone get the contact information for that individual or better yet, has anyone gotten the actual data?

  • Nicasio Nakamine

    I don’t know if anyone has reached out for the data, but the person he was referring to was Commander Ann Mannix.

  • Donovan Lacy

    Thanks. Anyone have an email address for Captain Ann Mannix? A google search came up empty.