Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Expanding bike share at no cost to taxpayers?

Bikeshare's social equity problem

From a Bay Area Bike Share op-ed in this morning's Chronicle:

The Bay Area’s bike-share system is poised for dramatic expansion. It will come at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to an innovative public-private partnership led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and is supported by the forward-thinking government leaders of the Bay Area.

Heigh ho, our "forward-thinking" leaders are on the march! It remains to be seen how much this system will end up costing taxpayers.

On the other hand, bike share apparently has problems around the world, and San Francisco's system seems to have a habit of ripping off customers.

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At 1:30 PM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

Rob, Not related to this story, but I don't have an email address for you, so let me share an exchange with streetblog.org about a story they chose to ignore. Here is the short story: http://fortgreenefocus.com/blog/2015/11/16/clinton-hill-cyclists-face-gives-mississippi-firefighter-a-new-lease-on-life/

I told my my friends it was a story of a bad cyclist doing good in the end.

Now my email response from streetblog:

Ben Fried
3:56 PM (26 minutes ago)
SUBJECT: No Headline coverage of cyclist David Rodebough?

Hi Mark,

It's a touching story but outside the scope of our beat at Streetsblog.


Benjamin Fried
Editor in Chief
917 388 9063

On Nov 17, 2015, at 3:47 PM, Mark Kaepplein wrote:

No Headline coverage of cyclist David Rodebough
who died made possible a face transplant to a firefighter?

A site search had no hits on his name for anything at all: the collision, death, or transplant.

Encourage all your readers to sign up as organ donors as a public service.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

Did the SF anti-car Vision-Zero do anything Sunday to protest cars for the UN's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims?


"Road traffic accidents kill an estimated 1.25 million people each year -- 90 per cent of them in middle- and low-income countries."

Too bad about about that 90% thing corrupting the anti-car message!

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Gregski said...

"It will come at no cost to taxpayers"

Will it pay rent to the taxpayers in lieu of all the parking meter revenue we forfeit when City Hall issues curbside "land grants" to bike share and car share businesses? Not to mention all the hospitality businesses who get to effectively expand their premises, rent-free, onto public land whenever another "parklet" sprouts up in front of them.

The left-wing social engineers at City Hall hate crony capitalism when it is directed at developers and tech-company commuter buses. Funny how their principles go into remission when the benefactors are affiliated with their green, anti-car, millenarian religious beliefs.


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