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Kit Keller, executive director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, says that bikelash is part of the cycle that happens along with any big societal shift. “We say there are three stages of social change,” says Keller. “Ridicule, violent opposition, and then acceptance. And sometimes there’s a fourth stage, too, where someone who has been opposed to it from the beginning will say, ‘Oh, that was such a great idea, I was really for it from the start.’ And it makes all of us giggle and be happy, and we just go on doing good work.”

“Bikelash, I think, a little counterintuitively, is a great thing to be dealing with,” says Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “It’s a high-class problem to have. Because it means that we’re actually making a difference. It means we’re actually forcing difficult decisions in a good way, in a constructive way, on communities as they decide what they’re going to look like in the future.”

read more: citylab, 15.09.14.
watch: “Talking About Bikelash In Your City,”streetfilms, 12.09.14.

2nd Transbay Tube needed to help keep BART on track. sfgate, 07.09.14.
"It typically takes but a single mechanical or track problem in West Oakland, in the Transbay Tube or along BART’s San Francisco corridor to shut down the entire BART transit system. Even without such problems, BART is at capacity for running trains under the bay during commute periods. The system can barely meet existing travel demand, let alone serve future transbay demand."
sunday in the east bay.
Dogpatch / Bayview ride


My third or fourth time doing a variant on a 10-15 mile Dogpatch / Bayview shoreline ride, including old industrial buildings, murals, urban goats, the former site of Pound SF, Tire Beach (where some sort of sci-fi-esque photo shoot was going on?), the Heron’s Head park spit out into the Bay, India Basin, Yosemite Slough, a surprise glittering UFO behind a roll-up garage door, and some more and less official dirt paths between all of these. With the excellent All Good Pizza as a post-ride stop.

I only took a handful of photos:







Fine weather to ride with a laid-back group of about fifteen people I know from various connections (friends, Boston, bike coalition, local music, camping, bike/transit blogging), including two kids (by which I mean children, not baby goats, though both were involved).

yay~ thanks, Max, for organizing the ride! I’ll have my pics up soon.

vera and her renovatio.
Polk Street: existing conditions.
there’s no mention of freight problems in SFMTA’s Polk St Streetscape Project [PDF pres], unless it’s in a full report somewhere..
» California's "Three Feet for Safety Act": What you need to know

Following the lead of many other states, California passed a law taking effect September 16th, 2014, which requires that drivers maintain a minimum 3-foot buffer when passing a bicyclist. However, there is some confusion about what this law does and does not cover, so our partners at the California Bicycle Coalition have provided answers to these frequently asked questions.

How can drivers tell if they are giving a bicyclist three feet of clearance?

We recommend “if you don’t know for sure then you are probably too close” as the rule of thumb. Keep in mind that the law requires a MINIMUM three foot passing buffer, but when traveling at speeds above 25 mph, when operating a large vehicle, or when on a multi-lane street we recommend giving more than three feet, or simply changing lanes completely to pass.

How can drivers give bicyclists three feet of clearance on roads that are too narrow?

State law does not guarantee drivers a right to pass whenever or wherever they want. Drivers may only pass another vehicle or a bicycle when it is safe to do so, and this does not change under the new law. When passing with a three foot buffer is not possible this new law requires the driver to slow down to a safe and reasonable speed and wait to pass only when it was safe to do so. In the event of a collision the driver would have to be prepared to demonstrate that three feet was NOT available and the slower, closer pass was made according to the law. This is a higher burden of proof for drivers than we had under the previous law, which placed no conditions on how to pass at a “safe distance.”

more FAQs: bikeeastbay, 13.08.14.

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