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Old 07-17-08, 01:22 PM
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No more bike racks in San Fran?

I just learned that the city of San Francisco is not allowed to install more bikeraks due to a court morutorium. anyone have any insight on this?
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I think the story is that the pro car idiots won a lawsuit a year or so ago and a judge has injunctioned the city from installing any new bike infrastructure - parking, lanes, sharrows, anything. Try the San Francisco Bike Coalition site, they may have more info. Seems like I remember the guy's name as Anderson, but I'm not sure.
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San Francisco judge strikes down citywide bicycle-oriented plan
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Jun 26, 2006 2:00 AM (752 days ago) by Adam Martin, The Examiner
Filed under: SAN FRANCISCO , Adam Martin
http://www.examiner.com/a-160017~San...nted_plan.html

SAN FRANCISCO (Map, News) - The creation of new bike lanes and other improvements under San Francisco's citywide bicycle plan was halted abruptly last week when a judge handed down an injunction against the plan's implementation.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren issued the injunction Wednesday after a coalition of pro-forma groups sued the city, claiming that the lack of environmental impact review on the plan was illegal under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The stated goal of the 250-page bicycle plan, first implemented in 1997 and most recently updated in May 2005, is to improve bicycle safety and to "refine and expand the existing bicycle route network."

The plan calls for many bicycle-oriented improvements, including the striping of new bike lanes, new bicycle parking and allowing bicycles on San Francisco Municipal Railroad metro trains.

The preliminary injunction issued Wednesday immediately halts any implementation of the bicycle plan. It disallows bicycles on Muni trains and buses and orders a stop to "installing bicycle lanes on any street in San Francisco named or described in any part of the Plan and its maps," until the city and the petitioners come to a resolution.

Research and planning, however, will still be allowed under the injunction.

In response to the injunction, City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office argued that the bicycle plan is exempt from environmental review under CEQA. "There is no possibility that adoption of the plan would have a significant impact on the environment," reads a statement issued by the office.

But Rob Anderson, a spokesman for Citizens for Adequate Review and named petitioner in the suit, said in an interview Friday that the plan does require an environmental review under CEQA because it changes the physical landscape of the city.

"This is not about the merits of the plan itself. This is really a process problem. They're going to have to follow the rules like everybody else, no matter how good their intentions are," he said.

Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, said it is "ironic" that opponents of the bicycle plan are using environmental law to oppose the plan's implementation. She said the coalition will urge The City to step up its planning and engineering efforts "so that once this case is settled, there's a whole slew of fantastic bike network projects ready to be implemented."

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said he supports the bicycle plan. In a written statement, he said “My office will fully commit the public resources needed to complete the Citywide Bike Network, prioritizing the resurfacing of roads that serve as bike routes and expanding secure bike parking and bike access to transit."

The case will go to court in September, at which time The City will either argue against the injunction or agree to conduct an environmental impact review.
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My bet is that there are a few Bike Coalition members that would love some 'quality time' with Rob Anderson.
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Originally Posted by randya View Post
I think the story is that the pro car idiots won a lawsuit a year or so ago and a judge has injunctioned the city from installing any new bike infrastructure .
How does one function as a "pro-car idiot" and live in San Francisco? One must need to be a much bigger idiot than normal. Driving (or owning, for that matter) a car in San Francisco carries with it its own level of idiocy and void of common sense. When I lived there, I only drove when I actually needed to leave the city.
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Old 07-17-08, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by randya View Post
San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren issued the injunction Wednesday after a coalition of pro-forma groups sued the city, claiming that the lack of environmental impact review on the plan was illegal under the California Environmental Quality Act.
I know I'm not to only one to see the irony here.
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Old 07-17-08, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by harleyfrog View Post
I know I'm not to only one to see the irony here.
It's not irony, it's a troll using a loophole in a law to contravent its very purpose.

Rob Anderson is a known entity here; he and his shadowy lawyer Mary Miles abuse the courts to throw a twig in the spokes of various initiatives. He has a particular bone to pick with anything bicycle or transit-related, and is also a serious NIMBY who opposes just about any residential development anywhere near him (but handily not in black neighborhoods).

