SCPD Grant Proposal
A Local Bike Story
Comment period now closed
posted Thurs afternoon Jan 25 2001
updated Sat. morning Jan 27 2001
updated Mon. evening Jan 29 2001
Meeting w/Mayor 10 AM Monday, Civic, ABC Room.
- This email from Rick Hyman was how
the public (i.e. the bike community) found out . . .
. . . that the SCPD
was planning to submit a half-million dollar grant for bicycle
and pedestrian safety "enforcement".
This grant was first mentioned to a City bike subcommittee
on Friday, January 19. Approval (for the SCPD to submit the
proposal to Cal OTS) was on the City Council agenda for the
following Tuesday, Jan 23rd. The subcom was asked to write a letter
of support to City Council though they had been given no
opportunity to read and consider the text of the proposal.
No other bike or pedestrian advocacy group or individual had
heard of this proposal or reviewed any of its content.
- To make things even better, on Saturday the 20th there
a painful incident in town
- A cyclist was struck by a driver who showed (according
to eyewitnesses) classic signs of road rage. Despite minor
injury to the cyclist and damage to the bike, and despite
eyewitness testimony that the driver was at fault, local
police let the driver go and assigned fault to the cyclist.
This did not fill local cyclists with enthusiasm for the
notion of giving
an extra half million dollars to the police for "bike safety,"
as you might imagine. Cyclists showed up at the City Council
meeting and submitted oral comment to criticize police
(mis)handling of the road rage incident -- and to oppose the
rubberstamping of a grant proposal which no cycle or pedestrian
advocate, nor any member of the public, had even seen.
The City council, caught between an irate public and
a "fast track" grant proposal (deadline Jan 31) granted
three days for public comment. 1.5 days of that period
elapsed before the City got the proposal text up
on a web site for the public to read.
- Grant Proposal Text
- Full text of the current draft of the SCPD Bike/Pedestrian
Safety Enforcement grant.
- Separate, minor DPW grant proposal
- Separate DPW grant for $67K for sidewalk and other
pedestrian facility maintenance: not controversial.
- Letter to City Council from David Leach
- A number of cyclists appeared at the Jan 23rd CC meeting
to speak on this issue and against proceeding with the
SCPD proposal unless there was public review. Though David could
not stay and speak, he hand-delivered 8 paper copies of this letter.
- Letter to City Council from De Clarke
- I submitted a letter in advance, and spoke briefly at the meeting.
My point was and is that we need to
examine the grant proposal carefully in light of the unsatisfactory
incident last Saturday in which SCPD let go without citation
a driver who had struck a cyclist -- despite eyewitnesses who said
it was deliberate aggressive driving. Other letters were
submitted of which I will try to obtain copies.
- Shawn's account
of what happened
- Shawn is not happy with the cursory police response to
the wrecking of his bike.
- Written Comments from De Clarke
on the proposal
- submitted to the Mayor, City Clerk, and Sgt Bailey on the
afternoon of Fri Jan 26th. This is HTML and fairly nice to
read. Plaintext version also
available, exactly as emailed to Mayor and SCPD, City Clerk.
- Written Comments from Kevin Karplus
emailed to SCPD and City Clerk.
- Written Comments from David Leach
emailed to SCPD, Mayor, City Clerk
- Written Comments from Richard Stover
emailed to SCPD, City Clerk
- Written Comments from Vicki Winters
emailed to SCPD, City Clerk
- Mayor's Meeting
- Some rough notes from De Clarke; please send corrections/expansions
if you were there.
- Final Text of Grant as Submitted
- This is what actually went out to OTS after public comment.
- Final Cover Letter as Submitted
- This is the cover letter that went with it.
- I wrote an article for the local
newsletter of "The Hub" community bicycle center.
- It should be in the February 2001 issue. The article started out
a bit longer at about 2000 words,
but it's a small newsletter and my signature verbosity had to be
trimmed down :-) The longer version is here just for historical
Deadline for written comments now 5PM FRIDAY JAN 26th according to