Re: [carfree_cities] Car-Free Market Street Tryout, SF
| Officer Charlie Lyons of the San Francisco Police Department
| has a different perspective. When asked what his thoughts were
| on the temporary closure, as he stood directing traffic at
| the corner of Eighth and Market, he responded, "It's stupid."
| There was no irony in his voice.
> I'd suggest that Gavin Newsom get on the phone immediately=v= We have a lot of trouble with SFPD officers who don't even
> and ensure that his Chief of Police can find someone who, at
> least, has neutral feelings about his job diverting traffic.
think bicycles belong on the road, are unfamiliar with the laws
governing our right to the road, and who generally presume that
bicyclists are always in the wrong. At any rate, since this
story was written, responsibilities for diverting traffic has
transferred from the SFPD to the Parking Control Officers (the
=v= Contrary to the article's title, the street is what I'd call
"car lite" rather than carfree. There's much less traffic on
it but motorists use that opportunity to speed for the block
they're on (perhaps the SFPD officers who used to divert traffic
could do something about *that*). When I'm on a bicycle, I find
that this makes it *more* unnerving than before but on transit
I have to admit that the street is much, much better.
=v= As long as it's "car lite," Market Street's full potential
won't flourish. It reminds me Chicago's State Street, which
was never truly carfree, but when it failed to perk up the area
(and returned to its earlier car-dominated use), it was widely
and inaccurately trotted out as an example of failed "carfree"
- Jym said:
>=v= As long as it's "car lite," Market Street's full potentialThis is an issue that comes up fairly often. Do others know
>won't flourish. It reminds me Chicago's State Street, which
>was never truly carfree, but when it failed to perk up the area
>(and returned to its earlier car-dominated use), it was widely
>and inaccurately trotted out as an example of failed "carfree"
of other examples where a "carfree" street was touted as a
failure when it was in fact never carfree?
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