Posts Tagged ‘Chris Bucchere’

Debunking the Debunkers: “Charles Vincent, Chris Bucchere, and the SFPD”

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Look what popped up in my inbox:

Saturday, March 28, 2015 Charles Vincent, Chris Bucchere, and SFPD

Take a look and then come back here – that’s how the dedebunking business works.

On March 2nd Charles Vincent, 66 years old, was riding his bike at the intersection of 14th and Folsom in San Francisco when…

When he ran a red light, per the SFPD police report (which I’ve ask to see, but haven’t seen yet), right? The problem with telling the story the way DJ Connel tells things, is that that makes it StreetsBlog-style advocacy journalism. Why not instead tell the story straight? Moving on.

“The DA is not gonna charge that person with a crime because…”

Because the DA would have to get a guilty verdict from a notoriously-slack San Francisco jury. By way of example, you and your GF can have about 14 drinks at the Foodies’ New Favorite Bay Area Restaurant and then run over a Eurpoean visitor and then stop and then move his bicycle off of the street(!) and then switch seats and then make a run for it and then, later on, you get a little bit of jail time, less than a year, perhaps just a few months. So that’s your because. IMO, a different question is whose fault the accident is. (I thought the PR said it was the cyclist’s?)

If someone is in violation of code, it’s sanctionable to kill them with your own violation?

Well maybe, it depends on how the violation relates to the harm. (I’ll point out that sanctionable is a particularly poor word choice here.)

Rewind to the Chris Bucchere case…. Chris rode his bike at approximately 31 mph…

Oh no no no. It was “at least 31 MPH.” If you want to go for “approximately,” then the answer is 35 MPH.

This case brought out a wave of rage against Chris, indeed against cyclists in general, which caused the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to attack him…

Whoa, slow down here. What happened was that he got carried away with Strava, so he’d repeatedly “bomb” down segments of steep streets to see how fast he could complete the “Castro Street Bomb” or the “XXth Street Bomb” and, even though he was experienced with how pedestrians behave on Market street, he crossed over it way over the limit and then he made a bizarre post on the Internet. So if that’s what you want to simply call “the case,” that’s fine, but there’s a reason why this accident became international news. I certainly didn’t feel any “wave of rage” directed at me and I don’t think that the SFBC would have cheered him on absent any purported generalized wave of rage. The people who were really mad were cyclists on SF2G, boards like that, members of various cycling groups, at least one of which had the word “Mission” in its name. Bucchere was way off the scale.

Indeed there’s little question Chris was being reckless…”

Oh, this is quite an admission. The next step after reckless is purposeful, and nobody thinks this accident was purposeful, right? So, yes, pretty reckless. Something I do after I’ve entered an intersection legally, you know, IRL legally, is to stop just before the crosswalk at the far side of the intersection, so as to avoid hitting one or more of SF’s horrible peds. Too bad Bucchere couldn’t have thought of that. Or even slowing down a little bit – that could have helped a lot.

“But the question is here is one of fairness, whether drivers are treated comparably to cyclists…”

Well, let’s look at the case of Randolph Ang. No 35 MPH, no Strava “King of the Hill” aspirations, no internet ode to a bicycle helmet posted five hours later. He got community service, performed at, at least in part, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. No felony conviction, certainly. His post-accident behavior seemed more understandable, right?

The Bucchere case, on the other hand, went something like this: A: “That speeding cyclist blew through the stop sign and hit the pedestrians legally crossing the intersection – throw the book at him!” 

Uh no, for a lot of reasons. The people who voiced emotion against Bucchere, which included, of course, most of the cyclists who commented, (including one who said he’d feel embarrassed to continue wearing a jersey with a certain club name on it) didn’t really get into Sutchi Hui being legally in the crosswalk or not. And this wasn’t a California stop at a stop sign, as this intersection was and is controlled with electronic signals. No no, it was Bucchere’s attorney who talked about Bucchere entering the intersection “legally,” but of course this couldn’t have been true since he was speeding, so oh well to that. And big factors were what he posted online and also his fascination with Strava

“But the video shows he [Bucchere] entered the intersection legally.”

Uh, do you mean on a yellow, DJ Connel? I think that’s what you mean. He was speeding though, right? Is speeding “legal?”

A: “Well, never mind that — he still plowed into those pedestrians legally crossing the intersection!”

Uh no, you’re putting words into peoples’ mouths here.

B: “But if he entered legally, and was near the speed limit, it’s impossible the pedestrians entered the intersection legally…

Whoa, whoa. He didn’t enter legally ’cause he was way over the limit, right?

A: “Well, never mind that — someone says he ran a stop sign during one of the blocks before the intersection.”

Well, stop signs – it looks like he did that too.

I’m not defending Bucchere…

Really? I think you are.

