How could we arrive a time when a healthy, sustainable, and environmentally sound plan to provide transportation choice could run aground because of lack of environmental review? Could it be because the metrics we use to arrive at a conclusion are biased toward the convenience of drivers?
We go to three experts to get some insight –
- Andy Thornley, Program director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
- Rajiv Bhatia, Director of Occupational and Environmental Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health
- Josh Hart, former SFBC program director and member of Transportation Authority consulting team
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Rajiv wrote this article (PDF) about "level of service" standards.
He also mentioned Sally Cairns who wrote this article (also a pdf) about where traffic goes when capacity is reduced, sort of the inverse of "induced traffic", or the "build the roads and the cars will come" theory of traffic.
San Francisco's "transit first policy" is enshrined in the city charter.
Check out the sfbc's LOS page.
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