By Rachel Swan : sfchronicle – excerpt
The owner of a 35-year-old bike shop on San Francisco’s busy Valencia Street is driving a neighborhood crusade against an unlikely enemy: the city’s plans for a protected bikeway outside his store.
Valencia Cyclery owner Paul Olszewski wants to torpedo the barricaded lane idea, which he says would take 14 parking spaces out of the 29 on his block, along with a center turn lane that doubles as a loading zone. He spent hours last week hoofing up and down the 2-mile artery, knocking on every merchant’s door from Market Street, on the north end, to the southern boundary at Cesar Chavez Street
The consensus, he maintained, was clear.
“I canvassed over 100 merchants, and 99.9% of them are objecting” to the protected bike lane, Olszewski said Monday morning as he worked in his shop, a storefront packed into the bottom floor of a baby-blue Victorian in a crowded strip of restaurants and apartment buildings. Nearby, the owner of a stationery store was printing flyers for an open house-style meeting Monday night at City College, where critics mingled awkwardly with bike advocates…(more)
Too much too soon. Tech is slowing down. We need to protect and preserve the non-tech businesses that sustained during the last economic downturn.