It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why all of these bikes are getting shoved down our throats for the sole purpose of removing parking from our streets. Is this what the voters wanted when they handed over management of the streets to what became SFMTA? Is this what City Hall supports? The complete privatization of our city streets and thoroughfares? If this is what our city leaders want do we want them?
If this is what our taxes are paying for do we support higher taxes?
Read about the holding company behind Motivate if you missed it to see who and what is behind the Ford GoBikes for proof that the bikes are being used to clear the way for dense urban development and luxury housing. Each day more proof of this comes out. What will you do about it? Leave or fight to stay. Pretty soon your choice will be made for you.
San Francisco’s poorly implemented bike sharing program is an awful concept from start to finish. We live in a city with dense traffic on all sides and the city is now renting bicycles WITHOUT HELMETS. In 2009, over 600 people were killed while riding their bicycles. Over 500 of them could have survived if they wore a bicycle helmet. Why is San Francisco City Hall enabling this type of bad behavior?
City Hall has emboldened cyclists into believing that there is minimal risk in cycling on busy city streets. Thanks to the disastrous bike share program we now have novice cyclists (and scores of international tourists) rolling around San Francisco who don’t know the California rules of the road. The City Supervisors legislate bottled water and toys in Happy meals but don’t require cyclists to know the California rules of the road, or follow the best practices of cycling?
And what happens the first time someone falls down, cracks their head on the pavement, and their brains go sliding across the street? Oh, I know! The Bicycle Lobby will swoop in like a pack of vampires and read from their list of prepared statements:
“We need to slow the street down”
“it’s really important to have safe routes to work”
”we need a a redesign plan with two-way streets and separate bike lanes”
“large trucks should be fitted with convex mirrors”
It is not acceptable to sit by while San Franciscans are killed on streets when you have the power to prevent these deaths.
The obnoxious (and disliked) Bicycle Lobby proudly states on their website that they, “led the way for the bicycle share pilot program and are advocating for the launch of a full scale bike sharing system in San Francisco.” After all of the arguments to reconfigure streets for “safety” the Bicycle Lobby is now willing to make a gigantic exception to cyclists wearing helmets while they are renting taxpayer funded city owned property. I have no pity for anyone who puts themselves in traffic without a helmet or following the best practices of their chosen mode of travel.
When motorists put themselves in busy city traffic we do so with mandatory seat belts, multiple airbags, steel bumpers, liability insurance, and a license to drive. Riding a bicycle on ANY busy San Francisco street can get you crippled, killed, and / or drooling into a cup for the rest of your life. Wake up City Supervisors! All the boo hoo’ing in the world won’t un-break your skull if you slam into a motor vehicle (at any speed) or crack your unprotected head on the pavement. Cycling is impractical and unsafe for families, daily commuting, and in the rain. The taxpayer-funded bicycle lanes and additional cycle traffic have not only increased traffic congestion, they have also brought new danger to pedestrians as well as cyclists themselves.
City Hall’s campaign to inflict bicycle lanes on a public that largely has no use for them has reached a new level of absurdity with this bike share program. Forcing taxpayers to pay for (and subsidize) a mode of transit that sidesteps the “best practices” of bicycle safety and road sharing is hypocritical and short-sided. Shame on you City Hall for AGAIN pandering to the Bicycle Lobby. If you want safer city streets then enforce traffic laws for everyone and require cyclists to register their bikes, wear helmets, and follow the rules of the road.
We encourage you to watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gxOeKwVVCVg
and then to read statements from the Citizens of Save Masonic , STOP SFMTA, and SAVE Polk Street.
– The San Francisco Coalition of Aging and Disabled Motorists
“Equal rights are not special rights”
A San Francisco supervisor today plans to call for a hearing on how the city can expand the regional bike share program that launched last month.
Supervisor Scott Wiener plans to call for the hearing at today’s board meeting following the Aug. 29 launch of Bay Area Bike Share, a pilot program that offers 350 bikes at 35 stations in San Francisco and 350 more in Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose… (more)