Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Bike to Work Day: You're paying for it

Most people think that the Bicycle Coalition pays for Bike to Work Day, but in fact city taxpayers do, as City Hall pays the Coalition $50,000 a year to organize the event:
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts the most robust Bike to Work Day event in the Bay Area with over 25 Energizer Stations, urban bike safety classes and workshops, parties, raffles and giveaways leading up to the event to celebrate biking in San Francisco.
All those "giveaways" at 25 stations are paid for by city taxpayers. It's a lot like those TV ads for the Marines: city taxpayers are in effect paying to be propagandized by the Bicycle Coalition, a pro-bike, anti-car special interest group. 
Note that on it's website the coalition is still pushing the bike lanes on Polk Street. Like religious fanatics, they keep coming at us, but at least we don't have to pay the Jehovah's Witnesses as they go door-to-door in our neighborhoods.
You also paid the Bicycle Coalition $300,000 for the "community outreach" done on the Bicycle Plan, even though that was improper, since it had a stake in the outcome of the process.

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At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sinkhole in Inner Richmond, how much money is the city wasting because of heavy car traffic??

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Rkeezy said...

Sinkhole appeared due to a busted sewer main, which we are all in together for. That is, unless, bicyclists don't take shits like the rest of us? More moronic attempts to blame cars for... everything!

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon is onto something though, what is the wear and tear of cars on our roads vs bikes? Does the number of bike trips induced due to bike to work day relieve enough of that wear and tear to be worth more than $50k? Considering we had to take a bond out to pay for paving our roads, it is worth looking into.

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't bikes use the street too? I really wonder sometime about the bike peoples world view. Yes cars are not bikes, but in San Francisco and every other major city the car, whether you like, accounts for both direct and indirect employment.

Literally thousands of blue collar workers. Mechanics, oil changers, tire changers, car washes, gas stations, insurance providers, auto body shops, car sales and service. Heck I could spend the rest of the day trying to figure out the multiplier effect. Until we have a viable solution that people voluntarily switch I'd say the SFBC has not considered the impact on blue collar working families in terms of jobs. Also in terms of trade craft people in SF that still have trucks and need them for work!


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