SF bicycle revolt planned for City Hall

Mount Up! Ride with us on Friday, October 25th, at 4 PM. ​We’ll form a massive two-wheeled barrier around City Hall. 

In the wake of multiple tragic traffic deaths, the city of San Francisco continues to propose street makeovers that are designed to kill San Franciscans. The unprotected cycling facilities proposed for Polk Street and Potrero Avenue are unacceptable – segregated cycling facilities are needed on these vital bicycle network connections. An interim safety measure on Folsom Street, the site of a recent tragic bicyclist fatality, needs to be implemented as soon as possible. We ask you, the people of San Francisco, to send a message to Mayor Lee that we will not accept another preventable death. The people of San Francisco demand safe streets now! … (more)

Or you may prefer to join a less aggressive group of cyclists who don’t hate cars, want to preserve parking and traffic lanes, and prefer to cycle on smaller side streets, instead of taking over all the major streets in San Francisco.

If cyclists want to be safe riding on the streets they should stay in the bike lanes instead of weaving in and out of them, stop at traffic signs and signals instead of passing the cars that stop, and be properly lit at night.

Officials unveil BART strike contingency plans

KTVU and AP Wires – excerpt

With another possible strike on the horizon, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials unveiled a transportation contingency plan that will provide commuters with a range of options. The $21 million plan released Tuesday would provide 200 free charter buses, extra car pool lanes and even limited train service run by managers, according to the San Jose Mercury News. If no deal is reached, BART employees could strike as early as Oct. 11, when a cooling-off period ordered last month by Gov. Jerry Brown expires…
Officials also planned to have carpool lanes in effect all day, rather than just during commute hours. New diamond lanes would be added on Highway 24 near the Caldecott Tunnel… (more)

Since they expect more cars during a BART strike, where do they expect these cars to park?

If you care about traffic on Potrero, you may want to attend this meeting!

Attend this meeting and let DPW know what you think about their plans to reduce and slow traffic on Potrero Avenue. Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested.
The SF Department of Public Works will hold their third community meeting for the Potrero Ave. Streetscape plans. This will be an open house style meeting. Information is below and flier is attached in English and Spanish.
Potrero Ave. Streetscape Open House
Date: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013, Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: San Francisco General Hospital Cafeteria, 1001 Potrero Avenue, 2nd Floor
More information about the project and previous meetings is available on the DPW website:  http://sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1673
contact Tristan Cook , SFGH Rebuild Public Relations Director
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Phone: (415) 206-6995
Cell: (415) 806-7552

San Francisco to visitor: Thanks for dropping by, chump

district5diary – excerpt

A letter to the editor in the September 18 SF Chronicle
Parking Sorrow
As a fourth-generation Californian, I thought I was fairly familiar with traffic problems in San Francisco.
Recently I stayed in the city to care for my daughter who was not feeling well. She lives in the Marina District, not far from where my grandmother and her family lived since before the turn of the century.
I spent more time checking to see which days I could park on which streets than I did caring for her. My whole time there was spent watching the clock so I could move my car.
I did get one ticket, which I paid promptly, but I certainly didn’t feel welcomed in this city that I have always loved.
Kathleen Ferrando, Petaluma

Much mention about the parking app the city is touting as an easy way to find available parking garages and metered in the city. Not only does it not work that well, but the map includes none of the under-used parking garages in Mission Bay, and fails to note the many meters in the area as well.

For that information go here: http://sfenuf.net/Docs.html

Since this map was made there are a number of new parking lots that have also opened up around the area. We haven’t had time to update those yet. We don’t get paid for our maps.

Bay Area Bike Share off to a fast start

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

The Bay Area’s first bike-sharing network, a small-scale pilot program, appears to be heading in the right direction… (more)

Depends on who you talk to about it.

The city is investing in another rich kids’ play toy, that does not help the folks who depend on Muni to get to work each day. I understand that to sign up for the bike sharing service there is a sizeable deposit required, (over $100), and the rental is around $34 a day, which one assumes they charge to a credit card. There is probably an app involved as well.

Not that good a deal for a tourist when you can rent a car for that, or take cabs who know the city. Even residents of San Francisco don’t know where the bike lanes are. I talked to one yesterday who didn’t know about the 17th Street bike lanes, though he rides or bikes across town all the time.
When will the Supervisors and the SFMTA get back to the business at hand of making the public transit system work for the people who rely on it, and quit creating toys for rich kids. We don’t need gamers and toy designers to manage our streets and design our city.

