A memo from Deputy Director of Taxi Services Christiane Hayashi and Accessible Services Manager Annette Williams says the agency is issuing bumper stickers to taxi drivers telling Parking Control Officers not to cite them.
Taxis stopped in bike lanes are already a routine danger for bicyclists in San Francisco, and legitimizing the practice could encourage more of it. When blocked, bicycle riders are typically forced into passing motor traffic or between parked cars, where drivers or taxi passengers may open doors in their path.
Condoning such a dangerous practice seems incongruous with the SFMTA's policy goals of improving the safety of bicycling in the city.
Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, said the organization "has real concerns about the agency's confusing policy regarding taxi pick-ups and drop-offs in bicycle lanes, which seems to invite conflict and unsafe conditions."
You may have heard that John McCarthy died yesterday at 84. As the inventor of Lisp, the world's second-oldest programming language, and coiner of the phrase "artificial intelligence", it's fair to say that (aside from Turing) there's nobody whose contributions to computer science have had a bigger impact on my life.
Today would be a good day for you to read his 1960 paper, Recursive Functions of Symbolic Expressions and Their Computation by Machine.
I met him once. It was 1992, shortly after the first public release of Lucid Emacs, and rpg came into my office and said, "McCarthy's trying to use lemacs, and his dot-emacs file isn't working. You need to go over to Stanford and fix it for him."
Needless to say, I got a move on.
So I sat at his desk in his completely normal university office, debugged some emacs-lisp code for him, and tried not to think about how weird that was.
He was a nice guy.