Amelie Le Moullac is just the most egregious of so many tragic cases where cyclists have been killed and blame-the-victim has been the first line of investigation.

Then cite all the many cases then, Dude. I don’t know, what about 2014? All of the deaths in SF were the fault of the cyclists themselves, right? Do you want to get into lessons learned here, DJ Connel? I don’t think you do.

You want to say that Bucchere was reckless but he was at the same time “legal.” You want to debunk myths, but you add some of your own.

So how does that help?

If you want to help, why not pour through all the police reports with at least one transportation-related fatality from last year. I’ll get you started, from a report I can’t link to, after the jump. Maybe you’ll learn something, IDK. Here’s something linkable, from Heather Knight. I’ll tell you, politically, this data proved to be unpopular with SFGov and, for whatever reason, the SFPD commander in charge of traffic got transferred to Timbuktu shortly after this bit came out. [UPDATE: I think he then later got promoted and is now has attained the highest SFPD position possible, outside of being Chief, so I guess things worked out for him after all.] So there might be a bias involved, but not the kind you’re looking for.

All right, hop to it. For whatever reason, your blog is Google-worthy, so anything you write about Chris Bucchere gets sent out as a Google alert to those MSM journalists who haven’t yet cancelled their Bucchere Google Alerts. So, unlike any comments you might post on StreetsBlog, actual real regular people, nonactivists will look at what you have to say…


Was the Conviction of Cyclist Chris Bucchere a Kafkaesque Experience? Look Who’s Reading “The Trial” by Franz Kafka

Monday, August 4th, 2014

[UPDATE: So, what we’ve had in this case is remarkably poor judgment, having to do with an obsession over “bomb”-ing down steep hills, penning an ode to bike helmet, insisting that speeding through an intersection is “legal,” and now, inadvertently pinging people about what you’re reading. If you don’t get feedback here, where are you going to get it from?]

Well here’s what popped up on a Google News Alert:

 “Chris Bucchere has 82 books on Goodreads, and is currently reading The Trial by Franz Kafka…

Mmmm. Is this some kind of public statement about George Gascon’s recent case against him?

To review, here’s The Trial:

“One of Kafka’s best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor the reader.”

And here’s Kafkaesque:

Of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings; especially:  having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality

So Chris B is Josef K?

Hoo boy.

The Mystery of that Big Deadly “80 MPH” Collision at Pine and Gough – Driver Not Talking? – Jennie Z vs. Chris B.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Well, here’s what David Stevenson @DStevensonKTVU has for us on the recent death of Kevin San:

Zhu’s attorney Alfredo Vea Jr. told KTVU his client is still too distraught to explain to him what happened. “I’ve tried to speak with her three times and all she does is cry,” said Vea. “She’s holding up, [but] mention the young man and she just falls apart.”

Well, gee. You’re able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to get out of jail in a heartbeat, but you’re just not in the mood to even tell your own attorney anything at all?

That’s not too helpful.

Of course, saying nothing is better than taking to the Internet ala Chris Bucchere, but it doesn’t help us understand what went wrong, does it?

“Chris B” ended up with a kind of felony conviction, but no jail time.

What if Jennie Zhu never says anything? Would she get jail time?


One thing that’s going to have to change is the absurd 80 MPH speed estimate. It’s part of why this case got national attention. I’m sure the SFPD / SFDA can get a better estimate with video, if they can turn up some video. Bucchere’s speeding allegation held up after video analysis, but Zhu’s certainly won’t. Bucchere’s speeding had something to do with his interest in Strava, one assumes. Competition, “racing” as it was labeled. But why on Earth was Zhu going so fast?

The lights on Pine are timed, in a way.  But it’s tough getting across Polk, Van Ness,  Pine, Gough, Octavia, Laguna, Buchanan without hitting some reds these days. Could that be it? She was just trying to get home in a hurry? CalTrans would want to put in a freeway to get drivers to the West Bay all the way out there in the Sunset and the Richmond. Instead, we have congested, stop-and-go Pine and a MUNI system that runs slower than the private transit operators of a century ago.

And the cops just happened to be chasing her and yet her public DMV is clean?

This is quite a mystery…

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu vs. Chris Bucchere – Who’s the Better Cyclist? Checking with the StreetsBlog Crowd

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Let’s see here, in one corner we have super nerd and Board President David Chiu, who almost always wears a fucking suit* when he drives his bicycle hither and yon.

He even goes Down Peninsula Way sometimes, to check out the reverse commute some San Franciscans do.

Now, you’d think that’d earn him huzzahs from the monomaniacal “livable streets” StreetsBlog crowd, but you’d be wrong.

You see, he ran afoul of that crew by being on the fence with the recent SFTAMUNIDPTSFBC effort to remove street parking from the bulk of Polk.

