Friday, February 27, 2015

Smart[sic] Growth comes to Berkeley

From Berkeleyside

Thanks to the Berkeley Daily Planet

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A message on the Polk Street bike project


Dear colleagues:

Again, thank you for your support for the Prop L campaign

In a short six month campaign, we were able to convince over 79,000 San Francisco voters that the top-down, ideologically driven, parking and traffic policies of the SFMTA and City Hall are out of balance and fail to address the needs of the 79% of San Franciscans who are motorists, as well as district merchants and their customers, first responders, people with disabilities who need curb-to-curb service, and families with children.

During the campaign, we talked about the SFMTA's plans for Polk Street---euphemistically called the "Polk Street 'Streetscape' Project"---to permanently remove street parking on the east side of Polk Street from McAllister Street to Pine Street and create a tow-away zone from 7:00-10:00 a.m. from Pine Street to Union Street so that a few hundred bicyclists would have an allocated bike lake from City Hall to Union Street. In toto 250 parking spaces, nearly 30% of the total on Polk Street, would be removed, and the Yellow Zones currently on the east side of Polk Street would be relocated to the west side of Polk Street, making it significantly harder for trucks to make deliveries to merchants on the east side of the street.

The project is now coming to a head. The Planning Department provided a Certificate of Determination that the project was Exempt from Environmental Review (under CEQA). A pro-forma hearing was held last month simply to take public testimony on the Planning Department's findings and recommendations. And the SFMTA Board is set to approve the project as proposed at its meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd, 1:00 p.m. at City Hall, Room 400.

The project is strongly opposed by the Polk Street Merchants, local residents, and the SF Council of District Merchants' Associations who believe the project will kill businesses on Polk Street because their customers won't be able to find convenient parking. The SFMTA's own Citizen's Advisory Committee passed a resolution calling upon the City to conduct an Economic Impact Report before SFMTA proceeds with the project.

The Coalition for SF Neighborhoods last week passed a resolution calling for a full Environmental Impact Review (EIR) because the proposal doesn't take into account the cumulative impact on traffic caused by the BRT on Van Ness, the CPMC construction on Van Ness and Geary, and the Planning Department's rezoning of the Van Ness and Polk Street corridors for denser housing, as well as the failure of the SFMTA to consider viable alternative routes for bike lanes, such as taking a lane out of Larkin and Hyde Streets (where there is room to accommodate both motorists and bicyclists without removing parking) than on Polk Street, which has only two lanes and must accommodate motorists, bicyclists, and buses.

Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to email Mayor Ed Lee, President of the Board London Breed, Supervisors Mark Farrell, Julie Christensen, and Jane Kim (who all have portions of Polk Street in their districts), and Chairman of the SFMTA Board Tom Nolan to express your opposition to the project as proposed and to call on the SFMTA Board to delay any final action on the project until a full Economic Impact Study and Environmental Impact Review have been completed.

The SFMTA Board's email address is mtaboard@sfmta.com.

For those of you who wish to attend the SFMTA meeting to testify in person, although the meeting starts at 1:00 and the item is agendized until 3:00, please arrive by Noon so you will be able to be seated in the hearing room. At the last hearing, those who arrived just before the meeting was scheduled, were shuttled off to a separate hearing room with closed circuit TV. The Bicycle Coalition and its allies were there in force, and they will be there in even greater numbers on Tuesday. It is important that we match if not exceed their numbers.

Thank you for your assistance on this. 

Sincerely,

Christopher L. Bowman
Campaign Coordinator, Prop. L (2014)

[See also Save Polk Street]

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Bike leaning rails in Seattle

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Egypt and "moderate" Islam




The entry for Al Azhar University in The Encyclopedia Britannica states that it is the “chief centre of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world.” Obama described Al Azhar as “a beacon of Islamic learning…that carried the light of learning through so many centuries”. The bottom line is the legitimacy of Al Azhar’s theological and legal opinions is indisputable to the majority of the Muslim world---assuming the majority follows moderate Al Azhar and not the insane minority.

Al Azhar is significant, and we should pay attention to this. Al Azhar is the oldest most prestigious center of Islamic learning in the world. It is held to be the center of Islamic modernity in its war on radicalism. It has students from every country in the world, and it is one of the main reasons Obama chose Cairo to be his podium for addressing the Muslim world in his landmark New Beginning speech in 2009.

...One does not need to look too far in order to find some evidence of the great consequential moral gap between the tradition which produced the statement of Al Azhar and the evil Western civilization. The very recent American response to the CIA torture report should serve that purpose perfectly. The American people consensus consider physical torture---which to no extent was near crucifixion or chopping of limbs---of the same monstrous terrorists to be a dark stain on American values, American honor, and the American flag. You should not search too much in Israeli public media to find the same harsh and sincere self-criticism of many of Israeli policies. It is my opinion that this huge moral gap accounts for almost all the miseries of the Middle East, regardless of what America, Israel, or the west does. Extreme application of violence is an integral part of the doctrine of those extremists as well as many of those who we label "moderates"...

