July 24, 2007
"The tendency of a bigger house to cause more clutter is pretty well understood. Now if only traffic engineers understood that adding more lanes just causes worse traffic. It's like contending with obesity by purchasing a longer belt."
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Q: How do you give the SFBC double the love without double-dipping your wallet?
Volunteers Needed for Bike/Ped Improvements on Masonic
So, why DO bicyclists ride on the sidewalk on Masonic? Maybe it's the speeding?
(We hear that the Masonic/Turk intersection is rated number 3 in the city for
red-light running.) Maybe it's the crazy changes in the number of lanes -- from
four lanes to six, to seven, then back to six, or is it four??? Maybe it's the
lack of any significant bike accomodations on the single direct route through
that part of town?
One thing's for sure,
needs to be fixed: for residents, pedestrians, students, bikes and even the
drivers who hate the speeding and road rage.
The Fix Masonic group launched into July with some good old fashioned community outreach calling for traffic calming improvements along Masonic Ave. Fix Masonic reps will be flyering and collecting signatures for our new Traffic Calming petition in the next couple of weeks. Among the many requests on the petition are a lower speed limit, bike lanes, and bike/ped improvements at Fell/Masonic and Oak/Masonic. We need your help distributing flyers and canvassing for signatures along this critical section of the Bike Network. Your involvement will make it happen! Email Rachel with questions or if you can help.
Tour de Fat's a Hoot and a Holler!
Tour de Fat rolled through town this past Saturday and was the ballyhoo of bikes and beer it promised to be. Over 6,500 folks came out to enjoy the fun, the sun, and New Belgium Brewery's tasty line up of beer. A big FAT thanks especially to our dear friends at New Belgium for making the whole kit and caboodle possible, raising over $10,000 each for the SFBC and our co-beneficiary, the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council! Thanks, too, to New Belgium for bringing along their talented friends and throwing an amazingly entertaining show, not to mention sharing their deliciously thirst quenching beer! And over 100 awesome volunteers made Tour de Fat roll on smoothly. Hi-fives all around!
Were you seeing green at Tour de Fat this year? There were 6,500 attendees, but only 12 pounds of trash! Can you believe it?! 300 pounds of compostable goodness, and 70 pounds of recycling helped keep our trash to a minimum. Thanks Clean City Coalition for helping us keep the event green! Not only was our trash kept from the landfill, but the entire event was solar-powered, and over 600 bikes were parked at the SFBC's Bike Valet. One car was even taken off the road for good when Nicole Lenzen committed to living car-free, donating her car to the SFBC to be turned to scrap metal! Congratulations, Nicole, on getting rid of that car! (You, too, can rid your car and benefit the SFBC, at sfbike.org/cardonate)
Tube Times Folding Party this Wednesday, July 25!
It's time to get the August-September issue of the Tube Times out on the street! The SFBC office will be hopping with friendly folks -- chatting, snacking, and folding away until the folding is done. Can you come out and help spread the news about biking in the city? Dinner will be donated by our friends at Askew Grill! Thanks, Askew Grill! Bring your bike up to the 15th floor. Questions? Email Kate
Video: In Brooklyn, a bike lane goes chartreuse
New York City has a new
lime-colored bike lane! This is a new high visibility bike lane from NYC Department of Transportation. We like. Lots. If you can't have a physically separated lane, then a curbside with paint like this comes a very close second. Read about the SFBC's push
for colored bike lanes here at home.
Video: Scraping on your Scraper bike
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