Today’s Headlines

  • Scofflaw Scooters Seized (SFBayKQED, Hoodline)
  • Teaching Kids on Model Street (SFExaminer)
  • More on Transit Density Bill (48Hills)
  • Leveling the Millennium Tower (SFChron, CBSLocal)
  • More on Planned Lower Haight Bikeshare Station Removal (Hoodline)
  • Man Slips on Yellow Curb Bumps (EastBayTimes)
  • Marin Transit to Add Electric Buses (MarinIJ)
  • BART Extension Will Transform San Jose (EastBayTimes)
  • Freeway Widening Project Slow in Silicon Valley (SFChron)
  • Richmond San Rafael Bridge Third Lane Set to Open (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: San Rafael-Larkspur Bike Path Costs Money? (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Dick Spotswood sees Another Bike Conspiracy (MarinIJ)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I suspect that if I suggested the DPW could also haul cars and motorcycles off the sidewalks of San Francisco, I’d be told that only some other agency has the authority to do that.

  • Given those renderings of mid-height mixed used buildings, I’d hardly call that transformation. Nor is the BART extension truly responsible for much of that construction. What would be transformative would be getting thousands of cars off the road in SJ as drivers switch over to using BART as their primary means of travel. That’s transformative.

  • Cynara2

    You cyclists need to get a better attitude toward walkers. It is really a serious issue.

  • mx

    You’re responding to a comment about cars and motorcycles blocking sidewalks, which is an issue that impacts pedestrians as well.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    You’re right that the BART extension isn’t responsible; it’s really the Caltrain and HSR that are bringing that development to the Diridon area. I think the real transformation will be that SJ, with its many homes and few jobs, will have a larger walk and bike to work share because more people will work and live in the same town.

  • I disagree about the bike/walk viewpoint. SJ is the LA of the north given its sprawl and car-centric culture. Sure, if more people live downtown and work downtown that may encourage more biking and walking, but given how spread out the area is don’t hedge your bet on too much walking or biking just because a few commercial buildings are being planned near Diridon. As for HSR, that is decades away if it even happens given how Caltrain electrification keeps getting pushed back.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I’m not so pessimistic. Google has a high bike/walk/transit mode share already, and the only reason it’s not higher is because that company is forced to provide tons of mandatory parking spaces. If they move their campus to SJ and their employees already live there, that should improve the walk/bike share in that city. And if someone can walk to work instead of driving to Mountain View, that person will also be more likely to walk to leisure activities and errands before and after work.