Whither the Bicycle Coalition 2
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More thoughts on the Bicycle Coalition's election.
The "privacy" issue is really about the fear that the list would somehow be made public and/or get into the wrong hands---like my hands.
I wonder how many members quit over that so called protective bike lane in GGP. I haven't met anyone who likes it.
The end of the Rainbow Grocery discount and SFBC's membership decline:
"The SFBC has around 10,000 members, slightly down from a peak of about 13,000 a few years ago." Slightly down? It's down almost 25%.
Don't forget potential reason C) people who were members just to get the discount at Rainbow Grocery quit the Coalition when it was ended.
And a hearty thanks for Rainbow Grocery's generosity for offering that incentive to join SFBC for so many years! Rainbow had more to do with growing the SFBC than anything else, IMO.
Steve Jones on the election:
Just calling for the city to dedicate space for cycling was once a radical ask, but the organization always kept its distance from the Critical Mass crowd that directly asserted cyclists’ right to the road. SFBC would sometimes use sharp rhetoric to criticize City Hall when the cops or mayor disregarded the safety or needs of cyclists, but it never really aligned itself with the city’s progressive movement despite what many saw as their shared interests.
No so. The Bicycle Coalition has always been part of the city's progressive movement, and it has always supported Critical Mass, though in a less-than-forthright manner. Leah Shahum's life-changing bike epiphany happened during a Critical Mass ride, and she defended the traffic-snarling demo when it indulged in violence. And there was the weasly disclaimer they used to post on their online calendar.
And the Coalition always supports housing projects that limit parking space for those wicked motor vehicles.