Today’s Headlines

  • Mayor Lee Plans to Veto the “Bike Yield Law” He Doesn’t Understand (SFGate)
  • SFPD on Sanford’s Rolling Stop: “We’re Not Looking for Cyclists” Who Slowly Roll Stop Signs (CBS)
  • SFPD IDs Vehicle Model in Hit-and-Run That Severely Injured Man on San Jose Avenue (ABC)
  • More on the Mission “Home Zone” (M. Local), Push for Pagoda Theatre Site Purchase (KQED, SFBay)
  • Critical Mass Once Again Its Peaceful, Liberating Self After Man’s Attack on Driver (SFGate)
  • Flywheel Sues State Over Ride-Hail Regulation (Examiner); Taxi Medallions Worthless (KQED)
  • Advocates Call on Gov Brown to Sign Law Banning Bike/Ped Tolls on State Bridges (Examiner, Marin IJ)
  • Bay Bridge Contractor’s Penalties for Shoddy Work Far Outweighed By Bonuses (SF Chronicle)
  • Matier & Ross: BART Being Investigated for Missing Tickets; Free BART Passes for APTA Attendees
  • Housing Construction Starts on S. Hayward BART Parking Lots With Help From 49er Joe Montana (Biz)
  • Caltrain Hits Unoccupied Car in Burlingame, Stranding Riders for Hours Without A/C (SFGate)
  • Volkswagen’s Emission-Cheating Devices May Have Come From a Lab in Belmont, Lawsuit Says (NBC)

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  • voltairesmistress

    The proposed Bike-Yield law and Mayor Lee’s promised veto remind one of the fear-mongering that dogged marriage equality efforts for years. The world was going to change in very bad ways, marriage was going to be degraded by extending it to non-heterosexuals, children were going to suffer, etc, etc. Then states one by one started legalizing same sex marriage, and their societies functioned much the same as before, except with greater justice, equality, and stability for everyone, including children of all married couples. Similarly, Lee and other ignorant alarmists preach how chaos and injury will follow in the wake of Bike-Yield. However, allowing bicyclists to approach intersections rationally, yielding to those with rights of way, but no longer having to fear police stings and arbitrary enforcement, will improve how people behave on the road. Our drivers and bicyclists and pedestrians will come to have similar expectations of one another’s conduct on the road and particularly at intersections. It will lead to greater understanding and civility on the part of all.

  • murphstahoe

    I really hope Wiener tries and can whip a vote (it should be Avalos but…) from one of Yee/Tang/Farrell/Cohen so Julie Christensen has the abiity to go/no-go a veto override. And that Peskin is directly questioned as to how he’d vote on such an override.

  • Darksoul SF

    Like stated before,
    “Stop signs are pretty simple. They say ‘stop,“They don’t say ‘yield,’ they don’t say ‘slow down.’” Chief Greg Suhr.’

    If the law would of passed… I am not sure how people stop when someone suddenly appear..(They just roll stop signs)…

    Like many others, Nothing against Bike people.

  • Andy Chow

    I think that for any doubters, if they get on the bike and start riding, they will soon figure out that slowing down at stop signs rather than a full stop is more natural. So I fully support some type of reform of either allowing rolling stops for bikes, or allow rolling stops for bikes with special signage.

    I think the issue is whether other road users and pedestrians in particular trust that cyclists will properly exercise that additional right. A lot of the complaints that I heard about cyclists are from the elderly and disabled folks. These types of complaints allow some politicians to oppose conversations about some type of reform because of “safety” reasons.

  • Andy Chow

    There have been recently more incidents where cars made a wrong turn and got onto Caltrain tracks. I think that over-reliance on GPS is a problem. The driver may have been told by the GPS to turn right (but actually the street after the grade crossing) but turn onto the tracks since the grade crossings and the street crossings are so close and are so damn similar, given if you’re not familiar with the area.

    To cut down on these intrusions, I think the grade crossings need to have better markings not to be confused with a regular street intersections. SF’s strategy of using paint to designate zones for vehicles can be deployed. In case of Caltrain, lanes can be narrowed down and zones that cars shouldn’t be on have hash marks in place. Also, bumps have been installed at some crossings but more is needed at other crossings.

    In the longer run each grade crossing should have video cameras and senors to detect vehicle intrusion. If senor is activated the central control would be notified. Video cameras would help confirm the findings and trains can be ordered to slow down.

    Caltrain has a policy of changing out the engineer whenever a collision has occurred. If physically capable, I think some exceptions should be made to allow the same engineer with supervision to operate trains until the next passenger stop. So that passengers would be able to exit the train and seek alternative transportation. Unless the situation requires an immediate evacuation. It is not a good idea for passengers to exit the train outside the station because of steep drop from the steps onto the ground, and that the ground is unstable. It is a slow process of helping riders get off the train one by one. I have been there and has a video of me transferring from one train to another outside the station. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OBUPhY85bE

  • p_chazz

    Agreed. However, in addition to that, Caltrain needs to identify the more accident-prone grade crossings and build grade separations.

  • Kyle Huey

    Tinfoil hat time: what if Lee is setting this all up so Christensen can vote against him on something big and public to show that she’s independent from the mayor?

  • Andy Chow

    Caltrain knows where they are and some have studies being conducted to grade separate. But it is a costly proposition. It is not a Caltrain only responsibility but a shared responsibility between local communities, regional transportation funding agencies, and Caltrain. Meanwhile there are many other grade crossings that aren’t in the funding queue need to be improved.

  • Chris J.

    I think that for any doubters, if they get on the bike and start riding, they will soon figure out that slowing down at stop signs rather than a full stop is more natural.

    So true. And speaking of elderly people, oftentimes when I see your “atypical,” elderly commuter bicyclist, they’ll be rolling through stop signs like everybody else. The behavior isn’t limited to the bike-messenger type, etc.