SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 12, 2007
"Given our weather, we could do so much more. Why can't we be as good as Amsterdam?"
BABC's Sabrina Merlo, 'No driving today' — As gas prices rise, more drivers ride the cycling trend, Contra Costa Times, June 7, 2007
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Celebrating 10 years of encouraging bicycling for transportation:
Take Action for Good Roads Today: Save Repaving $$
Is it possible for the decrepit condition of San Francisco's roads to get any worse? Unbelievably, yes! There's a proposal at City Hall to cut millions of dollars of funding for street resurfacing and pothole repair from next year's City Budget. We need YOUR help contacting the Supervisors today, Tuesday — before their Wednesday vote at the Budget Committee. Please urge them to maintain full funding for street resurfacing because it's a matter of safety for bicyclists. Support the SFBC's Good Roads Campaign by saving these funds and urging more attention to maintaining bike routes.
Take Action Today:
Forum on Good Roads this Thursday
Get in touch with your bicycle advocacy roots and learn more about the new campaign for Good Roads at a SPUR lunchtime forum this Thursday (6/14, 12:30 pm, SPUR, 312 Sutter St.). Over a hundred years ago, organized bicyclists flexed their political muscle and made properly paved roads a top imperative of public policy across the country. The SFBC says it's time to do it again. Join the SFBC's Andy Thornley, Deborah Wong of the California Automobile Association and Fred Abadi, Director of Public Works, to look at why the city's streets are in ruins and what it'll take to make them safe, smooth, and civilized for cyclists and other users. Open to the public, bring a lunch if you like, free for SPUR members and $5 for non-members.
Panhandle Pathway Crossing Guards Needed! Action at Fell/Masonic
After years of asking the City to design and implement solutions for the notorious Fell/Masonic intersection, the dangerous crossing still isn't safe. People are still getting hit as drivers speed through the left turn from Fell onto Masonic. As part of our campaign for critical improvements, we're partnering with Walk SF and resurrecting our crossing guard program during the last month of June to make sure non-motorized traffic makes it across Masonic safely.
Volunteer crossing guards will work in teams starting on Sunday, June 24 from 12-2pm, then Monday-Friday, June 25-29 from 5-7pm. We're looking for volunteers for all of these shifts: we'll buddy you up, train you, and supply the crossing guard gear. If you travel this path with any regularity, you know this danger well. This amount of threat and violence should not be allowed anywhere on our streets, much less on a major path used by thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians daily. For more information, or to volunteer for safe crossing, email Rachel.
The Fix Masonic group will also be meeting next Wednesday, June 20th. The Fell/Masonic intersection obviously plays a large role in Fix Masonic's plans for the street, but we're also working on the larger goal of building community around bike and ped improvements along the full stretch of Masonic. The group has drafted goals for an official city traffic calming petition, complete with bike lanes and pedestrian improvements. Come out on Wednesday night to give your input and get involved in our next outreach steps. Fix Masonic Meeting, Wednesday, June 20th, USF University Center, Room 419, 6:30 PM. For more information on the Fix Masonic effort, email Mark.
Been an SFBC Member Less than a Year?
New members of the SFBC are invited join us for our New Member Meeting to learn about our upcoming advocacy, education, and community programs that will make San Francisco a model cycling city, and how you can get involved. You won't want to miss this great opportunity to learn more about your friendly San Francisco bicycle advocacy organization. This is also a biweekly Volunteer Night, so please come early or stay late to meet other SFBC volunteers and participate in the magic! If you can't make New Member Meet and Greet, stay tuned for the next one, September 13, 2007. All SFBC members who joined in 2006-2007 are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE (2453) x303.
Ride Your Bike to Summer Events + Volunteer to Park Bikes
San Francisco is known for our outdoor summer events, and what better way to enjoy them but by getting there by bike! The SFBC will be Valet Bike Parking at the biggies and we could use YOUR help to provide this fabulous, unique and free service to folks. Here's what we have cookin' in the next few weeks, if you can help park bikes for a couple of hours email bikevalets.
Keep the Fell Street Bike Lane Clear: Divisadero Corridor Meeting Next Week
Divisadero Corridor neighbors and merchants will be meeting with the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development and other city agencies on Wednesday, June 20th to work on a variety of neighborhood issues including traffic and parking. At the top of the list for cyclist safety is the dangerous blocking of the Fell Street bike lane in front of the Arco gas station. Irony is not lost on any cyclist traveling westward bound, as automobiles lining up for cheaper gas routinely obstruct the bike lane, causing cyclists to swerve out into speeding traffic. Come out on Wednesday, June 20th and add the cyclist point-of-view to the discussion on traffic and safety! The Divisadero Corridor Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 20th from 7-8:30 at Mojo Bicycle Cafe, 639A Divisadero (between Hayes and Grove).
Kudos to AIDS Lifecycle and Go Greenbelt Riders
This past weekend was a grand conclusion for two super bike rides, the AIDS Lifecycle SF to LA ride and Go Greenbelt tour of the Bay Area. The SFBC staff and our membership salute the SFBC Members who helped raise a record $11 million to fight AIDS and thousands of dollars to support the work of Greenbelt Alliance to protect local open space and promote livable communities.
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