SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 19, 2007
"Here's a sequence of pictures showing various pink, marked bike lane intersections, plus a couple of shots from our window on Brunnenstrasse. Since they're once again re-designing Valencia Street I am really frustrated that they're not taking the opportunity to implement some version of these kinds of bike lanes. We are long overdue for this in San Francisco, and if we had such side paths, I am sure bicycling would triple in six months! Dammit!"
Sachsenhausen and bikelanes, Chris Carlsson's Attitude Adjustor, June 12, 2007
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Panhandle Crossing Guard Program: Action at Fell/Masonic!
After literally years of asking the City to design and implement solutions, the dangerous crossing at the Fell and Masonic intersection still isn't safe. People are still getting hit regularly as drivers speed through the wide left turn from Fell onto Masonic. As part of our campaign for critical improvements, we're partnering with Walk SF and revitalizing 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 on Monday-Friday, June 25-29 from 5-7pm. We're still looking for volunteers for many 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 to be a crossing guard, email Rachel.
Crossing Guards will also be out next Tuesday from 12noon-1pm for a press conference to highlight the dangers of the intersection and put pressure on the city to make it safer. We're requesting immediate improvements including a separate light phase for pedestrians and bicyclists. Please take a long lunch and come out to demand that the city take the necessary steps to make this intersection safe before more tragic accidents happen. Press Conference: Tuesday, June 26, Fell/Masonic Intersection, 12 noon. If you can attend, please email Rachel.
SFPD Community Forum on Bike Traffic Enforcement Tonight
The police crackdown on bicycle traffic violations has abated for now, but questions still hang unresolved: Why are the cops ticketing stop-sign running bikes when red-light running cars and trucks seem to run rampant, and injure and kill far more often? And: Why do some bicyclists feel they can ride the city's streets in a selfish and dangerous fashion, bullying pedestrians and other cyclists and terrifying law-abiding drivers? You can pipe up and sound off tonight when the SFPD Park Station holds a Community Forum on the topic of bicycle traffic safety and enforcement (Tuesday, 6/19, 6:00 pm, Park Branch library on Page Street, near Cole). We'll be there, of course, and hope that you'll join the conversation with your own stories and suggestions on how to balance real safety concerns with the letter of the law. Meanwhile, ride predictably, take your turn, and show the other guy/gal some respect on the road.
Fix Masonic Meeting this Wednesday
The Fix Masonic group will also be meeting this 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 support for 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. Invite your friends, invite your neighbors! Fix Masonic Meeting, Wednesday, June 20th, USF University Center, Room 419, 6:30 PM. For more information on the Fix Masonic effort, email Mark.
Keep the Fell Bike Lane Clear: Divisadero Corridor Meeting this 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. At this meeting, neighbors and Divisadero users will break out into smaller groups to focus on the issues that concern them most. 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).
Bike Plan EIR rolling ahead — Public scoping meeting next Tuesday
The environmental review of the San Francisco Bike Plan is moving forward. The city's Planning Department has issued a Notice of Preparation for the Bike Plan Project's Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and an official call for public input on the scoping of the EIR. Next Tuesday (6/26, 6:00 pm, 101 Grove Street, 3rd floor auditorium) a public scoping meeting will be held where you can let Planning know what questions and issues should be covered in the Bike Plan EIR. (You can also submit written comments to Planning before July 6, 2007 — see the NOP for details.) Valet bike parking will be provided, so ride over and let Planning know what you'd like to see analyzed in the Bike Plan EIR.
Help Spread the Bike Word to your Cycling Team or Rec Riding Group
Are you an SFBC Member AND on a Cycling Team or part of a Rec Riding group? We are working to strengthen our link to Bay Area Cycling Teams and Rec Riding groups and want to know who you racers and rec riders are! Kindly drop a line to Kate and tell us which teams and groups you call your own.
Deck Out the Kids in New SFBC Gear
By popular demand, the SFBC now has kids' shirts and baby onesies in our online store! The front features the SFBC, and the back says, "One More Bike" in the style of our classic "One Less Car" shirts. Get your shortie one now! sfbike.org/store_kids
It's time for Tube Times!
Believe it or not, it's time to plan for our August/September issue of the Tube Times. Would you like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour in August or September? Contact us by Wednesday, June 27, with all the details (date, time, meeting place, ride description, and contact info) and we'll include it in our next issue and the web Chain of Events. If you come up with the idea and details, we'll handle the publicity! Also, Letters to the Editor are always welcome, but this week is better than ever.
Show your Byke Pride with the SFBC and Beyond
The SFBC relies on our members to spread the word about the benefits of being an SFBC member at community events. If you can share your experience and excitement about being an SFBC member, we'd love your help. Contact Kate if you can help at any of these events. Thanks in advance for volunteering early and often!
Mojo Bicycle Cafe: Newest SFBC Discount Partner
What goes better than bikes and coffee? Check out the newest bike shop (and yummy cafe) that's hit NoPa the Mojo Bicycle Cafe (Divisadero @ Hayes). Go on in and flash your current SFBC membership card for 10% off parts and accessories in their bike shop. They feature brands like Kona and Swobo, just to name a few.
Bike Ed builds better bicyclists — and it's 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, June 21, we'll be in the Richmond District 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!
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