March 27, 2007
"It's outdoors, you're amongst nature. You're not out on a road with a bunch of cars."
Bob Tyler of San Carlos, No cars allowed: Bicycle Sunday, SF Chronicle, March 22, 2007
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Make it a BikeSummer!
Healthy Saturdays Hearing April 9th: Supporters Needed
Mark your calendars for a long lunch break on Monday, April 9th, when the Board of Supervisors' Land Use committee (1pm at City Hall) will hear public testimony and decide on the proposal for a six-month trial of car-free space in Golden Gate Park, just like the popular Sunday program. Before the hearing, please keep your letters of support coming, especially to Mayor Newsom and Supervisors Dufty, Peskin, and Maxwell (contact info. at sfbike.org/leaders). Also, Letters to the Editor are needed in response to the Chronicle's head-in-the-sand editorial last week and to the Examiner's more honest and fair article.
Fix Masonic Meeting next Monday, April 2nd
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. Our new Fix Masonic group will bring together cyclists, pedestrians, students, and neighbors towards the goal of a safer calmer Masonic for all. Come to the meeting to talk about creative and proven strategies for traffic calming (street art and performance, anyone?) as well as current conditions, outreach, and possible physical design changes. 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 SFBC member Mark Christiansen.
Volunteer to Improve SF for Cyclists
Want to make biking better in San Francisco? Flex your membership muscle as a volunteer! The SFBC is seeking your help to represent the SFBC at an SFBC-staffed table at these local events. We ask for only two hours of your time to talk to others about the SFBC with a chance to meet other great cyclists. If you can help at any of these outreach events, contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
The SFBC Needs You on Bike to Work Day
In 2006, over 150 amazing volunteers made Bike to Work Day a roaring success. Here is your chance to get in on the Bike to Work Day fun in 2007! The SFBC is seeking volunteers for our 20+ Energizer Stations in the morning and evening. Volunteer on your commute route, meet fellow riders, and dispense treats and cycling advice at our neighborhood Energizer Stations. Bike to Work Day is one of the grandest and most fun bike events of the year! But, we need YOU to make it happen. Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
Secure bike parking at SF Library Main Branch
Bike Parking Tip! The SF Public Library's Main Branch may be home to the most elegant on-street bike racks in the city, but for theft reasons, we know that many cyclists are wisely wary of them. (Lock EVERYTHING!) An SFBC member has tipped us off to a little known alternative: the Main Branch has an indoor bike room that is seriously underutilized. To take advantage of this service, you'll need to visit the security office, deposit $20, and fill out the necessary paper work. You'll receive a key card that will allow you access to the room. The room is under video surveillance and provides 12 to 15 parking spaces on ribbon racks. (Still, don't forget to lock up with your U-locks and cables.)
Bicycle Advisory Committee Seeks New Reps
The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) needs you! The San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Board of Supervisors' citizen advisory committee for bicycling matters in SF, currently has a vacancy for three seats: Districts 3, 4, and 9. We need strong advocates for better biking in San Francisco to fill these positions! If you're a resident of one of these Districts and are familiar and care about bicycling issues and conditions in the city, please consider applying for membership on this important policy body.
The BAC does require a time commitment: in addition to meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month, some additional meetings and research are part of the job. For more information and background on the BAC, see www.sfgov.org/bac. If you are interested and have further questions, email us.
March with CC Puede in the Cesar Chavez Day Parade
CC Puede, the community campaign to civilize Cesar Chavez Street for all its users, will be marching in this Saturday's (3/31) Cesar Chavez Day Parade, and we'd love to have you join us. The parade starts at noon at 24th and Potrero, and the CC Puede contingent, including SFBC members, will be gathering at 11:00 for a little nibble and a bit of pre-parade camaraderie. If you'd like to join the CC Puede crew for Saturday's parade, contact Fran Taylor and be sure to see the CC Puede website for more information on the campaign to make Cesar Chavez Street worthy of its namesake.
Tube Times in your Inbox?
Want to start receiving the Tube Times via email instead of by snail mail? Several of our members have been clamoring for this way to save trees. If you don't want your hard copy, jump on that "reduce" in reduce, reuse, and recycle, and sign up to go electronic at sfbike.org/service_info.
Complete Streets and the SF Streetscape Master Plan — Learn more
The Complete Streets movement continues to grow, aiming by policy and practice to make streets work not just for cars but for everyone: pedestrians, bicyclists, mobility-impaired folks and transit riders. Last year San Francisco officially adopted policies for both "Complete Streets" and "Better Streets", and now the Streetscape Master Plan project will attempt to knit these fine policies into a coherent set of standards and projects to improve and "complete" the public realm for all. You can learn more about the Streetscape Master Plan project at a kick-off event Thursday, April 5, 5:15 pm - 8:00 pm, in the City Hall North Light Court. All are invited.
You can also get a first-hand account of where the city is going with "Better Streets" and "Green Streets" at a reception for Dan Sider, Director of City Greening in the Mayor's Office, on Wednesday, April 11, from 6-8 pm, hosted by Livable City at the Livable City/SFBC offices, 995 Market Street (at 6th). Free to Livable City, SFBC, and Walk SF members; suggested donation of $5-20 for non-members. Come by and meet Dan, and join an informal conversation about how we can make our streets and public spaces greener and more livable.
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