Big Lie campaign on Polk Street continues
The bike lobby and City Hall continue their big lie campaign on Polk Street. Now it's going to be "improved" to qualify as "a Parisian boulevard," because of course American streets are so vulgar and unsophisticated. (Recall how the city turned Octavia Blvd. into a "Parisian thoroughfare" back in 2005.)
One wonders about how cool Paris is after their bike-share program led to a lot of vandalism and theft.
Paris is so cool it named one of its streets after American cop-killer Mumi Abu-Jamal, because, you understand, he's just another victim of US racism.
The MTA is deploying the safety lie about Polk Street just like it did to justify the Fell/Oak and the Masonic Avenue bike projects:
Polk Street ranks among the streets with the highest number of pedestrian injuries in San Francisco. We studied each collision and found that the majority of pedestrian collisions occurred at intersections, involved turning vehicles, and were not the fault of the people walking.
We have a right to be suspicious that this claim---like the same claim about Fell/Oak and Masonic---is not supported by any documents released to the public, like the city's annual Collision Report, where no Polk Street intersections make the city's "Highest Injury Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision Intersections" on page 21.