- Streetsblog San Francisco - http://sf.streetsblog.org -

Mirkarimi Vows Fix to Fell Street Bike Lane, Protest Leads to 5 Arrests

Organizers at the Fix Fell [1] coalition protested the dangerous conditions [2] at the Fell Street Arco station for the eleventh week last Friday and now they have a video to document the festivities. This week was notable for several reasons. First, District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi showed up and vowed to fix the problem [3] by putting representatives from the Department of Public Works, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the City Attorney, and the Department of Public Health in a room with him, at which point, he said, "I will lock the door and I will make sure they don't leave until we have an answer."

The protesters drew special attention to the tragic death of Nils Yannick Linke [4], a German tourist who was mowed down by an alleged drunk driver [5] the week before on Masonic Avenue, just a few blocks away. During the protest, five people also U-locked themselves to bicycles set across the entrance to the station, blocking it for three hours. The "Bike Spill" [6] civil disobedience resulted in five arrests for minor charges. You can see it all in the video above, produced by Fix Fell.