SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 17, 2007
"You're not suck in a traffic jam, you are the jam."
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Tip the Scale: Act now to help us raise $10,000
The SFBC has been given a golden opportunity to boost our efforts to bring
biking out of the margins and into the mainstream: A generous SFBC donor has
offered to match all
contributions we receive by Friday, August 3rd, up to $5,000, to give us a
$10,000 financial boost we need to hold the Mayor accountable for
promises to have 10% of all city trips by bike by 2010, significantly
expand the Citywide Bike Network, decrease bike collisions, and more.
In the past 4 days, 81 SFBC members have responded to this challenge with
contributions of $20, $50 and $100 to bring us to a total of $4,100 in
raised funds!! Through the
program, we are only $1,800 shy of our $10,000 goal. Your donation, big or
small will get us there. Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity
to support the bike cause without double-dipping into your wallet. The SFBC
and thousands of city riders thank you for your generosity.
Resolutions passed on Fell/Masonic and Market/Octavia
Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors passed two important pieces of legislation calling for improvements at two of the city's most dangerous intersections for bicyclists.
Thanks to Supervisor Mirkarimi for responding to the recent series of collisions at the Fell/Masonic intersection by introducing a Resolution calling for a separate bicycle and pedestrian light phase at the Panhandle Pathway crossing during which cars will not be allowed to turn left. The Fell/Masonic Resolution passed the Board unanimously last Tuesday; we're urging MTA to start planning and implementation of the improvements immediately. The Board also passed a Resolution introduced by Supervisor Dufty and cosponsored by Supervisors Daly and Mirkarimi calling for improvements at the notorious Market/Octavia intersection. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Market/Octavia Resolution at last Monday's Land Use Committee hearing. Read more about Market and Octavia here.
Outreachers Needed for a Better Masonic Corridor
The Fix Masonic group launched into July with some good old fashioned community outreach calling for bike, ped, and transit improvements along the freeway that is known as Masonic Avenue. Fix Masonic reps met with HANC (the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council) last Thursday, will be meeting with NOPNA (the North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association) this Thursday night, and will be out flyering and collecting signatures for our new Traffic Calming petition in the next three weeks. Among the many requests on petition are a lower speed limit, bike lanes, and bike/ped improvements at Fell/Masonic and Oak/Masonic. We need help distributing flyers and canvassing for petition signatures along this critical section of the bike network. Email Rachel if you can help!
Level-of-Service (LOS) update
The SF Civil Grand jury just released their current term's work, including one report that caught our eye: Can
San Francisco Keep Its Promise to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions? The
report deals with the city's failure to move meaningfully on realizing the
goals of its own
Action Plan, adopted in 2004 -- specifically the goal of reducing annual
greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by 2012. Not surprisingly,
the report finds that routine everyday bicycle use is an important part of the
answer, and recommends that the city should increase and improve its network
of bike lanes, routes and paths, as well as boosting its supply of bike
parking facilities, along with programs of encouragement and education for
cyclists and other road users.
Ride: Sex on Wheels
Which San Francisco streets are named for gold-rush era madams? What world-famous prostitutes' rights activist rode a bike to work? This whore-iffic ride, narrated by costumed, in-character docents and presented in conjunction with the Sex Worker Film Festival, will answer these questions, taking you from San Francisco's legendary Barbary Coast through current labor struggles in the sex industry. At each stop, we will meet up with colorful characters -- some back from the dead in full period costume.
Join us this Sunday from 11am-2pm. Meet at the Main Library's Fulton St. steps. Think of it as Colonial Williamsburg -- but along the Barbary Coast!
Join the SFBC Streetside Outreach Team!
Make your commute make a difference on our
Streetside Outreach Team. Two to four times monthly, the SFBC will be taking the bike word to commuters on the street. This Thursday, July 19, during the evening commute (5-7pm), we will be meeting fellow cyclists at the intersection of 17th St. and Valencia to chat about pressing bike issues and the SFBC's progress on improving bicycling conditions around the city. Help us bring bike energy into our commutes! To join us, contact Dominic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now you can bike to SFO and park long-term
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) now offers guidance on
parking. If you park long-term, namely more than 24 hours and up to 14
days, your bike must be registered with them. We haven't had a chance to
try this yet, but please
us know if you use this service.
Video: SF Bike Movers
In conjunction with Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewery has produced a series of video spots. Watch the one featuring SFBC's Program Director, Andy Thornley as he
pulls the SFBC trailer around town.
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