Monday, January 25, 2010

Bike people push $390 million bike path

The bike people, including the SF Bicycle Coalition, continue to push for a bike path on the West Span of the Bay Bridge, even though it could cost as much as $390 million. The notice below on Streetsblog of course doesn't mention the potential price of that addition, because it doesn't matter to the bike people how much it will cost. If it was $390 billion, they would still support it.

Rally to Support Bike/Ped Access Across the Bay Bridge
by Bryan Goebel on January 23, 2010
When: January 27, 2010 9:00 am
Where: MTC Metro Auditorium 101 8th Street Oakland

From Streetsblog contributor Janel Sterbentz:

On January 27, the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) will vote on a bridge toll increase that has the potential to complete the multi-modal pathway from the East Bay to San Francisco. Now is the time for you to come to the meeting to support the West Span Bicycle Pedestrian Maintenance Pathway. If you can't make it to the meeting write your representatives today and tell them to make the Bay Bridge the world-class structure it should be---one that offers access for all types of users to the entire Bay Bridge, not just half of it. Please arrive by 9am as the room may fill by 9:30. Fill out a speaker card and hold a sign/banner. We will have talking points for you as a handout. We need you to speak to how important this facility is to you and to all. You may hear objections that they lack the power to fund the path now: a process is underway to clarify this and restore their power if need be. We want them to take the strongest action possible to ensure the West Span path opens with the East Span, for shore-to-shore access.

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At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, how many millions is that per cyclist that will actually use it? I imagine that crossing will be so cold and windy that it would be a VERY unpleasant crossing by bike.

At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

god, when are these hipster bike fanatics going to go away???

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Alas, like the Islamic fanatics, the bike people and their religion---I call it "BikeThink"---are here to stay.

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a lot of people would use it, actually. 390 mil does sound like a lot, though.

Perhaps there's a way to do it cheaper?

At 8:40 PM, Blogger tedsfiles said...

The bikeway goes part of the way. That's pretty annoying. One estimate of the total project cost I read is $6.3bn. So $390mil is only 6% of the total. Given the number of cyclists in San Francisco, sorry Rob, it's justifiable. I'd vote for it.
Where'd you get $390million from? Sounds pretty inflated to me. Sounds like a price put forwards by an agency keen to crush the idea.

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The $390 million number is the upper range of the estimated cost, and it comes from an article in the Chronicle that I link through my original post on the subject.


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