Bulb-outs, other traffic measures to help cut 9-San Bruno travel time

By sfexaminer excerpt

 

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Muni’s 9-San Bruno line providing service between downtown San Francisco and Visitacion Valley is expected to see its overall route travel time drop by three to five minutes thanks to eight recently approved bus bulb-outs and other projects on the horizon.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors this month approved the bulb-outs and relocation of certain bus stops and parking spots along the route. The stop at Folsom and 11th streets will be eliminated. Three of the bulb-outs will stand as islands, allowing bikes to travel between the bulbout and the curb.

Bulb-outs, which are essentially sidewalk extensions, are planned throughout the 9-San Bruno route — one at Market and 11th streets, one near the U.S. Highway 101 underpass as Bayshore Boulevard becomes Potrero Avenue, two at Harrison and 11th streets, two at Bayshore and Oakdale Avenue, and two at Bayshore and Cortland Avenue… (more)

The SFMTA plans to move the bus stop right in front of one of the busiest night clubs where the patrons congregate on the sidewalk. There are a lot of bike and motorcylce parking spots in that area, and a thriving pizza place. Where will the delivery people park? Has SFMTA sent out any notices or done any public outreach on this one? Costco is right across the street. and there is a busy intersection at 11th and Bryant.  This plan is guaranteed to create more gridlock. Vote No on A and B and Yes on L and stop this madness.

Woman Who Drove Off With Meter Maid On Her Car Says She Was Fleeing Sexual Harassment

by — Hoodline (@HoodlineSF) – excerpt – video

A driver took a DPT officer on a 12+ block ride of terror on the hood of her car yesterday:

You probably know the story by now: As first reported by Hoodline, 33-year old Bo Mounsombath was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor hit and run after a number of witnesses saw her hurtling down Oak Street with a Parking Enforcement Officer clinging to her hood. But now here’s the twist: According to Monsoumbath, it’s she who was the victim, as the PCO made her a proposal of an indecent kind.

According to Hoodline tipster Allison Yates, Mounsombath passed her near Oak and Octavia Streets on Thursday morning at around 10:15. “I saw her go by and realized there was a guy on the hood on his back, hanging on kind of spread-eagled,” Yates said…

Mounsombath speaking with KRON4, says “I had stopped many times and he wouldn’t get off,” which Yates confirms in a comment on Hoodline, saying that “The driver actually got out of her car at least once to stand in the street and scream about how scared she was…I have NO idea why the DPT guy did not get off the car when it was stopped.”…(more)

If you needed more proof that the natives are restless and headed for the pitchforks this story should do it.

 

Commute to campus comes at a higher cost for students after Muni and parking price increases

By Daniel Rivera : goldengatexpress – excerpt

The commute to SF State became more expensive today, with the price for a single ride on Muni increasing to $2.25. The surge in cost follows the introduction of a $1 increase on daily parking passes on campus July 1.

“I don’t like it,” said SF State student Coel James, who rides public transportation three times a week. “If I’m paying more, there should be more buses.”

San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) boosted the price of monthly passes, including the Adult “A” Fast Pass, from $76 to $80, and the “M” Fast Pass, from $66 to $68, to match the single ride increase. The fare for a Lifeline monthly pass, a discounted pass for limited-income residents, rose from $33 to $34 as well…

Along with the Muni fee hikes came a rise in the SF State daily parking permit fee from $6 to $7, which took effect over summer and was the first increase of its kind in two years… (more)

Car Owners Strike Back

By : sfhog – excerpt

For the last couple of years, car owners have sat quietly watching their streets narrow to make way for bike lanes, transit lanes and parklets.  They’ve also seen parking lots dwindle, parking fines increase, and parking meters expand throughout the city.  Battle lines were recently drawn with the “Restoring Transportation Balance in San Francisco” ballot measure submitted to the Department Of Elections last week.  This new measure aims to curb parking fee increases, direct SFMTA funds into new parking garages, and achieve better representation for motorists in the SFMTA.  Pending approval, the ballot measure will be voted upon in the General Election this November… (more)

 

Should cyclists yield at stop signs? Riders and motorists weigh in.

By Nicholas Goldberg : latimes – excerpt
I’m used to reading nasty messages after I post on The Times Opinion blog. The comments section often draws angry people — or in any case, people who vehemently disagree with me. When I posted about bicycle laws a couple of weeks ago as part of our Roadshare project, a commenter noted that “this article ranks among the dumbest I’ve read on the subject.”
That struck me as strong language; surely he’d read many dumber things than my post. I know I have.
But my point is not to complain. Rather, it’s to say that my most recent post — on whether cyclists should be allowed to treat stop signs as yield signs as the law allows in Idaho (i.e., slow down and be careful but don’t necessarily stop) and to treat red lights as stop signs (i.e., stop but then go even before the light turns green if the coast is clear) — received a more polite batch of comments than usual.
I expected vituperative remarks, especially from drivers who would vow to run down any bicyclist who dared to ignore a stop sign or red light. (And there were a few of those.) But for the most part, the responses were thoughtful and articulate… (more)
FULL COVERAGE: Sharing the road in L.A.

