It was the start of a holiday weekend for most people, but protests against a San Francisco gas station did not take a vacation.
For the fourth consecutive Friday evening rush hour, protesters blocked the Fell Street entrances to the Arco gas station at the corner of Divisadero.
Arco is a subsidiary of BP. Holding signs with that said, “Today the Gulf, Tomorrow the Bay,” a group of as many as twenty people prevented cars from entering the station on one side. But it wasn’t just BP’s endless gulf oil spill that had them angry – they also wanted to draw attention to a danger to cyclists at that intersection.
The station has some of the least expensive gasoline in the city, and cars regularly back up onto Fell Street to wait for their turn at the pump. But this has blocked one of the most popular bike lanes in the city, forcing cyclists into busy car traffic.
Two hot button issues, one location.