Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA’s First “Home Zone” Safety Project Successfully Slows Drivers in the Mission (SFMTAAppeal)
  • Driver Gets Stuck on Duboce and Church Muni Boarding Island After Trying to Enter Bike Lane (Hoodline)
  • Driver Hits Fire Hydrant at Divisadero and Fell While Pulling Out of Gas Station (Hoodline)
  • Top of Driver’s Big Rig Hits Tree on Mission at Fourth Street, Closing Block to Vehicles (SFGate)
  • Muni Forward Service Increase Begins Tomorrow During Muni Heritage Weekend (SF Examiner)
  • SFMTA Circulates Petition for Bernal Heights Residential Parking Permit Zone (Bernalwood)
  • Bay Area Transit Agencies to Pay for Stolen Clipper Cards Rides Taken on Same Day (ABC)
  • Marin Assemblyman Marc Levine Introduces Legislation to Replace MTC and BATA (Mercury News)
  • Caltrans Penalizes Eastern Bay Bridge Span Contractor for Shoddy Work (KQED, SFGate)
  • Elderly Livermore Driver Who Crashed Into Gym, Killed Woman, Nearly Did Same Thing Last Year (ABC)
  • 14-Year-Old San Jose Student on Life Support After Driver Hits Him Near Campus (CBS)
  • Emergency Response Vehicles Delayed By Dumbarton Bridge Traffic (ABC)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Darksoul SF

    The Big Rig did not hit the tree.. The Tree hit the big Rig. (Why is that tree still there..anyways..it was leading toward roadway)

  • jonobate

    No, the big rig hit the tree, which then fell over.

    “The top of a semi-truck struck a tree on Mission and 4th streets Friday morning, toppling it onto overhead Muni wires and shutting down traffic in the downtown San Francisco area, officials said.”

  • Darksoul SF

    Why was that tree leading to the road way in the first place and was it not removed to ensure safety.

  • jonobate

    I don’t know why the tree was leaning towards the road. Doesn’t change the fact that the truck hit the tree, not the other way round.

  • murphstahoe
  • Darksoul SF

    Yea.but that tree should of been removed as it was leaning toward roadway…They should just remove all trees that maybe hazard…or they going just create more delays…possibly injuries.

  • CamBam415
  • CamBam415

    Re: the replacement of the MTC for elected officials, is there data/information on what works best? Are transit planning regional boards typically elected or appointed?

    I can see good & bad with each. Maybe a mixed board is best? Elected officials tend to kowtow to voters, which can either be democracy in action or it can be lead to watered down projects as politicos cave to demand. I am sure with more polticos we’d end up with projects like Polk St that have a bold vision and then are watered down to nothing. But then again, unaccountable/opaque boards can be dangerous too… I don’t know what structure is best, but we need strong, dedicated leaders. And lots of Federal & State funding.

  • CamBam415

    Ugh, tacks in the road. Such a d–k move. Someone did that on Cazadero Highway in the early morning before Levi’s Gran Fondo started back in 2012. My buddy got a flat tack and won’t ride the LGF anymore, such as shame. A ride ambassador helped him change the flat very quickly and said he’d already changed a bunch of tires on the stretch due to the tacks.

  • CamBam415

    Oh and who caught this little gem from the ABC7 article above, “Emergency Response Vehicles Delayed By Dumbarton Bridge Traffic”?

    “Fire officials hope that building public awareness about the obstacle courses emergency vehicles have to navigate will make communities think twice about adding things like tree-lined medians and bike lanes.”

    Yes, because traffic would be so much better if everyone stopped biking and became solo drivers. Idiots. Note sure if the FDs actually said that or if the ABC7 writer just inferred that.

  • Jim

    With that logic, no one should ever drive because statistically no human being is capable of operating their vehicle in an absolute safe manner and is a hazard to everyone else.

  • jonobate

    Maybe it should have been removed, but that’s not the point. You said “the tree hit the big rig”, which is factually incorrect.

  • Darksoul SF

    Tree was too hazard resulting the driver hitting tree.

  • caryl

    I wonder if we could get more support for bike lanes if they were also framed as “public safety lanes”. In the event of an emergency, bicyclists can easily get out of the way (unlike cars stuck in traffic), thereby leaving space for emergency vehicles. This would work especially well with paint-buffered lanes, such as those on Folsom and 8th, because they are wide enough for most vehicles. Police and fire departments should be advocating for such lanes as a way of ensuring them access through the city during periods of peak congestion.

  • Alicia

    I hope you’re not an actual bus driver…