Posts Tagged ‘riders’

Park and Rec Department Steps Up Campaign to Wetten Users of Panhandle Bike Path

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The best part about the Park and Rec Department’s renewed campaign to punish users of the Panhandle bike path for no good reason is when cyclists get hit from all angles unexpectly.

T’pau! Right in the kisser!

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That will learn people not to ride their bikes on the bike path on those dreaded sunny days

Why Don’t YOU Apply for the Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee? Deadline May 11, 2010

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Oh man, it’s all going to turn around for you now. Why? Cause you’re going to have a chance to join the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Citizens Advisory Committee.

It’s not hard to apply. (Here’s a sneak-peek if you can’t open that link right now.)

Yes, you can! San Carlos, here we come!

Caltrain Seeks Community Volunteers for Advisory Committee

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board is seeking applicants for its Citizens Advisory Committee to represent San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The CAC is comprised of nine volunteer members, who serve in an advisory capacity to the board of directors, providing input on the needs of current and potential rail customers.

Applicants should be residents of one of the three counties, and applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, May 11. The CAC meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in San Carlos, just one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station. All meetings are open to the public.

Caltrain operates 98 trains each weekday between San Francisco and San Jose, with commute-hour service to Gilroy, and hourly weekend service between San Francisco and San Jose. Last year, Caltrain carried nearly 12 million riders, and currently it carries an average weekday ridership of more than 40,000.

Interested persons can download an application HERE or call 650.508.6223.

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Media Contact: Tasha Bartholomew, 650.508.7927


San Francisco County Representatives

  • Francois Granade
  • John Hronowski
  • Mona Tekchandani

San Mateo County Representatives

  • Paul Bendix
  • Gerald Graham, Chair
  • A. Sepi Richardson

Santa Clara County Representatives

  • Bruce Jenkins
  • Cat Tucker
  • Brian Wilfley

* Download and application to become a CAC member: (PDF, 31 KB) – (MS WORD, 111 KB)

The Citizens Advisory Committee is comprised of nine representatives from various segments of the community and acts in an advisory capacity to the tri-county Caltrain policy board. Responsibilities include providing input on the needs of current and potential transit users.

The CAC meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in Caltrain’s administrative office in San Carlos, one block west of the San Carlos Caltrain Station. All meetings are open to the public. Comments to the board may be submitted to cacsecretary@caltrain.com.

Traffic Cameras Finally Coming to Dangerous Octavia Boulevard? Let’s Hope So

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

In the beginning (circa 2005), there was nothing preventing drivers from making an illegal right turn from inbound Market onto the Octavia freeway on-ramp.

See? Inbound Market at Octavia in early 2007, no cones, no Safe Hit posts, no nothing:

Consequently, drivers would gain access to freeways taking them to the east bay and the south bay by making illegal right turns. See how this harried yuppie pilots his SAAB into an innocent cyclist? T’pau! The cyclist wasn’t hurt all that bad, but others were.

A traffic study showed that reverse-commuters were making an average of one dangerous, illegal turn every two signal cycles. Here’s the report, from early 2007

But then, Someone said, “Let there be light-weight cones ‘n stuff placed on the painted line dividing the bike and car lanes.”

And it was good. Or good enough for a quick fix anyway.

These posts and cones, along with other efforts such as stepped-up traffic enforcement from the CHP and SFPD, had an immediate effect. Here’s the follow-up traffic report showing a 90% reduction in the number of illegal turns.

But what about the remaining 10% of drivers who would run over the posts like this?

Well, what about a traffic island, as seen in this Photoshopped proposal from 2007?

 

Well guess what? After an investment of $50k and a lot of time, we got our island IRL.

So, these days, the intersection looks like this:

But there are no Photo Enforced signs. Why’s that?

Fiona Ma, along with a few of her pol pals, made an effort a couple years back but it wasn’t enough.

Well, comes now the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to say:

We Need Your Stories About Market and Octavia

Have you been the victim of an illegal right hand turn by a motorist at Market and Octavia Boulevard? If so, please email your story to the SF Bicycle Coalition

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is sponsoring a bill (AB 2729) which will allow San Francisco to use camera enforcement to ticket drivers who make the illegal right turn. The SF Bicycle Coalition thinks that camera enforcement is a smart solution for this notoriously dangerous intersection. Currently, there is almost no enforcement happening. We need public testimony from people who have been hit by a motorist or have had other bad experiences at that intersection to build support for this new bill.

The bill will be heard by its first committee next week, so if you are one of the unlucky folks who has a story to tell, please take a moment now to write down the details of your encounter and email them to Marc!

So, Tom, who knows all about Octavia, is now giving traffic cameras a go.

(R.I.P. Octavia Lounge)

Good luck Tom.

But what of today? Are drivers still making that illegal turn a couple of years after the island installation? Sounds like it’s time for a new traffic study.

