Dangerous North Beach Intersection…Yikes!

Thanks to neighborhood safety advocate, Richard Sheldon, North Beach might become a little bit safer.

The intersection of Pacific Ave and Columbus Ave has been flagged by Sheldon and the Municipal Transportation Authority as on of the more dangerous intersections in North Beach because of Southbound Pacific Ave traffic confusing Kearney Street with Columbus Ave.

Kids and Bike Safety

On December 10, 2008 The San Francisco Examiner put out a short article emphasizing the importance of keeping children safe on bicycles.

What used to be the job of Municipal Traffic controllers the responsibility has now been handed to the parents of young city riders.

Bike Sharing

Washington D.C is doing it, college campuses are doing it, what about San Francisco? Could a bike sharing program be in our future?

According to Newsom spokesman, Nathan Ballard the answer is yes,“[Newsom] has been pushing the MTA to adopt a European-style bike-share program, and he’s pleased to see that it is moving forward,” Ballard said

Similarly to Washington D.C’s

Two Wheels at the Office , Still Rare

The title for this post is also the title of the December 9, 2008 NYTimes article which discusses how employers and building managers could incorporate bicycle parking in their buildings.

New York city lawmakers have two suggestions, Introduction 871 and Introduction 78.
Introduction 871 “would mandate access to bike parking in most office and retail buildings, “provided that such building can reasonably accommodate the storage of such bicycle.”

New SF Gate Green Blog

My boss sent me this link to a new blog on SFGate.

It’s author, Cameron proves himself to be a thoughtful, link happy activist.

Good job Cameron! Keep up the good work!

S.F EIR study finally released!

Don’t get too excited, it’s just a draft. Or get excited that we have something tangible to look at!

The S.F Environmental Impact Review has been 2.5 years in the making. It will add strength to the city’s Transit First Policy, which already states in Article 6: “Bicycling shall be promoted by encouraging safe streets for riding, convenient access to transit, bicycle lanes, and secure bicycle parking.”

S.F asks court to allow bike improvements

Why does the city have to ask permission to keep it citizens safe?

‘In 2006, the San Francisco Superior Court blocked the city from enacting any improvements intended to benefit cyclists without special permission.”

In April of 2008 the court granted the installation of a dedicated bike/pedestrian signal at the notoriously dangerous Fell and Masonic intersection.

Another Bicyclist Casualty

On Monday evening Mark Pendleton was returning home from a training ride when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle that crossed into his path.

Read the full article here. The CHP is still looking for the driver who struck Mark.

Motorcycling in the Fall. Stay Safe!

The weather is starting to turn fall like here in the Bay Area. Taking time out to turn your morotcycle and review saftey issues wil make sure that you stay safe and happy as you enjoy the cool weather with your friends and family.

Map of San Francisco’s Most Dangerous Intersections

San Francisco is full of narrow, busy, streets. Throw in buses,pedestrians, short light changes and the mix can turn deadly.

The San Francisco Chronicle recently published a map of San Francisco intersections that have a high Muni accident rate. The top three intersections with the highest rate of Muni accidents are:

1) 6th and Market Street/Taylor and Golden Gate
2) 3rd and Market Street/Kearny and Geary Street
3) 5th and Market Street

Take a look at this map mash up to see more intersections that Muni needs to start paying attention to.