For the past three months or so the government of moderate Sisi and home of enlightened Al Azhar, has systematically engaged in the business of hunting, arresting, publicly humiliating, and imprisoning homosexual Egyptians. Simultaneously, a stronger more violent state sponsored campaign was launched on atheists. Not exactly what the west had in mind regarding Sisi’s “reform of Islam” and “revolution in religion” don’t you think? 

Last week I was screamed at, cursed at, and even was successfully prevented from speaking at Swarthmore College by people who did not agree to what I was saying. Some of them fit the typical idea of the unveiled, perfect English speaking, moderate Muslim young women who live and study in the west. Similar “moderates” failed to do the same during my speech at Temple University the next day. Some of them sadly were students of journalism. 

This, along with the open call for crucifixion, chopping limbs, and Sisi’s moral policing should make one thing very clear: these people have no clue as to what constitutes civil society. Blaming ourselves and Israel for everything that goes wrong in the world, accompanied with some wishful thinking towards the “culture and religion of peace,” may make us feel better and hopeful, however it can’t stand in the face of the very obvious truth, that this major culture which is controlling huge parts of the developing world has been taken over and even dominated by some very bad ideas, and they, not us, and certainly not Israel, are the reason why we expect to see cruel and horrific deaths of multiple people the next time we look at news...

See also The problem with moderate Muslims by the same author.

See too Brendan O'Neill in Spiked: Hey, who are we to judge the Islamic State?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Streetsblog echo chamber

SF Streetsblog's account of this accident simply assumes that mom and her toddler were the latest victims in the war between wicked motor vehicles and cyclists. The wisdom of taking your child on your bike and riding on Geary Blvd. is not questioned. Nor is it questioned in any of the 38 comments to the story that only wonder what the proper punishment for the driver should be.

If the law requires special safety seats for small children in motor vehicles, why is it still legal for parents to take their children with them on bikes? I guess we'll have to wait for some children to be killed before we have that public debate. 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bicyclists behaving badly on Polk Street

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The "religion of peace" and the Koran


From an interview with Andrew G. Bostom:

Alan Johnson: Which are the most important antisemitic motifs in the foundational texts as you see it?

Andrew Bostom: I think 5:82 is an important motif, but it is hardly the most important. The central anti-Jewish motif in the Koran is found in verse 2:61repeated at verse 3:112. This is where the Jews are accused of slaying the Prophets and transgressing against the will of Allah, and so they are condemned and cursed eternally. Verse 2.61 says ‘shame and misery’ are ‘stamped upon them.’ And this verse is coupled to verses like 5:60, and other verses about the Jews being transformed into apes and pigs, which is part of their curse. Verse 5:78 describes the curse upon the Jews by David and Jesus, Mary’s son. There is a related verse, 5:64, which accuses the Jews of being spreaders of war and corruption, a sort of ancient antecedent of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. (Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas cited this verse during a diatribe against the Jews of Israel, in 2007.) More generally, the Koran’s overall discussion of the Jews is marked by a litany of their sins and punishments, as if part of a divine indictment, conviction, and punishment process.

Alan Johnson: Some would say the seventh century is a long time ago.

Andrew Bostom: These central motifs are still being taught. That’s the point. There is no large and respected corpus of reformist doctrine that has given alternative ways to understand these verses. I’ll give you an example. Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi (d. 1976) was one of the founders of the fundamentalist Deoband movement, now touted by some as ‘moderate’ following its recent issuance of a faint-hearted condemnation of terrorism. Mufti Muhammad Shafi was also a seminal figure in what became Pakistani jurisprudence and wrote one of the most important Koranic commentaries of the 20th century. In Shafi’s commentary he shows that verse 5:78 and its related verse 5:77 are directed at the Jews who have strayed from the right path. And that theme is there in the opening sura of the Koran, verse 1:7, which pious Muslims recite five times daily. The Jews have strayed from the path of Allah, must bear His wrath, and they are eternally cursed. That’s the classical exegesis. Shafi outlines the following ‘temporal’ arrangements, and specific associations with the Biblical figures David, Jesus, and Moses, culminating in a curse upon the Jews by Muhammad himself (albeit Muhammad’s curse would be a reference to the sira, specifically):

Firstly, it [the Koranic curse] came through the tongue of Dawud [David] as a result of which they were transformed into swines. Then, this curse fell upon them through the tongue of Isa [the Muslim Jesus] the temporal effect of which was that they were transformed into monkeys…the fact is that the curse on them began with Musa [Moses] and ended at the Last among Prophets [Muhammad]. Thus, the curse which overtook those, who were hostile to prophets or were guilty of acting excessively by making prophets sharers in Divine attributes, was wished verbally by four prophets one after the other.

These antisemitic motifs are very consistent in classical scholarship, and are not just some modern aberrant interpretation of Islam...[Rob's note: I added the links above.]

Rob's comment:

Apologists keep saying that Islam is a "religion of peace," but violence against Jews, Christians and other unbelievers is advocated in the Koran

2:191-193: “And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers, but if they give over, surely Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.”

4:89: “They wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of Allah; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper.”

5:33: “This is the recompense of those who fight against Allah and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement.”

8:12: “When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, “I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers” hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!”

