SF Bicycle Coalition Broadens to Include Bicycle Thieves

 

…And bad drivers. Because equity and racism, The Post Millennial reports.

I have bicycled in San Francisco for longer than the average hipster has been alive.  I started when there was no infrastructure or consideration for bikes whatsoever and eagerly supported the SF Bicycle Coalition in their successful efforts to lobby and make biking safer and practical. Every time I rode, my primary concern was to avoid getting hit by a car, and the secondary concern was to avoid getting it stolen. The second concern stayed with me constantly, as I have had three bikes stolen from my house in two burglaries.

I am indeed concerned with the life of a bicycle thief. I want it to end. There is something very bad about having a bicycle stolen, somehow worse than other things stolen. Maybe it’s a primitive memory from childhood, or the old Italian movie, The Bicycle Thief.

The SF Bicycle Coalition has outlived its usefulness. Like the civil rights movement, it has succeeded, and the people involved need to move on.  It has morphed into a coalition of woke bikers, bike thieves, and reckless/drunken drivers. Really? Perhaps they deserve each other.

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  1. navyjag Coolidge
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    Had a few stolen from garages in the neighborhood in the last year. But the newest fear are the catalytic converter rustlers.  Who the police won’t charge when they get caught. It’s paradise I tell you!. Well it was 69 F today. So there’s that. 

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  2. tigerlily Member
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    So according to the progressives of San Francisco blacks are less able of behaving in a non-criminal manner which is the definition of racism.

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  3. navyjag Coolidge
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    Which was why the San Fran DA got canned a few months ago. Will see going forward. 

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  4. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    navyjag (View Comment):

    Had a few stolen from garages in the neighborhood in the last year. But the newest fear are the catalytic converter rustlers. Who the police won’t charge when they get caught. It’s paradise I tell you!. Well it was 69 F today. So there’s that.

    Reparations, man! 

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  5. navyjag Coolidge
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Had a few stolen from garages in the neighborhood in the last year. But the newest fear are the catalytic converter rustlers. Who the police won’t charge when they get caught. It’s paradise I tell you!. Well it was 69 F today. So there’s that.

    Reparations, man!

    Partial Native American here. Where are mine? Oh  yeah forgot my check from the BIA on Sept. 1 from the tribe’s oil royalties.  Which I get by accident when U.S. decided to herd the Osage tribe into a big reservation in northern Oklahoma in the 1890’s. And then oil was struck a few years later.  So I guess I get mine. Hoping oil will get to $200 a barrel soon. With Slow Joe in charge should not take too long. 

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  6. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    Another scary manifestation of the insanity of today’s progressive practitioners.  We always used to be able to count on crime and other degradations of quality of life to cure liberals of their liberalism.  Remember a conservative is a liberal who got mugged.  But you can mug progressives, murder them, take away their reliable energy,  cheap gas, food on demand, baby formula-basically their entire standard of living-and instead of saying “Enough”, they say “Great.  That’s as it should be.  We shouldn’t be living so well anyway.”  

    They view all of Joe Biden’s disastrous outcomes are features, not bugs.  

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  7. navyjag Coolidge
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    Because the smart ones then leave LA, San Fran and Minneapolis and move to Texas, Tennessee or Florida.  Can’t wait for the Escape from New York sequel.  Gary M. probably scripting it now. 

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  8. James Lileks Contributor
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    Remember a conservative is a liberal who got mugged.  But you can mug progressives, murder them, take away their reliable energy,  cheap gas, food on demand, baby formula-basically their entire standard of living-and instead of saying “Enough”, they say “Great.  That’s as it should be.  We shouldn’t be living so well anyway.”  

     

    The average liberal, no. The average “Of course I’m liberal, conservatives want to control everything and only care about the rich” are keenly pissed by things, but they blame capitalism, landlords, grocery store chains, gas companies, COVID, Trump, and so on.

    Progressives who are economically isolated from the consequences of their votes regard high energy prices as something we must all bear during this necessary transition. They don’t think they shouldn’t be living well; they’ve earned it. They are privately concerned about crime, and talk amongst themselves about it, but in public any attempt to address the matter is racist and classist, and so they have to get very angry online about the real reasons people are concerned about public safety. If someone is murdered in their nice leafy neighborhood, it’s because we don’t spend enough on mental health – again, the fault of conservatives. 

    And so on.

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  9. navyjag Coolidge
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    Right on James. Assume  you are not looking to leave Minneapolis to San Fran to give Mayor Breed and our leftists a few view of our future? But thanks for your input. Will give you an update in 6 months. We do have a new DA now. 

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  10. Full Size Tabby Member
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    tigerlily (View Comment):

    So according to the progressives of San Francisco blacks are less able of behaving in a non-criminal manner which is the definition of racism.

    According to a number of black advocates, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Black Lives Matter,” and other advocacy organizations and activists, make the same arguments that the KuKluxKlan do – black people are incapable of following the law or other instructions, of avoiding violence, of avoiding criminal behavior, of engaging in logical thought, of forming stable families, and various other attributes of Western Civilization. Yes, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s position is based on racism. 

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  11. James Lileks Contributor
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    navyjag (View Comment):

    Right on James. Assume you are not looking to leave Minneapolis to San Fran to give Mayor Breed and our leftists a few view of our future? But thanks for your input. Will give you an update in 6 months. We do have a new DA now.

    No intention of leaving, NJ. My cost of living is low, my neighborhood safe (with the occasional breach of the peace by the predatory  hoopleheads), the amenities too plentiful. I’m not going to be run out of my home.

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  12. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot) Member
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    tigerlily (View Comment):

    So according to the progressives of San Francisco blacks are less able of behaving in a non-criminal manner which is the definition of racism.

