San Francisco , CA 94117, 94110, 94107, 94103, 94133
Dear Mayor Lee and SF Board of Supervisors,
San Francisco's poorly implemented bike sharing program is an awful concept from start to finish. We live in a city with dense traffic on all sides and the city is now renting bicycles WITHOUT HELMETS.
In 2009, over 600 people were killed while riding their bicycles. Over 500 of them could have survived if they wore a bicycle helmet. Why is San Francisco City Hall enabling this type of bad behavior?
City Hall has emboldened cyclists into believing that there is minimal risk in cycling on busy city streets. Thanks to the disastrous bike share program we now have novice cyclists (and scores of international tourists) rolling around San Francisco who don't know the California rules of the road. The City Supervisors legislate bottled water and toys in Happy meals but don't require cyclists to know the California rules of the road, or follow the best practices of cycling?
According to BicycleLaw.com:
"Most bicycle accidents are in fact solo accidents involving a defect or some other hazard in the road or trail."
And what happens the first time someone falls down, cracks their head on the street, and their brains go sliding across the pavement? Oh, I know! The Bicycle Lobby will swoop in like a pack of vampires and read from their list of prepared statements:
What is the point of having separated bike lanes, 25MPH zones, and one way streets if cyclists are not even required to wear helmets? The obnoxious (and disliked) Bicycle Lobby proudly states on their website that they, "led the way for the bicycle share pilot program and are advocating for the launch of a full scale bike sharing system in San Francisco." After all of the arguments to reconfigure streets for "safety" the Bicycle Lobby is now willing to make a gigantic exception to cyclists wearing helmets while they are renting taxpayer funded city owned property. As a motorist, I have no pity for anyone who puts themselves in traffic WITHOUT A HELMET! or following the best practices of their chosen mode of travel.
According to helmets.org
"Helmets reduce bicycle-related head and facial injuries for bicyclists of all ages involved in all types of crashes, including those involving motor vehicles. Helmets provide a 66 to 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists. Helmets provide equal levels of protection for crashes involving motor vehicles (69%) and crashes from all other causes (68%). Injuries to the upper and mid facial areas are reduced 65%."
When motorists put themselves in busy city traffic we do so with mandatory seat belts, multiple airbags, steel bumpers, liability insurance, and a license to drive. Riding a bicycle on ANY busy San Francisco street can get you injured or killed. The medical expenses, cost of care, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, can cause a lifetime of hardship. Head trauma caused from not wearing a helmet can cause scalp injuries, skull fracture, intracerebral hematoma, cerebral concussions, intracranial hematoma, penetrating brain injury and paralysis.
Wake up City Supervisors! All the boo hoo'ing in the world won't un-break your skull if you crack your f***ing head on the pavement WITHOUT A HELMET! The taxpayer-funded bicycle lanes and additional cycle traffic have not only increased traffic congestion, they have also brought new danger to pedestrians as well as cyclists themselves.
City Hall’s campaign to inflict bicycle lanes on a public that largely has no use for them has reached a new level of absurdity with this bike share program. Forcing taxpayers to pay for (and subsidize) a mode of transit that sidesteps the "best practices" of bicycle safety and road sharing is hypocritical, short-sided, and just plain D-U-M-B. Shame on you City Hall for AGAIN pandering to the Bicycle Lobby. If you want safer city streets then enforce traffic laws for everyone and require cyclists to register their bikes, wear helmets, and follow the rules of the road.
- The San Francisco Coalition of Aging and Disabled Motorists
"Equal rights are not special rights"
Bike Share - SF Bicycle Coalition, Bay Area Bike Share, San Francisco Bike Share
Wear your bicycle helmet. Follow this simple rule and you reduce your risk of serious injury by as much as 85 percent.
Learn More about bicycle safety at - AAA.com
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San Francisco , CA 94117, 94110, 94107, 94103, 94133