Cars still hold No. 1 spot for getting around in SF — and it’s getting worse

By Phil Matier : sfchronicle – excerpt

Despite millions of dollars spent on new bike lanes and other transit improvements, people still favor cars when it comes to commuting in and around San Francisco, a new report by the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency concludes.

“We can change the roads, but human behavior hasn’t changed since William Shakespeare started writing about it,” quipped SFMTA board member Art Torres.

And people like cars, whether it’s their own or a hire…

Commuting by bike, which surged by 140 percent between 2005 and 2015, has dropped in recent years… (more)

It is very heard to force people to do things they don’t want to do. Is changing public behavior the proper role for public servants in Democratic society?

1 thought on “Cars still hold No. 1 spot for getting around in SF — and it’s getting worse

  1. From Matier’s article:

    “Despite millions of dollars spent on new bike lanes and other transit improvements, people still favor cars when it comes to commuting in and around San Francisco, a new report by the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency concludes.

    ‘We can change the roads, but human behavior hasn’t changed since William Shakespeare started writing about it,’ quipped SFMTA board member Art Torres.”

    Is that all the SFMTA can come up with?? Pretty weak. Has Muni gotten better? Here and there but in general no. Has the excessive use of cars in San Francisco been addressed in a serious way? No. Are building expensive bicycle lanes having any discernible effect on traffic? No. When Board Member Torres says human behavior hasn’t changed for centuries, does he mean just American behavior? Because it’s certainly changed elsewhere in the world.

    G. Cauthen

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