Bike lanes in SF often strike me as a joke; they are primarily used as double-parking space for cars, and secondly as passageways for cyclists. Frustrated as I get, I usually think that the solution is fairly straightforward: separated bike … Continue reading →
Another fine example of parking in the bike lane on JFK, taken today. What’s more interesting is that in right in front of the car to its left was very ample parking space, which would have been more than enough for this little vehicle.
At the SFMTA meeting last Tuesday, director Ed Reiskin unabashedly stated that safety will have to be traded off to minimize parking loss (at 0:36:10). His priorities are shameful, but at least things are clear.
I’ll comment on only one of the other many questionable points: he states that while 15% of people arrive on Polk by car, that percentage is still substantial and that to affect it would negatively impact businesses whose profit margins are already low (at 1:14:27). Aside from demonstrating the ludicrous and morally corrupt perspective that I’ve already discussed, that statement is also plainly obtuse. Even if people in cars were to visit Polk street in smaller numbers, this would be more than made up by the increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians.