SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 12, 2007
"I humbly submit that my bike and I make a better team than most relationships I've seen... Your bicycle helps you meet other people. Your bicycle always goes where you want to go. And if you buy your bicycle a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day, you get to eat them all."
Scott Martin, roadbikerider.com
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Bike Ed classes return this Thursday, and still 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, February 15, 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!
Most unfortunate news on Jennifer "Jenna" Merritt
We are extremely saddened to hear that Jennifer Merritt died yesterday afternoon as reported in the SF Chronicle today. She had been shot in the head and in the arm while riding her bicycle in Ingleside Heights in the early morning of January 31. We have heard from a friend of Jenna's and will be helping to promote a fund to offer a reward for anyone with any information on the incident. Stay tuned for more details.
Market / Octavia / Freeway — Big hearing Tuesday at the SFCTA
What is the city doing to make the infamously dangerous Market / Octavia / Freeway intersection safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, beyond gluing a handful of plastic sticks in the street? Let city leaders and staff know that you're very ready to see a serious fix for this monster on the city's main street. Come to tomorrow's SF County Transportation Authority Plans & Programs Committee meeting (Tuesday, February 15, 10am, City Hall, Room 263). The MTA will be there to present their recommendations and we'll be there to speak up for the most vigorous and thorough measures to make this miserable intersection safer for everyone.
As always it would be great if you can be there in person, but if you can't, please email / fax / phone Plans & Programs Committee chair Bevan Dufty and let him know you want some serious safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians at this dangerous intersection — right now. We thank Supervisor Dufty for his attention on this matter and for calling this hearing.
Do You Love Clear Bike Lanes?
We have a job for you! Valentine's Day is this Wednesday - this year we are blowing a kiss to the city's Parking Control Officers (PCOs) who are responsible for keeping the bike lanes clear of illegally parked cars. Our talented member-volunteers have made the sweetest valentines for the PCOs and we need your help passing them out on Wednesday morning. This is your chance to encourage and appreciate the workers who can make your ride smoother and safer. We've got three shifts, and would love to have you for one or all of them: 8:45, 9:45, and 10:45. If you can help, contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
Win at the Tour of California with the SFBC
Don't miss the start of one of the world's greatest bike races this Sunday, February 18. Rather be a part of the action than just spectate on the side lines? We need your help spreading the bike word to the attendees of the Tour of California! The SFBC's power is in our numbers, and more members mean better biking in San Francisco. Join us this Sunday from 11:00-1:30 or 1:30-4:00 when we recruit members to strengthen our membership muscle! Contact Kate if you are interested at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
Bike Everywhere Month: What's your event?
Bike to Work Day is coming on May 17 and of course you know we're going to do it up big. But is one day / one reason enough? Why not celebrate this City Full o' Bikes, for work and play and fitness and art and romance, seven days of the week, all month long? We're rolling up a thrill-filled calendar of bicycle-flavored events for the entire month of May, and we need to hear what you are going to do to light up the city with bike love — lead a ride, teach a class, give a lecture, stage a rally, sing a song, ring your bell! If you've never organized a bike-ish event, now's your chance, you don't need a fancy degree or anything, just do it! Flip your calendar to May and let Andy know what and where and when.
Planning for a Bike-Friendly SFSU
It shouldn't be hard to bike to school! As you may have read in our most recent Tube Times, San Francisco State University is currently developing a Master Plan that will guide future development for years to come. Although the draft Plan shows much improved facilities for cyclists, the draft Plan can still change, and the planning team needs to continue to hear the voice of cyclists! Please continue to show support for designated bike paths through and around campus as well as for better bike parking facilities through written and public comment on the Plan. View the draft Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Comments on the draft Master Plan must be received by February 23, 2007. Comments on the draft EIR must be received by April 2, 2007. Also, mark your calendars — public hearings on the Draft EIR will be held at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 6, 2007 in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center on the SF State campus.
Bike Love Abounds at Love on Wheels
Thanks to everyone who made Love on Wheels a blast! Last Tuesday, hundreds of bike lovers filled Cafe du Nord with good vibrations and friendly faces to get ten of our members dates in time for Valentine's Day. Check out the photos by mindfuldocumentation, and we'll have more next week. A special thanks to judy b. for pulling it all together, and thank you to our amazing volunteers and sponsors who made the lovefest possible. You are the best!
Healthy Saturdays Wins Funding
Big thanks to the Bikes Belong Coalition and the Paul David Clark Bicycling Safety Fund for awarding the SFBC a $10,000 grant for our campaign for Healthy Saturdays, another car-free day in Golden Gate Park. This funding will support our grassroots organizing and outreach to promote a six-month trial of safe, family-friendly recreational space in the heart of the City.
Wondering where this issue stands since the Mayor's veto 273 days ago? We're still waiting for the release of the report studying the impacts of 40-year-old car-free Sundays, which the Mayor's Office has been promising for months. We're told it'll be out "any day" now. Please take a minute to email the Mayor and urge him to release the report and to prove his "green" credentials by using this impartial data to make a fair decision on the Healthy Saturdays trial proposal.
Signal timing changed at Cesar Chavez and Bayshore
Thanks to walkers and bicyclists who spoke up about the dreadful situation at Cesar Chavez and Bayshore — a ped/bike signal that wouldn't change for 2 minutes while tons of auto traffic roared by. The MTA has now changed the signal so that it is usually only a 30 second wait, and the cycle comes up more frequently. We appreciate the work of Lauren Green and Maurice Growney on this. There is still much to be done in the area — trash and lighting, for example. We will keep at it. Meanwhile, if you ever get to the signal and it is broken, call 550-2736 and they will try to repair it quickly. Also, we can call the DPW at 28-CLEAN and remind them to clean up trash, broken glass, or any other yucky stuff that is on our pathway.
Cycle and Recycle: Stop your Junk Mail
We've got a great tip from SF Environment to pass along to all you cyclists: It seems like a dream come true! How about cutting WAY BACK on your junk mail? It takes 100 million trees and over 28 billion gallons of water to produce the amount of junk mail that is sent in the United States in just one year. GROSS! All those trees cut down ain't NO GOOD for our atmosphere and, of course, lots of Junk Mail equals an obscene amount of unnecessary automotive transport (and mail trucks in the bike lane...) Here's how to make your junk mail stop: Go online: www.StopJunkMail.org or call and request the FREE Stop Junk Mail Kit: 877-STOPWASTE (786-7927). It takes up to 234 minutes a year to sort through daily junk mail, whereas completing a kit takes about 2 minutes. That's 232 more minutes to spend on two wheels.
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