Bottom of the Hill Owner Launches Petition to Oppose Protected Bike Lane Quick-Build Project on 17th Street

By Jay Barmann : sfist – excerpt

A proposal by the SFMTA to do a bike lane “quick-build” project to create a protected lane for cyclists coming down 17th Street between the Mission and Dogpatch/Mission Bay has raised the hackles of the owners of music venues Bottom of the Hill and Thee Parkside.

“Hey bike safety and bike lanes are wonderful, but this very specific one bike lane could destroy our venue. As in, we will have to close. Not exaggerating in the slightest,” tweeted Bottom of the Hill owner Lynn Schwarz on Wednesday.

Schwarz links to a petition and encourages supporters of the venue to sign it, explaining that the protected bike lane “could eliminate over half the parking on the street” in a neighborhood where parking is already a challenge. And, she suggests, that bands arriving with vans or trucks at the venue will have to “load in through protected bike lanes, which we feel will be more dangerous, and not safer, for bicycle riders.”…(more)

Here is an easy action to take. This could be the first of its kind effort to save a historical music venue by protecting the ability of the audience and players to access the place after hours. It would be sad if the Bottom of the Hill that managed to survive months of shutdowns and COVID restrictions and the build-up of housing all around it, were to be shutdown by a bike path that is hardly ever used at night, when the club works its magic.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Bottom of the HIll, it is one of the clubs that introduces new acts to San Francisco, now that most of them are closed, it is really important to the music community to keep this one open and alive.

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Connolly proposal offers relief on Richmond bridge traffic

By Dick Spotswood : marinji – excerpt

The North Bay has two major east-west points of traffic gridlock: the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and Highway 37 between Highway 101 and Vallejo. This week the focus is the Richmond bridge. Next Wednesday the topic is Highway 37…

When bridge congestion reached the breaking point, Caltrans restored the third eastbound lane. It helped. Work still needs to be accomplished to make the 101/Interstate 580 interchange in San Rafael and the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard bridge approach past the Larkspur Ferry Terminal more efficient…

What Caltrans, backed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, did not do was reopen the old third traffic lane on the westbound deck. Instead, it created “the Richmond-San Rafael Trail,” a bike and pedestrian path. Opened in 2019, the path is guarded by a movable barrier like the Golden Gate Bridge’s successful median barrier…

That traffic would be significantly relieved if a practical compromise recommendation by Marin County Supervisor Damon Connolly, an MTC commissioner, is accepted. His proposal calls for using the movable barrier to close the bikeway during weekday morning peak periods and open it to autos, buses and trucks. At all other weekday times and on weekends the lane would revert exclusively to cyclists and pedestrians.

The public now has something better than a study: real time counts on how many people cycle or walk across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge…(more)

What dose it take for government entities to admit their studies are flawed because no one can predict the future?

Rogue Bike Brigade Took Over Eastbound Bay Bridge Lanes, Possibly Then Committed Burglaries In Oakland

By Jay Barmann :sfist – excerpt

A group of what appeared to be teenagers on bicycles, numbering around 200, took over the lower deck of the Bay Bridge on Saturday afternoon and biked their way into Oakland. A short while later, some East Oakland businesses reported that they were burglarized by a gang of about 200 bicyclists.

This sounds like a case for the old Deplorable Teens tag, and as the Chronicle reports via the CHP, officers began getting reports of this rogue, Critical Mass-esque troupe of bicyclists on the bridge at 2:26 p.m. The group reportedly tied up the lower-deck lanes of the Bay Bridge for about 26 minutes.

Rather than sticking together in a tight mass, a la Critical Mass, these cyclists were weaving in and out of traffic on the bridge, and doing performative tricks on their bikes, too, as some cellphone video obtained by NBC Bay Area shows…

Not long after, around 3 p.m., Oakland police received reports of “a group of roughly 200 bicyclists burglarizing businesses and throwing items at people,” per the Chronicle. Police can’t yet say that these two incidents are connected, but how many roving bands of 200 bicyclists were in Oakland at that hour?…

No specific group has claimed responsibility for the flash-mob brigade, but both the Critical Mass Twitter account and the account of SafeStreetRebel — which bills itself as a “hub for organizing direct actions to end car dominance” — cheered them on.

