Saturday, September 15, 2012

$1 billion for bike path on Bay Bridge?

Photo by Noah Berger for the Chronicle

The last time the Chronicle reported on the bike path on the Bay Bridge the projected price tag was a mere $550 million, with an approving quote from Leah Shahum of the Bicycle Coalition, who was of course undaunted by that number. The latest story last week has the cost up to $1 billion, but there was no quote from Shahum this time. Did the writer ask her for a comment, or did Shahum finally draw the line? I bet he didn't ask her. She had no problem with $225 million and $550 million; why would she balk at a billion?
 
Andy Thornley thought $160 million for the project was okay in 2009.
 
$225 million was just "a drop in the bucket" a year later.
 
Shahum thought $550 million was reasonable last year.
 
Does anyone think the Bicycle Coalition will balk at $1 billion?

Do I hear $2 billion?
 

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