Letters to the Editor

Applause for Rally

Dear Editor,

I recently attended the rally the Bicycle Coalition organized at City Hall following the death by automobile of a 10-month-old baby who was struck down while on a walk in Pacific Heights with his mother a few days earlier. The protest was a really constructive outlet for my outrage and sadness at this tragedy and at the effects of cars on the people who live in the city. I thought it was amazing that so many people showed up for the rally on such short notice.

To hear that we succeeded in persuading the Board of Supervisors to hire three new traffic calming and pedestrian safety staff people was like the icing on the cake. What a victory!

I read a small item in the Examiner recently that the number of people killed in car accidents in the U.S. declined last yearÉ to only 40,000! When there's a plane crash that kills a few dozen people it's in the headlines and on television for weeks. But deaths by car? We don't hear about that (or the fact that cars are the single biggest threat to the health of the global environment).

A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists documents that oil companies and car manufacturers are among the biggest global media advertisers. I don't think we will hear our elected representatives talking about possible solutions to our automotive crisis as long as those same companies are among the biggest contributors to our politicians' election campaigns.

So it looks like it's going to be up to us right here in our community (no surprise there!). After our victory at City Hall, I'm fired up. Next time, how about protesting not for traffic calming, but traffic ELIMINATION. No cars on Market! Or Polk...or California or Valencia either! Bike lanes on every street!! Power to the people!

Eesha Williams
San Francisco

Thanks to DPT

Dear Editor,

Thank you to Bond Yee and the staff at the San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) for widening the bike lanes on The Embarcadero and improving safety for bicyclists and pedicabs and their passengers.

Hopefully, we will soon start seeing similar improvements along Market Street as some simple traffic management plans are implemented.

Keith Saggers
pedicab owner/operator & Transit-First Market Street Alliance
San Francisco

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