Target: Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Goal: Commend activism to make San Francisco a safer place for bicyclists
After a series of cyclist fatalities, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has demanded that Mayor Ed Lee implement an array of short- and long-term safety measures to prevent this growing problem. These calls for action come in the wake of the city’s third cyclist death this year; the accident shares similarities with the two preceding it, all of which involved a large truck in or nearby the SoMa, a neighborhood notorious for its limited bike safety. Please commend this coalition’s efforts to create a more bike-friendly San Francisco.
In an open letter to the city’s mayor, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition called for immediate solutions like painting bike lanes green along the most dangerous stretches of road in the neighborhood. The coalition also voiced the need for a bike lane removed from street traffic, and for the city to work with the operators of large vehicle fleets to increase awareness of bicycle safety. In addition to installations of convex mirrors to boost visibility for large vehicles, the letter also suggests mandatory safety courses for drivers of large vehicles, similar to the ones the coalition provides for new taxi drivers.
Leah Shahum, the executive director of the coalition, says in the letter, “With more building and development planned for San Francisco, and subsequently more large trucks, it is imperative that more effective safety measures are put in place to prevent further tragedies like this”. The mayor’s office agrees with the majority of the recommendations in the letter and that San Francisco can do more to protect cyclists on the road. Please show your support of these much needed bicycle safety measures.
Dear Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Leah Shahum,
I commend the bicycle safety measures that are called for in the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s open letter to Mayor Ed Lee. Given the recent death of cyclist Amelie Le Moullac, the recommended changes are long past overdue. The coalition’s letter has succeeded in bringing these issues to the attention of San Francisco authorities, and will hopefully result in the implementation of the proposed safety measures.
These measures are very necessary considering that there have been three accidents in the past year involving large trucks in which none of the drivers were charged with a crime or even cited. Drivers and cyclists will surely benefit from the recommendations in the letter, such as the mandatory safety courses that taxi drivers new to San Francisco already participate in.
With more and more people choosing to ride bicycles, safety should be the utmost priority. Hopefully, the mayor’s office will follow the coalition’s suggestions in order to prevent the death of another cyclist. Please continue your advocacy work for San Francisco’s growing cyclist community.
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