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S.F. "car-free" day

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  • dearleb
    Today was the car-free day in San Francisco. What this amounted to was four blocks of narrow, office-building Montgomery Street being blocked off for all of
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2002
      Today was the "car-free" day in San Francisco. What this amounted to
      was four blocks of narrow, office-building Montgomery Street being
      blocked off for all of four hours, except for cross streets. No one
      had much idea why the road was barricaded, and the puzzled
      pedestrians kept to the sidewalks, by habit. I took the opportunity
      to stroll down the middle of the road mid-morning, accompanied by at
      most one or two others per block. Some booths were being set up but I
      couldn't get back to see what the final picture looked like before
      the traffic was turned loose again.

      This was about as modest a beginning to an "official" car-free
      movement as there could be, but it was heartening to see even a token
      action take place. More encouraging was the "unofficial" initiative -
      the city's monthly Critical Mass event happily coincided with
      the "car free" day, and the bicycle party seemed to have blossomed as
      rarely before, with great numbers of silent two-wheelers happily
      flummoxing the Market Street motorists. In addition, there was a
      Halloween-caliber turnout of costumed pedalers today.

      The next step isn't hard to envision, though it may be very hard to
      bring off, even for a few hours - block Market Street during the
      afternoon rush, and let the bicyclists take it over. That would bring
      a smile to my face.
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