Has Berkeley declared ‘war on cars’? A bike path shows a greater battle
The signs appeared on newspaper racks and in the window of an organic grocery store in North Berkeley, warning of a bike lane that would presage the end of democracy – at the behest of an all-powerful bike lobby.
Berkeley “has declared war on cars, on-street parking and small businesses,” reads the notice for Magnani’s Poultry, which sits on a cozy, tree-lined stretch of Hopkins Street where officials plan to build the two-way cycle path next year, installing barriers and rows of parked cars to separate it from traffic. Confined to the south side of the road, the path would require the removal of around 60 parking spaces.