Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Proposes Car-Free Powell Street for Cable Car and Ped Safety (SF Exam)
  • San Jose’s Viva Calle Opens Six Miles of Streets to People (Merc)
  • Berkeley Police Release Racial Profiling Data on Pedestrian Stops (KQED)
  • Muni Bus Driver Kills 48-Year-Old Bicyclist on Market Street (SF ExamSF Gate, Hoodline)
  • Bus Driver Kills 77-Year-Old Woman in Fremont (SF Gate, Kron4)
  • Caltrain Kills Woman Walking on Tracks in Santa Clara (Merc, SF GateCBS)
  • Union Pacific Freight Train Kills Bicyclist in Richmond (Kron4, ABC, CBS)
  • Felony Reduced to Misdemeanor for Driver Who Killed Bo Hu in Dublin in 2011 (Inside BA)
  • Police Seek Hit-And-Run Driver Who Struck Pedestrian in Daly City (Kron4)
  • Pedestrian Activated HAWK Signal Installed on Snell Avenue in San Jose (Merc)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • mx

    Some awful quotes from local officials in response to the Market St. death. Paul Rose, SFMTA spokesmen gives us “It does not appear the bicyclist was traveling in a bike lane” (there are no bike lanes at Sutter, although there are sharrows on the rightmost lane). Or, from the KTVU article, “Bicyclists are supposed to travel in the bike lane” from SFPD Officer Grace Gatpandan.

    At this stage, we certainly have no idea why the cyclist was riding to the left, but there are certainly plenty of legal and plausible reasons, like trying to pass a stopped bus or car. Also any bets on whether the investigation will consider as a causal factor SFMTA’s atrocious design for Market St. through the Financial District, which seems designed to put cars, buses, bikes, and pedestrians into conflict at seemingly every point? Thoughts of improving the situation are laughed off because the whole street will be redone some day, and only then can we have a Better Market St. apparently. In the meantime, people will continue to get hurt and die.

    (A reluctant hat tip for these quotes to local crazyman reporter SF Citizen, which I must stop hate reading).

  • Gezellig

    Golden Gate Transit introduces updated Marin East Bay route:

    http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20151011/golden-gate-transit-modifies-service-across-richmond-san-rafael-bridge

    Analogous to the GGT 101 line, the current 40/42 lines are being rebranded as the 580 line, though it’s unclear from the article whether it’ll address the following concerns:

    https://thegreatermarin.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/improve-the-east-bay-connection/

    While GGT’s SF Marin connections can actually be quite good (the 101 goes from San Rafael to SF in less than 30 minutes and leaves fairly frequently all day every day), the same is currently not true for the East Bay Marin connection.

    A good personal account of the problem I found on a blog here:

    http://estecantor.blogspot.com/2007/07/commuting-to-promised-land.html

  • Darksoul SF

    Paul Rose Quotes are valid. I do not know where did you get the “No Bike lane on sutter at”.

    The Bike Lane should be used to ensure your safety. SF put high efforts on making bike lanes on Market Street. Should not be riding between traffic.

  • mx
  • Darksoul SF

    You said “there are no bike lanes at Sutter” when the accident was on Market St

  • Prinzrob

    I think he meant “no bike lanes ON Market Street AT Sutter”.

  • murphstahoe

    I was going to use the 42 to get home from the Raiders game yesterday but the schedule – meh.

  • CamBam415

    Darksoul – I think you mis-read what mx wrote. He said (and you requoted) “at Sutter” as in there are no bike lanes on Market AT Sutter. Somehow you interpreted it as if mx wrote there are no bike lanes ON Sutter. Pay attention to the preposition (at vs on); I had no issues understanding what mx wrote. Clearly the accident happened on Market St. so when we say “at” it implies the cross street. And mx is correct, there are no bike lanes, just sharrows on Market at Sutter.

  • plasm980

    What can we do to get the city to install dedicated bike lanes ALL along Market St? The lanes where bikes mix with buses and there’s no way to pass on the right (thus encouraging passing on the left in the trolley lane) are very dangerous.

