SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 29, 2007
"Everybody's pissed at the oil companies, and the refineries are probably making a killing. But if they don't make money we'll be out another refinery. Then what will we do? Ride our bicycles?"
Twin Peaks Petroleum owner Michael Gharib, Life at the Pump: Lessons learned in the retailing of gas, and what it says about our consuming habits, SF Chronicle, January 28, 2007
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Market/Octavia Rally Spurs City to Action
Thank you to the nearly 100 people who came out Friday morning to urge the City to fix the intersection of Market & Octavia, where a bicyclist was severely injured last week by a driver making an illegal right turn. Our strong demands for action at this dangerous site are finally seeing some attention from the City. The day of our rally, the City installed a temporary, electronic sign posting the "No Right Turn" message at the infamous intersection, as well as new, white, soft-hit posts separating car traffic from bicycles and pedestrians. And the Police Department added extra enforcement at the site (at least for the two hours of the rally).
But we know that's not enough - there are more significant, long-term improvements that should be made ASAP to make Market St. safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Check out www.sfbike.org for our list of suggestions, and photos, videos, and press coverage of last week's big event, which was co-sponsored by SFBC, Walk SF, Livable City, Senior Action Network, N. Mission Neighborhood Alliance, and Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association. Special thanks to Supervisors Chris Daly, Bevan Dufty, and Ross Mirkiarimi, who all came out to show their support for the cause.
Next steps: Mark your calendars for two important meetings. First, we encourage interested folks to attend this Tuesday's (1/30) meeting of the Municipal Transportation Agency Board (2pm, City Hall, room 400) to urge them to go further to improve the design of the Market/Octavia intersection. Second, Supervisor Dufty has called for a hearing on Tuesday, 2/13 at the Transportation Authority on this specific topic. For more info., contact Andy.
Update on Injured Cyclist: We send wishes for a speedy recovery to 28-year-old Margaret Timbrell, who was hit last week while biking to work. We understand that she remains in serious condition in the hospital. If you'd like to sign the SFBC's card for Margaret, stop by our office this week. And stay tuned for ways you can help us advocate that the driver who hit Margaret is held accountable by police for that crime. We expect to be organizing cyclists to attend a Police Commission hearing soon.
Get the Scoop on Bike Plan Injunction
The City's Bicycle Program staff will present their plan and timeline for how to handle the current injunction against the City's Bike Plan at this week's Board of Directors meeting of the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA): Tuesday, 1/30, at City Hall, room 400. The meeting starts at 2pm, and this will be agenda item #11.
Do you think 18-22 months is too long for the environmental review? Think the City should aim to move faster? Then speak your mind this Tuesday. We want to emphasize how important this (quick but thorough) process is to the bicycle community. Come out and share your 2¢ on an issue that will shape the future of biking for years to come. For more info., contact Andy.
Bike Love Abounds at Love on Wheels
The SFBC'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, contact email@example.com to sign up to play! (Sorry, our boy-for-boy, 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.
Healthy Saturdays organizing meeting Thursday
The Mayor's report on the effects of car-free Sundays in Golden Gate Park should be out any day, and we want to be ready. If you're interested in winning Healthy Saturdays in the Park -- that's right, we have not given up yet, far from it -- join us at an organizing meeting this Thursday, 2/1, at 5:30pm at the SFBC office.
Want Better Bike Parking — Your Help Needed Now!
This year, the SFBC is rolling forward with a new campaign for safer and more plentiful bike parking facilities in our city. Unbeknownst to many, San Francisco does actually have bike parking requirements written into the planning code (and those requirements need to be made stronger - more on that later). Current code requires city-owned or leased buildings, public and private garages, and new or renovated commercial and residential buildings to have parking for bikes. In the past, this code has been rarely enforced - one of our first steps this year is to make sure that happens. This is where you come in. We're looking for volunteers to go out and survey sites for bike parking facilities: Can you dedicate at least 3 hours in the next few weeks to talking a ride out in our fair city and finding what needs to be fixed? We'll give you a quick training and a list of locations to survey. To help fill this critical gap in the bike network, contact Rachel.
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!
Two Volunteer Nights in Two Weeks!
Usually Volunteer Nights are every other week, but here at the SFBC in the season of bike love, we have lots to do! Mark your calendar for both this Wednesday, January 31, 5-8pm, for our traditional semi-monthly Tube Times Folding Party , and next week, February 7, 5-8pm, for an extra special bike-love Volunteer Night. See the Chain of Events below for more information. If you have any questions, contact Kate or just come.
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