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2:20pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Transportation

New Bay Bridge still shaky? An Interview with journalist Jaxon Van Derbeken

Flickr user Eugene Kim

The latest news of possible problems on the new Bay Bridge? Steel rods anchoring the 6.5 billion dollar span have shifted and might threaten its stability in the case of an earthquake.

This is just the most recent in a laundry list of problems on the bridge. In recent months, Caltrans has come under fire for faulty welds, failed rods, and leaky decks. Jaxon Van Derbeken, an award-winning reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, has reported extensively on the Bay Bridge. He sat down with KALW’s Ben Trefny.

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12:41pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Transportation

What makes a street dangerous? Decoding deadly Van Ness Avenue

The intersection of Grove and Van Ness, where two people have died in 2014.
Isabel Angell

Four people have been killed by cars on Van Ness Avenue in 2014 – more than half of the pedestrian deaths in San Francisco this year.

One ran into traffic after an argument. Another was a hit and run. One didn’t appear to use a crosswalk. Stories like that seem to support the idea that pedestrians are often to blame. But in San Francisco, motorists are at fault in almost two-thirds of pedestrian collisions.

Nicole Schneider is the director of the pedestrian advocacy group Walk San Francisco.

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9:13pm

Thu May 29, 2014
Transportation

Citizens solve bike theft crimes with social media

Bikes at the Laney Flea Market in Oakland (Isabel Angell)

This story originally aired on April 18, 2013.

If someone steals your bike, it can feel pretty hopeless. That’s because it is. In 2012, 585 bikes were reported stolen in San Francisco – that doesn’t include the many more thefts that weren’t reported. In Oakland, the police department doesn’t even keep track – they just don’t have the resources. And the bikes that are recovered usually don’t make it back to their owners, because the police don’t have enough information.  

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6:04pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Transportation

The Long Walk

Twelve friends of Molly Samuel take on the "Long Walk" challenge.
Molly Samuel

This past Saturday, KALW contributor Molly Samuel set off on what she calls the "Long Walk." It's a tradition she started three years ago, when she and 12 friends walked the entire waterfront of San Francisco – 23 miles. It took them 11 hours, and gave them all a new perspective on their city.

Julie Caine sat down with Molly to hear about what she saw and heard. 

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5:45pm

Mon April 28, 2014
Transportation

Bike, Train or Automobile? Three reporters race through morning commute

It’s not just you. The morning commute is getting longer and longer. As the local economy picks up steam more and more people are getting in their cars, riding BART, and hopping on their bikes to get to work. This means everyone is spending more time on the road and most of us are doing it less comfortably. For car commuters -  your drive time got about 25% longer in 2013.  In San Francisco, nearly twice as many people are commuting by bike as in 2006. And BART - which is already packed - could have close to double its current ridership in the next few decades.  

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