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TheMuckraker
11:28 PM on 05/16/2012
Fewer cars with SF gas prices.
Take it out on the bicyclers.
Be sure and be apologetic and the suckers wont catch on.
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sf girl
I like my micro-bio empty.
12:19 AM on 05/17/2012
So it's not possible that some bicyclists break the law? I see it all the time.
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HairFarmer
07:37 AM on 05/17/2012
??? eff U biking natzee
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TheMuckraker
12:25 PM on 05/17/2012
I am a biker....I was saying thats what they are doing....making up for lost money because fewer people are driving. WOW!
11:25 PM on 05/16/2012
As a regular bicycle commuter in SF, I find that cars get even more upset with us cyclists when we make full stops. When we do make full stops, and arrive at the full stop before the car, the car then has to wait for us to regain momentum which takes time. Car drivers do not like that extra time to wait.

The current climate in SF towards cyclists is bad. Angry when we come to a full stop; angry when we yield through s stop sign; just downright anger towards us. Had a pedestrian hit me on the helmet a few weeks ago when I was at a full stop at a red light. He then proceeded to point his fingers at me like a gun and "pull the trigger" multiple times. Quite unsettling...
01:16 AM on 05/17/2012
A few bad apples spoil the whole bunch.
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xevioso
03:42 AM on 05/17/2012
Well then move to the right. The reality is that while you legally have full rights to the road, you will piss off others iff you don't move to the right while your slow bicycle speeds up. There's no reason to take up the entire lane when you can move to the right, or, better yet, NOT drive on Fell, thinking you are a car, when you can drive one block over on Haight and be perfectly safe.
02:16 PM on 05/17/2012
I am not in the car lane, nor am I talking about Fell St. I am talking about people coming to the intersection from the other streets who have to wait for me to re-gain momentum and cross their path before they can go.
02:22 PM on 05/17/2012
Also, your response and the tone of it are further indications of the negative assumptions made about cyclists. I am a regular cyclist, always in the bike lane, get harassed by cars and pedestrians alike, and obey stop signs and lights. Drivers yell and throw obscene gestures when I come to a traffic stop, they are on the road perpendicular to me. I got to the stop first, have the right of way and it takes time. They would be happier if I yielded through the stop sign so they would not have to wait as long.
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TheMuckraker
11:23 PM on 05/16/2012
Why does anyone want to live where they treat you like enemies?
11:40 PM on 05/16/2012
Feel free to leave anytime.
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TheMuckraker
12:49 AM on 05/17/2012
I did. I got a parking ticket before my meter expired. The cops suck there.
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Roberto Profuncto
11:22 PM on 05/16/2012
Stopping at every stop sign, while cycling, is the same as driving up to said stop sign in a car, turning off our engine, opening the door and putting your foot out. Please stop whining about cyclist who blow through stop signs as, since it's their life, they're either going to get hit or get ticketed or keep on cycling. As humans we just can't stand the idea of someone getting ahead of us by breaking the law, and you, in your car, will most likely pass them at the next intersection.
10:43 AM on 05/17/2012
this isn't even remotely why i have a problem with a cyclist blowing through a stop sign, i have a problem because i might be the person driving the car that eventually plows into them. or maybe i see the stupid person in time and veer out of the way... which is just as likely to cause a major accident. So just because some biker doesn't care about his life doesn't mean i don't care about mine or the other drivers don't care about theirs.
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WoodsideCraig
Author of the blog "The Weiler Psi"
11:20 PM on 05/16/2012
We've been ticketing cyclists for years in Woodside and it's been having an effect. Cyclists have been getting the message and are being more courteous or going someplace else. In return, I feel more courteous towards them since I'm not getting cut off by them regularly as they blow through stop sign intersections or crowd me towards the center divider by riding three abreast.

I'm always careful. I don't want to hurt anyone.
10:59 PM on 05/16/2012
So happy this is happening!! For 20 years in this city, I've seen the evolution of the SF Bike Coalition's penis of power grow and have influence. You all want to rule the road but refuse to be held accountable by the rules of the road. By NO means am I claiming motorists are better than cyclists but if we all want to share the road equally, then you all better be willing to pay the same tickets I end up paying. Unfortunately it's taken the death of pedestrians by bicyclists and injuries to pedestrians by bicyclists for people to realize you all can be just as dangerous as cars, deal with the consequences!!!
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tulsey
I was Bill Hicks.
10:57 PM on 05/16/2012
If people would just play by the rules traffic (along with most things in life) would flow much better. And I would remind the bikers they do not have "The law of gross vehicular weight" on their side.
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10:35 PM on 05/16/2012
Bicyclist are as dangerous as drivers here in SF. Neither obeys the traffic laws jeopardizing safety for those of us who walk... and worse run red lights and are responsible for the death of law biding senior citizens crossing intersections ..

