Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Rewriting the history of car-free Saturdays

Maybe I'm the only one who actually reads MTA's bike documents, but I can't let the city get away with the blatant falsehood in the introduction of the San Francisco State of Cycling Report for 2008: "San Francisco voters asked for and received car-free Saturdays in Golden Gate Park." 

In fact city voters rejected---twice on the same ballot in November, 2000---the idea of car-free Saturdays in Golden Gate Park. But we ended up with car-free Saturdays anyhow, because the mayor's office and the Bicycle Coalition made a deal that ignored the will of the voters

Odd that no one involved in drafting this document caught that obvious falsehood before the report went to press, even though there are 27 names listed on the page before the introduction, including the MTA Board of Directors, the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee, the SF Bicycle Coalition, and consultants from Alta Planning + Design, and the Henne Group.

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