Potrero Streetscape Improvements

sfdpw.org – excerpt

NEW! Check out materials from the 7/30 workshop and take the survey!

Potrero Streetscape Improvements will bring a revitalizing facelift to the public space adjacent to the SF General Hospital with pedestrian safety improvements, wider sidewalks, new landscaping and new sidewalk amenities. Potrero will be repaved from Alemeda all the way to 25th Street, and streetscape improvements will be made between 21st and 25th.
All of the upgrades are planned to be developed and constructed to coincide with the completion of the SF General Hospital Rebuild. Construction of the new hospital, as well as the Potrero Avenue Streetscape, is scheduled for completion in 2015… (more)

Cyclists Speak Out Regarding Hazards They’ve Faced On Folsom Street

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Dozens of bicyclists heading down San Francisco’s Folsom Street Wednesday morning stopped to sign letters to Mayor Ed Lee asking for the city to improve safety for cyclists in the city’s South of Market neighborhood…
Some of the coalition’s ideas include fast-tracking a redesign plan that would make Folsom Street a two-way street with separate bike lanes.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is analyzing two options for making Folsom Street safer—keeping the street one-way but with fewer lanes for cars or making it a two-way street, agency spokesman Paul Rose said.
The proposed changes are part of a citywide bicycle plan. The changes would still need to undergo an extensive review process before being implemented. That process is expected to take until June 2015, Rose said.
At the earliest, revamping of the street would begin 2017, Rose said(more)

Is this the name of the game? Every Street in town must now get signatures to keep their parking and the traffic flowing? What is the point of forcing everyone to slow down so the bicycles can speed past us? No wonder the animosity is growing between the cars and the bikes.



City CarShare To Run San Francisco’s Electric Bike Sharing Program

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Electric bicycles are coming to San Francisco and Berkeley next year as part of a bike sharing pilot program approved by transportation officials Tuesday.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors gave the go-ahead for a $1.5 million grant toward an electric bikeshare program that will partner with City CarShare and the University of California at Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.
City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit member-based carsharing organization that serves San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and other East Bay cities… (more)

SFMTA adds to their CarShare franchise. Another $1.5 million for non-Muni expenses. Doesn’t look like Muni is as broke as they claim. When they need another million or two for one of their pet projects they can always find it. The neighborhoods that depend on Muni don’t count. SFMTA prefers to cater to the folks with the smart phones.

Time marches on: Parking meters in political dispute

By John Howard :

Most people know little about parking meters except that they always run fast.
But those meters have figured in a political dispute this year pitting motorists against the cities, the cities against the state and the drivers against just about everybody. Gov. Brown, meanwhile, has weighed in on the side of the drivers.
At issue is what happens when a driver parks at a broken meter? How is the charge set? Does the motorist get a ticket, even though the elapsed time is unknown? Some drivers say they get gouged and they have no recourse. Some cities say the meters are deliberately broken so drivers will escape paying.
For the cities, the answer is simple: It’s up to them to decide…
The governor disagreed.
He signed legislation, AB 61 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, requiring the cities to have a uniform policy statewide. The new law takes effect Jan. 1 and will remain in effect for three years unless otherwise renewed by lawmakers. It allows a motorist to park in a space with a broken meter for up to the maximum amount of time set by parking enforcement officials, without getting a ticket… (more)

Irving Merchants Riled by Proposal to Turn 12 Parking Spots Into Public Space

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerot

Once again, a merchant group is contesting a proposal that would improve walking and public space on a San Francisco street. At a community meeting on plans to add greening and sidewalk corner extensions on central Irving Street last week, merchants balked at the idea of removing 10 to 12 parking spaces to extend eight sidewalk corners and create spaces where people can rest…

\Angela Tickler, president of the Outer Sunset Merchants Association and owner of the Hard Wear Store, said “the removal of parking — replacing it with parklets and things — is one of the biggest concerns of our association.”(more)

As if the exorbitant commercial rents aren’t enough to convince small business people to close shop, now we have the mad dash to eliminate parking spots. The way things are going we will soon have a million empty high rise condos and lots of bike rental stations and open spaces with no people in them. The Plan Bay Area and the SFMTA TEP plan lack the human element.

It is hard to believe that people in a neighborhood full of parked cars arrive any way other than by automobile.

Perhaps the question to ask is, how many people are avoiding the neighborhood because they can’t park?

At Safe Streets Rally, SFPD Blocks Bike Lane to Make Point of Victim-Blaming

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt



Turning right safely. Right hook accidents happen when right turning cars don’t merge into the far right lane before turning right. All right turning vehicles are supposed to merge to the far right, whether there is a bike lane of not. The officer was trying to point that out.

San Francisco Police Sergeant Richard Ernst apparently decided that the best way to make Folsom Street safer was to purposefully park his car in the bike lane this morning and force bicycle commuters into motor traffic.
Staff from the SF Bicycle Coalition were out at Folsom and Sixth Streets, handing out flyers calling for safety improvements on SoMa’s freeway-like streets in the wake of the death of Amelie Le Moullac, who was run over at the intersection last week by a truck driver who appeared to have made an illegal right-turn across the bike lane on to Sixth.
When Ernst arrived on the scene, he didn’t express sympathy for Le Moullac and other victims, or show support for safety improvements. Instead, he illegally parked his cruiser in the bike lane next to an empty parking space for up to 10 minutes, stating that he wanted to send a message to people on bicycles that the onus was on them to pass to the left of right-turning cars. He reportedly made no mention of widespread violations by drivers who turn across bike lanes instead of merging fully into them…

As KRON’s Stanley Roberts and Streetsblog explained yesterday, few drivers seem to understand how to properly make a right-turn in a bike lane — they’re required to merge fully into it, like any other traffic lane, while yielding to people on bikes. Instead, many drivers turn across the bike lane, setting up bicycle riders for a “right hook” crash.
Right hooks were the causes of death for Le Moullac and Dylan Mitchell while they were biking this year. The third victim, Diana Sullivan, was reportedly run over while stopped at a red light at Third and King Str Add Polleets. None of the truck drivers involved have been cited or charged… (more)

Instead of jumping on the officer and assuming he is  wrong, the Bike safety people should take the lead and educate folks on the proper way to share the road.