Monday, May 15, 2017

The bicycle fantasy in San Diego---and San Francisco

San Francisco also makes traffic policy based on the bike fantasy, like this whopper last year from a MTA planner the SF Examiner provided readers without challenge: 

The idea is to make Masonic Avenue safer to pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers, said Patrick Golier, a senior SFMTA planner. “Masonic is a mini-freeway,” he said Tuesday. “It has a dismal safety record"...Based on past similar projects, Golier said he expects the amount of cyclists to jump as much as 400 percent after the corridor is made safer.

The safety lie about Masonic aside---I unpacked that four years ago here---apparently the reporter didn't ask Golier about those "past similar projects" to support his bullshit.

Thanks to StreetsblogCal

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At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous sfthen said...

"Based on past similar projects, Golier said he expects the amount of cyclists to jump as much as 400 percent after the corridor is made safer."

So what's the difference between that moronic statement and the kind of people that believe it and the moronic statements this guy makes and the kind of people that believe him?

"Does Mr. Trump have concerns about his credibility taking a hit if he makes predictions that are later proven incorrect?
'The country believes me,' he said."

Both living in the same fantasy world.

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Actually I think it's worse than that. The MTA and City Hall have engaged in a long history of lies to get its favored anti-car, pro-bike projects accepted by the public. Golier is a liar, and the Examiner reporter who failed to challenge his lie has long acted as a shill for the MTA. I suspect it won't be long before he too climbs aboard the City Hall gravy train.

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Gregski said...

I wonder what will become of Linda Marabian, the San Diego civil servant who emailed that city bike commuting targets [18% of residents commuting by bike] “did not come from anything measurable or related to actual increased ridership,” and added, “I do not want to have to defend or explain why we did not get even close to a measure that is not based on anything.”?

I doubt she could get hired by the SFMTA after San Diego relegates her to bureaucratic Siberia and she quits her current job.

Who wants to wager that the SF supervisors' goal of 20% of trips by bicycle is "based on anything" more than San Diego's?

By the way, if bicycle traffic increases by 400% on Masonic that will amount to a Mumbai-like crush of 48 RIDERS PER HOUR at peak commute times. We're not exactly talking Wiggle or Market Street here now, are we?


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