Hundreds of you signed our petition and shared your personal stories of why SFPD Park Station's crackdown on people biking along the Wiggle and Haight Street was not smart enforcement. It meant a lot to me to see well over a hundred of you attend Tuesday evening's Park Station community meeting and be able to speak directly to Capt. John Sanford.
When we show up in big numbers, people listen.
Thanks to your support, Capt. Sanford announced that his crackdown is "on hold." He promised to treat enforcement as the last resort and wants to work with the SF Bicycle Coalition, advocacy groups, neighborhood associations and community leaders to address issues related to biking. A new Community Advisory Bike Board will be created as one venue for this dialogue.
- Janice Li, Community Organizer SF Bike
Great to see Congressman Weiner continuing to push for this - hoodline.com/2017/05/lawmakers...
"Our laws should encourage safe and reasonable bicycling habits," said Sen. Scott Weiner, the bill's co-author.
Mayor Ed Lee’s veto of SF’s Bike Yield Law makes San Francisco the first U.S. city to take a major step away from its promise to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries.
We offer our heartfelt gratitude to the majority of Supervisors who backed this initiative for smart enforcement: John Avalos, London Breed, David Campos, Jane Kim, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener. We are also grateful to our 10,000-plus members for supporting our work, and to the officers of the SFPD, who deserve better than being ordered to crackdown on people biking cautiously and safely, while dangerous and reckless behavior goes ignored. In time, we are confident that San Francisco will fulfill its potential to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries.
"The legislation has also generated an almost philosophical debate about who is squandering more time: the police who are ticketing bicyclists, the supervisors who are trying to legislate bike traffic laws, or the mayor who is expending political will by threatening a veto.
All sides are digging in."
Passions in overdrive on plan to allow rolling stops for bikes In a city coping with an affordability crisis and growing homeless problem, it may seem surprising that one of the most heated political battles of the year centers on how bicyclists stop at stop signs. Supervisor John Avalos’ proposed ordinance allowing bicyclists to roll through...
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at 1:30 PM will be streets safety advocates’ first and potentially only opportunity to advance SF’s Bike Yield Law at City Hall, but it’s going to take all of us uniting and speaking in one diverse and clear voice. Join the Bike Yield Law campaign for the latest news and updates on how you can help push this common-sense safety legislation across the finish line!
Just yesterday, officers from the SFPD's Park Station resumed their sting against people biking the Wiggle, shifting valuable police resources away from where traffic enforcement will save lives. We will continue organizing our community to end this practice. Will you support our work on enforcement issues like this by making a tax-deductible year-end gift to the SF Bicycle Coalition Education Fund?
Great coverage from the NYT on this one -
"Hundreds of defiant bicyclists lined up single file here in July to protest, halting car traffic in a one-mile zigzag of streets known as the Wiggle that is popular among riders. Motorists honked and heckled during their stalled evening commute, as cyclists crept along to make their point: that they want the common practice of treating stop signs as yield signs — rolling through them slowly and coming to a stop only if necessary — to be legalized, for practical reasons."
If you want our city’s police officers freed up to focus on truly dangerous traffic violations instead of people cautiously biking through stop signs, your Supervisor needs to hear from you today. With Mayor Ed Lee threatening to veto SF’s Bike Yield Law, a simple majority is no longer enough to advance safer streets; overcoming Mayor Lee’s veto threat requires eight out of 11 Supervisors to support safer streets.
Thanks so much for joining the Bike Yield Law campaign and making your voice heard for safer streets. In this situation, I'm afraid that a majority won't be enough.
We have 6 out of 11 Supervisors co-sponsoring SF's Bike Yield Law, which would provide the SFPD the direction they deserve to make our streets safer. But Mayor Ed Lee is threatening to veto this common-sense safety legislation, showing a terrible misunderstanding of what the law actually does and how to truly make our streets safe for everyone who walks, bikes and drives in our city.
We can overcome Mayor Lee's threat with 8 votes at the Board of Supervisors. That means we need to keep those 6 'yes' votes committed with our gratitude and support. And we need to show the others how important smart enforcement and safer streets is to voters in their district.
That's why I writing to ask: Would you please write your Supervisor today?
I've put up all the Supervisors' email addresses here, along with a map of Supervisor Districts and a tool to help you figure out who your Supervisor is.
Please consider emphasizing these facts about the Bike Yield Law in your email to your Supervisor:
The Bike Yield Law clarifies that people walking always have the right of way.
No City official should waste SFPD officers' limited time cracking down on people biking safely and cautiously.
The Bike Yield Law will free up resources to help the SFPD meet their goal of dedicating half of all traffic citations to the five violations that account for a majority of severe injuries and deaths.
Please write your Supervisor today and share why you support the Bike Yield Law. With Mayor Lee's veto threat looming, we need everyone to come together and speak out in favor of smart enforcement and safer streets.
PS -- Please copy me ( firstname.lastname@example.org) on your emails, just so that we can follow up with your Supervisor and ensure that your voice is heard.
Ed Lee has announced that he intends to veto the San Francisco Right-of-Way Policy Ordinance put forth by Supervisors Avalos, Breed, Wiener, Mar, Kim, and Campos. #sadface
The good news is that it is within our power to not even give Lee that option if we can just get two of the five remaining Supervisors to do the sensible thing and vote to make our streets safer with this common sense policy.
We are literally thisclose to making history as the first major city in America to officially reflect in our policies the reality of what it takes to safely ride a bicycle while navigating stop-sign controlled intersections. All we have to do is be extra vocal with our Supervisors to let them know this is sensible, safe policy for our city.
The Bicycle Coalition has put together a handy cheat sheet for emailing your Supervisor - use it: www.sfbike.org/news/sfs-bike-y...
Don't delay!! With Lee and the Chronicle publicly against the ordinance on a totally unsupported claim that it's "trading safety for convenience" even though every study shows the Idaho Stop is safer, we have to make our voices heard today!
When you write your Supervisor you may want to mention the following:
1) this ordinance will allow for SFPD to focus their enforcement on the small group of people who do ride their bike dangerously by not properly yielding.
2) When Idaho passed a similar law, collisions involving cyclists were down 15% the next year. bclu.org/jmeggs-TRB-IDAHO-AUG1...
3) Both the Pedestrian Safety and Bicycle Advisory Committees have unanimously passed resolutions imploring the Supervisors to vote for this ordinance.
4) This ordinance will go a long way towards diffusing animosity on our streets as one of the primary reasons people hate bicyclists is because they don't stop at stop signs.
We can do this!