Gadfly Stalls San Francisco Bike Measures

Activist argues that urban cycling results in environmental damage
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2008 3:23 PM CDT
A cyclist commutes into San Francisco. A court fight has stalled the creation of more facilities for the city's cyclists.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – San Francisco's plans to make the city more bike-friendly are stuck in the slow lane thanks to litigation from an anti-cycling activist, the Wall Street Journal reports. Rob Anderson believes adding bike lanes causes pollution by clogging up traffic. The progressive city is now unable even to install new bike racks before a court-ordered environmental review finishes.

Anderson—who hasn't owned a car in 20 years—thinks bicycles are all wrong for American cities, and calls San Francisco's pro-bike plan "an attempt by the anti-car fanatics to screw up our traffic on behalf of the bicycle fantasy." A judge agreed that an environmental review was needed, and the plan has been stalled since 2006.