Advocate’s Vision for a Bike-Friendly City

BY SHIRA OVIDE : Wall Street Journal – excerpt

Leah Shahum’s vision of San Francisco’s future involves the following: Everyone from small children to the elderly tooling around happily and safely on bicycles.
As executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, a bicycling advocacy group, Ms. Shahum is one of the city’s top supporters for the two-wheeled set…Some residents, meantime, dislike the city’s new bike lanes because they eliminate a lane of car traffic or parking spots. Moreover, San Francisco has a long way to go to achieve the city government’s goal of 20% of all trips taking place by bicycle…

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Who set that goal and how realistic is it? 12,000 people are going to dictate what we do in San Francisco? We shall see.

 

The parking fee’s too low

Editorial : SFBG.com – excerpt

EDITORIAL The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is reviewing its policy on neighborhood parking, which is a positive step: The current system has been in place for more than 30 years and has become an unwieldy mess. But the agency needs to do more than just aggregate districts and set uniform rules; it needs to adjust the concept of preferential parking, meters, and prices to reflect the reality that San Francisco can’t afford (and shouldn’t promote) free parking…
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If you feel there is a problem with Residential Parking Permits sign a petition to address the problem in Sacramento. That is where the matter should be resolved.

Stranded Muni riders can now battle each other at bus stops

By: Will Reisman : SF Examiner Staff Writer – excerpt

Waiting at a transit stop for a long-overdue Muni bus ranks right up there with a dreadful San Francisco experience such as watching the 49ers getting shut out at home.
While there may be little hope for The City’s football team, the wait for Muni will get a little more bearable, thanks to a promotional campaign launched this week that will give transit riders the chance to play video games at bus shelters.
Billing its new advertising initiative as a “Bus Stop Derby,” tech giant Yahoo has installed digital video screens at 20 bus shelters in San Francisco, mostly in the downtown area. As part of the promotion, transit passengers from 20 specified neighborhoods will get the chance to compete against each other in different video games — and the community that wins the two-month contest will host a block party featuring the rock band OK Go…

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Why don’t the creative geniuses that designed a program to amuse people while wasting their time  figure out how to fix Muni so people will start to trust it as a serious means of transport? Maybe make it into a game called, “How to make Muni work for riders.”