Streetblog San Francisco is also concerned about your safety. The blog also has picked up the Mission Mission’s story about last Tuesday’s twit from Donald Tetto saying a “Biker being loaded into an ambulance near 20th and Valencia.” But Streetblog SF went more in-depth in the issue.
The author, Michael Rhodes, read the police report and interviewed Andy Thornley, Program Director of the San Francisco Bike coalition to know what could be done to avoid these accidents. He wrote: “In the absence of greater driver awareness, even physically separated bike lanes might not be a perfect solution. “A separated bikeway, either as a channel that’s parallel to the standard street or as a swapped bikeway-parking lane, eliminates some of the hazards, but it potentially introduces new conflicts,” said Thornley. [..] “The bigger, softer, long term answer to this is much better education of motorists”. The driver education and awareness is an equally or more essential component to achieving greater street safety.
So next on the happy list. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, on Wednesday, a San Francisco Superior Court jury found Julio Melendez, 39, guilty of first-degree murder and of firearm possession by a felon. “On Nov. 21, 1996, Jose Quesada got into an argument with Julio Melendez and Jose Fuente at the El Toro nightclub in the city’s Portola District, according to the district attorney’s office. The men followed Quesada to Woodward Street in the Mission District and shot him seven times, killing him, prosecutors said. Fuente was convicted of manslaughter in 2004. Melendez was not found until June of last year, when he was arrested in June in Virginia, and returned to San Francisco to stand trial.”
Remember how earlier this week we cited that SF Eater had posted a link on how in New York, unlicensed street vendors had stolen the operating licenses of dead vendors. Well, according to SF Foodie : “This week, street vendor Amuse Bouche began selling a trio of desserts via the neo-German deli Schmidt’s (2400 Folsom at 20th St.). Like, in totally legit fashion.” Hurray and congrats.