Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bay Bridge bike path: $550 million

rmleczko / Courtesy MTA

Along with its contents, there are a couple of oddities about this story in today's Chronicle: the picture (above) accompanying the story, and the fact that you can't find it on the SFGate site except by entering the headline in the search function. Maybe someone at the Chron wanted to bury the story, especially the $550 million price tag for adding a bike/pedestrian path to the west span of the Bay Bridge. That number is buried at the end of the story, along with the inevitable approval from Leah Shahum:

...Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, said the study makes the possibility of pedaling from Oakland to San Francisco closer to reality. "It moves the idea of a bike/pedestrian/maintenance pathway from the idea stage to the official project stage," she said. "Now we can seek funding."

Shahum thought that $225 million for this project was "a drop in the bucket." The drops are getting bigger!

Didn't the Chronicle and the MTA think there was something a little strange about a graphic that seemed to show people, including a man in a wheelchair, about to go over the edge into the bay?

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At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the van (and AC Transit) bus that are about to do the same?

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leah...the true believer, the cult girl.

At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Dr Hoddabir said...

Despite the fact that I totally disagree with you on 99% of your anti-bike talk, I actually agree with this one.

Half a billion dollars could be spent in so many better ways it's sick. Imaging the bike infrastructure that could be built with this in areas where it would actually be used? Heck, Muni could be completely repaired for this kind of money. I think I might actually write about this today. Thank you Rob.

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree too. All we need to do is eliminate a car lane and dedicate it to buses and bikes.

At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"All we need to do is eliminate a car lane and dedicate it to buses and bikes."

What an intelligent statement, because buses and bikes mix so well, especially at highway speeds.

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

Fine then - no buses.


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