Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Muni boss will "slow traffic" for cyclists

Apparently the new Muni boss will be Ed Reiskin, who now heads up the Public Works Department. As he told the Bicycle Coalition last year, he's a dedicated bike guy, who hauls his five-year-old kid around the city on his bike. He's an appropriate choice, since he buys City Hall's anti-car policies:

We need more public realm improvements to make the city generally more welcoming for people so it’s less that the city’s built for cars and everyone else is an afterthought. We want to flip that around. The more this happens the more welcoming it will be for bikes. It will all slow traffic and improve safety for everyone...

No mention of Muni, but, if you slow traffic for cars, you're also going to delay Muni passengers on a system that already has ontime issues.

But here in Progressive Land, according to our City Charter, "transit first" also means bikes: "Bicycling shall be promoted by encouraging safe streets for riding, convenient access to transit, bicycle lanes, and secure bicycle parking." (Section 8A.115, Transit First)  

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At 11:00 AM, Anonymous bike-nut said...

I was on the fence about Ed, but now I'm backing him 110%!

The city is for people, not cars.

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Lance Oldstrong said...

Great news!

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the city is for people AND cars. Let's make sure you understand that.

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

But what about bikes?

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous kwk said...

A glimmer of hope from of all places Richard ("bicycles make you rich and creative") Florida territory: triumph in Toronto

At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is for people AND cars? Really? Could of fooled me. Every "accident" has the driver (or should I say car since they are entities equal to people now) getting off scotch free.

Want to kill someone and get away with it? Just get behind the wheel.

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show me what city on the planet does not have both cars and people? Including Amsterdam.

Yes, the city is also for cycling. But, it can be dangerous. Let's address the recent accident caused by the cyclist not wearing a helmet who made an illegal left turn and unfortunately got struck by a vehicle. I hope she recovers and learns a lesson well.

At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

triumph in Toronto

"This isn't Canada!" If you want us to be like Canada I hope you like Socialism!

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's official.

I think he doesn't own a car and has kids? How is that even possible?

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Ford may have been an overpaid jerk, but at least he didn't hall his children around in city traffic on his bike.

And neither Reiskin nor Ford had the guts or the decency to stand up for Muni riders when it comes to covering the windows with ads. This obnoxious practice only brings in $500,000 a year---a small fraction of a $780 million budget---that hardly even covers, so to speak, the salary and benefits for these featherbeders.

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"triumph in Toronto" - Rob likes Canada, from what I hear. Draft Dodging sunofabitch hippie.


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