Today’s Headlines

  • Mayor Calls for Inspections of All Tour Buses (Weekly), Crashed Bus Had Known Safety Issues (CBS)
  • Environmental Impacts of Unregulated Polluting Uber and Lyft Vehicles Unknown (Exam)
  • Uber Creates Safety Advisory Board (Business, NBC)
  • Old Bay Bridge Foundation Imploded Underwater (Merc, Kron4)
  • Oakland Tower Developer Proposes Eliminating One Floor of Car Parking Spaces (Socket)
  • Boy Killed in Skyline Boulevard Crosswalk by SUV Driver Was Joshua Delacruz Salas (Daily)
  • Family of Woman Killed by Caltrain in February Sues Both Menlo Park and Caltrain (Almanac)
  • Three Women Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash on Highway 87 Near Downtown San Jose (Merc)
  • Stanley Roberts’ Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain (Kron4)

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  • lunartree

    > Environmental Impacts of Unregulated Polluting Uber and Lyft Vehicles Unknown

    They’re not unknown. They’ve gone through the same strict inspection any licensed vehicle in California has gone through.

  • p_chazz

    Gay activist killed in hit-and-run at Monterey Blvd. and 280 . As I said in the Hoodline comment, this is a very dangerous area for pedestrians that is dominated by a tangle of ramps connecting Monterey Blvd., 280 and San Jose Avenue. I hope that this intersection will be upgraded with much needed pedestrian improvements.

    http://www.hoodline.com/2015/11/friends-share-memories-of-dennis-nix-killed-in-hit-and-run

  • Looking for advice–is there a reasonably safe place to park one’s bike near the Hall of Justice on Bryant Street while attending jury duty?

  • Gezellig

    If you don’t mind walking several long blocks, I’d definitely do this!

    https://www.sfbike.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Caltrain.jpg

    The Caltrain Bike Station operates all day (6:30a-8p) so you’d be more than fine for jury duty service. Their valet-style supervised parking is free and it doesn’t matter if you’re not actually taking Caltrain. I’ve parked numerous times in the area when I’ve been there for other reasons and they’re totally fine with that. (In fact, one time the guy was like, “oh are you here for the game?” so it’s clear they’re used to it).

    http://www.caltrain.com/projectsplans/Projects/Caltrain_Capital_Program/San_Francisco_Bike_Parking_Facility.html

    Your other alternative is using the awesome BikeLink lockers inside the 5th/Mission parking structure:

    http://media1.fdncms.com/sfexaminer/imager/sfmta-is-poised-to-receive-a-grant-to-inst/u/original/2925580/bikelink040215_001.jpg

    If you don’t already have a BikeLink card that’s actually one of the few physical places you can actually buy one, too. Make sure to have $20 in cash and find the parking office within the structure to buy it from one of the employees.

    Either option would be a several-blocks walk but the peace of mind would be worth it for me.

  • murphstahoe

    If only there was a BABS station at the Hall of Justice – but if you have a fob you can at least cut the walk from Caltrain in half by riding to 7th/townsend.

  • Gezellig

    Yeah, that could work, too. Only problem (besides the cost to non-members) is that BABS stations are currently nowhere close to most SF neighborhoods:

    http://castrobiscuit.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/corral-map.jpg

  • murphstahoe

    I dump my bike off at Caltrain station, then use BABS to get around SoMa/FiDi

  • JB

    There is also a bike link space at Civic Center BART now.

  • Gezellig

    Oh yeah that’s an option, too. I haven’t used that one because unlike 5th/Mission it’s secure group parking as opposed to individual lockers so it requires a photo. Haven’t gotten around to doing that yet.

    Anyway, looked it up and both BikeLink at Civic Center and 5th/Mission are about 0.8 mi from Hall of Justice on Bryant.

    Caltrain’s Bike Station is 0.6 mi, so slightly closer. And free!

  • Thanks for the suggestions! I am a BABS member, but kind of frustrating there isn’t a BABS station closer to the Hall of Justice. Especially since it’s not easy to get to the Hall of Justice by Muni from my part of town. (Two transfers–Google estimates 34 minutes to go 2.8 miles, and that’s if all goes extremely well.) Biking is 20 minutes, although if I bike to Caltrain, park my bike, take BABS and then walk, it’ll be at least 30.

    Wondering if anyone has been brave enough to park their bike in the racks in front of the Hall of Justice and returned to find their bike unscathed? (I know, wishful thinking on my part.)

  • Andy Chow

    These vehicles are driven for far more miles than other cars, so even if the vehicle standard is the same as other cars the impact isn’t.

  • Andy Chow

    The bus that I own gets inspected by CHP every year, because that’s the only one in the company.