8:39: “Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s entirely; then if they give over, surely Allah sees the things they do.”

8:60: “Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to terrify thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them that you know not; Allah knows them. And whatsoever you expend in the way of Allah shall be repaid you in full; you will not be wronged.”

9:5: “Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.”

9:29: "Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

The ISIS fanatics are following the Koran when they behead people:

47:4: “When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads. So it shall be; and if Allah had willed, He would have avenged Himself upon them; but that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will not send their works astray.”

On how to treat women:

4:34: “Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that Allah has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for Allah’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them. If they then obey you, look not for any way against them; Allah is All-high, All-great.”


Thanks also to Jihad Watch.

A good introduction to Islam for us "kafirs."

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cute Movement update 2

Aftermath: $5,000 clean-up

SF1st is keeping us informed about the latest Cute Movement demonstrations, like the pillow fight every Valentines Day on Justin Herman Plaza. And the Bay to Breakers "race" is now sponsored by Zappos.com, which is apparently not worried about tarnishing its brand with the orgy of exhibitionism and bad behavior. It may even pick up some customers among the revelers who vomit on their shoes.

Aren't they adorable?

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fire in the hole: Caltrans blows the Bay Bridge



Thanks to SF1st.

Bay Area transit

While cars, traffic, gridlock, greenhouse gas emissions, expenditures, and funding have increased, per capita Muni ridership has decreased. 


“Despite tens of billions of dollars in government subsidies and countless incentives, the percentage of Bay Area commuters taking mass transit hasn’t gone up a bit in more than two decades — in fact, it’s declined.

A new study by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission found that while ridership has hit record numbers on BART and Caltrain as the Bay Area’s population has grown, per capita usage of transit has dropped 14 percent since 1991.

In other words, despite all the BART extensions and the new light-rail and bus lines, the slice of the morning commuters jumping into their cars to go work has pretty much stayed the same since before Bill Clinton was president.” 

“Another issue is the politics of mass-transit spending. Millions have been pointed at bike lanes and the Central Subway to San Francisco’s Chinatown, while heavily populated corridors such as Mission Street and Geary Boulevard remain bus-only afterthoughts.” 

“One thing that everyone seems to agree on is that car use shows no sign of letting up.”


“Bus-based public transit in the United States suffers from an image problem.”

That fact, laid out in a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, isn’t surprising, but it has led to a perverse outcome: Transit agencies are spending millions of dollars on new rail infrastructure that is no faster than existing bus service, simply because riders perceive a train as better than a bus.”

“What if transit agencies spent just a fraction of what it costs to lay new rails to spruce up the buses and tell riders they’re faster than they realize?” 

“In New York, the city and the state could make a similar effort to sell the Q70 and M60 services to people who normally wouldn’t be caught dead on a bus to the airport. Dedicated boarding areas and improved buses could be bought for a fraction of the price of a new train system.” 

SFMTA BOARD ANNUAL WORKSHOP: PowerPoint Presentation 

SAVEMUNI ANALYSIS: 

San Francisco established a Transit-First policy in 1976. But transit modal share of all trips declined and stayed stagnant since year 2000. Despite tens of billions of dollars of transportation expenditures, San Francisco has increasing traffic, gridlock and greenhouse gas emissions. By 2025, 1.3 million daily car trips will clog city streets. 

Key Charts in PowerPoint Presentation

Page 23: “2014 Travel Decision Survey Findings”.

Transit Modal Share is stuck at 25% of all trips---unchanged since year 2000. Car modality is still 50%. 

Page 54: “On Time Performance (OTP)”. 

On-Time Performance decreased from 60% in 2014 to 54% in 2015. Proposition E (1999) set on-time performance mandates of 85%. Increased driving and Google buses clog traffic and bus stops. 


Video shows impact of private shuttle buses on neighborhoods. Buses run before 6:30AM to 10:30AM and again from 4:30PM to after 10:30PM. There are 20 buses plus an hour on different routes.

ZURICH: 60% Transit Modal Shares with Transit-Priority Streets (TPS) 

In San Francisco, the good news is more investments in Transit-Priority Streets and rapid surface buses---prioritized by voters in Proposition K (2003). If only we emulated Zurich, whose voters rejected a $1.3 billion Swiss Francs subway, instead building a super surface TPS for $500 million Swiss Francs. San Francisco took a wrong turn, draining $605 million of state/local matching funds from citywide TPS for the Central Subway, which costs $1.2 billion per mile and cuts maintenance and service throughout the city. 

ZURICH PUBLIC TRANSPORT: AN INTRODUCTION

The Integrated System: Many cities have developed three-level transit systems. These systems include buses or trams for short trips, metro or subway systems for intermediate-length trips within cities, and suburban rail systems for longer distance travel within the region. Zurich has adopted its two-level system to serve all trip lengths by implementing the transit priority system---which allows the buses and trains to serve the shorter intermediate-length trips efficiently and quickly---and by building more S-Bahn stations within the city than typical suburban rail systems----which allows the S-Bahn to serve the longer intermediate-length trips. This combination of transit priority and S-Bahn is a very good fit for Zurich and costs far less than constructing a metro system. 

