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"The smell of Marijuana was so strong you could smell it for the entire ride."
We'll never understand why the "hipster law breakers" of San Francisco love the Critical Mass bike rides so much. One day the answer will reveal itself, until then........
The City of San Francisco has established a goal that 20% of trips in San Francisco be made by bicycle by 2020. To meet this goal streets are being repaved and driving lanes are being removed to make way for new bike lanes. This has created added traffic congestion across San Francisco neighborhoods. City Halls way of dealing with the added traffic congestion is to make owning a car more expensive for its residents and catering to the "hipster law breakers" at the Bike Club.
Money that motorists approved because they thought they would get better streets are now being used for pedestrians and bicyclists. So motorists are now paying TWICE for roads and are losing lanes and parking which increases traffic congestion and pollution (as noted by the city's own environmental impact statement). Only 3% of trips in SF are made on bicycles, so cyclists are getting a massively disproportional benefit from tax dollars at the expense of families who rely on autos to get their kids (across town) to school or shop for groceries. Aging and disabled motorists who depend on our cars for daily mobility are now paying for recreational bike lanes for young and affluent urban hipsters.
Which begs the question, is San Francisco City Hall a meritocracy—or just an old-fashioned boy's club driven by cronyism and personal connections? The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition appears to function like a city agency receiving lucrative city contracts and endorsing political candidates who have anti-car views.
In exchange, many of these bicycle people are hired into City Hall jobs and given Huge $100,000 Salaries & Lavish, Gold-Plated Pensions. City Hall then funnels public funds to their political friends at the transit related, sustainable city, coalitions of cyclists and helps them secure more Federal Grants and private donations. These non-profit organizations provide extensive Public Relations to political candidates and all work together to pass laws and taxes to force the rest of us to follow their agenda. The main beneficiaries of the sustainable city anti-car movement are the so called "Transit Advocates" who depend on Federal grants and donations as their main source of income. The people in these organizations call themselves "Transit Advocates" but its all about jumping on the San Francisco City Hall gravy train and getting the taxpayers to pay their bills. Andy Thornley told us the SF Bicycle Coalition's real agenda a few years ago in the Bay Guardian:
"We've done all the easy things so far. Now we need to take space from cars."
It would appear that City Hall and The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition have made an agreement:
If you look like one of the privileged young men (pictured above) you are permitted to urinate on the streets, shut down traffic, be staggeringly drunk, high on narcotics, and ignore all traffic laws. The San Francisco Police Department will escort you across the city and the taxpayers will pay them for their time.
If you do the same thing, and look like one of these guys (pictured below) you will be stopped by law enforcement, handcuffed, arrested, charged with unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct, narcotics possession, gang activity, and taken off to jail. African-Americans experienced felony drug arrest rates 19 times higher than other races in San Francisco, and 7.3 times higher than African Americans elsewhere in California. Source: SJSU Justice Studies San José State University.
This racist double standard speaks volumes about both City Hall and San Franciscos law enforcement system.Police officers prowl the streets of San Francisco looking for “suspicious” poor people of color to arrest and throw in jail while privileged young white men are allowed to freely break the law with City Halls blessing and a taxpayer funded police escort.
City Halls endorsement of the Bicycle Club makes four powerful statements:
Tax money is not being utilized to meet the needs of the poor, ill, our children, roads, parks, and other things we expect from government. Instead, it's being spent on providing police escorts for privileged young men to break the law. Is this the future we want for San Francisco?
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