The latest chapter in the long story of San Francisco’s Bicycle Plan began today with this filing from the office of San Francsico City Attorney Dennis Herrera. (Earlier chapters of this tale dealt with local social gadlfly and self-confessed JFK conspiracy theory crank Robert “Crazy Rob” Anderson and his successful efforts to get the city to do an environmental impact study.)
It seems that certain areas just can’t wait for the bureaucratic gears to grind, so a judge is being asked to give the city and county permission to get started sooner rather than later.
Dennis J. Herrera, San Francisco’s happy warrior:
What areas are those? Well, how about Market and Octavia for starters. But there are other problem areas as well. Try these on for size:
Polk Street between Beach and Market Streets, where 73 motor vehicle-bicycle collisions have been reported since 2003.
The length of Valencia Street, where the 65 motor vehicle-bicycle collisions reported since 2003 include a large proportion of “dooring” incidents.
The Third Street Corridor, where the 32 collisions involving cyclists and motorists reported since 2003 include one fatality of a bicyclist struck by a truck at Third and Marin Streets.
Folsom Street between 13th Street and the Embarcadero, where 52 bicycle-related injury accidents have been reported in the last five years.
Lower Market Street, from 8th Street to the Embarcadero. Some 179 bicycle injury collisions have occurred along the entire length of Market Street, from Castro Street to the Embarcadero (including the Market and Octavia intersection) over the past five years.
What will Judge Peter J. Busch make of this? We’ll have an inkling by the end of the month.
Today’s filing certainly seems like a well-tailored request…