SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 22, 2007
"The bicycle has been responsible for more movement in manners and morals than anything since Charles II. Under its influence, wholly or in part, have wilted chaperones, long and narrow skirts, tight corsets, hair that would come down, black stockings, thick ankles, large hats, prudery and fear of the dark; under its influence, wholly or in part, have blossomed weekends, strong nerves, strong legs, strong language, knickers, knowledge of make and shape, knowledge of woods and pastures, equality of sex, good digestion and professional occupation — in four words, the emancipation of women."
John Galsworthy (1867-1933), winner of Nobel Prize for literature in 1932.
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Will City Respond after Cyclist Critically Injured at Market/Octavia/Freeway monster?!
Monday morning a female cyclist was seriously injured in the mouth of the Central Freeway on Market Street at Octavia by a truck making an illegal right-hand turn onto the freeway (SFGate, NBC11). She's presently hospitalized and in critical condition; our hearts and thoughts are with her. This is the latest in what has become an all-too-frequent series of bicyclist knock-downs in this famously dangerous intersection, and we're absolutely fed up with the City's tolerance for a known dangerous condition on San Francisco's premiere bicycling, pedestrian, and transit street.
Join us this Friday at a public demonstration to demand that the City address this dangerous condition. The SFBC will be joined by our allies — Walk SF & Livable City, as well as neighborhood groups — to demand that the City stop dragging its feet while bicyclists and pedestrians are injured at this known-danger point. Demonstration: This Friday, 1/26, 8-9a.m., at the Market/Octavia/freeway intersection.
Other ways you can help get the city moving on this issue:
Wednesday evening: Central Freeway Ancillary Projects community meeting, 6:30 pm, San Francisco Baha'i Center, 170 Valencia Street (at Duboce): Come and tell the MTA and SF County Transportation Authority that the most important "public right-of-way improvement" for the Central Freeway Replacement project is to tame the freeway crossing at Market. Nothing else matters if the freeway's intersection with Market is lethally dangerous. We need enforcement, with police and cameras, and we need better markings to declare "people space" across the intersection, starting with colored pavement for bike lanes (as specified by the Board of Supervisors in August 2004).
Thursday evening: SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, 6:30 pm, City Hall, Room 408: Come and tell City department representatives -- and hopefully the SF Police Department -- that we want action at this intersection! (See the meeting agenda.)
Any time: Send a fax or email to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors demanding immediate attention to the known dangers of the Market/Octavia intersection. See our Leaders page for contact information.
Of course, regardless of whether the eastbound right turn onto the freeway is permitted, it is always illegal to turn into the path of a bicycle and cause a collision, or run it over outright. Heedless, dangerous motorist turns result in bicycle and pedestrian injuries and fatalities at intersections throughout the city. It's time for the City to get serious about making intersections safer for bikes and peds, starting with Market/Octavia — today.
You're Invited: SFBC Member Meeting Tuesday
Whether you're a brand new SFBC member or someone who's been with us for years, we'd love to see you and hear your priorities at this Member Meeting. This is a great chance to hear the SFBC's top priorities for 2007. To sign up for an existing advocacy campaign...or to start a new one. And, of course, a great chance to meet other bicycle activists. Join us to meet, greet, and activate! We promise lively conversation and big plans for a better biking future. It's happening this Tuesday, January 23rd from 6pm-7:30pm at the SFBC office at 995 Market St., Ste. 1550, at the southeast corner of 6th St. Bikes are welcome inside!
Bike Love Abounds at Love on Wheels
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's most notorious party — Love on Wheels — is fast approaching. Voted as the SF Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay in 2006, Love On Wheels brings the original '70's-style Dating Game to life with cyclists, DJs, door prizes, and tons of fun! Come for the show, stay for the dance party with DJs Paul Paul (Soul Night), Pickpocket (DONUTS), and Jamie Jams (Club Neon). Free for SFBC Members, $10 for non-members (or join the SFBC at the door and get in FREE). 21+. Free Valet Bike Parking.
We are still seeking contestants for Love on Wheels. If you spin girl-for-girl or boy-for-boy, contact email@example.com to sign up to play! (Sorry, our girl-for-boy and boy-for-girl categories are already full.) Thanks to everyone who already signed up! And of course, nothing the SFBC does would be possible without the love and support (and hard work!) of our volunteers. Check out how you can help at Love on Wheels.
Phone bank with the SFBC!
Got great phone skills? The SFBC is looking for volunteer phone bankers on Wednesday, January 24th from 5-8pm at the SFBC office. We all know that phone banking isn't the #1 thing on your social calendar, but it is actually a lot of fun. No cold calling, just simple reminders to friendly lapsed SFBC members that their membership is expired. Come share in the fun. The more the merrier! We supply dinner and good company. Contact Cynthia if you're interested.
Volunteer at the Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California — the world's top professional teams will compete over an eight-day, approximately 650-mile race — hits SF by storm! Kick off the tour race-side with the SFBC, Sunday, February 18 at Justin Herman Plaza. The SFBC will have a table (along with hosting valet bike parking) at the race expo where we get the chance to engage race attendees and let folks know SF is a great every-day biking city. Tabling shifts are available from 12pm-4pm. Contact Kate if you are interested in helping out!
Member Finds Your Way
SFBC member Amar Pai has made a cool SF bicycle route planner. Amar can serve up a variety of routes for your commute such as the most bike-friendly or the shortest path. Let him know if you have comments, suggestions or bug reports.
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