SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 27, 2006
It takes two lanes of a given size to move 40,000 people across a bridge in one hour by using modern trains, four to move them by buses, twelve to move them in their cars, and only one lane for them to pedal across using bicycles.
L.O.S. REFORM FOR MORE BALANCED STREETS -- HEARING NEXT WEDNESDAY
Even in green, "Transit-First" San Francisco, planning and implementing better, safer streets for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders is complicated by an over-sensitivity to automobile drivers' experience when evaluating costs and benefits. Moving more cars faster is the imperative over which all other transportation and land use concerns take a back seat. Ironically, environmental quality considerations, in the form of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings, are often the biggest obstacles to making quality-of-life improvements to city streets, not because pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements contribute to air / noise / water pollution (they don't), but because taking pavement away from private motorcars can potentially diminish the "Level of Service" (LOS) experienced by auto drivers below a failing-grade threshold of convenience.
Next Wednesday (4/5, 1:00 pm, City Hall, Room 263) the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee will be hearing a resolution brought by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi which asks whether auto LOS should be abandoned as a measure of significance for environmental review in San Francisco. This is an obscure but fundamental issue for the city's aspirations to a greener, healthier future, and anyone with an interest in better transportation and land use is encouraged to come out and participate in the process. For more information contact Andy Thornley at email@example.com.
TUBE TIMES FOLDING PARTY THIS WEDNEDSDAY NIGHT!
Join fellow bikers for a fun evening of folding the finest newsletter around. The excellent conversation and dinner are FREE. Everyone welcome. We look forward to seeing you there! Wednesday, March 29th, 5-8pm, SFBC HQ, 995 Market Street, 15th Floor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up.
SUPPORT LETTERS NEEDED FOR HEALTHY SATURDAYS
If you want more car-free space in Golden Gate Park and support the Healthy Saturday initiative to extend the popular recreational space on JFK Dr. on Sundays to Saturdays too, then our city leaders need to hear from you now! This effort will not be won without a lot of vocal support from people throughout the city. And the decision could be made as soon as within a month -- there's no time to waste!
Please take 5 minutes to send an email, make a call, or write a letter to the mayor and the 11 supervisors telling them you support the Healthy Saturdays initiative. Get more details and the contact info at http://www.healthysaturdays.org
SFBC'S ANNUAL SOIREE! GOLDEN WHEEL AWARDS, WEDNESDAY APRIL 12TH
The invitations are out, the honorees have been chosen and Mayor Newsom is on board as our featured speaker! Please join us for the 2006 Golden Wheel Awards Party on Wednesday, April 12th from 6-9pm at the LGBT Center. This is an opportunity for the SFBC to recognize outstanding individuals who exemplify our mission of promoting bicycling for everyday transportation. This year's Golden Wheels are dedicated to Clay Mankin and Peter Tannen. The Golden Wheel Awards are also an important fundraiser for the SFBC -- we hope you'll celebrate with us!
RSVP today at: ---> http://www.sfbike.org/goldenwheel
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED BICYCLE OUTREACH
Streetside outreach and tabling are two of the best (and most fun) ways to get new folks involved in the movement to build a better biking city! Can you spend a few hours talking up bikes and the SFBC at one of this week's events?
TABLING AT THE CALIFORNIA PACIFIC MEDICAL CENTER
SFBC TABLING EVENT--REI USED GEAR SALE
STREETSIDE OUTREACH: CALTRAIN STATION
TABLING AT ST LUKE'S HOSPITAL
Interested in helping out at any of these events? We'd love to have you! Email email@example.com or visit our website to sign up.
BART ALL NIGHTER BUSES HAVE BEGUN!
Finally! We have buses that will run the BART routes after BART has closed for the night. There are bike racks on all buses involved. Let's show them that this service is needed!The All Nighter provides regional bus transit service from approximately 1 to 5 a.m., connecting BART stations, Caltrain stations, and beyond. It is operated by a consortium of regional transit agencies that have coordinated their late-night bus schedules to create convenient timed transfers between routes. See http://www.transitinfo.org/providers/night.asp for more info.
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