Protected bike lanes on the Embarcadero to improve public safety
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On June 27th, someone driving a car crashed into Kevin Manning on the Embarcadero in San Francisco and sped away. Kevin was riding a pedicab (a bike with a trailer for passengers) with 2 passengers in the back—a 32-year-old mother and her 5-year-old daughter. The mother and daughter were injured but thankfully survived. Two weeks later, Kevin died from the injuries he sustained.
The city of San Francisco has been planning safety improvements on this stretch of the Embarcadero for years—including a protected bike lane—but they have delayed the installation of the safety improvements for years. This collision likely would have been prevented had the city made these changes on time.
This petition asks the city of San Francisco to install the protected bike lanes by the end of 2018. This timeline is achievable through short term solutions such as moving the existing parking and/or converting a traffic lane into a protected bike lane, and using paint and quick-to-install posts and curbs to create the protected bike lane. Other cities like New York City have installed similar protected bike lanes in as little as two weeks.
The key decision makers who can get these protected bike lanes installed on time are:
San Francisco Mayor London Breed
SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin
District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin
For the history of delays by SFMTA getting these bike lanes installed: http://www.sfexaminer.com/cyclists-say-stalled-embarcadero-bike-lane-plan-prevented-pedicab-crash/
News article about Kevin Manning: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-pedicab-operator-with-heart-of-gold-dies-13064439.php
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