Cycling as a “privileged mode” in the city

district5diary – excerpt

This exchange is from the New York Times:

Invitation to a Dialogue: Cycling in the city To the Editor:

The horrendous bicycle congestion in Amsterdam portends my worst fears for New York City if Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s crusade to promote cycling at any cost is not scaled back by his successor.
In addition to the ubiquitous tombstone-like parking stands for the new bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more and more bikes are appearing on our sidewalks, clumsily chained in bunches to anything stationary, cluttering pedestrian areas and complicating emergency services, trash collection and sanitation.
The density and vertical nature of our city mean that hundreds of cyclists could live, and park, on a single block, leaving neighborhoods with all the charm of a junkyard.
Cycling should be neither deterred nor promoted, but certainly not singled out as a privileged mode of conveyance whose operators enjoy segregated lanes, free parking and exemption from the licensing, insurance and safety precautions (like helmets) required for other two-wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles… (more)

Since SFMTA wants to increase the number of bikes in SF it is time to consider what that means. The more bikes on the roads, the more rules and regulations we will need for cyclists to keep everyone safe.

Supervisors say SAFETY COMES FIRST, so they will have to come up with some rules for cyclists and enforce them.

When SFMTA loses revenue from cars, they will have to charge bikes for parking at those smart meters. They will also need to increase fees and fines to cyclists to pay for Muni operations and street upkeep.

Car tax idea is out of the box: Put it back!

This article was published in Half Way to Concord:

The Contra Costa Times editorial of July 18 “Car tax idea is out of the box: Put it back!” expressed shock and outrage about “… the creative audacity of Bay Area leaders proposing a per-mile tax on driving, maybe as early as next year, using — wait for it — a GPS-like tracker!”

But what is even more outrageous is the story of how the proposal was slipped into the scoping documents at the last minute. Here’s how MTC sneaked the Vehicle Miles traveled Tax (VMT) into the One Bay Area Plan without any public discussion or hearings on the topic.

The One Bay Area Plan ( is a 25 year plan designed to comply with SB375 Draconion requirements to reduce California Green House Gass (GHG) emissions. In order to accomplish this feat, civil liberties will be surreptitiously weakened while future lifestyle choices will be increasingly limited to “stack and pack housing” on top of retail space near mass transit hubs… (more)

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