Saturday, May 02, 2009

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.

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15 Comments:

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you're just going to have to deal with being the guy who help up safety improvements for cyclists because that's who you, in fact, are.

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I can deal with that. But you'll have to deal with being a moron and an anonymous crybaby.

 
At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you're saying that you haven't held up safety improvements for cyclists?

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

If the city and the bike fanatics had followed the law in the first place way back in 2005 and done an EIR on the 500-page Bicycle Plan, it would already have been implemented by now. Bike lanes, by the way, only make cycling safer in a marginal, statistical sense. Recall too that most cycling accidents have nothing to do with other vehicles; they are "solo falls." If you could show us a single cycling accident that could have been prevented by implementing the Bicycle Plan, let's hear it.

 
At 4:05 PM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

"If you could show us a single cycling accident that could have been prevented by implementing the Bicycle Plan, let's hear it."

When did you stop beating your Mother?

 
At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Recall too that most cycling accidents have nothing to do with other vehicles..."

and while we're at it, let's recall that the vast majority of cycling fatalities are collisions with motor vehicles.

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

And how many fatalities to cyclists were there in SF last year? Two. Most cycling accidents---and there are hundreds every year---have nothing to do with other vehicles, which makes the SFBC's anti-car jihad irrelevant to the real dangers confronting cyclists.

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and there were 36 pedestrian deaths (a third of which involved Muni vehicles), so where's your outrage against walking and Muni being 'too dangerous'?

 
At 12:25 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Every transportation "mode" has its own dangers. Cyclists are often in denial about the dangers in riding a bike. People drive recklessly and walk recklessly. It's not a matter of my "outrage" about anything, except redesigning city streets on behalf of a minority of PC fanatics on bikes.

 
At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well looks like the plan is a go. You're efforts succeeded only in delaying the enivetable. I suggest you trying to accept the reality that the city is moving away from car-oriented transit policy and towards cycling and public transit. Whether its "right" or "wrong" is irrelevant. It is the way things are going and no little lawsuit here or there is going to stop it...

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The court gave the city only 10 of the 22 projects on the list they gave to Judge Busch, plus sharrows and bike racks. The rest of the "improvements" will be on hold until the middle of next year, when the hearing on the return is held.

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Duckshlong said...

Yoe are a total jackass. An insult to a white skin

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger niharika said...

we can probably leave skin color out of this.

 
At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rob, why do you feel you have to be such a jerk when communicating with other people? You namecall like a frustrated child.

 
At 7:25 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You gutless anonymous commenters bring out the best in me.

 

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