Partnering with the SFMTA to expand car sharing citywide

blog.getaround.com – excerpt

Getaround is Partnering with the SFMTA to expand car sharing citywide

We’re excited to announce that Getaround is partnering with the City of San Francisco to expand car sharing across the city. As part of this new initiative the City will be assigning up to 450 parking spots for Getaround cars in city-owned garages, surface lots and new reserved street parked spaces.
With more than a thousand Getaround cars already available in San Francisco, this initiative will go far in helping us deliver on our vision; to enable owners everywhere to conveniently share their cars and renters to instantly find, rent, and unlock high-quality cars in their neighborhood — all from a mobile phone.
There are a limited number of parking spaces available. If you’re interested in making your car instantly available on Getaround and would like to apply for a discounted parking spot  – apply now. … (more)

More car shares coming your way, gobbling up street parking. Wonder how far these shared cars will go when it comes to a BART strike or a Muni meltdown or an electrical black out, or a real emergency evacuation.

Laurel Heights/Jordan Park Traffic Calming Project – Description

SFMTA – excerpt

The Laurel Heights/Jordan Park Traffic Calming Project was initiated by area resident and seeks to reduce the negative impacts of motor vehicle traffic while improving safety and access for pedestrians and bicyclists.  In the individual neighborhoods within the project area, this project develops traffic calming measures for local streets based on resident and stakeholder input and traffic surveys. The SFMTA maintains an archive of all written complaints and observations received from the neighborhood. The most frequently expressed issues in the area are speeding, visibility problems and crosswalk issues… (more)

Not sure how much more street and traffic calming SF voters can handle before they bring out the pitch forks. Is there no safe street in SF that the SFMTA can leave alone or will they harass everyone to the point of their demise?

Muni to Test Seat Reconfiguration to Make More Room on Light-Rail Vehicles

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

After a nudge from two city supervisors, Muni is looking to convert forward- and backward-facing seats to side-facing seats in its light-rail train cars as a way to squeeze in more passengers and speed up boarding.
The SFMTA plans to run a trial starting in January by putting one reconfigured prototype car into service, which would be monitored over six months before reconfiguring other train cars.
The pilot is moving forward at the behest of Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed, who called a hearing held yesterday on how the agency can increase capacity on its metro system while Muni riders await a new, larger train fleet due to arrive in 2017. By converting most seats to a sideways-facing orientation, planners estimate they could allow room for five to eight more passengers per train car while removing obstacles that can create bottlenecks when riders squeeze in and out at stops… (more)

San Francisco expected to set goal of reducing bike thefts by 50 percent in 5 years

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

City officials want bike thefts reduced by 50 percent within five years, as cycling, along with the value of what people are riding, continues to increase in San Francisco.
The crackdown comes as bike thefts have soared and as San Francisco’s transit planning relies on more people biking to get around town. However, the crimes are a deterrent.
“A high hurdle for increasing bike ridership is our ever-present problem of bicycle thefts,” said Supervisor Eric Mar, who has made bike theft a priority in his final term in office…
A resolution introduced by Mar, which is expected to be approved Oct. 1 by the Board of Supervisors, would make it a city goal to reduce bike thefts by 50 percent by August 2018… The resolution also calls on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to “greatly expand bike parking.” Mar said it’s woefully inadequate, with just 3,000 on-street bike racks to handle the 75,000 average bike trips daily… And it would enshrine in city policy the bike registry program, which is expected to be launched as early as Dec. 1 by the nonprofit San Francisco Safe, which earlier this year received $75,000 from The City for the effort. Using an online form, bike owners can register their wheels. If police recover a bike, they can call the group to see if it’s in the database and then contact its owner. Riders also will receive stickers for their bikes to identify if they participate in the registry….
One new effort on the enforcement side is that Officer Matt Friedman has launched a twitter feed, @SFPDBikeTheft, that he said is wildly successful in cracking down on chop shops and thieves. He tweets out mug shots of bike thieves and often receives tips…
(more)

Some people might find a free bike registration service discriminatory. Will the city also run the bike recovery program for free? Car owners are charged a tow fee and a daily storage fee when their vehicles are found.

And how about a twitter feed for stolen cars. They cost far more than stolen bikes.

S.F. seeks more open space in a key area

By Neal J. Riley : sfgate – excerpt

No place in San Francisco is growing faster than District Six, that curious mix of hip SoMa and gritty Tenderloin stretches of town. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, its population grew by 35 percent over the past decade.
But there’s one thing that hasn’t been growing there, despite an explosion of residential and economic development: parks and open space.
That’s a problem that needs to be fixed, city recreation and park officials say, and they hope recommendations expected Thursday from a task force they created a year ago will set them on the road to do just that…
The four sites singled out by the task force as potential new parks include the area between 1501 and 1617 Harrison St., the “Brady Block” at Market and Octavia, the Steuart Street Triangle between Howard Street and The Embarcadero, and 639 Bryant St. The Bryant Street location is currently a pipe yard owned by the Public Utilities Commission…. (more)