SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 31, 2005
An intellectual is a man who doesn't know how to park a bike.
VOTE TUESDAY, NOV. 8TH
It's not only the civic-minded thing to do, but it could directly improve your biking life too! The SFBC has endorsed 2 local ballot measures related to transportation in next week's election: Yes on Propositions B & D.
Most importantly, Prop. B is an important bond measure to fund street resurfacing (which is decades behind schedule) and new bicycle and pedestrian safety projects, as well as improved disabled access. (This bond measure does not allow a cost pass-through to renters, so good news for renters.) Unless you want to keep riding over potholes, vote Yes on B! And urge your friends to do the same -- this measure needs 2/3 support to win! Find out more at http://www.betterstreetsf.org/
And Proposition D would change the appointment structure for the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors (which oversees the Dept. of Parking & Traffic and Muni). This measure would split the appointments to the Board of Directors between the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors. Vote Yes on D!
LAND USE COMMITTEE HEARS MARKET/OCTAVIA/FREEWAY CONCERNS WEDS 11/2
The new central freeway ramp at Market and Octavia has been open for almost two months, but that gnarly intersection is still missing some key safety features to help assure pedestrians and cyclists of safe passage along the street. This Wednesday (11/2) the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee (1:00 pm, City Hall, Room 263) will conduct a hearing on the Market/Octavia freeway ramp, what's been done so far and what's left to do. We'll be there to emphasize the city's commitment to keeping Market Street a transit/ped/bike space and not a freeway feeder route, and ask that colored bike lane pavement be installed across mouth of the freeway, as recommended in the Board's August 2004 resolution banning the eastbound right turn onto the freeway. (You may notice that a new bike lane has been striped along a key block on eastbound Market St. near the new freeway ramp, but it's not a colored bike lane as it should be to draw more attention to this tricky area.)
Please come to this hearing if you can, and contact Supervisor Dufty (Bevan.Dufty@sfgov.org) and let him know that you want colored bike pavement ~now~ as part of the safety treatments for this intersection.
VOLUNTEER KUDOS FOR VELOSWAP SUCCESS!
This past Saturday, the SF Design Center was hopping with thousands of cyclists hunting for a good deal. A grand thanks goes out to all the SFBC member volunteers who helped make Veloswap a major success for the SFBC. Volunteers worked their magic chatting it up with curious attendees -- and added 100+ new members to our coalition community! In addition, the Valet Bike Parking crew parked 300+ bikes!
Thanks to (in no particular order): Kori Dean, Casey Culbertson, Christine Tran, Joe Abrams, Jared Brockway, Eric Chow, Sheila Martus, Tom Harriman, Brian Gerke, Maggie Feinstein, Eric Lantzman, Jim Garrett, Rex Tse, David Carroll, Adam Grossman, Elmer Tosta, Lynda Boyer, Judy b., Cathy Kora, Michael Berlinger, Ralph Silberman, Elliot Winard, Michael Cobb, Ann Lyons, Amy Willis, Bradley Copeland, Michelle Stephens, Keeeth, Ruby des Jardins, Mike McQuate, Lorachristine Vichich, Frank Chan, & all the hard working valet bike parkers!
Now, the work begins. The SFBC needs help to keep these new members happy members. We need daytime data entry volunteers to update our database with all these good cyclists' info. Have some time during the day? During your lunch break? On your way home from the office? Contact email@example.com and schedule a time to come in.
BAYSHORE HOME DEPOT AT THE BOARD OF SUPES, ROUND THREE
It seems like we've been calling out this alert for a long time, but stick with it -- the controversial proposal to build a Home Depot store on Bayshore Boulevard is coming back to the Board of Supervisors one more time today (11/1 at 2:00pm), when the Board will decide whether to approve the environmental impact report (EIR) for the project, a 120,000-square-foot store with a 525-car multi-story garage and a 5-lane driveway, and allow the project to move forward as designed. We feel this project needs to be seriously scaled back and better integrated into the city's transportation systems -- Bayshore is a key north-south corridor for bikes (it's a Top 20 Bike Network route), Muni and yes, autos, and this mega-auto-magnet is a recipe for transportation trouble.
Please ask the Board to reject the EIR for its insufficient consideration of transportation system impacts and urge them to demand real streetscape improvements for the Bayshore corridor in whatever re-design Home Depot brings back to them. To contact Board members, see our handy "Contact Your Leaders" page on our website:
And please try to come out for the Board of Supes meeting TODAY (11/1, City Hall, 2:00pm, Supervisors legislative chamber) to give public comment if you can. If you're interested in the SFBC's campaign to win bike lanes on Bayshore Blvd., please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF WINTERFEST!
Save the date - Sunday, December 4! This annual member party in its tenth year is looking to be another spectacular winter night where you can find just the right accessory to dress up your bike at our silent or live auction; strap a colorful canvas to your new rack at the art auction; get a personalized haiku at the popular Haiku Hut, drink New Belgium Brewery's Fat Tire Ale, and experience a year's worth of bike love all in one place!
It's the most fun you'll have raising money for bike advocacy in 2005! Tune in to www.sfbike.org/winterfest to see our growing list of silent auction goodies, a list of participating artists, and relive memories of last year in the 2004 photo gallery. See you at Winterfest!
HELP GREEN GUERRERO SATURDAY
Love the new Guerrero/San Jose Ave. bike lanes? Want to see that corridor get even better for bicyclists, neighbors, and everyone using it? SFBC members are invited to join the San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save our Streets this Saturday, November 5th, 9am-1pm, to help literally green the street by landscaping the medians with plants and trees. Meet on Guerrero between Cesar Chavez & Duncan Sts. Please bring gloves and a shovel or spade. To find out more, contact 285-8188 or email@example.com
PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH
5pm; SFBC HQ, 995 Market St Suite 1550 (@ 6th St)
Mark your calendars to be at the SFBC headquarters on Wednesday, November 9th for Volunteer Night. We need a lot of extra hands to help send our Year End Mailing. If you are an expert folder, sealer, or stuffer - or at least aspire to expert status - consider yourself useful and come on up to join us. Bring your bike up, and as always, you'll be fed dinner and snacks.
IMPROVE COLUMBUS AVE. FOR BIKING
Join North Beach neighbors and other stakeholders for this opportunity to help shape -- and improve -- Columbus Avenue. This workshop is this Thursday, November 3rd, between 6-8pm at The Cannery at 2001 Leavenworth @ Columbus Ave. See developing plans and hear ideas that will change the Columbus Avenue corridor (from Montgomery to Beach Streets) during the next five years. Let's make sure bikes are considered in the mix! For more information on this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOMEMADE TUNE-UPS AT THE BIKE KITCHEN
Thu., Nov 10 - Dec 15, Thu 7-9:30pm; Bike Kitchen, 18th & Alabama
This hands-on class will teach everything you need to know about keeping your bike in working order under normal wear and tear, including brake adjustment, wheel truing, hub adjustment, drive-train and frame cleaning, and more. The class includes 5 sessions on Thursday evenings starting Nov 10, with a break for Thanksgiving. No experience is necessary, but you need a bike to work on that needs a tune-up. Registration is a suggested $80, plus parts as necessary. Class enrollment is limited to 8 students so that everyone has tools and a stand, so respond soon! For registration or questions, email the instructor, Joel Young, at email@example.com.
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