Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bicycle Coalition passes the hat to screw up Panhandle traffic

The Bicycle Coalition is asking for donations to push the city to create separated bike lanes on the Pandhandle by either taking away a traffic lane, or, more likely, taking away scarce neighborhood street parking. The money from the donations will be for "materials, staffing and hundreds of hours of community outreach that it will take to get these separated bikeways approved by year’s end. Right now we need to seize the opportunity to get these approved! Your safety depends on it."

There's no evidence that there's a safety problem between Scott and Baker, but that won't stop the Bicycle Coalition from deploying another Big Lie in this campaign, like the hysteria they whipped up about the Fell/Masonic intersection.

In the past the city has paid the Bicycle Coalition to do "community outreach" on bike projects, like on the Bicycle Plan itself ($279,000).

Why isn't the city paying for this? Probably because a Bay City reporter busted the MTA and the coalition last July for their phony "neighborhood survey" to justify the same Panhandle project. It wasn't clear from the story whether the city paid for that put-up job, but the MTA claimed at the time that they had $165,000 to do  an “extensive public outreach campaign,”  which is what the coalition is passing the hat for now. What happened to all that money?

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At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another reading comprehension error. The proposed bike lanes are not on the panhandle.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Nope. You can claim that Scott to Baker isn't part of the Panhandle, but this project could bottleneck traffic for the 67,000 vehicles that use Oak and Fell Streets every day (aka, the Panhandle traffic) if the city takes away a traffic lane on either steet. More likely: it will take away a lot of scarce street parking to make bike lanes so that you folks feel more "comfortable" riding on those streets.

At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my vehicle and I use it every day and am never bottlenecked.

At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I think the Coalition is having budget problems. Membership renewals are never a certainty and big donors are cutting back. The Coalition had used it's budget to make donations to various supervisorial candidates last election that did not win.

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No logical reason in hell to take away parking spaces that are much needed by the RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS in this neighborhood and to put in more bike lanes.

No fucking way.


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