Ben Christopher

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    S.F.'s New Bike Counter Could Help Resolve Transportation Fracas

    Take a look at the available evidence and the conclusion is inescapable: San Francisco either is or is not a city of cyclists. Really, it depends on who you ask. Consult the number-crunchers behind the 2011 Census figures, the SFMTA bike count, or the seasonally-adjusted number cited by the Mayor's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Hipsters, Rejoice! You Can Now Charge Your Smartphone While Riding Your Fixie.

    When Aaron Latzke and David Delcourt launched the Kickstarter campaign for their "Siva Cycle Atom" on Tuesday morning, they gave themselves a month to amass $85,000. When I spoke to Latzke yesterday afternoon, some 54 hours later, they'd raised more than $58,000. The masses (at least, those among t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Street Fight Details the Fight Over Politics and Mobility in S.F.

    I ride a bike for many reasons --and almost all of them are boring. Convenience, independence, a desire to be passably healthy and to spend as little money as possible on my own transportation -- all of these factors contribute to make cycling my preferred method of conveyance. These are, with some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Is CEQA Bad For Bike Projects?

    I wade into the ongoing debate over CEQA, with much unease. For starters, the minute that I start to explain that CEQA stands for the California Environmental Quality Act and that San Francisco City Hall's administration of that particular law is the subject of a long-running and heated political d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Q&A: Green Lane Project Explains How Bikes Are Actually Good for Business

    No matter the grade of the street, getting a separated bike lane installed anywhere in San Francisco is always an uphill battle -- literally. On Polk, local businesses have stalled an MTA proposal that hinted at the possibility of a cycle track, decrying the plan's removal of parking as an attack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Cars vs. Bikes: The Battle for Polk Street

    If you have both a car and a vested interest in actually being able to park it somewhere, it's possible you're feeling a little put upon these days. Indeed, such that San Francisco's War on Cars exists (and don't worry, it doesn't), the last week has seen major developments on three of its fronts. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Here's Why You Should Love Having Bikes on BART

    Heads up, BART riders: the cyclists are coming. Once again, BART has decided to temporarily drop its rush-hour bike blackouts and open its (often dysfunctional) doors to pedalers for the morning and evening crush. As seasoned BART riders already know, bikes of the ungainly, unfoldable variety are u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Cyclists Aren't Just Stop Sign Blowing Pricks in Skinny Jeans

    I was waiting at a red light last week while on my way to meet some friends after work when a pedestrian in the crosswalk started talking to me. That, in and of itself, makes for a noteworthy event. Save to signal or, very occasionally, to register my profound displeasure with someone, I rarely int ... More >>

  • News

    March 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Crash Course: Here's How to Drive With City Cyclists Without Killing Them

    Last week, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill that would require drivers in California to officially recognize that cyclists exist. Reading from Assembly Bill 840: This bill would require the [driver's license] examination to also include a test of the applicant's knowledg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Hey Cyclists, What Kind of City Do You Want?

    That seems to be the real question in the debate over the future of Market Street. And evidently, it's a question that we'll all have a chance to ponder for the rest of the decade; it was announced earlier this month that the project to rip up San Francisco's most important thoroughfare and put it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Who's to Blame for the Death of Diane Sullivan, Cyclist Killed Last Weekend?

    Last Saturday morning, a woman authorities identified as 48-year-old Diane Sullivan was killed while riding her bike along King Street. As I write this, privy to no more information other than what was widely reported earlier this week, I don't feel qualified to say anything about the accident itse ... More >>

  • News

    February 13, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Driver: "Is It Okay If I Kill That Cyclist?"

    The nice thing about being one of the few people at my office who regularly shows up to work on a bike is that whenever one of my colleagues is puzzling over which bike route to take to the Mission or needs some advice about basic bike maintenance, or wants to tell someone about an especially fun we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Taxing S.F. Cyclists Is a Dumb Idea

    Maybe you've heard the rumors. Lane-splitting, stop-sign-flouting, tax-evading cyclists have seized control of City Hall. It's true -- I read all about it on the Internet. It all started earlier this week when the cycle-sympathizing Quislings at the SFMTA put forth a new six-year plan to dramatica ... More >>

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