For those who haven’t heard, our almighty benefactors at the SFMTA have decided that under certain instances taxis can stop in bike lanes. This new genius-spew is of course ignoring the fact that taxis stop in the bike lanes, all the time, to offload everything. When riding my bike and telling them that it’s a bike lane, they generally just flip me off. I guess I should be thankful that they don’t run me down…
Anyways, if you’re a cyclist and have some degree of alarm in SFMTA allowing it (keeping in mind that more sane places like NYC do not) send an email like the one below to Deputy Director of SMTA Taxi Services, Christiane Hayashi (firstname.lastname@example.org). Naturally, if anyone else has another other addresses at SFMTA to send to, feel free to post them as well.
I’ve only recently heard about the plan to allow taxis to park in the city’s bicycle lanes as there appeared to be little if any public transparency in this.
Let me be one of the many to express incredible disdain for this decision from the SFMTA. Given the general attitude from taxi drivers towards all others on the road (especially bicyclists) and the fact that they already stop in the bicycle lanes to drop off any and all passengers, this will only make a bad situation worse. And, more than the inconvenience of having to swerve around taxis when one is riding a bike and in to vehicular traffic, it sets up the city for massive liability if it is permitting taxi drivers to engage in dangerous driving activities such as this.
Let me emphasize that I am not a member of the SF Bike Coalition. I am just a city resident who uses his bike to get places as the Muni system has become too cost prohibitive and unreliable. I implore you to reconsider this situation as it only polarizes those of us who would simply like to exist and transport ourselves around San Francisco without it becoming an all-out, lawyer-fueled fight for common sense.