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Could a protected bike lane on San Francisco’s busy four-lane Oak Street provide a safer and quicker cross-town route for cyclists? Would you give up parking spots in your neighborhood in exchange for a protected bikeway? Planners at the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority (SFMTA) are considering a new bike route on Oak Street, just one block south of a busy bike lane on one-way Fell Street. Changes to urban infrastructure are nothing if not controversial, and this proposal is no exception, with motorists and residents up in arms at the potential loss of a travel lane or precious parking spots. With the number of San Franciscans choosing bikes as a mode of transit up 58% since 2006, urban planners will need to design streets to accommodate this development.

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  1. caeman July 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

    The city gets money from those parking spots, yes? With the loss of parking, that would mean a loss of meter and parking tickets proceeds. With the removed parking, would this also not mean the need for more parking garages? Imagine being one of the business along this route and knowing that a potential customer can no longer park near you.

  2. Villager July 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I’m all for supporting safety for cyclists. Unfortunately I believe that we need to have safety from cyclists first.

    If the city is willing to require that cyclists need to be licensed, pay registration fees, obey the traffic laws, and require the police to enforce traffic laws for cyclists the I’ll support this.

    Otherwise I’d rather have cyclists banned from the streets totally.

    Seems pretty simple. Let’s have an egalitarian society and respect each other’s rights and safety.

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