June 26, 2007
"Even if freedom is an illusion the physical sensation of riding does a pretty good job of making it seem attainable for a moment."
Bicycles in NYC, David Byrne Journal, June 18, 2007
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Ridden the SF Bay Trail lately?
Action and Press Conference at Fell/Masonic Intersection Today!
Responding to a recent series of collisions on the Panhandle Path at the Fell/Masonic Intersection, the SFBC is partnering with Walk SF to resurrect our Volunteer Crossing Guard Program during this last week of June. Volunteer Crossing Guards will be out every evening this week during evening commute hours to help pedestrians and bicyclists make it across this notorious intersection safely. We know of at least three collisions at the intersection in the last two months. This amount of violence should not be allowed anywhere on our streets, much less on a path traveled by thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians daily.
Have you been part of a collision or near miss at the Fell/Masonic intersection? Seen one too many happen? Please come out for an action and press conference at Fell/Masonic today, Tuesday, June 26th at 12noon to highlight the dangers of the intersection. Volunteer Crossing Guards, advocates, and concerned neighbors will be out to demand that the city make the crossing safer now. We're requesting immediate improvements including a separate light crossing phase for pedestrians and bicyclists during which cars would not be allowed to turn left through the pathway. Please take a long lunch, and come out to urge the city to take the necessary steps before more tragic collisions happen. If you can't come, please email your Supervisor to request safety improvements now.
Public Scoping Meeting for the Bike Plan EIR tonight
To repeat last week's notice: 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. This evening (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.
Swobo kicks 1% back to the SFBC
Until July 1st, Swobo, a local bike apparel and bike manufacturing company, will be putting their money where their mouth is, and contributing 1% of their gross revenue from their online purchases to environmental concerns. The SFBC has been placed on Swobo's A-list for an environmental group doing it right. Yeah! The SFBC invites you to check out Swobo and their story. If you feel compelled to buy something, use the code 74109 when checking out to contribute to the SFBC. Thanks!
This is just another easy way to support SFBC's work in creating a great biking city. For other everyday ideas of what you can do to give us a boost, check out our support page.
The SFBC Wants YOU for Volunteer Night
Volunteer at volunteer night this Wednesday! This SFBC tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember, and newcomers are always welcome. Stop on by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow cyclists, and help us keep our organization rolling. Dinner is on the house. Bring a friend — the more the merrier! Questions? Email Kate or just show up.
Tour de Fat is Coming July 21!
Grab your calendar and save July 21 for Tour de Fat, a ballyhoo of bikes and beer. Tour de Fat is a volunteer-run event, and we need your help! Sign up now for this volunteer favorite and get first dibs on shifts. Volunteers should be 21+. Volunteers who pour beer or check IDs are required to attend a certification training 6-9pm on July 19. Email Kate. (Photo from Tour de Fat 2006 by Mark Johnson.)
Mayor's Forum on Transportation this Saturday
This Saturday the Mayor is holding another community forum, and the theme
will be transportation in San Francisco. We can't say whether you'll get a
chance to put a sharp question straight to the Mayor, or whether the
dialogue will be heavily managed and filtered, but this might be a good
chance to ask Mayor Newsom about prioritizing pavement repairs on the City's
bike routes (one of our
Campaign goals), or directing traffic enforcement priorities for real
pedestrian and bike safety (crack down on dangerous drivers and leave
stop-sign-drifting cyclists alone), or serious strategies for reducing
auto trips and realizing
Climate Action Plan (hint:
Detour for the All-Star Game
The All-Star Game is coming to town on July 10, and there will be a few baseball-related bike lane and bike route closures in the vicinity of Giants Stadium. Most notably, the Howard St. bike lane will be closed for about a half a block, between 4th Street and the west end of the Moscone West driveway, from July 2 through July 11. Likewise, parts of Townsend, Embarcadero, Third St, and Second St will be closed during the week of the big game. For details and the latest news, see the MTA's Bicycle Updates page. And of course, if you're lucky enough to be holding tickets for the game itself, remember that the SFBC will be offering our usual ultra-convenient Valet Bike Parking service on the McCovey Cove side of Giants Stadium (below the right field Concourse seats).
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