By Roger Rudick : streetsblog – excerpt
Safe-streets advocates were taken aback by a letter that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle trying to put the brakes on calls to ban private cars from Valencia. What made this stand out was who it came from–Paul Olszewski, owner of Valencia Cyclery.
From his letter:
Most of our new bike customers drive here and return home with their new bike in their car. This is especially true for children’s bikes. Likewise, a lot of bicycles in need of repair are not rideable, and are driven here to be fixed. Parking on the street has gotten prohibitively expensive and harder to find. Many parking spaces are taken by the banks of share-rental bikes and parklets. It seems that our bike lane will soon become a “protected bike lane,” which inevitably results in even more spaces lost. If the city is truly interested in keeping small businesses, especially legacy businesses, alive and well, then there needs to be a balanced use of our public streets.
He also wrote that “Doing business in San Francisco has gotten to be increasingly difficult for a number of reasons, including the lack of parking. If cars were banned completely on Valencia Street, we would probably have to close.”…(more)