 

It is time for drivers and cyclists in San Francisco to have a conversation about the rules of the road. Cars follow the rules to avoid collisions. It helps them to anticipate what other cars will do. When cyclists sharing the road with motor vehicles don’t follow the same rules they put themselves at risk. No amount of police or enforcement is going to protect them as much as the driver’s ability to predict their movements.

E-bikes: Love them or hate ‘em, our readers have some strong opinions

Special to National Post : news.nationalpost.com – excerpt

We asked for your e-bike stories and you responded. Here are just a few:
I live downtown and have ridden an e-bike for over five years. I also am a cyclist with a traditional bike, a motorist, a rollerblader and a pedestrian, so I have seen the increase in adoption of e-bikes from many angles. One goal for e-bikes was to get people out of their cars. I think it has done that. Most of the objections to e-bikes seem to come from my fellow cyclists. There are a whole myriad of objections – e-bikes don’t follow the rules, they’re too fast, they’re too quiet, etc. To touch on just these three: Laws Some e-bikers don’t follow the laws; Many more cyclists disobey the laws. Speed E-bikes are restricted to 32 km/h; Many cyclists go a lot faster than that. Noise What is quieter than a regular bicycle? … (more)

I can’t believe this is really an issue, though I predicted it would be. Where do you draw the line and why bother to, between a bicycle, e-bike, motor scooter, motor cycle, and and all the other single person slower vehicles people can dream up to get around on?

SF Critical Mass event expected to be large

By Carolyn Tyler: KTVU – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — On Friday, Sept. 28, the Critical Mass bike ride will fill San Francisco streets and possibly create a big mess of the Friday evening commute. The bicyclists will gather at Justin Herman Plaza along the Embarcadero and they’ll ride from there. However, this time it is not the typical ride — it is the 20th anniversary of the event.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said he was told to expect 10,000 cyclists or maybe even more. Those that take part in Critical Mass say they are fighting a car-centered society — one calls it a culture war…
And San Francisco has added miles of new bike lanes, but Rob Anderson is trying to stop any more from coming in. He’s taking the city’s bike plan to court.
“One of the problems with the bike plan is that it takes away traffic lanes and street parking on busy city streets. That creates a problem, that’s an environmental impact,” said Anderson…
“We will, we’ll have extra people with them. We’ll use our motorcycles, both dirt bikes and big bikes and actually officers on bicycles themselves,” said Suhr… (more)

Motorcycles riding with Bikes?

S.F. startup offers scooter rentals

David R. Baker : SFGate – excerpt

…a small group of like-minded entrepreneurs have created one possible solution: a company that lets people rent electric scooters on the fly.
Scoot Networks launches Wednesday in San Francisco, with 60 scooters available at four stations in the city’s SoMa neighborhood. Backed by $775,000 from angel investors, the startup plans to add scooters and stations until it blankets the city.
Call it the Zipcar of electric scooters… (more)

Bike to the Future

Greg Beato : reason.com – excerpt

As pedaling goes electric, alternative transport goes individualist.

On a recent afternoon in one of San Francisco’s hilliest neighborhoods, I experienced what it must be like to be a world-class cyclist doped to the gills on high-oxygen blood and testosterone. Streets with mild upward slopes felt like child’s play. Even double-digit grades suddenly seemed manageable. Heart pounding, I’d summit one peak and then quickly set out for another.
The secret to my new prowess was not pharmacological but mechanical: I was riding a Focus Jarifa Speed, a $3,399 German-engineered bicycle equipped with a small lithium-ion battery pack and a 350-watt motor… (more)

This leads to one more issue that needs to be aired.  What is the difference between a bicycle, an electric bike, a scooter and a motorcycle? Should different rules of the road apply to each class of 2-wheeled vehicle? Is this a state or local decision?

SFMTA issuing potentially bogus parking tickets to motorcyclists

imgur.com – excerpt

Sec. 7.2.34. Parking Adjacent to or on median dividers or traffic islands. To Park a vehicle on or next to any traffic island, lines painted or structures constructed in the public right of way for the purpose of separating opposing traffic or guiding traffic flows except as otherwise posted. (56) (see photo)