SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 8, 2006
I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things.
LOCATION CHANGE -- MASONIC AVENUE MEETING TODAY
We've moved the meeting place, hope you can join us for this Masonic Avenue corridor bicycle improvement planning meeting -- Monday (1/9) at 6:30pm, at Central Coffee, Hayes Street at Central -- we'll be looking at how to make Masonic better for everyone, bikes and peds and transit and motor traffic. For more information, contact Andy Thornley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415/431-BIKE x307.
START THE YEAR OFF RIGHT -- VOLUNTEER NIGHT WEDNESDAY
Keep that new year's resolution and come to the SFBC Volunteer Night this Wednesday night. SFBC has 4 full time staffers, but 5,000 members that we rely on to keep our organization rolling. Volunteer nights are a great way to meet fellow bikers, help the organization and be a active participant in making a difference in San Francisco. To thank you for your time & efforts, the SFBC picks up the dinner tab. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. Questions, contact email@example.com
SUPPORT DOWNTOWN PARKING REFORM!
In December, downtown's pro-parking lobbyists filed an environmental appeal of Supervisor Daly's landmark legislation to reform parking requirements. This legislation lifts the minimum car parking requirement, and instead mandates a maximum parking ratio of one space for every other unit. It also requires bike parking in all projects regardless of the number of car parking spaces, and that the bike parking entrance not be shared with cars. The legislation limits garage entrances and curb cuts on downtown's major bicycle, pedestrian, and transit streets, and requires active uses on the ground floor with no parking allowed on upper floors.
The environmental appeal will be heard at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, January 10th at 4:30 PM in City Hall. The appellants allege that the legislation will limit housing downtown and create environmentally significant "parking deficits" in the downtown. The Planning department's response, based on numerous studies, is that this legislation will likely result in increased housing affordability with no limit on supply, and will not result in serious parking shortages. Please come to the Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow and let them know that the Planning Department's analysis is thorough, sound and factually-based, and urge them to reject the appeal and adopt the legislation.
If you can't make it, please call, fax, or email your supervisors and urge them to reject the appeal. A fact sheet on the legislation with the Supervisors' contact information can be found on Transportation for a Livable City's web site: http://www.livablecity.org/campaigns/c3.html. The Planning Department's detailed response (in PDF format) can be found at http://www.livablecity.org/campaigns/Appeal_Response.pdf
If the appeal is rejected, the legislation will be heard at the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee on Wednesday, January 18 at 1pm in City Hall. Please plan to show up and speak in support!
IS THIS WHEELY LOVE?
Or are you just looking for someone to share your lane?
The SFBC's popular Love On Wheels event is returning February 9, 2006. We need single riders who want to ride tandem to play our dating game. The event includes four "cycles": Men Seeking Women; Men Seeking Men; Women Seeking Men; and Women Seeking Women.
If you are looking or want to be found, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and state your case. Don't just spin your wheels - get it into gear and get rolling!
SAVE THE DATE: WIN BIKE LANES ON 17TH ST
If you want to help win east-west bike lanes through the Mission District, please mark your calendar for the SFBC's kick-off committee meeting for adding bike lanes on 17th St. and extending bike lanes on 16th St., as well as on Potrero Ave. north of 17t St. There's a lot of potential in this Mission neighborhood, and we'll need volunteer help to make sure we win enough community support to see these bike lanes approved and implemented. The meeting is Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30pm at 321 Potrero Ave., between 16th & 17th Streets. To get added to our special email list for this project and/or to find out more, contact Hitesh at email@example.com
CALLING ALL WRITERS!
Are you a wordsmith on wheels? Then we need your help to continue making the Tube Times the vibrant voice for bike advocacy it has become! Whether you've got great ideas for stories, or would be willing to take assignments for the latest word in the advocacy world, your talents will be put to good use.
** The Feb-Mar issue is well under way, but we've still got room for letters to the editor and recreational rides - send yours in ASAP! **
Plus, with our Advice Pedaler riding off into the Sunset, we're looking for new ideas in the advice and general biking tips genre. All thoughts welcome!
Send a note to Chris Hayashida Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help! As always, back issues of the Tube Times can be found at:
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