“just FYI — we didn’t organize this ride out, but absolutely condone it with two thumbs up and can’t wait for the next one!” tweeted SafeStreetRebel.…(more)

Uber and Lyft prices surged out of control in SF on the first night of Outside Lands

By Dan Gentile : sfgate – excerpt

It is a tale as old as time — a music festival ends, and people need to get home. Unfortunately, that few mile trip back to your apartment almost always ends up being a nightmare.

To try to soften the travel apocalypse, Outside Lands runs extra MUNI service throughout the festival, with added buses along the 5R Fulton bus on the north of Golden Gate Park, and more service along the N-Judah light rail line on south of the park. However, despite these additional reinforcements, other bus routes like the 38 Geary were swamped shortly after the festival let out…

If you dared to use a ride-hailing company after the festival, dedicated pickup zones a few blocks off of Fulton and Judah tried to lessen the logistical burden, but even so, you likely experienced some serious sticker shock…(more)

Now that the taxis are merging with Uber, do those rates soar as well? Or are the few taxis still a bargain if you can get one?

Treasure Island residents meet Dorsey, demand action on tolls, evictions

By Steve Stallone : 48hills – excerpt

New supe says he isn’t familiar with the issues, makes no commitments for change.

As we piled into the meeting hall at Treasure Island’s Ship Shape Community Center last Monday eve, July 25, city staff had to pull out more and more chairs, squeezing the staged six-feet social distancing arrangement beyond recognition. More than 60 island residents and business owners came to hear about the latest tweak Transportation Authority staff had devised to try to make its toll more palatable, this season’s new lipstick color for its pig.

But mostly we came to get a glimpse of the new supervisor Mayor London Breed had appointed for us, Matt Dorsey, and to ask him what he was going to do to alleviate the transportation and housing problems on the island…(more)

The plan is to move the affordable housing residents out to make room for the bulldozers that are going to take down their homes to build taller denser towers on Treasure Island, probably at the taxpayers expense and probably without proper toxic cleanup. What does the city that runs the island stand to lose?  The Navy left the mess. Developers are rushing to build before the landfill sinks and sea levels rise. Time is ticking and there is money to be made.

Page Street Follow up: Leaked Comms Prove the Mayor is Killing Slow Streets

By Roger Rudick : streetsblog – excerpt

A city hall insider has sent Streetsblog internal communications that confirm reports that Mayor London Breed was behind delays to the installation of long-approved traffic diverters on Page Street. These same leaks prove what some in the advocacy community already concluded: the mayor intends to obliterate the remains of San Francisco’s slow streets program

As previously reported, the Page Street slow street project–which was actually part of a plan to calm the street that predates the COVID pandemic–mysteriously had approved traffic diverters put on hold. These diverters were supposed to be installed in the spring on Stanyan, Divisadero, and Masonic. At the time, the San Francisco Fire Department was suspected of requesting the delay. “We have no holds on the proposed diverters,” wrote the San Francisco Fire Department’s Lt. Jonathan Baxter, in an email to Streetsblog.

Another leaked document backs up that it was the mayor’s office that was responsible for the delay.… (more)

Voters to Decide Fate of Car-Free Spaces in November

By Thomas K. Pendergast :sfrichmondreview. – excerpt

The question of whether John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park and the Upper Great Highway at Ocean Beach will go back to car traffic, as they were before the pandemic, is going to the voters this November.

Three related ballot measures may finally resolve the ongoing controversy about how much access people driving cars should get to these roadways…

1 – One ballot measure, a voter-initiated measure called the Access for All Ordinance, would reset the City’s policies by returning the roadways to what they were before the pandemic, thus opening JFK Drive to cars again, except on Sundays, holidays and – for half the year – Saturdays. It would also transfer the jurisdiction governing the Upper Great Highway from Rec. and Park to the San Francisco Water and Power Department.

