SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 6, 2006
"Every travel lane is a bicycle lane when there is a bicyclist in it."
— Bike lane debate in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania, Doctor lobbies for city bike lanes, Lancaster Online, September 6, 2006
Table of Contents
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Last Week to Vote for Endorsements
Vote now or forever hold your peace. Now is the time to cast your vote for the SFBC's endorsements for the November elections. We want to make sure bike-friendly candidates win in the local Board of Supervisors and BART Board elections, as well as two transportation ballot measures. Voting closes this Friday at 5pm. Check out our Vote 2006 page for all you need to know!
Bike Lane Projects Moving Forward: Support Needed Monday
There may be an injunction on new bike lanes being striped, but we are happy that the City is continuing critical planning work for new bike lanes. And we need SFBC members' help to make this successful — especially District 4 members in the Sunset! Please mark your calendars for an important District 4 Town Hall meeting sponsored by Supervisor Fiona Ma this Monday, Sept. 11th from 7-9pm at the Trocadero Clubhouse in Stern Grove. One of the main items at this meeting is a proposal to stripe bike lanes on Sloat Blvd., which are much needed! We need local supporters' voices speaking up in favor of these bike lanes. Please come Monday!
Can You Fix Bikes?
Do you have the handy skills it takes to get two wheels rolling? If so, we need your help! The SFBC gets asked to bring volunteer mechanics to outreach events all over the city to do basic repair on bikes. We also just received a generous grant from REI to help us in this effort — Thanks REI! We're looking to beef up our list of handy mechanics and would love to add you to it. We'll use this list to let you know about upcoming opportunities to get your hands greasy and have fun. This is truly the way to polish up your bicycle halo! To be added to our list of the mechanically-minded, email Rachel. Thanks!
Contact the Governor to Sign AB 2444
Please support the good work of our allies at the Transportation and Land Use Coalition by contacting the Governor and urging him to sign AB 2444, which just passed the Legislature! This bill would allow annual vehicle registration surcharges to be imposed in the Bay Area of up to $10 per car to fund programs that mitigate the environmental impacts of cars and reduce traffic congestion. If signed, AB 2444 would mean up to 60 million new dollars a year to fund air and water quality improvements and congestion management — including public transit operations and pedestrian and bicycle safety. Read more about the bill.
Please call the Governor's office at (916) 445-2841. Press 1 for English, then 2 to voice an opinion, then 0 to speak to someone in the Governor's office. Say "I want the Governor to sign AB 2444. AB 2444 lets the Bay Area solve our own transportation and environmental challenges."
Speak Up for Market & Octavia Plan Thursday
After more than six years of hard work, the Market and Octavia Plan is entering the adoption phase with discussion this Thursday, Sept. 7th at the Planning Commission. The Plan outlines a bold new vision for the area that aims to provide housing in response to human needs, offers people choice in how they get around, builds a "whole" neighborhood around a public realm of the highest quality, and articulates a full range of services and amenities close to where people live and work — including better biking and transit. We are urging SFBC members to attend the hearing — Thursday, 3-4pm, at City Hall, Rm. 400 — and urge the Commission to support the Plan fully without watering it down. You can read more about the plan.
New "Ask Sprocket" Column in the Tube Times
Ask Sprocket is a performing artist/percussionist/storyteller/transplant from Portland, Oregon (another great biking city!) and can be seen riding around on her beloved Dahon folding bike. You can send inquiries, tales of woe, romantic failures (about your bike, of course!) to her via email. Starting in the upcoming October/November 2006 Tube Times, she promises to answer your questions in the most accurate, empathetic and informative manner. Safe riding everyone!
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