Gears of rhetoric ratchet up in San Francisco’s car-bike debate

By Maria L. La GangaLos Angeles Times – excerpt

The death of a pedestrian run over in a crosswalk by an out-of-control cyclist has inflamed the conversation about who owns the scarce public space in this dense city.

SAN FRANCISCO — The bicyclist was zipping south on Castro Street at the end of his twice-weekly ride to the Marin Headlands, blowing through red lights and stop signs.

But the Market Street crosswalk was filled with pedestrians, and Chris Bucchere, 36, allegedly was riding too fast to stop. So he aimed for the least populated spot and plowed on through…


Regardless of how many wheels we choose to transport ourselves on, we are all pedestrians, all at risk of being hit by a faster traveling vehicle. All drivers and riders should be subject to the same laws.

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