    The problem with inspecting every bus every year is that there are not enough cops to do the job. It is not done by just anyone at the CHP, but is by the motor carrier unit trained to do the inspection. The CHP is mostly concerned about brakes, suspension, steering, door, emergency exits, lights, and tires.

    Actually by law a bus is required to be checked by a mechanic every 45 days. Part of the CHP inspection is to check those paper work, that the inspection by mechanic is done, that repairs are performed, and show the driver is not working beyond the hours they’re limited to. If a company is actually following the law, then there would be no issue passing the CHP inspection, even if not every vehicle is checked by an officer. The problem is that are some companies who are trying to cheat. Even transit agencies like Muni have problems as well (transit agencies also subject to the same inspection requirement): http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Muni-buses-fail-major-inspections-3068068.php

  • thielges

    My go-to parking sites are just good old parking meters or signposts on the street, but in front of a business that has a lot of activity. The idea is that thieves are reluctant to do dirty deeds while people are around and watching.

    This technique even works late at night and in front of liquor stores with skeezy looking people loitering around.

    Well it also helps that my bike is no great prize. It rides great but is a fairly cheap and well worn workhorse.

  • CamBam415

    True, but how is off-set by people choosing not to drive and taking uber instead? Speaking for myself, when I go out in SF after work, I will the bus into work and Uber home instead of driving my own car round trip. Clearly Uber miles travelled isn’t 100% offset, but what is that number? 5-10% off-set?

  • Jeffrey Baker

    The buses are a damned nuisance and it would be fine if all these companies just go out of business. The marginal tourism dollars cannot be worth it.

  • dat

    Source please?

  • StrixNoctis .

    That’s strange that vehicle inspections would be done by CHP officers rather than qualified bus mechanics.

  • Andy Chow

    It can displace transit trips and trips that can be taken on a higher capacity vehicle such as vans. Also without an upper cap on vehicles, there may be instances where drivers heading to the busy area trying their luck for the surge fare, and keep circling the street until they find a good fare.

  • Andy Chow

    So the alternative is to have them drive wrong way down the one way street with their rental car. Or have more TNC cars circling the street and double park.

    May be nice if they can all take Muni or have Muni runs those routes, right? But tourists have a lot of questions and they don’t want to board a wrong bus to say going to the Bay View. And nobody is going to pay more than the standard fare to ride on any Muni (remember the failure of CultureBus).

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I’ll grant you that Muni is useless, but that is also true for locals. SF is in a snit about private shuttles for workers who live here. I don’t see why residents would accept the need for private shuttles for tourists.

  • Andy Chow

    The main issue with the Google buses is the impact of displacement. With companies like Air BnB, tourism can also displace low income residents as well, but these companies mostly serve areas already with high concentration of tourists (where the hotels are) and I doubt that short-term rentals are dense enough to have tourists oriented businesses in other areas (and people who stay there may tend to prefer non-tourist environments).

    SFMTA has already banned buses from running on streets in certain areas, and has designated locations where they can pick up and drop off tourists.

  • “Best Tool for the Job–SUV, Bicycle or NFL Linebacker?”

    A darkly facetious look at traffic fatalities.

    http://karenlynnallen.blogspot.com/2015/11/best-tool-for-job-suv-bicycle-or-nfl_27.html

  • Rain__or__Shine

    I served on a trial recently and I locked up right outside the Hall of Justice for something like 20 days total. People definitely do it, some mornings it was difficult to find an available spot on a rack.

    As usual, it depends on your setup. I felt reasonably safe because there were generally several bikes that were both nicer than mine and locked less securely.

    It’s not an awesome area, but there is constant police presence and considerable foot traffic. Accessories could definitely disappear, but I’d be shocked to see someone out there working with an angle grinder.

  • SFnative74

    Any hit and run is inexcusable, but in this case, the person killed by the driver was on a scooter, not walking.

  • Thanks for the info.

  • lunartree

    The more a vehicle is driven the lower its carbon impact per mile is. What I’m getting at is that creating higher standards for shared vehicles sends the wrong incentives. I’m not really arguing an ideological point so much as this really just seems inefficient from a governing standpoint. It costs the taxpayer more money for the increased oversight while raising the cost of taxi services which incentivizes personal car usage.

  • p_chazz

    Thanks for the correction.

  • Gezellig

    Very tragic news.

    I was actually uncertain what the article exactly meant by “scooter,” since that can be a broad term applied to both motorized in-road scooters (e.g. Vespa), non-motorized (i.e. foot-push) scooters and even mobility scooters, which are treated differently legally.

    Either way, as you note, a hit-and-run by any mode is never acceptable, and it’s a very sad loss.

  • murphstahoe

    There is a photo in the article showing the victim on a motorized in-road scooter.