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MTA Hearing on Bike Plan Packed, Mayor to Hold Presser at 3 pm

Posted By Matthew Roth On June 26, 2009 @ 12:14 pm In Bicycle Plan,Bicycling,Mayor Newsom,SFBC,SFMTA | 6 Comments

waiting_to_testify_.jpgBicyclists waiting to testify outside MTAB meeting.
The MTA Board is just hours away from finally approving the Bike Plan, and is currently hearing testimony from 200 supporters -- a cross section of cyclists including business and home owners, mothers with children, families, and people with disabilities -- who were organized by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Only 10 people showed up to testify in opposition at the hearing, many of them SOMA representatives who want the MTA to revisit the design of the 2nd Street bike lane project. However, those supporting the 2nd Street bike lanes far outnumbered those opposed. Despite the opposition and testimony over 2nd Street, MTA staff has recommended approval.

Testimony is expected to continue until around 2 p.m. and then the Mayor is scheduled to hold a press conference at 3 pm on City Hall steps, along with MTA staff and supporters, to celebrate approval and reiterate his support [1] for the Bike Plan and call for implementation of the priority routes as soon as the injunction is lifted.

We'll have more from the presser this afternoon.


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[1] reiterate his support: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/06/23/mayor-newsom-shows-strong-support-for-bike-plan/

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