Cyclist accident spurs controversy in San Fran

Pedestrian death sparks debate about public space

San Francisco hopes that 20 percent of transportation needs will be met via bicycle by 2020, and it’s on its way to that goal—the city’s bike use has risen by a whopping 71 percent over the last five years. But this shift hasn’t come without conflict between those on foot and those on wheels, a point recently illustrated by the death of a pedestrian. Sutchi Hui, a 71-year-old resident, was legally in the middle of a crosswalk when a cyclist—who was in the midst of attempting to break a personal speed record—struck and ultimately killed him. Chris Bucchere, the rider, has been charged with a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter and will face courts this week. But the uproar that this incident has sparked goes well beyond a single pedestrian death.

“Post-crash commentary, angry and profane, didn't just call for Bucchere's head, although there was plenty of condemnation for him and the rest of the Lycra-and-toe-clips set. Instead, the conversation became a fight about who owns public space—a scarce resource in the second-most dense city in America, where bike use is soaring and many motorists decry a war on cars,” the LA Times reported. 

Via Los Angeles Times.