A reader sends this in:
I see Streetsbloggers are unhappy that MTA proposed new designs for Polk St.
The statistics are very interesting.
410 people were surveyed in 42 hours. 56% of the people surveyed live in the area of the Polk St. project.
How survey respondents arrive on Polk St: 5% by bicycle, 15% by car, 17% by transit, and 58% by foot.
Since 56% of respondents live in the area, no wonder they all travel on foot!
If you read sf.streetsblog.org they say again and again that 85% of people do not arrive by car on Polk St. That's true, but it's a distorted statement.
This is something to repeat over and over again, that 5% of bicyclists cannot be equated with 85% of traffic on Polk St.
Streetsblog fails to emphasize that only 5% travel by bicycle. That means bicyclists do not play a large role in Polk St. traffic. Therefore bicyclists should not be given a disproportionate representation in the Polk St. design by having dedicated bike lanes.
That most shoppers/visitors on Polk Street get there on foot is why the city deployed the pedestrian safety lie to justify taking away all that street parking to make bike lanes.
The survey is really an attempt to reassure the small businesses on Polk Street that removing all that parking to make bike lanes will be good for business. Not surprisingly, those business owners think they know better than Streetsblog, the Bicycle Coalition, and Ed Reiskin---who makes $294,000 a year---about what's best for their businesses.
Reiskin and other MTA employees---there are more than 5,000 of them---don't have to worry about parking for their customers or about street "improvements" that could reduce their incomes. And if the MTA board fires Reiskin, he'll get six months pay going out the door!
Labels: City Government, Ed Reiskin, Muni, Polk Street, Streetsblog