City to double rate of bike rack installation

by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are set to announce the doubling of the rate of bike rack installation across San Francisco starting late this year.

SFMTA typically installs an average of 500-600 bike racks annually.

But at the urging of Mandelman, and with funding secured from new city programs, SFMTA will increase that rate to 100 bike racks installed per month, or 1,200 annually… (more)

Plans to shake-up transportation in San Francisco with new transit director

By Christien Kafton : ktvu – excerpt
SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) – San Francisco’s transit agency has a new director of transportation. The new SFMTA director is taking a hard look at the city’s transit and is promising changes.

Hundreds of thousands of people moving back and forth and through the city of San Francisco and now the city has a new director of transportation.

Mayor London Breed made the announcement from her office. “The SFMTA board will be recommending Jeffrey Tumlin as the next director of SFMTA,” said Mayor Breed…(more)

What if San Francisco “invested” some of their billion transportation dollars in providing “free transit for all” instead of tearing up the streets? What is they actually provided a useful service as an alternative instead of moving and removing bus stops and seats and purchasing transit cars the public opposes? What if the SFMTA provided fast and efficient “free” service to people with access problems instead of playing with construction projects to the detriment of everyone including the Muni riders?

Quest to Make San Jose Streets Safer Crashes into Worsening Pedestrian, Cyclist Injury Stats

By Jennifer Wadsworth and Grace Hase : sanjoseinside – excerpt

Not a day goes by when Brandon Alvarado doesn’t encounter something or someone blocking downtown San Jose’s new protected bike lanes. Trash bins. Idling Uber and Lyft drivers. Package courier vehicles. Moving vans. Linen and beverage delivery trucks. Bird, Lime and Jump scooters. VTA buses. Even police cruisers

While only 1 percent of trips in San Jose are made by bike, the city aims to boost that rate 15-fold by 2040 as part of an ambitious effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

Yet a vocal coalition of bike advocates say that will never happen until the city figures out a better way to protect cyclists than flimsy plastic bollards, which—combined with orange plastic barricades, detours and blocked lanes from a crop of new construction—have forced people behind the wheel to navigate a baffling new landscape…

San Jose’s pedestrian and cyclist fatality rate hovers at around triple the national average and remains on an upward trajectory that saw car-related deaths overall rise by 37 percent in the past decade though the population grew less than 10 percent…

Rocky Road

What’s fueling the rise in traffic fatalities is up for some debate. After four decades as a personal injury lawyer, Michael Kelly says he’s fairly certain distracted driving is pushing up the death toll to record heights. It’s not just talking on the phone, he clarifies—simply having a handset in the car dangerously divides the driver’s attention… (more)

“When Liccardo barreled into an SUV crossing a northeast San Jose intersection on New Year’s Day.” So he hit the vehicle with his bike.

Treasure Island residents could get a break on tolls

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt

New proposal would exempt current occupants from congestion pricing for at least six years

Update (12:30 p.m.): The Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency Committee on Tuesday approved an exemption from a future congestion pricing toll for some 1,800 current Treasure Island residents.

The benefit has been expanded so that current residents will not have to pay a toll of up to $3.50 for trips to the island until the first 4,000 units of a planned 8,000 unit development project on the island are constructed. The estimated date for the units’ completion is 2029.

The proposed exemption must still be approved by the agency’s full board next Tuesday…(more)

After high-profile dismissals, Breed appoints new SFMTA director

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodrigue : sfexaminer – excerpt

Jeffrey Tumlin to lead Muni after sexual harassment scandal, operator shortage

Jeffrey Tumlin will head San Francisco’s transportation agency, Mayor London Breed is set to announce Wednesday.

Breed’s move to bring new leadership to the troubled San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency caps off her year-long effort to reform its workplace culture, stem its operator shortage, and fix its rampant mechanical woes.

Those problems led to Breed asking for the previous SFMTA Director of Transportation, Ed Reiskin, to resign.

Muni’s year of tumult has culminated in this appointment, part of Breed’s bid to reform the agency…

Tumlin will start his new role in December, pending approval by the SFMTA Board of Directors in the coming weeks…(more)

Hope that he has learned by his many past mistakes.

SF could have a public bank by 2020


I was there and when Supervisor Fewer announced a bill to move the city’s funds out of Wall Street and into a local institution that would fund affordable housing, and small business.

San Francisco is moving closer to having its own public bank.

Today, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, alongside the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition, gathered on the steps of City Hall to announce she is introducing legislation to establish the Public Bank of San Francisco.

If this legislation moves forward, San Francisco would be the second public agency in the nation to form a public bank after North Dakota, which created a public bank in 1919... (more)


SFMTA and Bay Wheels Reach Agreement For 4000 Shared E-Bikes


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced an agreement with Bay Wheels to provide 4,000 stationless shared e-bikes throughout San Francisco. Under the 4-year agreement, Lyft will begin to deploy 4,000 new e-bikes starting in December 2019 with full rollout by April 2020. The new e-bikes will work as “hybrids” that can be docked at stations but also locked to bike racks around the City. This stationless functionality will expand the reach of the system and provide citywide access to bikeshare… (more)

At least these are stationless bikes so they will not need to put in any more stations. That may remove a major point of contention and will not doubt cost the companies less money.

How Whole Foods became ground zero in the charging wars

By David Ferris and David Iaconangelo : renews – excerpt

Part two of a series. Click here to read the first part.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Whole Foods Market is known for its grass-fed beef, fancy cheeses and other expensive organic produce. But the commodity that some customers are really duking it out for are the electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot.

The problem is that, while Whole Foods generally can provide avocado ice cream whenever a customer wants it, the same isn’t true for the car plugs.

“I find that half the time it is booked,” said Chris Wright, who stopped at a Whole Foods in Berkeley to charge his Volkswagen e-Golf after a trip with his family to Monterey. “I wish they made more of them in more places.”… (more)

Washington Voters Reject Big Tax On Motorists For Transit

thenewspaper – excerpt

Voters in Washington state enact ballot initiative that rolls back car registration fees and ends diversion of billions for transit.

An initiative lowering car registration fees, known as car tabs, to $30 won big in Washington state on Tuesday. Initiative 976 took 55 percent of the vote under the direction of political activist Tim Eyman and the Permanent Offense team.

“As for last night’s election results, the voters have spoken,” Eyman said in an email to supporters Wednesday. “The vote on I-976 was clearly a revote on ST3 and this time, voters knew the true cost. And now that they know the truth about how godawful expensive it is, those voters outside Seattle have a clear message: if Seattle wants a massive multi-billion-dollar boondoggle, don’t force the rest of us to pay for it.”…(more)

2 SFMTA’s Calif St. project open house grew contentious; residents concerned about traffic woes with reduction in lanes

by Sarah B. : richmondsfblog – excerpt

On Thursday night, the SFMTA held an open house at George Peabody Elementary School to showcase their California Street Safety Project.

The project is focused on calming traffic along California Street from Arguello all the way out to 18th Avenue…

Many attendees at the meeting, which included both residents and business owners along the California Street corridor, expressed concern about the impact the a lane reduction would have on traffic…

The “road diet” as it’s called in urban planning terms, aka the reduction from 4 lanes of traffic to 2, with a third center turn lane – is still in the proposal stages. So while this change is not set in stone, it is the recommendation of the SFMTA that it happen…(more)