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    San Francisco Bicyclist Demand For Safer Bike Lanes

    After a woman was hit by a garbage truck when she swerved to avoid an open car door, bicyclists demand for safer bike lanes. Jean Elle reports.

    (Published Friday, March 15, 2019)

    A week after a cyclist was struck and killed in San Francisco when she tried to swerve and avoid an open door, people took the streets advocating for protected lanes for cyclists.

    Dozens of bicyclists created a protected bike lane on Howard Street for those who ride their bikes daily. They said it is time for the close calls to end.

    "I think that’s why it’s hard, me and my family are on the streets daily," said San Francisco resident Whitney Brezina. 

    The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has begun installing a protected bike lane on the block where Tess Rothstein was forced to avoid an open car door.

    Members of People Protected said that is not enough and demand protections for the entire length of Howard Street.

    "It doesn't feel like the city is prioritizing like it should frustrating especially when riding a bike and you don't feel safe or protected," said San Francisco Resident John Hermansen. 

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