Re: [carfree_cities] Re: SFGate: Wheels of revolution turning toward cheap, friendly transit
- --- Jym Dyer <jym@...> wrote:
Methinks the writer made one too many trips to the
well of shopworn cliches......
Todd: Yes, I am actually VERY surprised that some of
this made it into an article about San Francisco IN a
San Francisco-based publication... I lived there from
1984 to 1996.. but when one visits SF now you get the
feeling that cycling IS - relatively speaking -
already somewhat mainstreamed, in that many or most of
the commuter cyclists just "ride their bikes" and dont
even bother to join the Bicycle Coaltion, etc.
The whole "freaks vs. bureaucrats" thing is ridiculous
because in fact the energy created in the Critical
Mass and other actitivies gets harnassed by the Bike
Coaltion (SFBC... www.sfbike.org...) and also creates
the environment where it is able to work with the city
to improve infrastructure more easily, etc.
Dave Snyder, the director of SFBC - which had many
effective staff members - during a great part of time
when conditions started to improve due to this Grand
Synergy, told me that the Critical Mass did more to
improve cycling than the SFBC ever did... he was being
honest, but I think also strongly implying that the
SFBC rode - and rides - this wave, rather than moving
in a different current.
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