WALL STREET JOURNAL: “Rail Lines Bring Housing Clashes” FOR SUBSCRIBERS:

Professors at Northeastern University in Boston examined 42 neighborhoods in 12 U.S. cities in 2010 and found that housing costs near rail stops increased after light rail service started in many markets. “A new transit station can set in motion a cycle of unintended consequences in which core transit users are priced out in favor of higher-income, car-owning residents.” 

Others think the affordable-housing funds compound what they say is an inefficient form of transportation. “The way that you get affordable housing is by stopping the government policies that make it unaffordable in the first place,” said Wendell Cox, a demographer and urban-policy consultant in Illinois. 

Set high criteria to stop funding bad transit projects.

The Central Subway Project has falsified data to take money from priority projects.

CASE STUDY: CENTRAL SUBWAY BOONDOGGLE 

Fewer Trains in Market Street

Fewer Buses in Neighborhoods 

Draining local/state/federal funds from the rest of the Muni transit system, the Central Subway has cut Muni maintenance and service throughout San Francisco. The $1.6 billion cost gets only a 1.3 mile route with small new ridership ($1.2 billion per mile). The Central Subway will take $15 million in operating costs/year and cut up to 76,400 bus hours/year from the 8X, 30 and 45 bus lines. Trains will be decreased in the busy Market Street Corridor. The highest transportation priorities should be the Downtown Caltrain Extension, E-Line, Transit Preferential Streets, restoring cuts of night/neighborhood services and Free Shuttle Bus Loops---quicker and cheaper for the short 1.5 miles from Downtown to Fisherman’s Wharf.


CENTRAL SUBWAY CUTS CITYWIDE CONNECTIONS & SERVICE

The Central Subway takes money from the rest of the Muni system, cutting maintenance and service in neighborhoods. By eliminating the existing T-Line’s leg into Market Street/ BART/Muni Metro/Transbay Center/High Speed Rail, hundreds of thousands of riders will lose easy connections---to the future Warriors Arena, Pier 70 Project and southern neighborhoods. To access the future Central Subway, all BART/ Muni Metro riders must go to the Powell Street Station and walk 1,000 feet northward to the Union Square Station----a logjam. Fewer trains will be in Market Street. Moreover, the Central Subway’s shortened platforms forever limit capacity to two-car trains. 

Modernizing the entire Muni system is a better than draining funds to a short subway. 

A Free Shuttle Bus Loop would be quicker, cheaper and bigger in new ridership.

Improving 15 northeastern bus/cable car/streetcar lines would help more people than a short subway to the Wharf that cuts maintenance and service elsewhere.

Contact: wongaia@aol.com

SaveMuni is San Francisco’s only independent transportation think tank.

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Danish Muslims celebrate killer as "Hero with heart of gold"



Thanks to Dr. Andrew Bostom for the link.

Hundreds of Muslims attend the killer's funeral in Copenhagen, because violent jihad has nothing to do with Islam.

Thanks to Jihad Watch.

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Rip Van Walmart

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Mother Jones on SF homeless count

Good story in Mother Jones (How Does a City Count Its Homeless?), a first-hand account of the city's homeless count last month:

...Dr. Rajesh Parekh, the former director of the homeless outreach team, who has been doing the count for a decade, says the count is more about revealing trends. "No count is 100 percent accurate," he says. "The trends have been downward and they stabilized. Even with the bad economy, the numbers didn't drop further. To me that's a win."

A 10-year plan implemented in 2004 by then Mayor Gavin Newsom doubled the budget for the city's Human Services Agency for Housing & Homeless, which as of last year was up to $102 million. It also put new emphasis on a strategy known as "housing first," which has proved effective at drastically reducing chronic homelessness. (See "Room For Improvement," our March/April cover story.) In those 10 years, nearly 2,700 new units were created in San Francisco, and more than 11,300 homeless were placed in housing.

City officials anticipate that this year's numbers—which won't be released until summer—will show that the investment is paying off. The past two counts, in 2013 and 2011, suggested a stable street population of around 3,000. "'Housing first' is the way to go, but you need to scale it up," Parekh says...

See also the excellent blog by Kevin Drum for Mother Jones.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

More on the helmet issue

Paul Chinn photo

The Chronicle gets almost everything wrong in its editorial ("Go slow with this legislation," Feb. 18) on the proposed bike helmet legislation.

At least the editorial writer read State Senator Liu's press release on the bill, since the editorial cites the same accident numbers, except for the not-wearing-helmets fatality percentage. From that press release:

Bicycle rider injuries in traffic accidents have increased steadily in California. Nearly 14,000 bicyclists were hurt in crashes in 2012, up from 11,760 in 2008, according to the California Highway Patrol. Bicyclists who don’t wear helmets are far more likely to be hurt or killed in accidents. Ninety-one percent of bicyclists killed in 2009 reportedly were not wearing helmets, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported.

The Chronicle plays the class struggle card:

In addition to all of the usual nanny-state finger pointing, additional laws about gear could put bicycling out of reach for California's massive low-income population. Bicycle shouldn't be an elite activity.

