Free Muni youth passes show San Francisco's bad priorities

I think I’m losing my mind with what’s going on in San Francisco these days, but I still have a much better grip on reality than Supervisor David Campos and his crusaders for free Muni youth passes.

This insanity can’t get much more obvious than when two facing pages in The San Francisco Examiner feature stories about Sunday parking meter enforcement and free passes for the kids who bring loud music, litter, cussing and fighting onto the buses.

As we all know, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is constantly whining about how cash-poor it is, but at the same time, its board of directors wants to permit even more freeloading while the buses go without maintenance.

Sunday meter enforcement makes the news only because the privileged churchgoers — who have been blocking our streets illegally for decades — fear they may actually have to be careful how they park like the rest of us.

And it is this same Campos who can’t be bothered to lift a finger to bring in more revenue by citing all the cars that park illegally on his district’s sidewalks, making it necessary for pedestrians to risk their lives walking in the middle of the street.

Carl Hoffman
San Francisco

 

Golden Gate Park bike lanes risky

Bob Planthold definitely got it right on the John F. Kennedy Drive bicycle lanes: “That bike path is simply not safe.”

I ride my bike on JFK Drive every day. The bike lanes are the most dangerous place on the road, and the only safe place to ride is in the center traffic lanes, where I have clear vision of what’s going on ahead of me, and space to get out of the way of obstacles.

Every day, I see the real problems in the bike lanes that pose dangers, including cars parking, people walking, dog walkers, cars and trucks driving, police on horseback, skateboarders and in-line skaters, joggers, small children, and even Department of Parking and Traffic vehicles marking the right sides of tires of the parked cars.

Even your photo shows the problem of improper parking, with several cars parking half their width into the “neutral” zone such that their passenger side doors open into the bike lane.

The concept of the bike lanes being “dedicated space” for cyclists is a fantasy. It is used by anyone and everyone on a whim, and thus poses more danger than ever for cyclists.

Ted Loewenberg
San Francisco

 

Bare-skin bonanza on way

Personally, I am not in favor of seeing nude people in public. However, I think banning this will only backfire.

It appears unconstitutional in that it deprives people of free expression. I think banning nudity will only help accelerate what was once a minor fashion statement. More people have been recruited to the cause than the handful of people willing to express themselves against, shall we say, conventional wisdom.

Denise D’Anne
San Francisco

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