Well, here it is.

Exactly zero drivers made an illegal turn from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM this morning. That’s the same time period measured back in 2007.

However, one driver tried to make a turn, but couldn’t do it easily because he (it’s always a he, am I right ladies?) was blocked by cyclists that he noticed at the last second. So he gave up and went south of Market to get onto the freeway. Amazingly, he wasn’t driving a BMW, Audi or a SAAB. There he is, in the grey Mazda 3 you can see here:

So, can we use some cameras here? Sure, why not?

Now, let’s not get into how we got saddled with Octavia and all its problems. That ivory tower academic from across the estuary already took our money and collected her awards so it’s unlikely she’d want to revisit her creation. Actually, she’s off to laboring on Masonic, where there’s simply no way her notions can hurt people and mess up traffic more than horrible Octavia does now. So that’s a good thing. Anyway, she feels any troubles associated with Octavia are San Francisco’s fault, so you can’t even count her as a defender of this massive planning failure.

(Speaking of which, should we now have traffic engineers work as urban planners, considering that urban planners and architects have gotten into traffic engineering lately? It would only be fair. Oh well.)

You know, down in Mexico City, a ward heeler faced with something like our right turn situation on Octavia would get a crew going and have a concrete traffic island curing in the pouring sun by the next day. It took us about a thousand times longer than that, but we got our island and there are people walking around today because of it.

But it certainly would be nice to have a camera or two to complete the job…

Our Newly Beiged Market Street is Already Marred by Bicycle Skid Marks

Monday, December 7th, 2009

See? At this rate, this part of Market Street won’t stay beige very long.

Still, a lot of those fixed gear bike riders have no other way of stopping, so That’s How It’s Gotta Be.

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(Guess which mark (nicely modulated, made using disc brakes) is mine…)

Wouldn’t green be a better color?

WinterFest 2009: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Annual Party Comes December 6th

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

On December 6th, 2009 you might find yourself riding to WinterFest 09 at the SOMArts Gallery on 934 Brannan near 8th Street in the SoMA. Just follow the path laid out on our newly beiged (fawned? fawndled?) streets.

Don’t call it FallFest, nor AutumnFest neither. It’s WinterFest! See you there.

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Don’t forget to bring your buddy on your new $1500 Buddy Bike backwards tandem. (Mom, don’t be such a backseat driver all the time!)

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All the deets:

“Don’t miss the hottest bike party of the year the 14th Annual Winterfest Member Party, Auction, Art Show and Fundraiser.

WHEN: Sunday, December 6th from 6-10:30pm.
WHERE: SOMArts Gallery, 934 Brannan St. at 8th St.
Free Valet Bike Parking provided of course.
Download the Winterfest Poster (PDF).

Over 1,000 SF bicycling advocates of all stripes — SFBC members, bike industry, local businesses, local artists and politicians coming together for a festive evening to celebrate the growth of San Francisco bicycling. An occasion to raise a glass to the SFBC & our members for being 10,000 current-members strong!

To top it off, the event includes New Belgium beer, DJs Laron & ShOOey spinning all night, the photo booth, food vendors ($) and over 1,000 bike-friendly party-folk.

Bid and buy

Winterfest features a fabulous 60 piece bike focused local art auction, plus an unrivaled silent & live auction complete with the hottest bikes, gear and oodles of gift certificates from your favorite restaurants and cultural institutions.

If crafts are more your speed, Winterfest has a robust craft table. Or you could try your luck and enter the raffle for your chance to win a beautiful one-of-a-kind bike quilt. To top it off, the event includes New Belgium beer, music, photo booth, food vendors ($) and over 1,000 bike-friendly party-folk.

Volunteers needed

We are seeking over 200 volunteers to help make Winterfest run smoothly. There’s something for everyone. Sign up today to get the shift and task of your dreams!

Pricing

$15 suggested min. admission for SFBC Members.
$40 for people joining at the door (Includes SFBC membership + admission)

Admission includes:

Complimentary New Belgium beer, DJ’s, valet bike parking and a photo booth along with a great feeling knowing you’re supporting SF’s most effective bicycle advocacy organization

Flash your SFBC membership card for quick entry into the party. Missing your card? Request one here

All proceeds from our fundraiser go directly toward improving biking conditions in San Francisco so all cyclists have a comfortable, safe and dignified ride about town.

 

Thank Yous

This event is only possible through the generous support of hundreds of sponsorsand through the help of Girl Friday Events and Winterfest Interns: Eliza Barrios (ebx design & tech solutions) Emma Kemp & Kim Quinones.

 

When Cycling Through the Broadway Tunnel, Is the Sidewalk or the Street Better?

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Let’s try the sidewalk first. Downsides include the illegality and the possible hassle for pedestrians.