For that reason he now gets criticized for riding his bike in the wrong fashion, like how he pedals ‘n stuff.

Isn’t that absurd, to say that about this supernerd?

Yes. He does fine on Market Street, AFAICS.


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OTOH, Strava-obsessed Chris Bucchere, who was involved with death of a pedestrian near an intersection of the very same Market Street, well he, apparently, is/was the victim of a “lynch mob” (look it up, you’ll find it) when he got/gets called an “asshole” (most typically from fellow self-identified cyclists) for his actions before during and after the death of pedestrian Sutchi Hui.

Oh well.

Isn’t there a lesson to be learned form the Chris Bucchere case? Shouldn’t the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition be willing to even mention his name? Yes, I know it doesn’t help fund-raising and membership and whatnot, but wouldn’t it be a good thing to debate?

Because really, what eventually happens with the Chris Bucchere case  doesn’t really matter. It’s the future Buccheri we need to worry about, right?

Anyway, David Chiu is a better cyclist than Chris Bucchere.

*Something to do with “respect for the voters,” or something

The Most Detailed Report of the Chris Bucchere vs. Sutchi Hui Hearing – Why Red/Yellow Doesn’t Really Matter

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Well, here it is, the most-detailed report yet of the latest Chris Bucchere vs. Sutchi Hui hearing, courtesy of  writer Kashmir Hill.

Here’s her conclusion:

Bucchere was going far too fast, but he may have run a very late yellow rather than a red, a mistake made worse because of the pedestrians entering the crosswalk very early. Everyone was being too aggressive in their commuting, but Bucchere’s aggressiveness held the highest risk for others.”

And here’s some more:

“The case interested me because press reports indicated that data from Bucchere’s Strava account — an app that bikers can use to track their rides — had been used to show how fast he had been going and to prove he had ignored stop signs. District Attorney George Gascón told me the Strava data was part of the reason the city had decided to bring such severe charges against Bucchere. ‘It implies he was trying to compete with himself,‘ Gascón said. Bucchere’s online comments also played a role. ‘His helmet was more important than a human being.’”

Take a look for yourself, read the whole thing. And then decide if the prosecution of Chris Bucchere has anything to do with a so-called “lynch mob.”

And for all you StreetsBlogSF fans out there, ask yourself this:

Would this case be international news without the Strava race-against-yourself-and others angle and/or the “heroic” helmet posting? And would there even be a case at all?

That’s the difference, that’s why this case is getting attention.

R.I.P. Sutchi Hui.

YouTube: What It Looks Like When a Pedestrian Gets Clobbered by a Bicycle Rider at Market and Van Ness

Monday, March 11th, 2013

First, let’s review so-called BikeLaw:

“Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way.”

Now take a look at what happened to Andrew Scal, the latest San Francisco pedestrian to get clobbered by a bike on Market Street:

What It Looks Like to Get Hit By A Bike

See? The poor guy had the right of way (per the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, anyway) and yet he got hit by a cyclist.

Oh well…

Hey, now let’s see what the SFBC has to say about speeding cyclist Chris Bucchere:

This is it, all of it, apparently.

(Like Voldemort, they dare not speak his name?)

I guess taxpayer-funded lobbying groups such as the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition don’t want to discuss off-message topics

Oh well.

Uh, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is Giving Out Chocolate Bars for Those Who Are “Biking Polite?”

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Yep. See below.


1. Can somebody tell me when our San Francisco Bicycle Coalition became a quasi-official government organization, and then later on also tell me when it becomes a full-fledged subsidiary of the SFMTA? I ask that because the SFBC gets a lot of funding from SFGov. (That’s why the SFBC stopped promoting Critical Mass – because its government paymasters kept bugging them about it.) And the SFBC got included in that whole corrupt lets-let-Twitter-not-pay-taxes deal? Yep. And yet, the SFBC is allowed to freely endorse candidates for Mayor, and I’ll tell you, not necessarily the candidates that SFBC membership votes for, no no, but for the candidates that the officers of the SFBC think will win, like Appointed Mayor Ed Lee, for example. Mmmm…

2. Uh, the SFBC is still promoting the whole PEDESTRIANS ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY trope? Yep. Even though that’s wrong. Dead wrong. Morally and legally. Here’s why. So, shouldn’t you have checked with a lawyer first, SFBC, you know, before you start spouting off about “BIKELAW”? (Oh, you did? Who’s that? Who’s that jackass?)