If I wanted to, I'm sure I could walk over to his place (he lives a few blocks away) and have a "word" with him... but it actually would be a word, since I don't entertain passive-aggressive fantasies about hurting people who disagree with me. And even that wouldn't happen, since he's not worth anybody's time, including mine. I've already wasted enough trying to argue with him on his blog, which is a guaranteed losing proposition. Like a good troll, he ought to be ignored, but since he has shown he can abuse the law, the solution is to adjust the law to account for people like him.

And that takes time, so for now, we wait for the environmental review to be completed, something the city now says may take until 2009.
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Old 07-17-08, 03:33 PM
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That issue is over two years old....any updates?
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Old 07-17-08, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
How does one function as a "pro-car idiot" and live in San Francisco? One must need to be a much bigger idiot than normal. Driving (or owning, for that matter) a car in San Francisco carries with it its own level of idiocy and void of common sense. When I lived there, I only drove when I actually needed to leave the city.
Tend to agree with you. Friends there that have cars leave them in long term storage and only use them for out of town trips. One of the best public transit systems I have ever seen... The wife and I would go anywhere just about anytime by using MUNI. Even using BART out to nearby towns was easy.
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Old 07-17-08, 07:11 PM
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Omfg

ANother reason why liberals are sooo screwed up.
thank you for huging trees and keeping in the dark ages
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Old 07-17-08, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by st0ut View Post
Omfg

ANother reason why liberals are sooo screwed up.
thank you for huging trees and keeping in the dark ages
Great post; I loved it
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Maybe it's time for The City to start ticketing those large SUVs that are not allowed on city streets.
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Update:

http://www.nbc11.com/news/15710871/detail.html
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Originally Posted by st0ut View Post
Omfg

ANother reason why liberals are sooo screwed up.
thank you for huging trees and keeping in the dark ages
Hey, huging trees, and keeping in the dark ages is tough work - but of course Wingnuts just hire illegal aliens.
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Originally Posted by HoustonB View Post
My bet is that there are a few Bike Coalition members that would love some 'quality time' with Rob Anderson.
I'm not a member of the SFBC; I don't even live in CA! But boy oh boy, would I love to have some 'quality time' with this blithering idiot.
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I am not so sure about California, but environmental impact studies, usually apply to more than bunnies and trees, they also apply to effects on the neighborhood and immediate area.
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tehdely, Thanks for the backstory. Sounds like this guy has got a small dinky and needs to compensate for it. I'm not going to go into the whole left wing/right wing political BS because, well, it is BS, IMO. Me, I'm more of a libertarian with some anarchist leanings (one of dem dere radical free thinker types).
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
How does one function as a "pro-car idiot" and live in San Francisco? One must need to be a much bigger idiot than normal. Driving (or owning, for that matter) a car in San Francisco carries with it its own level of idiocy and void of common sense. When I lived there, I only drove when I actually needed to leave the city.
+1. Bicycle facilities aside, San Francisco looks and feels like a city that ran out of room for more cars sometime around 1950. I have ridden a bike there a few dozen times. I have only had the unpleasant experience of driving there once--fortunately in a rental truck, so most people stayed out of my way.
This thread is comical--but then, I don't live in SF!
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Originally Posted by st0ut View Post
Omfg

ANother reason why liberals are sooo screwed up.
thank you for huging trees and keeping in the dark ages
Rob Anderson is not a liberal, he's just a manipulative azzhole using good environmental laws in a twisted backwards way for his own reactionary goals

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Originally Posted by Dchiefransom View Post
Maybe it's time for The City to start ticketing those large SUVs that are not allowed on city streets.
Amazing how that little tidbit seems to get by all these enforcement agencies, eh?

And so many motorists are worried about all the wear and tear a bicycle may cause, that they want to start putting license tags on bikes, but never mind all the abuse the road really takes from oversized vehicles.
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And you wonder why SF needs a Critical Mass...
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And you wonder why SF needs a Critical Mass...
So the public will see them all milling about on the road and think: 'oh, if only they had a place to lock up their bikes so they don't have to park in the road'

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Originally Posted by chucko58 View Post
And you wonder why SF needs a Critical Mass...
If anything CM will make motorist more likely to endorse using procedural loopholes to keep as many cyclists of the streets as possible. Antagonizing and making a nuisance of oneself is a counterproductive strategy in this case.
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Originally Posted by randya View Post
I think the story is that the pro car idiots ....
Rob Anderson uses public transportation and walking to get around. He's not pro-car, but he's very much anti-bike.
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