Saturday, May 03, 2008

Latest DMV numbers

The Department of Motor Vehicles has posted the latest numbers on vehicles registered per county in California.

The latest count for San Francisco, excluding trailers: 382,341 cars, 64,147 trucks, and 19,417 motorcycles/motorscooters for a total of 465,905 motor vehicles registered in SF. (Last year's total---460,150---shows that there's been a gain of 5,755 in the last year.) Don't these people understand that cars and trucks are "death monsters," in Steve Jones's immortal coinage? These numbers don't include the 1045 Muni vehicles on city streets (MTA's "San Francisco Transportation Fact Sheet, August 2007").

The MTA also tells us in the same document that the "total daytime increase in vehicles" coming into the city is 35,400, including 20,000 over the Bay Bridge and 13,100 over the Golden Gate Bridge. And the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) tells us that more than 50% of city residents---214,660---commute by car to jobs in both SF and other counties (Countywide Transportation Plan, July 2004, page 40). Every year millions of people drive into the city for business and pleasure, as the Visitors Bureau tells us: of the 4.5 million people who stayed in the city's hotels/motels, 25.8% rented cars, which means more than a million more cars on city streets. This number of course doesn't include the millions of tourists who drive their own cars into the city every year.

Tourism is our most important industry, with the 15.80 million visitors to the city in 2006 spending $7.76 billion, generating $473 million in taxes for the city, supporting 68,652 jobs with a payroll of $1.83 billion.

So why would our city government want to make it as difficult and expensive as possible for all these people---not to mention city residents---to drive in San Francisco? Because the SF Bicycle Coalition and their many enablers in City Hall envision turning SF into Amsterdam or Copenhagen.

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At 8:53 PM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

no kidding. I went to Amsterdam and there were like zero tourists there!

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

This bulletin just in, Murph: Amsterdam is not an American city. San Francisco, on the other hand, is a major American city. Different country, even a different continent.

At 12:03 PM, Blogger John Spragge said...

Rob, rational arguments against cycling in San Francisco may exist. However, the continent and country does not constitute such an argument. Please provide an actual argument to explain why the Danish and the Dutch cycle successfully, while Americans somehow (despite Lance Armstrong) cannot.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I don't really give a shit about Denmark or Holland. But I do know San Francisco, and your bike obsession is just stupid here.

At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wah wah wah...I do know San Francisco, and I don't want it to change, dammit, cuz I like it the way it is! Seriously Rob, who gives a shit what you do or don't know, or what your thoughts are about San Francisco? Who cares? WHO? The coalition for adequeate review, aka the coalition of you? What a joke.

At 6:58 PM, Anonymous hankchapot said...

Why don't you try using ignorant insults and foul language Rob? It would certainly help your argument.

At 7:24 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Good idea. Fuck you. How's that?

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

"Seriously Rob, who gives a shit what you do or don't know, or what your thoughts are about San Francisco? Who cares? WHO? The coalition for adequeate[sic] review, aka the coalition of you? What a joke."
At least I put my name on my opinions, Anon. The great Colalition for Adequate Review (CFAR) put a stick in the spokes of your moronic Bicycle Plan, didn't we?

At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is the bike plan moronic?

At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are death monsters. Leading killer of children, to cite one example.

But I think we should keep some of them on the road anyway, after we make room for bikes of course.

At 12:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The great Colalition for Adequate Review (CFAR) put a stick in the spokes of your moronic Bicycle Plan, didn't we?"

Is this really how petty you are? You went to all that trouble just because you hate bicycles. I feel sorry, whatever it was that traumatized you and left you like this must have been horrible. It doesn't excuse your behavior though.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Lighten up, Anon. My stick-in-the-spokes crack was only in response to the commenter who ridiculed the Coalition for Adequate Review. All our litigation showed is that no one, however well-intentioned, is above the law, not even Progressive Land.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Pike said...

Hi Rob,

It is such a shame you are trying to stuff bicyclists into categories you can understand. We are not all Islamic Fanatisists. That is insulting and stupid. There are as many reeasons to ride bikes as there are bikers. Like you, I refused to participate in the the VietNam war. Unlike you, I commute to work (which i hear you have managed to avoid) by bike because:
1. I love riding a bike early in the morning by the ocean.
2. I am tired of being stuck in a car in traffic,
3. Oil is simply too valuable to burn in cars.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Caring for an aged parent full-time isn't work? I'd much rather be washing dishes for a living.


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