SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 20, 2007
"The bicycle was the first machine to redefine successfully the notion of what is feminine. The bicycle came to symbolize something very precious to women: Their independence."
Sally Fox, Art Historian, Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute
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Volunteer to Improve SF for Cyclists
Want to make biking better in San Francisco? Flex your membership muscle as a volunteer! We need your help representing the SFBC at great events. Give just two hours of your time while having fun and meeting other great cyclists while making your ride better! If you can help at any (or all!) of these awesome events, contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303:
Mark your calendars: 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, pedestrians and neighbors know that Masonic moves too fast and with too much road rage. We need you all to make sure that it gets fixed. The Fix Masonic group will bring together cyclists, pedestrians, students, and neighbors towards the goal of a safer calmer Masonic for all. We'll be meeting on Monday, April 2nd at 6:30 pm at Central Coffee, Hayes and Central. To learn more about the Fix Masonic effort, please visit fixmasonic.org. To RSVP or learn more about the meeting, email Mark.
Host a Workshop at the Spring Back to Bikes Festival
The Presidio Community YMCA's youth bike program is seeking creative and engaging bike workshops to be presented at the Spring Back to Bikes Festival, Sunday, April 29th in Golden Gate Park's Peacock Meadow, 12-4pm. From bike advocacy to touring to safe riding to art or mechanics, share your knowledge with youth at this festival! Workshops can range from 1/2 hour to 2 hours in length and should be able to be held in an outdoor setting. Workshops that are accessible to a variety of folks in terms of age, language, and bike experience are especially encouraged! There is a stipend of $50/hr for workshop presentation time and lots of fun at the festival. You will be presenting workshops as other festival activities (such as bike safety education games, bike fixing, music) happen around the meadow space. For more information or questions please call 415-850-0525.
In 2006, over 200 awesome volunteers came out to support Bike to Work Day, making it a roaring success. According to counts taken at Market and Van Ness on Bike to Work Day morning last year, bicycles made up 45% of traffic (bikes, cars and taxicabs)! This year we need your help to make Bike to Work Day another blow-out success. Mark May 17, 2007 Bike to Work Day on your calendar now and stay tuned for all your Bike to Work Day updates at sfbike.org/btwd!
We are excited to add the S.F. Young Democrats to the growing list of supporters for Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park. And check out the supportive articles in the weeklies about the proposal to extend car-free space on Saturdays on a trial basis, including a Bay Guardian opinion piece written by the SFBC, Sierra Club & League of Conservation Voters; a Bay Guardian editorial; and an SF Weekly column.
What we need most now are your calls to the Mayor's office in support of the Healthy Saturdays trial. Reach the Mayor this week at 554-7111 (phone), 554-6160 (fax), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more background info., see GoldenGatePark.org.
Web-wise San Franciscans know that local news sites and blogs bring a fresh take on the city scene and last week was no exception. SFist's Jim Herd offered some imaginative thinking on how to make the infamous Market / Octavia / Freeway intersection work more safely for cyclists; be sure to check out his suggestions (we understand that the city's traffic engineers are working on designs for a low concrete barrier island, but the critical camera enforcement element has been left behind for now). And over at BeyondChron, the SFBC's own Andy Thornley raised the perennial question, When is San Francisco going to join so much of the civilized world in using colored pavement for bike lanes? For a town led by a "green" mayor fond of international "best practices", we're pretty timid when it comes to a simple, proven right-of-way marking for bicycle traffic. Colored bike lanes across the Market / Octavia intersection were a safety feature called for by the Board of Supervisors in the summer of 2004 — it's time to get serious about True Green Streets in SF (see our Octavia Boulevard page for more visions of green-hued bike lanes).
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