Saturday, August 20, 2011

Portland commissioner knocks cyclists

Photo by J. Maus

Not surprising that Streetsblog posts a link to this bike-positive Portland story but not to this critical story. Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is quoted in the critical story:

I may support a bike sharing program downtown when I see bike riders using downtown streets and sidewalks in a safe manner. Daily I see cyclists in the light rail and bus lines in front of my office. I see cyclists riding on the sidewalks, endangering and harassing pedestrians. I see cyclists running red lights and making illegal turns off the bus mall. And these are presumably experienced cyclists. I believe a bike rental program downtown would only add to these unsafe behaviors. The behaviors are unsafe for cyclists as well as pedestrians and drivers. The cycling community seems to be doing little or nothing to educate riders or reduce these dangerous behaviors. Until downtown streets are safe for all modes of users, I will not support using scarce transportation dollars for projects that would exacerbate problems rather than providing basic services that enhance safety for all modes.

Seems like boorish behavior by cyclists is universal, not just a San Francisco phenomenon.

Thanks to Jack Bog's Blog for the link.

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At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Scumbag Bicyclist:
Demands (and gets) dedicated bike lanes throughout city...
...still rides on sidewalk.

Complains about how "unsafe" cycling is in city...
...talks on phone while biking, ignores stop signs and red lights.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Commissioners in Oregon counties are comparable to county supervisors in California. It's hard to imagine any of the 11 SF supervisors saying anything like Fritz said about cyclists.

At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's part of the sf.streetsblog editor's screed on the recent SFPD traffic safety campaign on Market St:

"according to numbers provided to Streetsblog by SFPD: 30 bicyclists were cited for running red lights, 21 bicyclists were ticketed for riding on the sidewalk, 16 were cited for 'bikes without brakes', . . .
Why weren’t drivers given any tickets?"

Why weren't drivers given any tickets asks Mr. Streetsblog genius? Maybe because no cars ran red lights during the campaign, no cars were riding on the sidewalk and no cars were driving without brakes.

This obvious conclusion seems beyond the ability of his kind to comprehend.

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good points. Yes, the editor (s) of Streetsblog are extremely narrowly focused on ONLY upbeat bike issues. They have a huge band of followers, I mean lemmings, who continuously add commentary to make the editor happy. They are completely one sided, they do not like opposite points of view.

They hate it when cyclists get tickets for breaking the law. That just ruins their day.

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the problem with district elections. A wack-a-doodle like Amanda would never be elected in Portland if elections were citywide.

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well I hope they also bring enforcement to the Haight soon ...

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to get rid of the cyclists who run red lights and kill pedestrians. Also MUNI ran over pedestrian this weekend Castro - MUNI is very dangerous and should be cracked down on, we should not let the buses run until MUNI can figure out how to stop killing pedestrian.

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pot Kettle Black.

1 Million - MILLION - cars were caught on camera in NYC running red lights last year in only the 150 intersections with cameras. The responses in the comments, not "people should not drive through red lights" - it's "This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!"


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