SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 30, 2007
"I want my 30-mile ride. I need it to keep my head straight. It's my own psychologist — cycle-ologist we call it. When you're fit, you can deal with things better."
Jim Hoyt in Roll with it: 5 reasons to ride your bike, Dallas Morning News, May 29, 2007
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Feel a little soreness in your back?
SFPD targeting bicyclists in the Wiggle and Market St?
We're getting reports of stepped-up enforcement by the SF Police Department against bicyclists in the Wiggle and mid-Market Street, and not just for red-handed lawlessness, but trivial moving violations cited simply to spite cyclists. Of course we expect the police to enforce the law and maintain public safety on the streets — we recognize that bicyclists are not apart from the law — but we're very concerned about potentially arbitrary and disproportionate enforcement targeting bicyclists. In a city where every day cyclists and pedestrians are assaulted and injured by motorists running red lights, making heedless lane changes and turns, and other illegal dangerous behaviors, it's hard to justify enforcement energies and penalties directed at cyclists who fail to come to a full stop at an empty intersection.
We'll continue working with the SFPD to educate all road users on better behavior and focus enforcement on intersections and behaviors most prone to crashes (as well as educating the police themselves — a long-awaited SFPD training video on bicyclist's rights is due any day now). Enforcement priorities based on cranky neighbors watching cyclists roll through stop signs seems like bad public safety policy to us, and we call on the SFPD to be focused and proportionate in its enforcement efforts and help us maintain a meaningful legitimacy to the rules of the road. Meanwhile, keep your ride particularly clean and look both ways and let Andy know if you've been ticketed arbitrarily. (Photo of Wiggle sign by Dennis Lee.)
Historic First Healthy Saturdays Celebrated
Cool temperatures did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of Park lovers celebrating the first-ever Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park over the weekend. Last Saturday was an historic first, as skaters, bicyclists, families, and people from throughout the City filled a foggy yet gloriously car-free section of the Park. We were joined by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, who has been our #1 steadfast champion of safe, recreational space for years. Check out the fun photos here by Mark Johnson. So let's get the word out about Healthy Saturdays and make sure that people know they can enjoy a key section map of the Park — car-free — every Saturday thru September. Can you help? We've got cool, new posters announcing Healthy Saturdays in the SFBC office. Please stop by to pick some up to post at your local shops!
Fix Masonic Meeting this Thursday
Want a safer, calmer, more civilized Masonic Ave? One you feel safe and comfortable bicycling on? One with less speeding and road rage? One where you and your kids can safely cross the street? Come out to the Fix Masonic meeting and work with your neighbors to make Masonic saner. We're developing a traffic calming petition to take to the neighborhood and the city; your input and outreach energy are needed! The meeting details: Thursday, May 31, 6:30 pm; Safety Network Office, 425 Divisadero Ste #201. For more information on the Fix Masonic effort, visit www.fixmasonic.org If you can't come but would like to get involved, email Mark.
Bike Lanes on the Southside! Balboa Park Community Meeting
The Balboa Park Station Area Plan is finally moving towards completion. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be published in early June and will be before the Planning Commission for public comment early this summer. Come out on Monday, June 4th for an overview of the plan and the draft EIR. It's also time to speak to the importance of bike lanes and safe bike accommodations on Ocean Ave, Phelan Ave, and San Jose. Not only are these routes critical for cycling residents, they also serve the students of City College and San Francisco State University. Currently these routes make almost no accommodations for cyclists, your voice and support is crucial in this public venue! The Community-wide meeting will be held at Lick Wilmerding High School, Conference Room A, 755 Ocean Ave. If you can't come, but would like to get involved in advocating for better bicycling on the southside, email Rachel. You can view the complete Balboa Park Station Area Plan here.
Is your bike lane missing paint?
Got half a sharrow on your bike route? As our city roads deteriorate, (and the very occasional pothole is patched), we're sure you've noticed sharrows being covered up or faded disappearing paint. Report it here on our Fix It page, and we'll pass it on to the City for safe and dignified cycling's sake! (You can report other bike network problems, like missing signs, pavement hazards, here as well).
Another effective way to get the City's attention toward on-the-street bike problems is to report them to Chronicle Watch. See yesterday's item from SFBC member Emily Tilles who is complaining (oh-so-appropriately) about the horrid conditions of the Valencia St. bike lane pavement. The next time you see a problem the City should fix, email it into Chronicle Watch. You may be surprised how much it helps to get things fixed.
SFBC is Seeking Development Interns
Do you love planning events & playing detective? Looking to switch careers? Or want to boost your resume with impressive skills? The SFBC is seeking two (2) Development Interns to assist the Development Director in planning our end of the year member party and fundraiser, plus help securing creative funding for our organization. Come work in a fun office working for a great cause with some fun folks while gaining and honing your skills. Interested candidates please contact Jodie, Development Director with questions. Pass it on!
Bike to Work EVERY Day!
Join us this Thursday, May 31, or just stop by the Duboce Bikeway Energizer Station at Market St during the evening commute (5-7pm) as we celebrate biking to work everyday. We will be hosting an Energizer Station just like Bike to Work Day to cheer you on and fuel you up during your commute. If you would like to volunteer, contact Kate.
Awesome SFBC Volunteer Opportunities Working with Youth
Love working with youngsters? The SFBC has great opportunities working with youth over the next two weekends. This Saturday, June 2, join us as a helmet fitter at the Richmond Bike Fest. Next Saturday, June 9, join us for the Juneteenth Youth Triathlon in the Western Addition, or, also June 9, Shape Up On Wheels at Crocker Park at Geneva and Moscow St. Contact Kate if you are interested in volunteering for any of these events.
Bike Kitchen's On the Road Bike Repair Class
Just started riding? Planning on taking that cross-country trip this summer? In this two week class (6/3 & 6/10), we'll teach you basic and necessary repairs that will keep you on the road if something goes wrong in the field — all using a small multitool that you can bring with you. We'll cover fixing flats, adjusting brakes and gears, fixing chains, preventative maintenance, and more! Space is limited! Sign up or see info on future Bike Kitchen classes.
Wanted: Bike Mechanics and Sales
Sports Basement is hiring part-time and full-time positions for bike sales and bike mechanics.
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