SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 19, 2006
Drivers — stop your engines.
— Open Forum: How you can help fight global warming, SF Chronicle, December 18, 2006
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Bike Plan EIR — get it moving, move it quickly
Many thanks to everyone who showed up (or sent emails or made calls) to City Hall for last week's Transportation Authority meeting, to urge the City to bring all available resources to bear on the matter of a swift and legally-strong environmental review of the SF Bike Plan. Under an injunction granted in June, and made permanent in November, the city is forbidden to make any physical improvements for bicycling — no bike lanes, no shared-lane "sharrows", no sidewalk bike racks — until a full Environmental Impact Report is completed for the Bike Plan (yes, that is just plain screwy). The MTA Bike Program's presentation to TA Commissioners had encouraging news on funding and staffing for bicycle work, but of course we were dismayed to hear an estimated EIR timeline of about two years, an awfully long time to wait for further enhancements to the Bike Network. We appreciate the City's caution in carrying out this important process, but we'll keep pushing for the most efficient, expedited EIR possible. If you haven't yet, please email the Mayor to let him know you're watching this issue and urge him to make sure the Bike Plan EIR moves along as quickly as it can: firstname.lastname@example.org
fixmasonic.org — Check it out, Sign Up, and Comment
The campaign to civilize Masonic is rolling! Masonic is currently a
harrowing journey on a bicycle: with no bike lanes, lane configuration
changes from block to block, and speeding scary traffic, "bike route 55"
isn't an adequate route at all — yet it's the only real north-south way
through that part of town. Cyclists in the neighborhood know that this
critical piece of the bike network is currently broken. We need you all to
make sure that it gets fixed. The Fix Masonic campaign has wheels thanks to
the work of Mark Christiansen, an SFBC member and Masonic Avenue resident
who designed the fixmasonic.org website to develop community support and act
as an organizing tool for the campaign. It's designed to bring together a
broad coalition of neighbors, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders who
all agree the street needs to be changed and improved for alternative uses
than the speeding automobile. The developing site has: a blog where
you can comment on your experience and thoughts about the street, the
Masonic striping diagram which shows lane configuration from block to block,
and a link where you can sign up to be on the Fix Masonic list for updates
and info about upcoming meetings. Check the
out and sign up now. Add your comments on Masonic to the
Contribute Now to Boost Better Biking
It's not every day that you can see the actual cause-and-effect of your
year-end contribution. At the SFBC, we promise that
support of our year-end appeal will make
a difference in improving your bike ride to work, to school, or for
recreational fun. Your support as a member in 2006 helped us win more than
half a dozen new bike lanes; produce a first-ever Bicycling Report Card;
achieve the first-ever mention of bicycling goals in a Mayor's State of the
City address; win the SF Weekly's "Best City Amenity" award for the growing
citywide Bike Network; and get recognized as "one of the most potent
political forces" by the SF Chronicle. We'll need your help even more in
2007 to build on these successes, to maximize work on new efforts like
improving the poor street surface quality, and to make sure the lawsuit
against the City does not unnecessarily slow work on the Bike Plan, which
calls for 10% of trips to be made by bikes by 2010. Please
online now to boost better biking through stronger SFBC
advocacy in 2007. And thanks to all of you who've already contributed!
It's time for Tube Times 2007!
Would you like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour in February or March? Contact email@example.com by this Friday, December 22, with all the details (date, time, meeting place, ride description, and contact info) and we'll include it in our next issue and the web Chain of Events. If you come up with the idea and details, we'll handle the publicity!
SFBC office closed next week — pick up your Winterfest items NOW
It's finally time for the office gnomes to take the lane! The SFBC office will be closed from Monday, December 25 to Monday, January 1, but we'll be back here on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.
Winterfest winners, we should have called or e-mailed all of you. Thanks to those who promptly picked up their items. We want to make sure all of you have your cycling goods in time for your holiday ride, so swing by during business hours this week or contact Frank at 431-BIKE x304 if you have odd hours.
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