3. And, your attempts at moral suasion in this post-Chris Bucchere era have failed, SFBC. I say that because people be still being running red lights on Market Street, particularly the ones that are for ped crosswalks only, like betwixt 8th & 7th, and 7th & 6th, and 6th & 5th and so on. Your campaign has had no effect, FYI. I’ll show you right now. Everybody in this peloton has just run the red light (actually two red lights, sort of) on Market inbound betwixt 6th and 5th streets. Each and every one:

Now I’ll ask, is this kind of thing “biking politely?” (I already know the answers to my other questions, but I don’t know the answer to this one. I don’t know what the SFMTAMUNIDPTSFBC means when it talks about ‘biking polite.”) Oh, and BTW, 20 seconds after this shot was taken, you were rewarding these cyclists with candy bars on the other side of 5th, just saying.

Oh, here we go, here’s how the SFBC, a quasi-government organization, spends your tax dollars, on campaigns like this:

Now I’ll tell you, I didn’t stop to get a chocolate bar, but if I had I would have been able to win a Major Prize. Apparently, each bar had a code on it, kind of like a Willie Wonka movie.

Check it:

“We know that the majority of people biking in San Francisco are biking politely, and giving pedestrians the right of way. So we at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition wanted to say thank you! Thank you for following the law, being a great bicycle aombassador and leading the way in safe, civil streets.

Stopping behind the crosswalk and giving pedestrians the right of way keeps people who are on foot safe and goes a long way to making our streets safer and more comfortable for everyone.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be giving out delicious treats for those we catch biking polite. If you “got caught” by us, enter your information and ticket number below and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a great getaway at the Bear Valley Inn. Thanks to Alter Eco for donating the delicious chocolate rewards!

Giving pedestrians the right of way is just one of the Rules of the Road to biking safely and legally. For more Rules of the Road click here.

Biking Polite Prize Raffle Entry Form:

You got caught biking polite! Thanks for stopping behind the crosswalk and yielding to pedestrians.In thanks for your terrific bicycle ambassador behavior, you’re eligible for entry into our raffle to win one night mid-week stay (Sunday – Thursday) at the Bear Valley Inn, Olema CA. Please enter your contact information here to enter our raffle; your information is confidential and will not be shared.”

On It Goes…

Look Ma, No Hands! – Heading West on the Panhandle Bike Path – Should This “Wilderness Trail” Be Widened?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

You know, before somebody, some ped gets clobbered?

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It will happen like this – a roadie traveling west, the downhill direction, will be “making time” or “flying” at 20-something MPH and s/he will clobber a pedestrian, perhaps Chris Bucchere-style.

So, I think wider would be better.

I mean, you wouldn’t want to narrow the thing, would you?

Slate.Com Wrote About San Francisco and Yelp and Cities.Data.Gov Today – But What Does It Mean?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Take a look here:

The Most Important Information Missing From Yelp – Crowdsourcing sites and local government should pool their data to better inform consumers.”

Let’s check it:

“Last month, four major cities—San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Seattle—put statistics on things like crime reports, restaurant ratings, bed bug complaints, and public restroom locations online at”

So can we easily look up info about bed bugs in San Francisco on this newish website?



“…a major frustration in urban centers is the amount of time spent trying to find a parking spot. To address this problem and improve air quality, San Francisco launched SFPark…”

So has SFPark reduced the amount of time spent trying to find a parking spot?


And has SFPark improved air quality?


SFPark is all about getting more money to the SFMTA, IRL.


“…consider the Bike Accident Tracker, a tool created by the Bay Citizen that mapped all reported bicycling accidents in San Francisco over a five-year period. On the map, the intersection of Market and Castro was identified as a hot spot…”

Uh, I think we kind of already knew about hot spots as the MSM regularly reports on them and it’s been doing that for donkey’s years.


” Just this past April a cyclist hit and killed a pedestrian at that same intersection, according the San Francisco Chronicle. If accident data were integrated with a site like Google Maps, making the critical information more easily available, is it possible that the deadly accident at Market and Castro could have been avoided? I’m not sure, but it’s worth looking into.”

Cyclist Chris Bucchere really, really liked, and he really liked going fast downhill in urban areas, and he actually raised the idea of Strava segment “winners” (so-called “Kings of the Mountain”) “winning” coffee as an incentive/reward just a few days before the death of Sutchi Hui. I’m totally baffled how hot spot data dissemination would have affected anything.

All right, well that’s the first webpage of the article by Alissa Black (an ASU student?). I think I’ll stop here.

Uh, the reason why data about which hotels have bed bugs isn’t more widely disseminated is because the hotel industry doesn’t like that kind of thing.

And the reason why people walking into San Francisco restaurants don’t see a letter grade displayed out front is because the Golden Gate Restaurant Association doesn’t  want that kind of thing.

I don’t think the writer of the linked bit above understands how SF works.


An Amazing Sight: Actual, Real Nuns in the Castro, Waiting for a Bus

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

On Castro near 17th and Market, near where pedestrian Sutchi Hui landed after getting hit by a bike rider earlier this year:

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Heretofore, I’d only seen, you know, the other kind of nun.

R.I.P. Sister Boom Boom.