Now that the people of "Restore Car Dominated Balance" have Proposition L on the ballot, they're looking for support from the people they are trying to marginalize. Paul Aster, backer of Prop L said, "when we looked at the demographics we realized that the amount of people who solely drive isn't large enough to pass this through. We need to connect to the other half of the city that doesn't drive a personal vehicle. We want to relate to them and show that our wants and needs really aren't all that different."
|"See, our concerns are not all that different"|
Proposition L supporters want to make sure citizens understand how difficult it can be to sit in a vehicle and drive from point A to B in the least amount of time possible. "We want to make sure someone in a bus realized that we're only parked in their bus stop because of bad city policy, somehow. We want pedestrians to think twice when the crosswalk is blocked or we blew through a red light. Maybe it was due to a newly added bike lane, or some pedestrian safety initiative? It certainly wasn't OUR fault." Prop L supporters want everyone to put themselves in the lead shoes of drivers and contemplate the sheer horror of being unable to find a super convenient free parking space out of the 441,541 spaces available in SF.
|Save these "Car Buffets" (Van Ness - Left, Masonic - Right) are perfect examples of balanced street-freeways|
Proposition L supporters also want to highlight some of San Francisco's wonderful "Car Buffets" that work amazingly well for drivers who can't handle excruciatingly slow speeds of 25 miles an hour. Paul said, "These 'Car Buffets' are perfectly safe when pedestrians are in constant fear of bodily injury." And while it's pretty clear that speeding doesn't save much time at all, Paul says that doesn't mean drivers shouldn't feel the satisfaction of getting somewhere faster. "Some people feel the satisfaction of cycling to and from work, or carrying a load of groceries home from the store. Drivers only feel this satisfaction when they're ripping through a neighborhood to get home just in time before The Big Bang Theory starts."
|Prop L to make "San Francisco's streets safe and inclusive for EVERYONE".|
Photo: Bryan Goebel
Paul concluded, "Once public transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians see that we're just another sharp, wildly spinning cog in the SF transportation machine, they'll be more receptive to this car dominated balance proposition."