Countless Masses: The Number of Commuting Bikers Remains a Mystery

By Joe Eskenazi : sfweekly – excerpt

How bad did things get during last week’s Great BART Strike of 2013? So bad, the Los Angeles Times reported, that a put-upon commuter named Wayne Phillips was forced to pilot his yacht to work.
This may explain why you saw so many more yachts tethered up in your building’s yacht parking area.
All kidding aside, you may well have seen more bikes in the bike parking area. You can’t cycle to the city from Pittsburg. But you can bike to downtown from near Balboa Park and Glen Park stations with relative ease and from the Mission with great ease. But how about some hard data? What does the much-ballyhooed Visible Bike Counter on Market Street reveal?
Alas, as with BART employees last week, the Visible Bike Counter is not working…
If BART employees in the near future return to the picket lines, perhaps the Market Street Visible Bike Counter will be online to reveal cycling trends. In the meantime, we eagerly await the data from the city’s Visible Yacht Counter…  (more)

A new game we can play – count the wasted dollars. How much was that Market Street bike counter? Was it $20K ?

Another waste of money are the traffic islands. Some have already been removed. Probably a bicycle ran into them and took a tumble. How much does it cost to install and remove them? Send us your favorites.

 

Bike parking could get boost as San Francisco looks to increase two-wheeled trips

by : sfexaminer.com – excerpt

Proposed rules would require builders to create more private and public parking spaces for bicyclists.
San Francisco wants people taking more bike trips in The City, but parking for cyclists is already scarce. However, city planners say they have an answer.
Amid population growth and an ongoing construction boom, proposed new bike parking rules would require buildings to set aside space based on use, size and the number of dwelling units. And the rules would distinguish between secure parking for employees and residents and highly visible parking for public use, requiring elements of both.
Instead of requiring one bike parking space for every two units in a residential building of more than three units, one change in the proposed rules would require one spot per dwelling unit for buildings of between four and 100 units…
The proposal also would create an in-lieu fee of $400 per public bike space, with the money going into a new fund to pay for bike parking where there are deficiencies. The fee would apply to up to 20 spaces… (more)

Details on these fees are lacking. Who pays the fees? To whom? Is this a one time fee for each project? Very vague language in the the ordinance that we have seen so far. The SF Bicycle Coalition is happy, but not too many others.

San Francisco is blocking the most innovative transportation company

Rakesh Agrawal  : venturebeat.com – excerpt

Bay Area Bike Share started selling memberships today at noon, bringing bike sharing to San Francisco…
But as great as bike sharing is, bikes can only take you so far. And with San Francisco’s hills, for many people biking is out of the question.
That’s why I’m disappointed to see that San Francisco isn’t even considering one of the most innovative transportation schemes yet: Car2go. I wrote about Car2go last year. It combines the benefits of carsharing services like Zipcar and Getaround with the point-to-point service of bike sharing. Unlike Zipcar and Getaround, which require you to make reservations and return the car to where you picked it up, Car2go lets you walk up to a car, get in, drive to your destination, and leave it. When you’re ready to return, you find another car using an app. And you’re not on the clock during the time you’re not using the car.
Car2go wants to come to San Francisco, but the city isn’t having it. Despite a proposed program to increase the visibility of car sharing by allocating on-street spaces, one-way car sharing is specifically excluded. “The proposed pilot will not include the one-way car share model,” the draft report, from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, says. “While promising in many respects, the potential benefits and effects of the one-way model are still insufficiently documented and understood at this time.” In other words: It hasn’t been out long enough and there hasn’t been enough research, so we’re going to ignore it… (more)