Judge Poses Questions to Attorneys on Eve of Final Bike Injunction Hearing

2750642534_8de4bbb17f.jpgAll eyes will be on the courthouse tomorrow for some hint of when the bike injunction will be lifted. Photo: Mansley
On the eve of what bicyclists, advocates and SFMTA officials hope will be the final hearing to consider fully lifting the city's bike injunction, a San Francisco judge issued a list of questions for the attorneys involved in the four-year-old case without giving any indication of how soon he'll rule.

The questions to the City Attorney's office, and Rob Anderson's attorney, Mary Miles, were part of an "inconclusive" tentative ruling Judge Peter Busch issued today in which he asked the following questions in advance of tomorrow's 9:30 a.m. hearing:

  1. What other alternatives or mitigation measures does plaintiff contend respondent should have analyzed or considered?
  2. Was respondent required to include data underlying traffic LOS and, if so, did it satisfy the requirement?
  3. Did respondent abuse its discretion by using six-minute threshold to analyze transit impacts?
  4. Is respondent's feasibility analysis sufficiently supported?

The injunction should have been lifted last November after the city completed an exhaustive environmental review (FEIR), and had it certified by the Board of Supervisors, but Miles challenged its adequacy and convinced the judge not to discharge the writ until her concerns were heard.

After tomorrow's hearing, Busch will have 90 days to issue a ruling.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition issued a press release today saying it's anxious for a ruling lifting the injunction so the city can "start catching up with the widespread demand for biking improvements and add bike lanes to busy streets like Townsend, Portola and North Point."

“We are eager for the City to be able to catch up on the backlog of projects and once again make San Francisco streets safer for everyone,” said Renée Rivera, the SFBC's acting Executive Director.

We wanted to provide updates from the courtroom tomorrow, along with photos and audio, but Judge Busch denied our request for media coverage, as he has for previous hearings. Still, we'll have updates here and on our Twitter feed and Facebook page.