Bullshit. You can get a bike helmet for $10 to $20, and there's apparently no relationship between price and effectiveness. Besides, cycling already is---and always will be---"an elite activity," since it's mostly about well-off white men (see this and this).

The Chronicle toes the party line as per City Hall and the Bicycle Coalition: safety on city streets is really about those wicked motor vehicles:

Over the years, vehicle fatalities have plummeted as car manufacturers have added safety features like seat belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes. But drivers aren't extending that extra safety to pedestrians and bicyclists---San Francisco had a total of 29 traffic deaths in 2014, of which 17 were pedestrians and three were cyclists.

As the SFPD study on 2014 traffic fatalities in the city found, reported about in the Chronicle last month, it's bad behavior by everyone on city streets, not just motorists, that leads to accidents and death. Those three cyclists died because of their own recklessness, and nine of those 17 pedestrians were also responsible for their own deaths.

Of the other fatalities last year, one motorist died when he crashed in a stolen car while being chased by police, as did a motorcyclist. Another man climbed on top of a tanker truck, fell into traffic and was killed. Two motorcyclists were shot and killed by a motorist and two other motorcyclists died due to their own negligence.

That makes a total of 18 of the 29 city traffic fatalities that had nothing to do with motorists not "extending safety" to pedestrians and cyclists.

But one wonders about the accuracy of the SFPD's fatality count, since this accident wasn't in Commander Ali's report.

But here's some important perspective: If the city's numbers are to be trusted---and they probably should be, since it's easier to count fatalities than accidents overall---the 2006 Collisions Report (page 4) says that 53 people died on our streets in 1998, and there's been a steady decline in deaths since then.

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Germany pushes Greece towards fascism


From Paul Krugman's blog:

Austerity, it turns out, has devastated Greece just about as much as defeat in total war devastated imperial Germany. The idea of demanding that this economy triple the size of its primary surplus is...disturbingThis looks to me like an attempt to force Greece out of the euro, right now. German policy is objectively pro-Grexit.

It’s also, given the likely fallout, objectively pro-Golden Dawn.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Traffic deaths in San Francisco: An analysis

The Chronicle wrote about the excellent report below last month (S.F. traffic fatalities dip, but not bad behavior). At my request, the reporter, Heather Knight, gave me the link to the report she was writing about. She followed up with a story about the commander who wrote the report being transferred to the airport (Police chief appoints new commander to oversee traffic division). 

The police chief denies that he was transferred because of this report, but one has a right to be skeptical, since the city's anti-car movement was critical of Ali, who talked about "really, really bad behavior" by everyone on city streets.

From Streetsblog:

It’s hard not to cringe when watching law enforcement officials sidestep the clear message the city needs: Drivers need to be more careful to protect the most vulnerable people on the streets — people who aren’t in cars, especially those young and old. SFPD’s data shows that the top factors cited in pedestrian crashes have nothing to do with pedestrian behavior.

Not true, according to this report, which provides the kind of analysis required to understand exactly why/how fatal traffic accidents happen on city streets. Streetsblog never does this kind of analysis, since it assumes that those wicked motor vehicles are the main problem. (One of the accidents described below was crudely distorted by Streetsblog last year, which I posted about at the time.)

Of 16 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2014, pedestrians themselves were at fault in 8 of those accidents.

All three of the cyclists killed on city streets last year were responsible for their own deaths.

Three motorcyclists were also responsible for their own deaths. One motorist died in an accident while being chased by police, as did one of the motorcyclists.

Two motorcyclists died after being shot by a motorist and may not be counted as traffic fatalities at all, depending on whether the medical examiner determines "the fatal injuries were a direct result of being struck with gunfire or the collisions."

My concern is that transferring Ali after he did this report means that the SFPD will no longer provide this crucial public service.

The MTA has apparently decided to no longer even issue its annual Collisions Report that provided accident numbers and analyzed specific streets where the most accidents happen, though it didn't do the kind of analysis that Commander Ali does here. Instead it's evidently going to simply do these "high-injury corridor" maps with no analysis of accidents or of specific streets.

This kind of analysis is what needs to be done by the SFPD on all traffic deaths---and all serious injury accidents, for that matter, with the MTA following up with an analysis of the locations to see if street design was a contributing factor:

San Francisco Police Department

Traffic Collisions Resulting in the Death of a Pedestrian 

January, 7, 2014 at 1820 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:20 p.m. on Van Ness Avenue, 103 feet south of Grove Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the pedestrian. The finding was of a violation of Section 21955 of California Vehicle Code (Between adjacent intersections controlled by traffic control signal devices or by police officers, pedestrians shall not cross the roadway at any place except in a crosswalk). The pedestrian was reported to have run through heavy traffic, zigzagging across six lanes before being struck in the seventh lane. There were no associated factors in this collision. There was also no finding of criminal conduct. 

February 4, 2014 at 1100 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. on Sunset Boulevard at Yorba Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver of the motor vehicle. The finding was of a violation of Section 21950(a) of the Vehicle Code (The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter). There were no associated factors in this collision. There was a finding of criminal conduct on the part of the driver of the motor vehicle. The District Attorney charged this case as a misdemeanor. 

