SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 2, 2005
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GOVERNOR VETOES BILL TO BAN BIKE/PEDESTRIAN TOLLS
Despite soaring gas prices, obesity levels, and environmental problems, Governor Governor Schwarzenegger chose to veto two important state bills last week that would have promoted bicycling. The Governor vetoed Assembly Bill (AB) 748, which would have prohibited tolls on cyclists & pedestrians on bridges and highways, including on the Golden Gate Bridge.The SFBC has worked hard in support of this bill, including sending more than 1,000 letters to the Governor & gathering thousands of petition signatures. (Thank you to all of you who support these efforts by signing our petitions!)
This does not mean our campaign is over! The SFBC believes that AB 748's relative success -- passing the State Senate & Assembly and winning 100% support from the SF & Marin state delegations and mobilizing thousands of people around the state against these tolls -- will make it much more difficult for the GGB District to pass a toll on the Golden Gate Bridge. ** We will still stop the toll proposed on the Golden Gate Bridge and protect bicyclists' and pedestrians' access. Please take 5 minutes to send a respectful letter to the GGB District. See our campaign webpage, including the Governor's veto message, at http://www.sfbike.org/ggb
In other troubling news, the Governor also vetoed AB 523, the state Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), which would have kept state bike funding at its current level of $7.2 million/year. Now, because of the Governor's veto, this funding will decrease to $5 million/year. (This is competitive funding for bike facilities, bike parking, etc., which comes from the state highway account.) Stay tuned for ways to show frustration with the Governor's lack of commitment in sustainable transportation....
GOOD NEWS ON 14TH ST
The proposal to add a bike lane on 14th St., between Market & Dolores Sts., passed a crucial committee hearing today at the Board of Supervisors. The legislation, which was introduced as a 6-month trial period by Supervisor Dufty, will go to the full Board of Supervisors within the next two weeks. If you support the extension of the 14th St. bike lane, now is the time to send a quick note to your District Supervisor urging them to vote "yes". And, please send Sup. Dufty a note of thanks. You can see the Supes' contact information at http://www.sfbike.org/?leaders
BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL STARTS WEDNESDAY: VOLUNTEERS GET IN FREE
The Bicycle Film Festival, a celebration of bicycle culture through art, film and music, begins this Wednesday. Check out the schedule and get your tickets online http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
Volunteers are URGENTLY needed for a variety of tasks at the Bicycle Film Festival--everything from valet bike parking, SFBC membership tabling, merchandise sales, will call, greeters & ushers. The best part--volunteers get into one event at the festival for FREE!
Sign up today at www.sfbike.org/vol_sign_up to choose your desired task and gift entry! The SFBC is an official sponsor of the 5th Annual Bicycle Film Festival.
MASONIC AVENUE FOR BIKES -- GET CRANKING OCT. 5
Identified during the Bike Plan Update as one of the Top 20 Priority Bike Network projects, the Masonic Avenue corridor needs help -- connecting the Panhandle to Geary Boulevard and Laurel Heights. Masonic poses as "Route 55" but the actual bike space is pretty darned miserable. If you've dreamed of a better, bike-able Masonic, now's your chance to start making good things happen -- an initial SFBC organizing meeting for Masonic bike lanes is taking place Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 pm at the Crossroads Cafe at the University of San Francisco. Crossroads Cafe is located on the first floor of the USF University Center, accessible via the East Entrance, located just behind (to the southwest of) Memorial Gym at Golden Gate/Rosslyn. From the steps of the gym, walk around the west (right) side to reach the entrance. For more information, contact Andy Thornley at email@example.com or 415/431-BIKE x307.
STREETSIDE OUTREACH OCT 5--UP NEXT: CALTRAIN STATION
SFBC's new Streetside Outreach program is kicking off October at the Caltrain Station at 4th & King streets! Streetside Outreach is the best way to inform cyclists about the campaigns in that neighborhood--SOMA--and how they can get involved. Caltrain Streetside Outreach will start at 6pm on Wednesday, October 5th and is being led by board member, Amandeep Jawa. Have some time and energy? Join us! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
DIGITAL ARTIST NEEDED FOR SFBIKE.ORG FACELIFT
We're finishing our second year with our new and improved sfbike.org look and feel - we hope you love it as much as we do! To celebrate this anniversary, we'd like to put some of the finishing touches on the site that we never got around to the first time...
Here's the concept: the blue masthead you see now is actually the 'Winter' theme and site color scheme. That means we need 'Spring', 'Summer' and 'Autumn' themes, as well! Now's your chance to make your digital mark on the bike community - send new masthead JPGs to email@example.com. We'll display the best ones, and might even choose yours for a seasonal place of honor at sfbike.org!
No copyright infringement, please. We plan to keep the current theme, too, so consistency is a necessity. Contact Chris Hayashida Knight with questions - or if you need a good bikey photo to work with: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW TUBE TIMES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
The October/November 2005 Tube Times is out and about - and as always, accessible on the web at www.sfbike.org/tubetimes. Why does New York allow bikes on light rail vehicles, but SF doesn't? What's the deal with this November's ballot initiatives? Read up in the SFBC's award-winning newsletter!
If you're not a member of the SFBC, you should be! Get the Tube Times delivered right to your door six times a year - just one of the many benefits of joining the Bike Coalition.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: TWO MEMBER PARTIES NEXT WEEKEND
The weekend of October 15 & 16 is shaping up to be a big SFBC party weekend. Please join us! First, on Saturday, Oct. 15th from 4pm-8pm, help us kick off our Mission Bike Network campaigns with an SFBC party at El Rio (3158 Mission @ Cesar Chavez). Local bands will be playing on the cool (but usually warm) back patio, including Matt Gonzalez' group, Delightfully Isolated. Find out more at http://www.sfbike.org/chain
No campaigns, no membership drives, no pleas for help or money. Just a good ol' Sunday in the park with cheery bicyclists and enjoy some good company. Join the SFBC staff on Sunday Oct. 16th at the 14th Ave East Meadow for a lazy day in GG Park. Bring a frisbee, a snack to share, maybe a BBQ and a friend. No frills bike-friendly day. We'll be setting up camp from 1-4pm.
BICYCLE SALES BOOM IN US, OUTPACE AUTOS
The US Chamber of Commerce says more bicycles have been sold than cars over the past 12 months, in part because of rising gasoline prices, but thanks also to rising awareness of health and environmental issues and perhaps a touch of Lance Armstrong's charm. In a country where most of the population still relies heavily on cars, some 87 million people have climbed on a bike in the past 12 months, according to Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong, indicating an encouraging shift in the American public's enjoyment of bicycling . . .
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