CW Nevius vs. The Wiggle Bicycle Route, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle’s worst writer takes on The Wiggle here.

(As usual, his reliance upon quotes from rich, white, older homeowners leads him astray.)

Leave us begin:

Local residents sometimes sit at the corner of Waller and Steiner streets and place bets on the bicyclists as they approach the stop sign.

FALSE.

Worse, when she yelps, “Watch out!” when riders nearly hit her, the response is often, “F- you. Mind your own business.”

FALSE.

“Our message is that pedestrians always have the right of way.”

FALSE. THAT MIGHT BE YOUR MESSAGE, BUT IT’S NOT CORRECT. NOT IN CALIFORNIA, WHERE PEDS ARE ROUTINELY HELD AT FAULT FOR THEIR OWN DEATHS…

“You literally have to play peek-a-boo,” said Marshall.

FALSE. YOU DON’T LITERALLY HAVE TO PLAY PEEK-A-BOO, ONE-PERCENTER. WHY DOES THE MSM ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE CRYBABIES?

 The most likely solution is to create “bulb-out” corners for pedestrians.

ASSUMING FACTS NOT IN EVIDENCE, ASSUMING THAT BULB-OUTS WILL “SOLVE” THE ISSUE YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, NEVIUS.

“Bulb-outs reduce the length of the crossing and also forces the bicyclists to slow down because they make the corner sharper,” Hodge said. “And (police) enforcement is increasingly important. We want to work with the police to identify space and behavior that are dangerous.”

UH, IS THE SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE COALITION TELLING PEOPLE TO STOP AT STOP SIGNS? IF SO, THAT’S NEWS TO ME.

While those sound like good ideas, there is a school of thought that says the more accommodations the city makes for bikes the more entitled the riders become.

OH, IS THERE ALSO A SCHOOL OF THOUGHT THAT SAYS THE MORE ACCOMMODATIONS THE CITY MAKES FOR REPUBLICANS, SUCH AS CW NEVIUS, THE MORE ENTITLED THOSE REPUBLICANS BECOME?

“I’m no angry motorist. I don’t even own a car,” Marshall said. “But once they completed the bike lanes and made it a complete route, in the minds of cyclists it has just given them the license to just go.”

UH NEVIUS, JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY SAYS SOMETHING AND BELIEVES IT, THAT DOESN’T MAKE IT TRUE. IMO, THE POPULARITY OF FIXIES HAS HAD A GREATER EFFECT. AND OF COURSE, THE WIGGLE HAS BEEN A “COMPLETE ROUTE” SINCE THE 1800′s.

Bike advocates would probably disagree, but Beckstead suggested a simple test.

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU SAYING, NEVIUS? WHAT THE FUCK DOES THIS MEAN? THE WORLD WONDERS. BIKE ADVOCATES DISAGREE THAT BECKSTEAD SUGGESTED A SIMPLE TEST?

USE YOUR WORDS, NEVIUS.

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5 Responses to “CW Nevius vs. The Wiggle Bicycle Route, 2012”

  1. Joke says:

    Well, isn’t it true that pedestrians always have the right of way?

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Well, not in CA. Peds need to follow CA laws first and most of them don’t, of course.

    Law-abiding peds have the right of way but not all peds at all times…

  3. Wahoo says:

    Don’t own a car. Have lived in SF for 36 years.
    Am all for bike lanes in SF.
    Sick and tired of bicyclists who:

    1. Routinely blow through STOP signs.

    2. Feel entitled to ride on sidewalks.

    3. Think they’re get to choose what laws apply to them depending on their individual moods.

    4. Think “FU!!!” is the proper response to anyone who challenges their behavior.

  4. GG says:

    Pedestrians have the right away when crossing in any crosswalk (marked or unmarked), but must exercise due care when doing so — i.e., not step out unexpectedly right in front of a car. CA Vehicle Code section 21950 has the details, if you’re interested. Liability for injuries (in tort law) would be a separate matter — if a vehicle hit a pedestrian, even if he/she were jaywalking, the rider/driver might be found financially liable, depending on the unique circumstances of the accident.

  5. pchazzz says:

    You need to get back on your meds, srsly.