SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 6, 2006
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.
LEGISLATION INTRODUCED FOR CAR-FREE SATURDAYS IN GG PARK!
After years of stop-and-go efforts, viable legislation was introduced last week to extend the popular car-free space on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park on Sundays to Saturdays as well. At the urging of members of the SFBC and our allies in the Sierra Club, Walk SF and other groups, Supervisors Jake McGoldrick and Ross Mirkarimi have put forward a 6-month trial measure -- Healthy Saturdays in GG Park -- to begin in late May. Please thank them both for their leadership (Jake.McGoldrick@sfgov.org, Ross.Mirkarimi@sfgov.org) and please contact the other 9 Supervisors and the Mayor to ask them to co-sponsor the legislation (see http://www.sfbike.org/leaders for contact info). The hearing on this legislation could be held as soon as a few weeks from now -- stay tuned for more because we'll need lots of support!
HELP NEEDED THIS WEEK FOR NEW MARKET ST. BIKE LANES
We need your help to build support for adding bike lanes on Market Street between Van Ness Ave. & Octavia Blvd. The SFBC has been working on a proposal to fill this crucial gap in the Bike Network by removing unneeded traffic lanes and re-arranging parking spaces, so that we have complete, nonstop bike lanes on Market St. Now we need your help in the following ways if we are going to succeed in getting this project approved and implemented before Bike to Work Day in May!:
---> 1. Attend a community meeting this Friday, March 10th, 9:30am at the First Baptist Church on Market & Octavia. (Sorry for the less-than-ideal time of day, but the meeting is aimed mostly to reach area merchants, who may resist some of the proposed changes.) If you live or work in the area, or ride through regularly, and can join us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
---> 2. Help reach out to area merchants to win support for the proposal. Can you help for an hour or two this week? We'll provide you with a flyer and talking points and ask you to visit the Market St. merchants between Van Ness & Octavia to ask for their support.
---> 3. Send a note to the Supervisors whose districts converge in this area: Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, and Bevan Dufty (see http://www.sfbike.org/leaders). Let them know that you support the proposal for extending bike lanes on Market St. (AND please mention support for colored bike lanes at the Market/Octavia freeway intersection).
See sfbike.org for more info on Market St. efforts: ---> http://www.sfbike.org/market
SICK OF RIDING OVER POTHOLES? ACT NOW
You've probably heard the good news that there's an estimated $137 million surplus headed to the city's coffers. The SFBC urges the city to use some of these funds to help fix our crumbling streets. We support Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's proposal to dedicate an additional $27 million toward much-needed road paving in the coming year. While this will only be a drop in the bucket of the city's $340 million backlog of uncompleted work, it's a start. We will work with the Supervisors and the Mayor to help devise a longer-term fix to the problem.
This week, we need YOUR help. Before an important hearing on March 15th, please email the Supervisors and the Mayor (see http://www.sfbike.org/leaders) to ask them to dedicate funding from the budget surplus toward street resurfacing. Share your experiences of biking on worsening streets and urge them to find a long-term fix to this problem.
SFBC DISCOUNTS JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER!
Have you used your little blue membership card lately? Well, what are you waiting for? The SFBC Discount Partner list is growing by the minute. Help us welcome these bike-friendly local establishments.
Refried Cycles: Located on Haight St near Fillmore, this *new* local bike shop will be offering 10% off of parts, accessories and labor. Go check them out!
Hole in the Wall Saloon: 289 8th St @ Folsom. These folks are offering $0.50 off anything when you flash your SFBC membership card. Drop by and grab a beer.
Check out all our Discount Partners and use your SFBC membership card for great deals all over town!
TOP-NOTCH DESIGNER NEEDED FOR PROJECT
By now you've probably heard -- the SFBC is assembling the first-ever Report Card on Bicycling in San Francisco, a summary of critical statistics and opinions that lays out key numbers for cycling, both hard (e.g., the number of regular cyclists) and soft (e.g., how safe do you feel cycling in the city?). We need an outstanding graphic designer to help us put the first edition of this landmark report together -- if you've done data visualization and reporting work that would make Edward Tufte clap (even if you think Professor Tufte is a putz), send some clips to Andy Thornley (email@example.com) and we'll see how it all adds up.
BIKE LANES COMING ON 14TH ST.
We're thrilled to announce that work should begin any day now striping the new bike lanes on 14th St. between Market & Dolores Streets. Though it's only a 2-block stretch, this has been a problematic gap in the Bike Network that the SFBC has successfully advocated to improve. So ride by and check out the changes in the next week or two! And please take a moment to contact Supervisor Bevan Dufty to let him know that you support the 14th St. bike lanes and want them to be made permanent (because they're currently only a 6-month trial): firstname.lastname@example.org
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: DAY TWO BIKE ED COURSE MARCH 25TH
"Day Two" of the SFBC's Bike Ed Program is back in action: this six hour on-road course provides an opportunity to put into practice what was learned in the Day One in-classroom course. We'll be practicing emergency maneuvers and riding in various traffic conditions to test your knowledge of vehicular cycling skills. Open to adults 14 and over. Bicycle, helmet and pre-registration required (below) Prerequisite: Day 1 Street Skills Course. Space is limited, so sign up today!
BIKE MURAL PHOTO COMPILATION VOLUNTEER NIGHT
Drop by the SFBC HQ (995 Market at 6th) on Tuesday night March 14, anytime from 5 to 8. We'll be celebrating the *New Improved* printing of the Duboce Bikeway Mural photos. The set includes seven photo cards, each a foot long, creating an 85-inch long mural replica. Your dexterity can help collate them into packets for all those eager bike mural fans. Come away with a set of cards, new friends, and a new understanding of the word "collate." Good cheap eats in the neighborhood. Questions? Can't make it but want a set of mural cards? Email email@example.com.
LOOKING FOR MEMBERS TO GIVE US A HAND
The SFBC has some great opportunities in the weeks ahead to get the word out to *new* audiences about the benefits of riding in the city and perks of being an SFBC member.
**Friday, March 10th**
**Wednesday, March 15th**
Help us build and strengthen our organization, and give bicyclists a good rap in the city! If you're interested in helping, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, the event you're interested in, and available times.
EMERGENCY RIDE HOME CAN BAIL YOU OUT
Concerned about an emergency on days you bike or take the bus to work? Why worry? Get your company to join the Emergency Ride Home program. ERH is a program offered by the city to any company located in San Francisco in order to promote greater use of bicycles and transit. ERH allows you a ride via cab or rental car to take care of a personal emergency, or if your bike breaks down or gets stolen! The city pays for it all, and it's virtually free to your company. Find out more at: http://www.sferh.org or email Hitesh at email@example.com to help get your company enrolled.
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