2- Opposing this is another measure put on the ballot by San Francisco Supervisors Rafael Mandelman, Matt Dorsey, Myrna Melgar and Hillary Ronen. It would amend the Park Code to keep JFK Drive car free, or “codifying” the current Board policies regarding that roadway.

3- Yet another ballot measure, this one from the office of Mayor London Breed, would effectively dissolve the Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority, the present governing body for the parking garage, transfer that authority to Rec. and Park, and amend 1998’s Proposition J to state that the City may use public funds to subsidize the parking garage, thus making it possible to charge lower parking fees…

Mar Proposes Keeping UGH Closed to Vehicles on Weekends Until 2025 – Press Release(more)

Some people think life is all about money. This is not about money. This is about freedom. Access for all is about freedom for all to choose how they want to live.

Is Mayor Breed Trying to Finish Off SF’s Slow Streets? Recent Developments Raise Questions

By Joe Kukura : sfist – excerpt

Breed’s out-of-the-blue announcement that the Slow Streets Program “needs to evolve,” combined with some sudden unexpected restrictions on a popular Slow Street, indicate City Hall may be pushing for a U-turn on the Slow Streets Program.

It is no secret that San Francisco Mayor London Breed has had it with pandemic-era lifestyle changes and would like San Francisco to return to pre-pandemic behavior immediately, thank you very much. The latest front for her “Return to Normalcy” campaign may be the Slow Streets program that has limited car traffic on nearly 30 residential streets and effectively turned them into little cyclist, pedestrian, and skateboarder wonderlands.

But two separate incidents this weekend — maybe related, maybe not — indicate the Slow Street party may be ending, or at least, in the first stages of winding down by City Hall decree.

On Friday, Breed posted a Medium essay entitled “What’s Next for San Francisco’s Slow Streets Program.” (Note how that phrase is posed as a statement, and not as a question.) It is mostly vague, Gavin Newsom-style political speak; there is one paragraph that actually contains the sentence “we can no longer look at Slow Streets on a street-by-street basis,” then three sentences later, declares “we have to recognize that different interventions can be based on different conditions on different streets.”…(more)

Time for a Line Item Veto on the SFMTA Budget

SF is increasing funding for SF Bicycle Coalition Safe Routes to School by 31% as families leave the city in search of better education opportunities for their children.

According to our sources, the current year’s funding to the SF Bicycle Coalition for Safe Routes to School was $846,689. The proposed funding for the upcoming year is $1,112,056. This is an increase of $265,367. or 31%.

Is this how you want to prioritize spending your tax dollars? There are less school children in SF every as families leave the city. What are they spending per child on safe routes and what are they spending per child on teachers salaries?

San Francisco couple gets ticket for leaving car parked after curb was repainted

By Teddy Grant :abcnews – excerpt

The couple said the space was not a red zone when they parked there days before.

Another day, another San Francisco parking incident.

A couple received a ticket last week for parking in a red zone after the curb was repainted while their car was parked there, according to ABC San Francisco station KGO .

Jeff and Desiree Jolly have lived in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood for years, telling KGO that they’ve parked in the spot whenever it’s available for 25 years…(more)

This story that has been widely published by international press. It is important item to note that the couple wants out. They plan to leave San Francisco for what they hope will be a friendlier environment. They will join thousands of former San Franciscans seeking more “liberal” less repressive living conditions

If we counted all the empty units in San Francisco and rezoned the empty downtown offices as available new housing we could avoid the need to density our “suburban” single family communities.

We could meet this round of RHNA numbers while the citizens around state move through the judicial and legislative process of recapturing local control over developments we recently lost. If you are not familiar with this problem, you may want to review some of the articles and actions outlines on the following sites listed on the left column of this site:
and actions on this one:

If you like this idea, you may want to suggest it to your supervisor. They are currently fighting over how to meet the RHNA numbers and comply with SB9. Investigating the situation now will help prepare you for the next round of ballot initiatives coming up in November, where you will have some say in how to deal with these matters.