SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 25, 2003
"This is the basis of car culture, the idea that the world and all of the world's people are merely in its way."
-- Travis Hugh Culley
Building a new freeway ramp entrance on Market St, a transit priority street, would be a huge mistake. The proposed ramp is currently scheduled to be constructed over Valencia St, funneling highway traffic directly through the path of cyclists using the Market Street bike lane, creating very unsafe conditions for bikes and pedestrians, as well as impeding bus and streetcar travel. This project sets up a dangerous conflict between freeway-focused car traffic and commuting cyclists that could endanger lives, as well as creating an eyesore that would affect Market Street for blocks in either direction.
Neighborhood residents are uniting around a sensible proposal that would extend the Octavia Boulevard project into South of Market to create a "Vision Boulevard" where Division/13th Street currently exists. This idea would increase safety, improve traffic flow and cut construction costs dramatically. For more information on this exciting alternative visit http://www.safersf.com
Demonstration next Tuesday, Dec 2
Dropping a freeway onto an already busy corridor is bad planning and could COST LIVES. Meet fellow community members to protest this bad idea next Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:30am to protest this freeway ramp boondoggle. Gather at Market and Octavia in front of the LGBT CENTER and let your voice be heard! For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
A new national study finds that, contrary to common belief, smart growth policies like those advocated by the SFBC and Transportation for a Livable City are good for construction jobs. The report provides evidence that smart growth can create more employment opportunities than sprawl for workers who build residential and commercial structures and transportation infrastructure.
Senior urban scholars performed a national analysis of 155 metro areas. Those with growth management policies enjoyed construction activity per new resident more than $100,000 higher than "business as usual" areas over a ten-year period. Carl Guardino of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group responded to the report by saying, "Transit Oriented Development works. It works to reduce traffic congestion, works to create affordable homes, and, as this report proves, it works to put families back to work." Read more about these important findings at http://www.goodjobsfirst.org
SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum joined Mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez at a special news conference last Saturday where the Sierra Club gave out environmental grades based on voting records at the Board of Supervisors. Matt's vote history earned him an A+ while the opposing candidate was given a "D" by the veteren environmental group, which joins the League of Conservation Voters, the SFBC and (most recently) Tom Ammiano in endorsing Gonzalez for Mayor. Reducing pollution from transportation-related sources is at the center of Matt's environmental policy paper, which builds upon his existing commitment to build the citywide network of bike lanes. Get informed about these important issues here by reading the policy papers yourself:
Matt Gonzalez's Transportation Platform
Matt Gonzalez's Environmental Policy Paper
Have you joined the growing grassroots movement behind Matt Gonzalez's campaign for Mayor? Volunteer now to make a difference in this close race! The first, and best thing you can do NOW is add yourself to Matt's volunteer database - so you'll get e-bulletin updates through the final days of the election: http://www.mattgonzalez.com/vol_update.php
We're mobilizing SFBC members along key bike routes to spread the word about Matt's support for the Citywide Bike Network. To volunteer, first fill out the above form, and then contact Michael at email@example.com or call 431-2453x21. Matt's campaign has a mind-boggling number of fun events and volunteer opportunities coming up - check out our calender below, and visit http://www.mattgonzalez.com for the up-to-the-minute information!
Over the last several weeks, we have heard of an alarming number of bikes that have been stolen, especially in SOMA, the Mission, the Castro, and the Haight. While some suspect the surge in thefts may be the work of an organized theft ring, no one knows for sure. The wave of bike thefts has
Be an integral part of the biggest bike party of the year as a Winterfest volunteer! Dozens of people like you make it an annual tradition to volunteer on the day of the big event, held on Sunday, December 14th this year (rescheduled from 12/18). We're just starting to fill the following positions: set up crew, complimentary "Fat Tire" beer and food servers, door checkers, auction monitors and cashiers, technical staff to help with stage lighting and sound, valet bike parkers and clean up crew. If you can help please contact Kay Hoskins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-BIKE x29. Please also stop by our office to pick up Winterfest flyers & posters to drop off in your own neighborhood hotspots - and help add new people to the mix!
See the already huge list of auction donors, as well as photos from last year's blowout party & auction on our newly revamped website: http://www.sfbike.org/?winterfest
Two new bike shops recently started offering cheap deals to SFBC members, while massage & yoga prices are getting slashed for SFBC supporters!
** BAY CITY BIKE RENTALS offer more than a easy way to provide your out-of-town visitors a 'guest bike' during their stay, they can also tune up your steed & give you cheap deals on helmets, blinky lights and other essential bike gear. A visit to their storefront at 2661 Taylor St in Fisherman's Wharf is well worth the short trip from other neighborhoods- and pick up their free map of bike trails through the Presidio, Marin Headlands and Tiburon while you're there! See http://www.baycitybike.com for details.
** SFBC members can get 40% off a private Hatha Yoga session or first-time Thai Massage from someone who was formally trained in India and certified in Thailand as well as the United States. Amy Kahn embodies a lifetime of study, practice, and achievement in a variety of physical arts and spiritual disciplines. You can activate your SFBC member discount and schedule your session by contacting Amy at 415.254.8692.
** Alameda bike shop CYCLE CITY welcomes SFBC members with 10% off parts & accessaries, so make sure to keep them in mind next time you're visiting our island neighbors. Stop by 1433 High St to say hello to these supportive folks or visit their website at http://www.cyclecityusa.com
From a November 17 story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "When Patrick Van Der Tuin saw another cyclist hit by a vehicle while riding in a bike lane on Holly Hills Boulevard a few weeks ago, it was the final straw. He decided the time had come for an idea that had been in the back of his mind for a while. So one night, a twisted bike, painted ghostly white and sporting a 'Cyclist Struck Here' sign, appeared at the site where the woman was struck. 'Passing it every day, I could see the reaction from drivers,' said Van Der Tuin, 24. 'People were slowing down in this residential neighborhood, and that amazed me'." Bike shops and fellow cyclists have provided Van Der Tuin and others who work with him with more bikes, paint and some 50 other locations of crashes between motorists and bicyclists. They have placed 15 of the white bikes and signs around St. Louis and plan to put more of them in places cyclists have told him that riders have been hit.
For a photo of one of the bikes, go to http://www.pbase.com/image/22744084. For information, visit http://www.stlbikefed.org/ (Saint Louis Regional Bicycle Federation) or write email@example.com.
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