San Francisco lays out $200 million in bike projects in next 5 years

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer.com – excerpt

The City is proposing $200 million worth of changes to its cycling network in the next five years. Building 12 new miles of bike lanes, upgrading 50 miles of existing paths and installing more than 20,000 new racks are all part of the plan…
At the board of directors’ annual workshop meeting Tuesday, the agency is expected to discuss potential scenarios for bicycling expansion…
The funding and implementation of the network face questions, however. Currently, the transit agency is only able to afford to install 6 miles of bike lanes each year, falling short of its 10-mile goal. Of the $200 million needed for the five-year project, only $30 million has been identified…
Howard Chabner, a disability advocate, said The City’s biking goals are unrealistic given the demographic breakdown of residents and their continued reliance on automobiles.
“It’s one thing to promote bicycles; it’s another to have a war on cars,” Chabner said. “And that’s basically the SFMTA’s strategy.”… (more)

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