However, the absentees must have found parking soon thereafter, because a few did find their way to the podium after a brief delay. Most of the oppositional comments targeted specific issues with specific projects -- the majority voiced concern that increasing the number of bike lanes in certain neighborhoods could cause gridlock. Store owners also complained that the bike lanes could deter customers if parking is eliminated.
A representative for Coalition for Adequate Review -- one of the main groups that brought the lawsuit against the city for failing to adhere to the tenets of the California Environmental Quality Act and led to the 2006 injunction preventing the city from making any changes to city streets without an environmental report -- suggested that the Coalition will be appealing the Planning Commission's decision regarding the environmental report. She then went on to say that the hearing should cease and desist because the city was "still under the constraint of the injunction."
After a few people drew in their breath at the threat, the City Attorney representative assured the MTA Board that they could continue. Thus commenced the long line of supporters, many of whom balanced kids in bike helmets on their hips as they spoke. (Who can say no to a kid in a bike helmet?) If after three years of waiting and five hours of public comment the Board still doesn't approve the Bike Plan, this SF Weekly reporter promises to bike her ass to Tehran.
Updates to follow.