Hey San Francisco! Lets talk about the gigantic pink elephant in the room. The Bicycle Coalition is perpetuating the ridiculous idea that they have 16,000 active cyclists. Streets are being repaved and driving lanes are being removed to make way for new bike lanes. This has created added traffic congestion across San Francisco neighborhoods. City Halls way of dealing with the added traffic congestion is to make owning a car more expensive for its residents and catering to the "hipster law breakers" at the San Francisco Bike Coalition.
10 years of collecting signatures at critical mass rides is not a coalition of cyclists. In 2000 2.1% of city commuters rode bikes to work, and in 2010 3.5% of city commuters rode bikes to work. . That's a gain of only .13% a year for eleven years! Only the Bicycle Coalition can call that a "surge" in cycling.
As people move into their professional lives, age and have children, bike riding becomes a recreational activity, not a commuting choice. Yet, San Francisco has developed an urban plan around the loud but short-sighted desires of 15,000 people in our population of 800,000.Money that motorists approved because they thought they would get better streets are now being used for pedestrians and bicyclists. So motorists are now paying TWICE for roads and are losing lanes and parking which increases traffic congestion and pollution (as noted by the city's own environmental impact statement).
argument isn’t very convincing when motorists stuck in traffic witness
empty bike lanes on a daily basis. People
do not convert to bike riding, but move into, then away from it.