SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 4, 2005
"Participatory democracy demands low-energy technology, and free people must travel the road to productive social relations at the speed of a bicycle."
STRANDED BY BART STRIKE? IF ONLY YOU COULD BIKE THE BRIDGE...
The potential BART strike this week highlights the enormous potential of a shore-to-shore Bay Bridge bicycle/pedestrian/maintenance pathway. A completed pathway would serve at least an estimated 1500 people each weekday biking across the Bay Bridge (based on current weekday ridership on the Golden Gate Bridge). That's a significant number, considering the anticipated huge car back-ups on the Bay Bridge and overloaded transbay buses if the BART strike happens.
Now is an important time to remind our decisionmakers and the public that building the shore-to-shore Bay Bridge bike/pedestrian/maintenance pathway is a crucial investment in greater mobility and safety crossing the Bay. (Check out the SFBC's extensive campaign website at www.sfbike.org/baybridge) If you wish you could bike the Bridge instead of being trapped by a BART strike, please take a minute to:
1) Write a Letter to the Editor at the Chronicle (firstname.lastname@example.org, must be 200 words or less) and the Examiner (email@example.com, 150 words or less) encouraging regional and state decisionmakers to build a shore-to-shore bike/ped/maintenace path on the Bay Bridge.
2) Write the members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) with the same message: MTC Commissioners, 101 Eighth St., Oakland, CA 94607
LETTERS STILL NEEDED TO STOP BRIDGE TOLLS
The hearing originally planned for today on Assembly Bill (AB) 748, which would prohibit tolls for bicyclists and pedestrians on highways and bridges in the State, has been postponed, but could come to the State Senate Transportation & Housing committee for a hearing as soon as next week. If you haven't done so yet, please take two minutes today to send a personalized fax to key State Senators, asking them to support AB 748. It's fast, easy, and free on our simple-to-use Instant Activist page:
MARKET STREET LESS CRAZY? AMBLE ON THE WAY
Do things seem just a little better on those new Market Street bike lanes these days? The Dept. of Parking and Traffic (DPT) has instituted a specific Market St. enforcement beat (it used to fall in the seams between other beats and didn't get the focus it deserved) -- you may have seen the bike-riding PCO (parking control officer) pedalling up and down Market, shooing offenders and even citing some. DPT says 68 tickets were issued for bike lane blocking and tow-away-zone parking between 5/2 and 6/20 in the 8th-to-Castro stretch of Market. You can send a thank-you note to Sylvia Harper <Sylvia.Harper@sfgov.org> at DPT's Enforcement Division and let her know how grateful the bicycling community is for the increased attention to Market Street.
Meanwhile, the SFBC's AMBLE (Active Market Bike Lane Enforcement) campaign kicked off last week -- a multi-pronged plan is shaping up and we're moving it forward. One of the first steps will be reconnaissance and observation, surveying those new 3 1/2 blocks of bike lanes for patterns of misbehavior, observing DPT and SFPD, and scouting possible alternative loading/standing spots off Market. If you can spare a half-hour or so to do a round of recon, or want to help shape and execute the AMBLE mission, contact Andy Thornley (415-431-BIKE x307 or firstname.lastname@example.org), and we'll get you on patrol.
Oh, and here's that DPT dispatch number again if you do see vehicles blocking the bike lane: 553-1200
BRAND SPANKING NEW SFBC T-SHIRTS!
Hot off the presses, our new t-shirts are in and ready to hit the bike lanes! Check them out at www.sfbike.org/store - new designs, colors and styles just in time for summer! Debuted at Bike to Work Day Central, graphic goddess Teri Gardiner has outdone herself on these 'vintage' designs. Just $25 - look great and support a great cause!---> www.sfbike.org/store
NEW OUTREACH PROGRAM HITS THE STREETS; NEXT UP: THE MISSION
SFBC's new Streetside Outreach program is off and running. On June 27th SFBC volunteers handed out flyers and bike love on Market Street in a 'mini-Energizer Station' event showing cyclists that for us EVERY day is Bike to Work Day. We got the Coalition's name out in the public eye, and helped educate bikers-by about the new Market bike lanes and our AMBLE project (see item above). Next Streetside Outreach event is scheduled for Thursday, July 14th in the Mission. Join us! Contact email@example.com if you can help.
GET CREDIT FOR HELPING THE CITY -- BE AN SFBC PROGRAM INTERN
Summer's here, school's out, and you're at loose ends, or just have extra time on your hands -- here's a way to stay active, help your favorite grassroots cause, and get some great advocacy experience. The SFBC has intern opportunities in our program area, working on network and policy projects, and we'd love to have you working with us as we push the velorution:
Network Intern -- helping to make the Citywide Bike Network better, broader, and more complete: www.sfbike.org/intern_network
Policy Intern -- dig into campaigns like battling bike theft, improving bike access to transit, and a shore-to-shore path for bikes and peds on the Bay Bridge: www.sfbike.org/intern_policy
Internships start immediately and will conclude in early fall (though they can be extended). SFBC offers flexible schedules and encourages a minimum of 8 hrs/wk. These are non-paid positions, but we are happy to work with any academic requirements to help interns earn college credit for their efforts.
If interested, please send a letter of interest and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
WANTED: BIKE RIDE VOLUNTEERS
Two big biking events are coming up, and we need your help to strut the good work of the SFBC.
SATURDAY, JULY 9 - BIKE FOR BREATH
SATURDAY, JULY 23 - BAY IN A DAY DOUBLE CENTURY
WALK SAN FRANCISCO'S PEAK TO PEAK WALK
On July 23rd, our sister organization Walk San Francisco will be holding their first annual "Peak to Peak Walk", a 12-mile challenge that will inspire even the most avid walker. Walkers will get a unique view of San Francisco's skyline, stairways, paths, parks, and monuments -- all while raising money for Walk SF's vital pedestrian safety and advocacy work.
From climbing the slopes of Mt. Olympus in the morning to celebrating with dinner in North Beach (optional), this full-day walk will tackle 15 different peaks along the spine of the city. In addition to dirt trails and stunning vistas, the walk also features a delicious gourmet lunch and the chance to win great prizes.
The walk will be fully guided, and you'll receive a map of the route when you sign in. Each group leader will carry snacks and be in contact with other groups along the way. Around halfway through, we'll take a relaxing break for a gourmet lunch in a private garden near Buena Vista Park. All walkers will receive a free pedometer and a chance to win great raffle prizes. Your registration also includes membership in Walk San Francisco through August 1, 2006.
Current WalkSF or SFBC member: $65
Download a registration form and get more info at www.walksf.org - registration deadline is July 15.
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