July 17, 2005
"I was shocked and delighted as I biked from the Inner Richmond to the Financial District. My route was covered with bike lanes! The difference between biking San Francisco in 1997 and biking San Francisco in 2005 was profound...I am so grateful to the Coalition for what it has done for San Francisco, and what I hope it will continue to do."
IT'S STRIPED!!! POTRERO AVE. GETS DESERVING IMPROVEMENTS
Have you seen it yet? The SFBC office is all abuzz over the city's newest bicycle lanes, not to mention the most significant traffic calming success in many years: Potrero Avenue in the Mission District. As of today, Potrero is a calmer, safer street for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers. Take a ride between 17th and 25th Streets to see the new bicycle lanes, a partial bus-only lane, and turn lanes, and fewer traffic lanes.
"I am so happy that the bike lanes are finally striped!!!" says one area resident. "It means a lot to us Potrero Ave residents and all bikes in SF."
Watch for word of a Potrero traffic calming celebration within the next few weeks. But, we're not finished on Potrero yet. We need to keep our coalition active and strong in order to extend the bike lanes and traffic calming north of 17th Street, and to win key east-west bike routes, including Cesar Chavez and 16th/17th Streets. To get involved or to join the Potrero email list, contact email@example.com
MEET KEY S.F. TRANSPORTATION PLANNER JULY 26TH
You're invited to meet one of the city's newest and most important transportation planners. The SFBC, along with our sustainable transportation allies Transportation for a Livable City, Walk SF, and Rescue Muni, are hosting a meet-and-greet reception for Bill Lieberman, the Municipal Transportation Agency's new Director of Planning. Mr. Lieberman oversees planning for all modes, including bicycling, walking, and transit. Join us Tuesday, July 26th between 5:30pm and 7:30pm at our office, 995 Market St., Ste. 1550, at the corner of Market St. (Do bring your bike upstairs)
SFBC BENEFIT: TOUR DE FAT IS ROLLING INTO SAN FRANCISCO!
Join the SFBC on Saturday, July 30th for a fun summer event with bands, beer and BIKES! New Belgium Brewery, maker of Fat Tire Ale, will be coming to SF with a ballyhoo of bike fun. Cruiser bike parade, music, cycling games, food and...beer! Proceeds from the event go to two great organizations, the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the SFBC! Come, support your bike coalition and enjoy a sunny day in the park.
Calling all members who want to give us a hand. Set up, information tabling, merchandise sales, bike parade & clean up. Sign up today! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Tour de Fat-happy hour (who doesn't appreciate drinks before a beer event?) will take place at Bender's Bar on Friday July 29th from 5:30-8pm. Free Valet Bike parking, bike-costume contest & the chance to win a new bike! A special thanks goes out to the Bay Guardian for sponsoring this bike-kool event.
B.A.C. TO HEAR GOLDEN GATE PARK CONCOURSE CIRCULATION PLAN
Along with the usual docket of hot bike news and issues, the July meeting of the Bicycle Advisory Committee at City Hall this Thursday will feature a presentation of the Golden Gate Park Concourse circulation plan, defining whether and how vehicle traffic will move through and around the Music Concourse when it reopens in October. Option 2A, adopted by the Concourse Authority and the Rec and Park Commission last month (and headed to the Board of Supervisors), does almost nothing to diminish auto traffic in the Concourse area and the larger park, the main goal of Proposition J -- without modification, this plan will return the Concourse to a cut-across free-for all, a worse state than before the Concourse project began two years ago. Come out, learn more, and share your opinion at this key public forum. Thursday July 21, 6:15 pm, City Hall, Room 408. (Stay tuned to GG Park developments in the next few weeks.)
BIKE KITCHEN NEEDS NEW HOME
The Bike Kitchen, a 2005 SFBC Golden Wheel award winner, has been teaching people how to build and repair their own bikes at low cost for 2 years. Unfortunately the Mission home of the Bike Kitchen is scheduled for demolition in March 2006. They are looking for a low-cost or free space to continue to provide their valuable and affordable service to the community. They currently have 1000 square feet of space. Please contact email@example.com if you have any leads on space, and check out www.bikekitchen.org for more information about the shop.
HAVE BIKE, WILL TRAVEL
The SFBC now has an airplane/train bicycle travel case! Heavy duty plastic shell for taking your bike on transit requiring a packaged bike. A $100 refundable credit card deposit is required (members only!). Call Chris at 431-BIKE x304 (at least one week in advance) to reserve for up to 2 weeks. Info at www.sfbike.org/trailer
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