They ride on sidewalks when the traffic is heavy, they are worse than jaywalkers. I hope they crack down even harder on them and get rid of the ridiculous critical mass rides that end of causing an enormous expense to the city.
10:56 PM on 05/16/2012
I so do not like driving in or through SF. I when I do so I often myself chanting the mantra "&$*! San Franciso, &$*! San Francisco..." What a crazy place to drive.
05:23 AM on 05/17/2012
Then DON'T...
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William Brock
10:31 PM on 05/16/2012
The push to write more citations is State wide and with declining funding, the writing of citations for any and all infractions, weather motor vehicle, bicycle, or persons on foot, will be increased to cover the loses of tax revenue.......Fact.
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patrick w henry
10:25 PM on 05/16/2012
wow - so the bikers now want SF to emulate IDAHO?
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10:25 PM on 05/16/2012
In the post apocalyptic world brought on by climate change and oil shortages we bike riders will have our revenge over you fatties stuck behind your wheels of your useless metal and glass behemoths.
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William Brock
10:37 PM on 05/16/2012
Maybe, but the riders in those "metal and glass behemouths", will be nice and warm and arrive to work happy and dry. Anyway, not everyone wants to wear spandex and look goofy that early in the morning....!
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Mister President
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11:33 PM on 05/16/2012
William Brock, embrace your sexiness and put on some spandex.
10:51 PM on 05/16/2012
Yeah, right... I'm an EV owner with a solar PV system so you'l be the ones SOL....
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11:33 PM on 05/16/2012
We'll just wait for cloudy weather and throw rocks at your flimsy solar panels.
10:08 PM on 05/16/2012
Just a general observation about biking safety. It is true that there are bikers who disregard simple traffic rules and safety precautions, like stopping at a stop sign. But it is also true that many stop lights are simply not biker friendly. Some left turn signals do not sense the presence of a biker and eventually the frustrated biker makes a left on red. Lights at large intersections do not stay yellow long enough for a biker to pass through without jumping a red. Fixing these issues would make biking much safer and discourage bad behavior.
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panobuz
Smart as a horse, hung like Einstein
10:07 PM on 05/16/2012
I was exiting a pier on to the Embarcadero, if you know the area, you know you have to cross a wide sidewalk with many pedestrians to get to the street. As I pulled out a woman on a bike hit my right front fender (T boned). So #1 she was on the wrong side of the street, #2 she was on the sidewalk. She got up of the ground and called me every name in the book and demanded that I pay for her mangled bike! I said look at my smashed front fender. She had no insurance and I had to pay for my repairs. I did give her a ride to her apt. and then to the doctor.
10:05 PM on 05/16/2012
I was pulled over, with the siren woop and flashing lights of an SFPD patrol car 2 weeks ago. "You did not come to a complete stop". I said "you mean foot on the ground stop?". "That's right". This is a quiet intersection I have been riding thru to work for 30years. The ticket was for $199. While I was being written up, one bike after another flying thru this intersection. Why? No cross traffic, neither car or pedestrian.

The answer is the "Stop as yield" law for bikes. Place these patrol cars in busy intersections, and write up cyclists that actually disrupt traffic. "Stop as yield" is realistic and is being adopted by bike friendly jurisdictions nationally. Sadly, SF is not one of them.
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10:40 PM on 05/16/2012
bet you'll stop next time. this is so awesome!
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10:46 PM on 05/16/2012
I got your "stop as yield" bozo. The cyclists fly thru intersections BTDGAFF.
Maybe your mom can can explain to you what a stop sign is. It might help if you took your foot and your head outOfURARSE
11:59 PM on 05/16/2012
Judging by your pic.. More bike, less car.
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juna
Golden Rule is all we need.
09:29 PM on 05/16/2012
Bikers - just obey the traffic laws and you won't be pulled over. Strangely enough, stop signs and stop lights also apply to you, as you are operating a moving vehicle.
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09:49 PM on 05/16/2012
As a stop sign ignoring when appropriate cyclist I will not obey someone with spelling mistakes in their micro-bio!
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marco01
10:24 PM on 05/16/2012
As far as I know, it's never appropriate to ignore a stop sign.
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juna
Golden Rule is all we need.
11:35 PM on 05/16/2012
Vegies and veggies are both correct spellings, meany. Vegies is the English spelling. Look it up.
10:13 PM on 05/16/2012
Car drivers. First, use a bike. Most of you can sure use the exercise. And when biking in a city, let me know how many intersections you pedal up to, that are completely devoid of any traffic, that you stop, put your foot down, then pedal up from still. You won't. No one does, few ever will.
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10:42 PM on 05/16/2012
doesn't make it legal. fact of the matter is you choose to ride your bike, you have to obey the traffic laws. otherwise, it'll cost you—finally!