Dave D 
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Re: “Bicycle Path for Richmond-San Rafael Bridge May Be Used for Cars

Almost nobody is going to commute across the Richmond Bridge by bicycle. Advocates are so immersed in their own echo chambers that they do not understand what is happening in this corridor at all. The people of Richmond drive work trucks or take the bus across the bridge. Bikes are impractical; all the path does is connect the Chevron refinery to San Quentin prison.

The amount of time it takes the Golden Gate Transit bus to cross the bridge has exploded over the past 5 years. The trip that used to leave Del Norte BART at 7:17 and arrive in San Rafael at 7:55 now leaves El Cerrito at 7:00. That is a 45% increase in travel time! No amount of bike lanes is going to make that better for the 99% of people who would never even consider biking across the bridge.

Also, if we are going to take the social justice angle on this, let me be clear: The overwhelming majority of people who would cross this bridge on a bike are MAMILs. It won't be residents of the Iron Triangle. So we're spending millions of dollars for rich middle-aged white men to ride centuries while the poor and working classes continue to sit on slow-moving buses, taking who knows how long to get to work.

Posted by Dave D on 07/11/2018 at 10:25 AM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

"The Bay Areas previous mega-projects, such as BARTs Transbay Tube and the federal highway systems, delivered access to top jobs, good schools, and healthy neighborhoods for predominantly white, affluent suburbanites."

What a load of bull. The Transbay Tube provides access to jobs for all people, regardless of skin color. BART has several stops in predominantly ethnic communities like West Oakland, Fruitvale, East Oakland, and Richmond. To say otherwise is to perpetuate alternative facts. Even suburban extensions to places like Pittsburg/Bay Point do a good job of serving non-white passengers.

The federal highway system allowed white flight, where people could live in suburban communities far from their jobs in the city. The suburbs provided the good schools and healthy neighborhoods, not the highways themselves. Nice try, though.

Building no housing at all makes gentrification worse than building new housing does. The basic economic concept of supply and demand applies whether you believe in it or not. So do we want transit-accessible gentrification, or do we want car-oriented gentrification that makes it even more difficult for displaced people to access their jobs and schools? I'll take the former, please.

Posted by Dave D on 02/15/2017 at 12:12 PM

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