City agencies collect tons of data that is available in many databases at http://data.sfgov.org. I’m experimenting with it for the first time today. Takes some time to understand how to search for data, gather, organize, and sort the information. Looks like other cities in the US are using this Open Data system to be transparent with residents.
You can look at various crime statistics, payments to vendors. Data is collected from 2007 on.
The Bicycle Coalition gets lots of money from Dept. of Public Health, the MTA, Neighborhood Development, and the PUC in the form of grants, continuing projects, operating costs.
The database on Vendor Payments lists all the money paid in vouchers to SFBC. Don’t know what the vouchers are for.
I added up how much was paid to SFBC for these fiscal years:
2007: $ 54,088
The fiscal year just started for 2015, and the SFBC is already on the payroll!
Rob’s comment: The city gives the Bicycle Coalition $49,000 every year to stage Bike to Work Day, and it even hires people from that special interest group: here, here, and here. And the city pays $188,000 a year for a police escort for Critical Mass.
Our comments: Taxpayers Subsidize the SF Bicycle Coalition. The Bicycle Coalition, along with other political action non-profit 501(c)4’s, sucks up bond money (voters approved to fix potholes and expand Muni services), and uses it to write anti-car legislation against drivers.
Related article describes one of the bills they passed.
City agencies hire SFBC to conduct studies that show the need for more bikes lanes and traffic calming. Then they design streets that remove parking and traffic lanes.
California Has Officially Ditched Car-Centric ‘Level of Service’
California will no longer consider vehicle delay an “environmental impact.
Now, thanks to legislation passed last year and a yearlong effort by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), California will no longer consider “bad” LOS a problem that needs fixing under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) . This won’t just lead to good projects being approved more quickly and easily, but also to better mitigation measures for transportation impacts. – sfstretsblog