Transportation Officials Look for Ways to Fund Cyclists in City

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To the rest of the world, San Francisco may appear as the ultimate bike city, and while hundreds of two-wheeler enthusiasts are seen commuting every day, as it turns out, appearances can be deceiving.

SF Weekly reported that during a recent budget and finance committee meeting, transportation officials found themselves er, spinning their wheels, when it came to the discussion of financing biking infrastructure beyond .5 percent of the total yearly SFMTA budget. With the goal to grow the cyclist community by 2020, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority brainstormed budget ideas. What would you suggest?

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  1. Soydela. Mission

    No room for cyclist and they will never compete with cars. Ppl will keep dying.

  2. nimby

    Fund them the same way the MTA funds everything else. Fine the hell out them, make them park on the street at meters and clip them for overtime parking, fine them for parking on the sidewalk, fine them for riding at night without lights, fine them for running red lights and stop signs, fine them for riding too fast or too slow, fine them for being on the sidewalk, the wrong way on a one way street, traveling in the wrong direction, whatever. The monies out there they just need to reach out and take it.

    • Dylan

      Enforcing that will probably cost more than what they get from fines…meters don’t actually make the city any money

      • John

        How about a zero tolerance policy towards all the cyclists who routinely break the law by riding on the sidewalk, not stopping where required and riding the wrong way on one-way streets?

      • nimby

        from 2012 Chronicle article about MTA plans to up enforcement….. “parking fines and fees that generate more than $187 million a year”

        from huffington post….San Francisco collected $41.5 million in parking meters revenues, and about $86.3 million in traffic fines in 2011 fiscal year. It projects to receive $112 million from traffic fines for 2012 and that number is likely to increase

        since then they’ve added sunday meters and are planning on hiring a bunch more ticket writers. the money may not be in the meters but it surely is in “enforcement”.

        • John

          The war on cars takes many forms.

          But it is dangerous for the city to increasingly rely for its revenues on fining it’s populace to death with all these citations.

          And in fact we are already seeing a backlash both against new parking meters and against the threatened tripling of the fee to register vehicles.

          Ordinary working people will only take so much before they fight back. And throwing money at a flawed entity like Muni has shown time and time again to achieve nothing.

    • nimby

      Oh yeah, for those that have trouble determining that sort of thing this was meant in jest.

  3. Loretta

    Roads and freeways are funded through a gas tax. Pub transport is funded through ticket sales and property tax. Since all three are parts of a holistic system, the revenues for all three should be derived from approximate sources (property and sales tax for bikes and transit, gas for cars),pooled, and administered by a unified oversight agency, so transit can be designed system wide and multi-modally.

  4. community

    I like increasing car registration fees and handing the funds over to bike infrastructure — that is the correct incentive structure.

    Another option would be to to start placing a toll on all cars entering the city, and again, use that to improve both bike and public transit infrastructure.

    In any case, the point is, car drivers need to pay a lot more for the privilege of clogging up our streets and polluting our air, and those funds should be used to support the other options…..

    And yes, I have a car, and I would be fine with paying a lot more in licensing fees, etc.

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