Critical Mass shows its true colors

“Critical Mass video draws heavy criticism,” The City, Sept. 2
Critical Mass shows its true colors

Now we have it on video: Cyclists in this city have gone one big step too far in their efforts to seek complete freedom to do as they please whenever they want to. The behavior of the cyclists during the monthly Friday evening Critical Mass shows that our city has given away too much to please the cyclists, and yet they are not satisfied.

Now they believe they can go against the flow of traffic, stop motorists and surround them on a public street and then torment them and damage their vehicle simply because they want to show they have free rein to do as they please. And it’s all sanctioned by a city government that kisses the behind of anyone or anything that isn’t a motorist.

How much more taxpayer money will we dump into making bike lanes, taking away precious street auto parking and giving slow moving cyclists full use of traffic lanes on major traffic corridors in this city? The cyclists at Friday’s Critical Mass have essentially flipped us the finger as a statement of their appreciation for tolerating some of the worst, aggressive and unsafe behavior by cyclists that I have ever seen in any city.
It’s really hard for me to say that I still support bicycling in this city, but I do. I only wish our mayor and supervisors would listen to the pedestrians and motorists who have been terrorized by the blatant behavior of a very large number of cyclists. What we need, what we want, what we DEMAND is that The City:

  • Immediately put a stop to all “Critical Mass” demonstrations;
  • Not spend another cent on “pleasing” the cyclists;
  • Enforce traffic laws on cyclists as vigorously as they do on motorists;
  • Immediately draft and enact an ordinance that requires all bicycles in The City to be licensed for a fee;
  • Enforce rules regarding adherance to traffic laws and proper bicycle lighting and rider safety garments be set forth that must be complied with
  • before a license is issued.
  • It has been way too long and is creating a large rift in The City between pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. It’s time for everyone to abide by the rules and do their part to ensure safety on our streets.

    John Schambre
    San Francisco

    “Criminal drivers threaten Uber’s business,” The City, Aug. 21
    Unfair to drivers

    I find the orchestrated campaign demonizing Uber for hiring convicts highly hypocritical. I am not defending their hiring pratice, but want to point out that it is President Barack Obama’s Labor Board’s policy to discourage employers from asking applicants for a job about their arrest and conviction records.

    I quote: “Several states’ laws limit employers’ use of arrest and conviction records to make employment decisions. These laws may prohibit employers from asking about arrest records or require employers to wait until late in the hiring process to ask about conviction records.”
    The stated reason for this policy is the administration’s worry about employment chances for minority former convicts. How many times have we heard the rationalization: “They have paid their debt to society?”

    I guess, when two do the same, it’s not the same.

    Dennis Vernak
    San Mateo

    “A costly settlement,” The City, Aug. 31
    Shameful waste of money

    Thanks to the Examiner for reporting The City spent $1.5 million between settlement costs and defending Police Chief Greg Suhr in Kelly O’Haire’s whistleblower case.

    The City has laid out $32.6 million since 2007 to settle 226 other prohibited personnel practice lawsuits, not including costs of City Attorney time, but only O’Haire’s settlement.

    Adding $754,000 in City Attorney time for O’Haire’s case, we’re up to $33.35 million.

    There’s 66 other cases that haven’t been settled. This wasted money could be better directed to building affordable housing.

    Prohibited personnel practice lawsuits soared under Mayor Ed Lee with 187 new cases, a 78 percent increase from 105 cases before his tenure. Wrongful termination lawsuits during Lee’s tenure climbed from 14 to 32, a 128.6 percent increase.

    No wonder the Civil Grand Jury just called on the mayor and Board of Supervisors to amend the Whistleblower Protection Ordinance for city employees. But will City Hall agree with the Grand Jury in a hearing today?

    Patrick Monette-Shaw
    San Francisco
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