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Last month, Streetsblog covered an effort by advocates to log bike-lane violations throughout the city. Now that the data has been compiled and broken down, the organizer of the event, Stephen Braitsch, asked us to share his thoughts on what it all means for advocacy and city policy moving forward.
On October 4th I organized a day of action to conduct a point-in-time count of every blocked bike lane violation in the city of San Francisco. Over the course of about eight hours, approximately 80 volunteers and I documented 259 illegal parking violations using the Safe Lanes app I created.
A majority of San Francisco voters want more subways, more bike lanes, more buses, and more investment in Caltrain, according to the 2018 Dignity Health CityBeat Poll, released by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
As cyclists who use Cargo Way in the Hunters Point/Bayview neighborhood know all too well, the bike lane, once celebrated as San Francisco's first on-street protected bike lane, is in a state of disrepair, with broken pavement, a dangerous, tire-grabbing groove, and a busted fence. And in a stark display of how some city officials regard bicycle safety, the city repaved the adjacent car/truck lanes in August, but skipped the bike lane.