Mirkarimi Vows Fix to Fell Street Bike Lane, Protest Leads to 5 Arrests
Organizers at the Fix Fell coalition protested the dangerous conditions 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 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, a German tourist who was mowed down by an alleged drunk driver 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" civil disobedience resulted in five arrests for minor charges. You can see it all in the video above, produced by Fix Fell.