SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 20, 2006
"Is it crazy to limit parking? Consider that many downtown dwellers don't own a car. One planning study found that 20 percent of the residents of the new waterfront neighborhood of South Beach don't have one... Controlling cars should be part of sensible planning."
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BRIDGE THE GAP
Did you know that only half of the Bay Bridge is being built to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians -- that we'll be banned from the other half?
It's true. That's why we need YOUR help to Bridge the Gap. Please take 5 minutes to send a personalized letter to the Governor and other state leaders, urging them to include funding in the upcoming state infrastructure bond for a multi-use pathway on the west span of the Bay Bridge (because it's already being built on the east span!). Learn more about this project and TAKE ACTION at:
ALEMANY BIKE LANE STRIPING UNDERWAY!
If you're out pedalling around the Outer Mission and Excelsior, you may have discovered that bike lanes are growing and flowing on Alemany Boulevard. We hear that the southbound stretch is pretty far along, block by block the paint's going down and the bike space is moving forward. It won't be long before we're having a ribbon-cutting and celebration, woo-hoo! If you'd like to help organize the cupcakes and balloons, contact Amy Panella at email@example.com and we'll get ready to ring the bells . . .
HELP KICK-OFF NEW BIKE STATION AT CALTRAIN
You've been reading about it for years, and now it's finally coming -- a bike parking station at the Caltrain 4th & King station. You're invited to the pre-construction kick-off event this Monday, February 27th at noon at 700 4th St. (at the 4th & King station). Speakers will include Leah Shahum, of the SFBC, and Nathaniel Ford, the new Executive Director of the Municipal Transportation Agency. The facility, for which the SFBC has been advocating for years, will provide free, attended parking for 100 bikes, as well as other bike-related services. The project is expected to break ground in March and be completed by this August. The facility is funded by federal, regional and local grants, as well as by the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Please join us Monday!
BITTERCYCLIST MAPPING THE CITY'S DANGER SPOTS
Special note to Biker Bulletin readers: check out the exciting new offerings at http://www.bittercyclist.com - in addition to all kinds of bike culture, bike blogging and helpful factoids, you'll find a great new service for better understanding (and eliminating) bike theft and bike crashes.
Add your bike or crash to the maps and see where the city's hot spots are. The more data, the better it works, so check it out!
YOUR UNWANTED STUFF + COMMUNITY THRIFT = HAPPY SFBC!
Is spring in the air and spring cleaning around the corner? Donate your unwanted goods to Community Thrift Store (on Valencia between 17th & 18th) and designate the SFBC as your non-profit charity! Proceeds from your sale will go straight to bike advocacy. It is an extra-special way to give without giving! Have questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 415/431-BIKE x305.
RIDING BIKES AT NIGHT
At night, the city looks different, feels different, rides different. On the last Sunday of every month, Night Rides visits a new destination in this lovely city we call home. Join us for tasty snacks, good conversation, and new adventures.
Meet the last Sunday of every month at the Panhandle Statue (Fell & Baker): this month's ride explores Golden Gate Park. Bring snacks or drinks to share, and front and rear lights. Rides are 5-10 miles long. Ride dates are listed on the Chain of Events, and on the brand new Night Rides page at:
MOVING AROUND MISSION-GENEVA -- STUDY STARTS SATURDAY
Speaking of better streets for the Excelsior, this Saturday (2/25), ENCoRe will be kicking off a new project to study and make improvements to transportation in the Mission-Geneva zone. Help identify the most urgent transportation problems and set community transportation goals for Mission Street and Geneva Avenue. If you walk, bike, ride Muni, ride BART, perhaps even drive around the district, come out and get involved in an important effort to make a more livable neighborhood. Saturday, February 25, 10:00 am - 12 noon, Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments, 5199 Mission (at Rolph St). For more information call 585-0110.
TUBE TIMES EDITOR LONELY: WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU
What's going on with bikes in your neighborhood? What do you think of the Tube Times? Should the SFBC be focusing on a Citywide Bike Network, or is secure bike parking more important? Did Love on Wheels kick ass, or what?
We want your rants and raves! Send your letters to email@example.com.
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY BIKE TOURS COMING UP
The Portland Peace and Justice Center is hosting another year of Sustainable Energy in Motion bike tours, where you'll bike hundreds of miles, participate in amazing service projects, stay on organic farms and work to promote sustainable food growth practices. Meet great people while you live with the land and camp under the stars!
Get more info and enter to win a free tour at http://www.portlandpeace.org/index.shtml/sfbike/
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