Scott James redux
Good to see that Scott James is alive, well, and still writing with some edge, like his stories on the Bicycle Coalition and the Bicycle Plan a couple of years ago that were the first in the city's mainstream media to question either. I was pleased and blogged about the stories here and here.
James wrote a piece in the NY Times last week about his travails as a small property owner when renting out his extra housing unit. In ultra-prog San Francisco, where most are renters, he'll get little sympathy. But it's not an uncommon problem, and one wonders how many housing units are kept off the market for that reason.
Since we haven't heard from James lately, I wondered if he was purged from Bay Citizen because of his critical pieces on the Bicycle Coalition.
His story on the push by the Coalition and the city to put bike lanes on the Panhandle now seems prescient. The question in the head to his story on the start of that campaign---"Does SF Really Want to Engage Car Drivers?"---can now be answered with an emphatic no.
But Polk Street may be the Waterloo of the great, planet-saving bicycle revolution in San Francisco.
One of James's stories cited the Bicycle Coalition's claim that 7% of all trips in the city are by bicycle. Turns out that the city's own subsequent study shows that to be untrue by at least half. The percentage is an even less impressive 3.4% of all trips in the city by bike, a meager increase of 1.3% in the ten years between 2000 and 2010.