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Ten Tips for Bay Area Biking

The sun is out, and if you're not already riding your bike, now's as good a time as any to start. Biking is a great workout, especially on SF's hilly terrain, and it also conserves energy ...
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Walk SF Gives City a D+ on Pedestrian Safety

San Francisco is a fabulous city to walk. Not only is it compact and easy to hop from one neighborhood to the next, but the city's signature topography also means you're likely to see great ...
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In Memory of Motorcycle Maker Massimo Tamburini

I am a Harley man myself, but I appreciate gorgeous bikes by other makers as well. I have certainly spent time marveling at the work of Massimo Tamburini, the legendary motorcycle sculptor, who built ...
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Lane Splitting May Be Legal in California, But It's Not Always Safe

In most states, "lane splitting" -- the practice of passing between vehicles on a bike or motorcycle -- is illegal, and with good reason. As a rider myself, I know that maneuvering your bike ...
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Ten Dead in Tragic Accident

A FedEx tractor-trailer on Interstate 5 near Orland, California, swerved across a grassy median and into oncoming traffic last week, hitting a car and a school bus and killing ten in an explosive ...
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Widow of Concord Cyclist Files Lawsuit

Stoorai Nuri, a Concord woman whose husband and daughter were killed in 2012 by a reckless driver, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, David Rosen, and his parents. Rosen, who was ...
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GM's 'Culture of Cover-up'

In a U.S. Senate hearing last week, GM CEO Mary Barra was asked a lot of questions about her company's years-long attempt to downplay its faulty ignition switches. Democratic Senator Claire ...
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Rideshare Drivers Increasingly Committing Insurance Fraud

As the Uber/Lyft/Sidecar insurance saga continues to unfold, it seems yet another issue has come to the fore. Recently, an assistant district attorney in San Francisco told state regulators that there ...
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Is This the Most Dangerous Intersection In the Bay Area?

If you've ever had to contend with the beastly intersection at the West end of Berkeley's Gilman Street, you know just how harrowing it can be. First, there are eight lanes of traffic leading ...
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Government Announces $1.2 Billion Settlement with Toyota

General Motors has recently been making headlines for a scandal in which the company recalled more than one million vehicles. But GM isn't the only automaker on the hot seat these days. Last week, ...
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Caltrain's 'Near Miss' Isn't Deterring Anybody

Last week, SFGate's blog reposted a video from Caltrain of a 'near miss' in which a pedestrian narrowly escapes being hit by a Bullet train. The blog post says that Caltrain is making a ...
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Marin General Hospital Needs to Take Nurses' Concerns Seriously

Last week, ten Marin General Hospital nurses voiced concerns about patient care to the Marin Healthcare District board, which oversees the hospital. The nurses, who, according to the Marin IJ, have ...
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Uber, Lyft, Sidecar's New 'Insurance Gap' Coverage: Is it Enough?

Three ridesharing giants just announced that they will 'close the gap' in insurance coverage that has come to light recently as a result of several accidents caused by the companies' ...
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303 Deaths Now Linked to GM Car Recall

When General Motors recalled 1.6 million vehicles a few weeks ago, the company said they knew of only 12 deaths directly related to the product defects in question. Well, this may not come as much of ...
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How Will Apple's CarPlay Affect Distracted Driving?

On Monday, Apple announced that its new in-car operating system will debut this year in new vehicles by Ferrari, Mercedes Benz and Volvo. The system, called CarPlay, essentially functions as a ...
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Texting While Driving Illegal, But Navigating Okay

Our smartphones can be a valuable tool, especially when trying to navigate unfamiliar roads. I often find myself wondering how I got anywhere before the advent of GPS. But as of late, drivers in ...
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Family of Woman Found in SF General Stairwell Sues Hospital

According to the Chronicle, the family of Lynne Spalding, who was found dead in a stairwell in San Francisco General Hospital has filed a formal complaint against the hospital as well as the San ...
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Driving in Flash Flood Conditions

As the East Coast suffers a truly terrible winter, the rain has finally arrived in California. We needed it, that's for sure. Even the torrential downpours we saw on Friday around the Bay Area ...
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GM Expands Car Recall to 1.6 Million Vehicles

If you are the proud owner of a car made by General Motors, you might not be quite so proud after reading this. The car manufacturer, which a couple weeks ago issued a recall of 778,000 cars, just ...
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Two Major Pedestrian Accidents in San Francisco Last Week

Two separate pedestrian accidents last week resulted in the death of a 91-year-old woman and head trauma and other bodily injuries for a 15-year-old boy. Both victims were hit while crossing San ...
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Drivers are Equally Distracted by Hands-Free and Hand-Held Devices

California law prohibits using hand-held cell phones to talk or text while driving, but it allows the use of hands-free setups in the car. In theory, it makes sense to draw this legal distinction ...
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Another Pedestrian Killed on Van Ness in S.F.

Earlier this week, I wrote about ' Vision Zero,' San Francisco's admirable goal to reduce pedestrian fatalities to zero over the course of the next ten years. The initiative couldn't ...
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What Would You Do With $110 Million for Transportation Improvements?

A recent article in the Marin IJ reveals that a reported total of $110 million has just become available for a variety of transportation improvement projects in Marin. Proposed projects include $40 ...
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Pedestrian Death Toll Rises as S.F. Adopts 'Vision Zero'

The SFMTA may want to curb pedestrian fatalities on San Francisco city streets, but does it have what it takes to actually institute real change? The 'Vision Zero' plan, which the city has ...
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San Jose Has A 911 Problem-Emergency Response Times Fall Woefully Short

Like airbags or helmets, emergency medical help is something you might not give much thought to until you desperately need it. But if you live in San Jose, it’s time to start paying attention, ...
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