SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 7, 2004
Designs and diagrams for HALF of Bike Plan Update top 20 projects are now ready and awaiting your review! Take a look -- long awaited proposals for bike lanes on Fifth Street, Second Street, Townsend, Cesar Chavez (2 sections), 14th, the Fell /Masonic intersection, Alemany (2 sections), Oakdale and Illinois Street have just arrived from the Department of Parking and Traffic, and can be checked out at http://www.sfbike.org/bikeplan. If you like -- or don't like -- what you see, be sure to send in your comments. Public feedback is a key element in the Bike Plan Update and can make or break any of these top 20 projects.
We are now actively soliciting team leaders, team followers, flyer posting, designers, merchant canvassers and other motivated, interested people who want to work on short-term project teams to get the word out to all stakeholders about the potential benefits and impacts of these proposed bike improvement projects. Also, don't let our enthusiasm fool you into thinking these projects are a done deal. They need significant buy-in from neighbors and merchants in the neighborhood. Your help now will be KEY to passage of these projects and a future dream commute. Contact Mary Brown at email@example.com or 431-BIKEx24 for more info and check out the options!
At Winterfest 2003 in December we had free food and drink, live music by the Sam Flott Quintet, Fossil Fool and Top Four Flights and a huge live and silent auction that raised thousands of dollars for the SFBC's bicycle advocacy efforts.
The party's over, but the great deals have just begun! Check out the Winterfest web page for a list of items that didn't sell, but are now available for an average of 40% off retail price: http://www.sfbike.org/?winterfest
See something you like? Stop by SFBC HQ (1095 Market @ 7th, Ste 215) 9-5 weekdays to pick it up.... first come first served, so hurry in! For more info, contact Chris at 431-2453x10
On December 17, 2003 the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved $200 million in bicycle and pedestrian funding, thanks to people like you who responded to our Action Alert before the holidays. The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, of which the SFBC is a prominent member, played a leading role in encouraging establishment of the new Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, to which these new funds are dedicated. The funds were earmarked as part of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) 2030 process, which provides a guideline for how all available transportation funds will be spent in the Bay Area for the years 2005 through 2030.
The details about how the Bicycle and Pedestrian funds will be distributed will be worked out over the next few months with bicycle advocates, CMAs, and MTC staff. This bike funding process began in 1999 when bicycle advocates encouraged the MTC to develop a Regional Bicycle Plan that would detail projects in local bicycle plans which are of regional significance (such as connections between counties, or providing "Safe Routes to Transit). A Regional Bicycle Plan was adopted by MTC in 2001, but no funds were allocated as part of the 2001 RTP process.
In an effort to secure funds during the next RTP cycle, Bay Area bicycle advocates from all nine counties united under the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) to make the case for a Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian set-aside program in the Transportation 2030 Plan. In addition to support from all Bay Area bike advocacy groups, the bike/ped set-aside received support from the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, Greenbelt Alliance, the Association of Bay Area Governments, and the San Francisco Bay Trail Project. For more information on the T2030 plan, go to http://www.mtc.ca.gov or contact Josh Hart at 431-2453x23
A new Mayor is coming to town and the SFBC is already working with the new administration to implement the top 20 projects in the Bike Plan Update and implementing policies and infrastructure that will make SF a great city for bicycling. We think you'll be pleased to know the SFBC was invited to be on Mayor Newsom's transition team, and accepted readily, along with a whole range of groups, from the Coalition on Homelessness to the Chamber of Commerce. The SFBC's Mary Brown spent the holidays at four transition team meetings, making sure the top priorities of bicyclists were on the table and included in final report recommendations to the mayor-elect.
We look forward to working with Mayor Newsom to increase trips by bike to 10% by 2010 and to help him keep his campaign promise to "ensure a healthy mix of transit options by giving priority to the street improvements called for in the City's updated Bicycle Plan, in order to make cycling a safer and more pleasant way to get around the city."
We welcome seven people to the SFBC Board of Directors: Jenn Fox, Renee Rivera, Chris Fenster, Mark Dwight, Dale Danley, Justin Smith, and Victor Toro. They'll start this month and serve a two-year term. Thanks also to everyone who ran for the SFBC Board and for all the members who voted. (And much gratitude to members stepping down from the Board: Peggy daSilva, Pi Ra, Gabriel Metcalf and Brian Smith.)
Leading a cultural history bike tour can be fun, enriching, and draw non-traditional audiences onto their bikes. Do you have a special knowledge of some aspect of SF culture that would lend itself to a ride? Know one of the Merry Pranksters who could lead a tour of hippie history? An author who could lead a tour of locations featured in their book? A musician who could talk about past gigs?
Now is the time to organize a ride for the February/ March Tube Times. Contact Josh at 431-2453x23 to talk over your ride idea, or just send the details, including title, short description, contact information, as well as meeting place and time, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline is this Friday, January 8th, at Noon.
Interested in an SFBC internship? The time to apply is now, as we're actively sorting through resumes this week and expect to start interviewing candidates next week. We're seeking talented, motivated people for our Spring 2004 internship program. So if you're interested in building sustainable cities and experiencing a vibrant, growing grassroots advocacy organization from the inside out, think about applying for an SFBC internship today!
Each intern will gain firsthand knowledge on the mechanics of nonprofit organizations, while helping create new programs and projects designed to further our bicycle advocacy efforts. All four internships are currently available for Spring and Summer 2004 semesters. The deadline to apply for Summer 2004 internships is April 15, 2003, while the Spring 2003 internships begin in January. For detailed position descriptions, and to apply, visit http://www.sfbike.org/?jobs
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