Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dave Snyder and the Marin Museum of Bicycling

After 11 years as head of San Francisco's Bicycle Coalition, Dave Snyder is now Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition. Earlier this month, he helped inaugurate the Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax:

Your California Bicycle Coalition’s own Dave Snyder spoke at the grand opening celebration on June 6, welcoming the museum and Mountain Biking Hall of Fame to the birthplace of mountain biking in Marin County. He praised Joe Breeze and the museum’s other founders for their ongoing support of everything that bicycling brings to people, from the thrill of screaming down the mountain on the Repack trail to the simple joy of pedaling across town.

Hey, how come Marin gets the Hall of Fame, not San Francisco? After all, this is where Critical Mass was born! 

It must have been a close call: Whether to honor city cyclists for screwing up rush hour traffic for more than 20 years or honor cyclists in Marin, famous for terrorizing hikers and people on horseback on Marin's fire roads. And also notorious for trashing Marin's open space by carving out their own bike trails.

But Dave Snyder is a moderate compared to Leah Shahum, his successor in San Francisco. She wanted to make city streets safe enough for six-year-olds to ride bikes, while Snyder only wanted to make them safe enough for eight-year-olds.

Recall that Dave Snyder and the Bicycle Coalition opposed the popular and successful parking garage under the Concourse in Golden Gate Park because it would be built for "the most pernicious form of urban pressure: the automobile."

Snyder was also the Big Thinker who formulated the failed city strategy to sneak the 500-page Bicycle Plan illegally through the administrative process ("Nobody will contest this...").

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At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the fuck does Critical Mass have to do with Mountain Biking. Your reading comprehension continues to fade. Pack it in old man.

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You're projecting your comprehension problem onto me, punk. You've probably twittered your young mind away.

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

biking belongs in Marin, both road and mountain biking. Not so in SF where biking doenst really make a lot of sense

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I think riding a bike is a risky choice everywhere, but people have a right to make that choice. The real issue in SF is redesigning city streets on behalf of a small minority---less than 4% of the city's population---based on nothing but the hope that doing so will result in a lot more people riding bikes.

At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No such dilemma when deciding which location to "honor" with a car museum - everywhere you look cars and their drivers have injured and killed hundreds of thousands of people. Kind of puts the inconvenience of some aristocrats on horseback in perspective.

Sorry you don't like Critical Mass. 30 days a month single-occupancy cars screw up city traffic. Once a month some cyclists contribute to that. Seems OK to me.


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