Republicans Threaten San Francisco Pedestrian and Bike Projects
It's worth noting that during the past year or so San Francisco has become a vastly easier city to get around sans the automobile, thanks to new bike lane projects everywhere. The latest such improvement includes two-way access on the east end of McAllister Street for cyclists, buses, and taxis. After we tried it out Wednesday morning, we can tell you that it does hasten the trip from the outer neighborhoods to downtown by a couple of minutes while allowing cyclists to avoid two very dangerous left-hand turns.
It is our understanding that following House approval of a six-month extension of safetea-lu, Republicans in the Senate are threatening, led by Sen Tom Coburn, to eliminate funding for "transportation enhancements" including bike ped projects. This has been proposed by Congress in the past, but has failed. It is unclear specifically how any approved legislation would affect San Francisco, but it is something we will closely monitor and work with our representatives to prevent.