    I think that this reflects a bad definition of racism.

    There are group differences.  There is quite a bit of evidence that some are biologically based, and relatively little evidence that they are cultural, though there is some cultural effect.  Culture also seems highly resistant to change, though recent history suggests that degeneration can be accomplished.

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  13. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot) Member
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    So according to the progressives of San Francisco blacks are less able of behaving in a non-criminal manner which is the definition of racism.

    According to a number of black advocates, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Black Lives Matter,” and other advocacy organizations and activists, make the same arguments that the KuKluxKlan do – black people are incapable of following the law or other instructions, of avoiding violence, of avoiding criminal behavior, of engaging in logical thought, of forming stable families, and various other attributes of Western Civilization. Yes, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s position is based on racism.

    What if BLM and the Klan are correct about this?

    Is that possible?  Wouldn’t it be an empirical question, not a moral question?  Are certain population groups of lower intelligence, or more prone to criminal behavior, or have a greater tendency to promiscuity?

    There are large differences in outcomes and behavior between some groups, as a matter of distributions and averages.  Among individuals, many of these characteristics and behaviors are highly heritable.  This does not automatically imply that group differences are biologically based, but it doesn’t rule it out, either.  There is quite a bit of evidence for it.

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  14. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    So according to the progressives of San Francisco blacks are less able of behaving in a non-criminal manner which is the definition of racism.

    According to a number of black advocates, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Black Lives Matter,” and other advocacy organizations and activists, make the same arguments that the KuKluxKlan do – black people are incapable of following the law or other instructions, of avoiding violence, of avoiding criminal behavior, of engaging in logical thought, of forming stable families, and various other attributes of Western Civilization. Yes, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s position is based on racism.

    What if BLM and the Klan are correct about this?

    Is that possible? Wouldn’t it be an empirical question, not a moral question? Are certain population groups of lower intelligence, or more prone to criminal behavior, or have a greater tendency to promiscuity?

    There are large differences in outcomes and behavior between some groups, as a matter of distributions and averages. Among individuals, many of these characteristics and behaviors are highly heritable. This does not automatically imply that group differences are biologically based, but it doesn’t rule it out, either. There is quite a bit of evidence for it.

    I am becoming disturbingly open to the possibility that BLM, the Smithsonian, and the KKK are correct. Episodes like this morning’s report on the store takeover mob of the Wawa store in Philadelphia, piled on top of the many store takeover and riot stories from other cities, other “smash and grab” robberies, murder statistics, and other information certainly fuel the possibility that certain groups, and one racial group in particular, is incapable of participation in civilized society. 

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  15. Miffed White Male Member
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    So according to the progressives of San Francisco blacks are less able of behaving in a non-criminal manner which is the definition of racism.

    According to a number of black advocates, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Black Lives Matter,” and other advocacy organizations and activists, make the same arguments that the KuKluxKlan do – black people are incapable of following the law or other instructions, of avoiding violence, of avoiding criminal behavior, of engaging in logical thought, of forming stable families, and various other attributes of Western Civilization. Yes, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s position is based on racism.

    What if BLM and the Klan are correct about this?

    Is that possible? Wouldn’t it be an empirical question, not a moral question? Are certain population groups of lower intelligence, or more prone to criminal behavior, or have a greater tendency to promiscuity?

    There are large differences in outcomes and behavior between some groups, as a matter of distributions and averages. Among individuals, many of these characteristics and behaviors are highly heritable. This does not automatically imply that group differences are biologically based, but it doesn’t rule it out, either. There is quite a bit of evidence for it.

    I am becoming disturbingly open to the possibility that BLM, the Smithsonian, and the KKK are correct. Episodes like this morning’s report on the store takeover mob of the Wawa store in Philadelphia, piled on top of the many store takeover and riot stories from other cities, other “smash and grab” robberies, murder statistics, and other information certainly fuel the possibility that certain groups, and one racial group in particular, is incapable of participation in civilized society.

    It’s not they’re “incapable”, it’s that nobody in a position of power is *expecting* them to do so anymore.

     

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  16. kedavis Coolidge
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    So according to the progressives of San Francisco blacks are less able of behaving in a non-criminal manner which is the definition of racism.

    According to a number of black advocates, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Black Lives Matter,” and other advocacy organizations and activists, make the same arguments that the KuKluxKlan do – black people are incapable of following the law or other instructions, of avoiding violence, of avoiding criminal behavior, of engaging in logical thought, of forming stable families, and various other attributes of Western Civilization. Yes, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s position is based on racism.

    What if BLM and the Klan are correct about this?

    Is that possible? Wouldn’t it be an empirical question, not a moral question? Are certain population groups of lower intelligence, or more prone to criminal behavior, or have a greater tendency to promiscuity?

    There are large differences in outcomes and behavior between some groups, as a matter of distributions and averages. Among individuals, many of these characteristics and behaviors are highly heritable. This does not automatically imply that group differences are biologically based, but it doesn’t rule it out, either. There is quite a bit of evidence for it.

    I am becoming disturbingly open to the possibility that BLM, the Smithsonian, and the KKK are correct. Episodes like this morning’s report on the store takeover mob of the Wawa store in Philadelphia, piled on top of the many store takeover and riot stories from other cities, other “smash and grab” robberies, murder statistics, and other information certainly fuel the possibility that certain groups, and one racial group in particular, is incapable of participation in civilized society.

    It’s not they’re “incapable”, it’s that nobody in a position of power is *expecting* them to do so anymore.

     

    That and society in general – western society, at least – is becoming increasingly technical and complicated, which could be more of a problem for some groups than others.

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  17. TBA Coolidge
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Are certain population groups …more prone to criminal behavior…?

    Don’t care, I just want my [redacted] bicycle back!  

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