February 5, 2007
"I wish to Christ we had bicycles," Bonello said.
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
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Is your car getting you down?
Bike Love Abounds at Love on Wheels
The SFBC's most notorious party — Love on Wheels — is Tuesday, February 6! 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 from our awesome sponsors, 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). Door at 6pm, show at 7pm. Free for SFBC Members, $10 for non-members (or join the SFBC at the door and get in FREE). 21+. Free Valet Bike Parking.
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!
Keep pushing for a safer Market / Octavia / freeway
The infamous Market / Octavia / freeway intersection got a little bit safer following the big demonstration two Fridays ago. City workers installed a string of "soft hit" posts to make the no-right-turn line stronger and put up a temporary sign instructing eastbound Market Street motorists to wait for Gough Street for freeway access. We understand that city staff are busy considering other improvements for the intersection, including colored bike lane pavement, a raised crosswalk/bikeway, and enhanced enforcement effort (perhaps employing camera control as already used for red light enforcement around town); we look forward to a more substantial official response soon.
Meanwhile, we're keeping the pressure on the city to fix this perilous intersection. Here are some great things you can do to help:
For more information on anything having to do with Market / Octavia / freeway, please contact Andy.
Market & Octavia plan at the Planning Commission on Thursday
As we wrestle with the freeway on-ramp monster on Market Street at Octavia, it's important to note that the Better Neighborhoods master plan for the Market & Octavia district is finally coming to an important decision point, moving towards adoption by the Planning Commission. The last public hearing will be on Thursday (2/8/07, 7:00 pm, City Hall, Room 400), and this may be your last chance to speak in favor of the plan. The commission will likely vote on the plan the following Thursday, February 15, but may take no more public testimony (of course, showing up on the 15th to support the plan is important, too).
The Market & Octavia Plan will be San Francisco's first 21st-century plan for a more livable, sustainable urban neighborhood oriented to walking, bicycling, and public transit. If you live in or near the Market & Octavia neighborhood you really should try to come out and speak up for this important master plan, and ask the Planning Commission to adopt the environmental findings necessary to enact all of the pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic calming improvements from the 2002 draft plan. For more information, see the Livable City website.
Golden Gate Park cut-through traffic at Board of Supes Thursday
The Golden Gate Park Music Concourse project was supposed to bring us a serene "pedestrian oasis" in the City's premier park, but over the years the de Young and other powerful interests have defied the promise of Prop. J at each turn and won every decision on cars vs. people, and the eastern end of the Park is as plagued by cars as ever. Last August the Board of Supervisors approved a circulation plan for the Concourse that pretended to close the Concourse to cut-through traffic, hoping that some paint and signs would keep out cheaters, but a year later the skeptics' fears have come true and cut-through traffic is rampant.
On Thursday (2/8/07, 2:00 pm, City Hall, Room 263) the Board of Supervisors' City Operations and Neighborhoods Services Committee (CONS) will hear a report on the status of the Concourse circulation plan and consider adjustments and improvements to that plan. If you care for the park and want to see the promise of a pedestrian oasis kept, please come down and speak up for a real solution to stop cut-through traffic. If you can't make it in person, please contact CONS committee members (McGoldrick, Alioto-Pier, and Jew; see our website's Leaders page for contact info). Drop Andy a line for more info.
Special Volunteer Night Valentine Card Workshop
Join us on for Volunteer Night this week, and have the opportunity to learn new tips and tricks for Valentine card making! We will be making Valentines for Parking Control Officers who keep our bike lanes clear of illegally parked cars. Paper Arts guru and SFBC Member, Francois Paultre from Paper Source, will be hosting a Valentine's Card Making Workshop amid our regular Volunteer Night Activities this Wednesday, February 7 at SFBC HQ (995 Market St, 15th floor) from 5-8pm. If you have questions contact Kate, or just come!
Join the SFBC Streetside Outreach Team
Make your commute make a difference on our SFBC Streetside Outreach Team. Two to four times monthly, the SFBC will be taking the bike word to commuters on the street. This Friday, February 9 during the morning commute and February 13 in the evening, gain support for necessary changes at the Octavia and Market Street intersection and capture the energy and spirit of our recent protest there. Meet cyclists, chat about pressing bike issues and tell riders about SFBC's progress on improving bicycling conditions at the intersection. Help us bring bike energy into our commutes! Interested in taking part on February 9 or February 13 in the evening? Contact Kate.
Can't come then but want to do some Streetside Outreach? Have no fear, Streetside Outreach is a regular event, and we NEED your help! Check out other upcoming dates here. For more info, or to put yourself on the Street Side Outreach list for upcoming outreach, contact Kate at 415-431-BIKE x 303.
Marketing Help Needed for GGPark Efforts
The SFBC is looking for a volunteer with marketing experience to help on a campaign to make Golden Gate Park more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. This is a great opportunity to work with a coalition of progressive SF groups. We can use your marketing skills short-term or long-term, whatever works for you. If interested, contact Ed Pike at (415) 469-7129.
Bike Ed classes build better bicyclists (and they're free!)
No matter what your age or experience level you're certain to come away a better, safer cyclist after you've taken one of our Bike Ed classes, taught by a crack team of League Certified Instructors. This Thursday (2/15/07) we're offering the four hour Day One in-classroom course, which teaches the basics of safe and enjoyable cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. The class is open to adults 14 and over; bicycle not required. Every Bike Ed class is free, but you must register — sign up right now online!
GG Bridge paint job — Mind the work area
If you ride over the Golden Gate Bridge during weekdays (and therefore find yourself pedaling on the east side of the bridge) you'll discover that crews have started painting work and have portions of the railing area blocked off with movable barriers. It doesn't look like it's going to be a big obstacle, but you might want to check out the GG Bridge District's website information page on the project just to be fully apprised.
Andy gives a Rolling Report on TV
We hope you have heard Program Director Andy Thornley speak passionately about the bike network, but here's a new wrinkle. Carla Laser of the San Francisco Bicycle Ballet interviewed Andy for the Newsroom program of the city's public access TV station. Andy then gives a report on the bike plan while actually riding his bike and demonstrating why more bike lanes are needed. Catch him in full glory at the following times on broadcast channel 29 or Comcast cable channel 18 (or watch a low-res version online, 5.7 MB):
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