A Big, Good, Bad Day for Google Buses in San Francisco

By Katy Steinmetz: time – excerpt

The city came one step closer to regulating them, and protestors staged one of their biggest protests yet…

Dozens of anti-eviction protestors marched behind a small brass band through the streets of San Francisco on Tuesday morning. The parade stopped at an intersection in a long-blighted, recently gentrifying neighborhood called the Tenderloin. Then the protestors did what has become their signature move in recent months: They blocked private buses attempting to ferry tech workers to their jobs in Silicon Valley, this time at Google and Facebook.

Private shuttles have become the cake in San Francisco’s revolution, a symbol of disconnect as the have-nots rally against a backdrop of skyrocketing rental prices and eviction rates. At a hearing at City Hall later in the day, a committee approved a proposal to allow and organize the growing fleet of vehicles currently using city bus stops without regulation. During roughly two hours of public comments, officials heard from tech workers who ride the buses, working-class residents who drive them and activists who oppose them (not to mention everything they stand for). Then the committee unanimously voted to go ahead with the 18-month pilot program, set to begin this summer… (more)

We are taking no position on this. It seems that there is a broader consensus on how to fix traffic and parking problems than on solutions for housing issues.

SF’s parking meters should continue to be enforced on Sundays – NOT

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

Charging for parking meters on Sundays is part of a smart-transit strategy for San Francisco, and ending that enforcement is taking a step backward while asking voters to pass a bond to move forward. The SFMTA board of directors should keep The City moving ahead by maintaining enforcement at meters on Sundays… (more)

We beg to differ… you you disagree, comments are welcome here.

 

The anger over free Sunday parking is part of the Bicycle Coalition’s constant war on cars. Cyclists demand hundreds of millions of taxpayer money for special bike projects. We heard they expect 20% out of the next multi-billion dollar bond and tax measures SF wants taxpayers to pony up next November. They want us to vote to raise our annual car license fees to pay for their anti-car street diets and other supposedly safe street projects. They claim we owe them their share but they they should have to pay a penny for the streets they claim are theirs.

Would you people get over the fact that you are still in the minority and you have pushed everyone else too far too fast. The voters are furious and many want to tear the SFMTA apart, which is why Mayor Lee offered to lighten up on Sunday charges. He wants to return to some civility.

Reckless behavior like that I witnessed last night makes people even madder. I was driving south on Mission just north of the Dubose intersection, when I witnessed a cyclist acting out his aggressions to anyone who happened in his path. He was riding in the far left lane with traffic when he suddenly veered to the right, crossed all lanes traffic, then plowed through the red light without hesitation. Of course he was wearing no helmet.

This is a very dangerous intersection, with a freeway exit and two lanes of side streets full of the last fortunate among us sleeping and moving about with carts and belongings. Everyone needs to be careful in this area, including cyclists. This is the sort of action that puts everyone at risk and this is why motorists have had it with cyclists.

If cyclists are smart they will play along with the Mayor and give up Sundays to motorists who need to do things that they can’t do during the week. And shut up about demand parking. No one is buying that line any more.