February 5, 2014 at 0223 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:23 a.m. on Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver of the motor vehicle. The finding was of a violation of Section 21950(a) of the California Vehicle Code (The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter). There was also a determination of an associated factor on the part of the pedestrian of a violation of Section 21453(d) of the California Vehicle Code (Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in Section 21456, a pedestrian facing a steady circular red or red arrow signal shall not enter the roadway). There was an additional finding of criminal conduct on the part of the driver of the motor vehicle who failed to remain at the scene. Neither the driver nor the vehicle involved has been identified. This is an open criminal investigation. 

February 12, 2014 at 0054 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:54 a.m. on Van Ness Avenue, 60 feet south of Broadway Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver. The finding was of a violation of Section 22350 of the California Vehicle Code (No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property). Investigators determined that the driver was travelling at a minimum of 48 mph. An associate factor in this collision was that the pedestrian was in violation of Section 21955 of the California Vehicle Code (Between adjacent intersections controlled by traffic control signal devices or by police officers, pedestrians shall not cross the roadway at any place except in a crosswalk). A driver of a motor vehicle is never relieved of the responsibility of operating it in a safe manner even when others may violate the law. There was a finding of gross criminal conduct on the driver in addition to fleeing the scene. The driver was arrested on felony charges. The District Attorney’s Office charged the driver with felony offenses of Vehicular Manslaughter and Hit & Run. 

February 20, 2014 at 1511 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:11 p.m. on Fillmore Avenue, 32 feet north of California Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the pedestrian. The finding was of a violation of Section 21954(a) of the California Vehicle Code (Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard). The investigation revealed that the pedestrian walked directly in front of the motor vehicle while it was momentarily stopped in traffic. In this case the motor vehicle was a cement truck with a hood that measured 72 inches from the ground. The pedestrian stood 65 inches. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

March 20, 2014 at 1116 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at approximately 11:16 a.m. on Bayshore Boulevard at Visitacion Avenue. The collision involved a PEDESTRIAN and a MOTOR VEHICLE. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver of the motor vehicle. The finding was of a violation of Section 21950(a) of the California Vehicle Code (The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection). The driver of the motor vehicle failed to remain at the scene. The driver was subsequently identified, arrested and the District Attorney charged this case as a misdemeanor. 

April 6, 2014 at 2304 hours: A traffic collision occurred on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 11:04 p.m. on Van Ness Avenue, 33 feet north of Golden Gate Avenue. The collision involved a PEDESTRIAN and a MOTOR VEHICLE. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the pedestrian. The findings were for a violation of Section 21950(b) of the California Vehicle Code (No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard). The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk and walked into lanes of traffic against the pedestrian stop light. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

May 19, 2014 at 2047 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 8:47 p.m. on Dolores Street, 2 feet north of 30th Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the pedestrian. The findings were for a violation of Section 21456(b) of the California Vehicle Code (Flashing or steady “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol. No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the San Francisco Police Department 2014 Summary Reports on Fatal Traffic Collisions As of December 17, 2014 4 direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol is showing.) There were no associated factors in this collision. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

July 28, 2014 at 2219 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10:19 p.m. on Post Street at Jones Street. The initial collision involved two MOTOR VEHICLES (Dodge and Ford). The initial collision, aggravated by the excessive speed of the vehicle at fault, caused a secondary collision with a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver of Dodge. The findings were for a violation of section 21453(a) of the California Vehicle Code (A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b)). 

There was an associated factor on the part of the driver of the Dodge of a violation of Section 22350 of the California Vehicle Code (No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.) The investigation established that the driver of the Dodge was travelling in excess of 50 mph when he entered the intersection of Post and Jones Streets, against a steady red light, approximately 4 seconds after the light changed. There were no associated factors for this collision attributed to any of the other parties involved. 

The driver of the Dodge fled the scene of the collision and was subsequently arrested. There were findings of criminal conduct on the part of the driver of the Dodge. The initial investigation discovered that the Dodge was a stolen vehicle who had fled from an officer, in the area of Post and Larkin Streets. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a license plate violation. Ultimately, the driver was arrested and later charged by the District Attorney’s Office for fleeing a police officer resulting in serious injuries and death, driving under the influence resulting in the death of another, and vehicular manslaughter. 

August 15, 2014 at 2237 hours:
A traffic collision occurred on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:37 p.m. on Mission Street, 437 feet west of 4th Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian, a child, sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the pedestrian as a direct result of the actions of the adult guardian. The findings were for a violation of Section 21456(b) of the California Vehicle Code (Flashing or steady “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol. No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol is showing). There was a finding of criminal conduct on the part of the adult guardian who was subsequently arrested for child endangerment. The driver of the motor vehicle failed to stop and remain on the scene. Once identified the driver of the motor vehicle is subject to potential prosecution. 

