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by Bryan Goebel
Bryan Goebel is a reporter at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. A veteran journalist and writer, he helped launch Streetsblog SF in 2009 and served as editor for three years. He lives car-free in the Castro District.
CBS5 profits by using Critical Mass to whip up even more bad feelings between everyday motorists and everyday cyclists.
Any objective journalist’s analysis of the costs incurred by different types of travel on SF streets would show private automobiles cost the city *far* more than cyclists ever could. Alas, in San Francisco, the establishment indulges driving as a divine right. It’s just easier to whip up hate against cyclists whose pressing needs cannot be met legally, for 1,051 days and counting.
With “journalism” like this, is it any surprise San Francisco leads America in reactionary hatred, and obstruction, of the national urban cycling movement?
Critical Mass is not an event, it is more of a coincidence. It just so happens that a ton of people want to go on a bike ride starting at Justin Herman Plaza once a month. It is fun to ride with a lot of people, so they ride together. The police show up on their own. You can’t really charge for coincidences or shut down coincidences.
“Despite leadership from SFMTA and DPW, the main thing missing here is support from the Mayor and Board of Supervisors.”
In response to "SFMTA's Tom Maguire Promises Reforms to Streamline Safe Street Fixes"