Rob Anderson: Killer of cyclists
To some cyclists here in Progressive Land, I've got blood on my hands. On SFstreetsblog "the greasy bear"---another anonymous jerk among many---had this to say in the wake of another accident at Market and Octavia: "And Rob Anderson's blood-stained hands just got a little more crimson."
"Out, damned spot!...What, will these hands ne'er be clean?" Unlike Lady Macbeth, I don't lose any sleep over this sort of thing because I'm innocent of the charge. Typically, the greasy bear doesn't know that the Market/Octavia intersection isn't even in the Bicycle Plan that was the subject of our successful litigation against the city.
It's still not clear why the city didn't alter the stoplights at the intersection so that cyclists and motorists don't share a green light like the changes that were made to the Fell/Masonic intersection. It's not clear that the Fell/Masonic light changes are going to make that intersection any safer, but it's worth trying at Market/Octavia.
In any event, the stupid ban on the easy right turn onto the freeway from Market Street has only made the traffic in that part of town worse than it has to be, especially considering that the awful, redesigned Octavia Blvd. that replaced the Central Freeway is now carrying 45,000 cars a day through the middle of the Hayes Valley neighborhood.