August 28, 2014 at 0905 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9:05 a.m. on Quint Street, 185 feet north of Newcomb Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. In addition to an SFPD TCIU investigation, this incident is being investigated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) as it has been identified as a workplace related death. Our investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the pedestrian. The pedestrian reportedly tripped while walking and fell under the motor vehicle, a garbage truck with a high ground clearance. The finding was for a violation of Section 21954(a) of the California Vehicle Code (Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard). There were no associated factors in this collision. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

September 20, 2014 at 0948 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:48 a.m. on Stockton Street, 13 feet south of Sacramento Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver of the motor vehicle. The finding was for a violation of Section 21950(a) of the California Vehicle Code (The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection). The driver of the vehicle reported that he did not see the pedestrian in the crosswalk. The driver of the motor vehicle was subsequently arrested and charged by the District Attorney’s Office with a misdemeanor violation of Vehicular Manslaughter. There were no associated factors in this collision. 

October 20, 2014 at 0657 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:57 a.m. on Sloat Boulevard, 110 feet west of 43rd Avenue. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the pedestrian. The findings were for a violation of Section 21950(b) of the California Vehicle Code (No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard). The pedestrian reportedly was “trying to beat the car.” An associated cause of this collision was a violation of Section 21954(a) of the California Vehicle Code (Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard). There were no associated factors in this collision. 

October 23, 2014 at 1130 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. on Carlton B. Goodlett Place, 300 feet south of McAllister Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver of the motor vehicle. The finding was for a violation of Section 21950(a) of the California Vehicle Code (The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection). The driver of the motor vehicle was acting in the capacity of a commercial tour guide service. The driver acknowledged that in the course of this service his attention was focused on the landscape and not on the roadway in front of him just prior to the collision. The driver of the motor vehicle was subsequently arrested and charged by the District Attorney’s Office with a misdemeanor violation of Vehicular Manslaughter. There were no associated factors in this collision.

November 3, 2014 at 0047 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:47 a.m. in the intersection of Larkin Street and Eddy Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver of the motor vehicle. The finding was for a violation of Section 21950(a) of the California Vehicle Code (The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection). The vehicle involved fled the scene and has not been identified. This is an open investigation with no further information to be provided at this time. 

November 3, 2014 at 1349 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 1:49 p.m. on Mission Street, 114 feet north of 16th Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the pedestrian. The findings were for a violation of Section 21950(b) of the California Vehicle Code (No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard). The pedestrian reportedly “sprinted” into the roadway from between two parked curbside vehicles. There were no associated factors in this collision. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

November 6, 2014 at 0608 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Thursday, November 6 at 6:08 a.m. at the intersection of Lombard Street and Van Ness Avenue. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PEDESTRIAN. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the pedestrian. The preliminary finding is for a violation of Section 21950(b) of the California Vehicle Code (No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard). Witnesses reported that the pedestrian ran into the side of the bus while the bus was making a left turn. Although this is an open investigation there are not any associated factors identified in this collision. There is no finding of criminal conduct.

Traffic Collisions Resulting in the Death of a Bicyclist 

March 19, 2014 at 1127 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11:27 a.m. on Folsom Street, 35 feet south of 13th Street. The collision involved a BICYCLIST and a MOTOR VEHICLE. The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the bicyclist. The finding was of a violation of Section 21650 of the California Vehicle Code (Upon all highways, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway). The investigation revealed that the bicyclist appeared to be distracted while bicycling. The bicyclist reportedly was eating as he rode his bicycle from Erie Street into traffic on Folsom Street without looking to check on-coming traffic. The lack of specificity in these two sections relative to a “bicyclist” is addressed in Section 21200 of the California Vehicle Code (A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to a driver of a vehicle…except those provisions which by their very nature can have no application). The bicyclist was not wearing protective head gear. There were no other associated factors in this collision. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

May 25, 2014 at 2113 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on May 25, 2014 at 9:13 p.m. on Laguna Street, 93 feet north of Broadway Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a BICYCLIST. The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the bicyclist. The findings were for a violation of Section 22350 of the California Vehicle Code (No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property). 

There was an associated factor on the part of the bicyclist of a violation of Section 22450(a) of the California Vehicle Code (The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection). The lack of specificity in these two sections relative to a “bicyclist” is addressed in Section 21200 of the California Vehicle Code (A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to a driver of a vehicle…except those provisions which by their very nature can have no application). Lastly, during the course of the initial investigation it was discovered that the water bottle of the bicyclist contained what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage. The bicyclist was not wearing protective head gear. There were no other associated factors in this collision. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

October 22, 2014 at 1228 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:28 p.m. on Bryant Street, 335 feet east of Rincon Street. The collision involved a BICYCLIST and the ROADWAY. The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the bicyclist. The findings were for a violation of Section 22350 of the California Vehicle Code (No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property). The bicyclist reportedly was “going fast” and lost control of his bicycle. The bicyclist was not wearing protective head gear. There were no other associated factors in this collision. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

Traffic Collisions Resulting in the Death of an Occupant of a Motor Vehicle

January 17, 2014 at 1519 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:19 p.m. on Bush Street, 62 feet west of Broderick Avenue. The collision involved a MOTORCYCLIST and a MOTOR VEHICLE. The motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the motorcyclist. The finding was of a violation of Section 21658(a) of the California Vehicle Code (A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety). The motorcyclist sustained major head trauma. Investigating officers noted that the helmet that the motorcyclist was wearing did not resemble a Transportation certified helmet. The helmet appeared very thin, had a small coverage area on the head, and did not appear to have any energy-absorbing lining. There were no associated factors in this collision. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

