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A cyclist maneuvers around cars in an unprotected bike lane along Valencia Street near 16th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District on Aug. 4, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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After Uber, Lyft swarm Valencia bike lanes, supervisors demand barriers,” The City, Aug. 7

Create ‘financial’ bike lane barriers

As a cyclist who frequently rides on city streets, I am very aware of safety issues caused by vehicles in the bike lane on Valencia Street. The challenges with creating a physical barrier outlined in the article are typical of The City’s bureaucracy. In spite of that, since this is an important safety issue, I believe that a physical barrier will eventually be installed.

In the meantime, I urge our supervisors to work with The City’s law and parking enforcement staff to issue citations to those who illegally obstruct bike lanes with their motor vehicles. If there are a series of citation “blitzes,” which affect the profits of the violators of these laws, this could go a long way to providing an interim solution to this important safety issue.

John Giordano
San Francisco

Just enforce the law

An easy fix to the bike lane issue on Valencia Street would be to enforce the law already on the books: no parking in the bike lanes.

This would not only make Valencia Street safer, it would save The City money and, in fact, bring money in from the fines paid by illegal parkers.

Michael Gaspar
San Francisco

Dedicated lanes everywhere

It is not safe to ride a bicycle in San Francisco and never will be until dedicated bike-only lanes are constructed and enforced on all major traffic arteries in The City.

European cities, like Amsterdam, build genuine bike lanes, which cars and trucks cannot physically occupy; unlike the ludicrous, temporary plastic posts that San Francisco uses, which provide no meaningful safety for bicyclists.

The scandalous way the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency has grossly neglected the use of bikes in The City is symptomatic of that agency’s widespread failure to manage transportation throughout The City.

Other examples include: raising bus fares every six to 12 months; eliminating bus stops and pretending this constitutes better service to our growing senior population; providing faux free passes to seniors only if they’re willing to surrender confidential information to an anonymous, unaccountable government agency, in probable violation of the California state constitution.

Speaking of privacy, or lack thereof, news reports recently surfaced that the Ford bike-rental company gets most of it revenue and profits not from rentals but from data mining in tracking where and when bike riders travel around town.

Like the infamous cancer warning on cigarettes, shouldn’t every Ford bike renter be notified that they’ve been data mined as they ride our dangerous bike unfriendly streets?

And why hasn’t the SFMTA demanded as a condition for permission to eliminate parking spaces access to that precious, privacy invading information?

Bike riders correctly characterize the so-called bike lane on Valencia Street as Ed Lee’s overflow parking lane — as Lee and his cohorts laugh all the way to the bank.

Nick Pasquariello
San Francisco

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