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» Another Person Killed by Car

This is the 10th pedestrian hit on San Francisco streets in the last two weeks, prompting the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to hold a joint meeting between a safety committee and its neighborhood watch next week to discuss pedestrian safety issues.

sfweekly, 08.01.14.

sad list of recent posts under the “pedestrians" tag on sfweekly.

No-Fault Evictions in San Francisco, 1997 to 2013.
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project.
in the City. 
Powell/Union Square area. dyahh I hate shopping. but sf bike party later!
SF Bike Party #36: Three for Three!
"We’re going three for three! Join us January 3rd for our 3rd birthday! For 3 years now, we’ve powered through the streets of San Francisco with your help, pulling music bikes and dancing hard to celebrate the pedal-powered revolution. Join us for our biggest birthday yet, as we trace our inaugural SFBP route and celebrate life on two wheels (or one, or three, or more, whatever fits your fancy). Wear your best and brightest birthday gear, because it’s our party and we’ll ride if we want to! We’re TURNING 3!”
meet @civic center plaza, 7:30pm. roll out at 8. friday, 3rd jan. 2014.
There are cities around the world that have a zero-tolerance goal when it comes to fatalities. We have to set it in our minds that some day — some day, we will have years where no one gets killed on our streets.

Supervisor David Chiu said SF should set a vision beyond the Pedestrian Strategy’s goal of cutting injuries by 50 percent by 2020.

via sfstreetsblog, 12.04.13Mayor Lee on Walk to Work Day: We Won’t Let Ped Strategy Sit on the Shelf. 

» S.F. rolls out 3 miles of free Wi-Fi along Market Street


Commuters wait for transit on Market Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, where free Wi-Fi connectivity is now available. Photo: Leah Millis

After announcing a deal in July to bring free Wi-Fi to San Francisco’s public parks, the city will officially roll out free wireless connectivity Monday along a main transit spine — Market Street.

It’s not the sweeping citywide access that then-Mayor Gavin Newsom proposed in 2007, but it is 3 miles of coverage along the city’s main thoroughfare from Castro Street to the Embarcadero.

"A quarter of a million people traverse Market Street every day, from all walks of life," Mayor Ed Lee said of the new Wi-Fi service. "Now they can access information, find out when their next bus is coming, or peruse local job listings, all for free. This is a significant first step in my vision of connectivity for our city."

Unlike the original citywide proposal, which collapsed amid political bickering between the mayor and the Board of Supervisors and concerns over a city contract with EarthLink and Google, this network is constructed and owned by the city.

It cost the city about $500,000 after donations from two companies. Ruckus Wireless of Sunnyvale donated hardware, and Layer42 Networks of Mountain View contributed 1 gigabit of Internet access service to allow the network to reach the public Internet, city officials said.

sfgate, 16.12.13.
sfgov.org/sanfranciscowifi


Junmo Kim, visiting from South Korea, visits the Marina Green one of the parks to receive new wifi. Google will pay to install wireless access in 31 San Francisco parks, a donation brokered by Supervisor Mark Farrell, which will bring hot spots to every district of the city. Photo: Brant Ward.

**it may not seem like not a big deal for all of us who have 3g/4g data connection on our smartphones, but for tourists and travellers, it’s a big deal.

I’m in Reykjavik right now, and the first couple of days I had no way of contacting my couchsurfing hosts except through wifi/internet/email. (problem with getting cash at ATMs; didn’t get cash and a local sim card until yesterday). although i survived and met up with my hosts in time, it sucked because i couldn’t receive or send info on last-minute changes unless i was standing outside of a cafe that offered free wi-fi, or hadn’t left the house yet.***

Supermarket Street Sweep (groceries by bike)

bikeit:

After skipping last year, I rode the Supermarket Street Sweep again, with two friends. This is a fundraiser / food drive for the SF Food Bank, combined with a little light competition to collect the most food or collect it the fastest.

It was an amazingly successful year for the food drive— 149 cyclists brought in 10,615 pounds of food, about 2,500 pounds more than the previous record.

A few photos snapped along the way…

An impressing tower of cases of ramen (which almost tipped over):image

One of the more serious cargo loads:

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Parking lot loading:

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And,somehow, we made it last last few miles with over 300 lbs of food between us, and no bent wheels or crashes.

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On a personal note, I also set a record for the most weight I’ve ever carried by bike— after collecting about 20 lbs of food in 2010, and 100 lbs of food in 2011, this year I hauled 156 lbs (of dry beans, peanut butter, orange juice, pasta, and lots of rice), with the two extra-deep panniers, a large backpack, and a rack:

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» Dad asks drivers to slow down

A teenager was killed and two others critically injured in a Pacific Heights crash on Pine at Gough streets at around 7:00am in San Francisco, California, on Friday, September 27, 2013. Police Sgt. Danielle Newman said a witness reported the responsible driver as driving 80 miles an hour into a minivan stopped at a red light. Photo: Liz Hafalia.

The father of a 16-year-old boy killed last week in San Francisco’s Western Addition by a speeding motorist made a plea Monday for the city’s motorists to slow down.

We cannot comprehend why anyone would be driving 80 miles an hour in the streets of San Francisco,” said the father of Kevin San, a Lincoln High School junior killed just before 7 a.m. Friday on Pine Street near Gough Street.

"Instead of Kevin, it could’ve been any one of our children in our community - please, everyone, slow down!" said Hong Man San, through an interpreter.

On Saturday, police arrested Jennie Zhu, 58, in the crash that left San’s mother and sister seriously injured in addition to three other people in a nearby catering van.

Zhu, who suffered minor injuries, has since posted $300,000 bail.

Police say Zhu was apparently speeding at up to 80 mph in her Mercedes-Benz when she hit the San family minivan and the catering truck. She faces charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

sfgate, 30.09.13.

keep the crazy asian woman drivers stereotype going, because stuff like this lends to its credibility.

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