Trying to make San Diego’s roads safer for people on bikes can seem daunting. Who has the time to attend every public event where changes to your neighborhood’s streets are being considered? From city and SANDAG meetings that take place while we’re all at work, to community planning meetings and bikeway open houses that occur on busy weeknights, it’s nearly impossible to consistently make your voice heard.
Meanwhile, there are powerful forces in our communities actively working against your safety and the taxes you pay for it. In Hillcrest, three years of public input on the SANDAG Uptown Bikeway was disregarded when the Hillcrest Business Association successfully lobbied SANDAG and the city to eliminate most of the project from University Avenue. Remember, this project is paid for with your TransNet sales tax dollars. Yet the HBA was able to raise tens of thousands of dollars using funds from the Hillcrest Farmers Market and business donations, and this money is still being used to kill the rest of the Bikeway. So even when your voice is heard, it’s being drowned out by powerful, politically-connected interests that put street parking over your health, safety and tax dollars.
For me, the best way to make sure my voice actually has an impact is to support BikeSD. That’s because BikeSD’s executive director, Sam Ollinger, is the best resource we have in San Diego to create positive change. I’ve seen Sam speak numerous times at public meetings and there is no one more knowledgeable and effective at making our case than her – period. And when our safety is on the line, she doesn’t accept weak compromises like other advocacy organizations in our city. But after years of donating her time for free to our cause, we need to be able to fund her efforts. And that’s why I’m asking you – in the midst of paying your holiday credit card bills – to please give what you can so Sam can continue to represent us in making our streets safer.