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All right, now let’s get onto the street. This is not recommended, particularly going outbound to the west, which is mostly uphill. It’s legal, but pretty scary.

By this time, my lungs were aching for air. Pedaling furiously in 27th gear:

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Conclusion: Take the sidewalk. Walk your ride if necessary.

Or go around Russian Hill.

Or go over Russian Hill.

Those are your four choices.

But the city, the city is working on things. Check out the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition‘s take on things right here.

Anyway, four choices. Choose wisely.

NB: Don’t touch anything in the tunnel, as everything is covered in soot.

Shyster’s Comment: Does Berkeley Require Registration and Licensing of Bicyclists? No

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

If you’d like, head on over to Robert “Don’t Call Him Crazy Rob” Anderson’s District 5 Diary, which has this bit about how Berkeley and other California cities “require registration and licensing of bicyclists.” The problem with that is that Berkeley licenses bicycles, not bicyclists. And the primary reason California carved out a special law for cities to implement has to do with the recovery of stolen bikes.

That’s something to ponder before people use Berkeley’s law to call for a “state campaign to require bicycles and bicyclists to be tested, registered, insured and licensed and pay appropriate fees for this regulatory service.”

Old bike messengers never die, they just age gracefully. Like this fellow with an old bike messenger license plate, as recently seen on Market Street. Keep on keeping on, man!

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Of course you can call for cyclists or pedestrians or any group of people you don’t like to be licensed and insured, blah blah blah. But let’s be more precise, why not?

[UPDATE: Uh oh, it seems Crazy Rob (check his very own website, that's what people call him) has started using the majestic plural, the royal we. Never a good sign. But at least he shows he understands the error he made. Applied knowledge, baby - catch it! And now he is (or rather, they are, sorry Your Crazy Majesty) calling for licensing of bikes AND bike riders. And why not license pedestrians as well, while "we're" at it? The World Wonders.]

[UPDATE II: Note Crazy Rob's impatience upon realizing his pearls of wisdom wouldn't get put up on this small corner of the Internet immediately. Sorry CR, but I don't operate this site 24/7 - sometimes I'm off assisting "Wheezy" at the Help Center.]

The Aging, Unreliable Harley Davidsons of the 100 Year Old SFPD Motor Division

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

These cops of the 100-year old Motor Division of the San Francisco Police Department waited all morning for a recent Roe v. Wade abortion demonstration / counter-demonstration to get started and then were, once again, left in the lurch by an obsolete-when-built Harley Davidson motorcycle.

So all they could do is push it onto the sidewalk and worry about it later - unreliable equipment is no picnic, of course. That must be why they get paid the big bucks to ladle out bowls of rich, creamy justice, with the average officer pulling down a six-figure income

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Even if you maintain these old-school Harleys correctly, they are hard to keep on the road. The biggest selling pointa they have are tradition and heritage, it seems. Vendors of reliable models from Honda, Kawasaki, and BMW must be frustrated… Oh well.

Happy Centennial, SFPD Motor Division!

Cyclists Move From the Back of the Bus all the Way to First Class in the Presidio

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Boy, you’ve really got to be dedicated to keep up with the developments at the old Public Health Service Hospital in the Presidio. Last night, a total of 33 civic-minded souls got updated on the latest plans for the condoization of the place, including San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar (who’s everywhere you don’t want to be on these dark and stormy nights).

Amid discussion of Canary Island Date Palms in this slide show from Chandler McCoy…

…we get this power point page. It’s the 15th Avenue entrance in the Presidio in the NIMBY-rich SeaCliff / Lake District / northern part of the Richmond area just south of the PHSH worksite. Well you already know about that, but the entrance will be for bike riders only, no cars allowed. See? (That’s not a “sharrow” arrow ’cause there’s no sharing involved with that particular lane.) Conservatory Drive in Golden Gate Park has a similar arrangement but the bike lane there is not as wide. Click to expand:

Vehicular types will just have to use 14th Avenue as the entrance when this plan goes into effect. You can’t ask for more than that, can you, cyclists?

That’s about as much excitement the Presidio will produce for you until word comes about the revised plans for the long-delayed Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP) museum.

Any day now…

Will Radiohead Give Away Concert Tickets to Bicycle Riders in San Francisco?

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Radiohead’s recent attempt to give away concert tickets failed in France because people were too lazy to pedal their bikes on over to pick them up. Quelle horreur!

But things will be different if Radiohead tries the same stunt in San Francisco this summer.

A rainbow over Golden Gate Park from the San Francisco Botanical Garden. The park will be In Rainbows once again when the Outside Lands music festival starts up on August 22nd.

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In fact, if Radiohead tries to give away tickets to people who cycle to some office building in San Francisco, a riot will probably break out.

There Will Be Blood, or at least a squabble or two. But, rest assured, all available free tickets will get distributed and used.

See you there!