One man shuts down SF bicycle improvements

August 23, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Posted in biking | 4 Comments
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I can’t stop thinking about the Rob Anderson story in San Francisco.  This evil little man has apparently brought implementation of millions of dollars worth of new bike routes and other infrastructure to a screeching halt, by suing the city.  His point, that by effectively decreasing vehicle capacity we will cause an increase in traffic congestion and thus air pollution is difficult to disprove, I guess.  Even though I know he’s wrong, and his positions are based on faulty assumptions.  So now there will be a temporary shutdown while the powers that be try to arbitrate his claims. 

It kind of reminds me of Reagan telling us [in a 1980 speech] that trees are the source of pollution. 

Stories like this should make us question all of our beliefs.  In a way I don’t mind that backers of the bike initiatives should have to prove up the worthiness of their plans.  But Anderson’s unfortunate assessment is that everyone who rides a bike into the city is an enemy of the people, a radical, militant lunatic trying to get all cars off the roads.

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