Open letter to David Chiu
The other day I speculated that, as a bike guy and a candidate for mayor, David Chiu could lead a useful discussion of traffic policy in the city, particularly City Hall's anti-car policies that are not only a massive inconvenience to everyone who drives in San Francisco but also threaten to damage the city's economy. Without any prompting from me, Chiu is evidently eagerly filling that role, though it looks like he's determined to ignore questions about those policies.
Here are some questions Chiu should answer to let city voters know what he will do to our streets if he's elected Mayor of San Francisco:
1. Do you support the city's plan to redesign Cesar Chavez Street and Masonic Avenue? The EIR on the Bicycle Plan warned us that bicycle projects will have "significant impacts" on traffic on busy streets, including delaying a number of Muni lines. How can this be justified in our supposedly "transit first" city?
2. Did you support the city's attempt to rush the 500-page Bicycle Plan through the process without any environmental review? If so, why? Judge Busch scolded the city in his decision ordering it to follow the law and do an environmental review of the Plan. Do you think his decision was wrong? If so how and why? (Candidate Herrera should also answer these questions, since, as City Attorney, he supervised that attempt to avoid complying with the California Environmental Quality Act, the most important environmental law in the state.)
3. Do you support a Congestion Pricing system in San Francisco that would charge city residents to drive downtown in their own city?
4. Do you ride in and/or support Critical Mass, the monthly demonstration by the city's bike people that snarls city traffic during the evening commute and costs city taxpayers $10,000 a month for a police escort?