California, often seen by the rest of the USA, if not the World, to have more
nuts and flakes than a box of muesli than their share of eccentrics.
It is no small wonder when there are people out there like San Francisco’s Rob Anderson.
A wanna-be politician who last time he ran for office got 332 out of 34,955 votes. He lives in one room, on
a hand out from the government welfare because he cares for his 92 year old mother.
And he has a blog. Well whoop-de-fucking-do, who doesn't have a blog these days?
Yet, in spite of
his overwhelming insignificance being relatively unknown, Mr. Anderson, single handedly has managed to halt San Francisco’s plans to make that city a better and safer place for cyclists.
Anderson managed to persuade a judge that encouraging more bikes on the streets of San Francisco would cause more traffic jams, thereby causing more pollution from idling car engines.
No one pointed out that with more people commuting to work by bike, means less cars, therefore less traffic jams, and less pollution.
Now the court has ordered that San Francisco do an Environmental Impact Study before they can implement this plan. Of course, the city is going to take its own sweet time about doing that. It will be at least another twelve months before they even think about it.
Why is Anderson doing this? He doesn’t even own a car. It is a personal vendetta against cyclists, in particular Critical Mass. It seems a bunch of rude cyclists pissed our Rob off one day.
How can one individual like this yield so much power, and hold a city’s cycling community to ransom? Well it is a lot easier to stop something, than it is to implement something.
Cycling is a political hot potato anyway. I’m sure from the city’s point of view, they have plenty more pressing issues on their plate, like crime, the homeless, etc., to be worrying about a few cyclists.
Why does San Francisco, the city that gave the world Critical Mass, seem to lag other American cities in becoming bike-friendly? Maybe because San Francisco gave the world Critical Mass.
See what happens when you make cycling a political issue.
Thanks a lot, Rob Anderson, and thanks a lot Critical Mass. You know what? You are perfect together, you deserve each other.
However, San Francisco and the rest of its cycling community deserve better.