Transportation

Free rides on Ford GoBikes tomorrow

Ford GoBikes will be free for riders tomorrow in San Francisco, the East Bay, and San Jose. Free day passes cover an unlimited number of 30-minute rides for a 24-hour period ending a minute before midnight tomorrow. A ride that goes longer than 30 minutes costs $3 for every additional 15 minutes. Getting a pass requires an app download and credit...

SF legislator to Uber, Lyft: Get out of the bike lane

San Francisco District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen sent a letter to ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft Tuesday, asking them to use geofencing technology to find safe places for pick-ups and drop-offs — and to test such a system on Valencia Street, notorious for ride-share cars blocking the bike lanes. “At this point, Valencia is completely out of control with bikes,...

Exclusive: SF takes action on needlessly idling, polluting hybrid buses

The cost of one of Muni’s new diesel-electric hybrid buses approaches three-quarters of a million dollars. That’s roughly twice what a regular old diesel bus costs, but San Francisco is a city that’s willing to pay more. After all, can you really put a price tag on appearing to care about environmental issues? This city is a place easily pegged...

Medical emergency shuts down 24th Street BART

The BART station at 24th and Mission streets was shut down shortly after noon Saturday due to a “major medical emergency,” according to a statement from the transit system. It’s unclear whether the emergency developed aboard the train or elsewhere in the station. According to a statement from BART spokesperson Chris Filippi, as of 1:30 p.m., major delays persisted and...

‘Chop shop’ legislation heads to Board of Supervisors for vote

A law that would make bike “chop shops” illegal will move to the Board of Supervisors for a vote after winning over two former opponents, who changed their minds now that police won’t be enforcing the law.  District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and representatives of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, who previously opposed the proposal, voiced their support at a...

Bike safety advocates, plus D8 Sup, hit the street for protected bike lanes

The yellow-shirted bicycle-safety activists were back on Valencia Street between 18th and 19th streets Thursday afternoon, carrying signs that read: “Protected lane.” Their aim is to get something built on Valencia that physically separates cyclists and drivers on the road to avoid collisions. As it stands, the street has painted bike lanes, but nothing stops drivers from rolling into them...

Bike-sharing in SF’s Mission: Who is taking whom for a ride?

Bike-sharing needs neighborhoods like the Mission if it’s going to work. Does the Mission need bike-sharing? To paraphrase something Sigmund Freud may or may not have said, sometimes a bicycle is just a bicycle. In this city, that’s a good thing to keep in mind. Bicycles have become all things to all people, and two-wheeled proxies for anything and everything. San...

SF’s Muni was fined $220K by state for blowing off emissions requirements

It feels like Muni is under a cloud of late. One of its own making. This week, Mission Local revealed that the agency’s new diesel-electric hybrid buses are operating without a pollution-control program that has been par for the municipal transit course since the 1980s. The buses’ onboard computers are not programmed to shut down the engine after several minutes of...

Police out, Public Works in, with revised chop shop proposal

Public Works crews, not police officers, would be the public servants issuing tickets to bike chop shop operators and clearing them off public right-of-ways under a completely revised proposal to combat the informal repair operations. After an overhaul that de-emphasizes the role of police, Supervisor Jeff Sheehy’s legislation to address bike chop shops will return to committee for further review. The...

Advocates for cyclists, homeless, push back on bike chop shop proposal

Police will be able to seize any bikes or bicycle parts from individuals who have five or more bikes displayed on public property, according to legislation that will be considered Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Jeff Sheehy proposed the chop shop ban to target San Francisco’s ongoing bicycle theft problem. The bicycle theft problem is concentrated in the...
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Electric, station-less bike share program starts to roll out

Bikeshare is getting big. And the newest player – Social Bicycles – is bringing their electric JUMP bikes to the mix. They have already started appearing around the city. Already Bay Area Bike Share (now Ford GoBike) has announced it will soon be expanding dramatically, and you might also remember the slight stir caused by the Chinese bike sharing company...

Cars towed on Dolores Street under new median parking rules

The median parking experiment on Dolores Street ran into a snag on Sunday night as more than a dozen cars were towed along Dolores between 17th and 18th streets, according to Jefferson McCarley, a nearby resident who also runs Mission Bicycle on Valencia Street. New regulations prohibit parking after 6 p.m. on Sundays along the median, but they have been relaxed at other...

Bike safety advocates set up human barrier between lanes

Advocates for infrastructure that better separates cyclists from drivers took to Valencia Street Thursday evening, forming a human barrier between bike and auto lanes from 16th and 17th streets. Dozens of cyclists offered high-fives and smiles as they passed through the corridor of roughly 20 yellow-shirted bike lane activists. Most drivers kept silent as they drove by, but a few  voiced their dismay. “Find...

Man in critical condition after hit-and-run in SF Mission

A hit-and-run collision on Thursday afternoon sent a 61-year-old pedestrian to the hospital with critical injuries. The incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. as the man was crossing the intersection of 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. A 21-year-old man drove into the intersection, hitting another vehicle. The second vehicle in turn spun out of control and struck the pedestrian, who was crossing the street. The 21-year-old...

Construction Continues on Potrero, South Van Ness Avenues

San Francisco Public Works is improving asphalt on Potrero Avenue and traffic signals on South Van Ness Avenue in the coming months. The removal of existing asphalt, a process called grinding, has already begun on Potrero. Both lanes were resurfaced between the freeway on-ramp and 25th Street on March 11. Work will continue block by block over the next few Saturdays...