SF Chronicle Article on the SF Bike Coalition

Today’s San Francisco Chronicle has a great article about the San Francisco Bike Coalition, citing it as an organization with ever-increasing political clout [link to article]. But with clout comes backlash, and the article also gives an overview of some of the roadblocks San Francisco cyclists are currently facing as the SFBC attempts to move forward with the completion of the citywide bike network. The article even mentions one of the city’s loudest bicycle grinches, Rob Anderson, who heads the anti-bike group Ninety-Nine Percent. Anderson’s often nonsensical bike-hating rants can be read in his blog, District 5 Diary.

But back to the article:

“The bike coalition is at the cutting edge of urban environmentalism. It reduces our reliance on foreign oil, cuts down pollution, helps ease traffic congestion and makes the city more livable,” said Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, who represents the Richmond District in a famously liberal city where politicians work hard to put green-friendly credentials on their resumes.

As the SFBC’s membership grows and more people park their cars permanently in favor of riding bicycles as their main mode of transportation, it will be interesting to see how the SFBC’s influence in city politics continues to evolve.

2 Comments so far

  1. Stu (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    I read with interest the story about the coalition and thought some good points were made in support as well as reflecting growing resentment toward this new force. One key reason the Mayor vetoed the Golden Gate Park closure agreement is the equal clout enjoyed by the senior and disabled community who have been victims of multiple bicycle caused accidents as well as increasing motorist and Muni complaints against cyclists. There is growing resentment towards the bicycle coalition and the best way to defuse it is to invite dialogue rather than avoid it.

  2. Koshi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    Yeah to be fair, I see a lot of really bad cycling out there. There are a lot of new cyclists who’ve not ridden a bike since they were 10. Sure, when they wipe out they mostly hurt themselves, but they can also put an inexperienced driver in a bad situation. We certainly need to raise the standard for car/bicyle inter-mingling in the city, something the SFBC is really good at!

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