May 3, 2014 at 0219 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:19 a.m. on Folsom Street at Cesar Chavez Street. The collision involved two MOTOR VEHICLES. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the surviving driver. The finding was for a violation of Section 21453(a) of the California Vehicle Code (A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b)). There was also an associated factor in this collision, attributed to the surviving driver, of a violation of Section 22350 of the California Vehicle Code (No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property). The surviving driver reportedly was operating his vehicle at speeds greater than 50 mph. The surviving driver failed to remain on the scene. However, he was subsequently arrested for felony Hit & Run and Vehicular Manslaughter. The District Attorney’s Office charged this case as felonies. 

February 18, 2014 at 1714 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:14 p.m. on John F. Kennedy Drive, 230 feet west of the Golden Gate Equestrian Center. The collision involved a MOTORCYCLIST and the ROADWAY. The motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the motorcyclist. The finding was of a violation of Section 22350 of the California Vehicle Code (No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property). The investigation revealed that from the point that the motorcycle made contact with the curb of the roadway to its point of rest it careened 260 feet. There were no other associated factors involved in this collision. There was no finding of criminal conduct.

June 5, 2014 at 1503 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 3:03 p.m. on Barneveld Street, 398 feet south of Jerrold Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and an unoccupied and parked MOTOR VEHICLE. The driver of the motor vehicle in transit sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver of the motor vehicle in transit. The findings were for a violation of Section 22350 of the California Vehicle Code (No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property). Prior to the collision the driver fled from officers with the California Highway Patrol. The driver used her vehicle to ram one of the CHP vehicles and was successful in eluding pursuing officers. Additionally, the vehicle being pursued had been reported stolen. An associated factor in the collision was that the vehicle was being operated on the wrong side of the roadway. There were no other associated factors involved in this collision. There was a finding of criminal conduct on the part of the deceased. 

July 8, 2014 at 0149 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1:49 a.m. on Van Ness Avenue at Sutter Street. The collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a MOTORCYCLIST. The motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the driver of the motor vehicle. The findings were for a violation of section 21453(a) of the California Vehicle Code (A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b)). There were no associated factors in this collision. An arrest warrant has been issued for the arrest of the driver of the motor vehicle. 

August 10, 2014 at 1712 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 5:12 p.m. on La Salle Avenue 522 feet east of Cashmere Street. This collision involved two MOTOR VEHICLES. These two motor vehicles were off-road motorcycles being operated by solo motorcyclists. The motorcycles San Francisco Police Department 2014 Summary Reports on Fatal Traffic Collisions As of December 17, 2014 12 were traveling eastbound on La Salle Avenue when an unidentified person began firing a firearm at the motorcyclists. The motorcyclists were struck with gunfire and subsequently crashed their vehicles. Neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Both sustained fatal injuries. What is to be determined by the Medical Examiner is whether the fatal injuries were a direct result of being struck with gunfire or the collisions. If the fatal injuries were a direct result of the gunfire then this incident will not be classified as a traffic collision fatality. 

November 4, 2014 at 2350 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. on Turk Street, 172 feet west of Mason Street. This collision involved a MOTOR VEHICLE and a PASSENGER. The passenger sustained fatal injuries. The investigation determined that the primary cause of the collision were the actions of the passenger of the motor vehicle. The findings were for a violation of Section 21712(b) of the California Vehicle Code (A person shall not ride on a vehicle or upon a portion of a vehicle that is not designed or intended for the use of passengers). The deceased voluntarily climbed upon a gas tanker truck, which was in transit, and unbeknownst to the driver. The deceased lost his grip on the railings of the truck, fell to the roadway and was run over. There were no associated factors involved in this collision. There was no finding of criminal conduct. 

December 16, 2014 at 1406 hours: 
A traffic collision occurred on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:06 p.m. on Treasure Island Road. The collision involved a MOTORCYCLIST and a FIXED OBJECT. The motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries. Although this is an active investigation the primary cause of the collision has preliminarily been determined to be the actions of the motorcyclist. The findings were for a violation of Section 22350 of the California Vehicle Code (No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property). A CHP motorcycle officer attempted to make a traffic enforcement stop on the motorcyclist after the motorcyclist went [through] the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza. The motorcyclist eluded the CHP officer by speeding away at a high rate of speed. The motorcyclist was spotted on Treasure Island and the motorcyclist took off from officers, once again, at a high rate of speed. The motorcyclist lost control on a hill and struck a pole while heading in the direction of the freeway on-ramp (all emphasis added).

[Later: See Jim Herd's analysis of the vehicle code numbers cited in the report. He found that the numbers for pedestrian violations are not among the "focus on the five" violations featured in the Vision Zero PR campaign, even though at least 8 of the pedestrian fatalities analyzed by Commander Ali were caused by the pedestrians themselves.] 

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