  • Gezellig
  • Darksoul SF

    I did pay attention..Like i said “No There are no bike lanes at Sutter” Well you said it was correct. “No Bike Lanes Market Street at Sutter”

    There is Shared Bike Lane between those area. The biker choose not to use it and ended up going between traffic.

  • mx

    I’m sorry if I was unclear. I thought we all understood that the accident took place on Market St., so I thought I was clearly identifying a cross-street.

    There are sharrows on Market in the area. Some vehicular cycling advocates (who I generally consider crazy in this regard, though increasingly less so given how these discussions tend to play out) have long been opposed to sharrows for fear that they will cause people to think cyclists are only allowed to ride where they are present.

    The CVC does require cyclists to ride as far to the right as practicable, with various important exceptions. Certainly, I hope the investigation will explore why this cyclist changed lanes, but there are a number of decent reasons why he might have chosen to do so. Whether it’s safe or necessary to do so is something everyone is going to have to judge on a case-by-case basis, but it’s not illegal or inherently wrong.

  • CamBam415

    Um, no DarkSoul. A bike lane is separated from traffic. That stretch on Market St has a Shared Lane (commonly called Sharrows). A shared lane and a bike lane a different and the people (aka Paul Rose) leading our transit agencies should know better.

    The net result is that casual observers, like yourself, start confusing the two and thinking a shared lake is a bike lane. The good news is that now you know there is a difference.

    As for your callous comment about the biker choosing not to use it, that is just ignorant and biased. The mere presence of a Sharrow Lane doesn’t mean that cyclists are forced to ride in it. The cyclist left the lane for reasons that are unknown (and may never be known). Thus, we don’t know if the cyclist left the lane and made a poor choice or if he was forced out of the lane for any number of reasons (stalled car/bus? delivery vehicle blocking the lane? etc). All that is for certain at this point, is there was a bike lane here, this man would still be alive.

  • CamBam415

    DarkSoul is just trolling. He knows better. I should’ve just ignored his worthless comments as I usually do.

  • CamBam415

    I thought MUNI buses were required to have the S1 guards to prevent people from getting caught under the wheel of the bus? From the pics on the SF Gate & Hoodline article, I didn’t see any guards (they might be there, just hard to tell). I recall an elderly Asian man was run over while riding his bike near the central freeway a few years back and there was a big deal made of the missing S1 guard on that bus. Any one know what happened here? Did the bus on Market St have an S1 gaurd?

  • Gezellig

    The CVC does require cyclists to ride as far to the right as practicable, with various important exceptions.

    Yep. Not the least of which is that it doesn’t apply if you’re traveling at the same speed as motorized vehicles (which is the case on Market St, whose speed limit is generally 10mph).

    21202. (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed
    less than the normal speed of traffic
    moving in the same direction
    at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand
    curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following
    situations:
    (1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle
    proceeding in the same direction.
    (2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a
    private road or driveway.
    (3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but
    not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles,
    pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes)
    that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge,
    subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this
    section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for
    a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the
    lane.
    (4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.
    (b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway,
    which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or
    more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or
    edge of that roadway as practicable.

    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=21001-22000&file=21200-21212

  • plasm980

    Thanks! Can’t happen soon enough.

  • Chris J.

    I took a family member from out of town on a bike ride down Market St to the Ferry Building on Saturday. I was hoping it would be a pleasant experience for them, but it was anything but.

    Cars and trucks were constantly stopped / parked in the right lane with the sharrows. At one point, an armored car was parked in the right lane. We had to bike around it in the red lane with the grates, and she fell and bent a wheel in the street car groove. We had to carry the bike home. If anything, something has to be done about those grates. They’re very dangerous for newcomers.

  • Osowoofy

    Just curious, would you think to change your flammatory headline to “Cyclist makes regrettable and unsafe decision to pass bus, gets tire caught in rail groove, and falls in front of Muni bus driver (who has no time to avoid him)?” Or does “Muni bus driver kills cyclist, etc….” fit more with your ideology?
    *magnitude 10.0 eyeroll*

  • Paul Green

    It’s an absolutely scandalous headline. What did Muni do to create this type of hatred?

  • p_chazz

    And if these plans go anything like the Van Ness BRT then we should see this in…2027?