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

Posted By Matthew Roth On August 24, 2010 @ 10:39 am In Bicycle Infrastructure,Bicycle Safety | 28 Comments

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.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Fix Fell: http://fixfell.wordpress.com/

[2] dangerous conditions: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/08/03/eyes-on-the-street-sfmta-installs-green-bike-lane-on-fell-street/

[3] vowed to fix the problem: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/08/09/with-all-the-hubbub-over-the-arco-station-why-not-close-the-driveway/

[4] Nils Yannick Linke: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/08/23/memorial-wednesday-for-nils-yannick-linke-cyclist-killed-in-hit-and-run/

[5] an alleged drunk driver: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/08/20/alleged-drunken-driver-pleads-not-guilty-in-cyclist-hit-and-run-death/

[6] "Bike Spill": http://fixfell.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/fix-fell-five-arrested-at-arco-bike-spill-blockade/

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