SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – An online petition calling to put an end to a proposal that would implement a pedestrian and bike fee for people crossing the Golden Gate Bridge has already gathered thousands of signatures.

The Care2 petition was launched after the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors voted in October to keep considering a pedestrian and cyclist fee for those crossing the span.

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“The Care2 petition is opposed to the fee and it is asking the Board of Directors to kill the proposal and not institute a fee,” said Julie Mastrine, social media manager for Care2, a petition site and online community that has more than 26 million members worldwide.

As of Thursday morning, the campaign has gathered more than 20,000 signatures, which Mastrine considered her “magic number.”

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“After I am satisfied with the number of signatures, I will deliver the petition to district officials,” said Mastrine. “It has generated interest mostly in California. But there are signatures on the petition from all over the world. Everyone knows the Golden Gate Bridge.”

Earlier this week, two members of the state Assembly, Assemblymen Phil Ting, D-San Francisco and Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, said they would introduce a bill in Sacramento that would keep the sidewalk open, free of charge.

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District staff have until 2017 to research how much a fee would be, and how much revenue it could generate.


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